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Joseph Bremer

Class of 1941

Joseph was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. His citation is copied below:

Joseph Bremer earned his reputation as an outstanding athlete while attending Baltimore City College, where he participated in football, basketball and baseball. As a high school catcher, his claim to fame was his catching for Tommy Byrne, who went on to pitch for the New York Yankees. Joe’s Baltimore City College baseball team won the Maryland Scholastic High School Championship.

When Coach Tom Kibler encouraged Joe to attend Washington College, he secured one of the best baseball players to represent the College on the playing field. Joe also played football for two years and basketball for one. Joe showed his versatility by holding down two positions—catcher and third base. During his four years at Washington College, baseball was blessed with several outstanding catchers and Coach Kibler occasionally used Joe as his third baseman. Although statistics are not available for baseball programs for those early years, newspaper accounts constantly refer to Bremer as a steady performer with the bat.

The team was extremely successful during Joe’s time here, winning 44 games and losing only 9. In addition, the teams of 1939 and 1940 were crowned Maryland Intercollegiate Champions. The competitors included the University of Maryland at College Park.

Mike Kardash, a college teammate of Joe’s and an outstanding baseball performer himself on both on the college and professional levels, said: “In many ways, Joe Bremer was as equally important to Washington College as Yogi Berra was to the New York Yankees. Both were short, stocky, strong and behind the plate were agile and smart, and they both could hit.”

Joe was very active in other extracurricular activities. As a member of the Varsity Club for four years, he served as vice-president in his senior year, was president of the Athletic Association his senior year, and served on the Interfraternity Council.

Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Joseph Bremer into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this 5th day of October, 2002.

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