Obit of the Day: The Colleen Named Pat
Patricia “Pat” Brown was quite the athlete growing up in Winthrop, Massachusetts. She was a three-sport star in field hockey, basketball and tennis. But it was on the diamond that she would earn lasting fame as a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Ms. Brown played two seasons with the AAGPBL as a member of the Battle Creek (MI) Belles and the Chicago Colleens. A dual threat, Ms. Brown went 9-9 as a pitcher in 1950 and also hit .298 with 6 RBI, a stolen base, and a triple in 57 at bats. Following the 1951 season, Ms. Brown joined other members of the AAGPBL on a national tour promoting the women’s game.
After her baseball career ended, Ms. Brown headed to campus. Between 1955 and 1977 she would earn her B.A., law degree, and M.B.A. from Suffolk (MA) University as well as a Master’s in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She was not only a student at Suffolk but also a law librarian and a professor. Always the athlete, she started the university’s first women’s basketball team and physical education program for women.
Ms. Brown passed away at the age of 81.
(Image courtesy of wnbacards.com)
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Note: Ms. Brown and other members of the AAGPBL are sometimes listed as “Baseball Hall of Famers.” Although there is an excellent exhibit on the history of women in baseball at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, they are not technically hall of famers. Hall of Fame members are those baseball players voted in by the Base Ball Writers Association of American and the Veterans’ Committee. As a matter of fact, there is only one woman who is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame: Negro League owner Effa Manley.