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Nickname of the Week: Mordecai 'Three Finger' Brown

Baseball has a long history of hilarious, ironic and irreverent nicknames. During the offseason, we'll be exploring the best of these monikers on a weekly basis. This week, we take a look at Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown.

Some might say having three fingers is a curse. Mordecai Brown would beg to differ.

Brown injured his hand twice as a kid. Originally, it slipped into his farm's feed chopper, cutting off most of the index finger and leaving the others severely mangled. Then, during the healing process, he had a bad fall and broke many of the bones in that same hand. But the Indiana native dreamed of pitching in the big leagues -- and pitch he did.

Brown's injury provided his pitches with a spin never seen before. He threw a very effective curveball and starred for 14 years in the Majors, mostly with the Cubs. Mordecai won 239 games, two World Series rings, finished with a 2.06 career ERA and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1949. So, what have you done with your five fingers?

-- Matt Monagan /

Previously on Nickname of the Week: "Crime Dog"