1920 Kansas City Monarchs

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1920 Kansas City Monarchs

1920 Kansas City Monarchs Games

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

January 3, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Pitfalls of Baseball - Written Exclusively for the Chicago Defender by Andrew ('Rube') Foster, Manager of the Famous American Giants Baseball Team - In again taking up this subject I am going to touch on the disadvantage clubs have had to encounter to keep the game in front of the people. Some have had good intentions, meant well, many times hoping against hope that some unforseen miracle would happen to enlighten them on their way; that unforseen hand has no appeared. When it does come you will find that few Colored men will be interested in the clubs. When you scan the list of the past and present owners of Colored Clubs, you will find among them, men who are not due any success, with a few exceptions. To be successful in anything, one must pattern after systems and methods of men who have made success in the same line of busines. This you cannot put into the heads of those that want to promote the game. A practice among the various club owners has been to take men from different clubs, many times after they have drawn money from the club they are leaving. It has gotten so bad managers do not trust players, nor do the players trust the managers. It's folly for one to teach a player to jump and not pay the manager he leaves and expect that same player to be honest with him. When some one persuades the same man to leave him, disgusted, he will wire you, 'If you pay such a club, I will not play for you.' This stopped it for a while, but each club adopted the habit of taking each other's men until they have so complicated things they do not play each other. - Organized Baseball Great Pattern - In organized baseball each club secures men from different clubs. It must be an agreement between the club owners that a player is the property of the club who retains his services until released. There is no ball club in the country that can secure his services. Even the big leagues do not tamper with different clubs' players. With all the money invested in their clubs, they have deemed it necessary to form some agreement to work by protecting each other's rights. Yet our club owners laugh at such protection and have year after year done just the opposite. - Players Do Not Want Organization - I have talked with several players and they asked me, did I not think organization would hurt their chances as to salaries. When the club owners get together they will pay what they please; we do not want organizations. I said if you ever expect to really make any money out of baseball it will be done through organization. There are several players playing ball that get more to play one season than the salary list of any three Colored clubs at the present time. They play under organization. Has it hut them? Do you realize that if protection was given men there would be money put into baseball, parks would be built, that it would offer inducements to players to try and develop, knowing there was some future attached to their profession. - Assets of Our Clubs - The time has passed when you can camouflage the public. The public has been wised up to many things. Now it's up to the men who want to continue to give the people something besides bunk. There are not four Colored Clubs North that could not go out of the business today and lose nothing but the uniforms they had last season; yet they will parade around and tell you they own a ball club. Clubs like the A.B.C.s, Detroit, Kansas City, Royal Giants, and Cuban Stars have never had a dime invested beyond their uniforms and advance money. It is natural for them, with the expense of only salaries, to be in a position to do much damage to the clubs that are burdened with heavy overhead expense. Admitting that the clubs are important to the success of both parties, one would not expect the club with the heavy expense to compete with the clubs with apparently no expense; yet they must do more, and have. - Ball Parks Necessary - It is very necessary that we have parks to play in. Without them there would be no incentive for one to choose baseball as a profession. Yet these parks must not be burdened too heavy as when they go baseball North will pass along, as the building restrictions are such and real estate so high that you could not expect Colored owners to promote such an expensive plant just to be giving employment to a profession when it must be at a loss. Yet, you cannot get the men to come together and try to cement some plans for the betterment of the game. - Organization is Sure to Come - We cannot get along without organization. Neither will we have sufficient parks to play in to warrant paying greater salaries than we are at present unless we organize. There are thousands of dollars ready for such an organization. The money will naturally be supported better than the American Association, whose salary limit is $5,000 per month. Then will come the cry that it's a shame that all this money goes into the hands of the whites. Yet we will be the ones at fault. They can easily triple the present salaries and make money, as they will systemize it, build sufficient parks and give employment to many hundred Colored players. There is no hope to even maintain the standard that we have reached. Rentals of all parks have gone up. At any minute the leases of present parks can be terminated. Many Colored men with money have begged to get into the game, but they want it patterned after the way leagues are conducted. - Last Attempt to Get Owners Together - This will be the last time I will ever try and interest Colored club owners to get together on some working basis, I have so often been refused the necessary capital, not desiring to give to others the chance of monopolizing Colored baseball, but they are not going to continue, to wait on me with their money. They can do so and leave me where I am. I have made the effort, it's now up to the ones that expect to permanently figure in baseball to get together."

January 10, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Pitfalls of Baseball - Written Exclusively for the Chicago Defender by Andrew ('Rube') Foster, Manager of the Famous American Giants Baseball Team - In one of my previous articles I asked that the owners of clubs write for the plan of an organization or working agreement between the various clubs. In this plan we were to have a regular Western Circuit, composed of Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City, the Eastern circuit to be composed of Pittsburg, Cleveland, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, both to be two separate organizations, the same as National and American Leagues, the winner of each circuit to meet the winner in a world's championship series. This would have been the salvation of baseball. But to date I have received but one letter that would be interesting, that letter came from Washington. - Fans Due Consideration - It would have been in keeping with the times for such a circuit as named above to do something concrete as a stepping stone to success; that would warrant the continuance of the patronage that they have enjoyed, based solely on their loyalty to the Race. This cannot be kept at the present stand; there is something the people want, that their patronage demands, something that would make them appreciate their children entering a profession that would equal the earning capacity of any other profession, and that thing can be done only as the 128 leagues operated by the whites, that have measured their efforts with permanent success, so much so that a graduate from Yale, Princeton and many large medical schools and colleges of law have laid aside their college professions to become ball players, merely because it paid them better to do so. We can do the same thing, but only in patterning after the system of success used by them. A better circuit could not be arraned than the one outlined, even if we only got the support of Colored people. The smallest Colored Population in either city is 50,000, running to 150,000. They would rally around any progressive move, the same as they have rallied around us, knowing we were doing nothing, with hopes for our advance from the old system of parading under false pretenses. - Nothing Invested in Baseball - I have made baseball a study. My ready knowledge of the things accomplished by the different clubs made it possible for me to write these articles. Did you know that Hilldale, Royal Giants, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Detroit, Chicago Giants, Dayton and hundreds of other ball clubs, wonderful investments as owners of clubs, have no assets that you can realized fifty dollars as a load; that the Lincoln Giants, St. Louis and Chicago were the only places with assets; that the assets of the American Giants cost an expenditure of more money than all the Colored parks combined; that it was built new from the ground at a cost greater than the combined cost of all the Negro parks? I want to speak some cold, hard facts to the men that refused to cooperate with such a move, knowing that they have permanently erased their chances to permanently figure in baseball, and very soon you will see these progressive owners of bunk baying their way to see baseball played by Colored clubs. Cost of ball parks and the advanced price of real estate in all large cities have doubled in price; the cost of materials, workers and everything necessary to operate a ball park or club has advanced 50 per cent. This will require many thousand dollars to even build a park. If such money could be secured, the building restrictions are such that in none of the large cities could a permit be secured. First you have to get consent to build from the property owners that surround the ground. As no Colored person owns any place, around any available space (north), this permit can only be had through the whites. Thus they are eliminated by circumstances. Even were such conditions eliminated, the amount of money necessary to operate a club, you would only find a man escaped from the insane asylum that would put money into such a proposition, not knowing where they were to get off. I have fought against delivering Colored baseball into the control of whites, thinking that with a show of patronage from the fans we would get together. The get-together efford has been a failure. In justice to myself and the many players that will eventually benefit by ownership with system money and parks, admitting that I cannot prevent it much longer, as in the past, I had better see that the snow does not stay in my yard after these many hard years of effort."

January 17, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Rube Foster Wants 'Get Together' Meet of All Baseball Owners. - 'Andy' says Organized Effort Is Our Only Salvation Magnates of the West Should Meet Owners of the East, Pick an Aribtration Board and From This Agreement Draw Up a Working Agreement for All to Abide By. - By Charles D. Marshall. - Organized baseball is on and Andrew Rube Foster is at the helm. Or, we might say that this great captain of the national game has started the ball to rolling to which I think the forming of a Colored baseball league may be the outcome. In an article published in a Chicago paper recently, Mr. Foster had the following to say: I am going to make the effort to arrange to have all the owners in the East to meet all the owners in the West, either at Chicago or New York, at a certain date, pick an arbitration board from experienced men of business, and from the agreement draw a working agreement for all of us to abide by, the signers of such an agreement to deposit $500 in good faith that they will live up to such an agreement. It is not a proposition to exchange players. Each club will be allowed to retain their players, but cement a partnership in working for the organized good of baseball. Conducted on the same identical plan as both big leagues and all minor leagues, even the semi-pro leagues, the outcome would be the East would be the same as National League, the West as American League, the winner of the majority of games in the East to meet the Western winners in a real world's championship. This will pave the way for such champion team eventually to play the winner among the whites. This is no more than possible. "Only in uniform strength is there permanent success. I invite all owners to write for information on this proposition. It is open to all." - Andy's Plan a Most Plausible One. - So far as the baseball fan is concerned, the above plan seems a most plausible one, for in my rounds I have discovered that nearly every lover of baseball, player and magnate is very enthusiastic over this brilliant idea of having organized baseball among the colored clubs, both East and West. There is no doubt of the fact that a new and greater interest will be taken in baseball. A guaranteed protection of money must be assured to the new owners of clubs these days, and some sort of a get-together must be brought about at once. Magnates are not going to take the risk on clubs and parks where there is no assets, as they have in the past. It is my opinion that a Western circuit or league of ball will shortly be formed comprising Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, St. Louis and Kansas City, and an Eastern circuit to be composed of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York, both to be two separate organizations, the same as a National and American League, the winner of each circuit to meet the winner in a world's championship series. If such a step is taken the salvation of baseball is assured. As I have always said, such a move will be the real stepping stone to success. There is no doubting the fact that nearly every colored ball park in the cities mentioned enjoy a large patronage each season, but the question is, will they continue if something is not done to strengthen the present interest? I say it will not stand unless organized baseball is put into action. So, when a great leader like Rube Foster offers to share his knowledge and costly experience for the betterment of each and every owner of baseball clubs, I think that there should be an enthusiastic rally to the support of the idea and have a meeting and make every possible effort to get organized ball on the go by the summer of 1920. - C.I. Taylor's Return to Great Game an Event. The return to the baseball world of C.I. Taylor, owner and manager of the famous Indianapolis A.B.C.'s next season, as announced by the scribes may do much toward the assurance of organized baseball during the season of 1920, as Taylor has long been known as a power and a great guidance in the national game. But some one has put the rumor on the rounds about the hot stove league that Taylor is much-opposed to organized ball, and others who claim to be on the inside track say that Taylor is always out for anything that is for the good of the sport. Being personally acquainted with the stellar magnate, I feel safe in saying that Taylor is always in favor of the thing that's fair and especially clean in sport, if it will tend to make the game progressive. But the return of C.I. to the diamonds will no doubt cause many a fan to become overjoyed and team with delight and expectation of a rousing season of baseball. You know when Taylor gets into the game, he always makes it interesting for Foster and the whole country, and everybody enjoys a real season of real baseball. There will be some hot battling between Detroit, Chicago and Indianapolis, for Taylor will certainly give Pete Hill and Mr. Foster much to worry about."

Chicago, IL
"Pitfalls of Baseball - Written Exclusively for the Chicago Defender by Andrew ('Rube') Foster, Manager of the Famous American Giants Baseball Team - In my previous articles I have dealt with many things that to my way of thinking have hindered our progress; to all of this there can be no crime, without a reason for such, and in this article I will try and explain what has shown the caliber of men who want to bask in the limelight as progressive leaders of clubs. Lack of Cooperation a Disgrace - In the West we manager often disagree, yet we eventually come to an agreement, forgetting the differences where they affect the welfare fo the game, each time before any great wrong is done, that we will cooperate and stand by any plan agreed on, is a moral certainty, with our Eastern owners it is different. Can you imagine the benefits to be derived from such, to be such a hard task, those familiar with our troubles wonder why we cannot agree. No chain is stronger than its weakest link. Knowing this, I made efforts long before the articles were written, to try and get Nat C. Strong, Eastern booking agent, controlling all the available parks, to play in New York; to let's all meet together, East and West, formulate an agreement for better working conditions, salaries to remain, each club to retain its present players. He answered back, he wanted something done, but the men who are at present identified with the Eastern clubs are an IMPOSSIBILITY, that there were several owners, managers and players they would never do business with again. - Why such a Disagreement? This disagreement dates back to the existence of Colored clubs; it is deeply rooted; there will be no peace until the men now connected give way to different owners. The players question is the root of all the trouble. Managers have gone after the playing season and taken the main men of each other's club; these players oftimes owed the past owner money; naturally this broadened the feelings of the owners. Results, they would not play against each other. Even the Western clubs have done the same to Eastern clubs, yet they do not tamper with the Western players of Western clubs. This has got to such a condition that the leading clubs East do not meet, nor will the Western clubs meet any of the Eastern clubs. If you have taken your club East, win many games, the owner try to take the men away from you, bring about dissatisfaction between you and your men; so much so you avoid going there. - What Getting Together Would Mean - Had the Eastern men accepted the proposal, the bitter feelings that exist would have been eliminated, a working agreement respecting each other's right, a chance to see all the clubs meet, the securing of places fit to play, then the launching of a league. But they refused such, desiring to fight each other. Now it's the survival of the fittest. You kill my dog, I will kill your cat. One would not think such IGNORANCE existed in the MODERN AGE. - Ball Players vs. Owners - Ball players have had no respect for their word, contracts or moral obligations, yet they are not nearly as much to blame as the different owners of clubs. These owners baited the men away from the different clubs, telling them it's money that you want, you had better get it while getting is good. He raises the salary, and the player jumps. About one in every hundred pays the money back voluntarily. The players think better salaries should be paid, often saying: 'Well, if you played so and so you would have made money to pay more, or pay what you promised.' They do not realize that their actions in disrupting another club is the prime factor in not getting what they should, as one never knows how long he will have a club."

February 6, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Plan to Entertain League - Kansas City, Missouri, February 6 - Felix Payne, Clarence Houston and Attorney Calloway are planning to entertain the National Baseball League delegation which meets here February 13 and 14. A smoker and an auto drive is on the program."

"Southern Baseball Cancelled - New York, February 6. - Baseball, which has always been such a tremendous attraction at the Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida, was eliminated this season. The players who were to trim for the annual series were much disappointed when at the last moment the contracts were broken."

"Kansas City Selected for Meeting of Baseball Magnates - Baseball fans all over the country will watch with interest next week the meeting of the National Baseball League, which is meet at Kansas City, Missouri, February 13 and 14. A call has been issued and following directors of baseball clubs of the West will be present: Andrew "Rube" Foster, American Giants; C.I. Taylor, A.B.C.'s, Indianapolis, Indiana; John Matthews, Dayton Marcos, Dayton, Ohio; John (Tenny) Blount, Detroit Stars, Detroit, Michigan; J.L. Wilkinson, Kansas City; A. Mills, St. Louis, Missouri; Joe Green, Chicago Giants. Mr. Foster will also represent the Cuban Stars, having the proxy of Mr. Tinti Molina. Purpose of the Meeting - For a number of years the Chicago Defender has urged that the owners of the various baseball clubs of standing get together and formulate plans for a national league. The idea has had the endorsement of Andrew "Rube" Foster and no one has worked more faithful than the Chicago 'chief' to make the meeting possible. A tentative schedule will be drawn, a protective aggreement is signed, a working basis fair to each club will be originated. Not only will managers be present, but others interested in baseball and its success will have an opportunity to address the meeting at its open sessions. Cement Foundations for League - This meeting will likely develop the foundation for a league. With representation from Detroit, Dayton, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago and Indianapolis it is thought that there is nothing to daunt the promoters. Such a league was not possible for this season, as not enough of the managers have long enough leases on their parks. Sports Writers to be Present. - Dave Wyatt, Indianapolis Ledger; Charles Marshall, Indianapolis Freeman, and Cary B. Lewis, Chicago Defender, will be present to represent their respective papers. Writers on the St. Louis and Kansas City papers will be present and act as hosts for the visitors. Felix Payne, one of the big fans of the West, will entertain the 'boys' from the Windy City. The managers of the clubs declare that no money will be spared this season to give the fans the best clubs in the history of their organization."

February 13, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Baseball Magnates Hold Conference - Sporting Editor of Defender Elected Secretary - Kansas City, Missouri, February 13. - Representatives of the baseball teams of the West arrived here today and went into session at the Y.M.C.A. with the following baseball baseball magnates present: J.T. Blount, Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Stars; W.A. Kelly, Washington, DC organized baseball of the national capital; L.S. Cobb, secretary of the St. Louis Giants baseball team; John Matthews, Dayton Marcos, Dayton, Ohio; Joe Green, Chicago Giants, Chicago, Illinois; C.I. Taylor, Indianapolis A.B.C.s, Indianapolis, Indiana; Elwood C. Knox of the Indianapolis Freeman, Indianapolis, Indiana; Andrew 'Rube' Foster, American Giants, Chicago, Illinois; Charles Marshall, Indianapolis Ledger, Indianapolis, Indiana; J.L. Wilkinson, this city, and Cary B. Lewis, sporting editor of the Chicago Defender. - Temporary Officers Elected - On motion of 'Tenny' Blount, Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Foster was nominated and elected temporary President. Cary B. Lewis of the Defender was elected secretary. The aim and object of the meeting was discussed and the plan for a circuit for the season of 1921 came up for consideration. Every manager was very enthusiastic and said he would carry the same enthusiasm back to his home town. The outlook for 1921, they claim, would be the greatest history of baseball. - Foster Springs Big Surprise - One of the big surprises of the first day's meeting was when 'Rube' Foster uncovered the fact that he had a charter, incorporated, for a National Negro Baseball League. When 'Rube' displayed the charter the 'magnates' were dumbfounded. The league is incorporated in the states of Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland. Then, Mr. Foster and Mr. Blount discussed tentative plans for the circuit of 1921. Dr. Howard Smith met the delegations at the depot. A smoker and dinner has been arranged. The second day's meeting will be held tomorrow. The visitors are stopping at the 'Y.'"

February 20, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Baseball Men Write League Constitution - Western Circuit Organized; to Become Effective April 1, 1921 - Kansas City, Missouri, February 20. - A Western Circuit National Baseball League of the United States, was organized here last week in the rooms of the Community Center. Newspaper men and sports writers became the arbitrators for the baseball magnates. It was the first time in the history of a baseball meeting that there was exhibited so much harm(illegible) and good spirit. Andrew 'Rube' Foster was chosen as the temporary chairman and secretary. He stated the aim and purpose of the gathering and then said he would leave it to the newspaper men at the meeting to decide all questions, select players for the various teams and write the bylaws and constitution for the league. No sooner had he said this than C.I Taylor of the Indianapolis A.B.C.s assented, also 'Tenny' Blount of the Detroit Stars. - The Player Question - The player question was the first to come up for consideration. It is a well-known fact that some of the managers have been dickering with each others players which has caused a great deal of confusion during the past years. This was thrashed out and all agreed that the newspaper men should embody this question in the laws and constitution of the league. In the best judgement of the newspaper men all the players for the league were selected. - Writers of the Consititution - The writers of the consitituion and bylaws of the new league were Dave Wyatt, Indianapolis Ledger; Elwood C. Knox, Indianapolis Freeman; Cary B. Lewis, Chicago Defender, and Attorney Elisha Scott of Topeka, Kansas. These men were up all Friday night and part of Saturday morning, framing the 'baseball bill of rights' to guide the destiny of the future league. At noon Friday it was brought before the conference. The preamble was read and adopted. The constitution was ready by articles and sections. Correction after correction was made and finally it was approved by Attorney Elisha Scott. The consitution was signed by Andrew Foster, American Giants, Chicago; C.I. Taylor, A.B.C.s, Indianapolis, Indiana; 'Tenny' Blount, Detroit Stars, Detroit, Michigan; Chicago Giants Joe Green, Chicago; J.L. Wilkinson, Kansas City Monarchs, Kansas City, Missouri; Lorenzo Cobb, St. Louis Giants, St. Louis, Missouri. Each manager paid his $500 fee to bind them to the league and constitution. - Will Operate Next Season - The Western Circuit, National Baseball League, will not operate until next season. This meeting is the bundation for next year. The circuit will not officially operate until each city has a park, either leased or owned and this will undoubtedly be by April 1, 1921. Those who had no lease this year claimed they would have one next season. Mr. Mattews of the Dayton Marcos, who was ill with the 'flu,' sent a special delivery letter stating that he would be in perfect harmony with whatever was done at the meeting. He sent his per ratio to pay for the expense of the newspaper men who acted as arbitrators. Several road teams had representatives and paid their part of the fee to play in the circuit as per schedule. Nat C. Strong of the Nat C. Strong Amusement Company, New York City, sent a letter stating that he was ready to do anything that would promote the best interests of baseball all over the country. After the Western Circuit is put into operation successfully Mr. Foster will then call a meeting of the organization of a national Baseball League, taking in every large baseball city in the EAst. - Newspaper Men Select Players - The newspaper men had the day at the meeting. No manager had aught to say about players. They were selected on account of their RELATIVE STRENGTH to each team. The newspaper men will form an arbitration board to settle all disputes and act as publicity agents for games. The following players were selected for the teams in 1921: Detroit Stars - Pete Hill, Bruce Petway, Frank Warfield, Edgar Wesley, Joe Hewitt, Mack Eggleston, LeRoy Roberts, Henderson E. Boyd, Bill Holland, Richard Whitworth, Jimmie Lyons, Johnson Hill, Lefty Hill. - Kansas City, John Donaldson, Jose Mendez, Frank 'Bluekoi' Blattner, Jackson, Walter Muir, Rube Currie, Vicente Rodríguez, Bartolo Portuondo, Sam Crawford, Wilbur 'Bullet' Rogan, W. Harris, Bernardo Baró. - St. Louis Giants, Tullie McAdoo, Dan Kennard, Charles Brooks, Charles Scott, William Drake, Lunie Danage, Felix Wallace, Charles Blackwell, Eddie Holt, John Finner, Lee Hill. - American Giants, George Dixon, Jim Brown, Leroy Grant, Elwood 'Bingo' DeMoss, Robert Williams, Dave Malacher, John E. Reese, Thomas Johnson, Thomas Williams, Richard 'Dick' Lundy, Cristóbal Torriente, Edward 'Judy' Gans. - Chicago Giants, Lawrence Simpson, Walter Ball, Lemuel McDougal, Edward Jones, John Beckwith, William Greene, Thurman Jennings, Frank Jefferies, Horace Jenkins, Joe Green, Clarence Winston, Tom Clark. - C.I. Taylor's A.B.C.s - James 'Jim' Jeffries, 'Steel Arm' Johnny Taylor, Morten Clark, Russell Powell, Herlen Raglen, William Webster, Oscar Charleston, Ed Rile, Mitchell Murray, William 'Dizzy' Dismukes, Decatur Johnson."

February 21, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Negro Base Ball League Assured. - The Peace Dove Soared Over Camp of the Organizers and Harmony Prevailed. - (By Dave Wyatt.) - Kansas City, Missouri - The much heralded Negro Base Ball League was launched into actual being when a three-day deliberation by the high statesites of the diamond pasttime ended one of the most successful and (illegigle) gatherings ever witnessed among our people; most especially so when the interests involved, sacrifices made, financial considerations and many other features, any one of which is enough to cast one into deep depression, is taken into account. The initial efforts, prior to the real formation of a league, was a grand success. In order not to misguide our followers, it can safely be said that the league is not as yet in existence. The parent body of the organization was put into activity at the Kansas City session, from it will spring the real league. The clubs that are members of this tentative organization and that were represented at the meeting were: Chicago Giants - Joe Green; Detroit Start - Tenny Blount; Indianapolis A.B.C.'s - C.I. Taylor; St. Louis Giants - Charlie Mills; Dayton Marcos - J. Matthews; Gilkerson's Union Giants - Attorney Scott; Kansas City Monarchs - J.L. Wilkinson; American Giants - Andrew Foster; Cuban Stars - A. Molina. These clubs are the foundation upon which the league will be built. This present association of clubs is known as the Western Circuit of Negro National Base Ball League. Affiliated with this circuit are clubs extending from Omaha, Nebrask a to and including Nat C. Strong's New York Base Ball enterprises. Fans, who are fortunate to be in the cities which form this circuit will, beyond the shadow of a doubt, witness the grandest exhibition of the national pasttime among our people that has been observed since the Negro took this form of athletic endeavor. The old rule of things as heretofore existed, ahs been waived aside. Each and every manager was forced to give up valuable players, when who, if placed upon the base ball market would bring thousands of dollars. These valuable assets were given up without the exchange of a penny and all for the good of this organization. The idea was to have all clubs composing this circuit to be just as evenly balanced in playing strength as could be. Fro the lineups comprising the various clubs it will be seen that the idea has been carried out to the complete satisfaction of all the owners and manager and no doubt exists over the manner in which this new turn of affairs will be viewed by the fan public who support the game. The biggest sensation ever experianced in the history of baseball was hurled into the opening meeting the first day. Andrew "Rube" Foster, who perhaps has more at stake than any fifty men in baseball that could be named, hurled a huge boom into the magnate's camp, when he arose and declared, "Gentlemen, the assets of the baseball club which I represent is more than all the Negro baseball clubs in existence, still if it pleases you all, I am willing to throw all these assets upon the mercy of the decision of this body of newspapermen who are present." The news writers then were unanimously chosen to settle all questions arising disputes over players, disposition of players and many other vexatious problems. The news men present were Elwood Knox, Indiana Freeman; Dave Wyatt, Indiana Ledger; Carry Lewis, Chicago Defender; A.D. Williams, Indiana Ledger."

February 28, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"Way is Clearing For Baseball to Enjoy Its Greatest Boom - Game's Fate is UP to Magnates, Aided, of Course, by the Fans. - (By Dave Wyatt.) - That was certainly a mighty fine pre-lenten affair that the baseball magnates handed to the fans. One month ago it looked as though peace in baseball would be as hard to bring about as for the League of Nations pact to do any good. The plans of the factions were kept so well guarded that it was not until just three weeks ago that things began to come ot a head. That was when the western club owners and the Nat C. Strong enterprises held their initial confab, and later all the moguls of the middle-west held their historical love feast as the guest of Kansas City's foundation for peace before and at the banquet is shown by the fact it required only three session of peace conferences, one at Detroit, one at Chicago, and one at Kansas City, before the peace pact was signed and the storm wave was wiped out of existence It must be recognized by this time that the recalcitrant ones surrendered and that the vicory belongs to organized ball. After all, the fans will care little about who got licked and who did the licking. The thing is, baseball is once more in for an uplift. Now the time has arrived when the good old national game should get back to its feet with a rush. The baseball skies as well as the financial skies have cleared. If the people really want baseball as much as circumstances would indicate, they should soon notify the magnates after the playing season starts in 1920. Prosperity has put the dollar into circulation, and the plain fan has all share of the dollars. If he stays away from the box office in 1920 it will be because he has lost his love for the game, and not becaus ehe is unable to qualify for a ticket of admission by putting down the price. The situation is put to order for the club owner and the players. They are in for a new deal. How they cut the cards will play a big part in the future development of the game. There will doubtless be some bickering and heart burnings over certain star players. It probably will not be until the actual opening of the season that it will be known what clubs will get the cream of the playing talent. In any case, the acquiring of these stars and probable trades among the cubs should stir the interest of the fans during the remainder of the winter and put them on edge for the opening of the now league race and the fight for the international championship. The fans wanted new faces in some cities and they are going to get them, both as regards magnates and players. Will the magnates and the players, however, profit by experiences of the past? They will undoubtedly endeavor to so shape their affairs that another attempt to float another warfare will not be made for years. In the meantime, the A.B.C.'s can be expected to play the same smooth article of ball that they reeled off in 1916. A large part of Taylor's work will be to instill into the minds of his men that the team has not irreparably shot to pieces by the absence of some of the once familiar faces. The American Giants, too, will have missing links. The title holders got some great pitching last year and they are likely to get lots more of it this season, even if Dick Whitworth will not be there to electrify and even if "Beans" Williams sticks in the East. Dave Brown is just about ready to step up and take his regular turn in the box. Detroit looks good to me. Whitworth is bound to win as many games for Detroit, and he will have an able box assistant in Roberts, the eastern crack. St. Louis will be dangerous at times, though that team lacks the punch that the others have. Many of the fans pick Kansas City for first honors. If the Kaws don't win out, they should be close. The Chicago Giants ought to give fierce battle. The way they showed up during the 1919 campaign causes them to be conceded as a formidable foe for all. Dayton is expected to have a team of youngsters that will make all sit up and take notice. In all, 1920 should be a grand and glorious season."

"National Negro Baseball League is Formed - Western Managers Meeting at Kansas City a Great Success. - (By Charles D. Marshall.) - Wouldn't the late Frank Leland rejoice were he alive today and informed ofhte fact that a real, live Negro base ball league had been formed by colored base ball magnates of the West. This noted base ball man (once owner of the famous Leland Giants of Chicago) had for year labored hard to induce colored owners and managers to come together and play organized ball, but to no avail. He died with the proposition far from becoming a reality. But today the plan almost a surety for when the umpire shouts "play ball" May 1, 1920 it will be under a new heading for eight clubs of the West and that will be organized ball. That will mean much to thousands of colored fans as well as hundreds of ball players all over the country. Just what they have been arguing about for the past 15 to 20 years is at last to be a realization. It was bound to happen when such strong men as Rube Foster, C.I. Taylor, John T. Blount, Charles A. Mills, J.L. Wilkerson, John Matthews, Carey B. Lewis and Elwood C. Knox, got behind the movement and made effort to see it through. Rube Foster slipped the cog and selected the place and time to hold the meeting and out came these noble stalwarts and like magic a league was formed, officers elected, and in other words the ball started rolling by these live leaders of the great game. Of course it is nto be understood that their work is not really started but an attempt has been made and the best part of it is they have come together with an understanding. Now they are to get busy and make rules and regulation that each must abide by for the protection of all. A franchise for each club is to be made; the salary basis and limits are to be considered for the player as well as the umpires. A playing schedule is to be made and park admission prices should be made for the protection of the poor fan, with the understanding that the public is paying for professional major league palying and not outlaw or semi-professional pastime. No better selection could have been made than Andrew "Rube" Foster for president of the league for this wily old master of the great game is best suited for guiding the organization safely past all of the pit falls and loop holes that it is certain to encounter in base ball. Mr. Foster and the rest will have much to do to get everything in readiness for real organized ball playing by May 1, 1920. But it can be done very easily if every official will give it their earnest attention. A commission should be selected to prepare rules and regulations that should be enforced. But of all things, let this be one race organization of clean ruling with officials of no selfish motives or unfairness to hand out, to one another. Give the players a square deal and in turn let the player be square and fair. Make it possible that every player in the league be given a salary according to his worth and by that let us eliminate the "tramp ball tosser." Colored baseball will always have good financial support from both races, and even better when clean, professional games are played. Give us more men like C.I. Taylor, Tenny Blount, Foster and J.L. Wilkinson who urge the playing of clean ball."

Kansas City, MO
"Coming Baseball Season - Since the proposed baseball league out West, headed by Rube Foster, Tenny Blount, and others, which got under way recently, and who held a session at Kansas City, all the baseball bugs out this way have awakened from their slumber and are making preparations for the biggest season in the history of baseball. John Henry Lloyed has falled in line with the Royal Giants, while Santop, the well-known catcher of last leason is below the Mason and Dixon line digging up material to present to New Yorkers. Guy Empey sends us word that he more than likely will have a Race team this season, while Brooklyn will have several representative teams. Joe Williams has shown himself on the horizon and predicts a great season for himself.

"Baseball Writers and Managers are Royally Entertained - The baseball managers and newspaper men were royally entertained. The officers of the Community Center, where the league met, were very courteous. They wanted for nothing to make the meeting a success. On Friday night, J.L. Wilkinson, manager of the Kansas City Monarchs, entertained with a ten-course dinner at the DeLuxe cafe. Saturday night, Q.J. Gilmore, exalted ruler of the Elks, and the Elks of the city gave a banquet and smoker at the De Luxe cafe. Among the speakers were C.I. Taylor, 'Rube' Foster, Cary B. Lewis, 'Tenny' Blount, Dave Wyatt, Lorenzo Cobb, C.D. Williams, Dr. Howard Smith, Undertaker Watkins, Q.J. Gilmore, Attorney Elisha Scott, J.L. Wilkerson and others. Sunday, Mrs. Felix Payne entertained the visiting gentlemen. Mr. Payne, who is at Detroit, Michigan, with an automobile invention, telegraphed Mr. Snell to act as host for him. Mrs. Payne served a delicious dinner. Felix Payne Jr assisted in the service. Later in the evening, Dr. and Mrs. Howard Smith served dinner for 'Rube' Foster, 'Tenny' Blount, Dave Wyatt, and Elwood C. Knox. Mr. Foster remained over a few days to talk baseball matters over with the manager of this city."

March 27, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"Chairman Foster's View on Grave Subjects - The Big Chief On Umpires and Players Not Quite in Accord with Effectual systems in Vogue of Disciplining Unruly Players - By Dave Wyatt. - The following extract is from an interview with the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Western Circuit of the Proposed Negro National League. - As this, the coming season, will perhaps mark an epoch in the government of Colored Baseball, the public no doubt will be greatly interested in knowing what system will prevail in the handling of all that important subject, umpire controversy. I am a firm believer in preserving the utmost good order on the ball field. I am strict disciplinarian, but far from a martinet. The only person who can preserve order on a ball field is the umpire, and in matters of discretion and judgement, where he is not specifically guided by rule, he should be supreme. I do not wish to be understood as meaning that an umpire should be a law unto himself; that his manner should be dictatorial, his attitude arrogant and his entire demeanor evince a self-satisfied air that would brook no argument or intercession. Right the contrary, I think an umpire should be pacific but firm, positive but polite, quick but unshowy, strict but reasonble. I have seen arguments on the field where I considered the umpire at fault. "A mild answer turneth away wrath." In my judgement, many a scene on the diamond could be prevented by a little - Discretion and Deliberation - on the part of the umpire, who frequently uses his authority in an arbitrary manner. One of my principal alms will be to instill into the umpires a spirit of peace and discretion. You ask me whether I believe in at once disciplining the player, immediately on receipt of umpire's statement of the facts in the case. I could answer that question with one word, but I am going to adduce some reason to show why I am opposed to the general practice employed in meeting out punichsment to players for offenses committed on the ball field. In the first place, I was a ball player myself and naturally believe in them as a class. As a rule they are reasonable, honorable, clean-living class of men, and this thought should be considered in all dealings with them. In the second place, one of the Cardinal Principles of Justice is that ever man should have an opportunity to be heard, to present his side of the case. If the player is guilty of the charges submitted by the umpire and has no reasonable defense, the end of justice and the morale of discipline can be served just as well by suspending the player some days after the violation has occurred, and all the evidence received and investigated, as by immediate suspension following the report of the umpire. Then there is another view of the question, namely, that the club owner is really the one who suffers most by a player's suspension. If we fine the player, true he may loose a small sum as a result of his infraction of the rules, and his salary goes on while he is out of the game. But his absence weakens the team and in the long run the club is the real sufferer. Therefore, if the effect of discipline can be preserved and at the same time the interest of the owner conserved, there is no reason why such cases should not be considered in the most lenient attitude possible, and by all means obtain the facts in the case from both sides before the player is punished by suspension."

Indianapolis, IN
"Will Colored Umpires Be Given a Tryout? - Will Colored Umpires Be Given a Tryout in Organized Ball. - Baseball Authorities Say They Will, But It Is To Be a Real Go - Who Knows? - (By Charles D. Marshall) - Several days ago a communication came to me from an enthusiasic fan who wanted to know "Whether Colored Umpires would be given a tryout this season over the Western circuit of the Negro National Baseball League." Of course I got busy and tried to find out from the powers that be in organized ball but as yet have been unable to get enlightened further than to say that they will be given a trial and that much came from an uncertain party. But to answer the question from my point of view I should think that, without a doubt colored umpires should be given a trial. Of course we know that some players as well as some managers and fans alike feel that the white umpire's decision carries more weight and generally comes closer to the right decision than the colored official. In most cases just because he is white. On the other hand the white umpire can be easily bluffed into deciding in favor of the losing side than can our own brother. Often the case is that a white umpire is secured who will easily decide in favor of the club who is paying him for his services. To my mind I have always felt that the white umpire looked much out of place in a game of ball played by two colored clubs. It may be that the white umpire has a better knowledge of the latest rules in baseball and that he is not easily shaken up by a broiling crowd of hot headed fans in calling a strike, but there are any number of students of the game in our race who would make good umpires. The commission of the Negro National Baseball League should make it a rule to employ nothing but colored umpires throughout the Western circuit, as we have any number of efficient men for the position. We must establish confidence in our men if we are to have organized ball. In either the major or minor leagues, they have not found room for us, no even as mascots. Why can't we manage and play the game ourselves without the aid of the other race, for certainly we know how."

Kansas City, MO
"Kansas City - Kansas City advance reports, so far contain no high sounding praises for the far Western Club, but it is reasonably certain that with John Donaldson, José Méndez, and a number of players who helped to put the former All-Nations team on the baseball map, Owner J.L. Wilkinson is sure to have a line-up that will give a good account of itself."

April 16, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"MENDEZ TO LEAD THE MONARCHS. - Kansas City Negro Club is Training for League's Start. - The Kansas City Monarchs have decided on Jose Mendez as leader for the club this season. Mendez was with the All Nations for eight years touring the United States and has played winter ball in the Cuba League every season for a good many years. The club has been working out here for some time with the exception of a few of the regulars who are expected to arrive today.
The Monarchs will play the Davis Cleaners Sunday at Billion Bubble Park on the Kansas Side. Donaldson and Crawford likely will do the pitching for the Monarchs and "Lefty" Songers and Barton for the cleaners."

April 17, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"The Kansas City Monarchs are fast rounding into form, and with John Donaldson, Jose Mendez, Hurley McNair and a huge collection of diamond stars on the training scene, J.L. Wilkinson insists that he is going to have the best team in the new organization. All the clubs hit toward Kansas City right off the reel, so the far Western mag is not going to be caught napping; he has a wealth of material to select from, and from the names gleaned from the roster of the club, the Monarchs will make a runaway race of the affair unless suddenly stopped by some of the travelers.

April 18, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"The Monarchs Play Today. - A great deal of interest is being taken in the first appearance of the Monarchs when they meet the Davis Cleaners today at Billion Bubble Park. Portuondo, the Cuban third baseman, arrived from Havana Friday and will be in the game today. He was the fielding sensation of the Cuba league this winter. Edgar Washington, the first baseman of the club, also came in from Los Angeles yesterday."

Kansas City, MO
"An Easy Win For the Monarchs. - Davis Cleaners Lost a 1 to 11 Game to the Negro Club. - The Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National Baseball League easily defeated the Davis Cleaners yesterday afternoon at Billion Bubble park, 11 to 1. The Monarchs scored four runs in the first and the same number in the second. The Davis lads made their lone tally in the seventh. The batting of Edgar Washington was the feature. He got four hits out of as many trips to the plate. Two of the wallops were 3-baggers, one coming with the bases loaded and the other with two teammates on. Each team used three pitchers. The Monarchs will play the Knights of Columbus next Sunday at Associtation park."

April 22, 1920

Beloit, KS
"K.C. Monarchs Beat Beloit, 3 to 2. - Beloit, Kansas, April 22. - The Kansas City Monarch negro baseball team won a ten-inning game from the Beloit leaguers here today when McNair of the Monarchs hit a home run, the final score being 3 to 2. Currie did the hurling for the Monarchs while Blodgett pitched for the home team."

April 23, 1920

Beloit, KS
"Monarchs Lost at Beloit. - Beloit, Kansas, April 23. - The Beloit Leaguers won today from the Kansas City Monarchs, 5 to 4. Horan and Mendez formed the Cuban battery, Unhru and Damon worked for Beloit. Quigley umpired."

April 24, 1920

Beloit, KS
"Beloit, Kansas, April 30. - The Kansas City Monarchs won a series of three games from the team that represents this city. The last one was an eleven-inning affair and Rube Curry displayed form that makes him look like a mighty dangerous man in the new circuit that has just been formed."

April 25, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Hale to Pitch Against Cubans. - Several widely semi-pros will be in the Knights of Columbus lineup Sunday when the K. of C. meets the Monarchs of the Negro National Baseball League at Association Park. Brooks Hale is scheduled to pitch for the Knights with Chunk Wise catching. Others in the lineup will be: Keith Dancy, Gus Wolff, "Beans" Wise, Jess Holler, "Dutch" Lorfing and Eddie Henry. Currie or Crawford and Rodgriguez will be the battery for the Monarchs. A preliminary game between two negro teams also will be played."

Kansas City, MO
"What has the earmarks of being a good ball game will be played this afternoon at Association Park when the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro National Baseball League meet the Knights of Columbus. The Knights have secured several well known semi-professional players for this afternoon's contest. The Monarchs returned to Kansas City late last night from Beloit, Kansas where a rainstorm prevented them from playing the third game of the series with the Beloit Leaguers. Each aggregation has won a combat. Brooks Hale, "Bob" Ebeck, or Jimmie Burnett will pitch for the K. of C. lads with "Chunk" Wise doing the receiving. Currie, Donaldson, or Crawford will be seen on the hilltop for the Monarchs and Rodriguez will catch. A preliminary game between two strong colored teams will be played. The first contest will start at 1:30."

Kansas City, MO
"American Association Park, Kansas City, Missouri, Sunday, April 25, Knights of Columbus of City League vs. Kansas City Monarchs of N.N.L."

May 1, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"Circuit Notes - Kansas City Monarchs are fast rounding into form. Bernardo Baró, the hard-hitting Cuban outfielder, has arrived and Bartolo Portuondo, the flashy infielder, is on the scene. Captain José Méndez is all smiles as he has visions of a strong hitting team. Edgar "Blue" Washington, the big first sacker from the coast recently slammed out four hits in as many times at bat."

Kansas City, MO
"The Kansas City Monarchs will play their last game Sunday, May 2, at Association Park before leaving for the opening of their league games at St. Louis, May 9th. The club has been a little slow in rouding into shape on account of the bad weather, but Manager Jose Mendez says that with a little hot weather his men will be up there battling for every game. So far the club has been playing with several of the regulars out of the lineup. Baro, the Cuban outfielder, so far has failed to report. Blukoi (Frank Blattner), the reliable second sacker, who the fans all remember with the All-Nations Club, has been delayed on account of sickness in his family, but wired Mendez that he would be here in time to leave with the club. Bullet Rogan, one of the regular pitchers, is expected to arrive every day. When Blukoi arrives to fill in at second base we will have a wonderful infield. With Rodrigues behind the bat the club has a wonderful catcher, on first base Big Blue Edgar Washington, a new man from Los Angeles, Mendez says he has a find, a hard hitter and a player with lots of pep. Jose Mendez on short needs no boost, as he is known as a great player; on third Bartolo Portuondo, the little Cuban, is without a doubt the class of the league. The outfield is Hurley McNair, one of the best in the business; in center will be Baro, the Cuban, right field is yet to be decided on, depending on who shows best among several recruits. In the box Kansas City has a great looking pitching staff. With John Donaldson and Sam Crawford, two of the best in the country, and Bullet Rogan, the best pitcher in the regular army, the Monarchs have a staff that will win many a game. Rube Currie, a home boy, is making a great impression and should easily make the team. Charley Lightner and Cunningham, two more recruits, are showing great form and with a little experience will make good and both will likely be carried until Mendez has a chance to give them a thorough trial."

May 2, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"SANDERS TO PITCH HERE SUNDAY. - Wilson & Co., With a Star on Mound, Will Play Monarchs. - Roy Sanders, who is a big league hold-out, will pitch for the Wilson Packing club Sunday against the Monarchs at Association Park. As this will be the Monarchs' last game in Kansas City before opening their league season at St. Louis, Manager Mendez will pitch Donaldson or Crawford, so the fans are sure of seeing an interesting ball game. The Wilson club has several of the best 'semi-pro' players in the city and with Roy Sanders on the mound the team will be hard to beat."

THE MONARCHS PLAY TODAY. - Roy Sanders will Oppose Negro Club at Association Park. The Monarchs will play the Wilson Club at Association Park this afternoon. Roy Sanders and Jack Harris will be the battery for the Wilson Club and Manager Mendez will select Donaldson or Crawford, with Rodriguez catching, for the Monarchs. This will be the Monarchs' last game here until May 29. They go to Beloit, Kansas for a series and then to St. Louis, where they open their league season. A preliminary game will be played today, starting at 1:30 o'clock.

Kansas City, MO
*Same game, this article accounts for the actual game (next day's newspaper)
"The Kansas City Monarchs won from the Wilson club at Association Park yesterday, 6 to 0. Roy Sanders pitched four innings for the Wilson club, when he retired from game with the Monarchs two runs to the good. The feature of the game was a triple play by the Monarchs with runners on first and second. Mendez grabbed a line drive and by a quick throw Mothell to Washington, first and second basemen, completed the play. Both clubs played a fast game in the field, but the Monarchs hitting was too much for the Wilson club. The Monarchs leave tonight for Beloit, Kansas, for a series of games, and open their league season at St. Louis May 8, returning to Kansas City for the opening of the season here with the Indianapolis club May 29. The fans will be sure of seeing some fast games here this summer when the Eastern clubs start their games here."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Won From Wilsons. - A Triple Play by Negro Team Featured Its 6 to 0 Victory. - The Monarchs won from the Wilson club by a score of 6 to 0 yesterday at Association Park. Roy Sanders retired at the end of the fourth inning with the score against him, 0 to 2. The feature of the game was a triple play of the Monarchs, Mendez to Mothell to Washington. Crawford, for the Monarchs, pitched air tight ball."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Victorious Over Wilson Club, 6 to 0 - The Kansas City Monarchs won from the Wilson club at Association park yesterday, 6 to 0. Roy Sanders pitched four innings for the Wilson club, when he retired from game with the Monarchs two runs to the good. The features of the game was a triple play by the Monarchs with runners on first and second. Jose Mendez grabbed a line drive and by a quick throw Dink Mothell to Washington, first and second baseman, completed the play. Both clubs played a fast game in the field, but the Monarchs' hitting was too much for the Wilson club. The Monarchs leave tonight for Beloit, Kansas for a series of games and open their league season at St. Louis May 8, returning to Kansas City for the opening of their season here with the Indianapolis club May 29. The fans will be sure of seeing some fast games here this summer when the Eastern clubs start their games here."

Kansas City, MO
* Same article, from the Kansas City Sun

Chicago, IL
"Teams Are Well Framed - Many Players Signed by Clubs will be Strangers to Fans on Western Circuit - By Dave Wyatt - Sunday, May 2, is the opening date of the new circuit, and if the organization gets off to a good start, under fair skies, with good crowds in evidence, and if there is anything in beginning right the season should be all the most optimistic have predicted, so far as material success goes. As to the other end of it - how the teams will run on the diamond - the seventh sons of the seventh sons have been on the job all spring doping out the winner, and it is generally conceded that Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis, Dayton, the Cubans and chicago Giants will win the gonfalon - it all depends where the home of the prophet is that you touch for the inside dope. Each of the clubs in the new circuit has some particular department in which it looks strong and yet no club stands out with a head and shoulders advantage over the other clubs that would threaten a runaway race. Kansas city is the only club in which the dopester cannot put his hand right on one department and point out exceptional strength. But Kansas City is working under a strange manager, whose methods are not generally known, and he has assembled a few players from the far West whose work is not familiar on the circuit, also a few Cubans, so it is hardly logical to attempt any judgement on the Kansas City club at this time. - Some Strong Features - Foster is strong on pitchers and infielders, and his outfield looks good. Detroit is strong in its infield combination. The Cubans are strong on pitchers and on hitting strength, but if they lose and Portuondo the Islanders have no longer what looked like the best club in the circuit. St. Louis should work into one of the best hitting clubs in the circuit, and the pitching staff looks strong. The A.B.C.s are out in front in its superiority in outfield material and the infield will rank close behind the American Giants. Through the conditions that prevailed at the time of the formation of the circuit nobody outside of Chicago is willing to give the Giants a tumble, but a little thing like that never worries the big chief. That bird was wise in his day and generation and never does any kicking before or during the season. If the team fails to cop he has no alibis to concoct, and if the boys romp home he can sit back with a wise look. Rube Foster has a whole raft of Roks in his camp and he retains quite a number of aspiring youngsters for further inspection. Bobby Williams, Bill Riggins, and Singer are battling for a place in the infield; two of them are sprinters and the latter has a 10 second record in the 100 yards. Williams has been with the team for a couple of seasons and the other two are grand prospects, but it appears that Captain Bingo DeMoss will have to select from the trio, about two, for young Ewing, the catcher, is looming up mighty strong, both as a receiver and hitter; he is also a grand thrower and ambitious. If Jim Brown flashes enough form to warrant his being placed in the outfield or on the infield, with the most likely looking youngster's retention, the Giants will be amply safeguarded against the injury to regulars and at the same time will be able to put a real team on the field at all stages. While the season is extremely young, some idea can be obtained of the number of finds. Detroiters are raving over Boyd, Hill and Mack Eggleston, youngsters who seem to be able to do everything. Chicago bugs opine that Jack Marshall is one of the best righthanders who ever made his temporary home at Schorling Park - and there have been a great group of North-Paws there. Indianapolis enthusiasts declare that Tick Houston is the best second baseman they have ever seen since the days of Bingo DeMoss. St. Louis fans cannot help but feel proud of their kid left-hander, Luther. Considering everything, the crop of 1920 youngsters is one of the best we have had in a long time."

Kansas City, MO
"The game Sunday promises to be a great battle, as the Wilson club has the pick of the city of star ball players, and has secured Roy Sanders, the big league hold-out, to pitch for them. Sanders is considered one of the best in the game today and if the Monarchs beat him they will turn a trick that Rube Foster's club and the Blues failed to do last season. With John Donaldson or Sam Crawford pitching Sunday, the fans are sure of seeing a great pitchers' battle."

May 4, 1920

Beloit, KS
"John Donaldson, Center Field, One Hit. Beloit 6, Monarchs 3."

May 5, 1920

Beloit, KS
"A large and enthusiastic crowd was out at Osbourne yesterday to see the ball game between Beloit's Leaguers and the Kansas City Monarchs, which was won by Beloit, 3 to 1. Big Tom Blodgett was Beloit's choice for mound work, while John Donaldson, the noted colored pitcher, opposed him. Blodgett had all the best of the bout, and had excellent support. Dimond played at first base while Sutton, a new addition from Ensign, Kansas, played at short-stop. Walker took a field position. The game was a fast one, and Beloit came from behind, and won out after the Monarchs had scored in the first inning."

May 6, 1920

Beloit, KS
"The Beloit leaguers added another victory to their credit yesterday at Sowell Park, when the Kansas City Monarchs went down to defeat by a score of 0 to 2. The game was a tight one throughout and there were various times when it looked like the Monarchs would score one or more being stopped by fast plays. On no less than three occasions a dark cloud settled on third base without an out, only to retire without a score. On two of these occasions there was also a tar-drop on second base in addition to the one on third. Beloit scored in the opening inning, when Sutton hit a clean 3-bagger to right field. Dimond reached first, when Blackburn dropped his fly. Herriott sacrificed, scoring Sutton. Horan hit a sacrifice fly to Donaldson and Hart flew out to Donaldson. The Monarchs came close to scoring in the second when Donaldson, first up reached third on a scratch 3-bagger. Mothell struck out. Blackburn was hit by a pitched ball. Rodriguez struck out and Lightner went out, Hart to Heriott."

May 7, 1920

Omaha, NE
"No-Hit Contest for Andy Graves - The Armours in their initial appearance this season copped both ends of a double-header from the All Nations at Rourke park yesterday afternoon. They won the first game, 2 to 0, and the second, 2 to 1. Andy Graves, veteran hurler, pitched a no-run no-hit game in the first game. None of the All Nation players reached second, and but three reached first. Graves was given good support by his teammates, only two errors being marked against them. The Armours began scoring in the first inning, when Williams doubled, Collins followed with a single, but Williams was out at third; Collins stole third and scored on an error by Osbern. They scored again in the third, when Graves walked, went to second on Williams' sacrifice and scored on Collins' hit.
The All Nations came back strong in the second game and scored in the first inning on a single by Wambum and a double by Donaldson. The Armours annexed their two tallies in the fourth. Collins led off with a single, stole second and went to third on an error, and scored on Corcoran's hard grounder to Osbern, who muffed it. Corcoran went to second on Collins' sacrifice. Devine and Ecktimier walked, filling the bases. Vernon flied out and Corcoran scored on Dyke's hit. Collins prevented a score in the ninth inning, when he made a spectacular catch of Bailey's long fly.

May 9, 1920

St. Louis, MO
"The St. Louis Giants Lost to Kansas this time, 1 to 2. - St. Louis, May 9 - The Kansas City Monarchs opened their league season here yesterday and won a fast game from the St. Louis Giants, 2 to 1, before a crowd of nine thousand people. Crawford and Rodriguez formed the battery for the Monarchs. Drake hurled for St. Louis, with Cobb catching."

St. Louis, MO
"Kansas City Monarchs Defeat Negro Giants - The Kansas City Monarchs defeated the St. Louis Giants, 2 to 1, at the Giants' Park yesterday afternoon. The pitching of Drake of the losers and Crawford and Curry of the winners featured the game. Poruondo of the winners lead the hitters of the contest with two out of three."

St. Louis, MO
"Monarchs Opened With Victory - The St. Louis Giants Lost to Kansas City Team, 1 to 2. - St. Louis, May 9. - The Kansas City Monarchs opened their league season here yesterday and won a fast game from the St. Louis Giants, 2 to 1, before a crowd of nine thousand people. Crawford and Rodriguez formed the battery for the Monarchs. Drake hurled for St. Louis, with Cobb catching."

St. Louis, MO
"K.C. Monarchs of N.N.L. at St. Louis, Missouri - Sunday, May 9 - Games called at 3:00 P.M."

St. Louis, MO
"Kansas City Monarchs Down St. Louis Giants in First League Game - (By Dave Wyatt) - St. Louis, Missouri, May 14. - More than 7,000 baseball fans managed to get in the park to see the Kansas City Monarchs and the St. Louis Giants engage in one of the fiercest baseball fights ever pulled off in the mound city. Sam Crawford worked eight innings for Kansas City and held the destinies of the local team in the pal of his hand. However, Samuel showed signs of unsteadiness and 'Rube' Currie stepped on the slab and held the advantage safe for the Kansas City crowd. Bill Drake, a most promising youngster, stepped the full route for the St. Louis Giants and he put up a masterful performance, coming out of several tight places with flying colors. Both teams hit well and displayed high class fielding; the youngsters on both teams showing first class form. More than two thousand people were turned back at the gates and the crowd on the inside overflowed onto the diamond, making ground rules necessary. The Kansas City Monarchs play the Indianapolis A.B.C.'s Sunday May 16, and Taylor and his band are in grand shape to give the Kansas City's a run for the honors."

St. Louis, MO
"K.C. Monarchs at St. L - The opening tilt of the new baseball circuit at St. Louis will bring together the St. Louis Giants and the Kansas City Monarchs. They clash Sunday, May 16 (wrong, it was the 9th), and will continue the fight for prestige for a series of four games. Both teams have strong line-ups, and a fierce fight for who will represent championship honors in the state will be on tap at all times when these two teams meet."

St. Louis, MO
"K.C. Monarchs Trim the St. Louis Giants - Six Thousand Witness Humiliation of Local Team, While Two Thousand are Turned Away - By Dave Wyatt - St. Louis, Missouri, May 14. - The official debut of the St. Louis Giants as a league entry was staged here last Sunday when the Kansas City MOnarchs of Kansas City engaged the locals in the initial tilt that starts the baseball wheels to buzzing in the new circuit. The baseballists drew ideal atmospheric conditions for the contest, and this, the inaugural go, augmented by a parade extending several blocks in length and jazzed on by two or three highly spirited bands, had a tendency to drag out such a huge throng of enthusiasts that hillsides, housetops adjacent to the enclosure, trees and motor truck tops upon the outside were usered into service so eager were the bugs to land on things. The walls that enclose the baseball arena were choked and clogged to the point where the crowd had to be turned upon the field, making ground rules necessary. The throng completely encircled the playing field, so there remained no more than ten feet of space for the outfield to romp over, and the first and third base lines were fairly teeming with masses of excited humanity, still despite this extra handicap, the players of both teams put up a creditable showing. Bill Drake, a young pitcher who flashes sparks of coming greatness, was on the slab for the Giants, while Sam Crawford, a veteran, was the heaver upon whom the Monarchs based their hopes of conquest. There was a sprinkling of youth, age and new faces in lineups and the two teams appeared to about evenly matched in hitting strength, fielding and general field experience. As it was, the show developed into a contest of skill between the two pitchers and honors were even up to the sixth frame, four bingles being gleaned off each delivery. However, in the second inning, with a man down for the count, Center Fielder Charlie Blackwell of the home team stung one ticketed for the circuit. John Donaldson, playing the center garden for the Monarchs, tore out for the fast fleeting sphere and with apparently no chance on earth for a catch, he stuck out one hand, thereby instituting a severe localized pain when the pellet clung to his glove for a put-out. There were no thrill producing stunts on either side until the sixth, when the one out, Edgar Washington, the movie star from the coast, now playing first base for the Monarchs, slammed one out in right field for two sacks; John Donaldson followed with a two station blow to left field, the movie star scoring; George Carr, and another coast celebrity, beat out a hit between first and second, but Bill Drake retired the side without further scoring. Sam Crawford held the St. Louisians in leash while his mates pushed another run across the plate in the seventh on a base on balls, a steal and slam for two bags; that ended the scoring for the far west crowd. In the eighth, Lee Hill opened up for the home team with a drag good for two bags, Captain José Méndez derricked Sam Crawford and Rube Currie adorned the slab, he killed two, but with Lee Hill still marooned on second, Charlie Blackwell came to the rescue with a bingle to right and the home guard scored their lone tally of the game. The visitors rested upon their laurels in the ninth, but the Giants made a strong bid for the honors in their half. With two men dead, Lorenza Cobb was called to bat in place of Eddie Holtz; he slashed one to left field and took second. The stands rocked with merriment as John Finner came to bat for Bill Drake. Rube Currie beaned the pinch hitter and the crowd broke loose and swarmed upon the field. After order was restored Rube Currie relieved the throng of much of their steam when he fanned Lee Hill, ending the game, 2-1, for the Monarchs. The Kansas City team will tackle C.I. Taylor's A.B.C.s at Indianapolis next Sunday, May 16, with a series of five; then they go on to Chicago where they hook up with big Rube's gang Sunday, May 23."

May 10, 1920

St. Louis, MO
"Giants Beat Monarchs in Second Game, 6-5 - The St. Louis Giants evened the count with the Kansas City Monarchs by defeating the latter, 6 to 5, at the former's park yesterday afternoon. The Giants won the game in the eighth inning, when they scored three runs."

St. Louis, MO
"K.C. Monarchs of N.N.L. at St. Louis, Missouri - Monday, May 10 - Games called at 3:00 P.M."

St. Louis, MO
"St. Louis Giants Win - St. Louis, Missouri, May 14. - St. Louis Giants won the second game of the series from the Kansas City Monarchs by the score of 6-5. Batteries Giants, Fenner-Kennard; Monarchs, Lightner-Currie Rodriguez."

May 11, 1920

St. Louis, MO
Rained Out

St. Louis, MO
"K.C. Monarchs of N.N.L. at St. Louis, Missouri - Tuesday, May 11 - Games called at 3:00 P.M."

May 12, 1920

St. Louis, MO
Rained Out

St. Louis, MO
"K.C. Monarchs of N.N.L. at St. Louis, Missouri - Wednesday, May 12 - Games called at 3:00 P.M."

May 16, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"Next Sunday, the Kansas City Monarchs will perform against Taylor's club in a double-header. Mendez, famous Cuban pitcher, and John Donaldson, formerly with the A's, will be in the lineup of the Monarchs."

"Monarchs Here for a Series of Games with A.s - The Kansas City Monarchs, a team rated as one of the hardest hitting colored clubs in the country, arrived in town yesterday and is scheduled to go through a light practice this afternoon in preparation for the double-header with the A.B.C.s at Washington park tomorrow, the first game starting at 2:30. Stars, and plenty of them, are with the Monarchs aggregation. Mendez, one time rated as the best all-round Cuban in this class of ball, is managed and playing short, while Portuondo, last year with the Cuban Stars, is holding down the hot corner, McNair, left field, formerly played with the American Giants and St. Louis Giants. The visitors are said to be fast and put up a scrappy game. C. I. Taylor says his team is in real shape to take on what he expects will be the hardest opposition of the season for the A.s. The local colored club went through a stiff workout yesterday at Washington park. Another large crowd is expected to witness the contests tomorrow."

"Monarchs Meet A.B.C.s in Two Contests Today - C. I. Taylor's fast flying A.B.C.'s are ready to hook up with the Kansas City Monarchs in a double-header this afternoon at Washington park. The A.'s are in first class shape for the scrap, and as they have not been beaten this season, are out to keep their slate clean. The first game will start at 2:30. The K.C. outfit, formerly the "All Nations," are rated as one of the hardest hitting colored aggregations in the country, and also boast of one of the best pitching staffs in this class of ball. Donaldson and Cunningham, two of the twirlers, are former A.B.C. pitchers.
Johnson and Dismukes will work the scraps this afternoon for the locals. Both boxmen are in trim and Taylor is expecting them to sail through with victories. Taylor has his club hitting the ball hard this season and with good pitching has thus far proven the best colored team to appear on the local diamonds for quite a number of years. Three Cubans are with the visiting team today. One at short, one at third and the other behind the bat. They have been playing great ball for the K.C. club. Manager Taylor expects the stiffest opposition so far this season from the Monarchs.
Another large crowd is expected to witness the scraps today. Reserve seat tickets have been selling fast. These two teams play single games Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday."
Indianapolis, IN
*Same game, box score and line score
"Donaldson, Center Field."

Indianapolis, IN
"Sunday, May 16 - 2 Games - Kansas City Monarchs N.N.L. vs. A.B.C.'s"

Indianapolis, IN
"Kansas City Monarchs Down A.B.C.'s in Heart-Rendering Contest - Before a crowd of faithful fans that filled the stands at Washington Park, the Kansas City Monarchs with the scalps of the St. Paul (Louis) Giants dangling at their belts proceeded to win the big game last Sunday from our heroes in a ten-inning struggle, 5 to 4. Sensational fielding by the Monarchs kept the A.'s wrecking crew from routing the enemy's twirlers. Some were inclined to critisize Manger C.I. Taylor for sending brother Ben to his death at the plate on an infield hit, but that is the game and we are inclined to think that C.I. knows exactly what he is doing. Third Baseman Connie Day after making a fancy stop in the tenth threw wild to first, allowing the winning run to score."

Indianapolis, IN
"Kansas City Club Next to Clash with A.B.C.'s - José Méndez, playing shortstop with the Kansas City Mohawks, who appear at Washington Park Sunday in a double-header against the A.B.C.'s, is rated as one of the best colored Cuban baseball players appearing in the states. He has been clouting the ball hard, and is expected to swing a big stick against the Indianapolis colored stars. The first contest Sunday will start at 2:30 o'clock. The Kansas City team is composed of a number of Cubans, all rated as fast in their class. Bartolo Portuondo, third baseman, along with Mendez, are both known by local followers of the A's. John Donaldson and Cunningham, pitchers, who formerly twirled for C.I. Taylor's club, are on the staff of the Monarchs. The Kansas City team will be here for five games, playing two Sunday and a single game Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday."

"Colored Clubs Set For Washington Park Games - Dicta Johnson, speed ball artist with the A.B.C.'s, will oppose John Donaldson, premier hurler of the Kansas City Monarchs in the first game of a double-header between these two star colored clubs tomorrow afternoon at Washington Park, the contest will start at 2:30 o'clock. Manager C.I. Taylor has his club in first class shape and he is out to keep a clean slate. The A's have played five home games, winning them all. The regular lineup of the local colored team will face the Monarchs aggregation. Another large crowd is expected to witness the twin bill. The two teams play single games Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon."

"A.B.C.'s Out to Win. - The A.B.C.'s and Kansas City Monarchs were scheduled to meet again this afternoon at Washington Park, the game starting at 3:15. Jim Jeffries or Dizzy Dismukes was Manager C.I. Taylor's choice for the mound work, with Russell Powell behind the bat. The Kansas City club won a ten-inning scrap Sunday, and Taylor is out to prove the A's the best team. These two clubs meet again tomorrow afternoon."

May 17, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
*Rained Out

Indianapolis, IN
"Kansas City Monarchs N.N.L. vs. A.B.C.'s - Monday 17."

May 18, 1920

Indianpolis, IN
*RAIN OUT "The A.B.C.s were cheated out of a chance to even the count with the Kansas City Monarchs, due to wet grounds."

Indianapolis, IN
"Kansas City Monarchs N.N.L. vs. A.B.C.'s - Tuesday 18."

May 19, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"Monarchs Play A.B.C.s Today in Final Contest - The A.B.C.s were cheated out of a chance to even the count with the Kansas City Monarchs yesterday, due to wet grounds, but will get another opportunity to beat the speedy colored aggregation this afternoon at Washington park, the game starting at 3:15 o'clock. Dismukes or Jefferies will do the hurling for the local colored team. A good week-day crowd is expected to see these two clubs in action this afternoon. The K.C. outfit is the only one that has beaten C.I. Taylor's team here this season and then the Monarchs were forced to go ten innings in order to slip over a win. Tomorrow and Friday these same clubs will play exhibition games at Marion, Indiana and then meet in a single contest Saturday at Muncie. Following these games, the A.s will jump back here to meet the speedy Dayton Marcos, who have been setting a dizzy pace in the colored baseball circles. The Marcos are managed by Jim Taylor, brother of Manager Taylor. A doubleheader will be played Sunday, with a single contest on Monday, after which the A.B.C.s will take to the road returning June 27 for a series with the American Giants."

Indianapolis, IN
"Kansas City Monarchs N.N.L. vs. A.B.C.'s - Wednesday 19."

Indianapolis, IN
"A.B.C.s Lose, 5 to 4 - Indianapolis, May 21. - The Kansas City Monarchs defeated C.I. Taylor's A.B.C.s 5 to 4, in a scrappy ten-inning battle yesterday afternoon at Washington Park, a wild throw to first by the A.s third sacker, after he made a pretty stop, allowing a man to score from third, sending the winning run over the plate for the Kansas City outfit. The second game was called early on account of the 6 o'clock closing law. The local colored aggregation played a nice uphill contest, but in the last few innings could not hit the ball in the pinches. Once or twice, when some member of Taylor's team would get a sound smack of the pill, a Monarch player would make a pretty play and stop the rally. Johnson started the game for the A.s but gave way to Jeffries, who held the visitors. In the eighth, with one run behind, the Indianapolis club tied the count when a pinch hitter drove a fly to center, DeWitt scoring from third on the play, making a pretty slide to safety."

May 20, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"DAY'S TRIPLE WINS FOR A.s AGAINST MONARCHS - Marion, Indiana, May 20 - C. I. Taylor's A.B.C.s defeated the Kansas City Monarchs this afternoon at Booster park, 6 to 4. The Indianapolis team started the game with two runs adding one in the third and one in the fifth. The Monarchs, however came back strong in the fifth, when Donaldson hit a home run, scoring Washington and McNair. They ran in another tally in the sixth tying the score. Day's three base hit in the eighth, scoring Dewitt and Taylor, however, gave the A.B.C.s a safe lead. Currie replaced Blackburn in the sixth inning for the Monarchs, but was poorly supported."

May 21, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"A.B.C.s HAVE IT EASY AGAINST K.C. MONARCHS - MARION, Indiana, May 21 - Taylor's A.B.C.'s easily defeated the Kansas City Monarchs in the second game of the series this afternoon, 9 to 5. Numberous errors and poor judgement on the part of the Kansas City colored men cost them several runs. Three runs were tallied against them without hits in the seventh inning, when Marshall, their catcher, allowed two passed balls, and also threw wild to second. Both teams will go to Muncie tomorrow, where they will play the third game of the series. Donaldson pitching for the Kansas City team allowed nine hits and struck out eight men, but the support was lacking throughout the game."

*Same Game, account from a different newspaper
"Johnny Donaldson, touted as the best colored pitcher in the world, and his followers in the rands of the Kansas City Monarch, went down to defeat yesterday for the second time in two days at the hands of C.I. Taylor's A.B.C.'s. The game ended with the scoreboard showing 9 to 5 in favor of the Indianapolis club after the Monarchs had rushed three men across the home plate in the ninth inning. The game was a good exhibition of baseball, and fans are urging C.I. Taylor to bring his dusky warriors to Marion for other games during the season.
The line-ups: A.B.C.s - Shively, left field; Clark, short stop; Charleston, center field; Ben Taylor, 1st base; Jeffries, pitcher; DeWitt, 2nd base; Murray, catcher; Day, 3rd Base; Mashaw, Right Field.
Monarchs - Portuondo, 3rd Base; McNair, Center Field; Donaldson, Pitcher; Carr, Left Field; Washington, 1st Base; Mendez, Short Stop; Houston, 2nd Base; Mothell, Catcher; Blackburn, Right Field."

May 22, 1920

Muncie, IN
"Kansas City 16, A.B.C.s 7. Stolen bases - MCNair, Donaldson (2)."

May 23, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Chicago American Giants 6, Kansas City Monarchs 5, in 11 innings."

Chicago, IL
"Sunday, May 23 - Kansas City Monarchs N.N.L. vs. American Giants at Chicago, Illinois"

Chicago, IL
"K.C. Monarchs Here Sunday - With the new baseball circuit launched out in full swing of their schedule, the devotees of baseball in Chicago are in for a lamping of some real attraction in baseball from now on until the curtain is finally rung down on the close of the season. Sunday, May 23, the Monarchs of Kansas City will open up at the local park and they will go through a five-game series against Foster's American Giants. The Kansas City group have been going big guns since they started their invasion of the territory East of the big river. They set a pace at St. Louis that was killing and jumped from that point to Indianapolis, where they got away to a ten-inning win in their first game against the A.B.C.s. the K.C.s have a team composed of a mixture of nations: Mendez, the great Cuban player, is field captain, and he has surrounded himself with Portuondo, the flashy Cuban third sacker; with Rodriguez, another Cuban of much baseball note, doing the catching for the team. Frank Blukoi Blattner, a filipino, is the regular second baseman and he is one of the most dependable and experienced players in the game today. One or two of the players have the good, old Indian blood coursing through their veins, so this combination of talent gives the K.C.s that fighting caste that is always sure to make the contests just what the fans most desire. This gang are on their toes from tap of the going until the last man is dead; they play with life and pep, carrying the fight to the other fellows, wielding the willows, with dire effect as they go along. John Donaldson, the great southpaw pitcher, is with this gang, and he is playing in the best form that he has shown in years. The pitchers of the club are youngsters of husky build and they are primed to go through long drawn out battles, being schooled to give and take, reserving enough for a hurricane finish if it comes to that. Edgar "Blue" Washington, who has been featured recently in the motion picture, "The Haunted House," is playing first base for the K.C.s, and he is not only a grand fielder, but he is one of the heaviest batters in the game today. The Monarch, perhaps, has one of the greatest outfields on the circuit. Hurley McNair in left has always been rates as one of the game's greatest hitters and fielders, while Donaldson, when not pitching, shapes up to the very best in the outer works. George Carr, a fielder from the coast, flashes streaks of greatness and is believed to be one of the most timely hitters, fastest runners and right up to the best as the fielder and run getter. Rube Currie is one of the shining lights on the pitching roster of the new circuit and Lightner, Sam Crawford, Harris and one or two others give the far west crowd an edge on the slab that is hard to offset. At any rate the five-game series here will give the fans a real line on just what sort of show the American Giants have in the new circuit. The local machine has not been running smoothly here of late, so if they get away to a win or an even break with the Monarchs, with the latter's already proof that they are as good, if not better, than any on the circuit, then that should be a morsel of consolation to the admirers of the local team, and should buoy the local players up to the point where they will jump out in front and stay there."

Chicago, IL
"American Giants Win in 11th - Plucky Fight of Visiting Pitcher Goes for Naught When Teammates Falter - By Dave Wyatt - More than 7,000 persons witnessed the hand-to-hand battle between the Kansas City Monarchs and American Giants last Sunday. It was a sort of tug-of-war affair, with honors just about even as well as errors and faulty judgement. Rube Currie, a youngster right off the bush circuit, was forced to measure his skill as a pitcher with the American Giants' crack moundsman, Lefty Brown, and college boy Tom Williams. Rube Currie pulled up on the short end of the score, but after going through the blanket of fire that he did for 11 innings, with his teammates pulling all sorts of depressing stunts and the Foster crowd engineering every trick in the books, young Rube Currie acquired instead of losing prestige. Southpaw Dave Brown couldn't get his arm to function up to the regular standard, so was relayed, by Tom Williams, the latter getting in on the receiving end of a hot reception, but pulled through to a win after letting out all that he had. The Kansas City catchers put the visitors in an awful hole, especially Rodriguez, while Dink Mothell was flashy in spots, but wobbled in the pinches. The Monarchs appear to carry as much class as batsmen, the outfield, perhaps, being one, if not the best, in the circuit. With the infield all shaped up and the catching a little more steadier, the Kansas City crowd might be a grand choice for front runners all the way in the new circuit. The Monarchs open their home park Saturday, May 29, and C.I. Taylor's A.B.C.s are their opponents. The teams go through Sunday, Decoration Day, on into five games. Kansas City plans the biggest blow-off of any city on the circuit for the opening, and as the Elks of that city are behind the noise-making, we look for all records for opening attendance to be smashed. The two teams have broke even on the games plyaed between themselves so far, so the series at Kansas City will be hard fought. In the meantime the American Gaints will have the time of their lives trying to down the Cubans, who start at Schorling Park Sunday, May 30, and go Decoration Day and on into a five-game series."

May 24, 1920

Chicago, IL
"American Giants Beat Kansas City Monarchs - The American Giants won their second game of the series from the Monarchs of Kansas City yesterday, beating them 5 to 0 at Schorling's Park. Lieutenant Tom Johnson did the hurling for the Giants and had the visitors at his mercy. He allowed but three scattered hits, a pinch hitter getting one of them in the ninth. A catch by Gans was the fielding feature. The third game of the series will be played this afternoon."

Chicago, IL
"Monarchs Lose Second - Tom Johnson worked the second game of the series against the Kansas City Monarchs, and the American Giants won by the shut-out route. Sam Crawford pitched for the Monarchs. The latter received rocky support. Score 5 to 0."

May 25, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Giants Score Another Victory Over Monarchs - The American Giants scored another victory over the Monarchs of Kansas City, beating them at Schorling's Park yesterday. Tom Marshall twirled airtight ball for the winners, holding the Monarchs to four hits. He would have whitewashed his opponents but for an error. The same teams play again today."

May 26, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Foster's Giants Win Another - The American Giants (illegible) the Monarchs (illegible) beating them 3 to 2 at Schorling's Park. (illegible) final game of the series to be played this afternoon."

May 27, 1920

Chicago, IL
"American Giants Win Again - The American Giants won the final game of the series with the Monarchs of Kansas City, beating them 6 to 5. (illegible) dropped a throw at the plate that allowed the Giants to score in the eighth."

May 29, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Baseball! - Opening of the National Negro Baseball League. Indianapolis A.B.C.s with Kansas City Monarchs, at Association Park, Saturday, May 29, 30, 31, June 1, 2. Games called at 3 p.m."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Home Next Saturday. - Club in Negro League Will Open Season Here This Week. - The Kansas City Monarchs of the National Negro League are starting their last road series of the opening trip at Chicago today, after which they will return here and open their season next Saturday with the Indianapolis A.B.C. club. To date the Monarchs have played only three games out of eight games scheduled, the others being stopped on account of rain. The A.B.C. club, which opens here, has lost only one league game. They dropped a 10-inning game to the Monarchs. The Indianapolis club has won seven games. The opening of the league here next Saturday will be started off by a parade with a band, both ball clubs and local boosters in their automobiles. The clubs will play Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Decoration Day and June 1 and 2."

Kansas City, MO
"A.B.C.s and Monarchs - C.I. Taylor will cart his crew all the way to Kansas City for the specific purpose of downing the Monarchs and thus gain the lead that the chilly, wet atmosphere prevented him from taking last week on the Kansas City crowd. These two teams are about evenly matched in hitting and general ability, so the games at Kansas City opening day May 29 and Sunday, also Decoration Day, should be hard fought battles, with the edge resting with the lucky ones who get the breaks. The Elks of Kansas City are going to give baseball an awful boost and the A.B.C.s intend to give the Monarchs an awful setback. This series will be one of the hottest ever contested."

Kansas City, MO
"The Monarchs Play Here Today - Indianapolis Here for First Game in National Negro League. - The Kansas City Monarchs will return home from Chicago tomorrow. They play their final game of the series there today. The Monarchs open the Negro National League season at home tomorrow at Association Park, the visiting club being the Indianapolis A.B.C.s, who will be here for a 5 game series. The A.B.C.s have lost only two games this season losing those to the Monarchs in a 4 game series at Indianapolis. The Monarchs have played twelve games on their first road trip, losing seven and winning five. These games were against Indianapolis, St. Louis and Chicago. The club is coming home for a long series, with Mendez and Rodriguez both back in the game and Donaldson ready to take his regular turn on the mound. The opening today will be started off by a parade of rooters and a band."

Kansas City, MO
"C.I. TAYLOR, KING OF BASEBALL MANAGERS WILL BRING HIS TEAM OF STARS TO K.C. FOR SERIES OF GAMES, MAY 29. - All real "dyed in the wool" baseball fans, lovers of the grand old National game will have an opportunity of viewing the famous A.B.C. Club of Indianapolis, Indiana, who will play in Kansas City, MO., on May 29th. C.I. Taylor, the peerless leader of this Hoosier tribe will also be on hand and there is sure to be one of the greatest exhibitions of ball playing seen in this section for many moons. The Kansas City Club has the honor of dishing out the only defeat suffered by the Hoosier Alpha-betus aggregation this season, and we have it from C.I. himself that the Kansas City tribe deserved to win.
There are quite a few Topekans who will be on hand next Sunday to witness the double bill scheduled at Association Park for 3:30 P.M. You fans who have longed to see the justly famous Donaldson, whom McGraw of the New York Giants so fittingly said of him: "Worth $100,000 to any man's club." And too, there is the "King of Swat," Oscar Charleston, of Indianapolis, who hit one over the fence at the League park in Montgomery, Alabama in a game with the Southern League club that is said to be still going, so far as anyone is able to determine. But if you like pitching, the kind we often read of in the best sellers but never see well, that youngster Rile, of the A.B.C. Club, he's your bird - what?
Facing a Southern league team in the 5th inning recently at Mobile, Alabama, 17 men came to the plate, the first fourteen men were sent to the dugout with three strikes each, and the remaining three were out on infield pops to the pitcher. Just to be sure to earn his daily bread, this youngster, frequently poles out a homer, to see the fielders rave, as he explains. To cap the climax we mention the world's premier first-sacker, Ben Taylor, the graceful kid; "Dizzy" Dismukes, who is often callec by white papers, "The black Carl Mays of baseball" who has an under hand swing that has caused more real worry to batters of the opposition than perhaps any other pitcher; then right in K.C. we have with us Mendez, the Cuban, that wily boy of a thousand had fought battles, from the Isle of Sunshine and ball players.
He's worth the price of admission alone. You can't resist that Cuban, for he is the "Germany Shaffer" of Colored baseball. Run down Sunday, May 29th and see what progress the National Negro Baseball League is making along the lines of bigger, better baseball! You'll not regret the trip. Not in a million years. All Aboard!"

"A.s DOWN MONARCHS IN FOURTEEN INNINGS, 9-5 - KANSAS CITY, MO., May 29. - The A.B.C.s of Indianapolis won a hard-fought game from the Kansas City Monarchs today, after fourteen innings of spectacular baseball, 9 to 5. Jeffries pitched the entire game and finished strong. Crawford started the contest for the locals, but was relieved in the ninth for a pinch hitter with the score 5 to 5. Currie took up the burden and held the A.s safe until the fourteenth, when the visitors got to him for four singles and a double, which netted four runs. Charleston's sensational fielding was the outstanding feature. Day and B. Taylor played a great fielding game. The former made three doubles and two singles out at six attempts."

Kansas City, MO
*Same game, from another newspaper source
"Indianapolis A.B.C.s Won the Series Opener in Fourteenth, 8 to 5. - The Indianapolis A.B.C.s won the opening game of the Negro National Baseball league here yesterday afternoon from the Kansas City Monarchs in fourteen innings, 8 to 5. The game was played at Association park. The Monarchs were leading, 4 to 0 until the sixth inning, when the Indianapolis boys scored over three."

Kansas City, MO
"Indianapolis Defeats Monarchs 8-5 in Opener - By bunching hits in the fourteenth inning the Indianapolis A.B.C national negro baseball club won the opening game of the series with the Kansas City Monarchs at Association Park yesterday, 8 to 5. Sam Crawford, who started on the mound for the Monarchs, hurled steady ball for five frames, but weakened in the sixth and allowed the visitors to score three runs. Rube Currie, who replaced Sam Crawford on the mound, held the Indianapolis crowd to a pair of base knocks up until the fourteenth chapter, when the visitors staged their winning attack. Jim Jeffries, who pitched for the visitors, was nicked for a trio of runs in the second inning, but steadied himself and pitched splendid ball during the remainder of the contest. The game was preceded by a parade, while the first ball was heaved by Judge Miles Bulger. John Donaldson or Rube Currie will pitch for the Monarchs today, while Dizzy Dismukes or Dicta Johnson will take the firing line for Indianapolis."

Kansas City, MO
* Same game from the Indianapolis Freeman

Kansas City, MO
"Kansas City Opening Reaches the Crest - By Dave Wyatt - Kansas City, Missouri, June 4. - Smarting under the sting of the big noise over opening baseball events staged by other cities, Q.J. Gilmore and Harry St. Claire, boss boosters of this city, took hold of the opening blow-off carded here and nudged the affairs to a height that will stand for many a moon as a high water mark for a debut day tooters to shoot at. The long line of parade hopped off promptly at 1 p.m., and besides one of the very best bands ever heard in an event of this kind, there are exactly 150 gas, electric, and otherwise propelled carts in the line, every one owned by a Race man. Fully fifty more were picked up enroute. After a spin for the ball park, the blare of the band dragged fully several thousand wildly enthused baseball bugs along with it. It was some crowd for a Saturday, and they were treated to some ball game. The contest went fourteen innings, and there was a thrill for every inning. Aside from the pitching of Jim Jeffries, who stepped the full route for the Indiana crew, the playing of Oscar Charleston, Ben Taylor and third baseman Connie Day stuck away out in front of the production of the thrill stuff. The Monarchs have taken a prominent part in three opening events, winning at St. Louis, at Indianapolis and setting a dizzy pace for eleven innings against the American Giants before they succumbed to the wily Foster crowd. In their home debut they made a strong bid for the honors, getting off three runs to the Jerry in the second canter, the result of three blows, one circuit clout by Vicente Rodríguez; they held the lead until the sixth, the Hoosiers being blanked all the way. However, in the sixth stanza, three hits and a few other things netted the C.I. Taylor crowd three runs. The Kansas City Monarchs boosted theirs one more run in the fifth, while in the seventh, the Indians annexed two and went into the lead. The K.C.s pulled up to even scores in the ninth and the game remained a deadlock affair until the fourteenth. In the meantime, Connie Day, for the visitors, gave out the greatest exhibition of third base play ever seen on any ball ground, while Oscar Charleston clearly demonstrated that he has a few skills as a fielder, pulling down two drives that were sensational in accomplishment, thereby saving the game upon each feat for the A.B.C.'s Ben Taylor secured five hits in six times at bat, but little Hurley McNair gave him a hot chase for the honors. Sam Crawford, who started for the home team, was lifted in the ninth frame and Rube Currie worked in grand style until the fourteenth, when an avalanche of hits netted the A's four runs and the game."

May 30, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"MONARCHS HIT DISMUKES HARD AND WIN SCRAP - KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 30. - Dismukes was hit hard in the fourth inning of today's game here and the Kansas City Monarchs piled up seven runs which were enough to win the contest from the A.B.C.s 10 to 3. McNair, local left fielder, played a great fielding game. A great crowd witnessed the contest at Association park."

Kansas City, MO
* Same article, from the Indianapolis Freeman

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Won in Big Rally. - Nine Thousand Persons Saw Kansas City Defeat Indianapolis, 10 to 3. - The Kansas City Monarchs evened up the series with the Indianapolis A.B.C.s yesterday by winning, 10 to 3, before a crowd of nine thousand. It was the second largest crowd that has assembled at Association Park this season. The celebrated John Donaldson worked for the Monarchs and kept the nine hits made by the Indianapolis club well scattered. Each club scored in the first inning. The score was 1 all until the fourth, when the Kansas City team hammered the offerings of Dismukes to all parts of the park and collected seven runs. Charleston relieved Dismukes after six runs had been scored, with a runner on second and none out. A single by Donaldson scored two of the runs and a swat by McNair (illegilble) in the fourth. The Monarchs made three double plays, and five of their eleven hits were 2 baggers. The teams will play this afternoon. "Rube" Currie will work for the Monarchs and "Dicta" Johnson for Indianapolis. When these heavers faced each other the last time it took ten innings to decide the winner, and Currie was the victor."

Kansas City, MO
"Colored National Baseball League Open Saturday - Teams Played to Crowd of 9,000 Sunday, the Home Team Winning Easily. - The opening in Kansas City of the Colored National Baseball League last Saturday was a huge affair, with band and banners and more than 150 autos met at the corner of Eighteenth street and The Paseo at 1 o'clock, with the band in a large truck, the two teams, Kansas City Monarchs and the Indianapolis A.B.C.'s following in autos, with the scores of decorated cars in line paraded through the colored districts to Independence avenue, and back through Vine and then to the Association Park, where the thousands of baseball fans witnessed one of the best games that has been seen for a time on this lot, it going to 14 innings in a pitchers' battle, the Indianapolis team winning out in the fourteenth frame, 8 to 5. Sunday these two teams played to 9,000, the home team winning in easy style. Monday, Decoration Day, another mammoth crowd saw the Monarchs whip Manager Taylor's Hoosiers for the second time. Tuesday's contest only went six innings on account of rain, when Taylor's sluggers came out with the long end on the score board. Wednesday finished the 5-game series, the home team copping the last game, giving them the long end of the series, winning three games and losing two. The champion Cuban Stars, of the Cuban League, come Saturday for five games."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Even Up Series; Beat Indianapolis 10-3 - The Monarchs evened up the series with the Indianapolis A.B.C. negro national league baseball club in the second game yesterday, by bunching hit in the fourth inning and piling up a lead which easily clinched them a 10 to 3 victory. A crowd of 9,000 witnessed the game. The Hoosier aggregation pushed a run across in the opening chapter, but the locals came right back and evened up the count in their half of the inning and a close battle was waked up until the fourth frame with John Donaldson and Dizzy Dismukes retiring the sides in regular order. In the fourt, however, the Monarchs leaned against the benders of Dizzy Dismukes and scored six runs before Oscar Charleston, a left hander, was sent in to the rescue. Another marker was netted off Charleston's delivery in the fourth, while the locals gathered two more in the fifth. Aside from the first and sixth stanzas, John Donaldson was never in danger and kept the visitors' blows well scattered. The third game of the series will be played this afternoon at 3 o'clock."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Win 2d - Kansas City, Missouri, June 4. - The Monarchs evened up the series with the Indianapolis A.B.C. Negro National League baseball club in the second game by bunching hits in the fourth inning and piling up a lead which easily clinched them a 10 to 3 victory. A crowd of 9,000 witnessed the game."

May 31, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"A.B.C.'s 7, Monarchs 8. Batteries - A.B.C.'s, Johnson, Jeffries, Powell. Monarchs - Currie, Blackburn, Crawford, Donaldson, Rodriguez."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Won, 8 to 7. - One Big Inning Gave Kansas City Team Victory Over Indianapolis - The Kansas City Monarchs had one big inning and won from the Indianapolis A.B.C.s yesterday afternoon at Association Park, 8 to 7. The Monarchs scored all their tallies in the sixth frame. 'Rube' Currie pitched six innings for the Monarchs and was invincible. He was taken sick when he came back to the bench. In the six rounds Rube Curred toosed he allowed only four hits and struck out two. The Indianapolis club staged a batting rally to the seventh, hammering the offerings of Hugh Blackburn and Sam Crawford for five runs. The visitors had a man on second, with two out in the eighth when John Donaldson went in to pitch. The first batter to face Donaldson singled, scoring the runner and making the score 8 to 7, the same as it ended. Indianapolis threw a scare into the Monarchs in the ninth, but a double play put their chances on the blink, Charleston, first up singled. The next batter flied out to center. Samuel DeWitt lined to Sam Crawford who touched first and doubled Oscar Charleston off first. Sensational catches and stops pleased the five thousand fans. The teams will play the fourth game of the series this afternoon. Zack Foreman will hurl for Kansas City and Jim Jeffries, who pitched three innings of yesterday's game, probably will twirl for Indianapolis."

Kansas City, MO
"Johnson Blows Up and Monarchs Cop Contest. - Kansas City, Missouri - May 31 - Dicta Johnson pitched a no-hit game up to the sixth inning here today and then blew up and the Monarchs scored eight runs, or enough to win the contest 8 to 7. In the 7th inning the A's scored 5 runs, but came one short of tying the count, Jim Jeffries finished the contest. Oscar Charleston played a great game in the field."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Win Again - Kansas City, Missouri, June 4. - The Kansas City Monarchs won the third game of the series against the A.B.C.s by the score of 8 to 7. Rube Currie held the visitors safe all the way. Dicta Johnson and Jim Jefferies worked for the A.B.C.s. The Monarchs are now one game in the lead in the series to date."

June 1, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Rain Stops Game Lost by Monarchs 8 to 3 - Rain cut short the fourth game of the series with the Indianapolis A.B.C. club yesterday, the Monarchs dropping an 8 to 3 battle which lasted six rounds at Association Park. Zack Foreman, who took the firing line for the Monarchs, allowed the visitors only six hits, but his mates made several costly bobbles behind him, which aided the Hoosier City club to victory. With the exception of the fifth frame, when the Indianapolis crowd bunched for safe blows for a quartette of runs, Zack Foreman kept the visitors' base knocks well scattered. The Monarchs collected a run in the opening chapter when Bartolo Portuondo, who singled through second, counted on Hurley McNair's sacrifice fly to left. The visitors gained the lead in the third inning, a home run over the right field wall, along with walks to Dizzy Dismukes and George Shively, netting them a trio of markers. A triple by Samuel DeWitt and a costly error by Bartolo Portuondo in the fourth allowed the A.B.C. crew to score another run, while a double by Morten Clark, singles by Oscar Charleston, Ben Taylor and Russell Powell and a pair of wild pitches by Zack Foreman, gave them four more runs in the fifth. The final game of the series with the Indianapolis club will be played this afternoon. John Donaldson likely will take the firing line for the Monarchs, while Dicta Johnson will do the hurling for the Indianapolis club. The Cuban Stars, from Havana, will come Saturday for a five game stand."

June 2, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Win Final Game with Indianapolis - With the score standing 5 to 1, in the eighth inning, the Kansas City Monarchs drove three Indianapolis hurlers from the firing line yesterday and copped the rubber game of the series with the Hoosier city national negro baseball club, 8 to 5. Jim Jeffries, who took the mound for the visitors, pitched a steady game up until the seventh round, then a trio of base knocks were collected off him which netted the locals a run. In the eighth the Monarchs started an attack which netted them seven runs, Jim Jeffries was driven from the hilltop, Ben Taylor coming to the rescue. Following Ben Taylor, who was hit hard, Dicta Johnson was sent in to face the storm, but his stay on the mound was short lived, Dicta Johnson winding up the chapter by retiring the Monarchs after an additional run had been collected off his fast ones. John Donaldson was nicked for twelve blows, but he kept them well scattered. Aside from the first, sixth and eighth stanzas, he was never in danger. The Cuban Stars, from Havana, will open a five-game stand here beginning Saturday."

Kansas City, MO
* Same article, from the Chicago Defender

June 5, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Cuban Stars in a Defeat. - The Monarchs Won the Series Opener Here Yesterday, 7 to 3. - A fifth inning rally in which five runs were collected off the offerings of Hernandez, enabled the Monarchs to stow away the initial battle of a 3 game series with the Cuban Stars at Association Park yesterday, 7 to 3. Crawford, who was on the mound for the Monarchs, heaved a steady game against the visitors and kept their blows well scattered. In the third frame two hits combined with a base on balls and a (illegible) by Carr enabled the Cubans to count a pair of runs, while two more costly boofs in the final round allowed the Havana club to count another run. The Monarchs began slamming the offerings of Hernandez in the initial round, collecting three base knocks but airtight support allowed the Cuban flinger to (illegible) without runs being checked against him. In the fifth, however, the Kansas City club staged an attack which netted five runs. Hernandez settled down after this round and pitched well until the sixth, when another pair of base knocks netted the Monarchs another run while the final count was garnered in the eighth on three wallops. Lopez and Donaldson will oppose each other on the firing line in the second game of the series."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Cop Opener From Cuban Stars, 7-3 - With Sam Crawford pitching in superb form, the Monarchs easily defeated the Cuban Stars in the opening game of the series at Association Park yesterday, 7 to 3. José Hernández, who took the firing line for the visitors, was hammered hard in the second inning, the locals piling up five runs which were enough to clinch victory. After the fateful second, José Hernández settled down and kept the Monarchs' blows well scattered up until the sixth, when a pair of base knocks netted the locals another run. Three more healthy clouts in the eighth added another run to the Monarchs' total. Sam Crawford weakened temporarily in the third round and allowed the Cubans to register a brace of counters, but he pulled himself together after this and was never in danger. Costly boots by Edgar Washington and Bartolo Portuondo enabled the visitors to add another tally in the ninth. John Donaldson likely will do the heaving for the Monarchs this afternoon, while José López will take the elevation for the Cubans."

Kansas City, MO
"Sunday, June 6 - 5 Game Series - Cuban Stars of Havana, Cuba vs. Kansas City Monarchs - Games Called at 3:00 P.M"

Kansas City, MO
"Kansas City Notes - Q.J. Gilmore, Sport Editor of the Kansas City Call and big gun in the Elks, and Harry St. Clair, formerly theatrical advance man for some of our big shows, are the boys who got behind the big opening noise at Kansas City. Owner J.L. Wilkinson has two valuable lieutenants in the pair; the monster parade went off without friction of any sort, motor cops covering the whole route, regulating traffic to a most satisfactory detail. C.I. Taylor's big pitcher, Ed Rile, blowed the team and has not been heard of in a couple of weeks; in the meantime Dizzy Dismukes, Jim Jefferies and occasionally Oscar Charleston, are holding the pitching line. Something like 20,000 persons witnessed the first two games played at Kansas City. The park is located right in the heart of the black belt; in spite of the short walk the enclosure and thoroughfares near the park were blocked with machines. It's a toss-up between the A.B.C.s and the Monarchs on heavy and certain batting. Oscar Charleston, Ben Taylor, Russell Powell and Morten Clark are pasting the old apple with a vengeance, but little Hurley McNair of the Kansas Citys is fast forging to the front as the most timely and dangerous hitter on the circuit. John Donaldson, George Carr, and Edgar Washington also occupy front seats in the hit and run game. C.I. has picked up a classy college boy of the Atlanta University, Ralph Jefferson by name. He shapes up in grand style as a fielder, batter and base runner. The Monarchs are expecting a fellow soon, Bullet Rogan by name, and big leaguers who have seen him work pronounce him the best ever. He is with the 24th regiment and will report the middle of June. Dink Mothell, the Kansas City catcher, is playing the ball of his life at third base, but the team is sadly in need of a second baseman. The fans on the circuit have a rare, rare treat in store in the playing of Connie Day at third with the A.B.C.s. We doubt if his work can be surpassed in the real big leagues. Watch for him. He's a hummer."

Kansas City, MO
"The Cuban Stars will be the next team to play at Kansas City. They open there Saturday, play Sunday and three other days. The Cubans have a great team and despite the difficulty that the new Cubans are having in getting in touch with the methods of the circuit teams they are putting up a creditable showing. Captain José Méndez, Bartolo Portuondo and Vicente Rodríguez will have a real job on hand when their countrymen show up at Kansas City June 6."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Win - Defeat Cuban Stars in Season's First Series - Kansas City, Missouri, June 13. - The following will show the manner in which the Monarchs won the series from the Cuban Stars last week: With Sam Crawford pitching in superb form, the Monarchs easily defeated the Cuban Stars in the opening game of the series at Association Park, 7 to 3. José Hernández, who took the firing line for the visitors, was hammered hard in the second inning, the locals piling up five runs, which were enough to clinch victory. After the fateful second, José Hernández settled down and kept the Monarch's blows well scattered up until the sixth, when a pair of base knocks netted the locals another run. Three more healthy clouts in the eighth added another run to the Monarch's total. Sam Crawford weakened temporarily in the third round and allowed the Cubans to register a brace of counters, but he pulled himself together after this and was never in danger. Costly boots by Edgar Washington and Bartolo Portuondo enabled the visitors to add another tally in the ninth. John Donaldson likely will do the heaving for the Monarchs this afternoon, while José López will take the elevation for the Cubans."

June 6, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Drop Second Game to Cubans, 5-3 - The Cuban Stars evened up the series with the Monarchs yesterday, copping the second battle, 5 to 3, before a crowd of 8,000. With the count tied 3 to 3 in the ninth round, a pair of wild heaves enabled the visitors to push two runs across without a hit, while José LeBlanc retired the Monarchs in regular order in their half of the final session. 'Rube' Currie, who occupied the hilltop for the Monarchs, heaved a steady game and yielded only one more base knock than his mates were able to collect off the benders of José LeBlanc, but faulty support aided the visitors to count all but one of their tallies. The Monarchs attacked José Leblanc in the opening frame and made a pair of wallops count for as many runs, while two more safe pokes in the fifth gave the locals another run. The Cubans counted two runs in the third on a lone hit, aided by an error and a wounded batsman while singles by Bernardo Baró and Valentín Dreke figured in another marker in the sixth. A walk, three sacrifices and a couple of wild heaves clinched the game for the Havana club in the ninth, when two more runs were scored. John Donaldson will take the Mound for the Monarchs in the third game of the series this afternoon, while José López will do the flinging for the Cubans."

"Monarchs Lost in Ninth - A Crowd of Eight Thousand Saw the Cuban Stars Win, 5 to 3. - Costly errors in the ninth cost the Monarchs a victory in teh second battle of the series with the Cuban Stars at Association Park yesterday, the visitors winning, 5 to 3, before a crowd of eight thousand. With the count tied 3 to 3 in the final round, a base on balls, a sacrifice and a pair of wild heaves enabled the Cubans to count a pair of tallies, while the MOnarchs were unable to connect with the offerings of José Leblanc in their half of the inning. 'Rube' Currie hurled a steady game for the Monarchs, keeping the visitors' blows well scattered, but his mates were unable to spot him enough runs to bag the combat. The Monarch lumped into the lead in the initial round by hammering José Leblanc for a couple of tallies, adding another run in the fifth, when José Leblanc juggled Valentín Dreke's throw in from left on John Donaldson's single. After the fifth the Cuban hurler settled down and allowed the Monarchs only one safe hit during the remainder of the game. John Donaldson probably will pitch for the Monarchs in the third game of the series this afternoon, while José López is due to take his turn on the mound for the visitors."

Kansas City, MO
* Same article, from the Chicago Defender

Kansas City, MO
"American Association Park, Kansas City, Missouri, Sunday, June 6, 5 Game Series, Cuban Stars of Havana, Cuba vs. Kansas City Monarchs at Kansas City, Missouri."

"Cuban Stars of Havana, Cuba - Traveling - Five Game Series Starting June 6 - Hot Games - Cubans on Both Teams - Cuban Stars vs. Kansas City Monarchs at Kansas City, Missouri."

June 7, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Cuban Stars Defeat Monarch Club, 6 to 2 - The Cuban Stars collected three runs in a fifth-inning rally yesterday, which proved enough to give them the third game of the series with the Monarchs at Association park 6 to 2. The Monarchs garnered as many hit off Faustino Valdés as their opponents were able to collect off the fast ones of John Donaldson and José Méndez, but the Cubans bunched their blows and made them count for more runs. The loss of Dink Mothell, regular third baseman, made it necessary for the Monarchs to present a shifted lineup. José Méndez going to first and Ornes, a local player, being sent to second. The Cubans nicked John Donaldson for a pair of base knocks in the opening round, which netted them as many runs, while two more blows in the second netted another run. In the fifth, the visitors staged an attack against the Monarch hurler which garnered a trio of counters and clinched the game. José Méndez took the mound in the sixth and kept the enemy well subdued. The Monarchs counted their first run in the fifth when singles by Bartolo Portuondo and John Donaldson sent a run across, while singles by Bartolo Portuondo, Hurley McNair and George Carr netted another run in the seventh. José Méndez will oppose José López on the firing line in the fourth game of the series this afternoon. Today will be ladies' day, all women being admitted free."

June 8, 1920

Kansas City, MO
*Rained Out.

June 9, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Cop Final Game With Cuban Stars, 11-5 - The Monarchs hit Martinez and Hernandez hard in the final game of the series with the Cuban Stars at Association park yesterday, winning 11-5. Sam Crawford, who started on the mound for the Monarchs, was nicked for four hits and as many counters during the first three frames, and was replaced by José Méndez, who yielded a pair of base knocks and a run during the next three chapters. 'Rube' Currie, who came to the rescue in the seventh, kept the visitors' blows well scattered and prevented any further scoring. The Monarchs jumped into the lead in the opening round, counting a pair of runs on a trio of clouts, while the Cubans put a run over in the second, with the aid of three hits, and added three more markers to their credit in the third. The Monarchs staged a rally in the sixth, which netted them four runs, while José Hernández, who replaced Prudencio Martínez, was clouted for three more tallies in the seventh, and two in the eighth, which clinched the battle for the Monarchs. The Monarchs will play the Cudahy team at Brenneisen park at 5 o'clock Friday while the St. Louis Giants come here Saturday to open a five-game series at Association park."

"Monarchs Overcome a Lead. - The Cuban Stars Were Defeated in Final Series Game, 5 to 11. - The Monarchs evened up the series with the Cuban Stars, winning the final combat at Association Park yesterday, 11 to 5. Sam Crawford, who started on the mound for the Kansas City team, was hit freely in the second and third rounds, José Méndez going to the hilltop in the fourth. During the three frames that he worked, José Méndez allowed only two safe blows, but the visitors made these count for a run. Rube Currie, who replaced José Méndez in the seventh, kept the Cubans' hits well scattered and held them runless during the remainder of the contest. The Monarchs jumped into the lead in the opening round when a trio of base knocks netted a pair of runs. The Cubans collected three runs in the third, however, and another in the fifth, which gave them an apparently safe lead. In the sixth the Monarchs drove Prudencio Martínez from the mound and collected four runs before José Hernández could be rused to the mound. Three more counters were nicked off the offerings of José Hernández in the seventh while two more were added in the eighth, which clinched the victory for the Monarchs. The opening game of the 5-game series with the St. Louis Giants will be played here Saturday. The Monarchs will meet the Cudahy team at Brenneisen Park at 5 o'clock tomorrow."

June 11, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Easily Defeat Cudahy Team, 12 to 7. - The Kansas City Monarchs easily defeated the Cudahys, leaders in the Packers' league, yesterday at Brenneisen's park, 12 to 7, before a crowd of 2,500 enthusiastic fans. The Cudahys started off as if to make it an easy victory, but it was short-lived. They scored three in the first and two in the third. The Monarchs put over two in the second, three in the third and four in the fifth. To make victory a certainty they added another trio of tallies in the fifth. Joe Lillis was sent to the cooler in the fourth inning by the Monarchs' attack and Lucero took up the heaving for the Puritans. Sam Crawford worked for the Monarchs."

June 12, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Kansas City Monarchs Break Even on Series - The Kansas City Monarchs, in the National Baseball League, closed the series with the Cuban Stars Wednesday and broke even by winning the final game, winning two and losing two games. The St. Louis Giants come tomorrow for a five-game series. Tuesday will be ladies' day; they being admitted free."

Kansas City, MO
"THE MONARCHS WERE HITTING. - St. Louis Pitchers Were Bumped Hard in 12 to 2 Game. - The Monarchs (illegible) three St. Louis hurlers in all corners of the lot in the opening game of the series at Association Park yesterday, winning 12 to 2."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Win Opening Game From Giants, 12-2 - The Monarchs staged a batting rampage in the opening game of the series with the St. Louis Giants at Association park yesterday and bagged the initial melee 12 to 2. Luther Farrell and Wayne Carr were hit hard in the opening round, the Monarchs collecting a trio of runs off three healthy base knocks. Two more runs were put across in the second and third rounds, while the locals leaned against the offerings of John Finner, who relieved Wayne Carr on the mound, and clouted out six wallops, which netted five runs. Another pair of tallies were garnered in the seventh and eight chapters. Rube Currie, who took the hilltop for the Monarchs, was never in danger and kept the visitors' blows well scattered throughout the nine rounds of toiling, only one earned run being registered off his fast ones. The Giants counted their first run in the fourth when Sidney Brooks tripled to center and scored on George Carr's boot of John Donaldson's throw from center. In the final round, a triple by Lunie Danage and a sacrifice fly by McAdoo gave the visitors their only other run. John Donaldson will do the flinging for the Monarchs in the second game of the series this afternoon, while Bill Drake, the speed ball merchant of the negro nationals, will take the firing line for the Giants."

Kansas City, MO
* Same article, from the Chicago Defender

Chicago, IL
"On the Circuit - All the circuit teams were up against each other sure on Decoration Day and they ran off some mighty good games, many going into extra innings. But the most satisfactory part of the whole affair is the fact that 66,000 persons paid to see the circuit teams perform. When the Taylor A.B.C.s show up in Chicago Sunday, June 13, all records for attendance are expected to be broken. With Oscar Charleston, perhaps the greatest player of the Race, going like a house afire, the A.s are drawing big everywhere. Taylor's gang holds the record for big drawing, or did until the Cubans drew out 16,000 here at their recent appearance. Taylor would have beaten that some years ago, but the fans broke down the fence and hundreds came in without the count. At that they played to 15,000. All previous records are expected to be smashed Sunday when the A.s show. If the St. Louis Giants have a leg to stand on when Rube and his gang are finished fighting them, they will jump over to Kansas City, where, starting Saturday the 12th, they play the Monarchs for five days. Needless to say, they will meet with stiff opposition, for the far west crowd is putting up a nifty game."

June 13, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Giants Win Sunday's Game. - It took several extra sessions to decide the contest between the Giants and Monarchs today. As predicted, the Giants showed considerably more strength today than yesterday. Drake, working for the Giants, was signally effective. Here's your fine stalwart athlete, broad of shoulder, strong and keen-eyed, with, evidently, virile brains to direct the happy physical combination. The sturdy mounder held the Monarchs down to meager as well as scattered hits for twelve long innings. It was a close game today. The playing was easily of the big time variety. The Giants scored one in the second frame and two in the third. The Monarchs failed to score until the seventh inning when they made three - it was then blank-e-ty blank until the Giants finaled with a score in the twelfth inning, the game. The Giants hit Mendez liberally and he canned himself from the mound in favor of Currie, that arch performer, who pitched brilliant ball, but could not retrieve the fate of the Monarchs. A close decision precipitated a squabble which was soon adjusted and the game went on. The fans all voted that it was the best game of the season. There were fully ten thousand of these present. Of course the dallies said "eight thousand," but allowing two thousand for diplomatic disparagement on their part and you are better the real. St. Louis 1, K.C. 3."

Kansas City, MO
"St. Louis Defeats Monarchs 4-3 in 12-Inning Game - A twelfth inning rally in which a trio of base knocks netted a run gave the St. Louis Giants a 4 to 3 victory over the Monarchs in the second game of the series at Association park yesterday before 7,500 fanatics. José Méndez, who started on the hilltop for the Monarchs, was nicked for a marker in the third round and two more in the sixth, while the Monarchs collected all their runs in a seventh inning rally, slamming out a double and two singles, which netted three runs. Rube Currie relieved José Méndez on the firing line in the eighth and kept the visitors well at bay until the fatal twelfth, when he weakened and yielded three wallops, which gave the Mound City crew the winning tally. Bill Drake hurled a steady game for the Giants. He was hit freely, but kept the blows well scattered. John Donaldson will do the flinging for the Monarchs in the third game of the series this afternoon, while Padron will take the firing line for the Giants."

"Monarchs Lost in Twelfth - St. Louis Giants Won Second Game of Series, 4 to 3. - A single by Moore in the twelfth inning, which scored Tullie McAdoo, gave the St. Louis Giants the second game of the series with the Monarchs at Association Park yesterday, 4 to 3, before a crowd of 7,500. The Giants jumped into the lead in the third round and clouted the offerings of José Méndez for a pair of runs in the sixth, while the Monarchs staged their only rally of the game in the seventh. In this frame, Bill Drake was slammed for three healthy clouts which nedded a trio of runs. Rube Currie relieved José Méndez on the hilltop in the eighth and held the visitors at bay for four rounds of toiling, but he weakened in the twelfth chapter and allowed three blows, which clinched the game for the Mound City crew. John Donaldson will do the hurling for the Monarchs in the third game of the series this afternoon, while Padron will take the firing line for the Giants."

"Giants Win Long Game From Kansas City - The St. Louis Giants won a twelve-inning game from Kansas City last Sunday, Score, 4 to 3. The Kansas City team plays in the American Association Park, which has a seating capacity of 10,000, and it was said that the St. Louis Giants brought out the largest crowd that has ever been seen on the field this year. The game was full of star plays throughout, John Donaldson, Lunie Danage, George Carr, third-baseman for Kansas City, made great plays and turned back many scores. It was a great battle for Bill Drake but his cool and sturdy ways brought many cheers from the stands at all times."

Kansas City, MO
"Sunday, June 13, St. Louis Giants vs. Kansas City Monarchs, Kansas City, Missouri, 5 Game Series."

June 14, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Ha! Ha! The locals won today. Looks as though the team has decided to win all of the series they play but never a Sunday tilt. However, the team is fairly heading into reasonable machine-link working order. Carr is back guarding the initial sack. Fred Hicks, a try at third baseman, showed pep at the tripple corner, he also got two hits. The Monarchs scored a quarter of runs in the very first inning, two of them were home runs, by Donaldson and Carr. Foreman and Crawford worked on the mound for the Monarchs who cinched the game in the early stages. St. Louis 5, K.C. 7."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Defeat Giants in Third Game, 7 to 5 - The Monarchs staged another batting rampage in the third game of the series with the St. Louis Giants at Association park yesterday, winning 7 to 5. Wayne Carr, who took the elevation for the visitors, was nicked for a quartette of runs in the opening round, while the Monarchs added two more markers to their credit in the fifth on a lone hit by Bartolo Portuondo. The Giants collected runs off Zack Foreman's benders in the first and second frames, while another marker was added in the fourth. The Monarchs scored their final run in the eighth, while the Giants staged an attack against Zack Foreman in the final round, and pushed two more runs across. Today will be ladies day, all ladies being admitted free. Padron likely will take the mound for the Giants, while John Donaldson or Rube Currie will do the flinging for the Monarchs."

Third Game to Monarchs - St. Louis Giants Were Beaten at Association Park, 5 to 7. - The Monarchs hit Wayne Carr freely in the third game of the series with the St. Louis Giants at Association Park yesterday and bagged a 7 to 5 victory. The local club staged an attack in the opening round which netted four runs and added two more counters in the fifth frame. The visitors collected runs off the fast ones of Zack Foreman in the first and second innings and added another in the fourth. Zack Foreman settled down after this, however, and kept the Giants' hits well scattered until the final round, in which he was nicked for a trio of clouts which netted the visitors two runs. The Monarchs added another to their total in the eighth chapter, which clinched the victory. Today will be ladies' day, all ladies being admitted free. Padron likely will do the flinging for the Giants, while Rube Currie or John Donaldson will take the firing line for the Monarchs."

June 15, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Hits, runs and errors may be said to have characterized the game today. Three pitchers worked for the locals. The Giants knocked out Washington in the first round and made five runs. The home boys reciprocated in their mind at bat, and made five. The Giants out batted the Monarchs in the totals. The first got 18 hits and the latter got 12. A Giant second baseman raised one over centerfielder's head for a homer in the ninth inning, turning the game in the visitors' favor, practically winning the bout then."

Kansas City, MO
"Giants Cop Fourth Game With Monarchs 14 to 9 - A ninth-inning attack on John Donaldson, in which six runs were collected, gave the St. Louis Giants a 14 to 9 victory over the Monarchs in the fourth game of the series at Association park yesterday. Edgar Washington, Sam Crawford, and John Donaldson were hit freely by the visitors, while the Monarch swatsmen clouted the offerings of Jimmy Oldham and Luther Farrell for an even dozen base knocks. Both teams had good rallies in the opening round which netted them five runs, while the Giants jumped into the lead in the third by adding another counter. The visitors collected two more runs in the fourth and fifth off a trio of wallops, while the Monarchs evened up the count in the sixth by slamming the benders of Luther Farrell for five base knocks and a trio of markers. The Monarchs assumed the lead in the eighth, scoring another run, but the visitors attacked John Donaldson in the ninth and drove in six runs, which clinched the game. Rube Currie likely will do the flinging for the Monarchs in the final game of the series this afternoon, while Padron is due to pitch for the Giants."

"A Late Rally Beat Monarchs - The St. Louis Giants Scored Six Runs in Ninth and Won, 14 to 9. - The St. Louis Giants collected six runs in a ninth inning rally yesterday and won the fourth game of the series with the Monarchs at Association Park, 14 to 9. The Monarchs used three pitchers during the contest, while the visitors sent in two heavers, all of whom were hit hard. Both clubs staged rallies in the opening round which netted them five runs. The Giants jumped into the lead in the third stanza by adding another marker to their total. The visitors scored again in the fourth and fifth, while the Monarchs tied the count by the sixth by slamming the offerings of Luther for five base hits for a trio of runs. The locals assumed the lead in the eighth, scoring a run on a lone hit, but the Giants came back strong in their half of the ninth and collected six runs off five hits, which safely clinched the game. Rube currie probably will do the hurling for the Monarchs in the final game of the series this afternoon, while Padron is slated to take the mound for the Giants."

June 16, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Defeat Giants in Final Game, 7-4 - The Monarchs collected enough runs in the first two frames yesterday to bag the rubber game of the series with the St. Louis Giants at Association park, 7 to 4. Bill Drake, who took the mound for the visitors, was clouted for a quartette of base knocks in the opening round, which netted three runs, while three more markers were garnered in the second stanza. John Finner, who relieved Bill Drake on the hilltop, pitched a steady game with the exception of the fourth round when he yielded a run on a single blow. The Giants collected a run in the third on a pair of hits and added another in the sixth on a double and a walk, two more markers being collected in the eighth on a pair of base knocks and as many errors. The Monarchs will leave today on a short road trip, returning home again June 24."

June 19, 1920

Omaha, NE
"Armours to Play K.C. Team. - The Armours are to play a three-game series with the Monarchs of Kansas City at Rourke park Saturday and Sunday of this week, Sunday's game will be a double-header."

Omaha, NE
"Armours Play Today. - The Armour baseball team will open a three-game series with the Kansas City Monarchs at Rourke park this afternoon. The game will start at 3:30. There will be two games tomorrow."

"Armours Lose to K.C. Monarchs - The Armour baseball club lost a poorly played and loose game to the Kansas City Monarchs at Rourke park yesterday afternoon by the score of 14 to 4. The locals could not find themselves and the visitors scored at will. The same clubs will play a double-header at Rourke park today. The first will start at 2 o'clock."

June 20, 1920

Omaha, NE
"Armours and the Kansas City Monarchs, a colored team, split even Sunday in their doubleheader at Rourke park, the locals taking the first game, 4 to 0, and the visitors winning the second, 3 to 1. The Armours were crippled by the loss of Otto Williams and Al Vernoon both of whom are laid up. "Smoke" Donaldson, famous negro hurler, pitched the visitors to victory in the second game."

"Armours Split With Monarchs - The Armours split a double header with the Kansas City Monarchs before a big crowd of 4,500 people yesterday. The first game went to the locals by a count of 4 to 0. Karl Robison, former Rourke player, allowed the visitors but two safe smashes. The second fame went to the K.C. team by the score of 3 to 1, Andy Graves, the veteran Armour hurler, was hit hard while Donaldson of the Monarchs kept the locals to five scattered hits."

Omaha, NE
"Monarchs Break Even. - Omaha, Nebraska, June 20. - The Kansas City Monarchs split even in a double-header with the Omaha Armours here today, losing the first game 4 to 0 and winning the aftermath 3 to 1. Robertson of Omaha was invincible in the opening contest, while John Donaldson kept the visitors' blows well scattered in the second game."

"Monarchs Won and Lost at Omaha Sunday. - Omaha, Nebraska, June 20. - The Monarchs of Kansas City broke even with the Armours here. Both games were fast and interesting. In the first game Robertson of Omaha was invincible, while in the second game John Donaldson pitched well allowing only three hits."

June 26, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Chicago Giants Here Five Days Open Saturday - The Chicago Giant baseball aggregation of the Colored National League, will make their first appearance tomorrow (Saturday) against the Kansas City Monarchs for five games, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - Tuesday being ladies day, they being admitted FREE. The Giants are a fast bunch of diamond performers, and have been giving all their opponents lots of trouble this year. The Monarchs have been making every team earn their beans, having won the majority of their games this season. The team having strengthened and the two stars that will report the first of July it looks good for the Monarchs to climb to the top. All games are at Association park, called at 3p.m."

Kansas City, MO
"MONARCHS WON THE OPENER. - Currie and Crawford Pitched 7 to 5 Game Against Chicago Giants. - The Monarchs launched hits off Chase in the first and fifth innings of the opening tilt with the Chicago Giants at Association Park yesterday and won 7 to 5. Currie held the visitors well in hand until the ninth frame, when they threatened and Crawford was sent to the rescue. Chase who did the flinging for the Giants was nicked for the same number of blows that his mates collected off the Monarchs flingers, but the locals bunched their hits. The Monarchs jumped in to the lead in the opening round, collecting two runs and as many hits while the Giants tied the count in the second. The Monarchs came back with a run in the third and added three more in the fifth while a home run by McNair in the sixth safely stowed the game away.
Donaldson is slated to pitch for the Monarchs this afternoon in the second game of the series while Ball will be on the mound for the Giants."

Kansas City, MO
*Same Game, different newspaper
"Our boys took this game with graceful habit. The Giants show up fair, and will no doubt offer some positive opposition tomorrow. In today's game the Monarchs scored two in the first session, one in the third, three in the fifth and one in the sixth. B. Gordon manipulated a double play in this number, McNair kindly favored the audience in the last half of the game. Currie was on the mound for the locals and performed with usual effectiveness. The batting is up to standard. Chicago 5, Kansas City 7. Batteries: Chase, Beckwith - Currie, Crawford, Rodriguez."

"Monarchs Cop Initial Game From Giants, 7-5 - Timely hitting enabled the Monarchs to cop the opening game of the series with the Chicago Giants at Association park yesterday 7 to 5. Rube Currie, who started on the hilltop for the Monarchs, was relieved in the sixth by Crawford, who held the visitors to four scattered hits during the remainder of the game. The Monarchs jumped into the lead in the opening round by collecting a pair of counters off two base knocks, while the Giants tied the score in the second. The Monarchs recovered the lead in the third round, garnering a run off a lone hit, while the locals added three more markers in the fifth, Hurley McNair's home run in the sixth clinching the victory. The Giants collected a run in the fourth without a hit and added another in the fifth. The visitors threatened in the seventh but were unable to produce more than one run. John Donaldson will be on the mound for the Monarchs in the second game of the series this afternoon, while Walter Ball will do the flinging for the Giants."

Kansas City, MO
"Kansas City, Missouri, July 2. - The Monarchs defeated the Chicago Giants two games, the first by a score of 7 to 5 and the second by 1 to 0. Seven Thousand five hundred people witnessed the game."

June 27, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Chicago 0, Kansas City 1. Batteries, Baylor, Beckwith - Currie, Rodriguez."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Defeat Giants in Second Game, 1 to 0 - The Monarchs and Chicago Giants battled for seven rounds in the second game of the series at Association park yesterday without a run crossing the plate. Singles by Bartolo Portuondo and José Méndez giving the locals a 1 to 0 victory in the eighth. A crowd of 7,005 witnessed the contest."

Indianapolis, IN
"Look Here Fans - Standing of the Clubs of the Western Circuit of the Proposed Negro National Base Ball League. - These figures are based on a percentage of won and lost and are for all game splayed up to week of June 27th:

Chicago, IL
* Same article, from the Chicago Defender

Kansas City, MO
"Kansas City, Missouri, July 2. - The Monarchs defeated the Chicago Giants two games, the first by a score of 7 to 5 and the second by 1 to 0. Seven Thousand five hundred people witnessed the game."

June 28, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"The first official act of the Monarchs was to knock the stuffings out of the ball in the initial round. McDougal, hurling for the Giants, went down at once from the onslaught, allowing three runs. Davis, relieving him, faired worse, dropping four runs. And Chase, the third pitcher suffered the other six runs during his administration. Donaldson made a clever catch and batted a homer by way of climax. Chicago 6, Kansas City 13. Batteries: McDovel, Davis, Chase - Beckwith, Foreman, Rodriguez."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Make It Three Straight From Giants, 13-6 - The Monarchs pounded three Chicago pitchers hard in the third game of the series with the Giants yesterday and made it three victories in a row, 13 to 6. Zack Foreman, who was on the hilltop for the Monarchs, was hit freely but kept the blows well scattered while his mates backed him up with good support. Aside from the fourth and eighth runs when the visitors collected their six runs, Zack Foreman was never in danger. Lem McDougal, who started on the elevation for the Giants, lasted only one-third of an inning, while Steel Arm Davis, who replaced him, was hit hard and forced to retire at the end of the first chapter. Chase, who replaced Steel Arm Davis, weakened in the fourth and eighth frames, allowing the locals to gather six more runs. The Monarchs jumped into the lead in the first stanza by gathering a trio of tallies, while four more were added in the second and four in the fourth. Today will be ladies day, all ladies being admitted free. Rube Currie is slated to do the hurling for the Monarchs, while Taylor, the Chicago ace, will be on the mound for the Giants."

June 29, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Tuesday's Game. - The Monarchs won today's game when "Pluvius" shed his copious tears. The rain caught the game in the last half of the sixth session, finding the score 10 to 3 in favor of the mighty locals. The Monarchs tried out both a new pitcher and catcher, Herbert Smith and Otto Ray. Both went good. Herbert Smith let the Giants down with six hits, while the Monarchs amassed twelve off the Giant's pitcher. Hurley McNair put one over the right field fence for his homer today. Chick Harper tripled in the fifth. José Méndez grabbed a hot line drive in the sixth and cleverly doubled out runner at first."

"Monarchs Cop Fourth Game With Giants, 10-4 - The Monarchs hit Lem McDougal hard in the fourth game of the series with the Chicago Giants at Association park yesterday and bagged their fourth straight victory, 10 to 4. Herbert Smith, a left hander who was added to the Monarchs' flinging staff recently, held the Giants well in hand with the exception of the fourth round, when he weakened and allowed the visitors to gather a trio of runs. The Monarchs jumped into the lead in the second frame, collecting three markers, while two more were added in the third chapter. Hurley McNair contributed a home run over the right field wall in the fourth, while the Monarchs attacked Lem McDougal in the fifth and drove in four more runs. Rube Currie will pitch for the Monarchs in the final game of the series this afternoon, while John Taylor will be on the hill top for the Giants."

June 30, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"A single by Mendez in the tenth round which scored Crawford, gave the Monarchs a clean sweep in the series with the Chicago Giants today. Taylor and Crawford engaged in a pitchers' duel for nine innings, the Monarchs' heaver striking out eleven visitors and yielding only four scattered base knocks. While Taylor was picked for seven blows, no two of which came in the same inning. Giants 0, Monarch 1."

Kansas City, MO
*Same game, article is from a different newspaper
"THE MONARCHS WON IN TENTH. - Mendez's Single Drove Home the Run That Beat Giants, 1 to 0. - The Monarchs made a clean sweep in the series with the Chicago Giants, copping the final battle yesterday, 1 to 0, in ten innings. A single to center by Mendez in the tenth allowed Crawford to score the winning run. For nine rounds Crawford and Taylor engaged in a hurling duel. Crawford allwing ony four scattered hits during the ten innings, while Taylor was nicked for seven base knocks. The Giants loaded the bases in the ninth, but heaters on the part of Crawford and airtight support by his mates enabled the Monarchheaver to escape with a clean sweep. Taylor was in great shape and so two of the Monarch blows came in the same round, while Crawford struck out eleven visitors. The Monarchs will leave today for St. Louis, where they are scheduled to play two games, before returning home July 24, to open a series with the strong Beloit, Kansas team, the club will play in Indianapolis, Chicago and Detroit."

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Make It Five in Row; Beat Giants, 1-0 - A single by Jose Mendez in the tenth round which scored Sam Crawford, gave the Monarchs a clean sweep in the series with the Chicago Giants yesterday, 1 to 0. Taylor and Crawford engaged in a pitchers' duel for nine innings, the Monarchs' heaver striking out eleven visitors and yielding only four scattered base knocks, while Taylor was nicked for seven blows, no two of which came in the same inning. The Giants threatened to score in the ninth when a pair of hits and a walk loaded the bases, but head work on the part of Sam Crawford and air tight support by his mates enabled the Monarchs' heaver to pull out of the hole. The Monarchs will leave today for an extended road trip, playing in Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis and Detroit before returning home July 24 and open a series with the strong Beloit, Kansas team."

July 2, 1920

St. Louis, MO
"Giants Winners Over Kansas City, 7 to 5 - Drake's steady pitching defeated Kansas City in the first game of the series with the Giants yesterday, 7 to 5. Although the visitors made fourteen hits he kept them well scattered. Dudley's running catch of Rugout's long foul was the fielding feature. Harper led the hitters with three out of four. The second and final game of the series will be played today. The Cuban Stars open a five-game series with the Giants tomorrow."

July 3, 1920

St. Louis, MO
"Kansas City Defeats St. Louis Giants, 4-2 - Finner held the visitors helpless until the eighth innings, when the latter bunched three hits which, coupled with three errors and a wild pitch, netted four runs and the game. Hill lead the hitters, with three hits out of four attempts. Herring, Stewart, and Carr contributed sensational fielding plays. Today the Giants meet the Cuban Stars in the first game of a five-game series. Game at 3:15."

July 5, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Rogan Pitched Kansas City Monarchs to a 4 to 2 Victory."

Chicago, IL
"K.C. Monarchs Win First. Giants 2, Monarchs 4. Batteries - Dave Brown, Jim Brown, George Dixon; Bullet Rogan and Vicente Rodríguez."

Chicago, IL
"Rogan Stops the American Giants - By Dave Wyatt - Uncle Sam has just recently turned loose a whole flock of baseball players from his army of athletes; St. Louis Giants grabbed three classy boys, one a catcher who is said to be the peer of them all. When the Kansas City Monarchs fastened a hold on Bullet Rogan and Dobie Moore they gave the old baseball game a lift that will be felt throughout the entire circuit of the present organization. Pitcher Bullet Rogan acquired fame from the easy manner in which he was able to defeate the All American baseball teams that invaded the Island where the 25th regiment was stationed; several players from the big leagues declared him to be a wonder, so Manager Wilkinson signed him early last spring; the boy made a three nights' ride and jumped out with strange support, facing one of the best teams in the country and gave an exhibition of hurling that had 10,000 fans yelping and the American Giants standing on their heads. Bingo DeMoss, who had hit a home run in a morning game, was the ony player able to tap the offering of Rogan to safe and sound territory. Bullet Rogan stopped the Giants after they had won six straight games, the A.B.C.s, Daton Marcos, Normals of the City League and the Cubans being the victims. The St. Louis Giants, the team carded to tackle the locals here Sunday, have been tabbing win with alarming regularity here of late, and with the star players just released from the Army in the line the fans undoubtedly are in for some real pastiming for the series."

Chicago, IL
"K.C.'s Down Reuben in First. Americans Beat Cubans 1-0. - Chicago, Illinois Special - The American Giants' wild career of winning a long string of games was stopped Monday, when Rogan, a recent acquisition from the U.S.A. put a quietus in those hammering players of Rube Foster's and almost stopped their bats from working all together. The Army lad was as wild as they come, giving many bases on balls, but he was airtight in dangerous places, holding that highly spririted crew of Chicago well in (illegible) and beating them 4-2. Before the Westerners took the measure of the Foster crowd, they had piled up a string of six straight wins, beating the A.B.C.'s, Marcos, Chicago leaguers and downed the Cubans. The Sunday game with the Cubans was won in the first inning, when Dave Malarcher cracked one of Pitcher José Hernández shoots for three sacks and was later scored on a slashing single to center off Bingo Demoss's bat."

Chicago, IL
"Food for Fans - By Charles A. Starks. - Hurrah! Hurrah! The mighty have fallen! Even though they get up again and regain their equilibrium, still the mighty have fallen. And this is so satisfying that we rejoice. The fall took place in the old home town, where the mighty may fondly expect that 70 percent of the favoritism (that if there be any) will naturally drift their way. All of which is to say that the Monarchs started their series of games with the American Giants Monday and brought home the bacon from large crowd. A telegraphic reports brought the very pleasing news that the Monarchs had won out in the first tussle with the redoubtable Foster Giants in an early afternoon wire, just when old Eighteenth Street was the tramping ground for the holiday strollers. So when the news came there was rejoicing. The close score and the meager hits counted were gratifying to local fans who demand that somebody play ball if they expect any attention from such August persons as themselves. The Monarchs got busy right off the reel and scored three in the first round. The Giants scored two in the third, and it was all for the day, except in the eighth round when the Kansas City boys surplused another one, making the score 4 to 2. Bullet Rogan, the Monarchs' new star pitcher, made the Giant men look like puriles in their efforts to safely connect with the ball - one little hit they received during the whole nine sessions. Rogan was kind to the Giants in the third, as he elected to favor two batters with a gift to first. Some Monarch then aided the spirit by committing grievous error just when someone was hitting to first - result, one hit, one score. The Giants managed to amass six hits off Brown, the Giants' star pitcher."

Chicago, IL
"Monarchs Hold Fosters to 1 Hit for 4-2 Triumph - American Giants were held to one hit by Bullet Rogan of the Kansas City Monarchs yesterday, and the visitors won the first game of the series at Schorling Park, 4 to 2. The Monarchs put victory on ice with three tallies in the first."

July 6, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Giants Beat K.C. Monarchs - The American Giants won an 8 to 6 game from the Kansas City Monarchs at Schorling's Park. Both teams hit the ball hard. The third game of the series will be played this afternoon."

Chicago, IL
"Foster's Giants Win From Kansas City Monarchs - The Kansas City Monarchs got their big bats to working early in the second game against the American Gaints, scoring four runs as early as the third inning and piling up seven hits off the delivery of Tom Johnson. Dobie Moore, the Army lad, hit in fiendish fashion, and the whole Kansas City crowd wielded with effect, netting them six funs as early as the sixth inning. The Giants waited out Crawford's offerings, securing several base on balls and they put the advantage to good use by stealing several bases, then by neatly executed maneuvering and a sprinkle of hits, they pulled up from behind and took the Kansas City crowd into camp by the score of 8-6. Jack Marshall went in with the score tied and thus receives credit for the win, although Tom Williams finished the game, letting the K.C.s down without much effort."

Chicago, IL
"Tuesday's Game. - The American Giants won out in today's game, beating the Monarchs 8 to 6 in a well fought contest. Things looked good for the Kansas Citys up to the fourth round when the tide began to turn. The Giants got to the visitors for 14 hits, while the Monarchs got 10 off the Giants. Rube Foster wisely made two replacements in his mound performers."

Chicago, IL
"Kansas City Monarchs Lose, 8-6, to American Giants - The American Giants won an 8 to 6 game from the Kansas City Monarchs at Schorling Park. Both teams hit the ball hard. The third of the series will be played this afternoon."

July 7, 1920

Chicago, IL
"American Giants win in 12th - The American Giants had to go twelve innings to beat the Kansas City Monarchs 2 to 1 yesterday at Schorling's Park. The same teams play today."

Chicago, IL
"Chicago, July 7. - The Kansas City Monarchs were defeated today by the Chicago American Giants in a 12-inning game, 2 to 1. Rube Currie pitched for the Monarchs. In the twelfth inning when he walked the first man, a hit by Bingo DeMoss and Torriente's sacrifice fly won the game. Jack Marshall was hit hard, but wonderful fielding by the Chicago club saved the game several times. Christobal Torriente, the Cuban outfielder for Chicago, and Dobie Moore, the Monarch's new shortstop, both starred at bat and in the field."

Chicago, IL
"American Giants Win in Twelfth Round, 2-1 - American Giants won in the twelfth inning against Kansas City Monarchs, 2 to 1, yesterday at Schorling Park, bunching singles for the winning run. The teams play again today."

July 8, 1920

Chicago, IL
"American Giants Win Again - American Giants defeated the Kansas City Monarchs, 6 to 1, yesterday at Schorling's Park. Tom Williams won in great form for the Giants, allowing but five scattered hits. Leroy Grant hit a home run in the third inning, scoring Judy Gans ahead of him."

July 10, 1920

Detroit, MI
"Monarchs Beaten in Slugging Bee - Long Distance Clouts Give Stars Opening Game, 8-5. - Detroit Stars defeated the Kansas City Monarchs today, 8 to 5, in a hard hitting contest. The visitors outhit the locals getting 12 hits for 20 bases, while the locals had 9 hits for 17 bases. Pete Hill, Wesley and Hurley McNair pounded the pill for circuit drives. In the eighth with the score a tie and second and third occupied, the Stars sent Bill Gatewood in as a pinch hitter. Jose Mendez purposely walked him, after which Eggleston, another pinch hitter, slammed the ball for a triple, scoring three men. Donaldson, formerly of the Stars, will twirl for the Monarchs Sunday, while Bill Gatewood, the big right hander, will work for the locals."

Detroit, MI
* Same article, from the Chicago Defender

July 11, 1920

Detroit, MI
"DONALDSON BEAT DETROIT STARS - The Negro Left Hander Allows 6 Hits, Monarchs Winning."
Detroit, MI
"Kansas City Team in Sunday's Game - Westerners Meet Detroit Stars on Mack Park Diamond. - With a mixed lineup of Cuban and colored baseball pastimers the Kansas City Monarchs present about the best team that has faced the Detroit Stars this season and the second game of the series Sunday is very likely to shatter attendance records at Mack Park, the Tigers being out of town. Both teams will send their star batterymen to the front in this contest, Bill Gatewood working for the home contingent and Donaldson, who beat the American Giants, for the visitors. Three star Cuban pastimers are included in the visiting teams roster, Jose Mendez, once famous pitcher, now playing the outfield, who is managing the club. Portuondo third baseman, and Rodriguez, who played with the Stars last season. Sam Crawford and John Donaldson, also former Detroit pitchers, will figure in the series and the hurling staff of the Kansans surely are a powerful one. The series is to last six games on successive days.

"Monarchs Even Up Series Here - Beat Detroit Stars in One-sided Game Before Big Crowd. - Detroit Stars lost a one-sided game to the Kansas City Monarchs 10 to 0 before a Sunday crowd of about 7,000 people. Donaldson, for the visitors, had his former teammates at his mercy, holding them to five scattered hits and striking out nine men. In the sixth the Monarchs gathered in six hits, including Hurley McNair's homer, for a total of five runs. Jose Mendez, for the visitors, and Thompson, for the locals, probably will face each other in Monday's game."

Detroit, MI
* Same article, from the Chicago Defender

July 12, 1920

Detroit, MI
"MONARCHS WON A CLOSE GAME. - Portuondo Battles...

Detroit, MI
"Stars Are Beaten By Monarchs, 5-4 - Every One of Kansas City Players Gets a Hit. - Detroit Stars dropped a close game to the Kansas City Monarchs today, 5 to 4, through errors which accounted for four of the visitors' five runs. Each of the Kansas City boys got into the hit column. Bartolo Portuondo getting three and sharing batting honors with Warfield, who also poked out three singles. Bill Gatewood will go to the mound for the Stars Tuesday, while Captain Jose Mendez, formerly with the locals, will work for the visitors."

Detroit, MI
"Detroit Stars in Third Place - Detroit, Michigan - Special - The Kansas City Monarchs defeated the Detroit Stars, 5 to 4, in the third game, also 4 to 3 in the fourth, causing the Stars to drop to third place in the League, Saturday."

July 13, 1920

Detroit, MI
"The Monarchs Won a 4 to 3 Game. - Detroit, July 13. - The Detroit Stars dropped a close game to the Kansas City Monarchs today, 3 to 4. Rogan was the winning pitcher. Donaldson will hurl for the Kansas City team tomorrow."

Detroit, MI
"Detroit Stars Are Beaten Again - Kansas City Monarchs Take Locals Into Camp, 4 to 3. - Detroit Stars dropped a close game to the Kansas City Monarchs Tuesday afternoon at Mack Park, 4 to 2. The game was filled with sensational playing and seemingly one of the best of the season. Each team made nine hits, although the visitors had the better defence hitting. John Donaldson will hurl for the Kansas City nin Wednesday, while the stars are likely to start Bill Gatewood."

Detroit, MI
"Detroit Stars in Third Place - Detroit, Michigan - Special - The Kansas City Monarchs defeated the Detroit Stars, 5 to 4, in the third game, also 4 to 3 in the fourth, causing the Stars to drop to third place in the League, Saturday."

July 17, 1920

Muncie, IN
"The Monarchs Were Hitting - Kansas City Club Defeated Indianapolis A.B.C.s 14 to 6. - Muncie, Indiana, July 17. The Kansas City Monarchs and Indianapolis A.B.C.s both played here today, the Monarchs winning a hard hitting game."

July 18, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"Food for Fans - By Charles A. Starks. - The Monarchs continue to satisfy the optimistic demands and hopes of the local fans here in Kansas City. After leaving Detroit with highest honors they went to do battle with the ever formidable alphabetical nine - the A.B.C.'s. Batteries - Crawford and Ray functioned for the Monarchs, while Williams, Johnson and Biz Mackey worked for the A.B.C.'s. - Sunday's Games - First Game. - There were about 7,000 fans watching the first of a pair of struggles between the two fast teams. The manager of the A.B.C.'s put in a new mound acquisition hailing from Texas. The southern gent got down to business after the first round and the heavy hitting Monarchs failed to land on the ball by way of hits and scores. Mackey, the local's back stop starred in several feature plays. The A.B.C.s cinched the game in the first round when they piled up a quartet of runs. They also scored one in the second and one in the fifth. Monarchs 2, A.B.C. 6. Batteries - Donaldson, Rogan and Rodriguez; McClure, Mackey.
Second Game. - In the second game things went opposite. Currie hurled for the Monarchs, and except for the third round the locals could not make out what he was, whether he was a cyclone or some strange wary performer that defeated all their attempts at solving the riddle. On the other side despite the fast fielding of the locals, they could not apprehend the hitting bee that the Monarchs were featuring, so Currie won his game, 6 to 3. Monarchs 6, A.B.C.s 3."

Indianapolis, IN
"7,000 Fans Watch A.B.C.'s Win and Lose With Monarchs - The Kansas City Monarchs and A.B.C.'s split even in a double header at Washington Park, Sunday afternoon. The local colored club grabbed the first encounter Sunday, 6 to 2 when Bob McClure twirled in real style for the Biz Mackey's catching was the big feature A.'s. He was given dandy support of the afternoon. The playing of Ralph Jefferson, outfielder with the Indianapolis club, went a long way toward siding the A.'s to grab the scrap. Ralph Jefferson also cut in with some classy playing in the second game. Dizzy Dismukes was on the mound against the Kansas City outfit in the second contest. All the breaks of the game went against this veteran and the A.'s lost, 6 to 3. A catch by Connie Day of a high liner over second brouht the big hand from the crowd of 7,000."

July 19, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"The A.B.C.s came back Monday and took the game away from the Monarchs at the close rating of 5 to 4. This fellow McClure, from Texas, must be some pipkin to hold the K.C. boys down to such straits. It doesn't read natural, that's all. Crawford pitched a nice even game for the Monarchs. He struck out four men while Jeffries only caused 1 to whiff the air. McClure relieved Jeffries in the ninth when there were two on base and none out, and won out for the locals. Monarchs 4, A.B.C.s 5."

Indianapolis, IN
"A.B.C.'s Best Monarchs. - After winning by a 5 to 4 count in ten innings yesterday, the A.B.C.'s were out to clinch the series with the Kansas City Monarchs this afternoon at Washington Park. By dividing a double-header Sunday and copping yesterday's game, the local colored club needs but one more contest to clinch the series as these teams end their meetings here tomorrow. Pitcher Bob McClure and Catcher Biz Mackey, both recently secured from San Antonio, Texas, were the stars for the A's Monday. Bob McClure took the mound in the ninth inning with two on and no outs, holding the slugging Kansas City outfit scoreless. The Indianapolis team was trailing, 4 to 3, when it went to bat in the ninth. C.I. Taylor's club tied the score and then won out in the extra inning."

July 20, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"Monarchs 4, A.B.C.s 2."

Indianapolis, IN
A.B.C.'s Cop In Twelfth Inning - Dicta Johnson, the spit ball artist of the A.B.C.'s, showed his worth Tuesday, when he held the slugging Kansas City Monarchs to eight blows in twelve innings, the locals winning, 4 to 3."

Indianapolis, IN
"Out for Leadership of Colored League - C.I. Taylor's A.B.C.'s were out to take another step in the direction of the leadership of the Western Colored Leauge this afternoon in their game with the Kansas City Monarchs. The Indianapolis colored club is now in second place, only three games behind the leading Chicago American Giants, the famous aggregation of Rube Foster. The Monarchs are third in the race. By winning yesterday's scrap, 4 to 3, the A's clinched the series with the Kansas City team. Plenty of action was promised for this afternoon as two of the four games played so far went to extra innings. Dicta Johnson twirled for the A.B.C.'s yesterday, and turned a victory in twelve innings. Namon Washington's single to center with Blackmon on (illegible) the winner. Connie Day and Morten Clark cut in with some nice fielding for the locals, while the base running of Morten Clark was one of the features. Next Sunday the Chicago Giants, a club that has been going at a fast pace recently, will open a series here."

July 21, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
A.B.C.s 6, Kansas City Monarchs 7.

July 23, 1920

Chicago, IL
"League Standings, as of Friday, July 23."

July 24, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"MONARCHS WON A SLUGFEST. - The Beloit Leaguers Were Unable to Overcome Big Lead and Lost. - The Monarchs won a swatfest from the Beloit Leaguers in the opening tilt of the series at Association park yesterday, hitting Williams freely and ending up 11 to 10 victory."

Kansas City, MO
"Food For Fans. - By Charles A. Starks. - These are great days for the Monarchs, with everything going big - and their way. When the team made the last trip, the prestige they enjoyed with local fans ranged about seventy percent. But with the comparative record they made on the road, and the positively superb playing they have exhibited since their return, easily warrants one in estimating their prestige about the century mark now. It has been pointed out that the coming games with Rube Foster's Giants, which start Saturday, are great with importance. Local fans are on edge for these sure-to-be-hot contests for supremacy. Needless to say how optimistic we are of winning out in the series. However, don't forget that Mr. Foster comes to town with a formidable array of baseball talent, formidable because of his own great generalship gained by long experience and scientific study of the game. The Fosterites play ball, that's all. In a letter to Dr. Howard M. Smith, Rube Foster says that he has only lost 3 out of 40 games played. And the last 15 games they have played have been won straight (that is to say consecutive). But remember, great or not great, "Rube must fall down! Down with the Giants! Up with the Monarchs!" Let them reign, as monarchs are accustomed to do. There'll be hot times in old K.C. for half a dozen days at least."

"Monarchs Blank Beloit Leaguers in Both Games and Series - The clash between the Monarchs and Beloit Leaguers, an aggregation hailing from Kansas, discovered the added strength of the colored locals in point of more clocklike precision in their movements. Those who know, claim that this was all that the team needed - some exercise and appreciation of organic action. Even the members of the Beloit team admitted that the Monarchs have wonderfully improved in this direction. Saturday's game offered some liberal swatting by the Monarchs. The locals used four pitchers for exercise. Apparently, rather than for any alarm about the fate of the game. Things went easy for them until the seventh round, when the Beloits staged a batting rally and almost won, 10 to 11. Sam Crawford, Foreman, Smith, Rube Currie formed batteries for the locals. Williams, Kennel for the visitors."

July 25, 1920

Kansas City, MO
Beloit 0, Kansas City Monarchs 1.

Kansas City, MO
"Sunday's game was voted to be pretty by fans. The great Blodgett hurled for the Leaguers and the Greater Logan hurled for the Monarchs, thereby lies a tale of a shutout, 1 to 0. Agreed, that both pitchers had plenty british."

July 26, 1920

Kansas City, MO
*Rained Out
Kansas City, MO
"Monday's game was a repetition of the Sunday tilt, only the locals made it 2 to 0 in the affair. Rube Currie, speedily becoming great on account of hsi dependability in winning games, pitched the classy number for his team. The white boys only coupled on to two hits, and got no farther than second. Carr, the clever first baseman, made two very clever catches in the second round. John Donaldson, Carr and Rube Currie got a two-bagger each in the course of the contest. 12 hits were gathered off the Beloits, while the visitors managed to secure only 2 from the developing master."

July 27, 1920

Beloit, KS
Beloit 0, Kansas City Monarchs 2.

July 30, 1920

Kansas City, MO
Cudahy Packing 2, Kansas City Monarchs 5.

July 31, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Monarchs Swamp the Mighty Rube - Teams Play to Record-Breaking Crowds. - Tight Playing and Close Results, Every Game a Bitter Struggle for Supremacy. - By Charles A. Starks. - Negro baseball is traveling like a star base runner, hitting all the bases, but making the greatest speed. Local fans were worked up highly over the very prospect of the outcome of the tournament of contests between the two wonderful machines. Speculation and enthusiasm have indeed, bordered on the fanatic. The wise birds saw in the Foster Giants a superior aggregation of players over their local scious, and it is said that this wisdom has proven quite costly, since the wise ones are known to have strongly backed up their 'knowledge' with their kale. Rube Foster, himself, probably reasoned upon the very lovical basis of the sterling record he has made in the first season of the league. The talented players, whom he controls with a never-fagging genius, naturally would lead him to think optimistically of the outcome. But there is something grander and bigger in the game itself than the mere results of the series. It is the psychological effect the organization of the league is having upon our people. Think what it means to have the bulk of the people's minds centered on one institution (Negro baseball means more than athletics to him) which employs so extensively and lucratively the brain and brawn of our people. It is a great thing to have Negroes to become daily enthusiastic about something their fellows are doing. It means more race pride, more solidarity. The same is working in old K.C. We must not tell everything we hope or expect Negro baseball to do for the race, but we know that it is doing a wonderful lot of good. - A Review of Games.

"Saturday found the Monarchs and Giants waiting for the gong to sound and they were off, the locals in the lead. But the Giants came from behind and won after trailing the Monarchs at the discouraging clip of 2 to 7 up to the first half of the 8th inning. Yes, our boys were going fine, but a comedy of costly errors turned the tide and the old masters put up the first win for the Chicagoans. Local fans were disgusted with this and it was the town talk. Currie pitched for the Monarchs, Johnson for the Giants. Score, 9 to 7 in favor of the Giants."

Kansas City, MO
"Fist Fight Livens Kansas City Game - Leroy Grant and John Donaldson Mix it, but American Giants Win Game 9 to 7. - Kansas City, Missouri, Saturday. - Coming from behind in the eighth frame, Rube Foster's American Giants copped the first of a five game series at the American Association Park, 9 to 7, as 5,000 looked on. A fist fight in the first added much to the afternoon's doings. It started when John Donaldson, Center Fielder of the home club, slid viciously into Leroy Grant at first and collided with the Chicago first sacker. Police rushed on the field and quiet was restored. "Rube" Currie hurled a splendid game for the Monarchs up to the eighth chapter, letting the visitors down with three blows and a pair of runs. In the eighth, however, the Rube Foster crew gathered their war clubs together and staged an attack which clinched the victory, five Giants denting the home plate before the smoke cleared away. The Giants jumped into the lead in the opening frame, collecting a couple of runs, but the Monarchs came back in their half of this round and put three counters across, adding another run in the second inning. The game then developed into a scoreless battle until the fifth inning, when the Monarchs added another tally. In the sixth the Monarchs counted two more runs. The Giants tied the count in the eighth, however, and stowed the game away in the ninth by gathering a pair of markers. Cristóbal Torriente, the black Babe Ruth of the Negro League, fully lived up to his reputation by spanking the apple to center for a triple in his first trip to the plate. Tom Johnson, who was on the elevation for the Giants, hurled great ball, but was handicapped by several costly boots on the part of his mates. Bartolo Portuondo and Hurley McNair had a good day with the timber, while George Carr brought the crowd to its feet in the second round by boosting the pallet over the right field wall."

August 1, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Giants 4, Monarchs 5. Batteries - Chicago, Williams, Marshall-Dixon. - Monarchs, Rogan-Ray, Rodriguez."

Kansas City, MO
Monarchs Won in 12 Innings - A Crowd of 15,000 Saw Giants Defeated in 5 to 4 Game. - Before a crowd of fifteen thousand, the largest gathering at Association park this season, the Kansas City Monarchs evened up the series with "Rube" Foster's Chicago American Giants yesterday, capping a 12-inning melee, 5 to 4. In addition to hurling a splendid game, Wilbur Rogan, the Monarch hurling ace, won his own game in the final frame with a double, scoring Donaldson with the winning run. Tom Williams, Chicago hurler, who had not lost a game previous to the second tilt with the Monarchs hurled a splendid game for the Chicago gang, allowing the Monarchs eleven hits, while his mates collected a down off Rogan's tenders but the Kansas City flinger kept the base knocks well scattered and retired thirteen opposing batters via the strikeout route. With two down in the ninth, and the game apparently lost, the Chicago club staged a rally and succeeded in tying the count, a trio of healthy blows doing the work. In the twelfth inning Moore was wounded, Donaldson followed him and scored when Rogan followed him with a double. A wild demonstration followed, the Monarch heaver being carried from the field on the shoulders of many admirers.
In the third game of the series this afternoon ... likely will do the flinging for the Giants, while Crawford or Donaldson will be on the mound for the Monarchs."

Kansas City, MO
"Foster Loses in the 12th. - Kansas City, Missouri, Sunday. - Playing before the largest crowd that has ever witnessed a game at American Association Park here, the Foster crew demonstrated that they are the gamest set of ball players that ever trod on baseball sod. AFter coming from far behind on Saturday and winning out, they were compelled to face the same ordeal on Sunday. Rogan was master of the situation at all stages of the contest, hurling and batting in fiendish fashion. Tom Williams did not loom up as the Tom of former days. Dave Malarcher's judgement was bad on two plays and in the end they loomed up like a mountain; then Jim Brown, doing emergency first base duty, put another rock in the pathway of the Chicagoans and College Boy Tom aided. At that the Chicago crew puled up to even scores and for several frames they carried so much fight to the Westerners that is was hard to figure who would win. In the 12th frame, after John Donaldson had slammed out a drive, Bullet Rogan stepped into one of Jack Marshall's shoots, the latter replacing Tom Williams, sending over the winning run."

"Sunday - Great Game, Great Crowd. - Before the largest crowd that ever viewed a game in the history of Association Park, Rogan, the wonderful speed demon, worked his mighty arm with rigit effect. For twelve long, fought innings, he battled with the star twirler of the Foster crowd, and finally won out by knocking a triple himself in the 12th period - winning the game to the delight of the vast number of local fans. Carr, the brilliant Monarch, who covers first base, kept the Giants from scoring in the 11th. There was a runner on third and the batter hit a hot one to first base, Carr fielded it, but had to make a spectacular slide to beat the runner to first. He did, and the Giants lost the much coveted score. Christobal Torriente featured a sensational catch in the sixth session. It was a long drive, but he got it. John Donaldson scored the winning run from second off of Bullet Rogan's triple. The crowd who viewed the game was as interesting as the game itself. The multitudes found their way through the enclosures on to the grounds, making special rules necessary to govern the game. There were fully 20,000 people, if one. Of course, we don't have to make the dailys' studied estimate of the number present, we know that their conservativeness is not calculated to be so accurate as it is something else. While the estimates of the crowd may vary, but there is no question of the high quality of baseball the fans got for their money. As said, Bullet Rogan pitched a great game against an equally great pitcher, Tom Williams, and won out. Rube Foster, as a piece of maneuvering, pulled the great Ace and put in Jack Marshall in the ninth, after they had tied the score."

August 2, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Giants 4, Monarchs 5. Batteries Marshall, Dixon, Crawford, Rodriguez, Ray."

Kansas City, MO
"Third Game to Monarchs - Marshall Was Hit Hard and the Giants Lost, 4 to 5. - The Monarchs made it two out of three in the series with the Chicago American Giants at Association park yesterday, bunching eleven safe blows off the delivery of Marshall for a 5 to 4 victory. Crawford, who did the flinging for the Monarchs was in great form and kept the visitors five hits well scattered. The Giants scored their four runs during the first two frames walks and miscues, along with a quartet of healthy bare knocks setting a pair of tallies in each stanza. After this Crawford was invincible, allowing only one additional hit, which came in the fourth round.
Marshall was hit freely by the Monarchs during the first two chapters, five safe blows being collected by the Monarchs crew, but only one run (illegilbe). In the fifth, however, the Monarchs gathered their war clubs together and made a trio of hits (illegible) for a pair of (illegible). Another counter was added in the sixth after two more clouts netted the final tally in the seventh. Currie likely will be on the mound for the Monarchs in the fourth game of the series (illegible) which will be ladies' day, while Johnson (illegible) for a turn on the firing line for the Giants."

Kanas City, MO
"Kansas City Beats Foster's Crew - Kansas City, Monday - Rube Foster's American Giants wend down in defeat today before Wilkerson's Kansas City Monarchs in a ninth inning rally."

Kansas City, MO
"Monday - Monarchs Repeat Victory. - Again the Monarchs marched home with the proverbial long end of the beacon. Sam Crawford, a seasoned Ace, performed the manly functions on the mound today for his fellow Monarchs, letting them down only with six disintegrated hit, while his own mates appropriated ten bingles for their own use. Bullet Rogan again figured in the lime light with another triple in the sixth. Otto Ray was on second - he ran in and tied the score, the Monarchs having been trailing the Giants. In the seventh Jose Mendez shot a steaming grounder down the foul line for a single - scoring Otto Ray and practically winning the game. John Donaldson made a speedy catch of Christobal Torriente's line drive in the eighth, preventing a probable score. Yes, it was a case of the Giants starting grandly and finishing poorly, and the Monarchs, this time, coming from the rear and winning. The Giants made two runs in the 1st inning and two in the second - after then the Monarchs closed the ledger, there were no more entrants."

August 3, 1920

Kansas City, MO
"Giants 5, Monarchs 6. Batteries - Chicago, Williams, Wickware-Dixon; K.C., Currie, Crawford and Ray."

Kansas City, MO
"Late Ball Games - Tuesday at Kansas City - American Giants, 4; Kansas City Monarchs, 5."

Kansas City, MO
"Tuesday - Bing! Again! - It looks like the Monarchs in the series between them and the fighting Giants. Today's win made three straight for the locals. The home boys knocked the 'stuffins' out of the wares that Mr. Thomas Williams offered on behalf of his Chicago associates. But the Monarchs have proven to be a wild west bunch, and consequently, they treated Mr. Williams to some rough and ready stuff. They batted him clean out of existence in the third inning. The Giants didn't score until the fifth, when they registered 3. They then succeeded in getting 2 more in the seventh, tying the score. The Monarhc fasted on to one in their turn and it was all for the day. Hurley McNair made a wonderful shoestring catch in the seventh off of Dixon's Texas leaguer - saving the game. Sam Crawford, who relieved Rube Currie in the seventh, struck out the 'Black Babe Ruth' (Christobal Torriente) with three on bases. Moore used more 'Vim and Vigor' (apologies to Theodore Smith) in the same inning and got a home run. Hurley McNair made his second feature catch in the eighth period and again saved the game unto the Monarchs."

Kansas City, MO
"Kansas City 5, American Giants 4. - Kansas City, Missouri, August 3. - Kansas City defeated the American Giants, 5 to 4."