13. Harry Brecheen
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 14, 1914 in Broken Bow, OK USA
  • Weight: 160 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: April 22, 1940
  • Final Game: September 13, 1953
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1945
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1945
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1946
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1948
  • TSN All-Star - 1948
 
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Harry Brecheen is one of the best left handed Pitchers in St. Louis Cardinals and from 1944 to 1949 he would win 14 or more Games en route to helping the Redbirds win the 1944 and 1946 World Series.  His best season was in 1948 where he posted 20 Wins and was the National League leader in Earned Run Average (2.24), Shutouts (7), FIP (2.37), WHIP (1.037) and SO/BB (3.04) and was fifth in MVP voting.  Overall he won 128 Games for St. Louis, but it was his accomplishments in the 1946 Fall Classic that cements him high on this list.

In that 1946 World Series he would make history where he would become the first southpaw to win three games where over 20 Innings he had a 0.45 ERA and 0.950 WHIP.  It is also worth mentioning that he recorded a Win in the 1944 Word Series where he allowed only one run.  His overall World Series performance shows a 4-1 record with an ERA of 0.83.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Purchased from the Chicago Cubs before the 1938 season.
  • Departed: Released 10/32/52.
  • Games Played: 292
  • Notable Statistics: 128-79 Record
    224 Games Started
    2.92 ERA
    122 Complete Games
    46 Games Finished
    18 Saves
    1,907.2 Innings Pitched
    857 Strikeouts
    3.25 FIP
    1.181 WHIP
    39.9 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1944 & 1946)

    All Star Game (1947 & 1948)

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1948)

    Lowest ERA (1948)

    Highest SO/9 (1948)

    Most Strikeouts (1948)

    Most Shutouts (1946 & 1948)

    Highest ERA+ (1948)

    Lowest FIP (1948)

    Highest Win Probability Added (1945 & 1948)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1944, 1948 & 1950)
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