Brown, Mordecai

Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown
Born: October 19, 1876, Nyesville, Indiana
Died: February 14, 1948, Terre Haute, Indiana
Played For: 
St. Louis Cardinals (1903), Chicago Cubs (1904-1912, 1916), Cincinnati Reds (1913), Brooklyn Tip-Tops (1914), St. Louis Terriers (1914), Chicago Whales (1915)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1949

Tagged with the nickname Three Finger because he lost part of his index finger in a farm-machinery accident in his youth, Mordecai Brown was one of the best National League pitchers in the early 20th century. With 239 victories, Brown's winning percentage was a lofty .648. He posted six 20-win seasons and rivaled Christy Mathewson as the best in the league, defeating Big Six on nine consecutive occasions. Brown's Chicago Cubs won four National League pennants and two World Series championships.

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Did You Know: 
that on Sept. 4, 1916, Mordecai Three Finger Brown and Christy Mathewson faced each other in what turned out to be the final game of both their Hall of Fame careers?
That old paw served me pretty well in its time. It gave me a firmer grip on the ball, so I could spin it over the hump. It gave me a greater dip.