1918 Hilldale Club
A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1918 Hilldale Club
1918 Hilldale Club
Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.
May 19, 1918
Atlantic City, NJ
"Victory for Hilldale - Atlantic City, New Jersey, May 19 (Special). - The Bacharach Giants opened their season here today, losing to Hilldale, of Philadelphia, by 3 to 1."
May 25, 1918
Atlantic City, NJ
"Hilldale Club Wins - Downs Cape May Section Base Nine by Score of 7 to 2 - The Cape May section baseball nine was defeated yesterday afternoon by the Hilldale Club, of Darby, by the score of 7 to 2. Dilworth was on the mound for the Hilldale boys and had the sailor boys completely at his mercy all through the game, he easing up in the fifth, when, by bunching two singles and a double, the Jackies scored their only runs. The game was featured by the fielding of McLafferty, who handled twelve chances with but one error, which was on the first ball hit to him, and was a rather difficult play to make. There were also a number of fielding stunts pulled off, there being three double killings during the course of the game."
August 1, 1918
"Hilldales vs Chicago American Giants."
"Hilldale Beaten - Hilldale had its winning streak of eighteen straight broken yesterday, when the Chicago American Giants invaded Darby and got away with a 9 to 2 victory."
"Chicago Giants Down Hilldale - In opening up her big series this afternoon with Rube Foster's Chicago American Giants, Hilldale had her winning streak of eighteen games straight broken, the Chicago team taking the long end of a 9 to 2 score. Hilldale seemed to have an off day and the breaks were all with the visitors, on several occasions when Hilldale would start a batting rally, and with every indicaiton of runs being scored."
August 3, 1918
"Hilldales vs Chicago American Giants."
"Hilldale won from Rube Foster's American Giants, of Chicago, 9 to 8, in ten innings."
August 4, 1918
"Another for Hilldale - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, August 4. - Hilldale won a hotly contested game from Pottstown here today by 3 to 2. Careless base running cost Pottstown the game."
* Similar article from the Evening Public Ledger.
August 8, 1918
"American Giants Win Series From Hilldale - The third game of a series of three arranged between Hilldale and the American Giants, of Chicago, was played yesterday afternoon at Hilldale Park, and drew a large crowd. The first game was won by the Western team last Thursday by a score of 9 to 2. The second contest went to Hilldale Saturday after ten hard-gought innings, 9 to 8. Yesterday's battle was won by the Western team rather handily by a score of 12 to 4."
August 10, 1918
"Hilldale Winner - Kaufman Club, of Reading, Beaten in Well-Played Game - The Kaufman Club, of Reading, Pennsylvania, was yesterday defeated by Hilldale, 7 to 2. The game was closely contested for eight innings, but in Hilldale's half of that round the heavy weights came up and put the game away for keeps. Po Pettus singled through short and Santop singled to center, Brown then came through with a wallop for three bases and later scored on a sacrifice fly to left."
August 15, 1918
"All-American Defeats Hilldale - Art Summer's All-American Club defeated the Hilldale Club at Darby yesterday through wonderful pitching of Dixie Davis, formerly of Phillies, Davies would have shut the crack colored club out but for a damaging error in the eighth inning. The game was featured by terrific hitting of Bill Holden, and all around play of Castle Conroy, Lai and Louis Santop. The All-American are the first white club to defeat Hilldale this season."
August 17, 1918
"Hilldale Finishes Strong, Defeating Paterson Socks - Manager Ed Bolden sent Phil Cockrell in to pitch against the Paterson Socks, of Paterson, New Jersey, and before he could get going the visitors had a commanding lead of three runs. This lead was not overcome until the eighth inning, Hilldale winning, 6 to 4."
August 18, 1918
"Base Ball - There will be a big game of ball at Carney's Point next Wednesday, when the famous Salem Giants, which defeated Elmer's crack bunch last Saturday, will stack up against Hilldale, the famous colored team from Philadelphia. Connie Mack, of the American League Athletics, will furnish the twirler for Elmer this Saturday, when they cross bats with the speedy Turner Field Club, of Philadelphia. Stirling, who has been Elmer's trump card in the pitching department, has been drafted into the army, and a pitcher as yet unnamed, from the staff of the former world's champions, will be supplied the balance of the season."
"Hilldale Goes Under - Local Colored Team Beaten by Paterson Silk Sox, 4 to 0. - Paterson, New Jersey, August 18 (Special). - Paterson Silk Sox, of this city, defeated Hilldale, of Philadelphia, 4-0, in a game which was featured all the way through by a pitching battle between Talcott, of Paterson, and Williams, of Hilldale. The latter held the winners to three messely singles until the eighth round, when Morris Shannon, formerly of the Athletics, opened the run-getting and before the side had been retired the Jerseymen had scored their four tallies. A big crowd witnessed the game, which was full of sensations with brilliant fielding on both sides."
August 23, 1918
"Beat Jeff Tesreau - Hilldale Locates Ex-Giant at Opportune Times and Defeats Patriots - Poth's Patriots played Hilldale yesterday afternoon and his team was composed of the best that could be collected among the pro-picked from the Steel League and the outfield from players now in the Delaware River Shipbuilding League. Big Jeff Tesreau, a former New York National League star, was on the mound for the Patriots, and Blackburn caught him. It was by far the best balanced team that has been at Hilldale this season, but Jeff's curves were solved at opportune times and Hilldale won an uphill game, 6 to 3."
August 24, 1918
"Hilldale Team Wins Close Game From Cuban Stars - Hilldale won a fast game from the Cuban Stars in which three-base hits predominated. Hilldale secured three and the Cuban Stars two. Pop Pettus also came through with a much-needed wallop for the circuit in the fifth inning that tied up the score at three all. Then Bunny Downs figured with a triple and scored what proved to be the winning tally when Pettus flew out to deep centre, which occured in the seventh inning, making the score 4 to 3."
September 2, 1918
"Hilldale Winner by an Easy Score - Eddie Gerner is Hit Hard and Often and I.C.B.U. Goes Down to Defeat - Shipyard Twirler Receives Indifferent Support, While Winners Play Well - I.C.B.U., represented by an all-star cast from the Shipyard circuit, was downed by Hilldale at Darby yesterday, 6 to 2. The ability of the Hilldale team to hit Eddie Gerner at opportune times turned in the victory, which was safely tucked away in the early innings, although had the Shipyard star received the proper support, a different story would be in order. The visitors staged a genuine rally in the eighth, which was nipped in the bud by a sensational running catch by Cockrall retiring the side. The game was featured by the fielding of Lundy and the hitting of Cummings and Fiall for the locals and the all around playing of Lai for the visitors."
September 6, 1918
"Hilldale 11, All-Stars 3. - Darby, Pennsylvania, September 6. - The All Stars, of the Manufacturer's League, were outclassed by Hilldale and lost an uninteresting game by the score of 11 to 3."
June 1, 1918
"Hilldale Wins Another - Downs Pottstown in Hard Game by Ten to Six Score - Although outhit by 10 to 8, Hilldale, by taking advantage of Kohler's wildness and the errors of the Pottstown team, managed to defeat them yesterday afternoon at Hilldale Park by the score of 10 to 8. The game was a free hitting contest. Pottstown knocked Sykes off the slab in the third inning, but couldn't locate the curves of Cockrell. Hilldale scored one in the first inning when Webster walked, was sacrificed to second by Downs and scored when Carris threw Pettus's grounder over Hartline's head. On a combination of three walks, a single and two doubles, with an error sandwiched in between, they scored 5 in the second."
June 8, 1918
"Bender Beaten - Hilldale Gets to Chief's Curves and Wins With Ease - Even the 'Mighty Chief' Bender could not stop the winning streak of the Hilldale club, of Darby, yesterday afternoon, the home team winning by the score of 5 to 1, pounding the curves of the former Athletic and Philly star slab man for the total of 11 hits for 16 bases. Phil Cockrell, the Hilldale's twirler, was master of the situation throughout the game, he only allowing 4 hits and being backed up by perfect support on the part of his teammates would have shut the All-Star Internationals out, except for the error of his batterymate, Santop, who, when Carris and Campbell started a double steal, dropped Bunny Down's perfect throw, which allowed Carris to score, the only run for the All-Stars."
June 19, 1918
"Parkesburg Iron Workers Down Hilldale Nine - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, June 19 (Special). - St. Pauxtis and his band of ironworkers nosed out the strong Hilldale team, of Darby, here today in a hard-fought battle, 4 to 3. Timely clouts and the splendid support accorded its pitchers gave the local team the victory. Bill Morgan, of Delaware county fame, was on the hill in the first three innings and scored a pair of counters on his scorching triple to the limits of the right garden. Vernie Touchstone took up the hurling duties for the remainder of the clash and held the Darby clan scoreless."
June 20, 1918
"Hilldale Swamps Bacharach Giants - Amid an avalanche of hits and errors, Hilldale swampted the Bacharach Giants yesterday afternoon at Hilldale Park, by the score of 19 to 3, knocking Robinson and Howell off the slab, they hitting the ball for 2 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 home runs. Errors also helped to swell the total, and the visitors gave about the poorest exhibition of baseball seen on Hilldale's grounds this year."
June 22, 1918
"Johnson is Star - Helps Hilldale to Victory With Homer in Sixth Inning - Johnston's home run clout over the left field fence in the sixth inning, scoring two men ahead of him, proved the undoing of Lefty Sterling, the premier twirler of the Roxborough team, who pitched yesterday afternoon for the Atlantic City Railroad team at Hilldale Park. Prior to this hit Sterling had pitched good ball, allowing the Hilldale team only two hits, but through his wildness and the errors of his teammates, Hilldale managed to get two men over the rubber; score 9 to 3."
June 29, 1918
"Hilldale Again - This Time All-Stars Are Victims by Score of Eight to Three - Cockrell's classy twirling enabled Hilldale to defeat the All-Star Internationals yesterday afternoon, at Hilldale Park, by the score of 8 to 3. He only allowed six hits during the course of the game, and not a safe hit until the sixth inning, when Maley bounced one off his glove for a scratch single. He was oppoed by Jack Powell, who formerly pitched for the St. Louis Americans, and who refused to report to Manager Barrow, of the Boston Red Sox this season. The latter was hit hard throughout the game. Lundy and Reese both nicking his delivery for three hits."
July 14, 1918
"Victory For Hilldale - Reading, Pennsylvania, July 14 (Special) - Hilldale, of Philadelphia, downed the Kauffman Professionals at Carsonia Park today by the score of 6 to 1. Bill Mecherley's hitting featured."
July 17, 1918
"Louis Santop, Pearl Webster and Tom Williams, star players of the Hilldale nine, one of the fastest colored aggregations in the country, have answered the call to the colors. They have been in Class 1-A of the draft and have recently been notified to join the colors. Louis Santop, the star backstop, is catching the most consistent ball of his career and his terrific hitting has been a menace to the opposing pitchers. His ability to peg out base runners will make him a valuable acquisition to the United States bombing crew. P.F. (Specks) Webster, the fastest all-around player in the colored ranks, is a bulwark of defense in the outfield, at first base and behind the plate. The loss of Tom Williams has been a severe blow to the Hilldale nine, as his services in the coming series with Rube Foster's champion Chicago American Giants would be of great value to the team. Last Saturday's showers rendered the playing field unfit for the game with the fast-traveling Cuban outfit. Many dissapointed fans journeyed to Darby to see the present combination in action for the last time. Johnston, the outfielder, who broke his leg in the game on July 6 is slowly improving at the Presbyterian Hospital. This makes the fourth player whose services have been lost to the Hilldale team. The Cubans are playing fast ball and will be given a later date at Hilldale Park."
July 20, 1918
"Hilldales vs Atlantic City Railroad."
July 25, 1918
"Hillades vs Sun Shipyard team."
"Hilldale Easy Winner - The International Stars, composed of many big league and minor league players, were defeated by Hilldale yesterday. This is the third of a series of three games between these teams, and while it looked for six innings as if the Stars were to be the victors, Hilldale in its half of the sixth and seventh innings put the game on ice with five singles and a triple. Hans Lobert covered third for the visitors and Joe Holden, late of the New York Americans, was in right field."
July 27, 1918
"Hilldales vs Cuban Stars."