Paul over at the great blog Carl Crawford Cards sent these cards over for some trade bait he had seen on the blog…. First up, its not even a card but it look like some small bookmark autographed by none other than Lou Brissie…. Paul wrote two great post’s here, if ya’ll wanna read it…Waiting for Brissie and Waiting for Brissie: No More!… Well let me tell ya’ll a little bit about Mr.Brissie, began his baseball career in 1940 when at the age of 16 he pitched for Ware Shoales in a textile baseball league. Lou attracted the attention of Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics in 1941; however his father insisted he finish school.Lou attended Presbyterian College before enlisting in the U.S. Army in December 1942. In November 1944, Lou found himself in heavy fighting in Italy with the 88th Infantry Division (Blue Devils). On December 2, 1944, Lou’s unit suffered an artillery barrage, and a shell exploded which shattered his left tibia and shinbone in 30 pieces. Lou’s citations included the Purple Heart (with oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star, ETO and American Campaign Medals.After 2 years and 23 major operations Lou was able to return to baseball with a metal brace on his leg. He was signed by the Philadelphia A’s on December 15, 1946. His comeback began with Savannah in the Southern League where he won 25 games in 1947. The A’s called him up and on September 28th, 1947 he realized his “life’s ambition” of pitching in the major leagues. (Legend has it that Lou was pitching against Ted Williams when he was hit on the metal brace on his leg. It is claimed he yelled “Damn it Ted, pull the ball”).His best seasons with the A’s came in 1948 when was 14-10, and 1949 when he was 16-11. He pitched 3 innings for the 1949 American League All Star team.Lou was traded to the Cleveland Indians on April 30, 1951 and retired in September 1953. His career record was 44-48 with 436 Ks and 4.07 ERA. He batted and threw left-handed. A hero in every way…..
Paul also threw in some Manny’s and Timmy for the player collection…. Thanks so much Paul and please try to stay warm up there…. Here it’s about 78 right now…..:)