Lou Brissie

Pitcher, Baseball Player

1924 – 2013


Who was Lou Brissie?

Leland Victor Brissie was a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1947 to 1951 and the Cleveland Indians from 1951 to 1953.

Brissie began his baseball career in 1940 when at the age of 16 he pitched for Ware Shoals in a textile baseball league. Brissie attracted the attention of Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics in 1941; however his father insisted he finish school.

Brissie attended Presbyterian College before enlisting in the U.S. Army in December 1942. In November 1944, he found himself in heavy fighting in Italy with the 88th Infantry Division. On December 2, 1944, his unit suffered an artillery barrage, and a shell exploded which shattered his left tibia and shinbone in 30 pieces. At the Army field hospital, doctors told him that his leg would have to be amputated due to the severity of the injury. Brissie told the doctors that he was a ballplayer and insisted that the leg be saved even if it jeopardized his life.

Lou's citations included the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, ETO and American Campaign Medals.

After 2 years and 23 major operations Lou was able to return to baseball with a metal brace on his leg.

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Jun 5, 1924
Ware Shoals
  • Presbyterian College
Lived in
  • Anderson
Nov 25, 2013
Augusta Victoria Hospital

on July 23, 2013


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