Gates Brown was born on Tuesday, May 2, 1939, in Crestline, Ohio. Brown was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 19, 1963, with the Detroit Tigers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Gates Brown baseball stats page.
"I took (in High School) a little English, a little math, some science, a few hubcaps, and some wheel covers." - Gates Brown in The Gigantic Book of Baseball Quotations (Wayne Stewart, Skyhorse Publishing, 10/012007, Page 563)
Gates 'The Gator' Brown Autograph on a 1971 Topps (#503 | Checklist )
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Gates Brown Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|1964 Detroit Tigers||26||$8,000.00||-||-|
|1965 Detroit Tigers||26||$15,000.00||-||-|
|1966 Detroit Tigers||26||$15,500.00||-||-|
|1967 Detroit Tigers||26||$16,000.00||-||-|
|1968 Detroit Tigers||26||$18,000.00||-||Stats|
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|Gates Brown Stats by Baseball Almanac|
William James Brown was a
Major League Baseball player
who spent his entire career with the
(1963-1975). Did you know that Gates, his nickname, holds the following
Pinch Hitting Records
: Most Pinch Hit At-Bats in a Career (414), Most Pinch Hits in the American League (107), Most Pinch Hit Home Runs in the American League (16)?
Gates Brown Rookie Card | 1964 Topps Baseball Card (#471 | Checklist )
Baseball Almanac Collection
Did you know that Gates Brown served time in Ohio's Mansfield State Reformatory (Prison), from 1958 to 1959, before he made it to the majors? [ Baseball Players Who Did Time in Prison ]
A record setting team of nine: Gates Brown, Bill Freehan , Willie Horton , Mickey Lolich , Al Kaline , Norm Cash , Dick McAuliffe , Jim Northrup and Mickey Stanley - nine teammates who spent ten years together (1964 through 1973), the longest duration in baseball history by a group of nine players on the same team at the same time. Teammate John Hiller (not in that nine because he joined the team in 1965, but was there after that through 1980), said, "We were like family. We barbecued together with our wives and kids. We partied together. When we had problems, we talked to each other. Hell, we even loaned each other money when things got tight - although we'd run the other way when ( Denny ) McLain came along."
Gates Brown: The Hot Dog Incident ( Baseball Hall of Shame 3 , Bruce Nash, Pocket Books Publishing, 12/01/1988, Page 16)
"Gates Brown gave the most disgraceful exhibition of hot-dogging on the base paths that the game has ever seen.
Before a home game against the Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers manager Mayo Smith decided that rather than start Brown, he would use him as a pinch hitter if the situation warranted it.
In the sixth inning, with Cleveland leading 2-1, Gates, a 220-pound player whose love for baseball was exceeded only by his love for food, sneaked out of the dugout and into the clubhouse for a snack. Brown grabbed two hot dogs, slapped some mustard and ketchup on them, and hustled back to the dugout.
Sitting the the far corner, he planned on eating the hot dogs on the sly. He also figured he had plenty of time to munch on them because Smith almost never called on Gate to pinch-hit until late in the game. Brown had just taken a bite out of his first dog when, from the other end of the dugout, he heard Smith say, 'Gates, get your bat and hit.'
Brown was not prepared to play. His belt was unbuckled, his shoes were untied, and he was holding a hot dog in each hand. By turning his back to Smith , Gates was able to hide his dilemma from the manager. But since Smith was staring at him, Brown couldn't dump the hot dogs without getting into trouble. So Gates stuffed the doggies in his jersey, tied his shoes, fastened his belt, grabbed a bat, and headed for the batter's box.
'I always wanted to get a hit every time I went up to the plate,' recalled Brown. 'But this was one time I didn't want to get a hit. I'll be damned if I didn't smack one in the gap and I had to slide into second - headfirst, no less. I was safe with a double. But when I stood up, I had mustard and ketchup and smashed hot dogs and buns all over me.'
'The fielders took one look at me, turned their backs, and damned near busted a gut laughing at me. My teammates in the dugout went crazy. That had to be my most embarrassing moment in baseball.'
Brown's hit helped win the game, but, he confessed, 'I was still pissed off because I had messed up my hot dogs and I couldn't eat them.'
Although his uniform was stained with mustard and ketchup, Gates had plenty of Mayo with his hot dogs. The manager fined him $100. 'When I returned to the dugout,' Brown recalled, ' Smith said, What the hell were you doing on the bench in the first place? I decided to tell him the truth. I , I was was hungry. Besides, where else can you eat a hot dog and have the best seat in the house?.'"
Gates Brown: The Hot Dog Incident - Part 2, A teammate's point of view with a slight variance on how those hotdogs got to Gates, ( The Detroit Tigers Encyclopedia , Jim Hawkins, Sports Publishing, 04/01/2003, Page 97)
"It soon became obvious that they were a special group of guys.
'I keep looking back at all the jerks we had on that team,' said Hiller . 'I don't mean that meanly - I mean it affectionally. I just can't imagine another mix of personalities like we had. We hade more characters on that team than has ever been assembled on any one team anywhere. You forget about the games. You forget about the bobbles and the good plays and the good hits. What you remember are the pranks and good times.'
Like the time Gates Brown suddenly heard his sizable stomach growling in the middle of a game. No problem said Northrup , ever the instigator. 'I leaned out of the dugout and asked a fan to go buy us a hot dog,' Northrup recalled. 'I traded him a bseball for it. We did that all the time. Mayo [ Smith ] never did figure it out.'
However, before Brown could take his first bit of his hot dog, the Tiger manager hollered for him to pinch hit.
'I offered to hold the hot dog for him', said Northrup , 'but you know Gates. Once he's got his hands on something to eat, he's not going to let it go.'
Instead, Brown tucked his hot dog, mustard and all, inside his shirt, and headed for home plate. Of course, he got a hit. He was, after all, the Tigers' top pinch hitter. But Gates was forced to do a head-first slide into second base, hot dog and all.
On June 19, 1963 , during the fifth inning, Gates Brown hit a home run in his first Major League at-bat - the thirteenth American League player in history to join the " club "; however, Gates entered the game as a pinch hitter which was only the third instance in the hisotry of the junior circuit ( Ace Parker on April 30, 1937 / John Kennedy on September 5, 1962 ).