SPRINGFIELD, Mo–Among the programs that was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Thursday was a Major League Baseball team that played in St. Louis for more than five decades. Not the St. Louis Cardinals, but St. Louis’ American League team, the Browns.
The Browns were a mainstay in St. Louis but struggled to win consistently. The team did win the American League pennant in 1944 but lost to the crosstown Cardinals.
The Browns moved to Baltimore in 1953 and became the Orioles. Ed Wheatley has made it his mission that the St. Louis Browns not be forgotten.
“They were a team that sometimes they were good and sometimes they were bad. They lost a thousand more than they won. But there are 15 men in the Hall of Fame from the Browns. And one of the greatest players who ever played the game George Sissler. They go unrecognized. No team supports them. All we’re trying to do is bring them back and make them be remembered,” said Ed Wheatley.