Interestingly, I have team photos for the 1896 Browns and the 1898 Browns but not for the 1897 Browns. Great. I'm going to dig around and see if I can find one but a quick search didn't turn anything up. If anyone happens to have a team photo, it would be great if you could pass it along.
Here's the roster and stats for the club, from B-Ref. It's not pretty.
The best everyday player on the club was probably shortstop Monte Cross or maybe catcher Klondike Douglass. The best pitcher on the club was probably Kid Carsey but that's not saying much. The pitching on that team was a bit of a dumpster fire.
I really don't have much in the way of a plan for covering this club and haven't done much of the research yet. This is shocking, I know. If the day-by-day stuff doesn't excite me, I think I can always just go through the roster and talk about the guys on the team. It's an interesting collection of ballplayers. Not a lot of guys that anyone would know anything about. There's a thirty-nine year old Roger Connor on the club but not too many other "names." So it might be neat to just go through these guys and talk about them a bit.
I'm just hoping that we'll take some kind of weird pleasure in talking about how bad these guys were in 1897. To that end, I am going to talk about the second baseman on the club tomorrow.