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Mordecai Brown
Brown
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1876
Date of Death: 1948
Cause of Death: Complications due to diabetes
Occupation: Professional baseball player
Sports Team: Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Terriers, Brooklyn Tip-Tops, Chicago Whales, St. Louis Cardinals
Turtledove Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): Walk in Hell;
The Victorious Opposition (as "Mordechai")
Occupation: Construction foreman, Sailor
Military Branch: United States Navy
(Great War)
Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown (October 19, 1876 – February 14, 1948) was a Major League baseball pitcher, one of the dominant pitchers of the early 20th century. He played from 1903 to 1916, playing mostly for the Chicago Cubs, with whom he won the World Series twice. Over his career he went 239-130, a .648 winning percentage. His career ERA was a very low 2.06. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame, posthumously, in 1949.

Due to a farm-machinery accident in his youth, Brown lost parts of two fingers on his right hand.

Mordecai Brown in Southern VictoryEdit

Mordecai (or Mordechai)[1] was a U.S. Naval veteran of the Great War. He helped a half dozen men repair the USS Dakota after the Battle of the Three Navies. Their foreman, Lou Stein, introduced each man to Sam Carsten, who knew he'd only remember Mordecai because of his missing fingers.[2]

After the war, he served as a foreman for construction projects in southern California. When two of his men fought on a worksite, Mordechai docked their pay--as well as the pay of the co-workers who watched them fight. The latter was seen as unfair by builder Chester Martin, a Socialist who had been involved in strikes in the Toledo steel mills in 1918. In response to Mordechai's move, Martin organized a series of strikes that forced the building magnates of Southern California into labor talks with Martin's union.

Literary CommentEdit

The Southern Victory character is never given a last name, so it isn't absolutely certain he is the historical figure. The fact that the spelling of the name changes from "Mordecai" in Walk in Hell to "Mordechai" in The Victorious Opposition further obscures the issue.

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