[Cincinnati] played as if afflicted with "that tired feeling" to-day, and the St. Louis players, although badly crippled, won without special effort. George Paynter, a member of the Cincinnati Tribune team, played center field for the visitors, and may be signed.
-Washington Post, August 13, 1896
George Paynter, a Cincinnati amateur, is being given a trial and may possibly be taken along on the Eastern trip.
-Sporting Life, August 18, 1896
I got a couple of emails this week from friend of the blog Jerry Paner, who was kind enough to send along some links to a couple of articles in The Guardian (of all places) that mentioned his grandfather, George Paynter. The first article had a piece on players who only had a cup of coffee in the big leagues while the second had Jerry's response, giving some details about the rather unique career of his grandfather.
George Washington Paynter appeared in one game with the St. Louis Browns, on August 12, 1896, versus Cincinnati. The box score of that game appears above. The really interesting thing about Paynter's career is that he suffered a terrible beaning in 1896 and was actually institutionalized for a short period due to the effects of the incident.
George Paynter, second baseman of the Mobile, Southern League, team was taken to the insane asylum at Tuscaloosa to-day insane. In a game here several weeks ago Paynter, who was batting, was struck in the temple by a swift ball from pitcher [Win] Kellum. From the effects of the blow he has
gradually developed insanity.
-Sporting LIfe, September 19, 1896
George Paynter, late of the Mobile team, reported as having become insane from a blow on the head by a pitched ball, is not so badly off. He has quite recovered from the accident and only occasionally suffers brief lapses of memory.
-Sporting Life, September 26, 1896
George Paynter, the second baseman who was put out of the game by being hit with a pitched ball at Mobile last season, has entirely recovered from
his injury and probably will play with Mobile next season-provided, of course, that Mobile has a club.
-Sporting LIfe, December 19, 1896
I want to take this opportunity to thank Jerry for passing along the links and for all of the information and stories that he's shared with me about his grandfather. I honestly wouldn't know anything about George Paynter and his brief career with the Browns if it wasn't for Jerry. All of the time and effort that he's put in to keep his grandfather's legacy alive is just fantastic.