In a previous post, we learned how Thomas Kinna, a pitcher for the Mechanics Club of Memphis, had been non-fatally stabbed in a beer saloon in 1867. Not quite a year later, in yet another saloon in August 1868, he did not fare quite so well. From the Memphis Public Ledger, August 5, 1868:
“Shooting Affray on Adams Street.
Yesterday morning a shooting affray occurred on Adams street, in front of the St. Nicholas beer saloon, in which a gambler named Jim Fitzgerald shot and wounded, perhaps fatally, a fireman named Tom Kinna, under the following circumstances:
Kinna, Fitzgerald, and two other men named Hanner and Huss, had been drinking together all night. About sunrise they walked from Jefferson street up Main, and at the corner of Adams were joined by a man named Conklin, and the five went into the St. Nicholas and called for drinks. They were served; drank and started off without paying, whenthe barkeeper called to know “whose treat it was?” They answered, “Kinna’s,” and he threw down a quarter of a dollar and walked out, making some remark as he passed out, which caused the party to begin “skylarking,” as if for fun. All at once, no one knew how, a pistol was fired, and Kinna fell. Policeman James Halloran, of the First District, saw Fitzgerald with his hand stretched out, and smoke around it, but did not see a pistol. He rushed up to the spot and, with aid from officer Rice, arrested Fitzgerald, Huss and Hanner, and carried them to the Station. Conklin had run into the saloon and escaped. The pistol, a Colt’s repeater was found behind the bar in the saloon.
Kinna, meanwhile, lay on the Nicholson pavement, writhing in great pain from his wound, (which was through the right groin, the ball lodging under the skin in the hip,) until some friend procured a carriage and sent him home.
During the day Nick. Huss was taken out of the Station on a State Warrant, charged with being accessory to the shooting of Kinna, with intent to commit murder, and was taken before ‘Squire Kiernan. A preliminary hearing of the case was held, and Dr. T. Donoho, who attended Kinna, was examined by Capt. Van Anderson as to the nature of the wound, and he testified that though it was severe it was not necessarily fatal, or even dangerous. Huss was then bailed by the ‘Squire in the sum of four thousand dollars to appear from day to day.”
Fitzgerald was charged with the murder. The other men involved were also later identified as Conklin, Hooth, and Sherman. I don’t know whether any of the other men involved were also base ball players, but if I find out, I’ll post it.