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 / MLB.com
Previously on Nickname of the Week: "Crime Dog"