1920 Chicago Giants

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1920 Chicago Giants

1920 Chicago Giants 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."

March 5, 1920

New Orleans, LA
"Baseball Stars in the Sunny South - New Orleans, Louisiana, March 5. - Playing at Heineman's (Southern League) Park, the Leland Giants defeated the Caulfield 'Ads,' erstwhile city Negro Champs, in a brilliantly played game here last week. The game was the last of a series of three, and each team played remarkable defensive ball. The fielding of Dave Malarcher, Roth's throwing and catching and Robertson's pitching were the features. The Lelands scored the only run of the game in the fifth, when Handy singled, stole second and scored on Davis's clean hit to left field. The weather was ideal and fully 1,500 persons witnessed the contest. Horner also pitched well, allowing six hits to 'Left' Robertson's four. The Lelands won two of the three games played, and today's game was probably the last one in which infielder Malarcher will be seen here, as he is to leave shortly for Chicago to join Rube Foster's American Giants."

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."

Chicago, IL
"Chicago Giants - Chicago Giants, Joe Green's bunch opens the season at Indianapolis on May 2 and 'Noisy' Joe has rounded up a highly spirited bunch of pastimers that are destined to seriously arouse the rheumatic pain in the limbs of the many vets who adorn the roster of quite a few of the other clubs. Joe Green's youngsters are coming, advancing rapidly, while the other fellows are, well, what's the use? In young Frankie Peters he has about the most likely looking shortstop in the circuit, then John Bechwith, first string catcher is not surpassed by any one, all things considered, in the big show. Young Harry Jeffries, general utility player, is bound to create a favorable impression all over the circuit. All told with Willie Green at third, Thurman Jennings at second and Horace Jenkins in the out garden, with the old reliable Walter Ball, Simpson and Lem McDougal handing up the fast ones, we opine that Joe Green's offerings will cut much real ice in the new circuit."

April 10, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Round the Base Lines - Joe Green Says - Just tell 'em that when the old gong sounds the call to the barrier, I will be there, and with some team. I am not going to win this pennant on State street or in the papers. Not when you glimpse the gang that is going to romp under my colors this year, I say that quite a sprinkling of the so-called world's champions that you speak of will be shooting the S.O.S. signals and yelling like madmen for help. I don't think you are going to have any pitchers on the circuit who can push the old apple across the pan with any more speed and effectiveness than our old friend Walter Ball can. I am going to have an outer defense that will size up to any in the league, not perhaps on paper, but out there on the ball lot, and that is where the hair-raising stunts must be shown. Yes, I hear of the great finds that have been unearthed, and it's a grand thing for baseball, but say, I've a lad that I snatched off the prairies around here - Harry Jefferies by name - just watch him; he's one of those boys that is so good in all positions that I am liable to put the Cubans' system into effect, play him in a new one every day. Then you don't find ball players every day hitting up to the class of Horace Jenkins; and John Beckwith, there is a mighty sweet ball player, and I guess he can't wield that old bat. I am not going to tip my hand before the season starts good, but say for me when I hit Indianapolis May 2 for the opening fray against C.I. Taylor, I am going to make him wish that he dumped some of those dinks he's framing right off into the Gulf of Mexico."

April 17, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Joe Green's Giants are working out daily with the American Giants, and the old heads are cutting some mighty pert capers. Joe has had an unusual string of good fortune in the fact that he did not have to worry over new material. Many of the players that Rube Foster is priming no doubt will revert to Green, and, as quite a few of them flash streaks of baseball class, Joe will be the beneficiary thereby. The Chicago Giants open at Indianapolis May 2, and they are carrying a team that is destined to give C.I. Taylor's gand a tussle for honors."

April 18, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Chicago Giants of Chicago, Sunday, April 18, Chicago Giants vs. Whitmans of Chicago League. Games called at 3:00 p.m."

April 25, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Chicago Giants of Chicago, Sunday, April 25, Chicago Giants vs. Ciceros of City League. Games calledat 3:00 p.m."

May 1, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"Circuit Notes - There is going to be a fierce fight for first base honors this season, with Ben Taylor, Wesley, Grant, McAdoo and Edgar "Blue" Washington on the job. We say there is, and all can hit. But Joe Green has a pigmy, physically speaking, but he will size up like a Giant against the rest."

Indianapolis, IN
"Opens Circuit at Indianapolis - Joe Green Paints Gloomy Picture for A.B.C.s, While Taylor is Confidence Personified - By Dave Wyatt - Indianapolis fans are preparing to give C.I. Taylor and his cohorts a rousing welcome when they pry the lid of the home season at Washington Park on Sunday, May 2. The work of the A.s to date has been such that baseball lovers at Hoosierville are of the opinion that they will be in the thick of the fight all the way, and the fans are keen to show their appreciation. Joe Green's Chicago Giants are the opponents of the A.B.C.s and as this, the first tilt under the new baseball government, will mark an epock in history, it is only reasonable to assume that this, the initial go, is going to be fought to a dizzy finish. Joe Green has a sort of life-size hunch that when he invades C.I. Taylor's native heath Sunday he and his gang are going to give the Hoosier tribe a trimming, and it is going to be accomplished in such a neat and concise manner that the victory will not only vibrate througout the circuit, but it will serve as a symbol that bodes no good for all comers. Joe Green bases his conclusions on the fact that, while all the other fellows were yelping and showing that great teams they had on paper, he has been quietly gathering players who can show how good they are on the baseball lot. Among the new ones that the Giants will spring, and clear out of the knowledge of all, is a big southpaw from up around Winnipeg, Canada. This fellow's work is bound to prove a revelation to the fans as his record has just been revealed. Brown, another classy pastimer from out in Iowa, is going to prove an eye-opener to the player hunters. As to just what men will constitute the front line of defense or offense, such as the case may be, is a matter of conjecture. We do know that with Peters at short, W. Green at third, Thurman Jennings at second, Harry Jeffries at first, John Beckwith catching, and if the old, reliable Walter Ball elects to start and has a day on, then shades of night will be falling fast for the Hoosier clan. - C.I. Taylor Ready - Taylor and his men have just returned from a tour of the South; reports have it that they encountered soft going, and were thus enabled to pile up an unbroken string of victories. To that the A.s boss says: 'I expect to find my softest picking right in the ranks of the circuit. With such men as Oscar Charleston, George Shively, and Jim Jeffries in the outfield, players who have always been at the top of the class as hitters, fielders and run getters, why go South in quest of lambs in the way of opponents? There is not an infield on the circuit that has it on us - that is, as far as speed, experience, hitting and all-around fielding goes. Our pitching staff will stack up with any of them. Of our new men, Ed Rile, a 210-pound heaver, is going to make life miserable for the batters; Owens, another find, can be depended upon to function in grand style. Herlen Ragland is a grand pitcher and will be heard from. Veterans like Dicta Johnson and Dizzy Dismukes, with their present form and wily as they are, are bound to make the going tough for the many new players that adorn the other line-ups and who as we learn have not as yet flashed any naming class with the bat. Our catching staff is all that we could wish for. Russell Powell, first string man, is acquainted with the particular methods in vogue on all the other clubs. We expect to have a very interesting canter with the Chicago Giants sunday, and the least it can possibly amount to will be a double win for our team. Then we expect to be the first club to beat the Cubans, which will be on the 9th, and by so doing we will thus establish a record with a sort of an international tinge to it which in the distant future should make interesting reading for the future greats of the next generation. Keep your eyes on the A.B.C.s this season."

May 2, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"New Baseball Circuit Opens Sunday. - Chicago Giants Will Tackle Team That Taylor Has Framed - Both Teams Are in Good Trim. - (By Dave Wyatt.) - Sunday, May 2, will mark an epoch in local baseball circles, for upon that date what is as near a national baseball league as conditions will allow, will be the offering for the baseball fans at Washington Park. C.I. Taylor has just returned from a tour with his team, and his training trip has taken him and his charges throughout the greater portions of the South, where, as reports have it, they tabbed up an unbroken string of victories. The A.B.C.'s team of this season is said to be of a class that will compare in a favorable manner with any aggregation that the Hoosier Mag has handled, and if such be the offering then the fans of Indianapolis are in for a conspicuous place in the baseball sun of the new circuit. All of the old guards of the A's have been flashing form significant of the old days' Ben Taylor has been hitting the old apple often and far away, while Oscar Charleston has been finding the Southern League parks too small for his slams; George Shively's playing has revealed class that bodes no good for his opponents this year, and Morten Clark at short has stood the fans on their heads all along the line. Dizzy Dismukes, the veteran hurler, was never in better form, while Russell Powell, his mate in the battery works, is displaying both on the defense and offense in a manner to excite alarm. Jim Jeffries is in grand condition and Dicta Johnson is undoubtedly is in for a grand year. C.I. Taylor has been extremely fortunate in assembling worthy youths, for in Tick Houston, the new second sacker, he has uncovered a real find, a body that can do everything and do it well. Alonzo Longware, the third base guardian, is ssaid to be all that the boss desires, and that within itself is a grand recommendation. The A's greatest hope is in the pitching staff; Big Ed Rile, a two-hundred and ten pound youngster is said to be the most promising moundsman on the new circuit. Herlen Ragland is a hurler that is going to give the other fellows a whole lot of trouble, while Owens, a pitcher and utility man, is said to be one of the most valuable men in the game. The Chicago Giants, the team that plays here Sunday, is a team put together in a manner that is going to make a whole lot of trouble for those clubs who are bent on front runner positions. It is practically an all-youth team, having just enough of the old heads to balance them evenly. Walter Ball, the dean of pitchers, was never in better form and he, no doubt, will pitch the opening game against the locals, while John Beckwith, perhaps the most efficient catcher in baseball today, will handle the offerings of the veteran. The Windy City team will show a short stop, Peters, whose work is bound to arouse the envy of all opposing manager, while young Harry Jeffries, a first baseman, is certain to electrify with his interpretation of first base play. Thurman Jennings and Willie Green are two well seasoned players on the infield and Horace Jenkins in center is set to give the best Hoosier batter an awful rub with the willow. Joe Green has a wealth of good playing material and he comes prepared to throw the weight of his entire aggregation against the locals and says he's going to win. There will be a double bill and the first game starts early. It is barely possible that big Ed Rile or Dizzy Dismukes will work in the main event for the local team. Russell Powell, no doubt, will do all the catching, or may be Mitchell Murray, the high grade youngster, will do one show. At any rate, there is going to be a ball game out at Washington Park."

Indianapolis, IN
"Washington Park, Indianapolis, Indiana, Sunday, May 2, Two Games - Chicago Giants of Western Circuit, Negro National League vs. A.B.C.'s at Indianapolis, Indiana."

Indianapolis, IN
"A.B.C.'s Win Opener - C.I. Taylor's gang got away to a flying start for the present season when they took the fast Chicago Giants into camp to the tune of 4-2 in a canter that sparkled with pep, good hitting and grand pitching by pitchers Walter Ball and Ed Rile. Walter Ball, although a loser, pitched the seadier of the two and was entitled to a much better account in the final. However, the boos and jibes of six thousand fans, ninety-nine percent of whom were frantically enthused over the new A.'s, made life miserable for the visitors, and many being young and lacking in practice as well as experience, went all to pieces in close places, allowing the Hoosiers to acquire runs where steadiness would have served to a good purpose. The Chicago team earned their two runs while the A.'s accepted the advantage given them mostly through errors at critical times, and profited to the extent of at least three of their runs. Ed Rile, the new pitcher that Taylor is depending upon for championship honors, displayed streaks of coming greatness, and will be a power in the defese of the Taylor gang. Walter Ball, the veteran, pitched one of the best games of his long career, coming out of some mighty tight holes with flying colores. Fred Goliah, Butler, Willie Green, and Horace Jenkins displayed hitting form that makes them look like dangerous men for the opposing pitchers this season. The Chicago Giants, in their present for, that is, without a chance for real practice this spring, would seem to have a team that is going to rank mighty high as batters. Joe Green has a pitching staff that is going to be heard from, and when he gets his youngsters all primed and polished no doubt whatever exists if they do not finish at the top, then they will push the leaders to an exciting finish. Many notables in the sport world witnessed the opening game. Ira Lewis, sport editor of the Phissburgh Courier, came all the way from the Smoky City to be present. Dave Wyatt, dean of sports writers, came from Chicago, Ed Lancaster, Big Smith and sport bugs from Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Louis, and Dayton were on hand. The Cubans play the A.B.C.'s here next Sunday, while the visitors play in Chicago against the American Giants. - Taylor Has Fast Club. This year's club looks like the best team that Taylor has ever had and will no doubt make a great record. Next Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the famous Cuban All Stars from Havana, Cuba, will be seen here, playing a double-header Sunday."

Indianapolis, IN
"A.B.C.'s are Ready to Meet Chicago Giants in Big Double-Header - The A.B.C.'s are ready for their double header with the Chicago Giants tomorrow afternoon at Washington Park and C.I. Taylor, manager of the Indianapolis Club expects to get an early start in the Colored Baseball League by copping both contests. The first game will start at 3 o'clock. After spending three weeks in the south, the Indianapolis team is in first-class condition. While on their spring trip, the A's won seventeen, tied two and lost one game, defeating some of the best colored teams in the South. Tayor says he has the best club that has ever played under his management. The A.B.C.'s will be the attraction at Washington Park on the Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays that the Indians are on the road."

"A.B.C.'s Score Double Win Before Big Crowd. - With more than 6,000 fans shouting approval, C.I. Taylor's A.B.C.'s got away to a flying start at Washington Park Sunday afternoon by downing the Chicago Giants in a double-header, 4 to 2 and 11 to 4. Hard hitting and fast fielding marked both contests. Shortstop Morten Clark, of the Indianapolis Club, in particular contributing sensational plays. Ed Rile held the opposition to seven hits in the first game. On next Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the A.B.C.'s will play a series with the famous Cuban All Stars, a double-header being scheduled for Sunday."

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."

Indianapolis, IN
"A.B.C. Triumph in First Home Games - A Throng Estimated at More than Eight Thousand See First Games of the New Circuit - By Dave Wyatt - Indianapolis, Indiana, May 7. - One of the largest and most enthused gathering of baseball devotees who ever assempbled to do homage to the grand old national game witnessed the initial contests that ushered into being what is purported to be the most important and far-reaching step ever negotiated by the baseball promoters of our Race since the birth of the game more than fourty years ago. The opening tilt staged in this city last Sunday resulted in a victory for C.I. Taylor and the crew of athletes he has gathered to do battle under the Hoosiers' war paint. To use the language of the diamond, the breaks and other incidentals that often crop up to turn the seemingly defeated ones into the victorious weighed heavily upon the right side of the ledger for the Alphabetus clan. Joe Green's Chicago Giants, the team that opposed the A.B.C.s, coming as they did out of an atmosphere that would not permit of any great amount of practice this spring, annexed many admirers for the plucky manner in which they attacked the home team, who by the way, had stored away an advantage of a month's training in the Southland and appeared to be right on edge for any sort of a grueling fight. The rivals for first blood of the inaugural go in the pitchers' battle were the veteran Walter Ball for the Windy Citys, while Ed Rile, a husky 210-pound youth, carried within the sinews of his strong right arm the chief defense of the A.s. Despite the twenty or more years bedecked with hard pitching battles in which Walter Ball has been one of the central figured upon which thousands in the dismal past have based their hopes, the veteran, although supported by a team, 50 per cent of whom were inexperienced in grueling diamond battles, were untrained and lacked the polish so necessary, he nevertheless was as steady as the proverbial old clock and acquitted himself with the glory that by estimates of reasoning should have been accompanied by victory; as it was the defense of his comrades went woozy under the fierce panning of the frantic admirers of the new A.B.C. team, and the Chicago boys tabbed on the losing side of the ledger. - The A.s are Classy - C.I. Taylor's team had just returned from a month of conquests broken only by one lone defeat, and the Hoosiers displayed real benefits derived through their slog through the Southern country. Oscar Charleston, the great hitter and fielder, although playing in a crippled condition, revealed the streaks of his former greatness that made him the most feared man at the bat and on the base paths. Ben Taylor is hitting them often and far away, while George Shively shows that eagle eye, speed of limbs and patience that is going to make him an awful manace as a lead off man, Morten Clark at short is playing with new life and is running bases and slamming the ball with dire effect. Russell Powell, the veteran catcher, is winging in grand style, and Connie Day, the new third sacker, is efficient and show the gameness of a real fighter. The A.s have evidently picked up a most valuable man in Tick Houston, the guardian of the keystone station; so when the new men whom they selected from the material glimpsed in the South gets in, it would appear that the Hoosiers are going to have a team that will get off in front and stay there."

Indianapolis, IN
"Circuit Opening - Many potables in the sport world attended the opening games of the Western circuit of the proposed baseball league. The first games were played at Indianapolis, Indiana. Ira Lewis, sporting editor of the Pittsburg Courier, came all the way from the Smoky City to be present. Lewis is running some mighty good baseball stuff in the new magazine. The competitor, Dave Wyatt of the Chicago Defender showed up, as did "Big" Smith, Ed Lancaster of Louisville, and baseball men from New Orleans and other Southern League cities. "Wood" Knox of the Freeman chaperoned the gang and they had a rousing good time and incidentally enjoyed the opening game of the new circuit, yelling themselves hoarse as C.I. Taylor's team walked out with the lion's share of the honors."

Indianapolis, IN
"Washington Park, Indiana, Sunday, May 2. - Before more than ten thousand wildly enthusiastic baseball fans, C.I. Taylor's world famous A.B.C.s made their initial bow of the season here today to the home town folks after two years of pastiming on foreign fields. The Indianapolis fans were hungry for baseball; hungry for the kind and class of ball, characteristic of the well known efforts of their wizard manager. And the manager of the rousing reception tendered the re-entry of Taylor and his stalwarts spoke volumes for the success of colored baseball. Joe Green and his sturdy Chicago Giants were on hand to help the Taylorites pry off the lid in both games and lost them both."

May 9, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Sunday, May 9 - Chicago Giants of Western Circuit N.N.L. vs. American Giants - Games Called at 3:00 P.M."

Chicago, IL
"Foster's Crew Puts Kibosh on Chicago Giants - Visiting Pitcher's Control Goes Bad and Rube's Gang Piles up Big Lead - By Captain James H. Smith - The American Giants and the Chicago Giants of Chicago hooked up in their annual scrap last Sunday at Schorling Park and, as always, interest was at fever heat. The largest crowd of the season turned out and the bantering was continuous throughout the contest. Joe Green has a pretty good team together this year and with a little more team work should make good around the circuit. Walter Ball, the old reliable, was wild as a March hare and put his team at a great disadvantage right at the start and they never recovered, especially while Dave Brown was on the rubber, they simply could not see his offerings. When Tom Williams ascended the mound they seemed to take a liking to his curves and started to pound them around the lot, but were too far behind to catch up. Dave Malarcher and Bingo DeMoss were the stars with the willow, each securing three hits. Cristóbal Torriente, who, by the way, had just arrived in town Saturday, crashed a loud double to right center in the third inning. This was the hardest hit ball in the game. Next Sunday the Dayton Marcos will oppose the American Giants and the fur will fly, as the Giants are still smarting from that 4 to 0 defeat handed them by this team last year and are out for sweet revenge."

May 16, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Sunday, May 16 - Chicago Giants vs. Oak Parks of Chicago League at Chicago, Illinois."

"Chicago Giants of Chicago - Traveling - Sunday, May 16 - Chicago Giants vs. Oak Parks of Chicago League at Chicago, Illinois."

Chicago, IL
"Semi-Pro Baseball Today. - Chicago Giants, at Oak Park."

Chicago, IL
"Oak Park 8, Chicago Giants 3 - Staging a rally that netted eight runs after two men were out in the fourth inning, the new Oak Park semi-proteam walloped the Chicago Giants, 8 to 3."

Chicago, IL
* Same article, from the Chicago Daily Tribune

May 23, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Sunday, May 23, Chicago Giants vs. Chicago Leaguers at Chicago, Illinois, Games Called at 3:00 p.m."

Chicago, IL
"Chicago Giants Win - Joe Green's Chicago Giants downed the strong Gary, Indiana team Sunday by a score of 5 to 2. Pete Henning, one of the many league pitchers who likes to work against the locals, fell victim to the Green team. Jefferies was the star hitter, getting three, two of them doubles."

May 29, 1920

Detroit, MI
"Chicago Giants at Detroit - Joe Green's Chicago Giants go to Detroit and will open this Saturday, May 29, playing Sunday and Decoration Day, also Tuesday and Wednesday. Joe Green has finally added a couple of new pitchers, also a shortstop, who is said to be a real comer. The new find is a Chicago lad and he is a graduate of the prairies and high school baseball teams of the Windy city. Anderson is the lad's name and of those who have seen him work the best judges pronounce him a comer. Another player on the Giants that is attracting attention is White, the big soldier first baseman; this fellow is a clouter of the clean-up variety and of the player who saw him work many overseas games, all pronounce him to be one of the most dangerous hitters in the game. The Detroit fans are in for some real battling when Joe Green trots his revised line-up out to toe the scratch."

Detroit, MI
"Detroit Stars Smother Chicago Giants. - Detroit, Michigan - Joe Green's Chicago Giants were defeated Saturday and Sunday by Ted Blount's slugging Stars."

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."

May 30, 1920

Detroit, MI
"Pitcher's Battle is Expected Here - Ball and Thompson are Slated for Mound Duty. - Sunday's baseball attraction at Mack park is the second game of the series in which the Detroit Stars are playing the Chicago Giants. Thompson, the redoubtable curve ball pitcher of the local team's staff, has been saved by Manager Tenny Blount for the Sunday contest and it is expected that Walter Ball, star of the visiting club's mound corps, will work against him, which should mean a pitchers' battle that will be well worth watching. Those who witness the game will see one of the funniest clown coachers in baseball - a colored edition of Nick Altrock - in action. Joe Green, who manages the club, is a whole vaudeville show in himself. He keeps the crowd in convulsions throughout the contest. Memorial day the Stars and Giants will play two games, one in the morning at 10:30 and the other in the afternoon at 3:15."

"Stars Drive Ball Off Mound to Win - Chicago Giants Lose Second Game of Series to Locals. - Detroit Stars defeated the Chicago Giants the second time in two days, Sunday, 9 to 4. The game was exciting from start to finish. Ball, Chicago hurler, was batted from the box in the first inning. McDougall, who relieved him, held the heavy-hitting Detroiters from scoring again until the sixth inning. "Mac" weakened at this juncture. His support also faltered, the Stars scoring five times. "Jimmy" Lyons injected a timely hit that emptied the sacks. The Giants bunched all but one of their hits in the second inning, scoring four runs. McDougall drove out a home run. Riggins, the infielder, who has been substituting for Joe Hewitt, who was hurt two weeks ago, accepted 13 field chances without an error. Jenkins, Chicago's centerfielder, made a remarkable catch of Warfield's hard drive in the seventh inning. The Stars and Giants play two games Monday at Mack Park at 10:30 and 3:15."

Detroit, MI
Sunday's Game, Detroit 9, Chicago 4"

May 31, 1920

Detroit, MI
"Stars Win Series From Chicagoans - Split Even Memorial Day; Homer Only Score of 2nd. - Detroit Stars won the series with Chicago Giants three games to one by taking the afternoon game Memorial Day, Holland besting Taylor in a pitchers' battle, 1 to 0. Riggins scored Detroit's run in the eighth inning, driving the ball to right field fence for a home run. Holland kept the chicago hits scattered. The stellar work of the Stars' infield, especially that of Wesley at first base, spoiled any chance the visitors had of scoring. The morning game was a heavy hitting contest, Chicago winning, 9 to 7. Captain Pete Hill gave Brown and Green, two of his colt pitchers, a chance. Both were hit hard. Beckwith was the leading clubber for the visitors, his three-bagger being one of the longest hits seen at Mack park this season. Eggleston was the big offensive man for Detroit, driving out two doubles and a triple."

Detroit, MI
* Same article, appearing in the Indianapolis Freeman."

Detroit, MI
"Detroit, Michigan. - The Stars won the series from the Chicago Giants, splitting games on Memorial Day, the first by a score of 1 to 0, and the second which they lost, by a score of 7 to 9."

June 5, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Chicago Giants Defeat Niesens - Landing on Jackson for eleven hits, one a triple and one home run, the Chicago Giants trimmed Niesen's Pyott nine, 5 to 0, at Pyott field. Beckwith of the Giants poled both the homer and the triple and scored three of the five runs. McDoual hurled a fine game for the Giants, fanning four and allowing the Pyotts only two hits, and, although he walked eight of Niesen's crew, his mates gave him sufficient support."

June 6, 1920

Milwaukee, WI
"Chicago Giants of Chicago - Traveling - Sunday, June 6, Chicago Giants at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at McCoy Nolans."

Milwaukee, WI
"Joe Green's Chicago Giants will journey to Milwaukee and lock horns with the great McCoy-Nolan team. Joe's crew are encountering some awful rough going, being sent out against all the best teams right at the jump-off. The weather has been against the team's training plans all spring and before Joe Green could get his team all shaped up and running smooth they have been on the receiving end of some tough jolts. Joe Green's new men are rounding into form and before they start on the long trip around the circuit they are expected to have recovered their real form and will catch up to the leaders. Joe Green consoles himself over the fact that the slump of his club is no worse than the Monarchs here, the Cubans and other teams in the circuit who have lost as many as the Green crew."

June 10?, 1920

Chicago, IL
"Chicago Giants Win - Joe Green's Chicago Giants are having much success against the Chicago League clubs. They downed the Pyotts, one of the best teams around here; beat Gary, another good one, and downed the Cragins. They also put one over the Detroit Stars. The Pyotts are owned by Bill Niessen, one of the Chicago League moguls. Lem McDougal pitched grand ball and the players behind him fielded and batted timely and hard. The Chicago Giants open the circuit play at Dayton, Ohio, against the Marcos, and as Joe Green has just acquired a string of new talent, the Saturday and Sunday at Dayton should be hotly contested affairs."

June 13, 1920

Dayton, OH
"At Home Grounds Sunday, June 13, Chicago Giants vs. Dayton Marcos Saturday, June 12, Games called at 3:00 p.m."

Dayton, OH
"Giants Trounced - Dayton, Ohio, June 18. - The hustling of George Britt and the Fielding and batting of Koke Alexander featured the 7 to 0 win of the Dayton Marcos over the Chicago Giants at Westwood Field Sunday afternoon. George Britt allowed the visitors but three hits, one of which came in the ninth inning. A running catch by Koke Alexander with his back turned to the ball and his home run over the right field fence in the fourth frame were the best hits of the game. Walter Ball hurled for the Giants, and although he held the Marco sluggers to ten hits, his three bases on balls and three hit batsmen proved his undoing. George Britt was master of the situation all the way and was never in danger of being scored on. Not a Chicago man reached third base. A crowd of about 4,000 fans witnessed the game. When Koke Alexander hit the ball over the fence for a homer, the crowd showered him with money. He got three hits out of three trips to the plate and was hit by a pitched ball on another occasion."

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 3, 1920

Omaha, NE
"The other traveling team, the Chicago Giants, go to Omaha, Nebraska, and will show in that city, 3, 4 and 5."

Omaha, NE
"Chicago Giants Win - Omaha, Nebraska, July 9. - Joe Green's Chicago Giants blew into this city and took the local champions into camp for the first game of a four game series. The representative of the new league of baseball teams of color had just finished a series at Kansas City, where they were in two ten-inning games, losing by the narrow margin of 1 to 0. Big John Taylor, the Giants pitcher, undoubtedly is one fo the classiest performers that has shown here this season, while another Giants hurler in the person of Steel Arm Davis displayed streaks that should point to him as a most formidable slabman. John Beckwith, the lad who wields the willow among the Race teams much after the fashion of Babe Ruth, was right up to the standard, and advance reports had him making life miserable for all heavers en route. The visitors downed the locals 8 to 4, taking the lead in the fourth inning, and were never headed."

July 4, 1920

Omaha, NE
"The other traveling team, the Chicago Giants, go to Omaha, Nebraska, and will show in that city, 3, 4 and 5."

July 5, 1920

Omaha, NE
"The other traveling team, the Chicago Giants, go to Omaha, Nebraska, and will show in that city, 3, 4 and 5."

July 11, 1920

St. Louis, MO
"Dayton Wins From Leland Giants, 7-3 - The Dayton Marcos won from the Chicago Leland Giants by a 7-to-3 score yesterday afternoon. George Britt, pitching for the winners, held the Chicago boys safe, allowing seven hits and striking out six men. Isaac Lane, with three hits out of five times up, led the hitters. These two teams will play the second game today."

July 12, 1920

St. Louis, MO
"Dayton Again Beats Chicago Bunch, 4-1 - Dayton again defeated Chicago in the second game of the series yesterday, 4 to 1. Herlen Ragland pitched excellent ball, holding the Windy City lads to four hits. Harrison Johnson led the hitters with two hits out of three times up. The third game of the series will be played today."

July 13, 1920

St. Louis, MO
"Chicago Beats Dayton at Giants' Park, 7-3 - Chicago defeated Dayton yesterday, 7-3, after losing the first two games of the series, at Giants' Park. The series now stands two to one in favor of Dayton. George Brown's one-hand catch of C. Duncan's smash and the spectacular fielding of Beckwith were features. Horace Jenkins led the hitters, with three hits in four times at bat. These teams will play the final game of the series this afternoon."

July 14, 1920

St. Louis, MO
"Chicago Again Defeats Dayton Negro Nine, 5-0 - Chicago again defeated Dayton in the final game of the series at the Giants' Park, by a score of 5 to 0. Yesterday's victory gave Chicago an even break after losing the first two games. John Taylor pitched for Chicago and held Dayton to four hits. David Wingfield, at second for Dayton, accepted fourteen chances without an error. Bobby Winston was the leading hitter, with three out of five attempts."

Dayton, OH
"Dayton, Ohio. - The Marcos lost to the Chicago Leland Giants last Wednesday by a score of 5 to 0. It was a fast game and the Lelands showed a world of class."

July 17, 1920

St. Louis, MO
"Joe Casey Pitches Giants to 9 to 3 Victory - The good pitching of Joe Casey, a recruit hurler, and the St. Louis Giants' timely hitting, were the contributing causes of their 9 to 3 victory over the Leland Giants yesterday. These two teams will engage in the second of a six-game series this afternoon. Game at 3:15."

July 18, 1920

St. Louis, MO
"St. Louis Giants Trim Leland Giants, 4-1 - Louis Danage, the Giants' newly discovered pitcher, held Chicago to six scattered hits while his mates bunched their eight hits and won, 4 to 2. Horace Jenkins led the batters with three safeties in four tries. The third game of the series will be played this afternoon, starting at 3:15."

July 19, 1920

St. Louis, MO
"St. Louis Giants Win From Leland Giants - Bill Drake pitched airtight ball for the St. Louis Giants after the first inning and the Leland Giants went down in defeat by a 4 to 1 score. Willie Green and Dick Wallace led the hitters with two hits each in four times at bat. These two teams play the final game of the series this afternoon."

July 20, 1920

St. Louis, MO
"St. Louis Giants Beat Lelands, 9-4, for Clean Sweep - The St. Louis Giants won the farewell match at the Giants' park yesterday from the Leland Giants by a score of 9 to 4. Lonnie Torian, a soldier, pitched although he was somewhat wild in the early innings. Tullie McAdoo enjoyed a field day both at bat and on the defense, getting three hits out of four attempts and handling sixteen fielding chances without error. By winning yesterday's game the local boys made a clean sweep of the series."

July 23, 1920

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

July 25, 1920

Indianapolis, IN
"A.B.C.'s to Hit Road After Present Series - The A.B.C.'s, after meeting the fast climbing Chicago Giants in a double-header Sunday and a single game Monday, at Washington Park, will be on the road to (illegible) fight for the (illegible) of the Western Colored League. At (illegible) the local colored team is in second palce, just three game behind the Chicago American Giants, Rube Foster's team. Manager C.I. Taylor expects to come back home in first place. The Chicago Giants have been going at a rapid pace for several weeks, and the Windy City aggregation is giving to make a lot of the other members of the loop stop some in order to finish up in the race. Manager Joe Green, of the visitors, has added a number of new players to his team since it last played here, and it is said to be a (illegible) club than it was early in the season. It has just finished playing some of the strong teams in the circuit. The first game Sunday will start at 3 o'clock."

"Chicago Giants and A.B.C.'s in Double Bill - A capacity crowd is expected to see the A.B.C.'s take on the speedy Chicago Giants in a double-header at Washington Park Sunday afternoon. The first contest starts at 2 o'clock. This will be the last home appearance of the local colored club until the Indians take to the road again. The series with the Chicago team will wind up Monday with a single game. The Chicago Giants have been gaining ground in the race for the Western Colored League title and are expected to make the A's step some in order to grab the series. The Windy City team has won seventeen out of the last twenty-five games played, most of the scraps being against the strong clubs in the loop."

"A.B.C.'s Go On Round. - The A.B.C.'s played their last game in Indianapolis, before hitting the road, at Washington Park this afternoon. The closing contest of the long home stay was with the Chicago Giants, who broke even with the A.B.C.'s in the double-header Sunday afternoon. The feature of Sunday's game was the spectacular running catch by Oscar Charleston, the Indianapolis team's Center Fielder."

July 29, 1920

Marion, IN
"A.B.C.'s Win in Tenth. - Marion, Indiana, July 30. - The Indianapolis A.B.C.'s had to go ten innings to trim the Chicago Giants here yesterday, 4 to 3, at Booster Park. Both Chase, of the Giants, and Jim Jeffries, of C.I. Taylor's team, pitched good ball. A second game between these clubs is played today."

July 30, 1920

Marion, IN
"Chicago Giants vs. A.B.C.s"