January 24, 1916|
Old Monroe, Missouri
|Died: September 11, 2001
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
|August 29, 1944, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 2, 1948, for the New York Giants|
|Earned run average||4.54|
Clemens Johann "Steamboat" Dreisewerd (January 24, 1916 – September 11, 2001) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for three different teams between 1944 and 1948. Listed at 6 ft 1.5 in (1.87 m), 195 lb., Dreisewerd batted and threw left-handed. He was born in Old Monroe, Missouri.
During 10 years, Dreisewerd struggled in the minor leagues through the adversities and disappointments of baseball's contract system before attaining major league status. At the end of 1937, he decided to write a letter to the Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. In this letter, Dreisewerd complained about the manner in which he had been moved around to other organizations while under contract with the New York Giants. On New Year's Day of 1938, Commissioner Landis granted him free agency.
In 1944, while pitching for Sacramento, Dreisewerd turned things around recording 20 wins and a 1.61 ERA, the lowest of the Pacific Coast League pitchers. Finally, he reached the majors late in the season with the Boston Red Sox, ending with a 2–4 mark in seven starts. After appearing in only two games in 1945, he was recruited by the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. While in the Navy, he pitched for a team that included major leaguers as Mickey Owen, Jim Konstanty and Eddie Yost. He was discharged in time for the start of the 1946 season with Boston.
Dreisewerd enjoyed his most productive season with the 1946 American League champion Red Sox, going 4–1 in 20 games pitched in relief, except for one start. He also pitched 1/3 of an inning in Game 4 of the memorable 1946 World Series between the Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, retiring Enos Slaughter, who had four hits and needed another to set a Series record.
In 1947, Dreisewerd was sent down to the Red Sox Class Triple-A farm team in Louisville, and led the American Association pitchers with 18 wins and a 2.15 ERA. He divided his playing time with the St. Louis Browns and New York Giants in 1948, his last major league season.
In October 1948 Dreisewerd tried winter baseball in Venezuela, but after a month a coup d'état caused the suspension of the baseball season. A year later he developed severe arm problems, and after unsuccessful tries with various minor league teams he was convinced that his baseball career was finished.
After retiring from baseball Dreisewerd worked as a construction contractor, building homes in the New Orleans area, where he lived for 50 years. By 1999, he was legally blind with macular degeneration. He died in Ocean Springs, Mississippi at age 85, of head injuries suffered in a fall during a vacation.