Browns fade to Black
NOVEMBER 17, 1953
– The St. Louis Browns officially faded into history on this date in 1953. Stockholders of the beleaguered franchise
voted to change their name from the St. Louis Browns to the
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
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.
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).
Browns celebrate 1944 Pennant
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.
Associated Press, November 18, 1953
Publisher and editor Bill Grimes is a member of (SABR) the Society for American Baseball Research