Baseball and two Frank Browers
Heard from two faithful readerfriends in the past week after my mention of Frank Brower and the “magic” summer of 1946 when the Baltimore Orioles had a farm club here in the old Eastern Shore Baseball League.
One of the better players on some of our Centreville town teams years ago, Eddie Cook, called to tell me that the senior Frank Brower would not have played with the Orioles farm club in 1946 as he was 53 years of age at the time. But Eddie said Frank did play five seasons — 120-25 in the majors with the Washington Senators and Cleveland Browns. I forgot to ask him what position he played. Anyway, he had a nickname of “Turkeyfoot,” according to Eddie. He told me that Frank died in 1960.
The other note about Frank came in a note from my old friend Rogers Smith, who lives in Chestertown. He read the piece in the column and went on to tell me about Frank (Buddy) Brower, the son. He wrote that he and young Frank were lifelong friends, going through Church Hill High School and Washington College together.
Rogers wrote: “I do not believe that he was ever active with the Orioles farm team in Centreville as he and I played on the Church Hill baseball team in the sping of 1946, the same year the school was closed as a high school. He was the catcher and I played first base. George Vickers Hollingsworth was the school principal and baseball coach. I believe we were county champions that year. Frank went on to play center field for the Washington College team coached by Ed Athey. I am sure reer. Peyton picked the best time to call it quits after a fine 18-year battle under center in the NFL. Now I will have to keep up with his brother Eli who runs that NYC team.
••• 1939 WORLD’S FAIR
COINS Ran across a small envelope in the back of the desk drawer I was cleaning out and found two coins that set the mind recalling a memorable week spent at the World’s Fair in New York in 1939.
Jeepie Roberts, down Queenstown way, and I were two scouts from the county who spent a week in the Boy Scout camp at the fairgrounds that wonderful summer. The scouts were used as guides during the fair. We would be assigned a certain gate each day and would meet school classes and other groups then show them around the grounds of the big fair. It was quite a thrill.
I had a letter from someone in Ohio who collects Boy Scout stuff and remember sending him my uniform worn at the fair. I would if he wants these two coins? Now, if I can only find his address.
••• ”EXTREMELY URGENT”? Ruth received one of those brightly colored envelopes in the mail the other day that had on the front in bold letters: EXTREMELY URGENT and EXPEDITED ENVELOPED.
The only “urgent” part about it was the people wanted Ruth to order some of their Arctic Ruby Oil it talked about inside the big envelope. A MONTH’s supply was $59.95, plus $6.95 shipping and handling. No thanks!!!