Bobby Brown (third baseman)

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Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown 1951.jpg
Third baseman
Born: (1924-10-25) October 25, 1924 (age 89)
Seattle, Washington
Batted: LeftThrew: Right
MLB debut
September 22, 1946 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
June 30, 1954 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average.279
Home runs22
Runs batted in237
Teams
Career highlights and awards
 
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Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown 1951.jpg
Third baseman
Born: (1924-10-25) October 25, 1924 (age 89)
Seattle, Washington
Batted: LeftThrew: Right
MLB debut
September 22, 1946 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
June 30, 1954 for the New York Yankees
Career statistics
Batting average.279
Home runs22
Runs batted in237
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Robert William Brown (born October 25, 1924) is a former third baseman and executive in professional baseball who served as president of the American League from 1984 to 1994. He also was a physician who studied for his medical degree during his eight-year (1946-52, 1954) career as a player with the New York Yankees.

Biography[edit]

Education[edit]

Brown - also nicknamed "The Golden Boy" during his playing career - attended Stanford University and UCLA before receiving his medical degree from Tulane University. During his time at Stanford, he and another student were involved in the rescue of a Coast Guardsman from a plane crash, for which he received a Silver Lifesaving Medal.

Playing career[edit]

Concurrently, he played 548 regular-season games for the Yankees, with a lifetime batting average of .279 with 22 home runs. In addition, he appeared in four World Series (1947, 1949, 1950, 1951) for New York, batting .439 in 17 games. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He missed 1½ seasons due to military service during the Korean War.

A famous apocryphal story that has made the rounds for years in baseball circles concerns the time when Brown's road roommate was star Yankee catcher Yogi Berra, who had little formal education. The two were reading in their hotel room one night - Berra a comic book and Brown his copy of Boyd's Pathology. Berra came to the end of his comic, tossed it aside, and asked Brown, "So, how is yours turning out?"

Brown and Berra are the last two living members of the Yankees team that won the 1947 World Series. There are no living players who played on an earlier Yankees World Series-winning team.

Baseball executive career[edit]

Brown practiced cardiology in the Dallas-Fort Worth area until the early 1980s, when he returned to baseball as a vice president of the AL Texas Rangers. In 1984, he succeeded Lee MacPhail as AL president and held the post for a decade; Gene Budig replaced him. In 1992 and 1993, Brown presented the World Series Trophy (on both occasions to the Toronto Blue Jays) instead of the Commissioner of Baseball. The presidencies of the American League and the National League were abolished in 2000 and their functions were absorbed into the office of the Commissioner of Baseball.

Legacy[edit]

A decorated veteran of two wars, a noted baseball player who served on five championship teams, an accomplished physician, and the former President of the American League, Brown is considered to have few equals in the history of major league baseball. [1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Fournier, Richard “Pro Players Few and Far Between in Korea” VFW Magazine June-July 2013, page 28[1]