Mordecai “Three-Finger” Brown

Who?

An early 20th Century pitcher.

The Condition:

While using a feed chopper on his farm, Brown slipped, inadvertently shoving his hand into the blades. His index finger was pretty much chopped clean off, and the rest weren’t much better. Fortunately, a competent doctor managed to repair and save every finger but the index. Unfortunately, during the healing process, Brown accidentally fell and broke the bones in his hand some more. Even worse, he didn’t tell anyone about it, either because he was embarrassed by his clumsiness, or because the pain hardly seemed notable when compared with the feed chopper incident. Regardless, the bones didn’t set correctly.

How It’s An Advantage:

As a boy, Brown had spent the part of his childhood that didn’t involve horrific mind blanking pain throwing stones at holes in his barn. Over time, he got pretty good at it. With his hand beyond destroyed, he took up the hobby again, this time probably out of anger at the entire institution of farming, and found that he was no longer good at it. He was amazing.

By an insane stroke of luck or possibly—because he was a Jedi and this had been the plan all along—when he threw a baseball with his mangled hand it came off with a bizarre spin, which, if you’re not a baseball fan, is kind of useful. His curve ball, for example, was rated “most devastating” by Ty Cobb, a man who still holds the record for highest career batting average and who just might be the greatest baseball player to have ever lived.


Players had a hell of a time connecting with Brown’s pitches, hitting grounders if they were lucky, and little else. He had a huge part in two World Series’ championships for the Cubs, winning five games in the first. Before the second one, Brown won the pennant by competing and beating his rival, and contender for unofficial title as best pitcher in the league, Christy Mathewson, who was only slightly behind Brown career-wise.
By the end of his career, 239 games had been won, 1375 batters had been struck out and an ERA of 2.06 had been achieved, making “Three-Finger” the third best pitcher in the history of baseball. Oh, and he was a pretty decent batter, which is also incredibly rare for awesome pitchers. The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Brown in 1949, a year after his death, adding one final honor to cap off an amazing life and proving that farm related accidents are a lottery you can win. If you’re a Jedi.
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