John Christopher Brown
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Chris Brown, who made his major league debut with San Francisco in 1984, died on Dec. 27, 2006 in Houston, Texas. He was 45.
Brown died nearly a month after he was apparently burned in a fire at his home, according to wire reports. The fire remained under investigation at the time of Brown's death.
Brown hit .269 in his career with 38 home runs, 184 RBI and 21 stolen bases. His best season in the majors came in 1986 when he hit .271 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI. He followed that up with a .317 average, seven home runs and 49 RBI in 1986. He was named to the All-Star team that year.
He had shoulder surgery after the 1986 season and his statistics never reached the same levels.
In July 5, 1987, he was traded by the Giants, along with Keith Comstock, Mark Davis and Mark Grant, to the Padres for Dave Dravecky, Craig Lefferts and Kevin Mitchell. In October 1988, the Padres traded him, along with Keith Moreland, to the Tigers for Walt Terrell. The Tigers released him in May 1989 and he signed with Pirates.
Following his career in baseball, Brown worked for Halliburton. As part of his job, he worked in Iraq driving, inspecting and repairing 18-wheel trucks.