Brown, Willard

Willard Jessie Brown
Born: June 26, 1915, Shreveport, Louisiana
Died: August 4, 1996, Houston, Texas
Played For: 
Kansas City Monarchs, several teams in the Puerto Rican League.
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 2006

Dubbed Home Run by Josh Gibson, Willard Brown regularly posted batting averages well above .300, helping the Kansas City Monarchs win six pennants between 1937-46. The slugging outfielder played in eight East-West All-Star Games, lost two years to army service during World War II and had a brief stint with the St. Louis Browns in 1947. A star in the Puerto Rico Winter League in the 1940s and '50s, Brown captured a pair of Triple Crowns, topped the .400-mark twice and earned the nickname Ese Hombre (The Man). He finished his career with five seasons in the Minor Leagues, bashing 35 home runs in the Texas League in 1954.

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