1963 Topps Dick Brown baseball card #112
|Born: )January 17, 1935
Shinnston, West Virginia
|Died: April 17, 1970) (aged 35)
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|June 20, 1957 for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 3, 1965 for the Baltimore Orioles|
Richard Ernest Brown (January 17, 1935 – April 17, 1970) was a catcher in American Major League Baseball during the 1950s and 1960s. The native of Shinnston, West Virginia, attended Florida State University and batted and threw right-handed. Standing at 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) tall, and weighing 190 pounds, he played from 1957 to 1965 for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles.
Originally signed by the Indians in 1953, Dick — who was the elder brother of former AL infielder Larry Brown — made his big league debut on June 20, 1957 against the Boston Red Sox at the age of 22. After three seasons with the Indians, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox on December 6, 1959 along with Don Ferrarese, Minnie Miñoso and Jake Striker for Norm Cash, Bubba Phillips and Johnny Romano.
Brown played in 636 games over nine seasons, hitting .244 with 62 home runs and 223 RBI. His best two seasons were the two he spent with Detroit: he hit 16 home runs in 1961 and 12 home runs in 1962. He had a .989 fielding percentage. Career highlights include back-to-back-to-back home runs he hit with Norm Cash and Steve Boros on May 23, 1961. He hit a grand slam less than one month earlier on April 29.
He played his final game on October 3, 1965. He was forced to retire because of a brain tumor, which eventually claimed his life. He served as a scout for the Orioles until his death at age 35 in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1970. He is buried in Pinecrest Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida.
- "Dick Brown Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2009-12-24.