Lew Richie Newsbeat
Friday, January 18, 2013
Milwaukee Journal, January 18, 1913:
While enjoying a spin on the Daytona Beach automobile speedway yesterday the motorcycle ridden by Lew Richie, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, struck a soft spot in the same and the pitcher was thrown from the machine, which was wrecked.
Richie was stunned by his fall, while his face, legs and arms were badly scratched and bruised.
I haven’t found any specific citations, but it seems fairly likely the injuries from this wreck directly caused the end of Richie’s career. Richie may not have been a superstar, but he was a consistently good-to-excellent pitcher until the end of the 1912 season. He got absolutely annihilated at age 29 in 1913, allowing 53 runs in 65 innings before the Cubs mercifully pulled the plug. Richie spent 1914 in the minors pitching adequately, and was out of baseball for good after that.
for his generous support.
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