Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Browns Fan Club Luncheon Video & Photos

Memories and good times came pouring out during the St. Louis Browns Fan Club Luncheon on April 28 honoring two surviving players from the Browns' pennant winning season of 1944. Honorees were Babe Martin and Al LaMacchia.

Other Browns players present included Roy Sievers, Bud Thomas, and Ed Mickelson. Rosanne Delsing, wife of former Brown, Jim Delsing, was also in attendance along with Bud Byerly who pitched for the Cardinals against the Browns during the 1944 World Series.

More than 140 Browns fans enjoyed the baseball history program and look forward to the next. The Fan Club will celebrate its 25th anniversary at a dinner on October 8, 2009. Some "surprise" guests are already booked and more are expected. Mark your calendar.

A short video is available from the lunch at:

The following are photos from the event. (Note: Click on photos to enlarge)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mark Your Calendar - October 8, 2009

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the
St. Louis Browns Fan Club . . .
With special guests and surprises.

We have replies from nine former players of the Browns saying they plan to attend. We have already drafted a tentative program that includes an afternoon session talking baseball with some of the players; a cocktail hour followed by dinner. A lineup of first-time speakers talking Browns baseball. Be on the lookout for information about the World’s longest baseball game . . . which involves the Browns. And a full weekend of baseball as an option. All coming in October.

To receive a priority notice for the 25th Anniversary Dinner, send an email to: saying "Add me to the Browns mail list."
For more information, click here to download a pdf flyer.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Rajah Was A Brownie, Too

Rogers Hornsby was born on April 27, 1896 in Winters (Runnels County, between Abilene and San Angelo). He died Jan. 5, 1963 in Chicago. Nicknamed "The Rajah", was a Major League Baseball second baseman and manager. Hornsby's first name, Rogers, was his mother's maiden name. He spent the majority of his playing career with the St. Louis Cardinals, though he also had stints with the Chicago Cubs, Boston Braves, and New York Giants, He ended his career as the player-manager of the St. Louis Browns.

Hornsby is the greatest hitter who regularly played a position other than outfield or first base, and he is arguably history's best right-handed hitter. He is the only player to win the National League Triple Crown twice. His career batting average of .358 is the highest in National League history, and highest in major league history for any right-handed hitter. His batting average for the 1924 season was .424, a mark that no player since has matched. The Baseball Hall of Fame elected Hornsby in 1942. He has also been given a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.