Jim Brewer - 1971 Topps

James Thomas “Jim” Brewer (November 14, 1937 - November 16, 1987) served as one of the great relievers of the 1960s, but suffered the consequences when he mixed it up with Cincinnati Reds bad boy Billy Martin and Martin punched and broke Brewer’s cheekbone in 1960. The Chicago Cubs signed the California native in 1956 and he debuted for the Northsiders in 1960. On August 4, 1960, already suffering through a 0-3 record, Martin rushed the mound after a brush back pitch from Brewer, threw a punch and ended the rookie’s season. A bench-clearing brawl ensued and Martin was ejected and fined $500, but Brewer was out for a month. The Cubs tried unsuccessfully to sue the feisty infielder, but Brewer was awarded $100,000 in his own personal suit. But Jim was back on the mound come the 1961 spring training, though his results (1-7 record) in 1961 were similarly awful like in 1960. Jim spent four years in the Windy City (1960-1963), but was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers where he was converted into a reliever. Jim pitched 12 seasons with the Boys in Blue (1964-1975) and at the suggestion of Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn developed a screwball and became one of the most effective relievers in the National League. He appeared in474 games with LA, third most in Dodgers history behind Don Sutton and Don Drysdale and was named to the 1973 All-Star Game. In his second year in Dodger Blue, Brewer helped a pitching staff, led by Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax and Drysdale, carry Los Angeles to the 1965 World Series title over the heavy-hitting Minnesota Twins. He helped the Dodgers reach the Fall Classic the following year and then again in 1974, losing both Series to the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics, respectively. Following that World Series appearance, Jim was traded down the road to the California Angels where his finished his career after two more seasons (1975-1976). Jim Brewer finished his career with a 69-65 record, 810 strikeouts, 133 saves and a 3.07 ERA in 351 games appearances. Sadly, he was killed in a car accident one day before his 50th birthday in Tyler, Texas.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
2 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT 8 (63)

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