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Friday, December 12, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-12-2014

The Daily Missoulian, December 12, 1914:

“Chief” George Johnson, the Indian Federal league pitcher who defied the authorities at Winnebago [Nebraska] to arrest him and made his escape after an accidental shooting, which resulted in an injury to a bystander, was placed in custody [yesterday]. He is charged with disturbing the peace and resisting an officer. He gave his bond for appearance in court later.

I can’t seem to find any other information on this incident, so I don’t know who fired the shot that injured the bystander.

Anyway, the George Johnson story (unfortunately) ends about like you’d expect. He drank his way out of pro ball, wound up touring the Midwest running his own medicine show, and was shot to death at age 36 in an argument over $2.50 worth of alcohol.


 

 

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