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Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown

Baseball Player

Born: 19 October 1876
Died: 14 February 1948
Birthplace: Nyesville, Indiana
Best known as: The hotshot pitcher with a mangled hand, ca. 1910

Name at birth: Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown

Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown lost part of his hand to a corn shredder at age 7. (Brown actually lost only one finger; two others were bent out of shape.) The misfortune turned into an advantage when, as a young man, Brown discovered that his reconfigured hand gave him an excellent grip for throwing curveballs. Brown became a dominant major league pitcher of the early 20th century, winning 239 games and compiling a remarkably low career ERA of 2.06. He played on the Chicago Cubs championship teams of 1906, 1907, 1908 and 1910 -- the same Cubs teams which featured the famous Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance double-play combination. Brown was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1949.

Extra credit: According to the Library of Congress, Brown was also called "Miner" Brown "because before he was a ballplayer he worked in a coal mine for several years."

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