1920 Pensacola Team

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1920 Pensacola Team

1920 Pensacola Team

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."

July 12, 1920

Montgomery, AL
"Grey Sox Defeat Pensacolian Team - Pitcher's Duel Between STreeter and Talley Decided For Home Team, 3 to 2. - In a pretty pitchers' battle between Streeter and Talley, the Grey Sox came out with the large end of a 3 to 2 score in the game with Pensacola, yesterday. The locals scored their three runs in the first inning and after this they were unable to solve the curves of Talley. The visitors scored one in the seventh, and staged a rally in the ninth and scored one more. Streeter pitched a steady game for the local, and was given good support after the third inning The teams will clas in the second game this afternoon at South Side Park at 4 o'clock."

July 13, 1920

Montgomery, AL
"Grey Sox Take the 2nd From Pensacola - Interesting Ball Game Settled Yesterday Afternoon by Score of 5 to 4. - The Grey Sox won the second game of the series from Pensacola yesterday, 5 to 4. The locals scored three runs in the first, and were held scoreless until the ninth frame, but the locals put two men over in the final frame and won. The game was another pitchers' battle, Young pitching jam up ball for the locals, and Rudolph holding the local batters in the pinches. The visitors scored two runs in the fifth frame and then tied the score in the sixth and in the ninth they scored the run that gave them the lead. But the locals came back in their half of the ninth and with the jam up support of the umpire, at the plate were successful in scoring the two runs that were necessary. The locals play a five game series with New Orleans, with a double header Friday, a double header Saturday and a single game Sunday. The double headers will start at 3:45."

July 14, 1920

Montgomery, AL
"Pensacola Gets the Last From the Greys - Visitors Triumph One Time, 5 to 4, Staple Umpires to Settle Any Disputes - The Pensacola team, of the Southern League, for Colored, won the last game of the series from the Grey Sox yesterday afternoon 5 to 4. The game was a slow featureless affair except the good fielding of Moes for the locals. The visitors scored two runs in the second inning and two in the seventh and then again in the ninth. The locals scored four runs in the first frame, but after that the pitching of Arnold was more than they could solve. In view of the fact that the Pensacola team has charged bad umpiring against them in the two previous games John Staples, president of the Grey Sox, officiated as umpire and in the third inning he ordered Preston from the field for "beefing." This has been a great obstacle in the attendance at the park and the many fans who were present yesterday were strong in their belief that if all umpires would use their authority and get rid of the "beefers" the teams would draw much bigger crowds. The Grey Sox will have an off day today and will take a good rest in to prepare for the fast New Orleans team that will play a double header Friday, at 2:45."

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."