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Robert William "Bobby" Brown, MD (born October 25, 1924 in Seattle, Washington) is a former third baseman and executive in professional baseball who served as president of the American League from 1984 to 1994. He also was a physician who successfully studied for his medical degree during his eight-year (1946-52, 1954) career as a player with the New York Yankees.

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Education

Brown - also nicknamed "The Golden Boy" during his playing career - attended Stanford University and UCLA before receiving his medical degree from Tulane University. During his time at Stanford, he and another student were involved in the rescue of a Coast Guardsman from a plane crash, for which he received a Silver Lifesaving Medal.

Playing career

Concurrently, he played 548 regular-season games for the Yankees, with a lifetime batting average of .279 with 22 home runs. In addition, he appeared in four World Series (1947, 1949, 1950, 1951) for New York, batting .439 in 17 games - while participating in four world championships. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He missed 1½ seasons due to military service during the Korean War.

A famous, perhaps apocryphal, story that has made the rounds for years in baseball circles concerns the time when Brown's road roommate was star Yankee catcher Yogi Berra, who had little formal education. The two were reading in their hotel room one night - Berra a comic book and Brown his copy of Gray's Anatomy. Berra came to the end of his comic, tossed it aside, and asked Brown, "So, how is yours turning out?"

Baseball executive career

Brown practiced cardiology in the Dallas-Fort Worth area until the early 1980s, when he returned to baseball as a vice president of the AL Texas Rangers. In 1984, he succeeded Lee MacPhail as AL president and held the post for a decade; Gene Budig replaced him. In 1992 and 1993, Brown presented the World Series Trophy (on both occasions to the Toronto Blue Jays) instead of the Commissioner of Baseball. The presidencies of the American League and the National League were abolished in 2000 and their functions were absorbed into the office of the Commissioner of Baseball.

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Preceded by
Lee MacPhail
American League president
1984–1994
Succeeded by
Gene Budig

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