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Cal Browning

Cal Browning
Born: (1938-03-16) March 16, 1938 (age 81)
Burns Flat, Oklahoma
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 12, 1960, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
June 12, 1960, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average40.50
Innings pitched023

Calvin Duane Browning (born March 16, 1938) is a retired American professional baseball player and left-handed pitcher who appeared in one Major League Baseball game for the 1960 St. Louis Cardinals.[1] A native of Burns Flat, Oklahoma, he was listed as 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and 190 pounds (86 kg). He attended Oklahoma State University.

Browning's pro career lasted for seven years (1957–63), with 223 appearances in minor league baseball. Recalled by St. Louis from Triple-A Rochester in June 1960, Browning's lone MLB opportunity came in relief on Sunday, June 12, against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. Starting pitcher Ron Kline had already surrendered four hits and three runs and left two men on base in only one-third of an inning when Browning came into the game. Facing his first big-league hitter, Pirate third baseman Don Hoak, Browning gave up a three-run home run to put Pittsburgh ahead 6–0, before escaping further damage. Then, in the second inning, Browning gave up singles to Dick Groat, Dick Stuart and Roberto Clemente and a base on balls to Bob Skinner, allowing two more runs without recording an out, before Curt Simmons relieved him. The Pirates would win the game, 15–3.[2]

Browning spent the rest of 1960 back with Rochester and pitched at the top level of the minors until his 1963 retirement.

In his one MLB game, he allowed five hits, three earned runs, and one base on balls in two-thirds of an inning, for an earned run average of 40.50. He did not record a strikeout.


  1. ^ "Cal Browning Statistics and History". Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  2. ^ Retrosheet box score: 1960-06-12 (1)

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