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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Bobby Brown, beloved fixture of Yankees glory days, dead at 96

Bobby Brown, a member of five Yankees championship teams who went on to become a successful cardiologist as well as president of baseball’s American League, died Thursday morning in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 96.

A lefty-hitting third baseman who also saw time at shortstop, second base and all three outfield positions, Brown won rings with the Yankees in 1947 and from 1949-1952, a supporting player to titans such as Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle. He posted a respectable .269/.367/.376 slash line across eight seasons (1946-1952, 1954) and went .439/.500/.707 in 17 World Series games. He became more popular among fans of later generations as he regularly attended the Yankees’ Old-Timers’ Day through the most recent one in 2019.

“Few people who have worn the pinstripes have lived such an accomplished, fulfilled, and wide-ranging life as Dr. Brown, who was beloved by our organization for his warmth, kindness and character,” Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “He represented the pinstripes with elegance throughout his playing career and in subsequent decades as a frequent, welcome guest at Old Timers’ Day. We also hold the utmost respect for the myriad of other accomplishments in his life — from service to our country, his stewardship of the American League and his longtime career as a cardiologist. The Yankees extend their deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones as we reflect on his incredible life.”

A veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, Brown worked exclusively in cardiology from 1954 to 1974 before joining the Texas Rangers as their president in May 1974. That proved to be a temporary gig through the end of the season, yet he stayed on the Rangers’ Board of Directors until the team’s sale in 1980. He then served as the AL’s president from 1984 until 1994.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 03:04 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 25, 2021 at 07:23 PM (#6010179)
Known for reading medical textbooks while his roommate on the road, the noted philosopher Yogi Berra, perused comic books. R.I.P.
   2. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 25, 2021 at 07:35 PM (#6010180)
Reposted from Discord:
Brown's death means that the 100 year old Eddie Robinson holds the record for being the living ex-ballplayer who played in the earliest World Series. Brown played for the Yankees in 1947, while Robinson was the starting first baseman for the World Champion Indians in 1948.

Brown's World Series line, 1947-49-50-51:

17 G, 41 PA, .439 BA, . 500 OBP, .707 SA, 1.07 OPS. His .439 (18-for-41) career batting average in World Series play is the highest for batters with more than 20 at-bats.

From the SABR Bio Project:
While at Tokyo Army Hospital, Bobby joined Joe DiMaggio and Lefty O’Doul to give clinics to the Japanese teams who were in spring training. Joe had brought his bride Marilyn Monroe to Japan for his honeymoon. Joe told the press the only doctor who could treat Mrs. DiMaggio was Lieutenant Brown.
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: March 25, 2021 at 10:47 PM (#6010196)
Brown's death means that the 100 year old Eddie Robinson holds the record for being the living ex-ballplayer who played in the earliest World Series. Brown played for the Yankees in 1947, while Robinson was the starting first baseman for the World Champion Indians in 1948.


That's not how records work.
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: March 25, 2021 at 10:58 PM (#6010198)

"current standardbearer," maybe.

although all of these "oldest" milestones seem to quickly end in death - almost like it's a curse.
   5. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 25, 2021 at 11:29 PM (#6010199)
You know who's awesome? Father time. That cat never loses.

What an amazing life though: Husband, father to 3, 11 grandkids, numerous great grandkids, MLB player, 5 time WS champ, cardiologist, 2 time WAR veteran, MLB executive, etc, etc.

Hey Bob, whaddydo in your spare time?
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 26, 2021 at 09:31 AM (#6010214)
Brown's death means that the 100 year old Eddie Robinson holds the record for being the living ex-ballplayer who played in the earliest World Series. Brown played for the Yankees in 1947, while Robinson was the starting first baseman for the World Champion Indians in 1948.

That's not how records work.


Not sure what you mean by that, since the statement is factually true. Whether it's listed as a "record" in some MLB-approved "record book" is neither here nor there.

Maybe you could phrase it as "The earliest World Series with a currently surviving member is now 1948", but that's just saying the same thing in a different way.
   7. Ron J Posted: March 26, 2021 at 09:42 AM (#6010216)
#5 Don't tell anybody. He was also Batman.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: March 26, 2021 at 09:54 AM (#6010219)
Not sure what you mean by that, since the statement is factually true.


He doesn't hold the record. That would be the longest gap between a World Series and a surviving player, and it wouldn't automatically change upon that player's death.

Maybe you could phrase it as "The earliest World Series with a currently surviving member is now 1948", but that's just saying the same thing in a different way.


Yes, that's what the original author of that was trying to say. But that doesn't make it a record.

   9. AndrewJ Posted: March 26, 2021 at 10:59 AM (#6010232)
Known for reading medical textbooks while his roommate on the road, the noted philosopher Yogi Berra, perused comic books. R.I.P.

Dr. Brown spoke at the 1989 SABR convention in Albany, and confirmed the anecdote of reading the anatomy textbook when Yogi said, "Well, Superman caught the bad guys on the last page... how'd your book turn out?"

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