November 23, 2010
Former Memphis coach Al Brown
Allison “Al” Brown, former head coach at Memphis, passed away
Monday at the age of 81.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Brown was a star
left-handed pitcher for Memphis Central High School before
hurling for Memphis State College from 1947-48. He played
professionally in the Chicago White Sox system. Brown was a
part-time scout for the White Sox until 1978.
Brown returned to coach baseball at Central High
School and led the Warriors to the 1955 state title. He became
athletic director, basketball and football coach at Overton High
School in Memphis from 1959-62.
Brown became head baseball coach and assistant
basketball coach at Memphis State in 1962. He also was the color
commentator for Memphis football and basketball and for the
Memphis Chicks from 1962-96. Brown authored two books,
Coaching Isn’t Easy and Basic Thoughts in Coaching
From 1963-71, Brown was head baseball coach for
the Tigers, posting a record of 156-118-4. Memphis enjoyed
winning seasons in seven of his nine campaigns.
He joined the Memphis Park Commission and later
became manager of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and the Memphis
Fairgrounds. Brown was a founder and served 14 years with the
Mid-South Stadium Managers Association.
Brown returned to the University of Memphis in
1991 and was Executive Director of the M Club for 15 years.
Brown was inducted into the city of Memphis
Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He was a board member for
the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame for more than 25 years and was
inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.
(photo courtesy of Memphis Media