C. Ellsworth 'Brownie' Brown
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Ellsworth “Brownie” Brown, 94, of Beason, died Wednesday, Jan. 21,
2009, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Holland Barry and Bennett
Funeral Home. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral
home, with Michael P. McCuskey officiating.
Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery, rural Beason.
Mr. Brown was a baseball scout for more than 50
years. He scouted for the Chicago White Sox, Kansas
City Royals, Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins
for more than 25 years.
He was born July 17, 1914, in Beason to Cecil and
Olive Bumcrots Brown. He married Mable Azbill on May
27, 1936, in Hamilton, Ohio. She preceded him in
death on Oct. 31, 1998.
He is survived by three cousins, Marjorie DeVore
of Clinton, Jim Trowbridge of Beason and Harriet
Obits of Lincoln. He is also survived by his
caretakers and friends, Carla Hutchison and Tera
Walters, both of Beason.
Brownie was responsible for signing baseball
greats such as Kirby Puckett and Bill Madlock, as
well as hundreds more players. He was the
self-proclaimed oldest living baseball scout in the
United States. During his scouting time he received
two World Series of Baseball rings from the
Minnesota Twins, in 1987 and 1991. In 2005 he was
inducted into the Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.
He was a remarkable man who enjoyed the game of
baseball, but more importantly he enjoyed the people
he was able to touch because of the game.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lincoln
Pony Association in care of the Lincoln Park
District and will be accepted at the funeral home.
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