Mordecai Brown

Mordecai Brown autograph
Birthdate10/19/1876
Death Date2/14/1948
Debut Year1903
Year of Induction1949
Teams Cubs, Federal League, Reds
Position Pitcher

Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai Brown lost parts of two fingers on his right hand in a farming accident in 1888 – this helped his curveball grip.

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Three days before he took the commissionership, Judge Landis praises Mordecai Brown

Three days before he took the commissionership, Judge Landis praises Mordecai Brown

The big league careers of Mordecai Brown, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson overlapped for a decade of dominance from 1907-1916. During that time the trio combined for twenty 20-win seasons, three 30-win campaigns and 625 wins. At least one of them appeared in seven of the ten Fall Classics. The
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Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown went 49-15 during the Cubs back-to-back championship seasons

Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown was the star pitcher for the back-to-back World Champion Chicago Cubs of 1907-1908 going 49-15. For an eight-year period from 1904-1911 he averaged more than 22 wins per season. Shown here is Brown’s hunting and fishing license from 1938, issued by the state of Indiana.
Three Finger Brown 1876-1948 presents a challenge to autograph collectors; here's his signature

Three Finger Brown 1876-1948 presents a challenge to autograph collectors; here's his signature

Brown’s autograph is relatively difficult to obtain as he died in 1948, one year before his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Here a 61-year old Brown signs the back of his fishing license. Brown’s pitching career started in semipro baseball when the team’s pitcher failed to show up. The team asked Brown,
This T205 baseball card of Mordecai Brown is from 1911 when he won 21 and saved 13 more

This T205 baseball card of Mordecai Brown is from 1911 when he won 21 and saved 13 more

With a career spanning from 1903-1914, Brown won 239 games with just 130 losses. The baseball card here, a T205 is from 1911, his last 20-win season. That year Brown won 21 of 27 starts and led the league in both games (53), and saves (13). A farm machinery accident at age 11 in 1888 cost Brown part

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