Larry Brown (baseball)
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*Texas Rangers (by|1974)
Larry Leslie Brown (Born:
March 1, 1940in Shinnston, West Virginia, United States) is the brother of Dick Brown and a former Major League Baseball infielderwho played from by|1963 to by|1974 for the Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Oriolesand Texas Rangers. A right-hander, he was 5'11" and he weighed 165 pounds.
He was originally signed by the Indians in by|1958, and on July 6, 1963, against the
New York Yankees, he made his big league debut at the age of 23. Pinch-hitting for Tito Francona, he struck out in his first at-bat, but he collected a single in his second plate appearance.
As a starter for Cleveland between by|1964 and by|1969, his batting averages were consistently low – his highest batting average during that span was .253, while his lowest was .227. In by|1970, he lost his starting job to a young
Jack Heidemann, and by April 24, 1971, he was with a new team – the Athletics. He'd end up hitting below .200 during his time with the Athletics, and in by|1973 he was signed by the Orioles. He played only 17 games with them that season, batting .250. He finished his career with the Rangers in 1974. He played his final game on September 29 of that year.
Overall, he hit .233 with 47 career home runs and 254 RBI. Brown ranked in the top 5 in sacrifice hits (by|1965 and by|1967). He also ranked in the top ten in intentional walks in 1968, and because of his good eye at the plate, he ranked in the top ten for best at-bats per strikeout ratio twice (by|1968 and by|1969). His fielding percentage stood at .966.
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