Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Former Reds pitcher Tom Browning dies at 62

CINCINNATI, Ohio ( Associated Press) – Former All-Star pitcher Tom Browning, who pitched the only perfect game in Cincinnati Reds history and helped them win the World Series, died Monday. He was 62 years old.

The Boone County Kentucky Sheriff’s Office announced his death on Twitter, saying he died at his home in Union, Kentucky. He didn’t tell the reason.

The sheriff’s office responded to a report of a man not breathing and arrived at Browning’s home around 1 a.m. They found him unconscious on the couch and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. The sheriff’s office said Browning was pronounced dead at 1:13 p.m. He is not suspected of any crime.

“The entire Reds family is shocked and distraught to hear of the passing of Tom Browning. Fondly known as ‘Mr. Perfect’, Tom was a true Red who embraced the Cincinnati area after his retirement,” the Cincinnati Reds said in a statement. Made a home and stayed connected with the organization.”

“A fan favorite, the Reds Hall of Fame inductee touched the hearts of fans at team events, Hall of Fame events and Reds Community Fund activities. We induct one of the all-time greats into the Red Nation to duel “

The greatest individual moment of Lefty’s career on the mound came when he retired 27 batters on September 16, 1988, in a 1–0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium.

After a delay of two hours due to rain, the match started at 10:02 pm and lasted just one hour and 51 minutes.

Browning’s gem against the Dodgers was one of 23 perfect games in major league history and the only one for the Reds, baseball’s oldest franchise.

A month later, the Dodgers won the World Series—Browning became the only pitcher that year to throw a perfect game against a championship-winning team.

In 12 major league seasons he went 123–90 with a 3.94 ERA in 302 games (300 starts).

Hall of Fame shortstop and former Reds teammate Barry Larkin posted on Twitter, “RIP my friend Mr. Perfect, Tom Browning.” “We share great moments, as well as the date of birth April 28th. you will be missed.”

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