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Oscar Lee Brown

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The younger brother of "Downtown" Ollie Brown, Oscar Brown played 160 games over five big league seasons. Another brother, Willie Brown, played in the NFL with the Rams and Eagles.

Unlike his brother Ollie, who was born in Alabama, Oscar was born in Long Beach, CA. Both Ollie and Oscar attended the same Long Beach high school. Oscar went to USC, where he attended at the same time as Spaceman Bill Lee. He began in the minors in 1966, hitting .346 for Yakima. In all, Oscar would play 8 seasons in the minors between 1966-74, hitting .294 without much power.

He was up in the majors for all or part of each year from 1969-73, each time with the Atlanta Braves. Hank Aaron was his teammate each year. He had substantial success with the bat in 1970, hitting .383/.464/.532 in 27 games. He got the most playing time in 1972 when he appeared in 76 games. He fought for playing time that year with Ralph Garr, Dusty Baker, Rico Carty, Mike Lum and Hank Aaron, although Aaron mostly played first base.

The book Baseball in Long Beach has a page on him with a photo.

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