Buckeye Player Profile - Eugene Bremer
         Eugene Bremer was born in New Orleans on July 18, 1916.  He was a
right hand pitcher known for not using a windup. He started his career
at the age of 16 with the independent New Orleans Crescent Stars.  He later
played for the Shreveport Giants, another independent team, and then he
played for an integrated team in the Canadian Southern Saskatchewan 
League, the Broadview Buffaloes.
         He started his career in the Negro Leagues in 1938 with the Memphis
Red Sox and played through the 1948 season in the Negro Leagues
except for the 1941 season which he took off. He also played for a short
period of time in 1940 for a Mexican League team, the Industriales
de Monterrey.
         He appeared in four All Star games and for the 1945 World Champion
Cleveland Buckeyes. 
         In August, 1942, the sports editor of Cleveland's African American
newspaper, the Call and Post, wrote a letter to Alva Bradley, the president 
of the Cleveland Indians, suggesting that the Indians give a tryout to
Bremer and his Buckeye teammates, Parnell Woods and Sam Jethroe.
The letter was in response to a statement previously made by Bradley
that he would consider "Negroes" for positions with the Indians.
         However, the tryouts never took place as Bradley stated that his
scouts had seen the players play in the Negro League All Star game and
none of the three stacked up to the standards needed to play for the Indians.
His statistics are listed below although his Negro League numbers may not always be correct due to a lack of official Negro League statistics. He passed away at the age of 54 in Cleveland on June 19, 1971 and is buried in Bedford Heights, Ohio. One of his grandsons, J.R. Bremer, played 31 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2003-2004 season.
Team Games IP W-L H R ER BB SO ERA
Cincinnati Tigers - 1937 7 55.0 5-2 39 15 9 10 29 1.47
Memphis Red Sox - 1938 5 22.2 1-3 33 17 15 2 11 5.96
Kansas City Monarchs - 1938 3 12.0 1-0 11 3 2 1 13 1.50
Memphis Red Sox - 1939 4 28.1 0-3 26 14 12 9 11 3.81
Memphis Red Sox - 1940 13 82.0 3-6 81 37 28 22 44 3.07
Cincinnati-Cleveland Buckeyes- 1942 7 52.2 5-1 47 21 16 12 25 2.73
Cleveland Buckeyes- 1943 10 62.0 4-3 76 38 34 10 20 4.94
Cleveland Buckeyes- 1944 6 41.0 4-2 38 13 11 21 10 2.41
Cleveland Buckeyes- 1945 9 68.0 7-1 63 19 17 15 24 2.25
Cleveland Buckeyes- 1946 6 33.2 3-0 48 25 21 11 11 5.61
Cleveland Buckeyes- 1947 7 26.2 2-1 39 29 25 11 9 8.44
Cleveland Buckeyes- 1948 1 9.0 0-1 14 6 2 1 5 2.00
Total 78 493.0 35-23 515 237 192 125 212 3.51

 

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