Jerry Brown





Elected : USSSA New York Hall Of Fame in 2005
Inducted : April 2006, Ronkonkoma, NY.

In Jerry started working for the Syracuse Parks & Recreation Department as a Recreation Leader 'just for the summer.' The following year he was promoted to his 'dream job' as Assistant Athletic Director. At night he played in all the various leagues, and by day he would create, in his words, 'professional Rec leagues.' Of all the leagues he ran his largest and most cherished sport was softball.

In 1975 he started the first women's slow pitch league in Central New York and within 5 years, it grew from 7 to 167 teams. By 1982 the Syracuse Recreation leagues boasted over 500 teams, most of which would register with USSSA.

Although new to the area, the 'Red Shirts' popularity exploded when most of the area leagues followed the City's lead and signed on with USSSA. Brown had no reservations trying something new, be it 'Safe-Base' or exotic infield mix to enhance the leagues. 'I'm glad our league partnered with USSSA because one thing all leagues demand is top-notch, professional umpires.'

Jerry also served in the U.S. Army Reserves and refereed high school basketball with the local IAABO Board. From 1979-82 he coached the LeMoyne College Women's Softball Team. In his spare time he and his wife, Terry, enjoy watching their 3 teenagers participate in various sports.