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Tom Brown (brownto01)

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Thomas Tarlton Brown

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 168 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tom Brown is one of the few major leaguers who have scored 1,500 runs who is not in the Hall of Fame.

Brown's career lasted 17 years in the 19th century. He also managed for a couple of years and was an umpire for over 300 games, from 1898, when he worked his first National League games, until 1907, when he was in the American League. He was a good hitter during his years in the American Association, but not as impressive in the National League or the Players League. As a base stealer, he ranks 13th on the all-time list with 657 stolen bases.

In 1891, Tom scored 177 runs, tied for second on the all-time list for most runs scored in a single season. At the time, it was the highest total, although it was broken three years later by "Sliding" Billy Hamilton. The previous record had been set by Tip O'Neill, with 167 scored in 1887. That 1891 season may have been Tom's finest. In 137 games, he led the American Association in runs scored, hits (189), triples (21) and stolen bases (106), batting .321/.397/.469. The similarity scores method shows mostly old-time players as comparisons, but there are two relatively recent players on the list - Willie Wilson and Brett Butler. In 1895, Brown broke John Morrill's career strikeout record of 656. Brown retired in 1898, leaving the record at 708. This record lasted until 1912, when Jimmy Sheckard took it: it has subsequently passed to Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Willie Stargell and currently Reggie Jackson.

He is one of only two major league players born in Liverpool. Among players born in England, his career is by far the longest.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time League At-Bats Leader (1891/AA & 1892/NL)
  • AA Runs Scored Leader (1891)
  • AA Hits Leader (1891)
  • AA Total Bases Leader (1891)
  • AA Triples Leader (1891)
  • 2-time League Stolen Bases Leader (1891/AA & 1893/NL)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 6 (1886 & 1890-1894)
  • 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 6 (1889-1894)
  • 100 Stolen Bases Seasons: 1 (1891)

Records Held[edit]

  • Errors, outfielder, career, 490

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1899 Springfield Ponies Eastern League 52-56 5th
1901 Denver Grizzlies Western League -- -- replaced Buck Weaver, replaced by Bill Everitt

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