Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sweeney Pardoned

Charley Sweeney, the former twirler of the Providence team, of the major League, back in eighties, has been pardoned by the Governor of California after serving a five-year sentence. Sweeney "killed his man" in a saloon brawl in San Francisco. When the Union Association was organized in 1884, he jumped his contract with Providence and signed with Henry Lucas' St. Louis Maroons...After the Lucas Maroons were transferred to Indianapolis, Sweeney drifted to California, and married a sister of Jim McDonald, who was on the major League staff of umpires last season.
-The Washington Post, March 13, 1898

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