Kansas City, MO Trolley and Wagonette Collision, Aug 1905
BALL PLAYERS IN WRECK -- MEMBERS OF LOUISVILLE NINE IN SERIOUS CRASH.
LIMBS ARE BROKEN AND JOINTS OUT OF PLACE -- WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY FOR A LONG TIME.
Kansas City, Aug. 31. -- Eight members of the Louisville base ball club were injured in a collision today between a trolley car and a wagonette in which the club was being taken from the ball park to a hotel. The injured:
ED KENNA, pitcher, bone of left arm fractured and dislocated; slight concussion of brain; bones of right hand fractured; nose broken; knee and eye injured; condition serious.
FRED CLAY, center fielder, contusion of thigh and knee.
LARRY QUINLAN, shortstop, arm hurt and sprained; ankle sprained and hands lacerated.
SUTER SULLIVAN, captain and third baseman, two toes broken; hands sprained.
ROY BRASHEAR, second baseman, contusion of thigh and hip.
NATHAN WILBUR, secretary of the club, back sprained; possible internal injuries.
BILLY HALLMAN, right fielder, back sprained.
PITCHER STEICHER, knee torn and bruised.
The wagonette had reached Eighteenth and Olive streets, one block from the ball grounds when the accident happened. The trolley car, going at a good rate of speed struck the rear wheels of the wagonette squarely, turning it over and dragging it several yards. Pitcher KENNA, who was the most seriously injured, was caught in the fender of the car, while CLAY was under the car in front of the front trucks when the car was stopped.
The driver thought he could clear the track in front of the car, misjudging the speed with which the car approached.
KENNA was sent to a local hospital. CLAY and BRASHEAR were so badly injured that they will be taken to Louisville at once, as they will be unable to play ball for some time.
The club left for Toledo on a late train tonight, where it is scheduled to play tomorrow, but the train will not reach there in time for the game. Secretary WILBUR stated tonight that none of the injured players would be able to play for several days, and that ball players would have to be secured for the games to be played during the next week.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Indiana 1905-09-01