1919 Chicago Union Giants

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1919 Chicago Union Giants

1919 Chicago Union Giants

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

June 28, 1919

Omaha, NE
"Chicago Giants Play Armour Team Here - A good game is promised at Rourke Park next Saturday and Sunday when the Armours play the Chicago Union Giants. The Giants are well known here, having played many season with the Brandeis club. The Giants will arrive Saturday. The Armours are ready and will give a good account of themselves."

Omaha, NE
"Armours Defeated by Chicago Giants - The Armours were defeated by the Chicago Union Giants yesterday, 4 to 3. Jimmy Moore pitched for the Armours and hurled a good game, but the playing of the Armour team was not quite up to standard. Today the Armours and Giants will play two games, with Art Dyck and Andy Graves pitching for the locals."

June 29, 1919

Omaha, NE
"Free-For-All Riot Marks Armour Game - Fans Swarm Onto Field When Rival Athletes Enter Into Scrap. - Negro First Sacker Pinched by Chief of Police Eberstein. - A fourty-five minute riot marked the double-header played by the Armours and the Chicago Union Giants at Rourke Park yesterday afternoon. The brawl started out as a private scrap between Jimmy Collins of the Armours and Turner, first sacker for the Giants. The Jack Marshall, right fielder for the Giants joined in followed by the greater part of the 4,000 fans, who were at the game. A riot call was sent in to police headquarters and an automobile load of coppers hastened to the park to put a stop to the hostilities. The rioters were quickly subdued when the minions of the law put in their appearance. The battle started when Jimmy Collins slid into first base. Turner accused Collins of deliberately spiking him and began hurling threats. Then in came Jack Marshall from right field. He took a long wallop and caught Collins over the left eye with a pippin of a haymaker. The blow sent Collins reeling, and Dr. F. J. Schleier had to take two stiches to sew up the wound. As soon as Jack Marshall swung on Collins the fans began pouring out of the grandstand and bleachers and onto the diamond. Some of them armed themselves with baseball bats and other implements of warfare, and for a time serious possibilities loomed. But Chief of Police Eberstein and his son, Russell Eberstein, happened to be attending the game. They hustled into action and the chief placed Jack Marshall under arrest. He also hauled out his revolver and ordered back the belligerent fans. The presence of the chief with his gun put a new light on the affair to most of the fans and their belligerency consisted mostly of talk. When the reserves arrived handcuffs were slipped on Jack Marshall and he was hustled off to jail. Then the game was resumed. The Chicago Union Giants is a negro team and the grandstand was crowded with negro fans. They hastened to the defense of their team while the white fans took the side of Jimmy Collins. The Armours won both games of the double-header. The locals took the first game 7 to 5 with Andy Graves pitching, and the second game, 2 to 1 with Otto Merz, former Rourke in the box. Merz was released by the Rourkes yesterday."

Omaha, NE
"Jack Marshall, negro, right fielder for the Chicago Union Giants, who was arrested as the result of a near riot at a game at Rourke Park between the Giants and the Armours Sunday, was fined $25 on a charge of disturbing the peace in police court today."

July 26, 1919

Omaha, NE
"Union Giants to Play Here Again - The Chicago Union Giants, crack negro club, has been scheduled for two engagements with Armours, local semi-pros at Rourke Park. The Giants appeared here recently against the Armours and came out second best in the argument. Now Manager Deleware of the Armours has scheduled the Giants to Rourke Park July 26 and 27 and again August 23 and 24. The Armours have been booked a full schedule from now to September. Today the local semi-pros play at Herman. Next Saturday and Sunday they play the Union Giants here. August 3 they journey to Nebraks city and August 10 to Fremont. The Armours also have entered the baseball tournament to be held at Shenandoah, Iowa August 12, 13 and 14. On August 17 the locals will be at Greenwood, Iowa. Then they return home for the Union Giants August 23 and 24 and goto Grand Island August 31. During all of September Armours will play at Rourke park. Among the teams they expect to schedule during this month is Joe Stecher's Dodge, Nebraska nine. Joe is manager and first baseman on the team Tony Stecher plays second base."

July 27, 1919

Omaha, NE
"Armours Win Twice From Chicago Giants - The Armours won both ends of a double-header from the Chicago Union Giants at Rourke Park yesterday, the scores being 6 to 2 and 5 to 3. In the first game, Graves for the Armours, held his opponents to six scattered hits, while hard and timely hitting by Al Graves, Corcoran, Williams and Andy Graves put the game on ice in short order. In the second session, while the Armours got only five hits to nine garnered by the visitors, these safe swats were sufficiently bunched to deliver the goods again."