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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 Well-Known 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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