A South Carolina town will gather on Veterans Day to honor former baseball star and current North Augusta resident Lou Brissie .
The baseball field at Riegel Stadium, on the campus of Ware Shoals High School in Ware Shoals, S.C., will be named Lou Brissie Field during a ceremony at the field at 11 a.m.
Brissie, 89, got his start at the stadium as a member of the Ware Shoals Riegels in the textile leagues. He was discovered out of the leagues by Connie Mack , who signed him to play for the Philadelphia Athletics.
Before playing, Brissie served his country in the Army’s 88th Infantry Division and, on Dec. 7, 1944, he nearly lost his left leg when a shell exploded near his feet while fighting in northern Italy. He underwent numerous operations and hours of rehabilitation before returning to fulfill his dream of playing Major League Baseball in 1946.
Brissie went on to play seven years for the Athletics and Cleveland Indians. In his first full season, he finished fourth in rookie of the year voting and became an All-Star the following season.