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GFHBrown.jpgFred Brown makes his major league debut on May 4, 1901. It is his first appearance of a brief nine-game career, all for the Boston Beaneaters over two seasons.

The 22 year-old outfielder, who goes 4-for-20 at the plate without making an error in the field, will enjoy a far more extended career as a politician, winning a Senate seat as a Democrat in then-conservative New Hampshire 1932 after serving as the state’s governor.

Many play professional ball for just short periods of time. It is always worth celebrating their achievement. It’s not as easy as it looks.