William Brown (baseball)

William M. Brown (1866 in San Francisco, California – December 20, 1897 in San Francisco, California[1]), nicknamed "Big Bill",[1] was a Major League Baseball player who played infielder from 1887-1894. He played for the New York Giants, New York Giants (PL), Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, and Louisville Colonels.

William Brown
William Brown 1889 Giants.jpg
First baseman / Catcher
Born: 1866
San Francisco, California
Died: December 20, 1897(1897-12-20) (aged 30–31)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 10, 1887, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
May 20, 1894, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Batting average.261
Home runs6
Runs scored236

In 1895, Brown developed a problem with his lungs.[1] He travelled to Hawaii, southern California, and Arizona in an effort to find a climate that would be more beneficial for his health,[1] but his efforts were unsuccessful, and he died as a result of his condition at home in San Francisco in 1897.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Death List of a Day", The New York Times, December 22, 1897.

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