Brown, Mordecai Peter Centennial
- John E. Findling
Brown, Mordecai Peter Centennial (19 October 1876–14 February 1948), baseball player, was born in Nyesville, Indiana, a rural community near Terre Haute, the son of Peter P. Brown, a farmer, and Jane Marsh. At the age of seven, Brown caught his right hand in a feed cutter on his uncle’s farm and lost the top joint of the index finger and use of the little finger. With the hand still in a cast, he broke the other two fingers, which remained permanently deformed. Brown’s crippled hand enabled him to throw a natural sinker ball and a sharper-breaking curveball that batters found difficult to hit; the hand also earned him the nickname among fans of “Three Finger.”...