Earl Browne
 

 

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EARL JAMES BROWNE

Born: March 5, 1911
Place: Louisville, Kentucky
Died: January 12, 1993
Place: Whittier, California

Batted: Left
Threw: Left

Position:
First Base

Nickname: 
Snitz

Team:
Owensboro Oilers

Kitty League 
Hall of Fame
Inducted July 15, 2005

 


Earl Browne was the only batter in the history of the Kitty League to hit over .400 in two straight seasons. He led all minor league baseball in hitting with a .429 average while guiding the Owensboro Oilers to their first pennant in franchise history in 1946.

Browne was 35 years old and a veteran of 18 seasons, four with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies, when he was named player-manager of the Oilers.

Among the highlights of his Kitty League career was hitting three home runs and driving in eight runs against the Madisonville Miners on May 10, 1946.

Browne was presented with a silver Louisville Slugger bat by the Hillerich and Bradsby Company for his .429 batting feat in a ceremony at Miller Field on June 17, 1947. He was also given numerous gifts, including a brand new automobile.

“I want to thank you folks, but I don’t know what to say,” he said after receiving the car. “Well, when I’m riding around town and you see me, stop me and get in.”  

 

 

 

Kitty League Batting Statistics

YEAR CLUB BA G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
1946 Owensboro .429 92 350 84 150 18 3 21 104 2
1947 Owensboro .425 107 344 100 146 37 3 7 93 4
Total 2 seasons .427 199 694 184 296 55 6 28 197 6

 

 

 

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