If someone sees Tod Brown wearing the yellow and green uniform of the North Dakota State Bison this weekend at Hi Corbett Field, it would be wrong to say “that’s the last place I expected to see him.”
Because the last place anyone ever expected to see Tod Brown is in the UA record book.
In the summer of 1989, a few weeks after the Wildcats won the Pac-10 title and spent much of the season ranked No. 1, Brown, a lefty from Sabino High School, asked Arizona coach Jerry Kindall if he could try out for the Wildcat baseball team.
“Coach Kindall watched me pitch and politely told me that my velocity wasn’t scholarship-worthy,” Brown says now, chuckling at the memory. “I was able to walk-on to the team, but I didn’t get a sniff, didn’t get in a game for three years.”
But by 1993, Brown was worthy in every way. He pitched in 35 UA games, which became the school record and is now No. 3. He couldn’t break 85 mph on the radar gun, but he could get batters out with guile, guts and precision control.
Read more about Brown in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.