Baseball in Wartime

Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice

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Alton Brown

Date and Place of Birth: April 16, 1925 Norfolk, VA

Baseball Experience: Major League

Military Unit: US Army

Area Served: United States


Alton L. Brown, who entered military service in January 1944, never played organized baseball before serving in the Army. After he was discharged from service, he pitched in the Norfolk, Virginia, City League, and signed with the Roanoke Rapids of the Coastal Plain League in 1948. In his sophomore year in minor league ball, Brown won 28 games for the Rapids and was voted league MVP. He made his debut with the Senators in April 1951, making seven relief appearances that year. Brown continued to play in the minor leagues until 1956, managing the Piedmont League’s Norfolk Tars in 1955. After baseball, Brown worked for 20 years as a crew foreman on the Norfolk waterfront.

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