Remembering: Dr. Bobby Brown (1924-2021)
The Yankees mourn the passing of Dr. Bobby Brown— a member of 5 Yankees championship teams, WWII & Korean War veteran, President of the American League from 1984-94, practicing cardiologist & fan favorite at Old Timers’ Day. We send our condolences to his family & loved ones. pic.twitter.com/iw8rPfyxeM — New York Yankees (@Yankees) March 25, 2021
A man with very few- if any- parallels in the history of baseball, we are saddened to hear the news that Dr. Bobby Brown (Yankees infielder from 1946-1952, 1954) has passed away earlier today at 96 years old.
A veteran of two wars (World War II on the Homefront and in the Korean War overseas), Bobby Brown did just about everything one could achieve in a lifetime.
A regular at Old Timer’s Day for the New York Yankees, Dr. Bobby Brown won 4 World Series rings and was a part of 5 World Series teams. He was the last living member of the 1947 Yankees World Series team, and the last living member of any World Series team from any earlier World Series teams (1903-1947) as well.
During his tenure in Major League Baseball, Brown was able to work a negotiation between Tulane University and the New York Yankees to study to earn his medical degree while playing professional baseball. He ultimately did so, and practiced cardiology from 1958 to 1974 before taking a 6-month break.
In this break, Brown didn’t take a vacation, but instead he became the interim president of the Texas Rangers, helping them to go over a .500 winning percentage after two 100-loss seasons. However, Brown would ultimately return to medicine at the end of the season.
However, Brown wouldn’t be out of baseball for long as just 10 years later he was urged to become the commissioner of baseball by his peers before being offered the role of American League president, a post which he served for 10 years until 1994.
Today, we remember him and we send our condolences to his family.
Rest in peace, Dr. Bobby Brown.Embed from Getty Images
Commissioner Manfred issued the following statement today regarding the passing of former @Yankees infielder (1946-1952, 1954) and American League President (1984-1994) Dr. Bobby Brown at the age of 96: pic.twitter.com/kEi7d9Xbwr — MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) March 25, 2021