A. Douglas “Dougout” Brown got his nickname when he was covering the Orioles. Universally known as Doug, he was born in Lansdowne, Pa., he was a 1949 graduate of Lansdowne High School, where he starred in football, wrestling and baseball. He lifeguarded in Ocean City New Jersey during the summers. At Dartmouth College, he swam and dived on the varsity swim team until a knee injury and served as sports editor of the campus newspaper, graduating in 1953 with a degree in botany.
He served in the Army for two years as a lifeguard, then earned a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He joined The Evening Sun in 1957 and moved to The Sun in 1991 when the two staffs merged.
Mr. Brown left the paper briefly in 1970 for a high-paying government public relations post. He hated the job. Two and a half years later he was back in sports, returning with a column that began, “As I was saying before I was interrupted ”
Doug started covering the Orioles for The Sun in 1956 and covered them for ten years. And was a columnist for The Sun for over a decade. He received the Sportswriter of the Year Award in 1967 presented by the National Sportswriter and Sportscasters Association. Doug received the Media Award of Outstanding Service to the Game of Lacrosse for the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and was a lifetime member of the Baseball Writers of America.
Doug’s versatility has made him a key writer on the Baltimore Sun Staff. He has covered every sport imaginable from local to international levels. He is the only one who has consistently pushed for swimming coverage. Doug was an active swim parent at Rollingwood and KCO and helped in the formation of the CMSL. He met Nancy, his wife, who is a nationally ranked Masters Swimmer at the Catonsville Y.
Doug retired from the Sun in 1996 and passed away the following year.