Former major leaguer Tim Flood was sentenced to 15 days hard-labor for drop-kicking an umpire in Toronto.
Tim Flood played second base for St. Louis in 1899 and Brooklyn from 1902-03 in the National League. On June 25, 1907, he was playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern League. In a game in Toronto, Canada, Flood kicked umpire John Conway. One report says it was a drop kick. He was immediately arrested and removed from the field by a police inspector.
Winnepeg Free Press, Manitoba, Canada 6/26/1907
After spending the night in jail, the ballplayer came before Police Magistrate Denison the following day. He pled guilty to aggravated assault and was sentenced to 15 days in jail – hard labor. Flood thought he was pleading to common assault with a small fine attached.
On June 27, Eastern League president Pat Powers expelled Flood from the league stating, “Flood is expelled. He is not fit to play in civilized ball.”
Altoona Mirror (PA) 7/2/1907
The Washington Post lamented, “Flood has been known as a rowdy for many years. He Has assaulted umpires in every league he has ever played in…”
Winnepeg Free Press, Manitoba, Canada 7/1/1907
Flood was finally released from jail on July 4, after serving seven days. Reports indicated that he lost ten pounds during his incarceration.
He found work later that month in the American Association with St. Paul.