1919 Beaumont Oilers
A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1919 Beaumont Oilers
1919 Beaumont Oilers
Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.
May 3, 1919
"Baseball Managers - Notice - The Great Dallas Express wishes to announce that it will, beginning with this issue, print all matters pertaining to organize baseball, such as standing and results of games played by various teams. It further believes that thousands of its readers in Texas, Oklahoma, and other states are entitled to information concerning baseball among colored people and to this end shall urge upon each baseball manager to send in write-ups of his club and the number of games won and batteries of each contesting club to the sporting editor."
"South Texas Clubs. - To the managers of Houston, Galveston, San Antonio, Beaumont, Shreveport, send us your line-ups and the results of your games. Keep your team before fans of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana."
May 11, 1919
"Beaumont vs Dallas. - Beaumont Oilers are the next bunch of warriors to invade the local battle grounds. First battle to be launched is Sunday, May 11th and concluding Monday, May 12th. The Oilers are a seasoned bunch and will give an accurate account of themselves while here. The Oilers were the strongest combination of the season last year until their outfit was riddled by draft boards and badly crippled during their engagement here and made the best of it under combinations. However they were crippled and game to the core, but plenty of ginger and pep were observant in the old shattered machine. This year hundreds of boys have returned and the Oilers' machine has been repolished and rejuvinated and should make the Giants hustle."
May 12, 1919
"Giants Won By Hitting the Ball. - Black Oilers Lose First Game in North Texas - Ross Pitching in Great Form, Weakens in Fifth - Rector Stars with the Pole. - Jupiter Pluvius dealt a trumpless hand to Dallas baseball fans Sunday by sending a heavy downpour of rain. To the casual observer the rain soaked diamond at Gardner Park had an appearance of an ideal spot for fishing and yacht racing. However, appetites of local bugs were keenly sharpened and primed for the affair, hundreds having stored in their old beans the outcome of the mix-up which was primed and cocked for a bitter argument. Rain preventing Sunday's game the two gladiators hooked up Monday in a very nifty article of the Nation's pastiming and apparently for four innings the old game was destined to be a pitching duel between Ross and Bell, each being backed up by brilliant support. Rector playing left field for Dallas was the particular bright star of the evening, getting a single and two doubles out of three trips to the plate and equally as many runs to his credit. The visitors drew first blood in round one. Curtis drew a walk and was forced at second by Bailey, Williams tripled to left center and scoring Bailey for the first run. Brockett grounded to Richarson and Williams was caught at the plate by Richardson's quick relay and Johnson hugged Story's dinky infield pop-up for the final out. Dallas made a futile effort in evening up matters in the last half of first inning. Sloan grounded to Ross, Richardson singled over second and goes to second on Story's bobble of Johnson's grounder. Richardson was nabbed at second by Bailey and Kenyon grounded to Ross for final out. It was a pitchers' battle at this point on and was a case of three up and three down, hits being as scarce as hen teeth until the last half of the fifth, when Dallas overcame a one-run lead. Round five; Rector first up smashes the apple for two cushions, Andrews flies to Boykins, Bell hit to Williams, who threw to Story to catch Bell, who was dashing for third; Story tagged Bell, according to the Beaumont bunch and a few others, but Umpire Taylor's decision was that the runner was safe for the fielder failing to tag runner. The decision met serious opposition by the visitors, Catcher unter walking off the field, after much wrangling play was resumed and Bell was awarded the bag. Bell on first and nobody out; Ross gives Sloan a free trip to catch Richardson and choking the bases; Richardson up, doubles to right, scoring Rector and Bell. Richardson was thrown out at second by Ross and Johnson fanned the breeze at three thus ending a fatal round for Beaumont. The homelings ease another marker in the last of sixth. Elder got a life on Story's error, Rector uncorked a Texas Leaguer over second and Andrews got a life on another hobble by Story, Bell forced Elder at home plate, bases are loaded and Sloan singles to center scoring Bell. Richardson grounded to Bailey, Johnson out to Williams. Again the Giants with a more vicious assault bombard Ross' offerings and taking advantage of the poor support in the latter stage of the game, Dallas' lucky seventh; Kenyon slaps a corking liner for which Lofton grabs and misses a mile, thus Kenyon getting credit for a two-ply swat, Spearmon hit one too hard for Bailey to handle, the ball bounded far above his head and when the ball was recovered Kenyon had scored and Spearmon was resting comfortably at first, getting second on Hunter's muff, Elder walks, Roctor poles another double scoring Spearmon and Elder, Andrews hit a high fly to Snow Ball who relieved Lofton in left and Snow Ball muffed, Rector scoring on the error. Bell flies to Williams, Sloan out Ross to Curtis, Richardson flies to Boykin for final out. The Oilers scored again in the eighth thus ending the scoring; Lofton singled to right, Ross cracked a safe blow through short, Lofton going to second, Curtis lives on Johnson's error, filling the baks, Bailey hit to Johnson, forcing Ross at third and doubled Curtis at second, Lofton scoring, Williams flied to Andrews for the final out."
"Diamond Flashes. - Ross of Beaumont Oilers, was never in better trim than he was in the first five innings of Sunday's game. His flinging was of high class. The Black Oilers are a hustling set and any club who beats them to to get up and 'git.'"
July 19, 1919
"Beaumont Trims New Orleans In First Game of the Series by the Score of 5 to 0. - By William Ross. - Beaumont Texas, August 2, 1919. - The Beaumont Black Oilders defeated the New Orleans Red Sox here July 19th by the score of 5 to 0. Ross, who pitched Monday's game in Houston against the Buffs and was defeated by a score of 1 to 0. Starte for the locals and pitched one round after which he gave way for Lofton owing to a sore pitching arm which he received in Houston. Lofton who relieved Ross was in fine form. It was his first time out, he has been playing left field for the locals and had plenty of speed. He held the hard hitting Red Sox to 6 well scattered hits and once with bases drunk and none out, he struck out two batters and the third was retired on an easy roller. The features of the game were the hitting of A. Williams, who in four three clean drives, one double and two singles and Brockett, the locals left fielder also did some nifty fielding. Robertson was on the hill for the visitors and he gave good account of himself for a while he had a drop ball that the locals had trouble trying to land it safe and looked like another one of those long pitcher's battles. Dudlum, the Red Sox catcher is a wonderful hitter and gave good account of himself by slamming two clean hits two long flies to center. Ben Guinea once famous catcher is playing with the Red Sox."
July 20, 1919
"The Beaumont Black Oilers and New Orleans Red Sox were rained out here Sunday."
July 21, 1919
"Black Oilers Again Defeated Red Sox. - Beaumont, Texas, July 21, 1919. The Beaumont Black Oilers and New Orleans Red Sox were rained out here Sunday, but the two clubs were seen in action again today and for the second time. The Red Sox were defeated by the Oilers in as many attempts this time they were defeated by the Oilers in as many attempts this time they were defeated by a heavy score of 10 to 3. Hunter was on the mound for the locals and had the visitors eating out of his hand. He held the Red Sox to eight hits, five of which came in the first two innings, the visitors drew first blood in the first round. Ivory, the first man to face hunter, after two strikes hit to center for two bases and Forest also singled and scored Ivory. Forest was out stealing Jones, also was out, but Dudlum, the Red Sox hard hitting catcher came through with one of his timely hits, a home run to left and Roth went out pitched to the and after then Hunter settled down and stopped the scoring. The Oilers played Austin Black Senators in Austin Sunday."