A convicted rapist, Cameron was pitching for the Wyoming State Penitentiary All Stars, a team featuring only the hardest of hardened criminals.
“Individual errors that cost the team the win,” they write, “would result in death.”.
The Penitentiary All Stars were a fleeting sensation, a collection of random convicts that just happened to be great at America’s favorite sport.
They played just four games, winning all, but every one was infused with more drama than a modern World Series.
“Various items were made from the hides of these unfortunate lawbreakers, sold as souvenirs, and used as a warning to other would-be felons.”.
“He was lynched for the murders by Rawlins citizens in 1881,” they write, “and shoes were made from his skin.”.
But by November, the prison was being praised for its new education initiative, and the Death Row All Stars faded into memory. »