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James Thomas Brewer (November 14, 1937 – November 16, 1987) was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1960 through 1976, Brewer played for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and California Angels. He batted and threw left-handed.

Jim Brewer
Jim Brewer.jpg
Topps baseball card - 1964 Series, #553
Pitcher
Born: (1937-11-14)November 14, 1937
Merced, California
Died: November 16, 1987(1987-11-16) (aged 50)
Tyler, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
July 17, 1960, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
May 24, 1976, for the California Angels
MLB statistics
Win–loss record69–65
Earned run average3.07
Strikeouts810
Saves133
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Following the advice of Warren Spahn,[1] Brewer developed a screwball to become one of the most successful relievers in the National League in the 1960s and 1970s.

CareerEdit

A graduate of Broken Arrow Senior High in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Brewer compiled a 69–65 record with 810 strikeouts and a 3.07 ERA in a 17-year career that began with the Cubs and ended with the Angels, and in between spent twelve seasons with the Dodgers.

In his career, Brewer recorded 132 saves, 125 with the Dodgers, appearing in 474 games for the club. Only two Dodgers pitchers, Don Sutton and Don Drysdale, have more appearances—550 and 518, respectively. As a Dodger, Brewer appeared in the 1973 All-Star Game and in three World Series (196566 and 1974). From 1968 to 1973 he averaged 20 saves a season, with a career-high 24 in 1970, and in 1972, he posted a 1.26 ERA, allowing only 4.7 hits per nine innings.

Brewer was involved in an on-field altercation with Billy Martin on August 4, 1960. Brewer, then with the Cubs, brushed back Martin, then with the Cincinnati Reds, with a pitch in the second inning of a game at Wrigley Field. Martin threw his bat at Brewer, who picked it up and started to hand it to Martin as Martin approached. Martin punched Brewer in the right eye, breaking his cheekbone.[2] Brewer was twice operated[3] on for his injuries, and Martin served a five-day suspension.[4] The Cubs and Brewer sued Martin for over $1 million for the loss of Brewer's services,[5] but later dropped their case. Brewer, however, pursued his, and in 1969 a judge ordered Martin to pay $10,000 in damages.

Immediately after his playing career, Brewer became pitching coach of the Montreal Expos, serving for three seasons (1977–79) on the staff of Baseball Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams. He died in Tyler, Texas, of injuries suffered in an automobile accident[6] at the age of 50.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Screwball lifesaver for Brewer". News.google.com. 1972-07-06. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  2. ^ "Billy Martin's punch sidelines Brewer". News.google.com. 1960-08-05. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  3. ^ "Jim Brewer has 2nd operation". News.google.com. 1960-08-20. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  4. ^ "Billy Martin fined $500, suspended five days". News.google.com. 1960-08-06. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  5. ^ "Billy Martin sued by Jim Brewer and Cubs for $1,040,000". News.google.com. 1960-08-23. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  6. ^ "Former reliever Jim Brewer dead". News.google.com. 1987-11-17. Retrieved 2018-02-25.

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Preceded by
Larry Bearnarth
Montreal Expos pitching coach
1977–1979
Succeeded by
Galen Cisco