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Q&A with Wiffle Ball Legend, Jim Brown

By , Posted June 6, 2019

Next week, Jim will be participating in the 3rd Annual Wiffle Ball at the Hollow to benefit The Battle Within, a local non-profit committed to supporting Veterans and First Responders who face Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

We sat down with Jim “The Legend” Brown in anticipation of next weekend’s big game to hear his take on the event, the sport and the competition.

STATS:
Name: Jim “The Legend” Brown
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
DOB: 10/17/69
Height: 6’2” on a good day
Weight: 220, but a solid 220
Batting Average: Below the Mendoza line
Bats: Right
Throws: Okay

Tell us about your wiffle ball experience.
This is no shit – I was an All-Star first baseman in Johnson County 3&2 back in the day. As far as wiffle ball goes, I’ve played my fair share. The bulk of my game was in the Wiggins’ backyard. Those games made me the man I am today.

What do you bring to the game?
I have soft hands—very, very soft hands. I can catch a ball. But I have no speed, literally none.

Tell us about how you got your title, Jim “The Legend” Brown.
Honestly, I think that was self-imposed. I said it to myself. But, I believed it and look where it got me.

Any other stats you would like the people to know about?
I love Big League Chew but I never spit it out. I’ve probably eaten, I’ve approximated, 40 – 45 lbs. of the stuff.

What do you do to stay in shape?
I crush 40s. Ounces, that is.

When was the last time you played wiffle ball?
Reagan was still in office, ’85 – ’86, maybe. It was a simpler time.

How do you think you’ll stack up against the other players?
I think I will be taller.

How did you get drafted to Mitch’s elite Kansas City Chiefs team?
Mitch asked if I could play, I said sure. In all honesty, it is an organization that I believe in wholeheartedly. The non-profit provides a free five-day program to veterans and first responders who battle PTSD. I appreciate their service and want to do what I can to give back.

Jim will be joining Mitch Holthus on the Kansas City Chiefs team and is hoping to carry his weight in terms of runs—and donations.

The giving is simple. Here is a link to his donation page. Every little bit helps!

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