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Remembering Frank Mancuso & The '44 Browns!

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  • Remembering Frank Mancuso & The '44 Browns!

    Former Browns catcher Frank Mancuso died last summer on August 14, 2007. Had he lived, he would have been celebrating his 90th birthday today, Friday, May 23, 2008.

    It wasn't to be. And almost all of the old 1944 American League champion Browns are gone. Only Don Gutteridge and Babe Martin remain from the club's only pennant winners and neither of them has been carded on any beer buys lately. Don Gutteridge will be 96 on June 19th; Babe Martin turned 88 back on March 28th.

    Belated happy past birthday remembrances of Frank Mancuso are in order for this date. Happy recollections of the '44 St. Louis Browns championship club are in order every day, but especially on a Memorial Day weekend. This is a good time to remember our heroes from all walks of life.

    Frank Mancuso suffered a life-altering injury as a US Army paratrooper in 1943, but he came back to baseball the following year in time to hit .667 (2 for 3) in the 1944 World Series. More importantly, Frank Mancuso returned to spend a lifetime of giving public service as an honest politician in Houston, while also raising a wonderful family that has preserved his memory with all the dignity he deserves. And Frank is just one of the many fine men who played for that '44 club and then lived on as bountiful contributors to society.

    It's important that we remember these men. All of them. No matter what.

    Have a safe and peaceful Memorial Day weekend, Browns fans!
    "Our fans never booed us. - They wouldn't dare. - We outnumbered 'em." ... Browns Pitcher Ned Garver.

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    My condolences to Mancuso's family, and to those who have lost loved ones in Iraq and Afganistan on Memorial Day.
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