Tom Browning, Local Who Threw Perfect Game for Reds, Found Dead

Tom Browning, Local Who Threw Perfect Game for Reds, Found Dead

Tom Browning, a longtime pitcher in the 1980s who played for Pete Rose’s Cincinnati Reds, has died at the age of 62.

A native of Casper, Wyoming, Browning moved to upstate New York when his father took a job here while he was still in high school. Browning went to school at Franklin Academy in Malone, which opened the door for him to play American Legion Baseball for the Clonan Post 1000 in Chadwicks. When he played Legion Ball in the area, he often faced off against two other up-and-coming baseball prospects, Andy Van Slyke of New Hartford and pitcher James Deshaies of Massena. Both DeShaies and Browning later played for LeMoyne College in Syracuse, which was Division I at the time, and progressed to the majors in 1984.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI – SEPTEMBER 11: (LR) Tom Browning, Cesar Geronimo, Pete Rose, Tony Perez and Eric Davis attend Rose’s 25th Anniversary Celebration held at the Great American Ball Park on September 11, 2010 in New York Cincinnati, Ohio broke a career record of 4,192. He was honored before the start of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Browning, a former All-Star, helped the Reds win a World Series Championship in 1990. He is the only pitcher from Cincinnati to throw a perfect play -0. Browning is one of only 27 pitchers in MLB history to throw a perfect game. Three months earlier, he took a no-hitter in the 9th inning and then delivered a one-out single to Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn in San Diego.

Browning was found unconscious at his home in Kentucky on Monday afternoon. Authorities say there was no foul play and no cause of death was listed.

He retired from baseball in 1995 after playing part of a season with the Kansas City Royals. In 12 seasons he was 123-90 with a lifetime ERA of 3.94 in 302 games.

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