Monday, January 10, 2011

Debut #86 George Brunet

1969 Topps #645

George Stuart Brunet (Lefty)
Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 195 lb.
Born: June 8, 1935 in Houghton, MI
MLB Debut: September 14, 1956 Kansas City Athletics
Final MLB Game: April 28, 1971 St. Louis Cardinals
Died: October 25, 1991 in Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico (age 56)
Year with the Angels: 1964-1969

August 18, 1964: Purchased by the Los Angeles Angels from the Houston Colt .45's.
July 31, 1969: Purchased by the Seattle Pilots from the California Angels.

As the starting pitcher, the first batter he faced was former Angel George Thomas, whom he struck out. He ended up going 5 innings and giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 10 in an eventual Angels win against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, August 20, 1964 (N) at Tiger Stadium.

1972 Milton Bradley #56

Appeared in 194 games (157 starts) going 54-69 with 33 complete game and 13 shutouts with an ERA of 3.13.

Best Angels performance:
Threw a complete game 10 inning shutout against the Washington Senators. The Senators Buster Narum also went 10 innings but took the loss after giving up 2 runs in the top of the 10th on Wednesday, July 21, 1965 (N) at D.C. Stadium.

That last inning from retrosheet:
ANGELS 10TH: Fregosi singled to left; W. Smith out on a
sacrifice bunt (pitcher to second) [Fregosi to second]; Adcock
was walked intentionally; Rodgers singled to first [Rodgers to
second (on throw to home), Adcock to third, Fregosi out at home
(first to third to catcher)]; Knoop was walked intentionally;
Schaal singled to center [Rodgers scored, Adcock scored, Knoop
to third (error by Cunningham)]; Brunet was called out on
strikes; 2 R, 3 H, 1 E, 2 LOB. Angels 2, Senators 0.

out to right; McMullen flied out to right; King grounded out
(second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Angels 2, Senators 0.

- Set the all-time minor league strikeout record with 3,175 Ks.
- Obtained by the Kansas City Athletics from Seminole (Sooner State) as part of a minor league working agreement sometime before 1955.
- Led the league in losses (19 and 17) for the Angels in 1967-1968.
- Loved facing Bobby Allison who was 7 for 50 striking out 15 times for a .140 BA.
- Hated facing Mickey Mantle 15 for 38, .395.
- Played for Kansas City (56-60); Milwaukee (60-61); Houston (62-63); Baltimore (63); LA/California (64-69); Seattle (69); Washington (70); Pittsburgh (70); and St. Louis (71).
- Set the Mexican League record for shutouts, with 55, although he did not debut in the Mexican League until after his major league career was over.
- In 1999 elected to the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame.

I do not have George Brunet autograph in my collection.

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