Former St Louis Cardinal pitcher dies

Monday, January 19th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Ada-AP) -- Former Saint Louis Cardinals pitcher and Oklahoma native, Harry ``The Cat'' Brecheen has died.

Brecheen died Saturday. He was 89.

The Criswell Funeral Home in Ada says Brecheen died in a Bethany nursing home.

Brecheen was a two-time All-Star during his 12 year-career. He had a 133-and-92 record with a 2.92 ERA in 11 seasons with the Cardinals and one with the Saint Louis Browns.

He also had a career record of 4-and-1 in the World Series. In 1946, he beat the Ted Williams-led Boston Red Sox three times -- including victories in Games 6 and 7 -- to help the Cardinals win the championship in seven games.

He pitched complete games in Games 2 and 6, and came on to win in relief in Game 7.

Brecheen is one of only 11 pitchers to win three games in a World Series since 1905. Smokey Joe Wood won three games in the 1912 World Series, which went eight games.

Brecheen was born in Broken Bow in 1914 and grew up in Maxwell in Pontotoc County.