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    Joe L. Brown, architect of champion Pirates teams, dies
    Monday, August 16, 2010
    By Robert Dvorchak, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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    Joe L. Brown, the general manager who built World Series champions with the Pirates in 1960 and 1971, died Sunday in an assisted living facility in Albuquerque, N.M., where he spent the final days of his life near the home of his daughter Cindy, Pirates' officials said. He would have been 92 on Sept. 1.

    Brown, who resided in Newport Beach, Calif., was in Pittsburgh in June for a reunion of the 1960 Pirates team at PNC Park. He had suffered from an extended illness and was confined to a wheelchair at that time.

    The son of actor/comedian Joe E. Brown, Brown succeeded Branch Rickey as general manager late in 1955 and held the post to the end of the 1976 season. Some of the greatest players in franchise history performed under him. He was also brought back briefly in 1985 to rebuild the Pirates following a disastrous season and the scandal caused by the cocaine trials, in which a number of major league players, including Dave Parker and Dale Berra, testified about their cocaine use.

    Brown's first order of business as general manager was to hire Bobby Bragan as manager. The move didn't work out, but midway through the 1957 season, Brown brought in Danny Murtaugh to manage and the Pirates became winners and stayed winners.

    Brown was adroit at the art of the deal. He brought in players like Don Hoak, Harvey Haddix and Smoky Burgess. But he also built a strong farm system and, with scout Howie Haak, supplied the Pirates with steady talent from the Caribbean and Latin America.

    "Yes, he built championship teams and made superb trades, but he also built a pipeline to supply that team," said Steve Blass, who played under Brown and is now a broadcaster with the team. People don't understand how good that farm system was. He had a stockpile of talent. You had to wait your turn. He was a baseball father to me. I just thought the world of him. He is living proof that not every champion wears a uniform."

    Team President Frank Coonelly issued the following statement today:

    "The news of Joe's passing at the age of 91 was met with great sadness by everyone within the Pirates organization. As the architect behind the 1960 and 1971 World Series teams, we were honored that Joe was able to return to Pittsburgh in June to help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 team. The ovation he received prior to the game was a special moment for Joe and his family, as was his company the entire weekend for all of us. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to his daughter Cynthia, his son Don and his family and friends. He will be missed by everyone within the Pirates family."

    Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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    I'm too young to have been around for any of the Joe L. Brown years, but looking at the moves he made and the teams he oversaw he was pretty clearly the best GM in Pirates history. Branch Rickey made a few big contributions to help that '60 team, but he really built on that and carried it through to the '71 team, and left many of his pieces in place for the '79 team.

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    This is sad news Joe L. Brown,along with the John Galbreath ownership group brought some great times to the Pirate franchise.
    Are these morons getting dumber or just louder-Mayor Quimby

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    Looks at the steady stream of hitters developed during the late 60's and into the 70's: Hebner, Robertson, Oliver, Cash, Sangy, Randolph, Stennett, Clines, Parker, Zisk. Plus he always found enough decent pitchers to fill the gaps for a few years here and there.
    RIP Joe L. Brown .

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