Brown earned the nickname "Downtown" by hitting 40 homers for Fresno in 1964, but
he was disappointing in San Francisco. San Diego's first choice in the 1968 expansion
draft, he hit 20 homers for the Padres in 1969 and had career highs of 23 homers
and 89 RBI in 1970. Originally signed as a pitcher, his strong arm was an asset in
the outfield. His older brother Oscar was a Braves outfielder, and another brother,
Willie, played in the NFL.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 26, 1971: The Padres Al "Iron Man" Santorini starts both ends of a doubleheader against the Astros. Santorini, facing a lineup of seven lefties, retires one batter before manager Preston Gomez lifts him for lefty Dave Roberts. It almost works, but Houston scores a run in the 9th to win, 2–1. In the nightcap, Santorini gives up two earned runs in six innings, but the Padres manage only one hit -- a 2-out single in the 7th by Ollie Brown -- off Larry Dierker. The Astros win, 8–0.