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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 24, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 10',
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BASEBALL SPORTS OF ALL KINDS BOXING
Twelve young lives were snuffed
out on the gridiron this season.
Twelve American youths, ranging
in age from 11. to 21, were either
killed outright while at play or suf
fered injuries that resulted in death.
Many others were hurt so they will
be marked or crippled for life.
Last year the death toll in foot
ball was 15. The difference may be
the result of changes in the rules,
but that is doubtful, since most
deaths occur in games where minute
'details of rules are liable to be over
looked. None of the deaths this season oc
curred to members of the big, well
trained college elevens. In most
cases the players were members of
high school, amateur or independent
teams, where there is little or no sys
tem of physical training. Some of
the deaths, it is certain, would have
occurred even if the players had been
trained to the minute.
It must be said for the rules com
mittee that effort was made to take
some of the danger out of the sport.
They provided penalties for "rough
ing" the fullback, running into a
man after the whistle is blown or
knocking down the secondary of
.fense after tiie whistle is blown.
A penalty was also provided to
prevent a player from throwing his
legs into the air and striking a man
above the knee with the lower leg.
In former years many serious acci
dents resulted from this practice.
No matter what the rules may be
there will be accidents and deaths as
long as football is played. In 'many
games, especially those played by in
dependent or unattached teams,
rules are thrown to the winds. Foot
ball, at best, is rough.
The 1915 Death Record
William Parker, 20, Wheeling,
W. Va.; head hurt; died from hemor
rhage of the brain.
Don Applas, 15, Lima, 0., high
school student, from injuries received
Herschel Bruner, 14, Clarkson,
Ky.; crushed under number of play
ers; dead from hemorrhage of the
Floyd Rollins, 11, of Austin, Tex.;
blood vessel in head burst
Roland Casner, 20, of Burnsville,
W. Va., died two weeks after injuries
which caused blood poisoning.
Davis Chambers, 17, of Decatur,
DL, high school; skull fractured.
Bryan Scott of Knox college; ver
tebrae in neck dislocated when head
struck knees of St Louis university
player he tackled.
Floyd Gilbert, captain Grangeville
high school, Moscow, Idaho; neck
Pierre Ducos, 17, Jefferson college,
Paul Root, halfback, Normal
school Charleston, 111.; blood vessel
in head ruptured.
John Groom, 17, North Braddock,
Pa.; internal injuries received when
players piled on top of him in "scrub"
Harry McGrath, high school stu
dent of Bridgeport, Conn.; blow on
head in game.
After the death of Bryan Scott,
Knox college, by a vote of the faculty
and student body, abolished footbalL
After the death of Pierre Ducos, Jef
ferson college canceled its remaining
games for the season.
Among tbose seriously hurt, Jacob
Traub of Morris high school, New
York, suffered spine injuries, which
it is thought will make him a cripple
for life. Carl Kibler of Wheeler, m.,
member of Cincinnati, 0., university
team, suffered concussion of the
brain. Charles Wekenman of St
Louis university sustained a skull
fracture and spine injuries. The left
side of Harold Winters of Ohio State
university was temporarily para
lyzed. Irving Curry of Lawrence uni