St. Louis and the South

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Apr 15 13:26:44 UTC 2014

At 4/15/2014 01:31 AM, Wilson Gray wrote:

>On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 8:48 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
> > Why do you think they were called "the Browns"?
>Because they wore brown stockings as part of their original uniforms.

Oh.  And I thought it was because, as Wilson said, their seating
didn't segregate people of color.  Black + white = brown.  (OED
Online, 1.a., quotation of 1607: "The mingling together of blacke and
white colours do..produce a swart and brown ...")


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