Throwback Thursday: Sixto Lezcano

Sixto Lezcano was a 16 year old Puerto Rican when he signed with the Brewers in 1970. He made his Major League debut in 1974 and played his first full season as the Brewer right fielder in 1975.

Sixto Lezcano

He really came into his own between 1976 and 1979. He hit .293 during that span with 71 home runs and 267 RBI. He was in the top 5 in several defensive categories during that time, including leading the league in outfield assists in 1978.

Sixto Lezcano

He hit .275 in 7 seasons with the Brewers with 102 home runs. His best season was 1979, when he hit .321 with 28 home runs, 101 RBI, and 29 doubles. He finished 15th in the MVP voting and won the Gold Glove.

Sixto Lezcano

On Opening Day in 1980, Lezcano had a career day against the Red Sox. In the bottom of the fourth, Lezcano hit a 2-run home run to tie the game at 3. The Brewers had a 5-3 lead going into the ninth inning, but Carl Yastrzemski and Butch Hobson hit home runs to tie the game.

Paul Molitor led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Cecil Cooper. Dick Davis fouled out to first for the second out. The Red Sox intentionally walked Ben Oglivie to pitch to Gorman Thomas, who drew a walk to load the bases. Lezcano came up and blasted a home run into the bullpen for a walk-off grand slam and Brewer fans erupted as they cheered on the Opening Day victory.

After the 1980 season, Lezcano was part of the package that the Brewers sent to the Cardinals for Rollie Fingers, Ted Simmons, and Pete Vuckovich. That trade paved the way for the first two postseason appearances in Brewer history.

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Lezcano would play for the Cardinals, Padres, Phillies, and Pirates. He even made an appearance in the 1983 World Series with the Phillies.

But Brewer fans would always have a special place in their hearts for the Puerto Rican kid with the Gold Glove and that magical grand slam.

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