Thursday, July 31, 2008
#568 Chris Brown
Why this card is awesome: Because of the unusual black shirt Brown's wearing under his uniform.
Cool stat: Brown was a maddening player to many fans and members of the media due his to rash of strange injuries interrupting a very productive career. Case in point: Brown makes the top 25 for OPS+ over 1985 and 1986, among players with at least 800 AB.
Deceased players and managers: 16
Brown died quite recently, just a year and a half ago, from complications related to a house fire. The cause of the fire, including Brown's role, remains a mystery. Sadly, the odd circumstances of his death mirror the peculiar injuries and behavior he manifested during his career.
It's a bit too morbid for me to research carefully, but I believe Brown is the most recent player in this set to have died. He died a couple of months after Joe Niekro.