Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Last Update: 7:48 PM ET
San Diego, CA
"First Colored 'Pros' Come Here Thursday for Game in Stadium With Locals - You have heard of "Alexander's Ragtime Band' and its syncopated endeavors and now will come the Alexander Giants. The Alexander Giants have nothing to do with music for they are a ball tossing outfit and according to reports from Los Angeles, where they have been wintering, they have the pick of the country's colored players. The Alexander Gians and Captain Tom Downey's San Diego team will be the attraction at the stadium Thursday, which is Armistice Day. This will be a legal holiday by proclamation of Governor Stephens and will be observed as such by San Diegans. As a general rule business for the day or at least the afternoon will be suspended and with fair weather it is expected that the stadium game will draw a big crowd. Team Recuited from Middle West. The Alexander Giants are said to boast of some crack players - tossers plenty good enough to play in the major leagues if it were not for the fact that the big organizations draw the color line. The Giants have picked up players from Kansas City and Chicago and are said to be equally as strong as the Chicago Leland Giants or Rube Foster's club which played here in previous years and which always gave the San Diego teams hard battles. It has been years since a professional colored team has performed in San Diego. Not since the days of Athletic Park have local fans watched the antics of Sons of Ham of professional class on the diamond here. When the colored teams of other years crossed bats with the local club, a battle always was on and they drew big crowds. It is expected the Lincoln Giants, a colored team from Chicago, which is also in Los Angeles for the winter, will play here at a later date. The San Diego club will play in Los Angeles Saturday and Sunday, meeting the Lincoln Giants."
San Diego, CA
"Morning Battle Scheduled; Fast Contest Won by Locals Yesterday - Tom Downey's Crew Thrash Colored Giants 8 to 5; Hard Tussles Expected. - Downey's San Diego nine beat the Alexander Giants of New York, 8 to 5, yesterday in the stadium. The Giants bad hard luck in the first inning, their pitcher, Ross, letting in seven tallies. Mooney was put in, and held the local nine down to one score for the remainder of the game. Thurston, the home slabman, allowed the darkies to get past his delivery for five runs. After the first frame, the game was dull until the last of the sixth. Meyer flied to Davis, Davis caught the fly and pegged to Forts, at short, who tossed the ball to Mooney, completing a fast double play. In the first of the seventh, Thurston let up on his pressure, and Davis, Mooney and Curtis legged it for three scores. Some fast work for the local lads brought in a run by Compton. This ended the scoring. Tomorrow a double-header is scheduled in the stadium. The same nines will play at 10 a.m. and at 2:15 p.m. The Alexander Giants will be reinforced by Jesse Hubbard at the mound and Bunny Downs at short, from the Lincoln Giants. This game promises to be the closest battle yet staged between the two-nines, as the Giants have shown a marked improvement, especially in yesterday's game. The husky Jesse Hubbard will not find Downey's boys an easy mark, though."