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I Liked Ike: The Tigers’ “Other” Brown of the 1970s

Published by on May 1, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Ike Brown was, for his entire Tigers career, the “other” Brown on the Detroit roster. The more famous Brown was William “Gates” Brown, who thrilled Tigers fans with his pinch-hitting heroics. The Gator wasn’t much of a fielder, so he decided that if he was going to stay in the big leagues it better be with the bat. The designated hitter rule, introduced in 1973, was made for guys like Gates Brown. But what of Ike Brown, the jolly, happy-go-lucky utility man?

Ike Brown played for the Tigers from 1969-'74, which was also the extent of his major league career. He tooled around in the minor leagues for about six years before finally debuting as a 27-year-old rookie.

Ike was mainly an outfie...

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