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00:00:07 - Interest in baseball and medicine

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Partial Transcript: Um, Mr. Brown, how did you determine which career you were going to pursue-- baseball or medicine?

Segment Synopsis: Brown explains his education in medicine, which also coincided with his interest in baseball.

Keywords: Stanford University; Tulane University; University of California; World War II; baseball during World War II

Subjects: Baseball; Brown, Robert N.; Major League Baseball (Organization); Medicine; World War, 1939-1945

00:02:51 - College education and baseball

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Partial Transcript: When did you realize that, that you had the tools to play Major League baseball...

Segment Synopsis: Brown tells how he recognized his skills as a baseball player at the early age of ten, and explains that many other Yankees team members were also college educated.

Keywords: Medical studies; Medicine; Skills

Subjects: Baseball players; Brown, Robert N.; Education; Major League Baseball (Organization); Medical education; New York Yankees (Baseball Team)

00:05:22 - Brown's medical career inhibiting his baseball career

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Partial Transcript: You had several nicknames as a player.

Segment Synopsis: Brown describes how he felt that he never achieved his full potential as a baseball player because of his being a doctor at the same time.

Keywords: "Doc"; "Golden Boy"; Korean War; Nicknames

Subjects: Brown, Robert N.; Korean War, 1950-1953; Major League Baseball (Organization); Medicine; New York Yankees (Baseball Team)

00:07:07 - Brown and Larry MacPhail

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Partial Transcript: You mention being signed by Larry MacPhail, uh, for a bonus...

Segment Synopsis: Brown describes his being signed by Larry MacPhail to the New York Yankees, what MacPhail was like, and his relationship with him as a player.

Keywords: "Night baseball"; Fathers; Professional relationships; Relationships; Yankee Stadium (New York City, N.Y.)

Subjects: Baseball players; Brown, Robert N.; MacPhail, Larry, 1890-1975; Minor league baseball.; New York Yankees (Baseball Team)

00:10:39 - First year in the Major Leagues

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Partial Transcript: You played at Newark in 1946. Um, what are your basic recollections of that year?

Segment Synopsis: Brown describes his first year in the Major Leagues, a leg injury he received that year, and what it was like to play with Jackie Robinson.

Keywords: Effects of integration; Integration; Leg injuries; Short stops

Subjects: African American baseball players; American League (Major League Baseball); Brown, Robert N.; Major League Baseball (Organization); Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972; Segregation

00:12:56 - The 1946 Yankees team

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Partial Transcript: George Selkirk was your manager, wasn't he that year?

Segment Synopsis: Brown reflects on the excellent caliber of his teammates and manager in 1946, as well as other players whom he played against.

Keywords: Allie Clark; Baseball during World War II; Baseball managers; George Selkirk; Joe Collins; Max Surkont; New York Yankees; Right Field; San Francisco (Calif.); Vic Raschi; Yogi Berra

Subjects: Baseball managers; Baseball players; Catchers (Baseball); New York Yankees (Baseball Team); World War, 1939-1945

00:20:09 - Joining the Major Leagues in 1947

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Partial Transcript: What would be the difference between just playing in the International League...

Segment Synopsis: Brown discusses his first year in the Major Leagues (1947) with the New York Yankees.

Keywords: Medical education; Puerto Rico; Spring training; Training; Vic Raschi; Yogi Berra

Subjects: Brown, Robert N.; Cuba.; Major League Baseball (Organization); New York Yankees (Baseball Team)

00:24:47 - Frank Crossetti's mentorship / Joe DiMaggio

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Partial Transcript: First of all, when you came up, did anybody take you under their wing? Was there anyone who really befriended you...

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about being taken under the wing of Frank Crossetti and observing famous player Joe DiMaggio.

Keywords: Baseball coaches; Fame; Frank Crossetti; Hitters; Infielders; Mentors; New York Yankees

Subjects: Brown, Robert N.; DiMaggio, Joe, 1914-1999; New York Yankees (Baseball Team)

00:28:45 - Baseball salaries

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Partial Transcript: Uh, how much did you make when you, when you first came up in 1947?

Segment Synopsis: Brown talks about his salary playing baseball.

Keywords: George Weiss; Medical colleges; Salaries; Spring training

Subjects: Baseball players--Salaries, etc.--United States; Brown, Robert N.; Medicine; New York Yankees (Baseball Team)

00:32:15 - Medical school / staying in shape

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Partial Transcript: Were you able to work out and prepare yourself...

Segment Synopsis: Brown reflects on the difficulties of being in medical school and trying to stay in shape for baseball at the same time.

Keywords: Spring training; Training; Workouts

Subjects: Major League Baseball (Organization); Medicine

00:33:36 - Fellow Yankees players

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Partial Transcript: Let me go over some of the players you played with in 1947 with the Yankees...

Segment Synopsis: Brown reflects on the New York Yankees players he played with in 1947, the year they won the Pennant race.

Keywords: "Double plays"; "Homerunner"; "Sinkers"; Aaron Robinson; Allie Reynolds; Bill Bevins; Billy Johnson; First base; George McQuinn; Joe Page; John Lindell; Pennant; Pennant race; Phil Rizzuto; Second Base; Short Stop; Snuffy Stirnweiss; Spec Shea; Tommy Henrich; Vic Raschi; World Series; World Series (1947)

Subjects: Brown, Robert N.; Catchers (Baseball); New York Yankees (Baseball Team); Pitchers (Baseball)

00:39:50 - Brown in the 1947 World Series

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Partial Transcript: Well, as you mentioned, you won the pennant that year...

Segment Synopsis: Brown discusses some of the important games and players during the 1947 World Series game.

Keywords: "Bull pen"; "Walking"; Baseball managers; Bill Bevens; Bucky Harris; Evans Field; First base; Home run; World Series (1947)

Subjects: Baseball managers; Baseball--Management; Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball Team); Brown, Robert N.; DiMaggio, Joe, 1914-1999

00:45:07 - Baseball endorsements

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Partial Transcript: You were so busy with your, pursuing your medical career in the off season...

Segment Synopsis: Brown explains that in his days as a Major League player, there weren't many endorsements, and they did not pay well.

Keywords: "Off season"; Cigarettes; Endorsements

Subjects: Baseball players; Brown, Robert N.; DiMaggio, Joe, 1914-1999; Medicine

00:46:47 - Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium

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Partial Transcript: In 1948, at Yankee Stadium, I think you had Babe Ruth Day.

Segment Synopsis: Brown discusses Babe Ruth Day in 1948, when Babe Ruth was very ill.

Keywords: Babe Ruth Day; Baseball caps; Illness; Sickness; Yankee Stadium (New York City, N.Y.)

Subjects: Baseball players; Brown, Robert N.; Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991; Ruth, Babe, 1895-1948.

00:48:28 - The Mexican League / the players' strike

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Partial Transcript: Let me deal with some of the issues of the time

Segment Synopsis: Brown discusses some of the issues surrounding American baseball, such as the Mexican League and the baseball players' strike.

Keywords: "Players' strike"; Mexican League; Pension plans; Phil Rizzuto; Strikes

Subjects: Baseball; Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991; Gardella, Daniel L.; Lanier, Max; Liga Mexicana de Beisbol Profesional; Minor league baseball.; Pasquel, Jorge--1907-1955; St. Louis Cardinals (Baseball Team); Strikes and lockouts

00:51:28 - Baseball player representatives

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Partial Transcript: You also had player representation at this time...

Segment Synopsis: Brown recalls the emergence of elected player representatives, starting in 1947.

Keywords: Allie Reynolds; Johnny Murphy; Player representation; Player representatives

Subjects: Major League Baseball (Organization); New York Yankees (Baseball Team)

00:52:41 - The Yankees' recruitment of Elston Howard

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Partial Transcript: The Yankees didn't break the color barrier until they, Elston Howard...

Segment Synopsis: Brown recalls when the Yankees recruited their first African American player, Elston Howard.

Keywords: Elston Howard; Integration; New York Yankees; Racial integration

Subjects: African American baseball players; Integration; Major League Baseball (Organization); New York Yankees (Baseball Team); Segregation

00:54:20 - Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler

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Partial Transcript: What kind of... you know I'm sure that you were far removed from, from the commissioner of baseball

Segment Synopsis: Brown recalls baseball commissioner Happy Chandler.

Keywords: Baseball clubs; Baseball teams; Owners

Subjects: Baseball commissioners; Baseball team owners; Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991

00:55:44 - Changes in baseball

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Partial Transcript: What are the major differences between a youngster breaking into the game today...

Segment Synopsis: Brown compares how baseball was when he played it in the 1940s and 1950s, and what it is currently (1985) like.

Keywords: Artificial turf; Baseball fields; Professional athletes; Radio; Television; World Series (1949)

Subjects: Baseball; Major League Baseball (Organization); Minor league baseball.; Veeck, Bill

01:02:53 - Ted Williams and other great players

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Partial Transcript: You saw Ted Williams play quite a bit. What are your...

Segment Synopsis: Brown recalls other great baseball players he played alongside of, such as Ted Williams.

Keywords: "Hitters"; Bobby Chance; Ellis Kinder; Outfielders

Subjects: Boudreau, Lou, 1917-2001; Major League Baseball (Organization); Pitchers (Baseball); Williams, Ted, 1918-2002

01:05:23 - Thoughts on the reserve clause

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Partial Transcript: How did you, how do you feel about the reserve clause?

Segment Synopsis: Brown shares his opinion on the reserve clause.

Keywords: Reserve clauses; Salaries

Subjects: American League (Major League Baseball); Brown, Robert N.; Major League Baseball (Organization)

01:06:32 - Leaving baseball for medicine

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Partial Transcript: What caused you to give up the game?

Segment Synopsis: Brown recalls deciding to leave the New York Yankees to begin a career in medicine after he returned from the Korean War. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Drafts; Korean War; Medical careers; Medical education; Military service

Subjects: Baseball; Draft; Korean War, 1950-1953; New York Yankees (Baseball Team); United States. Army