Switch-hitting outfielder Bobby Brown was originally an 11th round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles in the 1972 MLB Amateur Draft. Brown signed with the Orioles but was released after spring training in 1976. He inked a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent in May 1976. In June 1978, the Phillies dealt Brown to the New York Yankees along with outfielder Jay Johnstone for pitcher Rawly Eastwick.
The New York Mets drafted Brown from the Yankees in the Rule 5 Draft in December 1978. The Mets placed Brown on waivers in training camp in March of 1979 and he was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays. He made his major league debut on April 5, 1979 and appeared in 4 games for the Jays before he was sold to the Yankees for cash. Brown was the MVP of the International League that season with the Yankees AAA affiliate in Columbus by batting .349 in 70 games with 8 home runs and 25 stolen bases. 1980 was the only year in which Brown was a regular starter in the big leagues. That season, he batted .260 in 137 games, hit 14 home runs and stole 27 bases. Brown got pushed to a reserve role with the acquisitions of Dave Winfield and Jerry Mumphrey prior to the 1981 season.
In April 1982, Brown was shipped to the Seattle Mariners as the player to be named later in a deal that also saw pitchers Bill Caudill and Gene Nelson head to Seattle for pitcher Shane Rawley. The Mariners released Brown in spring training of 1983 and he signed a deal as a free agent with the San Diego Padres. Brown spent three seasons in San Diego and ended his career after the 1985 season. His career big league totals over seven seasons include 502 games played, 1,277 at bats, 26 home runs, 110 stolen bases, and a .245 batting average.