8. Mordecai Brown
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 19, 1876 in Nyesville, IN USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 19, 1903
  • Final Game: September 04, 1916
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1908
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1908
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1909
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1909
 
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If you didn't agree that Fergie Jenkins was the best Pitching Chicago Cub, then we guess that it was Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown that you would give that title too.

Nicknamed "Three Finger" because of a farm accident that cost him parts of two of his fingers, Brown used that disability to develop a wicked curveball that went along great with his accuracy.  Brown arrived in the city of Chicago from a trade from the St. Louis Cardinals, and in 1906 he moved into the highest tier of hurlers with a 26 and 6 season, and league leading 1.04 ERA and 0.934 WHIP.  Brown again won 20 Games in 1907, but this time would pitch the Cubs into a World Series Title and would do so again in 1908.  In those two Fall Classics, he would not allow a Run over 20 Innings Pitched.

From 1906 to 1911, Brown was a perennial 20 Game winner and would have a 186 and 86 record and a 1.80 ERA overall as a Cub.  

Brown entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949 via the Old Timers Committee.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Traded from the St. Louis Cardinals with Jack O’Neill for Larry McLean and Jack Taylor 12/12/03.
  • Departed:

    Released 10/12/12.

    Acquired (2): Bought from the Chicago Whales of the Federal League along with Clem Clemens, Mickey Doolin, William Fischer, Max Flack, Claude Hendrick, Les Mann, George McConnell, Joe Tinker, Rollie Zeider, Charlie Pechous and Dutch Zwilling  2/10/16.

    Departed (2): Retired after the 1916 Season.
  • Games Played: 401
  • Notable Statistics: 167-132 Record, 347 Games Started, 3.20 ERA, 154 Complete Games, 25 Games Finished, 6 Saves, 2,673.2 Innings Pitched, 2,048 Strikeouts, 3.06 FIP, 1.123 WHIP, 54.8 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1907 & 1908)

    Lowest ERA (1906)

    Most Wins (1909)

    Lowest WHIP (1906, 1907 & 1908)

    Lowest H/9 (1904 & 1908)

    Lowest BB/9 (1970 & 1971)

    Most Games Pitched (1909 & 1911)

    Most Saves (1908, 1909, 1910 & 1911)

    Most Innings Pitched (1909)

    Most Complete Games (1909 & 1910)

    Most Shutouts (1906 & 1910)

    Highest ERA+ (1906)

    Lowest FIP (1906)

    Most Putouts by a Pitcher (1908

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1908)
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