PORTSMOUTH, OH, December 15, 2015: Portsmouth Murals, Inc. announced today that Tom Browning will be the keynote speaker at their 12th Annual Baseball Murals Banquet on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at the Friends Community Center.
Browning, the Cincinnati Reds’ ninth-round pick in 1982, went 20-9 in 1985 to become the first major-league rookie to win 20 games in 31 years. Tom posted double-digit win totals from 1985-’91, and on September 16, 1988, pitched the only perfect game in Reds history. During Cincinnati’s championship season in 1990, Tom won 15 regular-season games and picked up pivotal victories in Game 2 of the NLCS and Game 3 of the Reds’ World Series sweep of the heavily favored Oakland A’s. In 1991 he was named an NL All-Star after a 10-4 start to the season. Tom’s career was ultimately cut short when he broke his arm delivering a pitch in 1994. He finished his career with a 123-90 record, 3.94 ERA and 1,000 strikeouts. In December 2005, he led fan balloting wire-to-wire to earn a 2006 induction into the Reds Hall of Fame. His book, “Tom Browning’s Tales from the Reds Dugout,” debuted in March 2006 and chronicles his career.
Past banquets have sold out with nearly 500 people attending. Tickets and sponsorship information are now available by calling the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce at 740-353-7647.