Pittsburgh Press, June 25, 1914:
A jury in [Springfield, MA] Superior court awarded a verdict of $14,000 to Edward Collins in his suit against the Holyoke Street Railway Co. Collins, who is aged 10, lost his right leg as a result of a collision between trolley cars in June, 1912. The railway company admitted liability, but argued that artificial legs have been so perfected that the loss of a leg is no longer a serious handicap.
Attorney William P. Hayes, for the plaintiff, called attention to the profession of baseball as one from which young Collins is barred, and said that he could never follow in the footsteps of his illustrious namesake, Edward Collins, of the Philadelphia Athletics.
Good thing his name wasn’t Allan Travers.
Also, “the loss of a leg is no longer a serious handicap”? Wow, Holyoke Street Railway Co. Just…wow.
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