Tom Browning, a former MLB starting pitcher, passed away on Monday at the age of 62. Browning was discovered unconscious, and the Boone County, Kentucky, the sheriff said that “resuscitation attempts were not effective.” No foul play is suspected in connection with Mr. Browning’s death, according to the announcement.
During his time in the major leagues, Browning was most recognized for his beginning pitching with the Cincinnati Reds. He was an All-Star in 1991, was sixth in Cy Young votes in 1985, and was a member of the World Series-winning 1990 rotation. Browning was 123-90 with a 3.94 ERA and precisely 1,000 strikeouts in 1,921 innings over the course of 12 seasons (1984-1995), 11 of which were spent with the Reds and one with the Royals.
In his heyday, he was a workhorse who, on six separate occasions, threw more than 225 innings while also winning 14 or more games on five separate occasions (including 20 in 1985). Browning made it to the playoffs just once, in 1990, but he helped the Reds beat the A’s in four games to win the World Series.
Browning’s career was highlighted by the 12th perfect game ever thrown in Major League Baseball. On September 16, 1988, he succeeded. Since Sandy Koufax in 1965, he was the first left-handed pitcher to throw a perfect game. Keep in mind the nickname given to him by Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, who saw the only perfect game in Reds history.
Never forget when Tom Browning left the Reds' bullpen during a game at Wrigley, went across the street and hung out on one of the apartment rooftops 😂
RIP to an absolute LEGEND 🙌 pic.twitter.com/UN7DqrleKq
— The Game Day MLB (@TheGameDayMLB) December 19, 2022
Browning’s career was highlighted in a different way in 1993 when he and several Cubs supporters gathered on a rooftop across the street from Wrigley Field. Browning’s career ended somewhat suddenly. It was a horrible on-field injury on May 9, 1994, when he shattered his arm while throwing a pitch. He made two starts in his return with the Royals the following year. In 2006, Browning was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame, solidifying his position in Reds lore for all time.
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Former Major League Baseball starting pitcher Tom Browning, 62, died away on Monday. The sheriff of Boone County, Kentucky, said that “resuscitation efforts were not successful” after finding Browning unconscious. According to the notification, Mr. Browning’s death was not the result of any suspicious circumstances.
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