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  • Lou Brissie and Zeke Bella, former Athletics players, pass away

    Pitcher Lou Brissie played for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1947 to 1951. He was an All-Star in 1949, when he went 16-11 with a 4.28 ERA. Overall, he won 37 games with the squad.

    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.
    Read more:

    http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/240...sie-dies-at-89

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    Zeke Bella was a Kansas City Athletic in 1959. He served as a backup outfielder, hitting .207 in 47 games.

    John “Zeke” Bella, Jr. - passed away on November 17, 2013 at the age of 83, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Greenwich, Connecticut to the late John Bella, Sr. and Ann Belicka on August 23,1930. ...

    Zeke attended Greenwich High School and graduated in 1946 at the age of sixteen. At Greenwich High, he played varsity baseball and varsity basketball. He was also the quarterback that year that went undefeated and was awarded the Waskowitcz Trophy. He attended a military academy for a year before moving on to semi-pro baseball.

    He signed with the Yankees in 1951 and played in the team's farm system for several years. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean War, he returned to baseball in 1955. He was called up to the Yankees at the end of the 1957 season. One of his greatest joys was playing for the Yankee's. While sitting on the bench, hoping and praying he would play, knowing his proud parents were watching from the stands; Yankee Manager, Casey Stengel looked over at him and said “you with the funny name, you're up”! Zeke was traded to the Kansas City A's in 1959. He retired from baseball at the end of the 1959.
    Read more:

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/the....RltiDCTB.dpuf

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