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Lou Brissie dies at 89

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Lou Brissie when he pitched with the Cleveland Indians (Source: Dan Branyon) Lou Brissie when he pitched with the Cleveland Indians (Source: Dan Branyon)
WARE SHOALS, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Baseball legend and Ware Shoals native Lou Brissie died Monday night.

The WWII army veteran died at a VA hospital in Augusta, GA. Brissie's baseball career started as a teenager in Ware Shoals, where he played in a textile league. He attended Presbyterian College and served in WWII. During the war his leg was shattered in an explosion.

"He had 23 surgeries on that leg," Dan Branyon, Brissie's friend, told FOX Carolina Monday night. "Not only was he a great left-handed pitcher, but most importantly he was a great American."

Brissie pitched in the major leagues and even was named to an All-Star team. He played with teams like the Cleveland Indians and the Philadelphia A's. He was honored with the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his bravery and service.

Friends say over the years his health was failing and he had heart problems.

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