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Joe L. Brown Passes Away

Former Pirate general manager Joe L. Brown, architect of Pittsburgh's 1960 and 1971 championship teams, has passed away at the age of 91.

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In a statement, Pirate President Frank Coonelly said "Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to his daughter, Cynthia, his son, Don, and his family and friends," Coonelly's statement said. "He was a great man and true Pittsburgh Pirate. He will be missed by everyone within the Pirates family."

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Brown was last seen by Pirate fans at the team's 1960 championship celebration in June, during which he was honored with a standing round of applause by a big crowd.

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His take on the Pirates' rebuilding?

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"Patience will determine where this club goes," Brown said. "Management will have more patience than the fans will. There are young players with talent on the Pirates now, but they've got to mature and learn to play the game at the Major League level and be confident in their ability that they are going to be good."

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.