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December 11 – Happy Birthday Hal Brown

They called him”Hal” and “Skinny” but his real name was Hector. He was 6’2″ and weighed about 180 pounds. Just before he retired, the great Ted Williams told reporters that Brown had never thrown him a “fat pitch” and called Skinny a “great pitcher.” Who could be more qualified than the “Splendid Splinter” to make a judgment like that. Brown had a terrific slider and later in his career he learned how to throw a knuckleball. Those two pitches helped him stay in the big leagues for 14 seasons, coming up with the White Sox, in 1951. He was traded to the Red Sox in1953 and went 11-6 for Boston that year in his first shot as a regular starting pitcher. But it wasn’t until he was traded to Baltimore, two seasons later that Brown really hit his pitching stride. In eight years with the Birds, Hal started and relieved his way to a 62-48 record. The Yankees purchased Brown from Baltimore in the last month of the 1962 season and he got his first and only start in pinstripes against the Red Sox, two days later. Boston battered him pretty good and he left in the fifth inning, trailing 9-2. He got just one more relief appearance that season and then was sold to the Houston Colt 45s the following April. Brown is the only member of the Yankee all-time roster I could find who was born on December 11. The Greensboro, NC native was born on this date in 1924.

Just last week, the Yankees announced they had signed free agent Jacoby Ellsbury to a long-term deal. Ellsbury joins Hal Brown and a whole bunch of other former big leaguers who played for both the Yankees and Red Sox during their careers. Here’s my all-time lineup of Yankee/Red Sox:

1b: George Boomer Scott
2b: Mark Bellhorn
3b: Wade Boggs
ss: Everett Scott
c: Elston Howard
of: Babe Ruth
of: Johnny Damon
of: Jacoby Ellsbury
dh: Don Baylor
sp: Red Ruffing
cl: Sparky Lyle

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1962 NYY 0 1 .000 6.75 2 1 1 0 0 0 6.2 9 10 5 3 2 2 1.650
14 Yrs 85 92 .480 3.81 358 211 72 47 13 11 1680.0 1677 781 712 173 389 710 1.230
BAL (8 yrs) 62 48 .564 3.61 204 131 36 30 9 9 1030.2 975 442 413 105 228 422 1.167
BOS (3 yrs) 13 14 .481 4.40 72 30 21 7 1 0 288.1 305 159 141 22 100 130 1.405
HOU (2 yrs) 8 26 .235 3.62 53 41 5 9 3 1 273.1 291 122 110 32 34 121 1.189
CHW (2 yrs) 2 3 .400 4.78 27 8 9 1 0 1 81.0 97 48 43 11 25 35 1.506
NYY (1 yr) 0 1 .000 6.75 2 1 1 0 0 0 6.2 9 10 5 3 2 2 1.650
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/11/2013.