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Ex-Major League Pitcher Brown Dies

March 26, 2002

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Mace Brown, who pitched for three major league teams in the 1930s and 1940s and was there for Babe Ruth’s final home run, died at 92.

He died Sunday at his home in Greensboro.

As a rookie with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Brown saw Ruth, then with the Boston Braves, hit his last three homers on May 25, 1935.

Instead of heading to the Braves’ dugout after his third homer, Ruth headed for the showers. He had to pass through the Pirates’ dugout to reach the clubhouse and, spotting an open seat, sat next to Brown.

``I’ll never forget it,″ Brown recalled in a 1998 interview with The News and Record of Greensboro. ``He sat down on our bench right beside me. ‘Boys,’ he says, ’that last one felt good.‴

Ruth played his final game on May 30, 1935.

In the midst of a tight pennant race in 1938, Pittsburgh played the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. With the score 5-5 and dusk setting in, the umpires told the players the game would have to be called and replayed the next day if the Cubs didn’t score in the bottom of the ninth.

Gabby Hartnett, the Cubs manager and catcher, hit the winning home run off Brown on an 0-2 pitch. Hartnett was given a police escort off the field after the ``homer in the gloamin‴. The Cubs moved into first place and won the National League pennant.

Brown also pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, finishing with a 76-57 record and 3.46 ERA. He pitched the final three innings of the 1938 All-Star game.

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