Jamie BrownNaturally, the 4 games Jamie Brown pitched in the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox during his 12-day big-league career in May 2004 rank as the highlight of his professional baseball career.  But that doesn’t mean the hard-throwing 6-foot-2 right-hander has forgotten his 5-season stint with the Akron Aeros.  "I have a lot of great memories of the time I spent in Akron,” said Brown, now 37 and living back in his hometown of Meridian, Miss., with his wife and 2 sons. “The people … the town … and the atmosphere at Canal Park was awesome. It was a great place to play baseball."

Brown said his final season with the Aeros in 2002 was really a crucial year for him. Especially considering that he had had Tommy John after pitching 4 games to open the 2001 season and had a 1-1 record with 5.03 ERA.  “After Tommy John, I had to learn how to pitch,” said Brown, who was 9-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 2002. "Although I did eventually throw harder, I learned during my comeback that it was really all about location and movement. You have to throw hard to get there (pro baseball) and then you have to learn how to pitch (to advance)."

Brown was promoted to the Indians’ Class AAA team at Buffalo to start the 2003 season. He was traded to the Red Sox on June 22, 2003 for Angel Santos and finished the season at Pawtucket. He was promoted to the Red Sox on May 20, 2004.  Brown, who holds Aeros records for most victories with 23, played in Japan with the Hanshin Tigers in 2005, the Samsung Lions in 2006-07 and the LG Twins in 2008 before retiring. He returned to college and earned a teaching degree and said he probably will get into education and coaching when his two sons are grown. He lives and owns rental properties in Meridian and gives lessons to youngsters on the baseball field he has on his property.