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RIP. Gates Brown

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Smasher_Sloan, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Best remembered for overcoming adversity in his life to become a pinch hitting specialist for the Tigers in the 1960s and '70s.


  2. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    I used to have that card. I had read that he was at Comerica Park all the time as a good-will ambassador. Played with his brother Ike for a time.
  3. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    The Gator!

    Pretty sure he pinch hit a few times with a hot dog in his back pocket (that he paid for himself...no freebies back in that day).
  4. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    I heard that story once myself. He had to slide on a play and ended up with his uniform pants covered in ketchup and mustard.
  5. SpeedTchr

    SpeedTchr Well-Known Member

    NOOOOOO!!! RIP Gates :(
  6. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Terry Foster of The Detroit News wrote a nice column about Gates, including the hot dog story: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130927/SPORTS0104/309270110/Tigers-family-mourns-pinch-hitting-legend-Gates-Brown?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

    He was a character among a team of characters, which was the team of my childhood.

    He had been in poor health for several years. He was a great ambassador for the team, but at least he's not suffering anymore.

    RIP, Gates.
  7. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Jim Bouton broke that story in Ball Four.
  8. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    The proliferation of the 12- and 13-man pitching staff has led directly to the death of the fat pinch-hitting specialist. Every team used to have a Gates Brown or a Smoky Burgess. Matt Stairs might have been the last of the breed.
  9. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Wow, so many pinch-hitting specialists from the 1960s through the 80s that had a nice little niche: Carl Warwick, Manny Mota, Vic Davalillo, Jerry Morales, Bombo Rivera, and Kranepool toward the end of his career, for that matter.
  10. Liut

    Liut Active Member

    Did you mean Jose Morales? My memories of him are mostly Montreal.
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Loved his barbecue.
  12. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    RIP to a pinch hitting legend.
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