Ray Brown

Ray Brown autograph
Birthdate 2/23/1908
Death Date 2/8/1965
Debut Year 1930
Year of Induction 2006
Teams Negro Leagues
Position Pitcher

Armed with an array of breaking pitches highlighted by a devastating curveball, Ray Brown led the Homestead Grays to 8 pennants in 9 years.

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Hall of Fame plaque of Ray Brown

Hall of Fame plaque of Ray Brown

In 1938 the Pittsburgh Courier listed Negro Leaguers who’d be certain big leaguers if allowed to play: Ray Brown, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, and Satchel Paige. All five players ended up in the Hall of Fame. As the initial Negro Leaguer in Cooperstown, Paige received the honor i
2006 Hall of Fame yearbook

2006 Hall of Fame yearbook

In 2005, the Hall of Fame put together a special screening committee to find people associated with the Negro Leagues who were most deserving of induction. An original list of 94 nominees was cut to 29 candidates and finally 17 new members of the Hall of Fame to be inducted in 2006. The cover of the

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