Clipping:Bob Ferguson takes a ball to the face

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Date Friday, July 30, 1869

[Maryland vs. Atlantic 7/30/1869] Quite a serious accident happened to the Atlantic catcher, Fergason [sic], in the fourth inning. Mincher was at the bat and “Fergy” close behind him, watching Sellman on first base. The striker tipped the ball, raising it up about a foot, and before Ferguson could get his hands up it struck him full in the face with terrific force, splitting his nose open and knocking him down as fairly and quickly as though he had been hit on the head with a hammer. Plenty of cold water, court-plaster, and a little breathing spell, however, brought him around all right, and after a delay of twenty minutes the game was resumed, the wounded man going to short-field, Pearce taking his position as catcher. Ferguson seems to be particularly unfortunate, as early in the season he was struck by a ball in the same way and had two of his front teeth knocked out. On that occasion he held the ball and put the striker out, and then quickly picked up his teeth to preserve as mementos of the occasion, as he said. New York World July 30, 1869

[Maryland vs. Atlantics 7/30/1869] In the fourth inning, when Mincher was at the bat, he struck at a very swift ball from Zettlein, and, just tipping it, of course increased its impetus; and the ball, striking Ferguson in the face, just above his mouth, knocked him down as if he had been struck with a fist. For some minutes, Fergy had to succumb to the effects of the blow, play being stopped for twenty minutes; and when he took the field, and gave up his place to Pearce, he had to retire for a couple of innings to get over the effects of the loss of blood and the stunning severity of the blow. New York Sunday Mercury August 1, 1869

In the fourth inning Ferguson was badly hurt by a tipped ball of Mincher’s bat, which took him fairly in the nose, knocking down as though he had been hit by one of the ball clubs instead of a ball. Time was called at once, and the sounded man attended to. Cold water, plenty of court plaster, and a little time, however, brought the plucky players around all right again, and in twenty minutes play was resumed., Pearce going behind the bat, and “Fergy” to short field, where he played in splendid style during the remainder of the contest. New York Dispatch August 1, 1869

Source New York World
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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