An outstanding fielder, Brown was Cleveland's regular second baseman in 1964 and
regular shortstop from 1965 to 1969. A confirmed .230 hitter, he showed some power
with 12 homers in 1964, but his slugging declined after he suffered fractures of
the skull, nose and cheekbone in a 1966 collision with another player. His brother
Dick was an AL catcher for nine seasons.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 31, 1963: The Indians become the first American League club to hit four straight home runs. Number eight hitter Woody Held begins with a 2-out blast off Paul Foytack, P Pedro Ramos follows with his 2nd of the game, Tito Francona makes it three straight, and rookie SS Larry Brown's first ML 4-bagger finishes the string. Foytack sets a dubious ML record—the only pitcher to give up four straight home runs. The Indians win 9–5 in the opener of two with the Angels.
»May 4, 1966:
Tribe SS Larry Brown and LF Leon Wagner are both hurt in a severe collision at Yankee Stadium. Brown suffers a fractured skull, cheekbone, and nose. Wagner receives a broken nose and slight concussion. Cleveland wins, 2–1, behind starter Sonny Siebert.