Lost to history, however, is the inspiring story of Bill Burns, a journeyman pitcher who played professional baseball from 1908-1912. Perhaps his story was tainted because he was involved in the Black Sox scandal of 1919, when he approached the first Chicago White Sox players on behalf of mobster, Arnold Rothstein (Burns later went on to become the key witness for the prosecution. His trial testimony can be found here).
What is his inspiring story? His official nickname was "Sleepy Bill," but his friends probably knew him as "Lefty." Why? As this 1910 T-206 tobacco card illustrates, Bill Burns was born with two left hands: