Hal Brown, American baseball player, Died at 91


Hector Harold Brown was born on December 11, 1924, and died on December 17, 2015.

Nicknamed “Skinny”, he was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1951 through 1964 for the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and Houston Colt .45s.

Hector batted and threw right-handed; nicknamed 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.

A knuckleballer with an outstanding control, Hector pitched both as a starter and a reliever.

He reached the Majors in 1951 when the White Sox purchased his contract from the Triple-A Seattle Rainiers.

Hector spent two years with them before moving to the Red Sox, the team that had originally signed him to a pro contract in 1946.

He enjoyed a good season with Boston in 1953, going 11–6 in 25 starts.

Hector 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.

Hector Brown passed away at age 91 in December 2015.