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Dan Brown is the play-by-play voice of the Gainesville Braves. A 35-year veteran of newspaper and radio, Dan has won numerous Press Association awards as a writer, columnist and photographer.
Dan brings a unique perspective to his broadcasts, drawing on his years as a baseball player and coach. A former professional baseball player in the Chicago Cubs organization, Dan has been where these players strive to go, to continue their playing careers on a professional level.
As a high school athlete, Dan was one of the top pitchers in Indiana and a top baseball prospect, setting a state record for strikeouts in a seven-inning game with 19, a record he jokingly admits holding for about 20 minutes. Playing in a game in western Indiana and in a different time zone, Tom Underwood, a former major league pitcher, struck out 20 hitters that same day. In 1976, prior to the major league draft, Dan was named first team All-State as a pitcher, posting a 0.68 ERA with two no-hitters and four one-hitters. Dan played for three seasons in the Cubs organization. A school and league record, Dan said he not only held the school record for career strikeouts for more than 30 years, he also continues to hold the career record for walks.
Following his playing days, Dan also coached on the collegiate and high school levels, teaching the game and the science of pitching to the next generation of athletes.
The father of two, Dan enjoys his role as Pop-pop and Papaw to his four grandchildren. “Baseball has been my life since I was old enough to throw a baseball,” he said. “I’ve played baseball, I’ve written about baseball and now I get to talk about baseball.
A published author, Dan has written 13 novels as D.P. Brown. His next novel, Finding Mudville, is his long-awaited novel about baseball.
Mike Wofford can be heard on every Gainesville Braves home broadcast with play-by-play partner Dan Brown on the Braves official radio station, 97.5 GLORY FM-WGTJ RADIO. Mike has been a local sports broadcaster since 1978 as an announcer for local high school baseball, basketball, and football games in the Gainesville/Hall County/north Georgia area. He has served the community as president and general manager of WGTJ for 23 years, and you can hear him on the air weekday mornings from 6-10 AM. He worked on the broadcast of the first baseball game played at Ivey- Watson Field in 1987 and broadcast the Gainesville High state championship playoff games when Braves coach Micah Owings played for the Red Elephants. Mike, his wife Janet (a registered nurse), and their daughter Lilly are lifelong residents of Hall County, and Lilly is part of the broadcast team as she provides the video feed of the broadcasts on twitter, @teamglorysports. Mike sees the Braves games differently than anybody else because he is blind due to a degenerative retinal eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa, and you will see him walking with his hand on Lilly’s shoulder and using his white cane at the games.