Petriello: George Brunet had a Hall of Fame pitching career … it began at age 39

From Mike Petriello at on May 5, 2020:

The most interesting player you’ve never heard of pitched in at least 33 consecutive professional seasons, from 1953 to 1985 — and that’s just what we can verify. He holds a share of the Major League record for most uniform numbers worn, and a share of the Angels’ record for most losses in a season. He owns the Minor League record for most strikeouts. He’s a member of the Mexican League Hall of Fame. This is all just barely scraping the surface of an incredible baseball life.

He threw two no-hitters — 21 years apart. He was once signed by the Philadelphia A’s, but he also pitched as recently as the Reagan administration, a career span that roughly coincides with the two time-period settings of “Back To The Future.” He once issued five bases-loaded walks — plus a hit-by-pitch — in a single inning. It’s probably the worst inning in Major League history, but it’s hard to say if that’s better or worse than the time he went more than a month in the Minors and over 50 innings without his team scoring a run for him.

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Originally published: May 5, 2020. Last Updated: May 5, 2020.