The other Charlie Dexter, the career minor leaguer (1904-09), was born Oscar Schoenbecker in Ohio and was killed in a hunting accident in November of 1909 in Mount Holly, Ohio. According to his obituary, in The Cincinnati Commercial Tribune he changed his name “fearing the jests of the old people in case he failed,” as a player.
Reading contemporary accounts of the major league Charlie Dexter is a study in dichotomies. A year and a half before his heroics at the Iroquois theater were recounted in papers across the country, numerous papers echoed the sentiments of the Pittsburgh Press that Dexter’s release by Chicago had more to do with his being a “trouble maker” than his .227 average.
Dexter was immediately arrested. But within days the wire services were reporting that Bateman was not seriously injured and had refused to file charges. Dexter was released from custody. Other players who were present (none were named is stories) “Dexter and Bateman are on the best of terms and that their little quarrel had done nothing to mar their friendship.” Without Bateman’s cooperation, a grand jury elected not to indict Dexter.
He played two more seasons in Des Moines, taking over as manager from Mike Kelly 20 games into the 1907 season and managing the team through 1908.
Dexter stayed in Iowa and was occasionally mentioned in local papers over the next few years in connection with amateur and semi-pro leagues. Dexter shot himself in 1934 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Bateman Died in Milwaukee on January 18, 1937.
One more story about the aftermath of the Bateman stabbing next week.