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.
Willard Jessie Brown
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 200 lb.
- Debut July 19, 1947
- Final Game August 17, 1947
- Born June 26, 1915 in Shreveport, LA USA
- Died August 4, 1996 in Houston, TX USA
Brown began his career with the Kansas City Monarchs in 1935 and played with them for more than a decade, missing time while serving in the Army during World War II. At age 32, he was signed by the Browns in July 1947, along with Hank Thompson. He made his big league debut on July 19th, and four days later, he went 4-for-5 against the New York Yankees. His home run on August 13th 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. However, Brown hit just .179 in 21 games and was let go by St. Louis. He returned to the Negro Leagues and later found success in the minors in the Texas League.
When playing baseball in Puerto Rico, Brown was known as "Ese Hombre" which translated to English would be "That Man".
Negro Leagues Career Statistics
|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|
|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|
|'||Per 162 g||2.33||162||633||127||220||38||16||23||83||30||35||.348||.565|
Source: Committee on African-American Baseball
- Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 2006