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Tom Browning, Who Pitched a Perfect Game for the Reds, Dies at 62


Tom Browning, an All-Star pitcher who threw the one perfect game in Cincinnati Reds history and helped the team win a World Series title, died on Monday at his home in Union, Ky. He was 62.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office announced the death on Twitter. No cause was given.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to Browning’s home after receiving a report of a person found not respiration. They found him unresponsive on a couch, and efforts by deputies and Emergency Medical Services personnel to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. The sheriff’s office said foul play was not suspected.

Browning was known not only as a talented left-handed pitcher but in addition as a colourful character. He once bolted from the Wrigley Field bullpen and sat in full Cincinnati uniform with Chicago Cub fans atop a rooftop across the road during a Reds-Cubs game in July 1993. He was fined $500 for that stunt, in accordance with The Cincinnati Enquirer.

His biggest individual moment on the mound got here when he retired all 27 batters he faced in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium on Sept. 16, 1988. After a two-hour rain delay, the sport began at 10:02 p.m. and took only an hour and 51 minutes. It got here just a little greater than three months after Browning lost a no-hit bid in San Diego within the ninth inning on a one-out single by Tony Gwynn.

Browning’s gem against the Dodgers was one in all just 23 perfect games in major league history and the just one for the Reds, baseball’s oldest skilled franchise. A month later, the Dodgers won the World Series — making Browning the one pitcher to throw an ideal game against the team that won the championship that very same yr.

Browning went 20-9 with a 3.55 earned run average in 1985; he was the primary rookie to win 20 games since Bob Grim of the Yankees in 1954. He finished second to the speedy St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Vince Coleman within the voting for National League Rookie of the Yr and sixth for the league’s Cy Young Award.

Browning was 18-5 with a 3.41 E.R.A. in 1988, the yr he pitched his perfect game; three years later he made the National League All-Star team, although he finished the season with only a 14-14 record.

He won no less than 14 games six times in his profession, led the league in starts on 4 occasions and pitched greater than 225 innings six times. He also gave up essentially the most home runs within the league thrice.

Browning went 15-9 with a 3.80 E.R.A. in 1990 to assist the Reds win their most up-to-date pennant and World Series championship. He was 2-1 with a 3.71 ERA in three starts that postseason, beating the powerhouse Oakland Athletics 8-3 on the road in Game 3 of the World Series to assist the Reds pull off a surprising four-game sweep.

After pitching 11 seasons for Cincinnati, from 1984 to 1994, Browning broke a bone in his arm during a game in 1994 and finished his profession pitching two games for the Kansas City Royals in 1995. In 12 major league seasons, he was 123-90 with a 3.94 E.R.A. in 302 games, all but two of them starts.

Thomas Leo Browning was born on April 28, 1960, in Casper, Wyo. He played college baseball at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., and was drafted by the Reds in 1982.

Information on survivors was not immediately available.

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