ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Through 26 years of coaching St. Louis high school baseball Scott Brown believes he hasn’t truly earned his hall of fame honors.
“I’ve always felt like I’ve been trying to prove to myself that I’ve belonged,” Brown says. “And along the way with a lot of help of some great players and stuff all the sudden before you know it, you’ve been around for 24 years and you’ve got 422 victories.”
Those wins were split between 20 years at Christian Brothers College High School and the last six years with his Alma Mater, St. John Vianney. Brown was always on the brink of stepping up to the collegiate level, but knew there was nothing like coaching high school baseball.
“(High school) is a unique time in a kids life that you see tons of development,” Brown says. “And those kids that may come in and really don’t understand things and all the sudden they get it. That’s really a neat thing to have.”
But he still made his impact at the collegiate level, sending 142 players to college baseball. And when each player graduates, they have certain expectations of a coach Brown send off.
“It’s funny the kids will take bets on who I break down with on as far as at the banquettes, because there is always a kid who means something special to me and so they always kid around… Which it’s happened for a long time and it will continue to happen.”
Brown’s induction into the Greater St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame comes not just as a coach, but also as a player. In 1989 he was a member of the semi-professional Sauget Wizards, when they traveled to play Team USA.
“It was when they had Jeromy Burnitz, Fernando Viña, Bret Boone, Paul Carey, and we went down there and beat them,” Brown says. “A bunch of rag tag guys from here around the area. And we were the first team from the US to beat them. The only other team that had beat them was Cuba.”
Closing out that game with a strikeout was Brown, who spent parts of the next two years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
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