Inducted in 1979
J. Brennan
Born on November 30, -0001 in
Education:

The late J. Donald Brennan of Augusta, plagued by a sore arm early in his professional career and by a dislocation at a point many would consider a "peak Period," came back to pitch for the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Giants, making two appearances in a World Series.

Brennan, a letterman in four sports at Augusta's Cony High School, led his high school team to a state championship in 1923. The Rams were undefeated in thirteen games that year. After a stint at Georgetown University, where he again proved his athletic ability, Brennan signed with the New York Yankees, but a sore arm kept him out of action for the 1925 and '26 seasons. The latter year, he returned to the Lewiston, Maine team in the New England League, starting a long comeback trail with an 11 and 5 record. He moved up to Newark in the International League for mediocre 1927 and '28 seasons, then on to Atlanta in the Southern Association in 1929. Riding high with 9 wins and six losses in 19 games pitched, Brennan sustained a dislocated right shoulder that forced his voluntary retirement.

In 1930, Brennan was back with Newark, and after two average seasons, he led the Newark team into the Little World Series with a 26 and 8 season, Newark winning all the marbles with Don pitching three series victories.

That illustrious season opened the door again to the New York Yankees in 1933, where he pitched 18 games for Marse Joe McCarthy, winnin 5 and losing 1 before being sent back to Newark where he finished the season with a 6 and 3 record.

Brennan was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds in 1934, staying with the National League club until he was released to Jersey City in 1936. The next year, he was back with the New York Giants, who lost to the Yankees in the World Series.

Brennan, pitching in relief in the third and fifth games, pitched a total of three shutout innings against the Yankees' famed Murderers' Row of Dickey, Gehrig, Crossetti, Rolfe Hoag, DiMaggio, Lazzerie, and Selkirk.

Don finished his career with Toronto in 1939, returning to Maine to lecture in high schools and universities on his professional career. He was instrumental in the development of Augusta Little League. Brennan died at the age of 49. His wife, the former Dorothy Stone of Augusta, is also deceased. His three daughters, Barbara A. Brennan, Donna B. Grant, and Eileen B. Chamberland, will be in attendance at the dinner with their families. Harry Brennan of Augusta will receive the commemorative silver champagne bucket on Don's behalf.

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