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JOE L. BROWN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/24/1961 - HFSID 31688

JOE L. BROWN With his Pirates on route to their first World Championship in 35 years, Brown signed this typed letter as General Manager in 1960. Typed Letter Signed: "Joe" as General Manager of the Pirates, 1 page, 8½x11. Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, 1961 August 24. To Charles J.

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JOE L. BROWN
With his Pirates on route to their first World Championship in 35 years, Brown signed this typed letter as General Manager in 1960.
Typed Letter Signed: "Joe" as General Manager of the Pirates, 1 page, 8½x11. Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, 1961 August 24. To Charles J. Russhon, New York. In part: "I was delighted to receive the audio-spectacles which you so thoughtfully sent on to me. The ones you had in Pittsburgh enchanted me completely and I am thrilled to be the proud possessor of my own pair." JOE L. BROWN (1918-2010), the son of comic actor Joe E. Brown, played professional baseball, but never rose above a Class D minor league team, the Lubbock Hubbers. His results were considerably better as a baseball executive. After air force duty in World War II, Brown went to work as an executive in the minor league system of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was Branch Rickey's personal choice to become the Pirates' General Manager in 1955. For the next 21 years, he did all the right things to build the Pirates from a perpetual second division club into a World Series contender: first-rate scouting (with intensive efforts in the Carribean), strong player development, shrewd trades, and selection of an excellent field manager, Danny Murtaugh.. The year he wrote this letter, Brown saw his efforts pay off. The Pirates won their first World Series since 1925, upsetting the Yankees in a 7-game series (a better outcome than in 1927, Pittsburgh's last pennant year, when the Ruth/Gehrig Yankees had swept the Pirates in 4 games). The Pirates would win another World Championship during Brown's tenure (1971). He returned briefly as acting general manager in 1985, when the Pirates were beset by drug scandals. Regrettably, as most Pirates fans would acknowledge, the franchise has not maintained the level of excellence attained under Brown. Charles Russhon (1911-1982), the letter's recipient, an army air force colonel in World War II, was the model for his friend Milton Caniff's comic strip character, Steve Canyon. Russhon later worked as a technical adviser in Hollywood, his projects including several of the James Bond films. (During the attack on Fort Knox in Goldfinger, a banner can be seen with the message: "Welcome General Russhon.") Fold touches signature. Fine condition.

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