Dr. Willard Brown

The late Dr. Williard Brown, founder and organizer of the Garland Little League and Baseball Commissioner for Garland youth baseball for nearly a decade, was selected for the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to the community and his unselfish contributions to youth baseball. Dr. Brown moved from Chicago to establish his medical practice in Garland in 1941 and became a faithful and enthusiastic supporter of local school sports teams. In 1951, Dr. Brown was a leading figure in establishing the Garland Little League baseball program, which had begun a dozen years earlier on the East Coast. Under his presidency, the Garland Little League began in May and within a matter of weeks was aligned into a six-team major division with 108 players and a 15-team minor division for more than 200 players. In July, the first Garland all-star team defeated Kilgore for third place in the district tournament at Longview. Dr. Brown's leadership continued for the second year of the program, as it began to gain community support. The Garland all-star team in 1952 won the district tournament hosted by the city and the subsequent sectional tourney in Waco. At the regional tournament in Longview, Garland lost to eventual World Series representative, Little Rock, in the semi-finals, 7 to 6, and closed its season by defeating Portales, New Mexico, for third place, 3 to 0. In 1953, Dr. Brown served his third term as president. In the following years, he concentrated his efforts on the duties of his position as Baseball Commissioner for the Garland youth baseball program, as it expanded to include East, West, and South Garland Little Leagues, a Pony League and a Colt League for older boys.