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  • Former Browns player Perry Currin passes away

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/san...&pid=148079275

    Perry Gilmore Currin, 82, died of heart failure Monday, January 17, at his home in San Antonio, Texas. He leaves his loving wife of 52 years, Vi Currin, his children Diane Sowell, Sherry Fox, and Chris Currin, ten grandchildren, and many close friends. Mr. Currin was born on September 27, 1928 in Washington, D.C. to Thadeous and Dorothy Currin. He played baseball for a short time with the St. Louis Browns in 1947; at 18, he was one of the youngest players to ever sign in the Major League at the time. His time with the Browns was followed by a short career in the minor leagues. He met is wife, Vi Stasko, in Washington D.C., and they were married in August of 1958. After many moves on account of work and family, he and his wife settled in San Antonio. Mr. Currin was an active and enthusiastic member of the Knights of Columbus, and a Eucharistic minister at St. Mary's Catholic Church in downtown San Antonio. He enjoyed golfing with friends and spending time with family. He was a loving husband, and extremely proud of his children and grandchildren, who brought him great joy. A man of great humility, Mr. Currin never thought of himself as someone special, but he was, nonetheless, special to all who knew him. His quick wit often brought smiles to the faces of those around him. He will be greatly missed. His memorial service will be held Saturday, February 5, 9 AM, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in San Antonio.

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    Perry Currin appeared in only three games in his major league career - and I'm sure we'd all love to say we did that!

    Play-by-play is not available for any of those games, but we do know the following:
    - His 1st MLB AB was as a PH at Detroit on June 29, 1947. He batted for pitcher Fred Sanford in the third inning and was retired by Dizzy Trout.
    - His next appearance was as a PH for Vern Stephens on July 12, 1947 at New York. He was retired by Butch Wensloff, but stayed in the game and played shortstop. He fielded four chances, with two putouts and two assists while turning two double plays.
    - Finally, he hit for Jack Kramer on Sept. 17, 1947 in the fifth inning at Boston and walked against Joe Dobson.

    Perhaps more notably, he was one of the players sent down on July 17, 1947 when the Browns became the third team in the majors to sign black players (adding Hank Thompson, Willard Brown; they also picked up a 30-day option on Lorenzo Davis, but he never played in the majors).

    The July 2, 1947 edition of The Sporting News notes that "After two months of effort, Charley DeWitt, Brown road secretary, succeeded in signing Perry Currin, 18-year-old shortstop from Arlington, Va." Also it is noted that St. Louis outbid both Chicago teams, Pittsburgh and Detroit for Currin, who it is said "batted .472 over three seasons of scholastic ball."

    RIP, Perry Currin.

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