Win Remmerswaal

Win Remmerswaal
Relief pitcher
Born: (1954-03-08) March 8, 1954
The Hague, Netherlands
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 3, 1979, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
October 5, 1980, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 3-1
Earned run average 5.50
Strikeouts 36
Win Remmerswaal
Medal record
Men's Baseball
Representing  Netherlands
European Baseball Championship
1973 Netherlands National team

Wilhelmus Abraham Remmerswaal (born March 8, 1954) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. He batted and threw right-handed. Remmerswaal was born in The Hague, Netherlands.


Remmerswaal was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1974 and made his major league debut in 1979. In a total of fifty-five and two-thirds innings of work, all in relief, Remmserswaal compiled a 3–1 record with 36 strikeouts and a 5.50 earned run average. Remmerswaal picked up his first major league win on August 15, 1979 when he and a series of other Boston relievers combined to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 19–5.[1]

In total, Remmerswaal pitched in 22 games over two seasons with Boston, making his final Major League appearance on October 5, 1980. Following his major league career, Remmerswaal played one season of Triple-A and pitched for the Pawtucket Red Sox in the longest game in professional baseball history. He later spent five years pitching in Italy.

In 1997, Remmerswaal lapsed into a coma after contracting double pneumonia with pleurisy. He currently lives in a nursing home in the Netherlands.[2]


Remmerswaal was the second Dutch-born Major League Baseball player of the modern (post-1900) era, with Bert Blyleven being the first. Blyleven, however, grew up and learned the game in California, so Remmerswaal qualifies as the first European-trained player to reach the Major Leagues.


  1. "August 5, 1979 Boston Red Sox at Milwaukee Brewers Box Score and Play by Play". Sports Reference, Inc. Retrieved 2008-04-21.
  2. Win Remmerswaal at the SABR Bio Project, by Rory Costello, Chris Kabout, and David Laurila, retrieved October 19, 2013
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