Baseball Alum and Former Major Leaguer Darrell Brown to be Inducted into 2022 CCCAA Hall of Fame
Edited by Cerwin D Haynes
(based off original story posted on CCCAAsports.org)
A East LA baseball alum is finding himself into the CCCAA Hall of Fame this year.
Darrell Brown, who played for ELAC in the 1970's, has been been selected as the 2022 CCCAA Hall of Fame Class and will be honored during ceremonies in April during the annual CCCAA Convention.
Brown played under former Huskies head coach Bob Hertel as an outfielder and shortstop. He helped ELAC win the 1975 Metro Conference championship and earned MVP honors for his batting and defense prowess. Selected in the first round of Major League Baseball's 1977 draft by the Detroit Tigers, Brown played the better of four seasons in the bigs with Detroit, Oakland and Minnesota.
The following is a letter penned by former Coach Hertel in 2018 urging CCCAA to induct Brown into the state Hall of Fame. The letter was submitted by ELAC kinesiology professor (and former SID of CSU Los Angeles) Lonnie Teper:
To the voting members of the California Community College Hall of Fame, I strongly encourage the inclusion of Darrell Brown in the next voting session.
I was the head baseball coach at East Los Angeles College from 1974-1989 and was fortunate enough to see many top-notch player come through the program in that time period. But nobody did more things as well on a baseball field than Darrell did. He can beat you in many ways - with his bat, with his glove and with his legs. He hit over .400 for us, stole around 40 bases from what I recall, and was great defensively both as a shortstop and outfielder.
We won the Metro Conference in 1975 and Darrell was the easy choice as Most Valuable Player. To my knowledge he was the first player to hit .400 at that time at East Los Angeles College. A great season ended when we lost in the Southern California Finals by one run to Cerritos, who went on to win the State championship.
I followed Darrell's career after he left ELAC, first at Cal State Los Angeles, then in the minors and eventually in the major leagues. In 1977 Darrell led Cal State Los Angeles to the College World Series and was named first-team All-American. I never had a player at ELAC receive such a high honor at a Division 1 program. I believe he led his team in batting average, home runs, RBI and stolen bases.
Unfortunately, one of the teams Cal State LA defeated to reach the College World Series was USC, where my two sons, Robbie and Rich, were playing at the time. And Darrell was the key player in their upset wins.
Darrell was a first-round draft pick on three different occasions, which tells you about his level of talent, and eventually signed with the Detroit Tigers, who drafted him in the third round in 1977. He had an outstanding minor league career and did well when he got the chance in the big leagues where he played with Detroit, Oakland and Minnesota in part of four seasons.
He has also given back to the community throughout the years, visiting his old high school, Crenshaw, and working with kids on hitting at various venues in the Southern California area.
In ending, I'd like to say, without hesitation, that Darrell Brown deserves a spot in the California Community College Hall of Fame.
Head Baseball Coach
East Los Angeles College