Negro League Inductions
The Boston Globe
A power-hitting outfielder, Brown helped the Kansas City Monarchs to six pennants in the years 1937-46, and was nicknamed ‘‘Home Run’’ by Josh Gibson. Born in Shreveport, La., in 1921, he had a cup of coffee with the St. Louis Browns in 1947, the same year Jackie Robinson broke the color line with the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the 1940s and 1950s, Brown was also a star in the Puerto Rico Winter League, where he twice won the triple crown also hit over .400 two times.
Willard Brown
A power-hitting outfielder, Brown helped the Kansas City Monarchs to six pennants in the years 1937-46, and was nicknamed ‘‘Home Run’’ by Josh Gibson. Born in Shreveport, La., in 1921, he had a cup of coffee with the St. Louis Browns in 1947, the same year Jackie Robinson broke the color line with the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the 1940s and 1950s, Brown was also a star in the Puerto Rico Winter League, where he twice won the triple crown also hit over .400 two times.
(Courtesy of the Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, NY.)