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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Mordecai Peter Centennial "Three Finger" Brown, above, caught his right hand in a corn grinder when he was seven, and the spin he put on the ball with his mangledhand made him the pitching mainstay of the Cubs' last World Series winner.
"That old paw served me pretty well in its time," he said. "It gave me a firmer grip on the ball, so I could spin it over the hump. It gave me a greater dip."
The Chicago Daily News morgue at the Library of Congress' American Memory site has some wonderful old shots of Wrigley Field, which I meant to post this past weekend when the Sox visited the Friendly Confines.
Peter Handrinos at All-Baseball.com lists the eight baseball immortals he'd chuck from the Hall: Chas Comiskey, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Tom Yawkey (!), Gaylord Perry, Ty Cobb, Leo Durocher, Happy Chandler, and Morgan Bulkeley.
Currently reading:Guys, Dolls and Curveballs, a marvelous Damon Runyan baseball anthology, and, on tape in the car, David McCullough's John Adams, with a description of partisan rancor during the XYZ affair of 1798 that could have been written today.
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The Bear Spirits were invoked this past weekend as my eldest son's Cub Scout troop advanced to Bear Cub status.