The captain and center-fielder of an Aurora base-ball club is a boy, both of whose legs are off at the thighs. He has a boy to run bases for him, and he does his centre-fielding in an invalid's chair, and catches a good many flies.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 16, 1887
I have no problems with having a guy with no legs on my baseball team. I just don't know if I'd want him in center.
And from the same issue of the Globe:
Excessive cigarette smoking causes Leitner and Shreve's wildness.
As a smoker, I can state with certainty that smoking does not cause a pitcher to lose his control. Although it may explain some of Ted Simmons' throws to second base.