Harry David Brecheen

Harry David Brecheen

Broken Bow, McCurtain County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 17 Jan 2004 (aged 89)
Bethany, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 8294443 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. Harry "The Cat" Brecheen gained fame for being the first ever left-handed pitcher to notch three wins in a World Series, doing so in the 1946 Classic against the Boston Red Sox. A screwballer, he had a very steady career after becoming a full-time member of the Cards staff in 1943. He was nicknamed "The Cat," for his expert fielding and cat-like movements. He was part of 3 Pennant winners and two World Series Champions for St. Louis. His only a World Series loss was in 1943, when he came into the 8th inning of game 4, giving up a run to the Yankees, with Marius Russo winning the game for New York. After that, Breechan would be perfect in World Series play. He won Game 4 of the '44 Series against the Brown, 5-1, as the Cards won the series in 6 games. The '46 World Series brought forth his greatest achievement, 3 wins, including a 3-0 blanking of Boston in Game Two as he threw a four-hitter. In that game, he also excelled at bat, singling in the Cards' first run, and laying down a sacrifice bunt to set up two more runs. In Game Six, he beat Boston pitcher Mickey Harris for a second time. Then, with one day's rest, he pitched two innings of relief in Game Seven to pick up his third win. On his stellar performance Harry years later, "The 1946 World Series was a great series. When Harry Walker hit the ball, I can remember feeling a little relieved. And when Enos Slaughter scored that run, it was a wonderful feeling. Winning the World Series is one of the greatest thrills you can ever have as a baseball player. It was terrific to be part of that team." During the course of his career, Harry Breechan accrued a lifetime record of 133-92 with a 2.92 ERA and 18 saves in 318 league games. He also had a 0.45 ERA in the World Series with a lifetime ERA 0.83, which is the best ever. He was inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2018.

Bio by: Frank Russo

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  • Originally Created by: Frank Russo
  • Added: 18 Jan 2004
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harry David Brecheen (14 Oct 1914–17 Jan 2004), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8294443, citing Rosedale Cemetery, Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .