Larry Dierker SABR Chapter Honors Bill Brown

Oct. 17, 2016: Bill Brown addresses SABR at our monthly meeting at The Spaghetti Western Ristorante in Houston, expressing his humble delight and appreciation for award he received from his fellow chapter members. ~ Photo by Bob Dorrill

Oct. 17, 2016: Bill Brown addresses SABR at our monthly meeting at The Spaghetti Western Ristorante in Houston, expressing his humble delight and appreciation for the award he received from his fellow members.
~ Photo by Jim Kreuz

On Monday night, October 17, 2016, the Houston-based Larry Dierker Chapter of SABR honored the life achievements of fellow member Bill Brown with a trophy that acknowledged this good man’s career contributions to baseball broadcasting as the television play-by-play face and voice of game telecasting. Bill spent the last 30 of his 40 year career calling the televised games of the Houston Astros.

The award was presented by Bill McCurdy (left) and Bob Dorrill (right. The smiling fellow behind the mike in the middle, of course, is again our honoree, Bill Brown. ~ Photo by Bob Dorrill.

The award was presented by Bill McCurdy (left) and Bob Dorrill (right). The smiling fellow behind the mike in the middle, of course, is again our honoree, Bill Brown.
~ Photo by Jim Kreuz

Here are the scripts from each of his double trophy plaque hardware (quite visible in the photos that follow) that pretty well summarize it all about the man we at SABR also love and appreciate as a fellow SABR member, a research colleague, and fellow friend in the Houston baseball community:

The Bill Brown Trophy ~ as it appeared at The Monarch Trophy shop that helped us design and create it.

The Bill Brown Trophy
~ as it appeared at The Monarch Trophy shop that helped us design and create it. – Photo by Bill McCurdy

The Bill Brown Trophy Inscriptions

The Bill Brown Trophy Inscriptions – Photo By Bill McCurdy

When Bill Brown announced his retirement from telecasting the games of the Houston Astros at the end of the 2016 season, The Pecan Park Eagle also featured an earlier column about the man and his career that goes into greater detail. If you have not read it previously, here’s the link:

https://bill37mccurdy.com/2016/09/24/bill-brown-great-man-great-broadcaster/

Thanks to all of you fellow SABR members too who helped make the presentation last night a memorable evening by your presence. The telecasting of Astros games in 2017 is going to be a little different. We’re all going to miss him, but life’s that way for all of us, isn’t it? Sooner or later, we all move on to something else. And that thought is frozen in my imagery memory by the following concluding photo. Let’s dedicate this one as the wish for all of us – that we all eventually get to leave any labor that has served as our passion for life over time – knowing full well – that we gave it everything we had to give. Nothing more. But nothing less.

And thank you again, Bill Brown, for modeling how that is done.

Peace and Love

Peace and Love

____________________

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 Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

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4 Responses to “Larry Dierker SABR Chapter Honors Bill Brown”

  1. gregclucas Says:

    Wonderful thought the SABR-Houston leadership had to honor Brownie with the special momento. No matter who takes over next season as the lead TV PBP voice it will take them some time to reach the heights of Bill during his 30 years in the chair.

  2. shinerbock80 Says:

    Yes. Sorry I missed being there, but glad to be part of the chapter that honored Brownie. An unfailingly good guy and always a comfortable call of a ball game. To me, that’s the adjective that matters most in a baseball broadcast.

  3. Wayne Roberts Says:

    Good job folks, which I’d been there. Congrats to Bill Brown…well deserved.

  4. Michael Haught Says:

    Been Astro fan from beginning, after
    The great Gene Elston retired Astros
    fans unfortunately had to put up with
    The 2 worst announcers in baseball
    Astro history. This was of course the
    Worthless Milo Hamilton an even worse
    Bill Brown. An thank goodness Alan
    Ashly is gone.

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