1917 Tennessee Rats

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1917 Tennessee Rats

1917 Tennessee Rats

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

June 23?, 1917

Ruthven, IA
"Brown's Tennessee Rats are playing the best baseball of their career, having defeated the Lost Island Giants two out of three games at Arnold's Park in Ruthven, Iowa last week. The Giants winning one game by the score of 1-0. Jack Marshall pitching for the Rats and Tyree, formerly of the American Giants, for the Lost Islands. Only one scratch hit was made off the margin, while Tyree struck out 14 men but allowed five hits. The second game played before 4,000 people was won 5-4. The third game was 3-1. The Tennessee Rats will be seen in Kansas City in the near future."

July 17, 1917

Lake View, IA
"Ball Games of Week - Deloit Defeated Tennessee Rats - Lake View Loses to Storm Lake - Dunlap to Fort Crook - Lake View, July 17. - Deloit defeated the second division of the Tennessee Rats at Lakewood park 7 to 2. On account of the Rats' pitcher, shortstop and first baseman getting caught in a rainstorm enroute, several local white players were substitute. The Rats will return here about August 5 for a game with the Lake View team."

July 28, 1917

Omaha, NE
"The Tennessee Rats - The crack colored ball team of the country, against the famous Brandeis Stores, will be the premier attraction down at Rourke Park tomorrow afternoon and Sunday, and it is already an established fact that big crowds will be on hand to see the fun. On Sunday, particularly, will the hosts get their money's worth, for on this afternoon Colonel Fred Bradford, who never fails to give his patrons the fullest measure of sport in return for their duoats, has arranged for a veritable old athletic saturnalla. In addition to the big tiff with the Tennessee Shades, who inject more comedy and buffoonery into a game of ball than any team that ever caracoled over this historic old diamond, there will be a tug-of-war for a handsome trophy, a wrestling match and a boxing joust, all well selected events, and well worth much in convenience, even, to witness. Tom Ray, the imitable wonder of the mat, will tackle a mess of oppoents, and is sure to give the crowd a big laugh. Frank Potach, one of the speediest hurlers ever developed in the local field, and who made a name with the Ramblers, has been signed by Manager Bradford, and will be seen ina Brandeis uniform and on the little old hill in Sunday's game. The Black Rats are stacking up a wonderful game these days, and are the attraction of the summer."

Omaha, NE
"Brandeis Nine Trims Tennessee Rats, 8-6 - Department Store Boys Pile Up Six-Run Lead in First and Overwhelm Visitors. - McGuire's Pitching Effective and the 'Rats' Held Safe. Play Today. - Amassing a six-run lead at the outset, the Brandeis Stores nine yesterday administered a good trouncing to the Tennessee Rats, the famous colored aggregation, here for a two-day series. Five hits, some bad fielding and a base on balls let in the six tallies. Two more runs picked up in the fourth put the game on ice for the locals. These last were secured without a hit, two free passes and couple of errors doing the work. Marshall, twirling for the Rats, held the Omaha boys hitless after the second inning. McGuire allowed but two hits until the eighth, when he let down. Vivens will oppose Potash in today's game, starting at 3:15 o'clock."