Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

John "Babe" Brown

John "Babe" Brown


  • Position: Guard/Tackle
  • School: Navy
  • High School: Canton, PA (Canton HS)
  • Years: 1910-1913
  • Inducted: 1951
  • Place of Birth: Canton, PA
  • Date of Birth: Sep 12, 1891
  • Place of Death: Middletown, DE
  • Date of Death: Jun 10, 1963
  • Jersey Number: 10
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 216

Member Biography

John "Babe" Brown was a big guard from Navy whose blocking, tackling and kicking gave Army fits. In his first three Army-Navy contests he helped shut out the Cadets in all three games. His educated toe kicked two field goals in the 1912 game to provide the winning margin in a 6-0 Navy victory. Brown had one of his finest games in the only game Navy lost to Army in the four years he played at Annapolis. In 1913 the Midshipmen were undefeated and had not lost to Army since 1905. Brown kicked a field goal in each of the first two quarters to give Navy a 6-3 lead. During the third quarter he added a third field goal to tie the score at 9-9. Army rallied in the late stages of the game to win 22-9. While at Navy his teams posted a 27-4-5 record. As a defender he helped Navy shut out seven opponents in 1913. During World War II, Brown rose to the rank of Admiral and played an important role in submarine operations in the South Pacific. He later became Director of Athletics and eventually Superintendent at the Naval Academy.