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BEN97112101 - 21 NOVEMBER 1997 - ABOARD THE USS BENFOLD, IN THE PERSIAN GULF: Gunner's Mate (Guns) 1st Class Joe Brown, from Arlington, Texas, mans a 25mm chain gun while on watch in the Persian Gulf. The ship, home ported in San Diego, California , is currently deployed with the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) battle group under the U.S. NavyÕs Fifth Fleet. Benfold is currently conducting Multinational Maritime Interception Operations as part of the UN sanctions against Iraq. cc/Rebecca Kearns-USN UPI..
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Joseph E. "Joe" Brown (born April 4, 1859, died June 28, 1888 in Warren, Pennsylvania) was a pitcher/utility player in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles.

It was relatively common in the 19th century for baseball teams to use a reserve fielder as a pitcher, and this appears to be true in Brown's case. He appeared in 15 games for the 1884 Cubs (debuting August 16), pitching in seven of those games, six as a starter. His mark that season was 4-2 with a 4.68 ERA. He also played center field, right field, first baseman, and catcher for the Cubs that season, hitting .213 with 3 RBI in 61 trips to the plate.

Brown found himself with the American Association's Orioles in the 1886 season in a similar role for a brief period of time. He pitched in four games, completing and losing each one for a record of 0-4 and an ERA of 5.68. He also appeared in one game as a second baseman. Brown was 3-for-19 at the plate in 1886 to finish his career with a batting average of exactly .200 (16-for-80).

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