Today, Monday, Oct. 30 would have been Bobby Bragan’s 100th birthday and the City of Fort Worth proclaimed it Bobby Bragan Day.
Bragan, who passed away at age 92 in 2010, was born in Birmingham, Alabama on Oct. 30, 1917. He was known as “Mr. Baseball” in Fort Worth due to his long baseball career, as well as the fact that he was the player/manager of the Fort Worth Cats from 1948-1952. Bragan played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and would go on to manage in the majors for the Pirates, Indians and Braves. Bragan managed some of the all-time greats in the game including Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski, Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and Bob Lemon just to mention a few. His legacy continues through the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation which has supported youth scholarships across the Metroplex for 26 years.
The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation will celebrate his life Monday evening at Shaw’s Patio Bar & Grill in Fort Worth from 6-8 p.m. when it kicks off its fundraising drive with the designated hitters program.