Bill Brandt

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William George Brandt

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Right-hander Bill Brandt spent seven seasons in professional baseball from 1938 to 1946, missing two years (1944-1945) while serving with the United States Navy during World War II. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 1938 season and spent the first four years (1938-1941) with three different minor league teams. Brandt had his best season of the four in 1941, going 17-11 for the Harrisburg Senators of the Class B Interstate League, helping his team to the league championship and playoff title. Paul was 58-39 over this four year span, pitching in 142 games.

His first four seasons of workman-like performances got Bill a late season look with the Pirates and he made his major league debut on September 20, 1941. He appeared in two games, pitched seven innings and lost his only decision. Bill was back with the Pirates in 1942 after a 15-11 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League and went 1-1, appearing in three outings. Brandt spent the entirety of 1943 with the Pirates, appearing in 29 games, going 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA. Unknown at the time this would be Bill's last trip to the bigs, but before departing for his military duties, he finished with a big league record of 5-3 and a 3.57 ERA while appearing in 34 games. Returning from the service in time for the 1946 season, Brandt now 31, pitched for three teams, the Chattanooga Lookouts, Columbus Red Birds and Hollywood Stars. He put together a 4-6 record, appearing in 29 games and called it a career. He closed his minor league record with a 77-61 record, appearing in 206 games and 1,182 innings.

After baseball, Brandt returned to Fort Wayne, IN, where he worked for the General Electric Corporation for seventeen years. He passed away at 53 in Lutheran Hospital on May 16, 1968.

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