Brecheen became the first lefthander to record three wins in a World Series, doing so against the Red Sox in 1946. The screwballer blanked Boston 3-0 in Game Two on a four-hitter. In addition, he singled in the Cardinals’ first run, and his sacrifice bunt set up his team’s two other runs. In Game Six, “The Cat,” named for his expert fielding and cat-like movements, once again beat Mickey Harris. With one day’s rest, he pitched two innings of relief in Game Seven to pick up his third win. He had a 0.45 ERA in the Series, and his lifetime WS ERA of 0.83 is the best ever.
Brecheen’s finest season came in 1948 when he led the NL in winning percentage (.741, 20-7), ERA (2.24), strikeouts (149), and shutouts (7). He was one of 61 players to play for both the Cardinals and Browns.