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Today In Brewer History: Oglivie's pinch hit walkoff

Ben Oglivie came off the bench and sent the fans home happy 34 years ago today.

On this day in 1979 the Brewers took a 4-3 lead into the top of the ninth inning against the Royals at County Stadium, but couldn't hold it. Jim Slaton had two outs in the ninth inning when Kansas City center fielder Amos Otis homered to tie the game.

The game was still 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth when Dan Quisenberry struck out Robin Yount for the first out, and got Don Money to ground out to shortstop for the second. DH Dick Davis was due up but manager George Bamberger opted to send in a pinch hitter: Ben Oglivie.

Oglivie entered play on this day batting .252/.317/.488 with 21 home runs, and he quickly made it 22. His two-out blast gave the Brewers a 5-4 walkoff victory.

This game was played 34 years ago today, but the Brewers have only had two pinch hit walkoff homers since: Bill Hall hit one off Danny Graves of the Reds in 2004, and Prince Fielder had one against Jose Mesa and the Pirates in 2005.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

  • 2009 Brewer Corey Patterson, who turns 34.
  • La Crosse, Wisconsin native and UW-Oshkosh alum Jarrod Washburn, who turns 39. He played 12 MLB seasons between 1998-2009 as a member of the Angels and two other teams.
  • Alex Fernandez, who the Brewers selected with the #24 overall pick in the 1988 draft but did not sign. He turns 44.
  • 1990 Brewer Dennis Powell, who turns 50.
  • Seattle Pilot and 1970 Brewer Fred Stanley, who turns 66. We covered his birthday in this space two years ago.
  • 1961-65 Milwaukee Brave Tony Cloninger, who turns 73.
  • 1953 Milwaukee Brave Sid Gordon, who would have turned 96.
  • Sharon, Wisconsin native and Beloit College alum George Perring, who would have turned 129. Perring played five major league seasons between 1908-15 as a member of the Cleveland Naps (Indians) and Federal League Kansas City Packers.

Today is also the 26th anniversary of the Brewers striking out 15 Orioles in a 5-4 loss in 1987. We covered that event in this space last year.