Inducted in 2009
William Gates Brown attended Crestline High School from 1954-1957. He was a three sport athlete playing baseball, basketball three years, and football three years. Gates played both offense and defense, playing half-back on offense. He made all-league in football.
Gates Brown singed his first professional baseball contract in 1960. He was a Detroit Tiger player from 1963-1975. In 1968 he played for the World Champion Detroit Tigers, and he batted .462 as a pinch hitter. In Gates Brown's first major league at-bat, he hit a home run out of Fenway Park. He still holds the American league record with 16 pinch hit home runs, and holds the major league record with 74 run’s batted in while pinch hitting. Gates Brown became the batting coach for the Detroit Tigers from 1978-1984. The Detroit Tigers were the world champions.
In the year 2001 William “Gates” Brown was inducted into The Crestline High School Hall of Fame. Mr. Brown’s award doesn’t stop there, as in 2002, he was inducted into the state of Michigan’s Hall of Fame. In April 19th, 2009, a dedication banquet was held at a jam packed St. Joseph Convocation Center in Crestline for Gates Brown field. On April 21, 2009 the Crestline High School ball field was named William “Gates” Brown field.
Scholarships were also set up in Gates Brown’s name. A male and female baseball or softball player will receive the scholarship. On November 21st, 2009 Gates was inducted into The Ohio All Sports Hall of Fame at Newcomerstown, Ohio.