A better pitcher than Charlie Brown

Not That Charlie Brown

Ladies, gentlemen, and those who identify otherwise, let me introduce you to: Charlie Brown! Charles Edward Brown was a professional baseball pitcher… briefly. In 1897 he pitched four games for the Cleveland Spiders, a Major League Baseball team of the day. This left-hander started four games, and is credited with one win and two losses.

(If you’ve never heard of the Spiders, it’s no surprise; they disappeared after their 1899 season, when their win/loss record was 20-134. That’s the worst record in the history of Major League Baseball… but still better Chuck’s team ever did!)

Not That Charlie Brown
Me and Charlie Brown archives

When digging into those Schulz/Kelly letters, at first I missed what else it is that the Minnesota History Center has on hand – the original paste-ups and other material related to Me and Charlie Brown: a Book of Good Griefs. This is a book that was written by the original Charlie …

Not That Charlie Brown
Not that Charlie Brown. Not even quite Charlie Brown.

Coming out this coming week: A Sharla Brown Christmas!

Not That Charlie Brown
Back then, it meant “courting”

Charlie Brown, you have been making love to my sister for quite a while, an’ if you let me go now, I will consent. From Fun in a Post Office: A farce in one act, by E. Henri Bauman, 1888