NEW YORK (AP) — At the very first Passe-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, on the final day of the 1947 season, 22-year-aged rookie Bobby Brown watched vast-eyed from the dugout.
Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb had been on the subject. Joe DiMaggio wasn’t a face on a ballpark monument then — he was a teammate.
All of a surprising, the festivities took a dark flip. Hall of Famer House Escape Baker tried to beat out a bunt and collapsed near first base.
Brown was probably the most productive one in the encompassing area with any medical training. Mercurial summoned to are inclined to the 61-year-aged Baker, Brown rushed out and dispensed his handiest advice.
“I told him, ‘Rise up, upward push up!’” Brown recalled a few years ago. “I bid it worked.”
Worked out fairly noteworthy, too, for Brown, one of baseball’s most famous major leaguers on and off the subject.
5-time champion with the Original York Yankees. Highest World Sequence batting average of anyone with at least 35 plate appearances. Veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Outstanding cardiologist. American League president.
Brown died at 96 on Thursday in Fortress Price, Texas, the Yankees said. They said he was last remaining particular person to play for the team in the 1940s.
“Few individuals who have veteran the pinstripes have lived such an accomplished, fulfilled, and vast-ranging life as Dr. Brown, who was beloved by our organization for his warmth, kindness and character,” Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement.
Brown played with the Yankees from 1947-54, with Yogi Berra his roommate. Overall, the third baseman batted .279 with 22 home runs and 237 RBIs. Identified as a terrific contact hitter, Brown struck out legal 88 occasions in 1,863 plate appearances.
In the World Sequence, Brown became a Bronx bruiser.
Apt two days after that Passe-Timers’ Day episode in 1947, Brown made his debut in the Fall Classic as a pinch-hitter, drawing a bases-loaded walk against Brooklyn. Brown went 3 for 3 in that matchup, along with a tall, pinch-hit RBI double in a Game 7 grasp.
Brown hit .439 (18 for 41) with 5 doubles, three triples and 9 RBIs in 17 World Sequence games, with a .500 on-base percentage.
Born on Oct. 25, 1924, in Seattle, Brown went to the same San Francisco high faculty as DiMaggio. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served stateside, and signed with the Yankees in 1946.
Brown persisted his military carrier when he was called up by the Army medical corps in the center of the 1952 season — when Original York won another crown — and was overseas at some level of the Korean War for 19 months. He played in 28 games for the Yankees in May and June 1954 earlier than retiring from baseball.
After his playing days, Brown became a longtime practicing cardiologist in Fortress Price. In 1974, he served as president of the Texas Rangers for part of the season.
“Dr. Brown was no longer simplest a great baseball player, but a great gentleman and a great patriot. We had been fortunate to know him, to work with him, and to call him our buddy,” said damaged-down President George W. Bush, who once owned the Rangers.
Brown was president of the American League from 1984-94, when he also was on the board of administrators for the Hall of Fame.
Commissioner Grasp Manfred called him a “proud Yankee” and “aloof star.”
“Dr. Bobby Brown led an extraordinary life, which integrated great accomplishments on the baseball subject and as a leader and govt in our game,” he said in a statement.
Outdated commissioner Bud Selig praised Brown’s “extraordinary baseball life, both on and off the subject,” adding, “he was of great advantage to me both at some level of my years as a membership owner and then as baseball commissioner.”
“Clearly a sad day and a kind of giant in our sport. Did a lot of diversified, special issues in our game,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
Brown, who played at Tulane and graduated from its medical faculty, persisted to motivate in all fields in contemporary occasions. He spoke last year with Mark Hamilton, a damaged-down Tulane star who went on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals and graduated from medical faculty this past spring.
“Dr. Brown was my childhood inspiration to play Major League Baseball and then enter medication; the example that my dad provided to existing me the two had been no longer mutually peculiar.” Hamilton said in an email to The Associated Press.
Brown is survived by his son, Dr. Pete Brown, daughters, Beverley Dale and Kaydee Bailey, 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Brown’s larger half of extra than 60 years, Sara, died in 2012.
The Browns made a placing couple for decades. For the duration of his final Passe-Timers’ Day search advice from in 2019, Brown recalled their dating days and remembered giving his future larger half advice on how she must aloof narrate him to her parents.
“Enlighten your mother that I’m in medical faculty, studying to be a cardiologist,” he said. “Enlighten your dad that I play third base for the Yankees.”
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AP Baseball Author Ronald Blum and AP Sports Author Stephen Hawkins contributed to this chronicle.