Legends meet in
MAY 31, 1975 – Baseball generations were bridged in dramatic fashion at Milwaukee County Stadium on this date in baseball history. The Brewers were hosting the Kansas City Royals.
Hank Aaron, in a Brewer uniform, was in his 22 major league baseball season, as was
Harmon Killebrew, in a Royals uniform.
Also in Royals blue was pitcher
in his 21st season. Playing shortstop for the Brewers was a tall slender, curly haired 19-year old named
Robin Yount. Aaron, Killebrew and McDaniel all started playing major league baseball before Yount was born.
Kansas City beat
Milwaukee 7-5 that day.
Aaron and Killebrew were at the ends of Hall of Fame careers. Yount was just starting a journey that would lead to
Cooperstown twenty-four years later. He would be American League MVP as a shortstop in 1982, the year the Brewers would go to the World Series, and lose to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. Yount would be MVP a second time in 1989, as a centerfielder. One of only three players in baseball history to win the MVP at two positions. The others were Stand Musial and Hank Greenberg.
The ever modest Yount was probably in awe being on the same field with those legends back in 1975, but he went on to prove he belonged.
Koppett’s Concise History of Major League Baseball,
Leonard Koppett, 2004
Like this site? Tell your friends