Sunday, June 20, 2010

An Unsung Cubs Pitcher, Warren Brusstar

I recognized Warren Brusstar as soon as I saw him. That sort of surprised him. It also surprised him that I could recall some info on his time in Chicago. Afterall, we were in Philadelphia, where he spent most of his career.
Still, Brusstar was part of the 1984 Chicago Cubs. Those Cubs won the National League East division (and should have made it to the World Series). Brusstar was an unsung member of the pitching staff. He was a middle reliever (mostly) and a very successful one. Over one period, he pitched 32 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, a Cubs record for a reliver.
I also mentioned remembering seeing him pitch for the White Sox. He stated that few people remember he came over to the Cubs from the Sox. Most people think he came straight from the Phillies (and usually in the Ryne Sandberg trade).
I thanked Brusstar for his time in Chicago and for being part of one of the greatest sports thrills in my lifetime.
Warren Brusstar and me in Oaks, PA-October 2009.

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