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Jack Herndon Brewer (Buddy)

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Right-hander Jack Brewer signed as an amateur free agent with the New York Giants on May 9, 1940 after pitching for the University of Southern California baseball team. Jack spent two years (1940-1941) in the minor leagues, winning 10 and losing 12, appearing in 45 games and pitching 233 innings over a two-year period. He then left until the middle of the 1944 season to join the United States Navy during World War II.

Brewer returned from the military service and made his major league debut with the New York Giants on July 15, 1944 and went 1-4 in 14 appearances with a 5.56 ERA while pitching 55 innings. Jack spent the 1945 season with the Giants, winning eight and losing six with a 3.83 ERA in 28 games. Jack started the 1946 season with the Giants, pitched two innings with no decisions, and this was his last appearance in the big leagues. He had a career mark of 9-10 and a 4.36 ERA in 43 innings. This was the sum-total of his major league run.

Brewer spent the balance of the 1946 season with the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association and went 14-9 with a 3.46 ERA in 26 appearances. Jack spent the next three years (1947-1949) with the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League and had two double-digit win seasons at 16-14 in '47 and 15-11 in '48. Arm trouble put Jack down in 1949 to a 5-11 record; he wound up with the Sacramento Solons of the same league in 1950 and lost both games he appeared in. He gave the game one more try in 1951, dropping down to the Tri-City Braves of the Western International League but fell to a 4-13 and a 5.79 ERA and his time was up at age 33. His final minor league numbers show that he appeared in 206 games, won 64 and lost 72 while pitching 1,206.2 innings.

After baseball, Jack remained on the California coast where he worked and lived until his death on November 30, 2003. Jack Herndon Brewer died at the age of 85 in Sun City, CA.

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