TOM BROWNELL, Amsterdam, NY
Player: Tom Brownell was born April 22, 1923 in New York state. He began pitching horseshoes at age 13 and won his first New York State title in 1941 and had a total of seven New York Championships ( 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1956. He became one of the top pitchers in the nation and qualified for the Men's Championship Class in 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1955 and 1957. He best finish was in 1955 when after the round robin the top four players had a playoff. Ted Allen, Fernando Isais and Don Titcom and Brownell were the top four pitchers. Tom had placed 4th, pitching 77.6% but end up 3rd, going 1-2 in the playoff, pitching 82.7%. One of his playoff loses was to Ted Allen as the game went 158 shoes, in which they had 50 four-deads and Allen average e91.1% while Brownell averaged 87.3%. Brownell won 129 games in his six appearances. Due to his work, Tom moved to California in 1956. In 1975, Brownell was one of four players selected to put on a pitching demonstration in South Africa. He passed away in 1976.