- Erv Brame
Erv Brame (
October 12, 1901– November 22 1949) was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He threw right-handed and batted left-handed.Brame was 6'2" and weighed 190 pounds. ["1931 Pittsburgh Pirates", http://www.baseball-almanac.com, Complete Roster.] He was born in Big Rock, Tennessee and died in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. His full name was Ervin Beckham Brame.
Major league career
His first game in the major leagues was on
April 14, 1928. He played for the Pittsburgh Piratesfrom 1928 to 1932. Brame pitched in 142 games, started 92 of them, and had 62 complete games. His lifetime record was 52-37 with a 4.76 E.R.A.["Erv Brame", http://baseball-reference.com, Page 1.]
1929 "-" 1930
Young Brame hurled Pittsburgh to a 5-2 victory over the
St. Louis Cardinalson May 28, 1929. The Pirates swept the series and had won seven straight games. ["Corsairs Win Four in Row From Cards", Syracuse Herald, May 29, 1929, Page 16.] In 1930 Brame pitched against the Chicago Cubsin a crucial game for the Cubs playoff hopes. He surrendered the 35th home run hit by Hack Wilsonbut endured the outburst. The Pirates 12-8 win on August 3 1930threatened the Cubs chances of catching the Brooklyn Dodgers. ["Cubs Lose Again", Danville, VirginiaBee, August 4, 1930, Page 4.] In a September game with Chicago Brame was the final pitcher of three in a9-7 Pittsburgh win at Wrigley Field. Right-hander Glenn Spencer started and was relieved first by Charlie Wood. ["Waners Lead Pirates To 9-7 Win Over Cubs", Albert Lea, MinnesotaEvening Tribune, September 8, 1930, Page 6.]
1931 "-" 1932
In April 1931 Heine Meine was selected by
Jewel Ensto pitch against the Cubs, when both Brame and Remy Kremerwere ill. ["Pirates Pitching Staff Crippled", Danville Bee, April 16, 1931, Page 10.] On May 28 Brame was driven from the mound in the 3rd inning by a four-run St. Louis outburst. He was saved by an Eddie Phillips (MLB catcher) grand slam which gave Pittsburgh an 11-8 victory. The game was called after seven innings to allow the Pirates to catch a train home from St. Louis. ["Pirates Win Short Battle", Decatur, IllinoisDaily Review, May 29, 1931, Page 8.] Brame and Bob Osborne were victims of a home run and two singles by mound opponent Freddie Fitzsimmonsof the New York Giants, on June 20. The doubleheader sweep at the Polo Groundsbrought the Giants to within two games of the first place Cardinals. ["Giants Clean Up Twin Encounter", Lincoln, NebraskaStar, June 21, 1931, Page 15.] Brame pitched 50 and 2/3 innings in 1932, in 23 games. His batting average was .250.
1933 "-" 1934 minor leagues
Brame was sent by the Pirates to the
Toronto Maple Leafs (baseball)on February 14, 1933. ["Toronto Gets Dave Barbee", Los Angeles Times,February 15, 1933, Page A9.] He was released outright. "Barbee, Brame Released", Charleroi, PennsylvaniaMail, February 15, 1933, Page 6.] He pitched for the Portland Beaversin 1934. On July 31 he preserved the Beavers' 6-2 win over the Sacramento Solons. [" Seattle IndiansContinue To Win Baseball Games", Fresno Bee, August 1, 1934,Page 16.]
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