ESPN Documentary Reveals Barry Bremen’s Secret

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Barry Bremen gained national attention after appearing as a player in an NBA All-Star game, an MLB umpire in the World Series, an umpire in an NFL game, and as a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys. These stunts, and many others, earned Bremen the nickname “The Great Trickster.”

While that legacy is forever etched in sports history, Bremen was secretly building another that is only now becoming public knowledge 11 years after he died of esophageal cancer in 2011, on his 64th birthday.

More than three dozen people have learned that, through sperm donation, Bremen — a Detroit native who worked as an insurance salesman when he wasn’t sneaking into iconic sports venues — is their biological father. That story is covered in full on the newest episode of ESPN’s “E60,” which premiered Tuesday.

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The documentary, titled “The Big Con and Me,” was written and directed by 11-time Emmy winner Jeremy Schaap, and is told primarily through Bremen’s wife, Margo, the three children they raised — and the biological children that Bremen never met them.

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