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J.C. McHaskell

Julius C. McHaskell , born about July 31st, 1902 in Vaugine, AR1, was a Negro League baseball player from 1926-1929.

Biography

In 1929, McHaskell was shot by teammate Robert Poindexter during an argument. This resulted in the amputation of both of his legs2.

Excerpts

"St. Louis, Mo., June 6. --(ANP)-- J. C. McHaskell, first baseman and valuable asset on the Memphis Red Sox baseball team, was shot in the left foot by Robert Poindexter, 29-year-old ace pitcher of the Tennessee aggregation, Thursday night. The shooting occurred at the Grand Central hotel, where the baseball team resided during their engagement of four games here with the St. Louis Stars. When the two members of the Memphis Red Sox were talking over the game played with the Stars Thursday before a capacity crowd of fans when the Stars walloped Memphis, 14 to 3, the discussion greatly displeased Poindexter. "Robert was somewhat low-spirited over his punk pitching, and I tried to sympathize with him," McHaskell explained at the City hospital No. 2, to an . . . Associated Negro Press correspondent. "I told him tomorrow (Friday) was Ladies' day at the Stars park and he should do better with the girls all there. "Somehow he took offense at that. He thought I was 'joshing' him, so he pulled out his pistol and shot me in the foot." Pitcher Poindexter was arrested and held at the Police headquarters charged with assault to kill. Realizing his injury was not serious, McHaskell waived his right to prosecute his assailant and Poindexter was released. Thursday, Decoration Day, Poindexter was sent to the mound during the second half of the fourth inning to relieve Broadnax, the first pitcher, Poindexter had ten runs charged against him. His pitching gave the St. Louis team an easy victory with a score of 14 to 3. Harry Kenyon, playing manager of the Memphis Red Sox, said his ball club was been greatly hampered due to the injury sustained by McHaskell, whom he regards as an exceptionally dependable and consistent infielder. McHaskel [sic] is 25 years old and a native of Pine Bluff, Ark., where he has a wife and two children. During the winter season McHaskell says he is busily engaged at home town as a physical director, training football and basketball teams for the colored school. Dr. Nesbitt, president of the Memphis club, came to St. Louis Saturday to determine whether or not Pitcher Poindexter will be retained with his organization. Poindexter's conduct unearthed information from his team mates that he has served a penitentiary term for slaying a man in Washington, D. C. He came to the Red Sox from the Black Barons club of Birmingham, and claims New York City as his residence. As the whether Poindexter's further relationship with the Memphis team will affect the morale of the players is a question being considered by the owners."3

Stats

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2. Early Exits: The Premature Endings of Baseball Careers, Brian McKenna, 2007


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