All of the props for this post go to Tim Marchman. Go to his site if you find this kind of thing interesting. - Earl
One of my favorite all-time baseball names is Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown. Being named Mordecai is fucking bad-ass, right? And his father named him Centennial because he was born in 1876. But wait, he also went by the names Miner Brown and Three-Finger Brown. Miner, because well...he was a coal miner. And Three-Finger because he injured a couple of fingers on his pitching hand when he was younger including losing most of his index finger. His unique grip on the ball created a unique spin when he threw a curve. He won 239 games in his Hall of Fame career, mostly for the Cubs. In fact, he was a member of the last Cubs team to win a World Series back in 1908.
Whenever I read a story about Brown, I smile. Maybe it is the nicknames, maybe it is because he was a part of those legendary Cubs teams from a century ago. He has just always been one of my favorite old-time players. Nah...it's those bad-ass names. Mordecai, Centennial, Miner, Three-Finger. You just don't hear great baseball names like that anymore.
So I thought it was really cool that Tim Marchman found this photo from the Library of Congress.
You can click it to make it bigger, but it shows the pitching motion of Brown using stop motion photography. Kinda cool, but someone figured out a way to make it better by splicing them together and making a video of it all.
Very. Fucking. Cool. Now I can see what it looked like a century ago when one of my favorite players took the mound. Look how he whipped his arm around his backside so that he was basically showing it to the hitter. Amazing!
OK...go back to your non-baseball loving lives.
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Mordecai would want you to do it.