1920 New Orleans Ads

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1920 New Orleans Ads (*also called "New Orleans Stars" or "New Orleans Black Pelicans")

1920 New Orleans Ads

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

January 17,1920

Pensacola, FL
"Would Like to Hear From All Managers. - Pensacola, Florida, December 29. - Mr. Sporting Editor of The Freeman: We would like to hear from all Southern baseball managers, we are trying to form a colored circuit. The 1920 baseball season is approaching, so let us get together at once and push the Southern baseball cities over the top. All baseball managers answer this letter at once. Don't be a slacker. Give us assistance, and we will go over the top. Hoping to get a bunch of replies at once, I remain, Dan Brown, Manager of the Pensacola Baseball Association. Address, 427 West Belmont Street, Pensacola, Florida.

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."

April 10, 1920

New Orleans, LA
"Eight Cities Enter Negro Southern League - Plans for the Negro Southern League have finally matured and the organization will be operated under a regular schedule beginning April 29 and ending September 5. This is the information that Fred Caulfield, local negro backer of the Caulfield Ads, brought back from the Montgomery meeting. Eight cities are represented, as follows: New Orleans, Birmingham, Atlanta, Nashville, Montgomery, Knoxville, Pensacola, and Jacksonville, Florida. Games will be played every Saturday and Sunday. The Caulfield Ads which will represent New Orleans in the league, play a series with the Indianapolis negro team Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at Heinemann Park."

New Orleans, LA
"Indianapolis Star is "Black Hal Chase" - The Indianapolis negro team, which plays the Caulfield Ads at Heinemann Park Saturday, Sunday and Monday will bring to New Orleans a player they claim is the best negro player in his position in the country. He is Ben Taylor, first baseman. As a fool-shifter and contortionist, Taylor has been called the "Black Hal Chase." The Indianapolis team is now training at Birmingham. It is the only one of the northern negro teams that came south for Spring Training."

Chicago, IL
"Giants Pitching to Be Big Factor - Rube Foster Believes it Strong Enough to Win. - (By Dave Wyatt.) - Unless I am very much mistaken the American Giants four first -string pitchers this year will be Tom Williams, Lieutenant Tom Johnson, Dave Lefty Brown, and Jack Marshall. The latter is a Kansas City product, and early spring lampings on the lad undoubtedly gives him a place with the first four. Nothing definite as yet can be said of "Blaus" Williams, and should he luckily show up, he has a bright chance of being headed Detroitward or in some other direction where high class services are needed. Not that "Blaus" is not alright, but it looks as if the Giants have annexed the class of the pitching field and "Blaus" with the present staff would look like a corner on the pitching market. Yes, Marshall is a most promising looking heaver, right hander, a world of speed, and he brings up his offering with a kick that is bound to play havoc with many an aspiring batter's average. Buck Ewing, a high school lad from Massilon, Ohio, has displayed some real class behind the bat, and he looks good to be detained for complete and expert inspection. Several of the newcomers look good and may land a berth with some of the clubs. It is certain that many hopes trying out here cannot be retained, therefore it is barely possible that by chance some team may pick up a diamond in the rough. One thing is certain, there is a fellow named Wiggins, a coal miner from down state, there is not a chance of anyone landing him. If the lad can bat anything like up to his class of fielding there he will be a grey old man when Rube Foster turns him loose. He is a shortstop and we vouce for the statement, he looks like a fixture. At any rate the Giants are going to size up awful strong. Buck Ewing, Riggins and Jack Marshall, with Jim Brown to jump in and help out the established regulars of George Dixon, Leroy Grant, Bingo DeMoss, Bobby Williams, Dave Malarcher, Judy Gans, Cristóbal Torriente, and John Reese, with a hurling string of Tom Williams, Tom Johnson and Dave Brown, we opine that the going is bound to be mighty rough for the other fellows. True we haven't heard from Uncle C. I. Taylor and Tenny Blount hasn't sent us any world fair reports. Mills says absolutely nothing and K.C. does not connect. Dayton is beginning to perk up and Rube Foster's new talent interests Joe Green. It looks like a case of hurry brother magnets or the windy city crew have landed another one best bet team. Sunday, April 11, the Giants open the season with Rogers Park, a Chicago League team, so we can get a real line on Foster's gang. But no matter what transpires within the next few days we have given you the lineup that you can just about look to wear the Chicago colors for the season of 1920."

New Orleans, LA
"Local A.B.C. Ball Club Winner At New Orleans. - New Orleans, Louisiana, April 10 - The A.B.C. baseball team of Indianapolis had little trouble beating the Caulfield Ads of the Negro Southern League here today, 10 to 1. Oscar Charleston, center-fielder, with the visiting club, made a single, double and triple in five times at bat, while Ben Taylor, first baseman, pulled a number of star plays. Ragland and Owens pitched for the winners and both were in good form."

April 11, 1920

New Orleans, LA
"Indianapolis is Best Negro Nine Ever Here - The Caulfield Ads have one more chance to win a game from the negro team of Indianapolis. The last game of the series was scheduled for Monday afternoon and Fred Caulfield planned a shift in his lineup from which he expected better results than were obtained Saturday and Sunday. Though Indianapolis is decidedly the best negro squad that has ever been seen in action here, there are at least four ball players on the team who would class with any negro players in the business, the two real stars of the club are First Baseman Taylor and Outfielder Charleston. The shortstop Clark plays the game with glasses on and makes every hop of the ball look dead easy. The Caulfields Sunday were faced first by a chocolate colored Carl May, named Dismukes a southern negro. Dismukes flung the ball with an underhand swing and he kept the Ads guessing throughout the innings. He was relieved by a great name Rile, who was just as effective although the Ads got to him for one run in the ninth. The Ads did not play the game they were capable of. The team stacks up better with Lewis behind the bat, Wilson on first, and Welsh in the sun garden. Homer pitched good ball, but his support was poor. A large crowd saw Sunday's game, numbering more than 4,000."

New Orleans, LA
"A.B.C.s Show Well by Beating Southern Squad - New Orleans, Louisiana, April 11. - Before one of the largest crowds that ever attended a Colored ball game here, the A.B.C.s of Indianapolis won a hard-fought game today from the Caulfield Ads by the score of 6 to 1. The visitors again showed their class at bat and on the bases. Their fielding bordered on the sensational and would have done credit to a club in mid-season form. Ben Taylor, Morten Clark and Longwave, a recruit from Shreveport, Louisiana, who joined the club today, playing third base, carried off the fielding honors. Both Dizzy Dismukes and Ed Rile showed form."

April 12, 1920

New Orleans, LA
"Indiana Blacks Easily Defeat Caulfield Ads - The Caulfields tried a lefthanded pitcher against the Indianapolis negroes at Heineman Park yesterday, but could fare no better agains the "national leaguers." The score was 10 to 3. Indianapolis won all three games of the series. The locals outhit the visiting negroes, but stupidity on the baselines kept them from making their hits count. They were again out fielded. Two umpires were on the job when the game started, but the chief arbiter, Wilson, quit during the second inning under the fire of the home team."

New Orleans, LA
"Indianapolis Takes All From Caulfields - Indianapolis' negro team made a clean sweep of the series here with the Caulfield Ads by taking the final game Monday at Heinemann Park, score 10 to 2. The Ads tried a "left hander" against the visiting team but he fared no better than the rest. The game was featured by heavy hitting."

New Orleans, LA
"A.B.C.s Win Another One - New Orleans, Louisiana, April 12. - The A.B.C.s took the third straight game of the series from the New Orleans Caulfield Ads in a rather slow contest today by the score of 10 to 4. Dicta Johnson worked the first five innings for the visitors and Jim Jeffries finished the game. Both pitchers were effective."

Montgomery, AL
"Southern League Formed - Montgomery, Alabama, April 12. - Final plans for the completion of the proposed Negro Southern Baseball League resulted in the formation of an eight club circuit, with a bright prospect of 10 cities composing the final arrangement of the organization. A bird's eye view of the league reveals excellent grounds for the success of the venture; the cities selected appeal to be about evenly balanced in population, have good transportation facilities and are not too long a distance removed from each other for a heavy mileage to cut serious inroads and thus weigh heavily against the proper financial progress of the promoters. C.I. Taylor who was cited for Conspicuous service through putting into being a like organization in the northwest, was a deeply interested participant in the final arrangements, and his words of wisdom went a long ways towards encouraging options on franchises. The following cities qualified for franchises in the new league: Birmingham, Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta, Pensacola, Montgomery, New Orleans, Jacksonville. A committee on the arrangement of a schedule hopes by the end of the week to have their dates alloted, as the opening day is set for April 29."

May 15, 1920

Atlanta, GA
"Caulfields Win Two Games at Atlanta - Atlanta, Georgia, May 15. - The Caulfield Ads, New Orleans Negro Team, put it on the Atlanta Black Crackers in both games of a double-header here Saturday, winning the first game 9 to 0 and the second 2 to 0. Owens pitched the first for the Caulfields and Johnson the second. The visitors outplayed the local team throughout."

May 17, 1920

Montgomery, AL
"Negro Hurler Goes to One-Hit 'Ledger' - Hurling big league baseball, Moss for the Montgomery Grey Sox held the New Orleans team of the Negro Southern League to 1 hit yesterday afternoon and the home club won the contest 5 to 4. The visitors' runs were due largely to errors."

May 18, 1920

Montgomery, AL
"Montgomery Negro Team Tops League - Grey Sox Meet New Orleans Again Today; Jacksonville is Runner Up. - The Montgomery Gray Sox, now hold first place in the Negro Southern League with Jacksonville, a close second. The Gray Sox, however, have a hard schedule before them for the next ten days, which schedule includes a series of games with Jacksonville and Nashville. The Greys are confident that their ascendency will be maintained, and are counting upon adding even further to their winning average during the present week. This afternoon, the Grays will meet the New Orleans aggregation at South Side park, leaving this evening for Jacksonville for a series of three games returning here Sunday for a game with Nashville Monday. The Sox will go to Atlanta for another series of three games. Sunday's game will be called promptly at 3 p.m. The seating capacity is being greatly enlarged to accommodate white persons, it is announced."

May 24, 1920

New Orleans, LA
"Black Barons Wind Up Series At Heiney Park - The local negroes strengthened up for their third game with the Birmingham "Black Barons" and got away with the big end of a 5 to 3 score. The fourth and last game of this series will be played at Heinemann Park Tuesday Afternoon."

May 31, 1920

New Orleans, LA
"Montgomery Grey Sox Play Long Game - New Orleans, Louisiana, May 31 - The Montgomery Grey Sox and the New Orleans Stars played a fourteen inning game here this afternoon, the game being called on account of darkness, with the score three and three. The game was a pitcher's battle, and was one of the best played here this season by any teams in the colored Southern League. Sensational fielding by the Montgomery players saved their pitcher from defeat on several occasions. The two teams will clash in a double header here Thursday."

June 24, 1920

New Orleans, LA
"Caulfields Meet Black Crackers - After winning nine out of 14 games on the road the Caulfield Ads have returned to open another series at Heinemann Park. Beginning today at 3:30 they will play the Atlanta All Stars four games. On the road the Caulfields won the large end of every series played excepte that the Knoxville, the team that is leading the league. New Orleans has won more games than any other team in the last three weeks and is now in third place."

New Orleans, LA
"Thursday's game was called off on account of wet grounds."

June 25, 1920

New Orleans, LA
"Black Crackers Here for Series with Ads - The Caulfields and Atlanta Black Crackers begin their series at Heinemann Park Friday at 3:30. Thursday's game was called off on account of wet grounds, and a double header will be played Sunday. Moffett, the Gulfport negro, or Seguki will pitch the first game for the local negroes."

"Errors of Vet Catcher Loses Game - Had 'Chief' Lewis, the 45-year-old catcher of the Caulfields, been able to untrack himself and play his usual steady game in the first inning of Friday's game with the Atlanta Black Crackers, the New Orleans negroes would have won. Lewis's errors decided the game in the Atlantans' favor. The Caulfields drove Cummings out of the box but could do little with Hampton until the ninth inning. Atlanta's team is not quite as strong as that which played here last year, but it is noted for its freaks. If the place of 'One Wing' Maddox in center field is 'Cutie' Cunningham, a monkey-shiner, and on first base is Gillan, who is a match for Percy Wilson in fancy fielding. Southpaw Robertson pitches against Atlanta Saturday, and in the double-header Sunday the New Orleans team will use Seguia and Graves. The latter is a new pitcher signed by the Caulfields. He formerly played with a Philadelphia team."

June 26, 1920

New Orleans, LA
"Caulfields Defeat Black Crackers, 7-4 - The Caulfield Ads evened up the series with the Atlanta Black Crackers Saturday when they defeated the Ethiopian visitors from the Georgia town by the score of 7 to 4. It was a well played game and only for the wildness of Pitcher Lockhart of the Atlanta Black Crackers in the second innning the Caulfields might have had a little more trouble chalking up the victory. Collins and Wilson featured for the local negroes while Wingfield's fielding for the Black Crackers stood out. They play a doubleheader Sunday."

June 27, 1920

New Orleans, LA
"Caulfields are Near Top After Defeating Atlanta's Team 3 - If the Caulfields are not on top in the Negro Southern League, they are very near it after winning Sunday's double-header from the Atlanta Black Crackers. This league is not so well organized that the standing is available from day to day. The last one issued showed Knoxville leading with New Orleans third. New Orleans has now won 23 games and lost 19, and is (illegible) a good second and close (illegible) for first place. The local negroes made it three out of four from Atlanta by taking both ends of a double-header before a crowd of about 3000 at Heinemann Park Sunday. Segula pitched shut-out ball the first game, and in the second the Caulfields bunched their hits and scored six runs in the fourth and fifth innings. The second was an exciting affair in which the Atlanta negroes twice tried to withdraw their team and then finally got into a fight among themselves. No game was scheduled at Heinemann Park for Monday, but Pensacola opens up here Tuesday for four games."

July 16, 1920

Montgomery, AL
"Local Negro Team Splits Double Bill - The Grey Sox and the New Orleans team split a double header yesterday at Southside park. The first game was close, with both pitchers going good. The locals scored two runs in the first inning. Then the visitors scored three in the third, but the locals tied the score in the fifth and the visitors were unable to overtake the lead. The locals scored two more in the sixth and won the game 5 to 3. Williams and Mason were successful in getting two long safe hits and the entire hitting of the team showed some improvement over the last two or three games. The second game was won by the visitors, 3 to 1, and was a much prettier and faster game than the first. This was a pretty pitchers' battle between Moss and Marfoot, but the visitors gave their pitcher better support. The visitors scored in the first and again in the fourth and fifth. The locals scored their lone run in the third and staged a rally in the seventh with two out that looked sure for winner. With two out and two on bases in the seventh, Williams came to the bat and everybody was sure that he would break the game up, but he was thrown out on a little grounder to second. The teams will play a double header this afternoon at 3:45."

July 31, 1920

Montgomery, AL
"Montgomery's Grey Sox Leading League - Negro Ball Team Has Average of 746 Per Cent; Knoxville Giants Trailing With 694 Per Cent - The Montgomery Grey Sox are leading the Negro Southern League by a safe margin and with the considerable strengthening of the team in the past week they should have little or no trouble in holding the lead until the end of the season."

August 9, 1920

Montgomery, AL
"Grey Sox Open With New Orleans and Win - Black Pelicans Trounced 6 to 3 Yesterday; Moss Hulred Air tight Ball for Locals - By hitting the lil pill to all parts of the lot and playing tight on ball behind Moss, the Grey Sox broke their losing streak yesterday afternoon, and won the first game from New Orleans, 6 to 3. The horrors of the playing to Red Cunningham, McCormick, and Carpenter, whose heavy hitting was largely responsible for the locals six scores. New Orleans started the scoring of the game with two in the second and one more in the fourth but after this frame Moss tightened and held them scoreless for the remainder of the game. The Grey Sox scored five runs in the sixth inning when Carpenter slammed out a three bagger, with three men on bases and Red Cunningham hit for two bases with two men out another score was added in the seventh frame when Scales walked and scored on McCormick's three bagger. In spite of the fact that the Grey Sox lost four straight games in the last series, they are still leading the league by a safe margin as the strong Knoxville team, which is second in the standing, was going to Nashville, while the Grey Sox were long to the Black Crackers. Out of a four game series played with Nashville, the strong Knoxville Giants were able to witness another game which gives the Grey Sox pracically the same lead that they held before the series with Atlanta. The Grey Sox showed up in old time form Monday afternoon and it looked as though they were trying to take out their Atlanta, grudge on the New Orleans team. Every player on the team played a good game and did good work with the stick, and the team showed the old time pep and enthusiasm that was lackin gin the Atlanta series."

August 10, 1920

Montgomery, AL
"Grey Sox Win Duet From New Orleans - Local Colored Team Takes Double Header Tuesday, Won First in Eleven Innings - Pitchers Myers and Mason pitched the Montgomery Grey Sox to a double-header victory Tuesday afternoon over the New Orleans Ads, the the first contest going eleven innings, the locals winning 4 to 5. The final game was a walkaway for the locals, 5 to 0. The Grey Sox team in the first contest should have won the game in easy fashion, but rank errors permitted the visitors to tie the score, despite the fact the locals obtained five runs in the opening inning. Myers for the Grey Sox pitched good ball, but his team mates failed to give him support at critical stages of the contest. After the first inning the locals could do nothing with the visiting twirler. In the eleventh inning Manager Cunningham opened with a double to left field, and reached third when Preston beat out an infield hit. Pitcher Suglar for New Orleans attempted to catch Preston off second base and threw wild and Cunningham came home with the winning run. In the second contest Mason had the visitors at his mercy, and never was in danger. Wilson for New Orleans was hit freely and the locals bunched their hits when hits meant runs. The Grey Sox players in both games displayed their fighting spirit which has marked their playing in the early part of the season, and the slump which the team has been in recently has disappeared. Batteries, first game: Moffett, Sugler and Marques; Myers and Preston. Second game: Wilson and Marques; Mason and Williams. Umpire, Mullett."