The most recent previous post of this blog was made in Feb, 2011, where it was announced the blog was ending. From 2009-2011, I was able to post over two dozen articles on Lawson-related trivia that I had come across after publication of Baseball Fiends and Flying Machines (or which I hadn't included in the manuscript).
In concluding the blog, I mentioned the possibility of information surfacing that might change the narrative of the Alfred Lawson/George Lawson story--but really didn't expect that it would.
I also mentioned that the only post-publication research presented in the blog that I wish I had been able to include in the book was the evidence that AWL had been sent to reform school as a teen.
Now, over 3 years later, I have come across another piece of evidence that I wish I had when writing the book, because it does effect the narrative of Alfred William Lawson's life.
While idly searching Ancestry.com, I came across documentation for a previously unknown marriage: in January of 1889, at age 19, AWL married Hettie Foote in Pownal, Vermont. She was already several months pregnant with their child. The baby was born in North Adams, MA on May 26, 1889 and named Alfred William Lawson, Jr. Sadly, the child was born with spina bifuda and died about a month later. The child was buried in Pownal.
These events took place in between AWL's first summers as a professional baseball player. In the summer of 1888 he was last known to have played for a Ft. Wayne, IN team; and started the 1889 season in Lafayette, IN.
He did return to North Adams in 1897, but by that time Hettie Foote had remarried a man named Marble Pratt. To all intents it looks like AWL abandoned his wife after the death of their child in June, 1889.
No further mention of AWL having a long-term relationship with a woman can be found until he was in his 70s, and married one of his office staff. That arrangement may have been more about generating progeny than love.
Given these facts, it may be easier to understand why AWL shied away from another marriage after the tragedy of 1889.