Mordecai Brown

Brown Mordecai autograph
Birthdate 10/19/1876
Death Date 2/14/1948
Debut Year 1903
Year of Induction 1949
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.

In the collection:

1938 hunting and fishing license for Mordecai

1938 hunting and fishing license for Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown

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 signed his legal name on the reverse of the license

Three Finger Brown signed his legal name on the reverse of the license

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 t
1911 T205 baseball card of Mordecai Brown

1911 T205 baseball card of Mordecai Brown

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
Judge Landis praises Mordecai Brown in this 1921 letter

Judge Landis praises Mordecai Brown in this 1921 letter

Written by Kenesaw Mountain Landis just three months after he took the job as Commissioner of Baseball, this letter praises a trio of legendary Hall of Fame pitchers including Cubs great Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown. Landis first mentions Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson and fellow C

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