Profits for Astros broadcaster Brown’s book go to charity

From Brian McTaggart at on August 3, 2012, on SABR members Bill Brown and Tim Gregg:

Longtime Astros broadcaster Bill Brown isn’t one to typically bring attention to himself, which makes him an unlikely candidate to write an autobiography. But after some encouragement from a colleague, and buoyed by the idea of being able to raise some money for charity, Brown put pen to paper.

Brown, who’s been behind the microphone for Astros games since 1987, detailed his early life and his career in the book “My Baseball Journey: A Sportscaster’s Story,” which was released in June. Brown co-wrote the book with Tim Gregg, a former sportscaster and public relations director on the women’s tennis tour.

“I’ve been thinking about doing an Astros history book, which I had been working on for three years, and that hit a dead spot,” Brown said.

Brown wanted to write a book to raise money for charity, and penned a 50-page book on the development of technology in sports broadcasting, which he admitted was a flop.

“Nobody would have bought it and nobody would have read it,” Brown said.

Brown and Gregg met at a meeting of the Larry Dierker Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), and decided to collaborate on Brown’s autobiography. The book details everything from Brown’s childhood growing up as an aspiring broadcaster in Sedalia, Mo., to his college years and his service in the Vietnam War.

Brown takes readers on his fascinating — and often lighthearted — journey as his career got rolling, with stops in San Antonio and Cincinnati, among others, before finally landing in Houston.

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Originally published: August 3, 2012. Last Updated: August 3, 2012.