1920 Cleveland Tate Stars
A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1920 Cleveland Tate Stars
1920 Cleveland Tate Stars Games
Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.
June 27, 1920
"Armour Nine Wins So Do Tate Stars - Defeat Schleimer Federals and Dille Roads at League Park. - Class A baseball failed to attract much of a crowd to League Park yesterday, only 1,432 persons going through the turnstiles to see the double header between the Armours and Schleimer Federals and Tate Stars and Dille Roads. Pitcher Bell, who four weeks ago pitched the Schleimers to an eleven-inning vitory over the Armours, yesterday pitched for the Armours and had the satisfaction of beating his former teammates, 4 to 2, in a hurling duel with Trimmer. Errors behind Trimmer were responsible for three of the Armours' talles. The Schleimers might have scored more but for poor work on the bases. The Tate Stars were victors over the Dille Roads in the other game, 3 to 1. It was the Dille Roads' first defeat of the season. Brady pitched splendid ball for the winners, an error being responsible for the only run. But four hits were made off Brady. Marquard and Black allowed only five hits, but erros behind them permitted the Tates to score two of their runs. The games were played expeditiously, starting at 1 and being over at 5:15."
July 4, 1920
"Tates Still Winning. - The Tate Stars won a fast and exciting game from the Stroud Awnings at Shaw Field, Sunday, 5 to 4. Bunching hits, they scored all their runs in the first and fourth innings. A walk, a sacrifice, and three hits produced three runs in the first. In the fourth, Wilson's double, two walks and Dunlap's sizzling hit to right, produced the last two runs. "Ruben" Henderson pitched a nice game, having acquired his "long-sought" control, fanning eight men, and would have held the Strouds to one run with proper support."
July 11, 1920
"Tates Trim Gilmours - Last Sunday at League Park before a crowd of three thousand fans, the Tate Stars trimmed the Gilmour K. of C.'s, 4 to 2. The Tates scored in the fourth as the result of Williams' safety, a walk, a sacrifice and Sharkey's solid single. They scored three more in the sixth as the result of Williams' hit, two more hits, a sacrifice and Wilson's beautiful drive to center. Wilson's work in right shone out like a beacon-light. He threw Cleary out at first on a clean hit to right and later threw the same player out at third when he attempted to take two bases on Michael's hit."
July 24, 1920
"Prime Sport News - By Allen H. Dorsey. - Devoe, a Smart Leader: Josh Devoe, catcher and manager of the Tate Stars, is a hustling, never-say-quit player who has imbued his men with that spirit. The present high position of the fast-going Tate Stars, with an excellent chance for the championship of their class, is generally and rightly credited to the baseball brains of their leader whom Rube Foster once said was "one of the smartest young players he ever trained." Devoe's career has been interesting. During 1913-14 he played with the Hawaiian League in Honolulu, 1915, with Foster's American Giants, in 1916 with Crawford's All Stars of Chicago, in 17-18-19, with Joe Green's Chicago Giants where he broke the semi-pro record for consecutive games caught. Joe Bettis, veteran third sackers of the Naco Giants, seems to have had a rejuvination of youth for he is batting and fielding as never before. Sharkey, the "up and doing" middle gardener of the Tates and playing fine ball, shows his good sense by the way he takes well-meant criticism. Keep a level-head Sharkey and some day a fat weekly check for playing baseball will be yours.
Pat Rogers, the "wise old owl" of the Argonnes, never sleeps and he is planning some surprises for the baseball public. According to the lively and interesting "Amateur Athlete," Boyd, the Tate's great left gardener, is leading his mates at bat with 11 hits in 29 trials for a percent of .379, Sharkey, 11 hits in 36 efforts, is next with .355, followed by Wilson, .350, Williams, .333, Harvey .300, Devoe, .150, Ruben Henderson, .143."
July 25, 1920
"Prime Sport News - By Allen H. Dorsey. - For seven innings, last Sunday, at Woodland Hills the Tate Stars and Schleimers were neck and neck but in the eighth inning the Schleimers got busy and, through several errors by the Tates and a couple of well placed hits, proceeded to sew up the game. Brady, The Tates' pitching ace, was not as effective as usual and was replaced in the eighth by 'Rube' Henderson. Sharkey played a nice game, while for the Schleimers', Tinners at first and center fielder Webber were stars. Webber committed highway robbery when he captured Devoe's apparent triple in deep left center."
September 8, 1920
"Oberlin Loses. - Oberlin, Ohio. - The Tate Stars of Cleveland, defeated the locals in a fast game, 3 to 1, September 8. Farmer Brady bested the local crack, Harrington, in a red-hot pitchers' battle. Wilson featured at bat for the visitors."
September 12, 1920
"Tates Are Victors. - By far the largest crowd, that has ever attended a game at Naco Field, Sunday, saw the Naco Giants go down before the fighting Tate Stars, 4 to 2, in the first of their three-game series. The Nacos went into the lead in the second inning but the Tates were not to be denied and tied it up in the fifth through a walk, a hit, a sacrifice and an error and forged their last tally in the ninth. The Stars were outhit three to one but Lefty Brady tightened in the pinches and refused to allow the timely bingle while Leonard's walks and several bunched hit proved his undoing."
September 19, 1920
"Prime Sports News 0 By A. Harrison Dorsey. - Another large and enthusiastic crowd saw the Naco Giants win a hard fought contest from the Tate Stars, Sunday, 2 to 1. The Tates went to the front in the third on Henderson's smashing double to center, a walk and a hit, while the Nacos came up even in the sixth. Time after time the Tates threatened with men on second and third but they could not produce the needed hit. The Nacos won out in the ninth on R. Moore's torrid smack to right, a walk on Leonard's double to center. Slaughter's fielding featured."
September 26, 1920
"Prime Sport News - By A. Harrison Dorsey. - The Tate Stars went down before the Naco Giants, 12 to 6, to the surprise of a large number of fans last Sunday, at Naco field in the deciding game of the series. The Tates started off like world-beaters and soon pounded the veteran, Tom Payne, from the mound. They galloped into the lead in the first, with a three-run rally, continuing their fierce batting offensive in the second with the same result. For five innings Brady was complete master of the situation, then came the Naco deluge and when the smoke had cleared away the iron men had scored seven runs, aided by numberous errors of commission and several fierce drives. Henderson then tried to stem the tide but the Nacos were on a batting rampage and scored four more in the seventh. Although inclined to be wild "Bobo" Leonard was able to repel the Tates whenever they threatened. - Live Notes. - That was surely a great reversal of form displayed by the Tates in the sixth. The game was apparently safely stowed away when disaster came. Brady might have weathered the storm if his support had no cracked so badly. Williams put up his usual good game and refused to catch the "errfull" spirits of his mates. He is a particularly heady and dangerous man on the bases. With the season about over the Tates can feel some satisfaction. They won a big majority of games played and showed more "inside ball" than in years past. The Nacos, too, can feel proud over games won and the great ball exhibited by Lute and Roy Moore. - The man behind the gun, seldom gets all that is coming to him." is an old and very true saying. Oftener he gets no credit at all. Here is a good portrait of the quiet, modest, unassuming sportsman who has backed Tate's Stars from the beginning, several years ago, and is "still at it" which is of itself praise far beyond any The Gazette can give him. George J. Tate's Central Shirt Shop in "the avenue" is the headquarters not only for gentlemen's light wearing apparel, but also for many of our lovers of good, clean sport. "George," as he is most often familiarly addressed by his host of friends and admirers, is a very companionable man as well as throrough sportsman."
October 29, 1920
"Naco Giants Win Championship - Cleveland, Ohio, October 29. - The Naco Giants Baseball Club of this city, George Simpson, manager, won the Colored Championship of Cleveland by winning 21 and losing only 5 in the next 26 games played here during the season. They defeated the Tate Stars for the title by their excellent showing. Manager Simpson says he expects to put up the strongest amateur club in the city next year."
December 11, 1920
"Indianapolis, Indiana - At the meeting of the National Association of Colored Baseball clubs here, last week, a harmonious spirit prevailed throughout the sessions and much good was accomplished for the success of the new circuit. President Rube Foster was a capital presiding officer and with his usual diplomacy smoothed over the opposition among some of the owners to the percentage that has been paid him for handling their affairs and scheduling games. The Dayton team, owned by John Matthews, a financial failure, was transferred to Columbus, a much better ball town, and the veteran Sol White appointed manager. Hilldale, owned by Ed Bolden, was admitted to the league and he and the Bacharachs owners settled their differences. The Cleveland delegation, headed by President George J. Tate of the Tate Stars and Lem R. Williams, received a warm welcome and their program given favorable consideration."
August 1, 1920
Woodland Hills, OH
"Prime Sport News - The Tate Stars went down before the Gilmours, Sunday, at Woodland Hills, 11 to 8, in an exciting game, with a crowd of 4,000 fans looking on. 'Ruben' Henderson started for the Tates and was lead to the showers in the sixth and Lefty Brady took up the burden. The Tates' defeat was due solely to errors of commission and omission by Williams, Reel, Sharkey and Walton, the latter being the chief offender. The Tates started a great batting rally and scored five runs. Wilson's mighty drive to left scoring the last three runs. The Tates defeat, Sunday, eliminates them from further competition in the C.A.B.A., this year. Too bad, because with one or two holes filled up they appeared for a while as the best in their class. The shortstop position has never been filled, this year, properly, the last player they've had, being the worst of the lot. The base-running has been particularly bad."
August 8, 1920
"Prime Sports News - By A. Harrison Dorsey - The Tate Stars journeyed to Wickliffe Sundy, and lost a hard-fought game, 6 to 5. 'Rube' Henderson was on the mound for the Central Avenue lads and pitched his typical brand of ball, allowing his opponents to get to him when hit meant runs, although fanning ten of the suburbanites. A fielder's choice and three solid smashes permitted the lumber men to sew up the game in the ninth, after the Tates had apparently cinched it through a 3-run batting rally. Wilson and Williams lead the Tates' batting assault with two hits apiece."
August 15, 1920
"Timely Notes - The Tates travel to Conneaut, Sunday, to meet the speedy Athletics of that city. The boys will have to play 'heads up' ball to defeat that smart aggregation."
Chagrin Falls, OH
"The Tate Stars continued their losing streak at Chagrin Falls, last Sunday, when they lost to the Henry Foundry men, 3 to 0. "Bobby" Sitts was in mid-summer form and refused to allow the colored lads to become familiar with his curves. Lefty Brady also pitched a cracker-jack game, but several errors and opportune hits allowed the Furnace men to score three runs."