Bill Brown (broadcaster)
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Bill Brown (born September 20, 1947 in Sedalia, Missouri) is an American baseball announcer who has been with the Houston Astros since 1987. He is often called "Brownie" by his play by play partner Alan Ashby. He has developed a reputation for being a solid broadcaster who often played the straight man to former partner Jim Deshaies' humorous asides. Brown was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on November 12. 2004.
Brown did play-by-play for the Cincinnati Stingers Television Network for the 1975-76 season and the Cincinnati Reds Television Network from 1976-1982. He worked four years with Ken Coleman and another four years with Ray Lane. Brown also called Xavier Musketeers and Cincinnati Bearcats basketball and Cincinnati Swords hockey early in his career, and was a senior producer and anchor of the Financial News Network's SCORE programing and sports director of the Sports Time Cable Network. he was sports director of Home Sports Entertainment in Pittsburgh.
In 2011 Brown was inducted into the Media Wall of Honor at Minute Maid Park. He was honored by the Astros for 25 years of service. The Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation presented him with a community service award. The Houston baseball media presented him with the Fred Hartman Award for Long and Meritorious service in 2012.
Brown lives in Houston with his wife, Dianne. Their only daughter, Allison is the mother of Brown's three grandchildren: Luke, 11, Emma Kate, 9, and Caitlynn Claire, 7.