John Anthony Brohamer (born February 26, 1950) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player. A second baseman (though he also played some third base), he played with the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, and Boston Red Sox from 1972 to 1980.

Jack Brohamer
1978 Boston Red Sox Photocards Jack Brohamer.jpg
Second baseman
Born: (1950-02-26) February 26, 1950 (age 69)
Maywood, California
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 18, 1972, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 1980, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average.245
Home runs30
Runs batted in227


Brohamer was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 34th round of the 1967 amateur draft. He recorded a base hit in his first major league at-bat on April 18, 1972, as his Indians lost 4–2 to the Red Sox.[1] He was a fixture in the Cleveland lineup for four seasons before being traded to the Chicago White Sox for Larvell Blanks on December 12, 1975.[2]

Brohamer played both second and third base while in Chicago, collecting 128 hits over two seasons and hitting for the cycle on September 24, 1977.[3] He is also the only player in MLB history to hit a home run while wearing uniform shorts, having done so off Rudy May in the White Sox's 12-inning 11–10 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Comiskey Park on August 21, 1976.[4] He signed as a Free Agent with the Boston Red Sox on November 30, 1977.[2]

His contract was purchased by the Cleveland Indians on June 20, 1980, and Brohamer finished his career with the team that drafted him. His final major league appearance came at Cleveland Stadium on September 28, 1980, going 1-for-4 in a 5–3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.[2]

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  1. ^ "Boston Red Sox 4, Cleveland Indians 2". Retrosheet. April 18, 1972.
  2. ^ a b c "Jack Brohamer Statistics and History". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved August 24, 2014.
  3. ^ "Chicago White Sox 8, Seattle Mariners 3". Retrosheet. September 24, 1977.
  4. ^ Epstein, Dan (August 21, 2015). "Jack Brohamer and MLB's only shorts-fueled homer". Fox Sports.

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Preceded by
John Mayberry
Hitting for the cycle
September 24, 1977
Succeeded by
Andre Thornton