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Mordecai 'Three Finger' Brown
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Baseball Player
    (October 19, 1876-February 14, 1948)
    Born in Nyesville, Indiana
    Full name was Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown
    Right-handed MLB pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals (1903), Chicago Cubs (1904-12, 1916) and Cincinnati Reds (1913)
    Federal League pitcher for the St. Louis Terriers (1914 - also manager), Brooklyn Tip-Tops (1914) and Chicago Whales (1915)
    Career statistics:
    Win-loss record: 239-130, ERA: 2.08, Games started: 332, Games saved: 49, Complete games: 271, Shut-outs: 55, Innings pitched: 3,172, Strikeouts: 1,375 Walks: 673
    World Series champion with the Chicago Cubs in 1907 and 1908
    Inducted to MLB Hall of Fame (1949)
    Died from the affects of a stroke and diabetes in Terre Haute, Indiana at age 71
    His full name came from three sources - his uncle's name, his father's name and the fact he was born in the year of the U.S. Centennial.
    His nickname came from losing his right index finger to a farming accident as a kid.
    As the hand was healing he further screwed it up by falling on it chasing a pig, breaking his middle and ring fingers, which were not properly set and healed crookedly.
    He had several other nicknames, including Miner (having worked in western Indiana coal mines), Brownie and Mort.
    He spent two years in the failed Federal League before the Cubs brought him back for one year, then released him.
    After his career was over, he ran a gas station in Terre Haute, Indiana, which also served as an unofficial town hall and museum.
    He was a finalist for the 1999 Major League Baseball All-Century Team but didn't make the cut.
    He got a late start in pro baseball (age 26), but played until he was 40 and managed a stellar career.
    His farming injuries gave him an unusual pitching delivery, which baffled hitters and prolonged his career.
    As a batter he was a switch hitter (unusual for a pitcher), and mustered a respectable .206 batting average, with 235 hits and 74 runs batted in for his career.
    In 1906 with the Cubs, he had an insane 1.06 ERA, with a 26-6 won-loss record.
    He had 20+ wins in a season six years in a row (1906-11).
    Proving he was also an effective reliever, he led the National League in saves four years in a row (1908-1911) .
    He had legendary pitching duels with New York Giants star Christy Mathewson, holding a 13-11 edge on him (with one no-decision).
    The Veteran's Committee voted him into the Hall of Fame; unfortunately it was one year after he died.

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