2013 Charles Ringler Founder’s Award Winner
Dr. Bobby Brown
A long-time Fort Worth philanthropist and cardiologist, Dr. Bobby Brown is the 2013 recipient of the Charles Ringler Founder’s Award. Dr. Brown has been involved with the Davey O’Brien Foundation for a number of years and currently serves on the organization’s Advisory Board.
Brown’s rich life includes multiple World Series titles with the legendary New York Yankee teams of the 1940s and 50s, military service in World War II and the Korean War, a successful medical practice, presidency of the Texas Rangers for one season and a decade as the president of the American League.
Brown played eight seasons for the Yankees between 1946 and 1954, playing third base on four World Series-winning squads. His .439 batting average in the Fall Classic still ranks as the sixth-best career mark on baseball’s biggest stage. After retiring from baseball and completing medical school, Brown opened his cardiology practice in Fort Worth in 1958, beginning a 56-year run as one of the city’s civic champions.
The son of a semi-pro baseball player, Brown grew up in Washington, New Jersey and California. He enrolled at Stanford University as a pre-med student in 1942 before enlisting in the Navy. He was assigned to UCLA for officer’s training and served in the Navy from 1943-46 before finishing his medical studies at Tulane University. Brown played college baseball at all three schools, earning all-conference honors at both Stanford at UCLA and serving as captain of UCLA’s 1944 squad.
Brown signed with the Yankees in 1946 and continued his medical studies during a professional baseball career that lasted until 1954. Despite a 20-month absence from baseball during his Korean War service and regularly missing spring training due to medical school obligations, Brown ended his career with a .279 batting average in addition to his postseason success.
He briefly put down his stethoscope in 1974 when Brad Corbett called him back to baseball, persuading Brown to accept the position of interim president of the Texas Rangers shortly after Corbett purchased the ballclub. After losing 205 games in 1972 and 1973, the Rangers won 84 games and finished second in the American League West in Brown’s lone season with the team.
At the end of the season, Brown returned to medicine but baseball still wasn’t finished with him. He retired from his practice in 1984 to become the president of the American League and held that position until 1994.