Some of the Top Cards of 1976

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

1976 Topps #618 - Jack Brohamer

  • Jack Brohamer played second base (and some third base) for three teams from 1972-1980. Brohamer was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1967. Jack was in the minors for five seasons before coming up to Cleveland in 1972. Brohamer had his career high in games (136) in 1972 and batted .233.
  • Brohamer started most of the time at second base in 1973 (.220 in 102 games) and in 1974 (.270 in 101 games).
  • In 1975 Duane Kuiper became the regular second baseman for the Indians and Brohamer was expendable. After batting .244 in 69 games in 1975 Jack was traded to the Chicago White Sox for Larvell Blanks.
  • Jack batted .251 in 119 games for the White Sox in 1976. Brohamer didn't play as much in 1977 since the White Sox moved Jorge Orta to second base and acquired Eric Soderholm to play third base. Brohamer backed up at both positions in 1977 and batted .257 in 59 games. On September 24, 1977 Brohamer hit for the cycle.
  • After the 1977 season Jack became a free agent and signed for a multi-year six-figure bonus with the Boston Red Sox. Jack was promised that he would be an everyday player when he signed, but the Red Sox acquired Jerry Remy ten days after Jack signed. Brohamer backed up at second base and third base and batted .234 in 81 games in 1978 and .266 in 64 games in 1979.
  • Brohamer started the 1980 season with the Red Sox and batted .316 in 21 games. Jack was sold to the Indians in late June and batted .225 in 53 games. Brohamer retired after the 1980 season. 
  • After his retirement Jack worked with his father and brothers in a sheet metal shop in California.


1 comment:

  1. I always liked Brohamer, but I can never get the image out of my head of him wearing those horrible shorts with the White Sox. Bart Johnson joked that he didn't need shorts...he'd just use Brohamer's regular pants.