PLAYER: Mordecai Brown (HOF)
TEAM: Chicago Cubs
BACK: Piedmont 350 (39/39)
GRADE: SGC 4.5 VG/EX +
A high quality example of Chicago Cubs Hall Of Fame Legend “Three Finger” Mordecai Brown featuring the Piedmont 350 advertising reverse (ranked 39 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 resource).
*NOTE: Please be aware that the SGC label has designated this card as the Mordecai Brown “Cubs On Shirt” variation whereas the offered example is the “portrait” variation.
“THREE FINGER” BROWN
Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown
Born: October 19, 1876 – Nyesville, IN
Died: February 14, 1948 – Terre Haute, IN
MLB Pitching Record: 239–130
Managerial Record: 50–63
St. Louis Cardinals NL (1903)
Chicago Cubs NL (1904–1912, 1916)
Cincinnati Reds NL (1913)
St. Louis Terriers FL (player/manager: 1914)
Brooklyn Tip-Tops FL (1914)
Chicago Whales FL (1915)
“Three Finger” Mordecai Brown got his nickname because he lost parts of two fingers in a farm-machinery accident as a child. The injury was a blessing in disguise, allowing him to develop pitches with unusual spins. Brown’s curveball was nasty as was his changeup due to the way he gripped the ball. Brown won 20 or more games 6 years in a row (1906–1911) and led the league in 1906 with his 1.04 ERA. He was part of the Cubs’ 1907 and 1908 World Series championships. A great competitor, Brown had 55 career shutouts. His matchups against the great Christy Mathewson are legendary. After retiring, Brown pitched and managed in the minors until 1920, and later pitched in exhibitions. His 239–130 record and 1,375 K’s were outstanding achievements. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1949.
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