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William Brown

Class of 1918

William was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. His citation is copied below:

William Floyd Brown left Washington College in 1918 during World War I to join the U.S. Marines. Thirty-two years later, after fighting courageously in two World Wars, he retired with the rank of Brigadier General.

He was a native Kent Countian who made good at Washington College. He entered the college in 1914 and immediately made an impact in football. He was used at right halfback on offense. He possessed exceptional speed which made him dangerous on running plays and in the open field. He also was assigned all the punting and placekicking. His punting consistently kept the opponents in their defensive end of the field. The highlight of the 1915 season was shutting out Washington College’s archrival, St. Johns College from Annapolis, 27-0. The game was played in Baltimore before a sellout crowd. Brown’s contribution was well-noted in the newspaper accounts.

He was a starter in basketball for three years. He was used at one of the forward positions and excelled on defense. The 1916-17 team, with a 12-4 win-loss record, was declared the Maryland Intercollegiate Champions.

In baseball, he was an outstanding pitcher for three years. He possessed an exceptional fastball and was considered a prospect for professional baseball. He helped pitch the 1916 Washington College team to the Maryland Intercollegiate Championship.

His chief claim to college fame came in 1916 when he pitched a no-hitter against Pennsylvania Military College.

Washington College considers it an honor to induct posthumously Brigadier General William Floyd Brown into its Athletic hall of Fame on this 5th day of October, 1996.