Few have lived a life that’s anywhere comparable. He was a family man, a baseball all-star and a war hero.
North Augusta resident Lou Brissie died Monday at the age of 89, leaving behind a legacy as a patriot and hero for not only young ball players to look up to, but entire communities.
The stories he compiled during his time in the major leagues were fascinating. The first pitch he ever delivered was actually at Yankee Stadium in New York. It was Babe Ruth Day in 1947, according to local historian Milledge Murray, with Hall of Famers Ruth and Ty Cobb in the stands watching the action.
The Ware Shoals native was injured during World War II, slogging through northern Italy when a German shell exploded beside him.
Despite the injury, his dream of playing in the big leagues never subsided. Philadelphia Athletics’ Manager Connie Mack gave him a chance to work his way up, sending him to the team’s minor league squad in Savannah to begin his climb to the big leagues.
His playing career was memorable, pitching seven seasons that included an All-Star selection in 1949.
When his playing days were over, he would go to the VA hospital in Augusta, even on crutches, to visit soldiers, offering wounded warriors encouragement in their road to recovery.
He left them in good spirits and should be remembered for giving back to his community.
That legacy will be one that carries on into the future, undoubtedly leaving a positive impression for younger generations in our state.