Paul Molitor was born August 22, 1956 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility. He played for 21 seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers (1978-1992), Toronto Blue Jays (1993-1995) and Minnesota Twins (1996-1998).
Molitor played several positions during his career. He started out as a second baseman and was moved to third base at the age of 25. During the latter half of his career, he was used primarily as a designated hitter.
Molitor was part of a young Milwaukee Brewers team which lost the 1982 World Series in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit .302 and led the American League with 136 runs scored that season. In 1992, Molitor was acquired through free agency by the Toronto Blue Jays and was a key part of the Blue Jays second World Championship team. He won the World Series MVP award after hitting .500. Molitor left the Blue Jays after the 1995 season and joined his hometown Minnesota Twins for the final three seasons of his career.
His return to his hometown to finish out his career was a fitting tribute to a great player. On September 16, 1996, Molitor tripled in the fifth inning of Minnesota's 6-5 loss to Kansas City for his 3,000 hit. In doing so, he became the first Major Leaguer to get 200 hits in the same season in which he reached 3,000.
Molitor's lifetime statistics include 2,683 games played, 1,782 runs scored, 3,319 hits, 234 home runs, 1,307 RBI’s, a .306 batting average and 504 stolen bases. He batted .368 in five postseason series and was an All-Star seven times.
On June 11, 1999, the Brewers retired Molitor's uniform number 4. During the ceremony at Milwaukee County Stadium, Molitor announced that when he went into the Hall of Fame, he would do so as a Brewer.
In 1999, he ranked Number 99 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.