Tom Browning

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Thomas Leo Browning

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tom Browning was signed as a 9th round pick in the 1982 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds and scout Chet Montgomery. He has more than six times as many wins as all the other pitchers combined who were drafted with Browning in the 9th round of the 1982 draft.

He won 20 games as a rookie in 1985 and ended the season with an 11-game winning streak. He was also the first rookie pitcher to win 20 games in 32 years. Bob Grim was the last to do it before him, in 1954, when he went 20-6. No one has done it since. That same year, he was also the first Reds pitcher to win 20 games in 15 years; Jim Merritt, was 20-12 in 1970. A workhorse, he was the National League leader in starts on four different occasions (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990).

He pitched a perfect game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 16, 1988 [1]. He also came close to a no-hitter that year when he went 8 1/3 innings before giving up a hit.

On May 9, 1994, he broke his arm while delivering a pitch to Archi Cianfrocco, which ended his season. He tried to come back in 1995 with the Kansas City Royals, but appeared in only two games before shutting himself down for the season for further rehab. He was in spring training with the Royals again in 1996, but retired before camp broke.

Browning was pitching coach for the Billings Mustangs in 2008 and 2009. He was originally slated to be the pitching coach of the Carolina Mudcats in 2009, but was replaced by Rigo Beltran after being arrested in Florida for failure to pay child support. He was pitching coach of the AZL Reds in 2010 and 2011 and Dayton Dragons in 2012. Browning was pitching coach of Billings again in 2013, the Bakersfield Blaze in 2014 and back at Dayton in 2015.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-By-Year Minor League Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
2003 Florence Freedom Frontier League 27-61 12th Independent Leagues
2004 Florence Freedom Frontier League 13-33 -- Independent Leagues replaced by Pete Rose, Jr. on July 7

Further Reading[edit]

  • Tom Browning and Dann Stupp: Tom Browning's Tales from the Reds Dugout, Sports Publishing LLC, Champaign IL, 2006.

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