Adult League Baseball Player Shoots Own Coach

Today’s lesson in violence and irony comes from the Roseland area of Chicago, where a player in an adult baseball league shot his coach multiple times following a game, and probably would have killed him had he not run out of bullets.

The 19-year-old player, who is still being sought by police, shot the coach reportedly because he was angry that he had been taken out of the game. Glynn Hall, 44, had been upgraded to fair condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, with gunshot wounds to the arm and back. There are times when the letters WTF? just don’t suffice.

Hall’s team, the Cardinals, are part of the National Adult Baseball Association’s Chicago Community League, a league for young adults to keep them out of trouble. The team they were playing on Sunday? The Hit Men. From the CHICAGO TRIBUNE:

Police said it appears a player on a community baseball team shot Hall after a quarrel. The 19-year-old player went to retrieve a gun from his car before shooting the coach, police said.Officers were searching for the gunman.

The shooting happened during the second game of the day for the Cardinals after the gunman became upset with Hall for pulling him from the game, the Cardinals’ captain told WGN-Ch. 9.

The captain, a 23-year-old man who did not want his name revealed, told the station the player tried picking a fight with the coach in the dugout until the captain intervened and kicked the player out.

The player retrieved a semiautomatic handgun, returned to the field and chased after the coach, firing repeatedly. At one point, the player stopped to reload his gun, said the captain.

Hall appeared to have been hit twice, in an arm and in the back, the captain said. When Hall fell to ground, it appeared the player wanted to continue firing at him, but he had run out of bullets, the captain said.

Maybe I don’t get around as much as I should, but this is the first I’ve ever heard of a baseball player shooting his coach over a playing dispute. What did Jim Croce sing about the South Side being the baddest part of town? Cripes.

According to the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, the shooter was a pitcher who got upset when the coach replaced him. According to the Cardinals’ web site, the starting pitcher at Sunday’s game against the Hit Men was Deangelo Williams.

It was in June that Ed Thomas, a longtime Iowa high school football coach, was shot and killed by a former player.