Monday, Oct. 30 would have been Bobby Bragan’s 100th birthday and the City of Fort Worth proclaimed it “Bobby Bragan Day.”
Click here to view the official proclamation from Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
Bobby, who passed away at age 92 in 2010, was born in Birmingham, Alabama on Oct. 30, 1917. He was known as “Mr. Baseball” in Fort Worth due to his long baseball career, as well as the fact that he was the player/manager of the Fort Worth Cats from 1948-1952. Bragan played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and would go on to manage in the majors for the Pirates, Indians and Braves. He managed a number of great baseball players including Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski, Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews and Warren Spahn just to name a few.
His legacy continues through the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation which has supported youth scholarships across the Metroplex for 26 years and the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award, which is presented to the Texas Division I college baseball player who performs best at the plate and in the classroom.