Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ira Berkow brings together unforgettable memories of a hero's life in The Corporal Was a Pitcher: The Courage of Lou Brissie, telling the story of a man who overcame incredible odds from a war injury to realize his dream of pitching in the major leagues. On Saturday, June 20, 2009 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, the Augusta Museum of History is pleased to host Mr. Lou Brisise for a book signing.
The Corporal Was a Pitcher is the riveting, true account of Brissie who – after being left for dead in a ditch on the battlefields of northern Italy on December 7, 1944, while fighting the retreating Nazis – became a member of the 1949 American League All-Star team as a strikeout ace, hurling his heat past the likes of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. When war surgeons told Brissie he would die if they didn’t cut off his leg, Brissie refused amputation and fought through twenty-three operations to return to baseball.“Brissie's story should be recommended reading for every major-leaguer,” wrote the Daily (Ill.) Herald’s Mike Imrem on February 21, 2009. “Brissie just wanted to play baseball, and returned home with a damaged leg - and played in seven major-league seasons and the 1949 All-Star Game!”
Lou Brissie is a part of our nation's ‘greatest generation,’ and his life from his time serving in World War II to playing professional baseball for the Philadelphia A's to visiting wounded veterans throughout his life make him a role model for all. The Corporal Was a Pitcher is a must-read not only for baseball fans, but also for anyone looking to find inspiration from a man who never quit despite the odds being stacked so highly against him.Lou Brissie will sign books from 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 20 at the Augusta Museum of History (706-722-8454) in the exhibit From Ty to Cal: A Century of Baseball in Augusta, which features from Brissie’s career with the Philadelphia A’s. Books will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop ($20.00 Paperback).