Often disgruntled, saddled with poor teams, and plagued by wildness, Brown never
had a winning ML season despite posting some good ERAs. In 1909, the former Ames
College star kept his ERA for the Braves to 2.67 but went 9-23.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 7, 1905: Cincinnati's Fred Odwell lines an inside the park homer, off St. Louis rookie Buster Brown, to edge out teammate Cy Seymour for the NL home run title. Odwell leads the NL with nine round trippers, but will never hit another homer.
»June 20, 1912: With no hint that a record is about to be set, the Giants coast to a 14–2 lead through eight innings at Boston, then score seven more in the 9th for a 21–2 lead. The Braves rally for 10 in the last of the 9th, but lose 21–12. The 17 runs are the NL post-1900 record scored by two teams in the 9th. Another 20th century mark set is the 11 stolen bases by the Giants—four by Josh Devore, including two in the 9th—and 14 swipes by both clubs. Thirteen Giants score runs, tying the ML record. The Giants' Ernie Shore makes his ML debut in this game and surrenders eight hits, a walk, and 10 runs (3 earned) in one inning, the 9th, of relief work, but is credited with a save for Hooks Wiltse. It is his only appearance in the NL. Buster Brown takes the loss.