Bobby Brown (third baseman)
Robert William Brown (born October 25, 1924) is a former professional baseball third baseman and executive, who served as president of the American League (AL) (1984–1994). He also was a physician who studied for his medical degree during his eight-year playing career with the New York Yankees (1946–1952, 1954).
|Born: October 25, 1924|
|September 22, 1946, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 30, 1954, for the New York Yankees|
|Runs batted in||237|
|Career highlights and awards|
Born in Seattle, Washington, Brown attended Galileo Academy of Science and Technology in San Francisco, then 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 Brown received a Silver Lifesaving Medal.
Sometimes known as "Golden Boy" during his baseball career, Brown played 548 regular-season games for the Yankees, with a lifetime batting average of .279 and 22 home runs. In addition, he appeared in four World Series (1947, 1949, 1950, 1951) for New York, batting .439 (18-for-41) in 17 games. Brown 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 is the last living member of the Yankees team that won the 1947 World Series. There are no living players who played on an earlier World Series-winning team.
Baseball executive careerEdit
Brown practiced cardiology in the Dallas-Fort Worth area until May 1974, when he took a leave of absence to serve as an interim president of the AL Texas Rangers — then, returned to medicine following the season. 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 Bud Selig. The presidencies of both the American League and the National League were eliminated in 2000, and their duties were absorbed by the office of the Commissioner.
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. He is a regular at the Yankees' annual Old-Timers' Day celebrations.
Brown's wife of more than 60 years, Sara, died on March 26, 2012. They were married in October 1951, shortly after 1951 World Series.
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