Harry "the Cat" Brecheen was a St. Louis Cardinals' pitching star during the 1940's and early 1950's. Called "the Cat" for his' expert fielding and feline movements, Brecheen, with his hard-to-hit screwball was 16-5 in 1944. He walked only 46 batters in 189 innings and recorded an ERA of 2.85. Sheer determination played a large part in Brecheen's success with the Cardinals. Outfielder Terry Moore said, "It's because when he's pitching, he's the kind of guy who wouldn't even give his grandma a good ball to hit". In 1945, Brecheen was 15-4, with a 2.52 ERA.
Harry Breecheen's best year was 1948. He was named to his 2nd straight All-Star team and was voted on "The Sporting News" All-Star pitchers' squad. His success that year included leading the NL in winning pct with a 20-7 record, .741 pct, and led in each of the following: ERA 2.24, 7 shutouts and 149 K's. Brecheen pitched his final year with the St. Louis Browns. When the Browns moved to Baltimore, Brecheen stayed on as the Orioles' pitching coach for 14 seasons. Harry Brecheen's lifetime record: 133-92, pct .591, 2.92 ERA, pitched in 318 games, started 240, completed 125, hurled 25 shutouts, 1907 innings. baseballhistorian.com archives