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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-2-2014

Pittsburgh Press, September 2, 1914:

According to a letter received by Mrs. “Rebel” Oakes, from Mrs. Arnold Hauser, Hauser, the former shortstop of the St. Louis Cardinals, who has been ill for almost two years, has greatly improved and has great hopes of re-entering the game next season.

Hauser has been in a sanitarium near St. Louis for some time, not having played ball since 1912. The former Card weighed but 99 pounds when he went to the sanitarium but since that time his weight has increased to 137 pounds.

Hauser’s story is heartbreaking.

His father died in 1904, when Arnold was a teenager. In 1912, his mother committed suicide, and in 1913 Hauser’s infant daughter died. The deaths in his family, in addition to a severe knee injury, sent him over the edge. According to his SABR bio, Hauser arrived at Spring Training 1914 having lost 25 pounds, obviously severely depressed, and suffering from delusions. He was committed to a sanitarium and was diagnosed as “a victim of melancholia with a religious trend”.

Hauser had a cup of coffee with the 1915 Chicago Whales, but didn’t play particularly well and was out of baseball at the end of the year.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: September 02, 2014 at 06:31 AM | 40 comment(s)
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