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By Warren Wilbert, William Hageman

From April 22, 1876, via 1997, greater than 1,750 ballplayers have pulled on Cubs uniforms, and out of that quantity, co-authors Warren Wilbert and William Hageman have selected avid gamers who've prepare person seasons of such beauty that they have got merited a best 50 billing. From Al Spalding to the peerless chief, Frank likelihood, and directly to "Ole Pete" Alexander and Hack Wilson, Gabby Hartnett and Billy Herman, and directly to Ron Santo and "Let's Play " Ernie Banks. From the newer prior are Ryne Sandberg and Mark Grace. The recognized and the not-so-famous are ranked so as from No. I via No. 50.

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Literally As a seven-year-old boy in Nyesville, Indiana, he lost his index finger in a farm accident. A few weeks later he broke his middle finger and pinkie while chasing a hog. They didn't heal properly and he was left with two gnarled, misshapen fingers on his right handhis throwing hand. Brown eventually discovered that the deformed hand let him do amazing things with a baseball. "That old paw served me pretty well in its time," he reminisced as an old man. "It gave me a firmer grip on the ball, so I could spin it over the hump.

He was knocked around in the first inning, surrendering three runs. He didn't make it through the second, leaving with the Sox ahead 5-1. They went on to win the game 8-3 and the Series in six games. The disappointment of the 1906 World Series was just a bump in the road for Brown, a road that would take him to 122 victories over the next five seasons, 239 career wins and a deserved place in baseball's Hall of Fame. Page 22 Mordecai Brown's Four Other Great Cub Seasons ''In addition to two major league pennants and a world's championship, Chicago has produced this year a pitching wonder, greater than the great Mathewson, even at Christy's best.

In Don's case, the BR rating is poor, detracting from an otherwise fine season. FR 25Fielding runs (FR) is another linear weights measure that computes the number of runs saved beyond what a league average player might save in a given season (rated at 0). The rating number given as the result of the mathematical formula's calculation can be used as a measuring stick to determine just how much better or worse one player's rating is than another's. Kessinger's is a superior rating. Ivan DeJesus' rookie Cub season figure of 36 (1978), Johnny Evers' 1908 rating of 36, and Stan Hack's 18 FR in 1945 are other superior Cub ratings.

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