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Innis Brown (March 31, 1884 – January 23, 1961) was a college football player, referee, sportswriter, and civil engineer. His sports articles were nationally known, writing for the New York Sun and Hearts newspapers.[1]

Innis Brown
Innis Brown (c. 1905)
Vanderbilt Commodores
Career history
CollegeVanderbilt (1903–1905)
High schoolMooney School
Personal information
Born:(1884-03-31)March 31, 1884
Franklin, Tennessee
Died:January 23, 1961(1961-01-23) (aged 76)
DeLeon Springs, Florida
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight166 lb (75 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Early yearsEdit

Innis Brown was born on March 31, 1884 in Franklin, Tennessee to Enoch Brown, Sr. and Lucinda Allen. Innis's younger brother Enock "Nuck" Brown was captain of the 1913 Vanderbilt Commodores football team. Both attended Mooney School.[1]

Vanderbilt UniversityEdit

Innis was a prominent guard for Dan McGugin's Vanderbilt Commodores football teams of Vanderbilt University. He was also a Rhodes Scholar.[2]


In 1905 Brown was captain and selected All-Southern of the 1905 team.[3][4] One publication claims "The first scouting done in the South was in 1905, when Dan McGugin and Captain Innis Brown, of Vanderbilt went to Atlanta to see Sewanee play Georgia Tech."[5]


Upon graduation, he went to Mexico as a civil engineer.[6]


By 1912 he was a referee throughout the South, chosen by the Atlanta Constitution to pick its All-Southern team that year.[3]


Having served as editor on Vanderbilt's campus newspaper, the Hustler, Brown began his writing career on the old Nashville American in 1906.[1] He eventually took charge of the sports section of the Atlanta Journal,[6] succeeding his personal friend Grantland Rice.[1]


Brown was also an avid golfer, being the managing editor of American Golfer in 1919 with Rice.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ a b c d "Innis Brown, 76, Dies in Florida". The Tennessean. January 25, 1961. p. 23. Retrieved July 7, 2016 – via  
  2. ^ Henry Jay Case. "Vanderbilt–A University of the New South". Outing. 64: 327.
  3. ^ a b "Innis Brown's All-Southern". Atlanta Constitution. December 1, 1912.
  4. ^ Grantland Rice (September 28, 1950). "Sportlight". The Hart County Herald.
  5. ^ George Allen. How to Scout Football. p. 3.
  6. ^ a b "Innis Brown Now Sport Scribe". The Tennessean. December 11, 1913. p. 12. Retrieved September 20, 2015 – via  
  7. ^ Grantland Rice. How You Played The Game. p. 385.
  8. ^ "Scrambled Yeggs". Collier's. 74: 47. 1924.
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