|Born: December 11, 1924|
Greensboro, North Carolina
|Died: December 17, 2015 (aged 91)|
Greensboro, North Carolina
|April 19, 1951, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 16, 1964, for the Houston Colt .45s|
|Earned run average||3.81|
|Career highlights and awards|
Hector Harold Brown (December 11, 1924 – December 17, 2015), nicknamed "Skinny", was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher from 1951 through 1964 for the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and Houston Colt .45s. Brown was a knuckleball pitcher with an outstanding control who played as a starting pitcher and as a relief pitcher. He played for eight seasons with the Orioles and was inducted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame in 1991. He batted and threw right-handed;.
Brown was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and, was nicknamed Skinny by his parents because he was a chubby child, Brown weighed 180 pounds (82 kg) and stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall during his active career. He was 26-years-old when
The Chicago White Sox purchased his contract from the Triple-A Seattle Rainiers and, he made his major league debut with the team on April 19, 1951 at the age of 26. He spent two years with them before moving to the Red Sox, the team that had originally signed him to a pro contract in 1946. Brown enjoyed a good season with Boston in 1953, going 11–6 in 25 starts. He joined the Baltimore Orioles in 1955 midseason, winning 34 games for them from 1956 to 1959. His most productive season came in 1960, when he had a 12–5 mark with a career-low 3.06 ERA. The next year he ended 10–6 and 3.19, pitching 36 shutout innings to set a team record.
Brown pitched briefly for the Yankees in 1962, then was purchased by the Colt .45s at the end of the season. It was the third time that Houston general manager Paul Richards, who managed Brown in Seattle in 1950, had acquired the right-handed pitcher — he had done so in 1951 when Richards managed the White Sox and in 1955 when he was both general manager and field manager with the Orioles.
With Houston in 1963, Brown was a victim of poor run support, as he walked just eight batters in 141 innings and posted a 3.31 ERA, but tallied just a 5–11 record. In 1964, his last major league season, he finished 3–15 despite a decent 3.95 ERA.
In a 14-season major league career, Brown posted an 85–92 record with a 3.81 ERA in 358 appearances, including 211 starts, 47 complete games, 13 shutouts, 11 saves, 1,680 innings pitched, and a 1.83 strikeout-to-walk ratio (710-to-389). He collected only 14 hit by pitches and 37 wild pitches.
- Twice led American League in Walks/9IP (1.76 in 1959; 1.25 in 1960)
- Led AL in WHIP (1.113 in 1960)
- Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia – Gary Gillette, Peter Gammons, Pete Palmer. Publisher: Sterling Publishing, 2005. Format: Paperback, 1824pp. Language: English. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3