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Mordecai Brown, Pitcher, Chicago Cubs, National League, 1911.
Mordecai "Miner" Brown baseball card from 1911

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Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown had the nickname "Miner" Brown because before he was a ballplayer he worked in a coal mine for several years. He was also called "Three Finger" Brown because when he was seven, his right hand got stuck in his uncle's corn shredder and he lost most of his index finger and paralyzed his pinky. But that didn't stop him from being a great pitcher. He learned to spin the ball off the stub of his index finger, which gave his curveball a special twist. Another legendary player, Ty Cobb, said of Brown's breaking ball, "It was the most devastating pitch I ever faced." Brown, who played most of his professional career with the Chicago Cubs, pitched 239 victories and helped the Cubs win four championships. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1949.
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