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Raymond Brown

Raymond Brown

Raymond Brown

  • Bats Switch, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.
  • School Wilberforce University
  • Debut 1930
  • Final Game 1948
  • Born February 23, 1908 in Alger, OH USA
  • Died February 8, 1965 in Dayton, OH USA

Raymond Brown (February 23, 1908 - February 8, 1965) was an American right-handed pitcher in Negro league baseball, almost exclusively for the Homestead Grays. Brown was most notable for many pitching accomplishments. While he was considered a very good pinch hitter and a solid bat, his arm earned him high praise. In February 2006, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Born in Alger, Ohio, he had a large variety of pitches in his arsenal; but his best pitch was known to be his curveball. Brown would fire the curveball at a batter no matter what the count was, having supreme confidence in that pitch.

Brown played for Cum Posey's Grays from 1932-1945. Brown married Posey's daughter, Ethel. In 1944, he went 9-3 for the champion Grays, and threw a one-hit shutout in the Negro League World Series to put them on top of the African-American baseball world.

He continued to do outstandingly into 1945, when he threw a seven inning perfect game.

But after his long solid stint with the Grays, he opted to play in Mexico and in the Canadian Provincial League in his later and final years. In those years, he continued to dominate most batters, leading Sherbrooke to a title in the Provincial League. He also pitched a no-hitter for Santa Clara of the Cuban Winter League, a baseball sanctuary, at that time, for many black players during the winter season. Brown also helped them to the Cuban title that year (1936).

In the Negro League version of the All-Star Game, the East-West All-Star Game, Brown got the start in 1935.

The records that were taken show an excellent 109-30 (.762 winning percentage) record by the end of Brown's career. It made him fifth in the league's all-time win list.

Like most great Negro Leaguers, Brown managed as well later on in his career. He was one of five black players mentioned as being of major league caliber in a 1938 wire sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates by the Pittsburgh Courier. The other four were Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, Cool Papa Bell and Satchel Paige.

Brown died at age 56 in Dayton, Ohio.

Negro Leagues Career Statistics

Year Team League W L SV Pct G GS CG ShO IP H R ER BB SO ERA
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1931 Indianapolis ABCs NNL 3 1 0 .750 4 4 4 0 36 28 12 8 0 0 2.00
1932 Detroit Wolves
Homestead Grays
EWL
independent
5 7 1 .417 15 11 10 1 108.7 116 53 30 24 37 3.15
1933 Homestead Grays NNL 2 0 0 1.000 2 2 2 0 20 20 11 7 2 12 3.15
1934 Homestead Grays NNL 4 2 0 .667 6 6 5 0 48.7 53 25 17 6 32 3.14
1935 Homestead Grays NNL 8 5 1 .615 18 14 8 1 102.3 102 60 47 31 30 4.13
1936 Homestead Grays NNL 2 2 0 .500 6 5 4 0 41 49 32 23 5 6 5.05
1937 Homestead Grays NNL 7 4 1 .636 14 9 8 0 84 80 47 37 22 44 3.96
1938 Homestead Grays NNL 9 0 1 1.000 14 8 7 1 81.3 71 23 20 10 9 2.21
1939 Homestead Grays NNL 6 1 0 .857 7 7 7 1 64.7 65 30 23 12 17 3.20
1940 Homestead Grays NNL 15 4 0 .789 20 19 19 3 169 145 57 44 27 68 2.34
1941 Homestead Grays NNL 11 5 1 .688 20 13 13 1 131.3 129 57 40 26 38 2.74
1942 Homestead Grays NNL 12 5 1 .709 19 15 14 1 149.7 145 64 51 40 58 3.07
1943 Homestead Grays NNL 7 0 0 1.000 11 7 4 1 64.7 61 28 19 23 27 2.64
1944 Homestead Grays NNL 11 4 1 .733 20 15 13 3 130 130 55 46 19 48 3.18
1945 Homestead Grays NNL 3 4 1 .429 7 7 5 0 53 60 40 36 7 19 6.11
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Totals 15 seasons   105 44 7 .705 183 142 123 13 1284.3 1254 594 456 254 445 3.20
  seasonal 4.165 25 11 2 44 34 30 3 308.3 301 143 109 61 107 3.20

Source: Committee on African-American Baseball

By WIKI

 

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