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Warren Brusstar

Warren Brusstar
Born: (1952-02-02) February 2, 1952
Oakland, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 6, 1977, for the Philadelphia Phillies
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1985, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 28–16
Earned run average 3.51
Strikeouts 273
Career highlights and awards

Warren Scott Brusstar (born February 2, 1952) is a former major league baseball pitcher who played nine years, for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, and Chicago Cubs. He graduated from Napa High School in 1970[1] and attended Fresno State University before being signed. He is currently the pitching coach at Napa Valley College. Brusstar was inducted into the Napa Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011[2][3]


  • Draft 1
  • Minor leagues 2
  • Major Leagues 3
  • Transactions 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Brusstar, who batted and threw right-handed, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1970 in the 27th round (635th overall). He chose not to sign. In 1971, he was drafted by the Giants again, this time in the 6th round (114th overall). Again, the 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), 200 pound Brusstar did not sign. He would have to wait until 1973 to be drafted again, this time by the New York Mets in the 33rd round (684th). Not surprisingly, he did not sign. In 1974, the Phillies were able to get him to sign after drafting him in the 4th round (67th).

Minor leagues

Brusstar was a very successful starter and reliever in the minor leagues. His ERA never reached 3.00 in any of the years he played before making his major league debut (the highest it reached was 2.71), although in two seasons he walked 90 or more batters.

Major Leagues

On May 6, 1977, at the age of 25, Brusstar made his major league debut with the Phillies when he was called up to replace Tug McGraw on the team's roster after McGraw suffered an elbow injury.[4] He would never start a game in his career, because he was used primarily as a middle reliever. Only 3 times did he ever appear in over 50 games in a season, because Brusstar, a sinker-slider pitcher, was constantly hampered by elbow and shoulder problems. He played his last game on October 3, 1985.


On August 30, 1982, the Chicago White Sox purchased Brusstar from the Phillies. He would end up only pitching ten games for the White Sox. On January 25, 1983, the Chicago White Sox made a trade sending Brusstar and Steve Trout to the Cubs for Scott Fletcher, Pat Tabler, Randy Martz, and Dick Tidrow. Bill Buckner who also graduated from Napa High School was a teammate with Brusstar for a year and a half while they played for the Cubs.[5]


  1. ^ James, Marty (February 16, 2001). "Spring training coming up for Napa's Brusstar".  
  2. ^ James, Marty (September 27, 2011). "Brusstar earns Storm’s highest honor".  
  3. ^ James, Marty (October 2, 2011). "NVC Athletic Hall of Fame gets new members".  
  4. ^ James, Marty (November 15, 2010). "Tim McGraw and Faith Hill perform at Lincoln Theater".  
  5. ^ James, Marty (September 27, 2011). "Brusstar earns Storm’s highest honor".  

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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