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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Marty Brown

(Born January 23, 1963) -- F. Scott Fitzgerald once famously said, “There are no second acts in American life.” We’ll see if Marty Brown can change that belief in Buffalo this summer.

The Oklahoma native was drafted by the Reds in 1985 after playing college ball at Georgia. He played with the Reds and Orioles briefly but couldn’t stick, so it was on to perform in Japan for three years. Brown, an infielder, finished his playing days in Oklahoma City in 1995.

Brown started his managing career in Erie with the Pittsburgh farm system in 1997. He arrived in Nashville in 2001, and spent two years with that Pacific Coast League team. Then Brown landed in Buffalo, where he had a winning record in all three of his seasons. The team won the International League title in 2004.

Brown spent five years managing in Japan in 2006-10, and then came back across the ocean to manage in Las Vegas for the Blue Jays. The team went 79-64 last season.

When Toronto moved its top farm team to Buffalo, it seemed like a natural fit for Brown to come back here to manage. That’s exactly how it worked out, as he’ll be guiding the Herd in 2013.

-- Budd Bailey

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