1920 Birmingham Black Barons
A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1920 Birmingham Black Barons (*Also Known as the Birmingham All Stars)
1920 Birmingham Black Barons
Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.
"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
"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 30, 1920
"Colored Southern League Will Open - Montgomery Grey Sox Will Play Birmingham All-Stars Here Today - Baseball for the colored Southern League, recently organized, will be ushered in this afternoon when the Montgomery Grey Sox clash with the Birmingham All-Stars. The game is slated to start at 3:30 o'clock, and will be played on South Holt street, the block South of Mill street. The Montgomery team last year played senstational ball, and have one of the best colored teams in the South. Those interested in the league have made elaborate preparations for the opening game. A.J. Stokes and W.W. Matthews, local negro religious leaders, will appear on the grounds and will be the battery for the first ball thrown. The local organization is in charge of Manager Hannon, and who will probably play first base for his team. A grand stand has been erected at the park to accommodate the white patrons."
"Montgomery's Grey Sox Are Victorious - The Montgomery Grey Sox team won their opening game over the Birmingham All-Star team Friday afternoon by the score of 1 to 2, before a crowd estimated at 1,200. The game marked the opening of the colored Southern League, which recently organized, with Birmingham, Mobile, and Pensacola Having teams in the League. The local team bunched their hits in the second and seventh inning and aided by errors the visiting team had little trouble in winning the initial contest. Streeter for the Grey Sox team, pitched air-tight ball, and had the Birmingham team at his mercy allowing only five hits, the only extra base hit off him came in the ninth when a visiting player sent a fast double to left field. Zigler for the Magic City crew weakened in the seventh inning and allowed three successive safe hits, and two errors by his teammates permitted four runs to be scored. Cunningham on first base played sensational ball, and it was his brilliant fielding that prevented the visiting players from scoring on several occasions. Cunningham pulled in several wide ones, and on one occasion made one stab of a wild throw that brought him considerable applause. Cunningham secured two safe drives, one being a double. The two teams will clash again today and tomorrow. Those interested in the league have erected a park at South Holt street, and have erected a grand stand for white patrons."
May 1, 1920
"Montgomery Grey Sox Lose Saturday - Cotton Is Driven From the Box by Heavy Birmingham Batters - By driving Cotton from the mound, the Birmingham All Star colored baseball team defeated the Montgomery Grey Sox Saturday afternoon by the score of 15 to 8. The All Stars had little trouble in connecting with offerings of Cotton, and after the fifth inning, the final outcome of the game was never in doubt. Extra base hitting by both clubs featured. Both teams have won a game and a third game of the three game series will be played this afternoon. The game will be called at 3:30 o'clock. Official umpires have been selected by the league officials, and will officiate in all the games. After the game today, Pensacola will play the local team. The park is located on South Holt Street, and a large grandstand has been erected to accommodate white persons."
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."
July 9, 1920
"Grey Sox Will Play Birmingham Stars - The Montgomery Grey Sox and the Birmingham All Stars will clash this afternoon at 4 o'clock in the first game of a three game series. The Grey Sox are in fine shape having had a two days rest after taking four straight games from the Atlanta team and they state that they are ready to hand the Birmingham aggregation the same dose. The Grey Sox have in the last few weeks showed some great improvement and have showed several times their ability to come out of a tight place, and the team in general has been improving with the stick. Since the signing of Mason the team now has four strong pitchers in Myles, Mason, Streeter and Young. There will be games today, Saturday and Sunday and these games should prove very interesting for the fans. All three of these games will start at 4 o'clock."
August 21, 1920
"Birmingham Wins Final From Locals - Grey Sox Infield "Blows" in Fifth Inning, Giving Game to Visitors - Taking advantage of error made by the Grey Sox infielders, Birmingham All Stars defeated the local aggregation Saturday afternoon by the score of three to one. The Grey Sox infield "blew up" in the fifth inning and the visitors scored three runs, a lead which the locals were unable to overcome. Solman and Streeter pitched good ball, but the "breaks" of the game were against the local twirler. The Grey Sox batters hit the ball hard, but the visiting players made almost impossible stops and plays on several drives and this play killed all chances of the locals. In the fifth inning, McCormick made two errors, each being responsible for runs and Williams permitted another to score when he allowed a third strike to get away from him. After this inning the locals settled down and played good ball. The visiting twirler kept his hits well scattered and at no time during the game did he allow them to be bunched. The two teams will play again this afternoon, the game starting at 3:30 o'clock. Manager Cunningham will probably send Myers to the mound, while Zeige will hurl for Birmingham."
August 22, 1920
"Grey Sox Defeated Birmingham Stars - Negro Teams Play Jam-up Game of Ball Sunday; Locals Won, 6 to 1 - By heavy hitting and jam up fielding and taking advantage of the bad breaks made by the Birmingham All-Stars, the Grey Sox won the last game of the series yesterday afternoon at Southside park, 6 to 1, thereby getting the big end of the series, winning two out of the three games played. The locals soon solved the heretofore puzzling curves of Ziegler and he was driven to the bench in the fourth inning after the locals had made five scores. Juanello who relieved Ziegler held the locals down to one score and pitched a steady game for the visitors. The locals scored their first two runs in the first frame when McCormick walked, was advanced to second on H. Cunningham's sacrifice and scored on Scales' single. They scored one more in the third when Mason hit for two bases, stole third and scored on a foot of H. Cunningham's scratch to short. They scored two more in the fourth when Preston hit safe and scored on McGavock's hit. McGavock stole third and scored on an error. The locals last score came in the eighth when McCormick hit safe, stole second, stole third and scored on a balk by Juanello. The visitors only score came in the eighth inning on errors but they threatened to score in the sixth but with two men on bases and one out Wesley made a double play unassisted and retired the side. The locals played a jam-up game, there being only one error marked up against them, Mason pitched a jam up game and deserved a shut out victory but Carpenter apparently wanted to let the visitors make one score and in the eighth he let a ball pass and then walked to recover it and the runner went to third on what should have been an easy out. The Grey Sox will leave this morning for Atlanta, where they will try to even up the defeat handed them by the Black Crackers here a few days ago. Then they will return here Saturday and Sunday for a three game series with Knoxville with a double header billed for next Saturday."
September 13, 1920
"Grey Sox Hammer the Spheroid Hard - In the game between the Birmingham All Stars and the Montgomery Grey Sox of the Negro Southern League Monday, the Grey Sox knocked the Stars all over the field and won by a score of 10 to 2. The feature of the game was the hitting by Carpenter and Preston for the Grey Sox. Carpenter made two three baggers and one home run while Preston was at bat four times and made four runs. Two of his hits were two baggers and one a three bagger."
July 8, 1920
"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 11, 1920
"Grey Sox to Meet Birmingham Stars - The Montgomery Grey Sox and the Birmingham All-Stars will clas for the second time this afternoon at 4 o'clock. Streeter will do the box work for the locals and Zeigler for the visitors. This will be the second game of the series and as the locals won the first game this one should prove very interesting. The locals will play Pensacola here Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday."