A PRO baseball star who has earned the nickname “Mr Perfect” has been found dead at his home.
Former MLB pitcher Tom Browning was found Monday afternoon, according to Kentucky officials. He was 62 years old.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports that a man was not breathing around 1 p.m., authorities said in a statement.
Deputies found the baseball player unresponsive on a couch at his home upon arrival.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are currently not assuming third-party fault.
Browning had a 12-year career, spending every season but one with the Cincinnati Reds.
He is best known for having the 12th perfect game in baseball history in 1988, meaning he pitched nine innings without a single player getting on base.
He’s the only player in Reds history to have a perfect game.
Browning, who earned the Mr Perfect title after that amazing performance, would win the World Series with the Reds just two years later.
The pitcher is also known for walking away during the second inning of the World Series when his pregnant wife went into labor.
The Reds released a statement after his disappearance saying the team would run out of pitchers if Browning didn’t return.
Browning’s career was cut short after suffering injuries from 1991–93.
In 1994, he started a game by cruelly breaking his arm in front of the entire stadium while playing against the San Diego Padres.
Fans watched in horror as Browning’s arm dislodged from his shoulder after he threw a pitch, leaving him with a devastating injury that eventually put him out of action for the entire season.
He attempted a comeback with the Kansas City Royals the next year, but decided to retire after two games.
The Reds released a statement on the tragedy, saying the team was “deeply saddened” to hear the news.
“Tom affectionately saying ‘Mr. Perfect’ was a true Red who made the Cincinnati area his home after his playing days and continued to be heavily involved in the organization,” the team wrote.
“The Reds Hall of Famer is a fan favorite and has touched the hearts of fans at team events, Reds Hall of Fame celebrations and Reds Community Fund activities.
“We join Reds Country in mourning the loss of our all-time greats who created so many memories and magical moments for us all.”
Browning was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2006, cementing his place as a great player and fan favorite.
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