Dr. Bobby Brown – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Bobby Brown’s life accomplishments would be very difficult to match – he earned an award at a young age for saving a man’s life, he served the United States military in two wars, he was a respected medical doctor, he played in 548 Major League Baseball games (earning four World Series Championships) and he served as the president of American League Baseball.
Born in Seattle (October 25, 1924), he graduated from Galileo High School in San Francisco before earning degrees at both Stanford and UCLA. 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.
After serving in World War II, Brown played shortstop for the Tulane baseball team in 1945 while attending medical school. His coach was Claude “Monk” Simons, also a Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Famer.
He joined the New York Yankees organization in 1946 and made his Major League debut on September 22. He would continue playing for the Yankees while completing his medical degree. The outfielder played in 548 games for the Yankee with a lifetime batting average of .279 and 22 home runs. He appeared in four World Series (1947, 1949, 1950 and 1951), batting .439 (18-for-41) in 17 games. He missed one and a half seasons while serving in the Korean War.
After his retirement from, Brown practiced cardiology in the Dallas-Fort Worth area until the early 1980s, when he was appointed President of the American League in 1984 and held that position for a decade.
At his final Old-Timers’ Day visit in 2019, Dr. Brown recalled what he suggested his then-future wife should say to her parents about him, “Tell your mother that I’m in medical school, studying to be a cardiologist. Tell your dad that I play third base for the Yankees.”
Brown passed away on March 25, 2021 at the age of 96.