1920 Knoxville Giants

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

1920 Knoxville Giants

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.

April 12, 1920

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."

April 26, 1920

Chattanooga, TN
"A.B.C.s Grab Twin Bill From Knoxville Giants. - Chattanooga, Tennessee, April 26. - The A.B.C.'s of Indianapolis took a double header from the Knoxville Giants here today, 7 to 0 and 2 to 0. In the first tilt the Hoosiers had everything their way as the Southern Leaguers were completely helpless before the blinding speed of Ed Rile, the big 200-pound recruit of the A's. Both clubs played snappy ball although a part of both games was played in drizzling rain. The second contest was called at the end of the sixth frame by previous agreement. The A.B.C.'s made two earned runs in the last session. The game was featured by fast fielding on both sides."

May 26, 1920

Montgomery, AL
"Grey Sox Home as Second in League - Fast Negro Baseball Team Will Meet Knoxville Here for Three Game Series - The Montgomery Grey Sox are back at home after two weeks on the road and will play the Knoxville Giants today, Saturday and Sunday. The one armed pitcher Mattox will pitch the game Saturday and all who have seen him play say that he is a wonder and he is the only one armed twirler that has ever appeared in this city. On Sunday, Steel Arm Smith will pitch and will be opposed by Montgomery's south paw. Streeter Smith has not lost a game this year and Streeter is by far the strongest pitcher on the Grey Sox staff, so this game should prove very interesting to the fans."

May 27, 1920

Montgomery, AL
"Grey Sox Defeat The Bessemer Boys - In one of the prettiest games played here this season, the Montgomery Grey Sox team defeated the Bessemer Stars Thursday afternoon by a score of 2 to 1. Streeter and Harper engaged in a pitcher's battle, both having beautiful control and kep their hits well scattered."

June 17, 1920

Knoxville, TN
"In yesterday's game the Knoxville team defeated Montgomery 5 to 3, Dickey working for the visitors, while Moss hurled for the local club."

June 18, 1920

Knoxville, TN
"Grey Sox Win and Lose to Knoxville - Knoxville, Tennessee, June 18. - In two games thus far played between the Montgomery Grey Sox and the Knoxville team of the Negro Southern League of baseball clubs, each has one game to its credit. Today's game was won by the visitors, 5 to 2, with Maddox in the box. Streeter hurled for the locals and was hit at opportune times by the Alabamians. In yesterday's game the Knoxville team defeated Montgomery 5 to 3, Dickey working for the visitors, while Moss hurled for the local club."

June 26, 1920

Montgomery, AL
"Knoxville Giants Forfeit Contest - After playing ten innings of the fastest baseball that has ever been played at South Side Park, the Knoxville Giants withdrew their team from the field and forfeited the game to the Grey Sox, 9 to 0. The game, as far as it was played was very exciting and the work of Young for the locals was the feature of the game, especially in the tenth inning, when he let the bases fill with no men out and then retired the side without a score. The locals staged a rally in the seventh and scored two runs and in the eighth they scored three and tied the score. In the last half of the tenth with two men on bases and a close decision by the umpire at first the Giants left the field and forfeited the game. The work of Mattox, the one armed wonder, who played center field, with the bat was amazing and he received much applause from the bleachers every time that he came to the bat. Jones started the game off fine for the visitors and up until the eighth inning he pitched air tight ball but in the first of the eighth he was relieved by Moore, a south paw and the locals then made the runs that tied the score. The winning of Saturday's game only leaves one game between the Grey Sox and the Giants who are leading the league. Today's game will be pitched by Steel Arm Smith of Knoxville, and Streeter for the locals. Both are southpaws. The game will start promptly at 4 o'clock."

July 8, 1920

Knoxville, TN
"Steel Arm Dickey Puts Over 20th Winning Game - (By the Associated Press.) - Knoxville, Tennessee, July 8. - In a recent series here between the Knoxville and Birmingham teams of the Negro Southern League, "Steel Arm" Dickey, of the Knoxville team, pitched his twentieth consecutive winning game. The huge "Cicotte," as he is known, has not lost a league game this season."

July 9, 1920

Columbus, OH
"Columbus, Ohio, July 9. - The Knoxville Giants of the Southern League of Colored Clubs have been engaged to cross bats with a strong white semi-pro team, and the contest will take place at American Association Park: first game July 9 and a series for July 10-11."

Columbus, OH
"The day before (Thursday) the Knoxville team beat Columbus 5 to 0."

July 10, 1920

Columbus, OH
"Knoxville Giants vs. a 'strong white semi-pro team.'"

Columbus, OH
"The visitor's first string pitcher is a one-armed man! And this same single-finned flinger flung the Columbus colored team to a 3 to 0 defeat Friday."

July 11, 1920

Columbus, OH
"Knoxville Giants vs. a 'strong white semi-pro team.'"

July 12, 1920

Winston-Salem, NC
"Today Manager George Timlic will start a four game series with the crack aggregation, the first game this afternoon at 4:30 at Prince Albert Park. Another game will be played tomorrow and the last two Friday and Saturday. A section has been reserved for white patrons."

July 13, 1920

Winston-Salem, NC
"Another game will be played tomorrow (Tuesday)."

July 16, 1920

Winston-Salem, NC
"... and the last two Friday and Saturday."

July 17, 1920

Columbus, OH
"Columbus, Ohio. - The Knoxville Giants are proving pretty tough customers for the teams hereabouts, having a stiff pitching staff and hitting in a manner that is bringing many games to their already long list of conquests."

Winston-Salem, NC
"... and Saturday."

July 23, 1920

Knoxville, TN
"Knoxville Giants, 15; Dry Cleaners, 0 - Knoxville, Tennessee, July 30. - The Knoxville Giants defeated the Dry Cleaners Friday, handing the white boys a terrible beating, 15 to 0. They have won 74 games this season, losing 9. Friday's victory made 25 straight wins for Pitcher 'Steel Arm' Dickey."

July 26, 1920

Knoxville, TN
"Make it Three Straight - Knoxville, Tennessee, August 6. - The Knoxville giants of the Southern League made it three straight on July 28 from the hard hitting Royal Giants of Asheville, North Carolina, by the following scores on the home team's grounds, Booker Washington Park."

July 27, 1920

Knoxville, TN
"Asheville 2, Knoxville 2."

July 28, 1920

Knoxville, TN
"Asheville 2, Knoxville 5."

July 29, 1920

Knoxville, TN
"Gray Sox Win One, Lose Two - Knoxville, Tennessee, August 6. - The Knoxville Giants lost their first game in a three game series, but managed to annex the following two from the Montgomery Grey Sox. There was plenty of pep in all three games. The Dixie Jazz Band furnished the busic. These victories placed Knoxville in first place and Montgomery in second. Steel Arm Dickey, with 25 straight victories to his credit, suffered his first defeat of the season. His failure to field a bunt, his wild throw to first and a dropped fly ball by Fielder Bosby, all in the first game, gave the Sox a 3-run lead. It looked as though the giants might win with the bases full, but Mason tightened. That was in the first game. July 31 Dickey came back and made good defeating the visitors."

July 30, 1920

Knoxville, TN
"Montgomery Grey Sox 1, Knoxville Giants 3."

July 31, 1920

Knoxville, TN
"Montgomery Grey Sox 1, Knoxville Giants 3."