Tulane Alumni Association




Distinguished Alumnus/a Award 1993



Robert W. "Bobby" Brown

While playing baseball for the New York Yankees alongside some of the game's greatest names-Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, and Mickey Mantle-Robert W. "Bobby" Brown was also pursuing his medical degree at Tulane. The former star third baseman and cardiologist now serves as president of the American League of Professional Baseball.

Bobby Brown has maintained two passions during his lifetime: medicine and baseball. While in medical school, Brown found time to play the 1945 season as shortstop for the Green Wave under Claude "Monk" Simons. That year, Tulane won 22 games and lost only six. From 1943-46, during World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy V-12 program. He played professional baseball in New York from 1946-54 and appeared in four World Series with the Yankees, gaining a reputation for hitting in the "clutch" and compiling a .439 batting average in post-season play. He completed medical school at Tulane through a special arrangement that allowed him to attend school during the offseason. From 1952-54, Brown served in the Korean War as battalion surgeon for the 160th Field Artillery Battalion, 45th division, U.S. 8th Army. He was later assigned to the Tokyo Army Hospital.

Brown Retired from baseball in 1954, and with his medical degree in hand, he began his residency in internal medicine in San Francisco. Three years later, he returned to Tulane, where he worked under Dr. George Burch on a cardiology fellowship. He settled in Fort Worth, Texa, in 1958 and practiced cardiology there until 1984.

In 1974, Brown took a six-month leave of absence from his practice to serve as interim president of the Texas Rangers. In 1984, he returned to baseball full-time when he was elected president of the American League. Since then, he has been a key member of baseball's management structure, serving on the executive council and the player relations committee.

Brown has remained an active Tulane alumnus, having served as chairman of the Fort Worth Associates committee, as officer and board member of the Alumni Association, and as a member of the Alumni Admissions Committee and the Green Wave Club. He became a member of the Tulane University Medical Center Board of Governors in the 1970's and served in that capacity for 15 years. He was then appointed to the Advisory Board of Governors for the Medical School and to the Tulane Medical Alumni Association. He was then inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1979, and was named Outstanding Alumnus in Medicine in 1985.

Brown is married to Sara French Brown (NC '51), who majored in psychology, was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, and was the 1950 Homecoming Queen. The Browns have three children-Peter S. Brown (M '79), Beverly Brown Dale, and Kathryn Brown Bailey-and 10 grandchildren.

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