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Alton Brown and Alan Koch, former Senators players, pass away

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    Alton Brown played for the Senators in 1951, posting a 9.26 ERA in seven relief appearances. He died January 10 at 90.

    Virginia Beach - Alton Leo "Deacon" Brown, 90, passed away peacefully at home on January 10, 2016, surrounded by his loved ones. ...

    Al joined the U.S. Army (1944-46) and served in the European theater, primarily in Italy and Germany. It was during his time in the service that he played baseball for the first time. When he returned home he pitched in local city leagues until 1948, when he began his professional baseball career as a pitcher for the Roanoke Rapids Jays. While with the Jays, Al was voted the Coastal Plains League MVP in 1950.

    Al made his Major League debut in 1951, pitching for the Washington Senators. In his first game as a Senator, he walked Joe DiMaggio and held the Yankees scoreless, allowing just two hits in his two-inning debut. He pitched six more games with the Senators before returning to the minors with the Chattanooga Lookouts. Al would go on to pitch several more seasons, having stints with the Richmond Colts, Norfolk Tars, and York White Roses. It was with the White Roses where he befriended a talented young kid named Brooks Robinson, who would remain a lifelong friend.
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    Alan Koch was an expansion Senator. He played for the club in 1964 and went 3-10 with a 4.89 mark in 114 frames. On the plus side, he didn't even average a hit allowed per inning. He died May 22 at 77.

    Died On: 05-22-2015 (100 Oldest Living)
    Place of Death Data Died In: Prattville, Alabama

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