Cernich: Remembering St. Louis’s ‘Lovable Losers,’ the Browns

From Karen Cernich at The Missourian on June 2, 2018:

More than 100 years ago, before this part of the country was Cardinal red, it was brown, as in the St. Louis Browns.

If you’ve heard of the team or were a fan, you may think of them as “lovable losers,” but for the first 20 years or so that they were in St. Louis, the Browns were a really good team — better than their hometown rivals, the Cardinals, said Ed Wheatley, who is co-author of a 176-page coffeetable book on the Browns, “St. Louis Browns, the Story of a Beloved Team,” published by Reedy Press.

Wheatley will be in Washington Thursday, June 14, for a booksigning at Neighborhood Reads Bookstore, 401 Lafayette St., in Downtown Washington at 5 p.m., followed by a presentation on the Browns at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Public Library across the street from the bookstore.

The Browns came to St. Louis from Milwaukee for the 1902 season and played here until 1953, when they moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles.

For the first two decades, the Browns were so good that they “were the toast of St. Louis,” Wheatley remarked. “St. Louis was a Browns town.”

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Originally published: June 4, 2018. Last Updated: June 4, 2018.