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Today In Brewer History: Prince's Pinch Power

Fielder was just starting to show his power potential when he flashed some muscle eight years ago today.

Jamie Squire

On this day in 2005 the Brewers hosted the Pirates at Miller Park and trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. Lyle Overbay walked to lead off the frame and Ned Yost called upon rookie first baseman Prince Fielder to pinch hit for reliever Derrick Turnbow. The first pitch from Jose Mesa was a strike. The second pitch was a home run as Fielder gave the Brewers a walkoff victory.

To date Fielder has hit 281 major league home runs, but this was the second of just two as a pinch hitter, and his only walkoff pinch hit bomb. It was Fielder's final home run of the 2005 season, but he bounced back with 28 in 2006 and became the youngest player ever to hit 50 in 2007.

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

Today is also the 17th anniversary of the 1996 trade that brought Jeromy Burnitz to the Brewers, and the fifth anniversary of CC Sabathia's near no-hitter against the Pirates. We covered those events in this space last year and two years ago, respectively.