Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Following in the Footsteps of Mordecai Brown

The Chicago Cubs have a history littered with unusual players. Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown ranks among the most legendary from the early 1900s. After suffering an injury with his farm's feed chopper, his finger was mangled by the knives. While that injury was healing, he took a fall and the bones in his hand were not properly set. Despite his nickname of "Three Finger," he in fact had four fingers on his throwing hand. Brown would end his 14-year career with 239 wins as a pitcher.

In the early 2000s, the Cubs acquired Antonio Alfonseca. His nickname was "The Octopus." He had an unusual birth defect. He was born with six fingers on each hand.

Last October, Cubs minor league catcher, Koyie Hill almost joined that list. With the expanded September rosters, Hill was just added to the Cubs major league roster.

Read the Chicago Tribune article for the bone-sawing details.

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