Memphis Moment: Larry Brown and the Memphis Red Sox

Memphis, TN – The Memphis Red Sox, one of the most exciting baseball teams in the Negro League in the 1930s and 1940s had one of the best catchers and defenders of home plate helping bring much attention to their team.

Larry Brown played briefly with the Red Sox in the mid-1920s, until he left Memphis to play for several different teams between 1925 and 1938, helping the Chicago American Giants win the 1926 Negro World Series. In 1930, Brown caught 234 games in a row. By 1938, Brown had returned to the Memphis Red Sox, catching for the team and eventually becoming the team's manager.

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