Thursday, August 30, 2007

"El Pulpo," the polydactyly pitcher

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.