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Note: This page links to Hall of Fame outfielder Willard Brown. For the former major league first baseman and catcher who played from 1887 to 1894, click here.

1994 Ted Williams BBCC #101 Willard Brown

Willard Jessie Brown

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 200 lb.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006

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When playing baseball in Puerto Rico, Willard Brown was known as Ese Hombre which translated to English would be That Man. His home run for the St. Louis Browns on August 13, 1947 was the first hit by a black player in the history of the American League; it was an inside-the-park shot off future Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser of the Detroit Tigers.

[edit] Negro Leagues Career Statistics

Year Team League G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB BA SLG
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1935 Kansas City Monarchs independent 5 17 4 9 1 0 3 3 1 2 .529 1.118
1936 Kansas City Monarchs independent 3 10 3 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 .200 .200
1937 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 47 174 40 61 8 8 8 30 9 14 .351 .626
1938 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 32 118 20 41 8 3 4 16 16 7 .341 .568
1939 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 24 94 11 33 10 2 1 12 6 2 .351 .532
1940 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
1941 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 29 111 24 37 6 4 3 24 6 10 .333 .541
1942 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 36 147 28 50 7 3 5 28 3 9 .340 .531
1943 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 26 96 17 31 4 0 4 15 2 5 .323 .490
1944 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250
1945 military service
1946 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 58 230 47 80 21 7 5 42 13 6 .348 .565
1947 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 50 211 38 71 3 5 2 22 1 3 .336 .427
1948 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 66 262 65 98 20 5 18 13 24 .374 .695
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Totals 13 seasons 378 1478 297 514 88 37 53 194 71 82 .348 .565
' Per 162 g 2.33 162 633 127 220 38 16 23 83 30 35 .348 .565

Source: Committee on African-American Baseball

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