Thomas J. Dowd
Thomas J. Dowd
Team: Baseball

Thomas J. Dowd '93
Sport: Baseball
Year Inducted: 1971

Thomas J. Dowd '93 is regarded as one of Brown's finest and fleetest outfielders. In high school he mastered the art of turning his back on the ball and running to the spot where it would come down. The late Tim Murname of the old Boston Globe once described Dowd as "the finest outfielder ever developed." After leaving Brown, he spent two years at Georgetown Law School before signing with the Washington Senators. Buttermilk Tommy spent 10 years in the majors between 1891 and 1901, compiling a lifetime .271 batting average, with a .323 in 1895, his best mark. For many years Dowd held the major league speed record for circling the bases and he once stole 59 bases. He also managed in the majors and minors and is credited with discovering Rabbit Maranville and selling him to the Boston Braves.