Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown

The story of Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown is so unlikely, that it’s remarkable Hollywood has never made a movie.  A pair of childhood accidents left him with a deformed right hand, which gave him the ability to throw a curve ball that would move in previously unseen directions.  He left an Indiana coal mine to become a St. Louis Cardinal in 1903.  The following year he joined the Chicago Cubs and proceeded to become one of the most dominant pitchers of the era until he retired in 1916.  He won 20+ games six times, including 29 in 1908, and retired with a lifetime ERA of 2.06.

Mordecai spent the 1914 and 1915 seasons playing in the renegade Federal League.  He won 31 games while pitching for the St. Louis Terriers, the Brooklyn Tip Tops and the Chicago Whales.

Mordecai Brown


August 16, 2011

Terre Haute, IN

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