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Mordecai Brown - Pitched In As A Pitcher

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In his first excursion into semi-professional ball in 1898, Brown played third base for a team out of Coxville, Indiana. One day, at O'Connell's urging, the team manager allowed Brown to pitch in a pinch. When Brown stepped onto the mound, the game was thought to be hopelessly lost, but Brown pitched one strike after another—for five innings. He allowed only one hit, a weak grounder, and his team won 9-3. Brown received an offer to play for the defeated team from Brazil, Indiana.

He took his first professional job in baseball for $40.00 a month, in 1901 as a pitcher for the Terre Haute Three-I League team. In his first season, he pitched thirty-one games and won twenty-three. He won twenty-seven out of forty-two games for Omaha in 1902. Because of his deformed pitching hand, Brown threw curve balls that were difficult to hit, and his maniacal sinker ball was punctuated by a fiendish dip. Reluctant batters had no choice but to swing at Brown's sinkers, very low to the ground as they were. Right-handed batters sent Brown's pitches down and out, and left-handed batters sent them down and in. Either way Brown's pitching more often than not allowed the fielding team led by Brown to clinch an easy out.

Chronology

1876 Born October 19 in Nyesville, Indiana
late 1890s Plays semi-professional baseball for Coxville, Indiana
1901 Pitches for Terre Haute (Three-I League)
1902 Pitches for Omaha (Western League)
1903 Signs with the St. Louis Cardinals (National League); marries Sallie Burgham
1904-12 Plays with the Chicago Cubs (National League); wins the pennant in 1906, 1907, 1908, and 1910
1906 Pitches a shutout in the World Series against Chicago White Sox
1907 Pitches a shutout in the World Series against Detroit Tigers
1908 Cubs win the pennant after famous makeup game with the Giants; Brown pitches a shutout in the World Series against Detroit Tigers
1913 Plays with the Cincinnati Reds (National League)
1914-15 Plays with the Federal League
1916 Plays with the Chicago Cubs (National League)
1917-18 Pitches for Columbus (International League)
1919-20 Player-manager for Terre Haute (Three-I League)
1920-45 Manages a filling station until retirement
1948 Dies in Terre Haute, Indiana
1949 Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown)

The St. Louis Cardinals purchased Brown from Omaha in 1903, bringing him into the National League (NL). With his career on track, he married Sallie Burgham that year. A lackluster 9-13 season sent him to the Chicago Cubs in 1904, as part of a double trade with Mike O'Neill. During his first season with the Cubs, he led the league with ten shutouts. In 1906 he finished the season 26-6, leading the league with nine shutouts and an earned run average (ERA) of 1.04.

Brown pitched for the Cubs for nine years. Between 1906 and 1910 he won 127 games, and in six separate seasons he won more than twenty games. With Brown on the mound the Cubs won the pennant four times: in 1906, 1907, 1908, and 1910. He pitched World Series shutout games in 1906, 1907, and 1908. In 1907 he pitched a no-hitter that won the series. From 1908-11, Brown led the league in saves.

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