Pieces of Our Past: June Week 1
Former NFL Running Back, Current NFL Coach Gary Brown Got his Start in Williamsport’s Maynard Little League
The Cleveland Browns’ running back coach, Gary Leroy Brown, Jr., played Little League Baseball as a child.
Born in Williamsport, Pa., the birthplace of Little League Baseball and Softball, Mr. Brown was a member of the 1981 Maynard Little League All-Stars and received a trophy for his efforts. That trophy and a cutout statue of Mr. Brown are among the artifacts that can be found at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum.
Although the 1981 team did not advance to the Little League World Series, the all-star team from that league claimed the first World Series championship in 1947. In that Series, 12 teams played for the title which Maynard won, 16-7, over the Little League team from Lock Haven.
Gary Brown went on to play football at Williamsport Area High School and spent four years as a running back at Penn State University in State College, Pa.
He was drafted by the National Football League’s Houston Oilers and also played for the San Diego Chargers and the New York Giants before he retired from the NFL in 1999. During that time he ran for 4,300 yards and 21 touchdowns on 1,023 carries and caught 84 passes for 631 yards and three scores in 99 games. He rushed for 1,000 yards twice, including 1,002 in 1993 and 1,063 yards in 1998. His feat in 1993 was accomplished while playing in just eight games.
Mr. Brown coached football at his high school alma mater, Lycoming College in Williamsport, and Susquehanna and Rutgers Universities before returning to the NFL as a coach. He is in his second year of coaching for the Cleveland Browns. He earned a degree is sports administration from Lock Haven University.
The Museum is located at 525 Route 15 Highway, just south of Williamsport, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and by group appointment from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Its hours are extended during the summer season. The facility is accessible to the disabled.
Rates are $5 for adults; $3 for those 62 and older; $1.50 for children between the ages of 5 and 13. There is no fee for children 4 or younger. Group rates and tours are available. The Museum also offers birthday parties and after-hours facility rentals.
The Museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.
For more information, call the museum at (570) 326-3607; or visit http://www.LittleLeague.org/Learn_More/museum.htm