"El Pulpo," the polydactyly pitcher

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This post earlier today mentioned a boy born with 24 digits.

My all-time favorite baseball player is Antonio Alfonseca, currently on the Phillies. Wikipedia says:

His nicknames are El Pulpo ("The Octopus"), and Six-Fingers. He has six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, a condition known as polydactyly. His grandfather also had this trait. Alfonseca regards it with pride, as a kind of family emblem. The extra finger has no influence on his pitching, as it does not touch the ball.


I found the photo of Alfonseca's hand on this page, which discusses the top 30 nicknames in professional sports.

*Update: Andrewdoane points to this article from The Onion: Antonio Alfonseca Once Again Leads Major-League Relievers In Fingers

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One of my all-time favorite articles from The Onion was headlined "Antonio Alfonseca Once Again Leads Major-League Relievers In Fingers."

A quote from the article: "There was once again a tie for second place behind Alfonseca, with 214 pitchers amassing 10 fingers each, followed by Bob Wickman, who finished last with 9.7."

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/41417
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