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Determined Athletes

Pete Gray

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Of the numerous hardship athletes, including Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, who predated our 40-year radius, the one we just couldn't leave out is Pete Gray, a one-armed outfielder who played one season with the St. Louis Browns in 1945. A natural righthander, Gray lost the limb as a kid when he slipped off and fell under his father's truck. In 77 appearances with the Browns, Gray hit .218 with 13 RBI and had a .958 fielding percentage.
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