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Delos Brown
The Centralia Sports Hall of Fame
2000 Individual Award Winner


Delos Brown became the first major league baseball player to hail from Centralia. 

As a high schooler at Centralia, he played four years on the varsity basketball team, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912. In 1909, the team was invited to the state tournament in Chicago, where they fell to Bloomington.

The 1911 and 1912 teams under coach R.W. Spurrier had records of 12-3 and 15-2 respectively. Brown scored 29 points in one game against Alton in 1912. A feat that was unheard of in those days. 

While still in high school, he cracked the starting line-up on the Centralia White Sox minor league team.

In 1914 he was called up by the Chicago White Sox, and on June 12 he played in one game. He was sent back to the minor league after this one game, but he refused to report, and took a job with the railroad.

Brown passed away some fifty years ago, but his legacy will live on.

see Brown's stats on Baseball-Reference.com 
see Brown's stats on Baseball Almanac 



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