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WASHINGTON, Aug. 21. -- Thomas C. Noyes, president of the Washington American league baseball club...died suddenly this morning of pneumonia at a hospital here. He was taken ill last Friday.
Drafted by Jim Hart for the Chicago Orphans in 1898, Isbell became a hero before appearing in a single major league game. On April 16, 1898, the grandstand at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis burned down during a game, injuring dozens. Isbell, taking tickets at the ballpark gate, witnessed a fleeing family leave an infant behind as their home across from the ballpark erupted in flames. Isbell ran into the burning house, grabbed the baby, and carried it to safety.
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