Three Finger: The Mordecai Brown Story

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U of Nebraska Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 250 pages
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On October 8, 1908, Mordecai Brown clutched a half-dozen notes inside his coat pocket. The message of each was clear: We?ll kill you if you pitch and beat the Giants. A black handprint marked each note, the signature of the Italian Mafia.

Mordecai Brown?dubbed ?Three Finger? because of a childhood farm injury?was the dominant pitcher for the great Chicago Cubs team of the early twentieth century, a team that from 1906 through 1910 was arguably the best in baseball history. Brown?s handicap enabled him to throw pitches with an unconventional movement that left batters bewildered?the curve ball that Ty Cobb once called ?the most devastating? he had ever faced.

How Brown responded to the Mafia?s threats in 1908 mirrored the way he took life in general: with unflappable courage and resolve. Telling his story for the first time, Cindy Thomson and Scott Brown trail Mordecai from the Indiana countryside to the coal mines, from semipro ball to the Majors, from the World Series mound back down to the Minors. Along the way they retrieve the lost lore of one of baseball?s greatest pitchers?and chronicle one man?s determination to reach a dream that most believed was unreachable.

  

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User Review  - jawalter - LibraryThing

When I started reading this, the Cubs were the best team in the National League and heavily favored to make it to the World Series. I guess I don't need to tell you how that story ends. The book is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Brooks - Goodreads

Weak writing, lack of interesting stories left me wondering about who Mordecai really was. Read full review

Contents

1 Who Was Three Finger Brown?
1
2 Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown
7
3 Miner Brown
13
4 Three Finger
23
5 The Royal Rescuer
35
6 Grace under Pressure
52
7 Plenty of Pluck
70
8 The Champion
85
13 Ambassador Brown
147
14 Forever Friend
158
15 Hoosier Hero
170
16 Oldtimer
182
17 Brownie
193
Uncle Mort
201
How Did He Do It? An Analysis of Three Fingers Pitching
213
Mordecai Browns Career Statistics
219

9 The Mentor
96
10 Old Reliable
110
11 The Great Eliminator
117
12 Outlaw Brown
131
Notes
227
For Further Information
243
Index
245
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Cindy Thomson is the author of a historical novel, Brigid of Ireland, and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

Scott Brown is a charter member of the Diamond Brotherhood, a SABR member, and the founder of the Mordecai Brown Legacy Foundation. For more information about Mordecai Brown please visit the Web site http://www.threefinger.com

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