For five decades, St. Louis fielded a second major league team beside the Cardinals–the St. Louis Browns. Relive the story of what could have been.
Narrated by actor and St. Louis native Jon Hamm, the documentary follows the journey from the team’s inception, through their ups and downs, until the sale of the franchise to Baltimore, where they became the Orioles and the history of the Browns was nearly erased. Fans can reminisce at the team’s on-field antics and St. Louis’s original baseball rivalry. Those unfamiliar with the Browns will be introduced to characters like 3-foot-7-inch Eddie Gaedel, a surprise pinch-hitter wearing a batboy uniform with the number 1/8, and will quickly understand the undeniable lovability of this misfit franchise. Audiences everywhere will see that, beneath the tarnish, there is true baseball gold.
“The St. Louis Browns: The Team That Baseball Forgot” features archival photos and video footage of the Browns, discussions with St. Louis Browns Historical Society board members Bill Rogers and Emmett McAuliffe, and current interviews with some of the team’s last living players.
Tune in Sunday, June 17 at 2:30 p.m. on Nine PBS.