Warren Scott Brusstar
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 200 lb.
- School Napa Valley College, California State University, Fresno
- High School Napa High School
- Debut May 6, 1977
- Final Game October 3, 1985
- Born February 2, 1952 in Oakland, CA USA
Warren Brusstar was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1970 in the 27th round (635th overall). He chose not to sign. In 1971, he was drafted by the Giants again, this time in the 6th round (114th overall). Again, the 6'3", 200 pound Brusstar did not sign. He'd have to wait until 1973 to be drafted again, this time by the New York Mets in the 33rd round (684th). Not surprisingly, he didn't sign. In 1974, the Phillies were able to get him to sign, after his was drafted in the 4th round (67th).
Brusstar was a very successful starter and reliever in the minor leagues - his ERA never reached 3.00 in any of the years he played before making his major league debut (the highest it reached was 2.71). His control was a big issue in the minors though, as twice he walked 90 or more batters.
On May 6, 1977, at the age of 25, Brusstar made his major league debut with the Phillies. He would never start a game in his career, because he was used primarily as a middle reliever. Only 3 times did he ever appear in over 50 games in a season, because Brusstar, a sinker-slider pitcher, was constantly hampered by shoulder problems. From 1977 to 1982. Even though Brusstar started his career off with a 2.65 ERA in his 1977 and a 2.33 ERA in 1978, he didn't have another ERA under 3.00 until 1983. He was a member of the Phillies' first-ever World Championship team in 1980.
On August 30, 1982, the Chicago White Sox purchased Brusstar from the Phillies. He would end up only pitching ten games for the White Sox. On January 25, 1983, the Chicago White Sox made a blockbuster trade, sending Brusstar and Steve Trout to the Chicago Cubs for Scott Fletcher, Pat Tabler, Randy Martz, and Dick Tidrow. Brusstar would end up finding fair success with the Cubs. From May 18 to July 7 of that year, Brusstar pitched 32 2/3 scoreless innings, which is a Cubs record for a reliever.
Brusstar went 3 for 32 batting, which translated into a .094 batting average. He only had one extra base hit, a double, and he also had one career RBI. Brusstar's career postseason ERA was 1.96.
Brusstar participated in a Fantasy Camp in Clearwater, FL in 2005 with others from the 1980 and 1993 Phillies championship teams. Warren's wife, Jennifer, took care of Tug McGraw before McGraw died of cancer; Tug was Brusstar's bullpen-mate on the Phillies for his first five season. Warren currently lives in Napa, CA, where he is pitching coach at Napa Valley College.