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Baseball with Matt: Jordan Deitch and Mordecai Brown

Hey baseball fans!

 

Matt Nadel of Baseball with Matt here with some more on baseball history. A couple of days ago, I talked with high school student Jordan Deitch about his pitching career and how important baseball is to him. He was a very interesting guy with a characteristic that is sadly similar to a very prominent Hall of Fame pitcher.

Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown was one of the best National League pitchers in the early 20th century. He is called “Three Finger” because when he was a kid, a farming accident caused him to lose two fingers on his pitching hand. However, because of this, Brown was able to get a lot of movement on every pitch he threw, therefore able to get more hitters swinging on his erratic pitches. Anyway, from 1903-1916 with the Cardinals, Cubs, Reds, and a couple of teams in the Federal League, the Dead Ball Era ace had 239 victories, meaning Brown’s winning percentage was a lofty .648 during his career, 30th all time. He posted six 20-win seasons and rivaled Christy Mathewson as the best pitcher in the league, defeating Matty on nine consecutive occasions. Brown’s Chicago Cubs won four National League pennants and two World Series championships during the time he pitched there.

The similarity between Deitch and Brown is that Deitch was born with only four fingers on each of his hands. However, just like the Hall of Famer, Jordan can easily put spin on the ball, making each pitch hard for batters to hit.

Jordan has been interested in baseball since he started playing Tee-ball when he was five. With the support from his dad, he joined the Long Island Tigers at the age of 14 and has been an ace on the team ever since. The left hander’s “splitter”, which is just a fastball, has only lost him about five games combined between his Tiger pitching and school pitching. He says he wants to play as long as he can and I think his 70mph pitches will help him get to where he wants to go. All in all, the star pitcher on Long Island was never told to hold back because of his disability and that determination has turned him into the great pitcher he is today.

Well, that’s all I want to tell you today. I hope you enjoyed this inspirational article today and thanks for reading this edition of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

Mordecai Brown (Courtesy of bleedcubbieblue.com )

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