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In 1913, when Browns player-manager [[George Stovall]] was suspended by the American League for spitting at an [[umpire]], Austin was made manager on a temporary basis, until replaced by the legendary [[Branch Rickey]] in his first managerial job. Austin continued as Rickey's ''Sunday Manager'' - Rickey had promised his mother that he would not enter a [[ballpark]] on Sundays, and therefore Austin managed the Browns on those days.
 
In 1913, when Browns player-manager [[George Stovall]] was suspended by the American League for spitting at an [[umpire]], Austin was made manager on a temporary basis, until replaced by the legendary [[Branch Rickey]] in his first managerial job. Austin continued as Rickey's ''Sunday Manager'' - Rickey had promised his mother that he would not enter a [[ballpark]] on Sundays, and therefore Austin managed the Browns on those days.
   
Austin played regularly for the Browns until 1921, and served as a coach for another 20 years. In a manner similar to Nick Altrock and Clark Griffith, he sometimes made ceremonial appearances in the last home game of the season. In 1929, at the age of 49, Austin became one of the oldest ever major leaguers when he was inserted into a blowout. He cleanly handled two chances at third base, and struck out in his only at bat.
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Austin played regularly for the Browns until 1921, and served as a coach for another 20 years. In 1929, at the age of 49, Austin became one of the oldest ever major leaguers when he was inserted into a blowout. He cleanly handled two chances at third base, and struck out in his only at bat.
   
 
Austin was one of the old-time ballplayers who told his story in [[Lawrence Ritter]]'s classic book [[Glory of Their Times]], whence much of the information in this article came.
 
Austin was one of the old-time ballplayers who told his story in [[Lawrence Ritter]]'s classic book [[Glory of Their Times]], whence much of the information in this article came.
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