Lake Forest, IL Fatal Football Game Accident, Sept 1900

Probable Fatal Football Injury

Chicago, Sept. 27.-Lawrence Pierson, Lexington, Mo., Lake Forest University’s crack half-back, was probably fatally hurt in yesterday’s game with the South Division High School. He is paralyzed. During the game Pierson attempted a hurdle play, fell and struck on his head. When picked up he was unconscious. An examination showed that his spine had been so seriously injured that almost a total paralysis had followed the shock. The attending physician thinks Pierson has a fighting chance of recovery.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 28 Sept 1900


Football Player Dies.

Chicago, Sept. 28.-Lawrence Pierson, of the Lake Forest university football team, who was injured in a game at Lake Forest, Illinois, Wednesday, died today at a local hospital.

Morning Olympian, Olympia, WA 29 Sept 1900


The Football Player Died.

Injured Wednesday, Lawrence Pierson Passed Away in a Hospital To-day.

Chicago, Sept. 28.-Lawrence Pierson of lake Forest university football team, who was injured in a game at lake Forest Wednesday died to-day at a hospital. His home was at Lexington, Ill. He was hurt while attempting a hurdle play. He struck on his head and shoulders and was paralyzed.

Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO 28 Sept 1900