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Lorn Brown
Lorn Brown

Lorn Brown was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on June 26, 2010, June 27, 2010, and June 28, 2010.

Non-playing roles with Mets
  • Broadcaster: Television 1982

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Mr. Sparkle
April 24, 2002
Hats off to Glen for his memory on Lorne Brown! I do remember Lorne but not in nearly as much detail. All I remember about him was that he sucked and was boring and me and my friends thought he was liquored up half the time. He was a bad announcer during a real bad time in Mets history. He was no Steve LaMar!

April 28, 2002
Remember how Lorn Brown would frequently call Mookie Wilson "Willie Wilson"? I could never figure out if: a) he was confusing Mookie with the much more notable player (at the time) Willie Wilson of the KC Royals OR b) since Mookie's real first name is indeed William, if he just decided on his own that he would call him a short version of William rather than "Mookie" like everyone else did.

May 1, 2002
The thing I remember best about Lorn Brown was a comment he made during a bad game in '82. I don't remember who the Mets were playing, but they were getting clobbered and making a bunch of errors to boot. Someone hit a grounder that the Met 2B let go right through his legs. Brown said "another error, oh brother!"

He was gone by the next season.

Ed K
May 29, 2002
I remember Lorn making more flat out mistakes than any other Met announcer I ever heard. Mis-identifying a player was commonplace, and I even believe it got a mention or two in the newspapers, perhaps from Phil Mushnick.

John Murphy
September 4, 2002
I remember Brown being dull and saying "Hot dogs, y'all!" about (it seemed) every other game.

Not as bad as Healy, but close enough.

Joe Figliola
September 17, 2002
When the Mets were in the midst of their 15-game losing streak in 1982, I remember there was a game against the Reds where they blew the game in the late innings. I think they needed one more out and Mike Scott was on the mound. Someone hit a comebacker to him and Scott flat-out botched it. Lorn Brown said disgustingly, "C'mon, Mike..."

That, for me, was the highlight of an otherwise dull broadcasting season.

December 27, 2002
Hey, granted Lorn Brown wasn't the greatest announcer, but he seemed pretty honest in his reporting - and I dare Mel Allen, Harry Carey, Vin Scully, Ernie Harwell or anyone else to try to make the 1982 Mets sound interesting!

Larry Burns
January 7, 2003
The WORST announcer in the history of organized sports. Granted he did not have much to work with but he could make a dual perfect game sound like grass growing. He is the only announcer who I routinely turned off in my life. I swear he could make a date with Brittney Spears sound like a dull event----what a dullard.

Dave Brett
February 25, 2003
Lorn Brown once told Mets fans that he changed the spelling of his first name. It was originally spelled Lorne, but he said "I removed the E because I didn't want to be confused with Lorne Green."

May 29, 2003
The thing I rememeber about Lorn Brown was opening day in the early eighties. He was the master of ceremonies. Ed Koch was the Mayor of New York. Brown introduced Koch thusly "and now the Mayor of New York the Honorable Ed Coke."

Big Vin
July 27, 2003
The only person who sucked more than Lorn Brown was the high school guidence counsellor who encouraged him to go into broadcasting. They say an organization rots from the top down - well the Mets sucked abd that included this guy. He put Ralph and everyone else into a coma with his never ending cacophony of useless stats, "That is third time this game that Craig Swan has rubbed the ball while standing on the left side of the mound with less than two strikes on the batter." As dear old Dear Abby use to write, "nough said!"

Ralphy Wiggum
January 19, 2004
I have one memory of Lorn Brown and that was when he coughed and choked his way through a post game wrap up and stopped to drink from a bottle of soda on air. Nothing wrong with that...except he drank some, and stopped to say "excuse me folks." and nonchalantly continued to drink on camera for what seemed like about a minute! He didn't seem to care that he was in the middle of a broadcast! I was about 9 when he was on, and he always seemed creepy.

Lifelong Fan
July 21, 2005
This guy was Mr. Stats. He bored the crap out of me. A lot of times, he wouldn't be watching the game! Instead, he would go to his stat sheet and ramble off these boring, meaningless stats. Good riddance.

Jack Tiberius Bulb
June 9, 2006
I met Lorn while he and Bob Murphy were having dinner back in 1982. Lorn was friendly and quite cordial. Bob was more interested in eating his crabcakes. In fact Bob was also having trouble understanding his waiter. It was quite funny!

Whatever happened to Lorn? I did an Internet search and couldn't find anything on him.

If anyone knows what happened to Lorn, please post.

Gerhard Ritger
June 7, 2007
In reading the comments on Lorn Brown it appears that most thought he was a poor announcer. In the early 80's he spent time doing games for the Chicago White Sox and then the Milwaukee Brewers. I found him to be one of the best announcers in major league baseball.

He was run out of Milwaukee since he could not get along with Bob Uecker, the long time voice of the Milwaukee Brewers.

July 17, 2007
I found him to stink as a Mets announcer. Example ball be hit to left field for a base hit...he say ground ball to right field for a base hit and camera go to right field show outfielder just standing there.

January 30, 2008
I don't remember Lorn Brown cause I guess I wasn't born during that time. I remember him now cause he's my grandpa and he's a great man.

April 19, 2008
Undoubtedly, the worst announcer the Mets ever had. He would constantly look at his stat sheets and read to the audience from them - just as 2 or 3 pitches were being thrown that he would miss completely!

In one game in Atlanta, Lorn missed a few pitches, mentioned the wrong balls and strikes count on the air and found that the scoreboard had different numbers than his own. Ralph Kiner said that the scoreboard in that stadium was usually wrong. Ralph was clearly just making an effort to defend his error-prone partner (while offending the scoreboard operator, who was doing his own job well.)

Lorn always looked at his papers more often than he did the field. He covered the Mets on TV for one year, but he didn't watch them a whole lot.

July 19, 2008
I was telling a fellow NYer last week about Lorn. He had never heard of him. Lorn was all stats and thoroughly boring.

The one moment that stands out for me was during a game near the beginning of the season against the Phillies. A Met player a hit foul ball down the left field line. The Phillies left fielder ran to try and make the catch but the ball girl just stood there in his way and tried to catch the ball herself (which she dropped). As the camera showed a closeup of the now very embarrassed ball girl, Lorn said the immortal "She's cute, but she sure is stupid!"

May 1, 2009
I was asked to answer a questionnaire when entering Shea one day in 1982. One question was, do you like Lorn Brown as a broadcaster? I replied no, not at all. The young woman asking the questions smirked and laughed a bit like she was hearing that all day. I always hoped my answer was the one that put him over the top and got him fired.

July 24, 2009
Without a doubt the worst announcer the Mets ever had. I remember during the pre-show that sometimes he would keep talking as Ralph was trying to read the lineups for the game. On at least one occasion Ralph yelled at him to stop talking.

October 11, 2009
Lorn was terrible. I remember every time a batter had two strikes, Lorn would say, "He is in the hole." He goes down as possibly the worst broadcaster in Mets history.

December 10, 2009
I remember Lorn from Milwaukee back in the early 80s. I was more inspired by his great command of the English language, than his announcing skills. But then again, nobody can match the Bob Uecker of those Brewers playoff years.

July 1, 2010
While I wasn't a Lorn Brown fan and thank god everyday for Tim McCarver as does Ralph I'm sure, I'd like to say rest in peace Lorn as he passed away recently at the age of 71. RIP Lorn.

July 1, 2010
Just read that Lorn passed away earlier this week. The article mentioned his years as an announcer with the White Sox and broadcasting college sports. Not a word about his one forgettable year as a Met announcer. Oh well, RIP Lorn Brown.

Toni Brown
July 1, 2010
My grandpa was a great man. He was funny, lively and was always nice to everyone he met. The only people who have something bad to say about him are idiots who never met him. Anyone who has ever gotten to know him will know what a wonderful person he was. Rest in peace grandpa.

July 13, 2010
Sorry that Lorn's family is angry and I can understand that but I am writing about Lorn the broadcaster and not Lorn the man. I don't know Lorn the man and said RIP! I'm sorry but in 1982, Lorn was not good!

Norwin Merens
July 22, 2012
I remember Lorn Brown from his days in Des Moines, Iowa broadcasting Drake University basketball and football games. He may also have done some work for the AAA baseball team based in Iowa's capital city in the mid 1970s. Lorn always did his homework and that was evident in his later broadcast work for the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets. It's too bad he's received such a bad rap especially after his passing. Lorn was a kind and caring individual.

john mackenzie
December 6, 2012
Lorn disliked NY more than you disliked him. A lot more.

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