1917 Chicago American Giants

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1917 Chicago American Giants

1917 Chicago American Giants

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

January 12, 1917

Palm Beach, FL
"Manager Rube Foster and 18 American Giants will leave tonight for Palm Beach, Florida to pass the winter season. The Giants will practice for ten days, then will represent the Royal Poinciana Hotel against the Lincoln Giants of New York, representing the Breakers Hotel. Other games also will be played before the Chicagoans start northward, March 17. The opening game here will be April 22."

February 3, 1917

Palm Beach, FL
"The American Giants. - The American Giants began their spring training down in Florida last week and there is much speculation as to what kind of a team Rube will have this year. Our correspondent, in discussing the team, says: 'The infield of Grant, DeMoss, Lloyd, Francis and Allen is the fastest and best yet to be seen at the beach. Charleston, the new outfielder, is pulling them down at a distance never before seen here. He is fast, cover a world of territory, is a good thrower and hitter. Allen is covering third in a way that he is sure to remain with the club. Barber, Hill an Duncan are playing their usual gme, but had added much pep to their work, and when they do this, are in a class by themselves. Great interest has been thrown around three players that are now with the Giants - Dixon, the kid catch from Greenwood, South Carolina, has proven beyond a doubt that he is the best young player that has been tried out with the Giants in years. He is a good hitter, good receiver, in fact, he will be a regular catcher for the Giants, and one that the fans from the moment that they see him will never think of as a boy not yet 20 years old, but a finished catcher. McDougal, the new pitcher, is showing marked improvement each day and much is to be expected of him. Tyree is the pitcher that made such a great showing at Indianapolis the past fall, and he is sure to make good, as he is a good pitcher and will improve each day."

February 11, 1917

Chicago, IL
"Chicago, February 11. - William C. Buckner, Negro, trainer of the Chicago Americans, is to be retained for the 1917 season. 'Buck' is well known for his rubbing powers among American Leaguers. He has been with the team for five years."

February 23, 1917

Palm Beach, FL
"Palm Beach, Florida, February 23. - The Chicago American Giants and the New York Lincoln Giants fought out a 2 and 2 tie and failed to break the deadlock."

March 2, 1917

Palm Beach, FL
"Down in souther California baseball has been played all winter, while the well-known American Giants and the Chicago Giants, both colored teams of much fame, are at present playing a series of games at Palm Beach for the entertainment of the visitors at the winter resort. The American Giants are playing under the name of the Breakers hotel, while the Chicago Giants represent the Poinciana Hotel."

April 22, 1917

Chicago, IL
"Play Ball. - Season 1917 Opens at Schorling's Park - Alderman Louis B. Anderson Pitches First Ball - Banquet to Players Saturday Night. - American Giants, Chicago's and the country's greatest aggregation of baseball artists, will unfurl their 1916 championship banner to the breeze Sunday, April 22, 1917, at Schorling's Park, 39th street and Wentworth avenue, where they commence their 1917 season with Jake Stalls, a cracker-jack local White team, as opponents. 'Rube' Foster, the race's best product in baseball, has strengthened his lineup and will present some new faces. The day promises to be a gala one, and standing room only is likely to be the order. The Honorable Louis B. Anderson, alderman-elect of the second ward, will grace the pitcher's box and throw the first ball across the plate, opening the game. It is not known who will catch the alderman's first throw. The Honorable Beauregard F. Mosely would be a good man if it were not for his height. The owner of the park has made several improvements looking towards the comfort of the patrons. Saturday, at the Elite No. 2, Mr. Henry Jones and Beauregard F. Mosely will give to the players an impromptu banquet. All fans are expected to attend. The program will consist of short talks by Alderman Louis B. Anderson, Editor R.S. Abbott of the Defender, Mr. S.B. Turner of the Illinois Idea, Julius F. Taylor of the Broad Ax, Mr. J.F. Schorling and other noted fans. The public is cordially invited."

Chicago, IL
"American Giants 5, Jake Stahls 3."

April 29, 1917

Chicago, IL
"American Giants 3, West Ends 2."