The Good Old Days
‘Hardy’ Henderson, the well-known young pitcher of the Philadelphia club, who was the first man signed for the team of next season, for the ‘Phillies,’ is now languishing in jail, awaiting trial on a serious charge. Henderson had been paying attention to a young woman named Sallie McLaughlin, and their intimacy resulted in Henderson furnishing medicines for the purpose of producing abortion. According to the testimony that was produced at the Coroner’s inquest, it seems that after taking several doses of the medicine the young girl became seriously ill, and when informed by the physician who was called to attend her that she would die, made a complete confession implicating Henderson. Mrs. McLaughlin testified that her daughter first met Henderson about five months ago, and since then, despite her parents, they had been very intimate.
Henderson was committed to jail to await the action of the District Attorney. This affair is to be sadly regretted as Henderson was one of the most promising young players in the profession and much was expected of him during the coming season. He feels his position very keenly, but acting on the advice of his counsel, refuses to say anything concerning the matter. His friends, however, say that he has a strong defense and that he will come out of this trouble all right. Source: The (Philadelphia) Item December 10, 1882