Mckinney: How Charles Snyder went from teenage catcher to attempted murder

From SABR member Justin Mckinney at on February 16, 2017:

July 10, 1899
On this evening in Camden, New Jersey, 26 year old disgraced ballplayer Charles Snyder arrived at the house of his father, John Snyder, demanding money. The elder Snyder refused and chastised his son running off with a woman. Charles’ mother Mary pleaded on her son’s behalf, but the prodigal son was now in a blind rage and brushed his mother a side trying to get his hands on his father. The angry young man knocked his father down into a prostrate position and proceeded to jump on the prone man, kicking him twice in the throat, seemingly intent on killing him. It was only John’s cry of “murder” that brought much needed help and ended the altercation. Snyder was in a state of despair and panic fled the scene.

It wasn’t always like this.

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Originally published: February 17, 2017. Last Updated: February 17, 2017.