Ballplayers Murdered by Bartenders: An Incomplete List

According to the records kept by interpid weblog The Deadball Era, no fewer than three ballplayers have been shot and murdered by bartenders.

Here are no fewer than those three (each player listed with career WAR, click images to embiggen):

Frank Bell, -0.5 WAR (Profile)
From an unspecified paper on April 15, 1891:

Bell 1

Pat Hynes, -1.1 WAR (Profile)
From The Sporting Life of March 23, 1907:

Hynes 2

Larry McLean, 6.6 WAR (Profile)
From the New York Times of March 25, 1921:

McLean 3



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Mike Bates
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Ballplayers murdered by Carson Cistulli: Charlie Blackmon

rusty
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rusty

But he has a shot at starting this year!

ettin
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ettin

And what was Cistulli’s reason for the murder? Self-defense OF Coorse!

Jay29
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Jay29

Technically, isn’t “murder” a legal term? Obviously the news clippings don’t give us the full results of any court hearings or trials, but it seems that the first two are unlikely to have been actual murders.

wonky
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wonky

“Why yes Officer, I shot him in the head in self-defense. He was brandishing a mop, I tell you!”

Mat
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Mat

That argument would hold up in a Florida court.

reillocity
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reillocity

Back then you had to be very careful with your wording when ordering a shot at the bar.

reillocity
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reillocity

There’s an eerie “Die Hard” meets “The Terminator” dynamic to that last story.

MDL
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MDL

Die Hard meets Termiantor meets the guy who invented the term “AI”.

Resolution
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Resolution

THE DANGEROUS LIST

MustBunique
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Yeah, that was top notch. Really wish it were still called that.

Ed
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Ed

Adam LaRoche

AC of DC
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AC of DC

We are first tickled that the unnamed scribbler for the unspecified paper first highlights his narrative with the (perhaps in 1891 not overused) phrase “quick as a flash,” before closing with the thoroughly-researched line “caught a few games . . . a few years ago.”

But that is all forgotten as the reader is drawn onto the field where was fought the last battle of Patrick Hynes: the pretzel bowl, his mortar; the mop, his bayonet; his fatal charge arrested in the thunder that would end six million more young men within ten years. Dieu te garde, young ballplayer: gone from this world where spirit is met with too much savagery.

Greg Leatherman
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Greg Leatherman

Old Hoss Radbourn was shot by a friend in 1894. Given what we know about Hoss, it would be interesting to know if this friend worked at the saloon Radbourn invested in and, by some accounts, kept bar. Hoss did not officially die from his facial injuries, but it may have contributed to his death in 1897 from syphilitic induced paresis (age 43). It certainly didn’t help.

Yus
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Yus

“You put that mop down now, boy. Or I’mma gonna shoot ya.”

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