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NOV. 17 (1953) - Browns
By Bill Grimes
Nov 17, 2007 - 11:18 PM

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Browns fade to Black

 

NOVEMBER 17, 1953 ST. LOUIS , MISSOURI The St. Louis Browns officially faded into history on this date in 1953. Stockholders of the beleaguered franchise
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voted to change their name from the St. Louis Browns to the Baltimore Orioles.
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It was the final step in the transition from former owner Bill Veeck to a new group which would start the 1954 season near the shores of Chesapeake Bay rather than the Mississippi River.

 

The Browns actually began as Milwaukee Brewers in 1901 – a charter American League franchise – not to be confused with the present day Brewers. The team only stayed one year in Milwaukee, moving to St. Louis in 1902 and becoming the Browns, which was the color of their uniforms.  

 

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Browns celebrate 1944 Pennant
In all the years spent in St. Louis (and one in Milwaukee) the Browns won just one American League Pennant – 1944. They played the cross-town St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series that year (it wasn’t really a cross-town classic since both teams played at Sportsmen’s Park).

 

The franchise’s change of scenery did them good. The Baltimore Orioles went to the post-season six times from 1966 to 1974, and again in 1983 and 1997, winning the World Series in 1966, 1970 and 1983.

 

Contributing sources:

Associated Press, November 18, 1953

http://mlb.mlb.com/bal/history/year_by_year_results.jsp

http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/al/stlouisbrowns/browns.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Browns

 

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Publisher and editor Bill Grimes is a member of (SABR) the Society for American Baseball Research



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