» July 9, 1903: In St. Louis, the Giants score three in the 9th to beat the Cardinals, 4-2. Mathewson gets the win with relief help in the 9th from Joe McGinnity. Three Finger Brown is the loser.
» August 13, 1903: New York wins its 3rd doubleheader in a week, clipping St. Louis 6-2 and 9-7. Christy Mathewson strikes out 10 in the opener as he outpitches Three Finger Brown.
» December 12, 1903: During the post-season City Series in Chicago, the Cubs veteran Jack Taylor is chided for losing three games to the White Stockings and Cubs president John Hart is convinced that gambling was involved. Taylor is traded to the St. Louis Cardinals with rookie C Larry McLean for pitcher Mike O'Neill and a righthander who was 913 in his first season, Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown.
» June 13, 1904: At the Polo Grounds, Chicago tops the Giants, 3-2, as Three Finger Brown outduels Christy Mathewson for the win. Frank Chance leads the Chicago offense by hitting for the cycle. The loss drops New York back into 2nd place, one-half game behind Chicago.
» June 13, 1905: At the West Side Grounds, Christy Mathewson and the Zephyrs' (Cubs) Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown almost matched Matty for eight innings, allowing just two hits, but four straight hits in the 9th score the winning run for Giants, 10. Matty tosses his 2nd no-hitter and his 318 record and 1.27 ERA, with nine shutouts, will mark his 3rd straight 30-win year.
» July 12, 1905: Chicago's Three Finger Brown scores the first of nine straight wins over Christy Mathewson 8-1 as he allows just two New York hits. New York's lone run scores on an error by Billy Maloney. Matty gives up 12 hits while his teammates commit five errors. Of 28 matches over their careers, Brown will win 14.
» July 4, 1906: The visiting Cubs and Pirates deal aces today with Chicago coming out on top in both games. Three Finger Brown beats Lefty Leifield, 1-0 in the lid lifter with both pitchers allowing just one hit. It is just the 2nd double one-hitter in history, the first occurring on August 20, 1886. Lefty collects the only Buc shot while holding Chicago hitless until Jimmy Slagle's safety in the 9th inning. Slagle scores on a sacrifice, error, and ground out. Brown will toss nine shutouts this year. In the 2nd game, Carl Lundgren tosses another 1-0 shutout for Chicago, beating Vic Willis. When Brown and Leifield face off on September 6, Brown will again allow just one hit.
» July 17, 1906: The Cubs beat back the Giants, 6-2, as Three Finger Brown tops Christy Mathewson. Joe Tinker's 2-run homer in the 6th is the big blow for Chicago. The loss drops the Giants to six games behind the Cubs.
» August 8, 1906: NL President Harry Pulliam upholds the forfeit to the Cubs of yesterday's Giants game, stating: "I uphold the action of the umpires absolutely, and if I am not sustained by the NL Board of Directors I will not only resign my position as President of the NL, but I will quit professional baseball forever." Giants owner John Brush then allows James Johnstone to officiate, and the Cubs win 3-2 behind Three Finger Brown and Ed Reulbach. At the month's end, the Cubs will have a 15-game lead.
» August 18, 1906: The Cubs turn back the visiting Giants, 6-2 behind Three Finger Brown. Christy Mathewson has an off day for New York, allowing 12 hits, three by his nemesis Joe Tinker.
» September 1, 1906:
With the regular umpires sick from food poisoning, Cub P Carl Lundgren and Cardinal C Pete Noonan are picked to umpire. The Cubs, behind Mordecai Brown's 5-hitter, win 8-1 for their 14th win in a row at the West Side Grounds.
» September 6, 1906:
At Chicago, Mordecai Brown, who threw a one-hitter at Pittsburgh on July 4th, does it again in beating Lefty Leifield, 2-0. The only hit is Tommy Sheehan's 5th inning safety.
» September 13, 1906: At St. Louis, Chicago tops the Cardinals 6-2 as Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown wins his 11th straight.
» October 1, 1906:
The Series-bound Colts sweep two from the Phillies, winning the first game 4-0 behind Carl Lundgren's 2-hitter. They then take the nitecap, 4-3 in a six inning contest called because of darkness, as Ed Reulbach wins his 12th straight. This tops Mordecai Brown's 11-game winning streak snapped earlier this month. Reulbach will win 14 in a row in 1909, a 20th century Cubs record.
» October 9, 1906: Snow flies at the West Side Grounds as the first one-city World Series opens with the Cubs heavy favorites over the AL's "Hitless Wonders." Neither ballpark can accommodate the crowds, so the Chicago Tribune recreates the games on mechanical boards displayed at theaters. White Sox starter Nick Altrock and Cubs starter Three Finger Brown give up four hits each, but Cubs errors produce two unearned runs for a 2-1 White Sox victory.
» October 12, 1906: It's Mordecai Brown's turn to throw a 2-hit shutout, besting Nick Altrock 1-0 and evening the Series.
» October 14, 1906: The Sox jump on Three Finger Brown for seven runs in the first two innings, and coast behind Doc White to a 7-1 Series-ending victory. The Cubs' losers' share is $439.50, the lowest ever.
» May 21, 1907:
Three Finger Brown and Christy Mathewson hook up in a pitching duel, with the Chicago ace emerging the winner, 3-2. Matty's batterymate Roger Bresnahan makes two errors to cause Mathewson to lose his 1st of the year. Mobbed at the Polo Grounds after the loss, umpires Hank O'Day and Bob Emslie require police protection. The crowd is egged on by John McGraw, who will be thrown out of games seven times this year. The next day AL ump Billy Evans needs a police escort after argumentative Hugh Jennings incites a riot. Jennings will be suspended.
» June 5, 1907: At Chicago, Christy Mathewson loses his 2nd game of the year, this one again to Three Finger Brown. The Cubs scorch Matty for 16 hits to beat the Giants, 8-2. Brown has now topped the Giants ace their last five meetings.
» June 21, 1907: The Cubs top the Cardinals 2-0 as C Johnny Kling throws out all four would-be St. Louis base stealers. Three Finger Brown wins his 10th straight game.
» July 8, 1907: Bombarded by pop bottles in Brooklyn, irate Cubs manager Frank Chance throws one back into the stands where it cuts a boy's leg. Chance is mobbed and leaves the park in an armored car with a police escort after the Cubs' 5-0 victory. Three Finger Brown emerges with the shutout win.
» August 2, 1907:
Three Finger Brown tops Christy Mathewson for the 3rd time this season, allowing just four hits in shutting out the Giants, 5-0. The first-place Cubs paste Matty for nine hits, and will take four out of five games in the series with New York.
» August 17, 1907:
A matchup of Three Finger Brown and Christy Mathewson attracts a crowd of 20,000 at the Polo Grounds. Matty is unhittable for eight innings, with only a bunt single for the Cubs. But Chicago scores two in the 9th to tie as reliever Jack Pfiester matches Matty for the last three innings. Johnny Kling wins it, 3-2, for the Cubs in the 12th with a drive into the LF bleachers.
» September 23, 1907:
In Chicago, the Cubs clinch the pennant by beat the Phillies, 4-1. The game is washed out after seven 1/2 innings with Ed Reulbach winning in relief of Three Finger Brown. Chicago pulls off a triple play in the 5th inning to help seal the win.
» October 12, 1907: It's Three Finger Brown's turn to shut down the Tigers 20. Each side has seven hits, but the Cubs steal four bases for a total of 18 for the 5-game World Series.
» June 13, 1908: Chicago's Three Finger Brown pitches a 2-hit victory over the Phillies, with both hits coming off the bat of Sherry Magee.
» July 4, 1908:
In Pittsburgh, an A.M.-P.M. doubleheader with the Cubs draws 50,000 fans. Three Finger Brown wins the morning game, 20, for his 4th straight shut out. Ed Reulbach takes the afternoon affair, 93. The Cubs and Bucs play five games in three days with the Cubs winning three: Brown cops 2, tossing two shutoutsa 6-hitter and a 2-hitter.
» July 9, 1908:
The Cubs win their 2nd in a row from Brooklyn, this time in 10 innings, 43. Three Finger Brown tops Nap Rucker.
» July 15, 1908: In Chicago, the Giants pound Three Finger Brown and two relievers to win, 110, and move into 2nd place. The Cubs drop two places to 3rd.
» July 17, 1908: In another classic matchup, Three Finger Brown and Christy Mathewson pair off with Brown winning 10. The Cubs pitcher allows six hits, with Matty giving up 7. The only run comes on a 5th inning inside-the-park home run by Matty's nemesis, Joe Tinker, who runs through the arms of 3B coach Heinie Zimmerman to score. In the 12 matchups between the two pitchers, Brown has won eight. A tragic occurrence happens during Tinker's home run dash when a boy, standing on the roof of a nearby building to view the game, falls 50 feet to his death.
» August 29, 1908: In Chicago, the Colts beat the Giants again, 3-2, to record their 8th straight win. It is Three Finger Brown besting Christy Mathewson again, allowing five Giants hits and giving up six walks. Chicago will beat the Giants tomorrow for their 9th straight win to tighten the race: Chicago finishes August a half-game out, with the Pirates a game out of first.
» September 23, 1908: Giants P Christy Mathewson and Cubs P Three Finger Brown battle in the most controversial game ever played. The score is 1-1, with two outs in the last of the 9th. The Giants' Harry McCormick is on 3B, and Fred Merkle (19, and making his first start of the year, is subbing for the sore-legged veteran Fred Tenney), on 1B. Al Bridwell singles, scoring McCormick. Halfway to 2B, Merkle turns and heads for the clubhouse in CF. Johnny Evers secures a ball (Joe McGinnity swears he picked up the ball that was in play and threw it into the stands) and touches 2B as the crowd overruns the field. Umpire Hank O'Day at 1B claims he didn't see the play, but that evening he rules the run does not count, and the game ended with a tie score. (Years later, in an interview, Merkle will describe it this way: "When Bridwell shot that long single, I started across the grass for the clubhouse. Matty was near me. When Evers began shouting for the ball, he noticed something was wrong. Matty caught me by the arm and told me to wait a minute. We walked over toward 2B, and Matty spoke to [Bob] Emslie. How about this, Bob, is there any trouble with the score of the play?' It's all right,' said Emslie. You've got the game. I don't see anything wrong with the play.' Matty then took me by the arm and we walked to the clubhouse confident that we had won the game.")
» September 24, 1908: Harry Pulliam upholds Hank O'Day's delayed decision and declares the game a tie, a decision nobody likes. The Cubs demand the game be forfeited to them as the crowd prevented play from continuing, although darkness would have soon ended it. Both teams appeal. Pulliam sees no inconsistency with the September 4th incident and claims he has merely upheld his umpire on a question of fact in each case. Meanwhile, the Giants beat the Cubs 5-4, after almost blowing a 5-0 lead. Hooks Wiltse is relieved by Christy Mathewson, and the official scorer awards the W to Matty. The L goes to Three Finger Brown, his first loss to Mathewson since June 13, 1905.
» October 1, 1908: Ed Reulbach shuts out the Reds for a 60 Cubs win, and Reulbach's 4th straight shutout, tying a mark set by Three Finger Brown earlier in the year. Big Ed will complete 44 consecutive scoreless innings, an National League record until Carl Hubbell's 46 in 1933, and the four straight shutouts will not be tied until another Cub, Bill Lee, does it in 1938.
» October 4, 1908: The Cubs and Pirates play their last game of the year before 30,247, the largest crowd ever at Chicago's West Side Grounds. The Cubs win, 52, behind Three Finger Brown to eliminate the Pirates. Chicago ends the year at 98-55 while the Pirates finish at 98-56. Then they await the results of the three Giants games with Boston. Back in Pittsburgh, 50,000 people watch the progress of the Cub's game on temporary scoreboards. Fans fill New York's Polo Grounds to watch the action in the same way. Men with megaphones announce each pitch.
» October 8, 1908: According to published reports, nearly 250,000 fans show up at the Polo Grounds to watch the disputed replay of the September 23 game between the Cubs and Giants. The gates were closed at 1:30 for the 3:00 game, but still fans tried to storm the gates. Fireman with high pressure hoses knocked down fans who tried to scale the walls. Nearly 40,000 fans watched from Coogan's Bluff, telephone poles and other vantage points. Two fans are killed when they fall from a pillar on the elevated subway platform. Later admitting he had nothing on the ball, Christy Mathewson loses, 42, to the Cubs, giving way to Hooks Wiltse in the 8th.: Three Finger Brown, relieving Jack Pfiester in the first, gets the win. The Giants played to a record 910,000 in attendance for the year, a figure that will be unmatched until 1920.
» October 13, 1908: In game 4, Three Finger Brown is in command all the way in a 30 four-hit Cub victory.
» October 18, 1908: Four days after the finish of the World Series, the two teams meet again in Chicago for an exhibition game (as noted by historian Al Kermisch). The game outdraws the last series game in Detroit, as 6,864 watch the Tigers win, 72. In a pregame field day, Ty Cobb wins all three sprint events: he bunts and runs to 1B in 3.2 seconds, beating Evers, Mordecai Brown, and Del Howard. He circles the bases in 13.8 seconds and, clad in uniform, wins the 100-yard dash in 10.4 seconds, beating Jones and Solly Hofman in the latter. Hofman wins the long throw with a toss of 338 feet, besting Sam Crawford.
» April 18, 1909:
The Pirates edge Chicago, 1-0, in 12 innings, handing the loss to ace Three Finger Brown.
» May 4, 1909: The Pirates sweep Chicago, winning their 4th straight by edging Three-Finger Brown, 1-0, in 11 innings. Dots Miller drives in the lone run. It is the 2nd time in three weeks that the Pirates have beaten Brown, 1-0, in extra innings.
» May 29, 1909: At Pittsburgh's Exposition Field, President William Taft is among the overflow crowd of 14,000 on hand for the Chicago-Pirates game. The visitors break open the 3-3 game in the 11th by scoring five runs to win for Three-Finger Brown and move Chicago just percentage points behind the Bucs. Both teams leave immediately to play two games tomorrow in Chicago.
» June 8, 1909: At Chicago, the Cubs score two runs off Christy Mathewson in the first inning with the help of two errors, but tally just one hit in the next eight innings. Matty emerges with a 3-2 win over Three Finger Brown, his first win against Brown since 1903.
» June 29, 1909:
Playing their last game in Exposition Park, the Pirates score four runs in the first inning off Mordecai Brown and sail to an 8-1 win over Chicago. Lefty Leifield is the winner. Tomorrow, the Pirates will move to Forbes Field, named after British General John Forbes, who captured Ft. Duquesne during the French and Indian Wars.
» August 28, 1909:
In New York, the matchup between Three Finger Brown and Christy Mathewson fizzles when the Cubs score four runs in the first two innings. Matty is lifted and Brown wins the game, 6-1.
» September 16, 1909: President Taft attends a Cubs-Giants game in Chicago and players are introduced to him before the game. Giants ace Christy Mathewson then outdeals Chicago ace Three Finger Brown, 2-1, with each allowing seven hits. Taft downs popcorn and lemonade during the match, according to the Chicago Tribune.
» May 30, 1910: In an A.M.P.M. doubleheader with the St. Louis Cardinals at the West Side Grounds, Chicago takes the morning contest, 61, behind Mordecai Brown. It's Chicago's 11th straight win, but St. Louis stops them in the afternoon, 31.
» June 28, 1910: Joe Tinker steals home twice in Chicago's 111 home win over the Reds. Mordecai Brown is the winner.
» August 15, 1910:
Chicago coasts to a 140 pasting of Brooklyn. Three Finger Brown allows 11 hits in the shutout.
» September 24, 1910: In another matchup of aces, the Giants score four runs in the 1st inning off Three Finger Brown, who is lifted after six innings, trailing, 51. The Cubs rally against Christy Mathewson, and score two runs in both the 8th and 9th innings to tie. Larry Doyle, who sloppy play helped the Cubs scoring, singles home the winning run for New York in the bottom of the 9th. Despite the Cubs tying the game after his departure, Brown is handed the loss.
» October 18, 1910: Jack Coombs struggles for a 93 win, walking nine and giving up eight hits, but strands 14 Cubs, while a 6-run 7th off Three Finger Brown blows open the win for the A's. Eddie Collins has two doubles and two SBs.
» October 22, 1910: Frank Chance lines a 9th inning one-out triple to knot game four at 22. Jimmy Sheckard then singles in the 10th to give the Cubs the 32 win. Three Finger Brown, in relief, is the winner over Chief Bender, who goes all the way.
» October 23, 1910: Three Finger Brown comes back to face Jack Coombs, who takes a 21 lead into the 7th. The A's get to Brown for five runs and a 72 win. The crowd of 27,374 is the Series' largest. The A's .316 BA is a World Series record. For this World Series, cork-center balls were secretly used for the first time, and will be used in the ML starting next year. Previously, rubber center balls were used.
» May 9, 1911: At Hilltop Park, Christy Mathewson and Three Finger Brown renew their rivalry, Matty emerges the winner, 52 over the Cubs ace.
» July 31, 1911: Phils rookie Grover Cleveland Alexander, who beat the Cubs yesterday in relief, loses a matchup with Three Finger Brown, 42. The Phils, at 56-38, are in 4th place.
» August 7, 1911: The matchup between Three Finger Brown and Christy Mathewson is something less than a pitching duel as Chicago bangs out 10 hits, including two singles, a double and a triple by Joe Tinker. Tinker also adds a steal of home. The Giants collect 13 hits, but Chicago wins the game, 86.
» August 16, 1911:
In the 4th inning,, Wildfire Schulte busts his record 4th grand slam of the season to help the Cubs maul the Boston Rustlers, 136. Pitching, it's Brown over Brown as Mordecai tops Buster.
» August 24, 1911: The Cubs lose to Brooklyn, 65, in 10 innings to lose sole possession of first place. Doc Scanlan bests Mordecai Brown.
» July 9, 1912: Christy Mathewson tops Three Finger Brown, 52, despite allowing 11 hits and not K'ing one Chicago batter.
» January 10, 1913: Sent down to Louisville by the Cubs, Three Finger Brown is bought by Cincinnati. He will be 1112 with a 2.91 ERA for the 7th-place Reds.
» July 15, 1913: Veteran Three Finger Brown, sold to the Reds over the winter after a 56 year with the Cubs, loses his matchup with Giants rival Christy Mathewson, 42. Matty walks none to run his streak to 61 innings.
» June 16, 1914: With the score knotted at 55, the Brooklyn Tiptops (FL) unload for seven runs in the 12th off St. Louis Terrier player-manager Three Finger Brown. Art Griggs ends the scoring by purposely missing three pitches from the 37-year-old reliever. Little Johnny Tobin then leads off with a Terrier home run and St. Louis scores eight times to win, 1312. The 15 runs is an extra-inning record.
» February 10, 1916:
In a sweet deal, the Cubs send cash to the sinking Chicago Whales (Federal League) and bring back Three Finger Brown, Clem Clemens, Mickey Doolan, Bill Fischer, Max Flack, Claude Hendrix, Les Mann, Dykes Potter, Joe Tinker, Rollie Zeider, and George McConnell.
» September 4, 1916: To help draw a Labor Day crowd, and because of their longtime rivalry, Christy Mathewson and Three Finger Brown agree to close out their careers in the same game. Matty, now the manager of the Reds, wins 108 in his only game not pitched in a Giants uniform. Mathewson and Brown dueled 25 times since 1903, with Brown, now back with the Cubs, winning 13 and losing 10; Matty is 1113. Both pitcher stagger to the end today in the nitecap of a twinbill, with the Reds racking up 19 hits, three by Matty, off Brown, while the Cubs tally 15 of Mathewson, two hits by Brown. Vic Saier hits a 3-run home run off Matty, the 5th time he has hit a 4-bagger off him, the most Matty has given up to any one hitter. The Cubs score three in the 9th before Matty gets Fritz Mollwitz, representing the tying run, to pop out. Today's win the number 373 for Mathewson. The Cubs win the A.M. contest, 30.
» September 20, 1925: In Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland old-timers play a 66, 8-inning tie. The lineups include Three Finger Brown, Jimmy Archer Artie Hofman, Mort Scanlan and Dutch Meier for Chicago; For Cleveland, Larry Nap Lajoie, Dode Paskert, Chief Zimmer, Cy Berger, Cy Young, and Joe Delahanty. The game benefits the Amateur and Old-timer's Baseball Association of Cleveland: "This association employs a doctor to look after the injuries of any boy hurt in baseball in that district." Before boarding the train for Cleveland, Brown throws batting practice for the Cubs at Chicago.
» May 5, 1949: Charlie Gehringer, star 2B of the Tigers between 1925-41, is picked for the Hall of Fame. Two days later, the Old-Timers committee will select Kid Nichols and Three-Finger Brown.
» September 8, 1972:
Beating the Phils 43, Fergie Jenkins wins his 20th, the 6th consecutive year he's reached the mark. This ties the Cubs club record set by Three Finger Brown, 1906-11. Billy Williams 2-run home run in the 6th ties it at 33, and a pair of doubles in the 8th wins it.