28 Facts About St Louis Browns


St Louis Browns were a Major League Baseball team that originated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Johnson knew the Brewers could not be viable in Milwaukee, and originally intended to move them to St Louis, a larger market.

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At the time, St Louis was the fourth-largest city in the nation, while Milwaukee was the 15th.

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Under the circumstances, a move to St Louis was a foregone conclusion.

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In 1909, the St Louis Browns rebuilt Sportsman's Park as the third concrete-and-steel park in the major leagues.

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However, the St Louis Browns players decided to help Lajoie win the title over the unpopular Cobb.

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St Louis Browns's greatest find was George Sisler, who had played for Rickey at Michigan.

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St Louis had been considered a "Browns town" until then; as late as 1925, the Browns outdrew the Cardinals by more than 50,000.

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St Louis Browns died in 1933, and his estate ran the team for three years, with Ball's former right-hand man Louis Von Weise as team president.

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St Louis Browns got tentative approval from the league, which went as far as to draw up a schedule accounting for transcontinental train trips, though the St Louis Browns suggested that teams could travel by plane, a new concept at the time.

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Under the deal, the St Louis Browns would buy the Chicago Cubs' top affiliate, the Los Angeles Angels; in those days, whoever owned a minor league team owned the major league rights to that city.

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St Louis Browns spent the 1944 season in a vigorous three-way race with the Tigers and Yankees for the pennant.

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St Louis Browns built a new stadium for their top farm team, the San Antonio Missions of the Texas League.

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The St Louis Browns won the game against the Philadelphia Athletics, whose venerable owner Connie Mack took part in the "Grandstand Managers" voting.

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St Louis Browns was the second pitcher in history to accomplish the feat.

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Veeck, believing that St Louis was too small for two franchises, planned to drive the Cardinals out of town.

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St Louis Browns signed many of the Cardinals' most popular ex-players and, as a result, attracted many Cards fans to see the Browns.

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St Louis Browns re-acquired former Browns fan favorite Vern Stephens and signed former Cardinals pitcher Harry Brecheen, both of whom had starred in the all-St Louis World Series in 1944.

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St Louis Browns never came close to fielding a winning team during this time.

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St Louis Browns pleaded no contest, and put the Cardinals up for sale rather than face certain lifetime banishment from baseball.

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St Louis Browns was rebuffed by the other owners, still seething over the publicity stunts he pulled at the Browns home games, and opposed proposals Veeck had made to pool revenues from broadcasting.

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Not only was Veeck forced to sell off top-drawer players to keep the team afloat, but late in the season, the St Louis Browns were running so low on baseballs that they were forced to ration them during batting practice.

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When what would be the Browns' last game in St Louis went into extra innings, the Browns had so few baseballs on hand that the umpires were forced to recycle the least damaged used ones.

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St Louis Browns's first act was to request permission to move the team to Baltimore, which was swiftly granted by MLB.

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Unlike other clubs that relocated in the 1950s, retaining their nickname and a sense of continuity with their past, the St Louis Browns were renamed the Baltimore Orioles upon their transfer.

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In December 1954, General Manager Paul Richards made a 17-player trade with the New York Yankees that included most former St Louis Browns of note still on the Baltimore roster, dramatically changing the team.

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Many older fans in St Louis remember the Browns fondly, and some have formed societies to keep the memory of the team alive.

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St Louis Browns was believed to be the oldest former major leaguer at the time, and the last living pitcher to have faced Babe Ruth.

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