1917 Brooklyn Royal Giants

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1917 Brooklyn Royal Giants

1917 Brooklyn Royal Giants

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

April 5, 1917

Washington, DC
"Asks $50,000 For Arm. - Professional Ball Player Sues W., P. and B. Railway Company. - Alleging that he lost an arm as a result of injury received when a passenger August 19 last at Elkton, Maryland, James D. Despert, then a professional ball player connected with the Brooklyn Royal Giants, has filed suit in the District Supreme Court to recover $50,000 in damages from the Washington, Philadelphia, and Baltimore Railroad Company. He says a hard object was thrown from a passing freight train and struck him on the arm, inflicting an injury that caused amputation. As a result of the loss of his arm, the plaintiff says, he cannot play professional ball and is in a weakened and crippled condition. He is represented by Attorneys William R. Harr and C. C. Frazier."

April 25, 1917

Wilkes-Barre, PA
"The Royal Giants of Brooklyn, a team that has played in the South the greater part of the winter, will play here Wednesday and Thursday, April 25 and 26."

April 26, 1917

Wilkes-Barre, PA
"The Royal Giants of Brooklyn, a team that has played in the South the greater part of the winter, will play here Wednesday and Thursday, April 25 and 26."

May 6, 1917

Harlem, NY
"Royals Vs Lincolns. - Two of New York's leading semi-professional teams, the Royal Giants and the Lincoln Giants, will be pitted against each other in a double header at Olympic Field, 136th street and Fifth Avenue, tomorrow. the teams will meet in the first of a series of ten games which will decide the colored championship of greater New York. Last season they met in a ten game series, and each team won four, the remaining two resulting in ties. Stringbean Williams and Cyclone Joe Williams will be the rival pitchers in the feature tilt."

May 30, 1917

Ridgewood, Queens, NY
"Cubans at Ridgewood - The Cuban Stars, who recently arrived from Havana, will make their second appearance of the season at the Ridgewood Grounds on Decoration Day, when they will clash in a double header with the Royal Giants. Three years ago the Cubans in Havana played against an all star American team that was composed mostly of members of the Royal Giants. The Royals will have Harvey and Williams on the mound and the Cubans will use Suarez and Calderon."

Inwood, Manhattan, NY
"Royal Giants Still At It. - The Royal Giants added two more victories to their long list by defeating the Cuban Stars at Ridgewood yesterday by scores of 2 to 1 and 8 to 4."

June 24, 1917

Harlem, NY
"Royals at Olympic Field. - Will Play Two Games with Lincoln Giants. - The Royal Giants will resume their contests with the Lincoln Giants at Olympic Field this afternoon. The teams will play the fifth and sixth games of their ten game series. The Lincolns lead by three games to one. Dandy, who pitched splendid ball last Sunday, will work for the Lincolns in the first contest. In their first encounters at Olympic Field the Royals displayed a brand of ball that kept the fans on edge from start to finish. Both teams possess heavy hitters, hence the pitchers will have to travel at top speed to keep the scores down."

Harlem, NY
"Royal Giants in Harlem. - The Royal Giants, who rank among the independent vall teams in the East, will visit Olympic Field, 136th street and Fifth Avenue, on Sunday. They will clash with the Lincoln Giants in the fifth and sixth games of their ten game series. The series to date is even, each team having won two games. Dandy and Banks and Williams and Harvey will be the rival pitchers."

Harlem, NY
"Lincolns Break Even. - After Williams blanked the Royal Giants, 6 to 0, in the first game of a double bill at Olympic Field yesterday, the Royals came back with a vengeance and beat the Lincoln Giants in the second game, 11 to 1. Next Sunday the Cuban Stars will play two games with the Lincolns."

July 1, 1917

Brooklyn, NY
"Royals Divide Honors. - The Royal Giants, after being beaten by the Philly Giants, 9 to 3, scored over the Ironsides at Ridgewood yesterday, 7 to 5. On July 4 the Royals will play a double header with the Philly Giants at Ridgewood."

July 4, 1917

Brooklyn, NY
"On July 4 the Royals will play a double header with the Philly Giants at Ridgewood."

July 15, 1917

Brooklyn, NY
"Royals at Ridgewood. - The Royal Giants will be seen in action in a double header at the Ridgewood grounds in Brooklyn today against the Bushwicks. The teams came together twice before this season and broke even. Jimmy McGarry and Girard will pitch for the Bushwicks and Hobman and Mark, the Chinese player, will catch. Harvey and Williams will pitch for the Royals."

July 17, 1917

Brooklyn, NY
"Baumgartner to Pitch - Will Oppose Royal Giants in Jersey Today. - With Lefty Baumgartner, former Philadelphia National League pitcher, added to its roster, the Jersey City club expects to have little difficulty continuing its streak of victories over major league and semi-pro teams. Baumgartner will pitch against Lefty Harvey this afternoon in the first game of a double header with the Royal Giants. Jimmy Clinton and String Bean Williams will be the pitchers in the second game. Baumgartner last Sunday allowed only four hits. His engagement with the Jersey nine is his first in the semi-pro ranks since quitting the big league circuit."

July 28, 1917

Brooklyn, NY?
"The record of Roy Thomas's Stetson Hatmakers received a rude jar as the result of coming in contact with a team called Brooklyn Royal Giants. Prior to the meeting with the colored wonders the Stetson crowd boasted of a string of fourteen straight victories. Sad to relate, but that just proved to be the total runs collected by the visitors, as the score was 14-0. It is up to Thomas to begin all over again."

July 29, 1917

Harlem, NY
"Lincolns are Favorites. - The Lincoln Giants and the Royal Giants will resume their baseball series at Olympic Field in Harlem on Sunday afternoon. They already have played six games in their ten game set and the Lincolns have the edge by a game. Sunday's double header will come pretty close to deciding the winner of the series. The Lincolns have been playing top notch ball since their winning visit to Atlantic city and are strong favorites over the rivals."

Harlem, NY
"Lincolns Vs. Royals. - Teams Will Clash at Olympic Field Today. - The Lincoln Giants and the Royal Giants will resuem their baseball series at Olympic Field in Harlem this afternoon. They already have played six games in their ten game set and the Lincolns have the edge by a game. Today's double header will come pretty close to deciding the winner of the series. The Lincolns have been playing top notch ball since their winning visit to Atlantic city and are strong favories over their rivals. Both teams are being strongly backed. The rivalry is exceptionally keen and good tussles are assured. Williams and Harney will pitch for the royals and Cyclone Joe Williams and Dandy for the Lincolns."

Harlem, NY
"Lincolns Lead in Series - By annexing both ends of a double bill with the Royal Giants at Olympic Field yesterday the Lincoln Giants lead in the ten game series by five games to one. The scores yesterday were 11 to 3 and 7 to 6. The second game was won in the ninth. Next Sunday the Lincolns will play the Danburys and Schenectady teams."