Willard Brown

Birthdate 6/26/1915
Death Date 8/4/1996
Debut Year 1935
Year of Induction 2006
Teams Negro Leagues
Position Right Field

Willard Brown twice won the Triple Crown while playing in Puerto Rico. In 2006 he was inducted into both the US and Caribbean HoF.

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Willard Brown autographed index card

Willard Brown autographed index card

Nicknamed “Home Run Brown” by none other than Josh Gibson, Willard Brown was a power-hitting centerfielder for the Kansas City Monarchs. Brown helped the Monarchs to six Negro League pennants including the Negro League championship in 1942. He led the Negro leagues in
Buck O'Neil lists Willard Brown on his All Time Negro League team

Buck O'Neil lists Willard Brown on his All Time Negro League team

Hall of Fame voters recognized Willard Brown as one of the greatest to play the game. The legendary Buck O’Neil also lists Brown as his rightfielder on his All Time Negro League All Stars. A quick glance down the list finds it peppered with other Hall of Fame players.
2006 Hall of Fame yearbook with Willard Brown on the cover

2006 Hall of Fame yearbook with Willard Brown on the cover

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

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