OLD BALLPLAYER DIES BY DROWNINGJerry O'Brien of 209 Henry Street, who spent a number of his 47 years as a big league ballplayer, was the victim of the single fatality on the Fourth. While rowing down the Susquehanna River with a party of six companions at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon he was drowned when the craft capsized. The accident occurred near the Lacawanna Railroad Bridge.
O'Brien rowed up the river yesterday morning with John Foley of 78 Robinson Street, James Shay of 87 Robinson Street, Edward Dun-don of 90 Robinson Street, James Buldger of 193 Henry Street, Michael Dundon of 34 Liberty Street and James Donohue of 207 Henry Street. After a pleasant outing the party started back to the city.
The boat was over weighted and consequently overturned when one of its' occupants made a shift. O'Brien was unable to swim and perished before aid could reach him, but the others succeeded in getting ashore safely. The body was recovered by Arthur Hayes who had a camp in the vicinity. Coroner P.M. Hooks decided that it was a case of accidental drowning.
The dead man had played for the Washington (D.C.), Brooklyn and Binghamton baseball teams and since his retirement from the game had been an enthusiastic fan. Recently he was engaged in pavement work.
He is survived by one brother, Thomas, and by four sisters, Nellie, Anna, Mary, Margaret, all of this city.
The funeral will be held at the residence at 8:30 o'clock on Thursday morning and at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 9 o'clock.