Player Profile


Mordecai Brown

(Three Finger)
B: Oct 19, 1876  Nyersville, Indiana
D: Feb 14, 1948 

Terre Haute, Indiana


Bats Switch
Throws Right
Height 5'10"
Weight 175 lbs.
Seasons 14

Biography / Info

  • Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown pitched from 1903-1916.
  • When he was seven years old, he stuck his right hand into his uncle's corn shredder cutting off his index finger and paralyzing his little finger. The damaged fingers gave Brown a natural knuckle ball which became his specialty. 
  • Career record of 239-129, includes a 31-19 record when he spent two years in the Federal League.

His Playing Days

  • 1906: Ace of staff during Cubs 116-36 season. Led league in winning percentage, earned run average and shutouts. To this day, no team has won more games in a season than that club. 
  • 1908: In one of the more memorable games in baseball history, Brown relieved Cubs starting pitcher Jack Pfiester in the first inning and wound up beating Christy Mathewson and the Giants in a one game playoff at an unruly Polo Grounds.
  • 1909: Possibly his finest season, leading the circuit in wins, games, complete games, innings pitched and even saves. Finished second in earned run average and shutouts.
  • 1911: The last of his six consecutive 20 game winning seasons. Led league in appearances and saves.
  • 1914: Jumped to the Federal League and became player manager of the St. Louis club. 

Post Major League

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Hall of Fame

  • 1949:  Inducted into Hall of Fame

Career Statistics

Year

Team

Lg

W

L

G

GS

CG

SH

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

ERA

1903 STL NL 9 13 26 24 19 1 0 201 231 59 83 2.60
1904 CUB NL 15 10 26 23 21 4 1 212.1 155 50 81 1.86
1905 CUB NL 18 12 30 24 24 4 0 249 219 44 89 2.17
1906 CUB NL 26 6 36 32 27 9 3 277.1 198 61 144 1.04
1907 CUB NL 20 6 34 27 20 6 3 233 180 40 107 1.39
1908 CUB NL 29 9 44 31 27 9 5 312.1 214 49 123 1.47
1909 CUB NL 27 9 50 34 32 8 7 342.2 246 53 172 1.31
1910 CUB NL 25 14 46 31 27 6 7 295.1 256 64 143 1.86
1911 CUB NL 21 11 53 27 21 0 13 270 267 55 129 2.80
1912 CUB NL 5 6 15 8 5 2 0 88.2 92 20 34 2.64
1913 CNC NL 11 12 39 16 11 1 6 173.1 174 44 41 2.91
1914 SLF FL 12 6 26 18 13 2 0 175 172 43 81 3.29
  BRF FL 2 5 9 8 5 0 0 57.2 63 18 32 4.21
1915 CHF FL 17 8 35 25 17 3 4 236.1 189 64 95 2.09
1916 CUB NL 2 3 12 4 2 0 0 48.1 52 9 21 3.91

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