1916 Lincoln Giants

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1916 Lincoln Giants

1916 Lincoln Giants

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

April 30, 1916

Harlem, NY
"Joe Williams's Lincoln Giants Score Sixth Consecutive Victory - Baseball in This City Has Promising Outlook. - (By Jack Trotter.) - New York City. (Special). - Now that the weather is beginning to lose its wintery bite and the cold flurries of wind are becoming a less frequent visitor, this city's colored public are beginning to throw top coats and indoor sports aside and are eagerly renewing their more than bowing acquaintance with the greatest of all National pastimes baseball. The gates of Olympic field, the old home of Colored America's best known baseball nine: the Lincoln Giants, have been thrown open now for three weeks and in celebration of its first three weeks gamble on the Metropolitan green, severely trounced each successive visitor in double headers of each Sunday. Notwithstanding the successes that have attended the Giants since the opening date, the team as a whole is in an unsettled state, many of the players now with it being only borrowed members from several local clubs of recognized abilities. Such old favorites with the baseball fans are Judy Gans, the fast left fielder; Bill Francis, the crack third baseman, Henry Lloyd, the premier shortstop; Grant, the sensational first sacker, and Wiley and Louis Santop, the formidable and hard hitting backstops are so far curiously missing from the lineups. Much of the condition to the backward season can be attributed to those people who promote colored baseball in New York. From the headquarters of Nat C. Strong, the man who directed the fortunes of the Royal Giants last season and upon whom the fans are half depending on to straighten out the now much tangled affairs in baseball came the answer to our phone call that his office at present time was not in position to issue any statements for publication. - Cyclone Joe Williams is Manager. Piloting the destines of the Giants for what promises to be the greatest season that colored baseball has ever known is that Cyclone pitcher Joe Williams. With him in the regular line up are Poles, the great little center fielder; Jesse Bragg, the crack second baseman and who is also the fastest man on bases in the colored baseball world; Harry Forbes, the Howard University sensation fills the position of shortstop; Pierce the slugging catcher; Thomas, the original home run king is playing 1st base; while Hell, is holding down left field; and Redding the Speed King pitcher, is in the right, pending the arrival of other players. Games in Sunday's doubleheader, triumphing over the Chesters by the score of 5 to 1 and beating the Ironsides by 4 to 3."

May 15, 1916

Bridgeport, CT
"Bridgeport Stars Play Lincoln Giants - The Bridgeport Stars, composed of well-known diamond stars of this city, will play the Lincoln Giants in this city Wednesday. The game will be played at Newfield Park, starting at 3:45. The lineup of the Bridgeport team will be: Silzer, rf; Bowden, 3b; Burns, 2b; Flaherty, c; Burke, lf; Hurley, cf; Horkheimer, ss; Clark 1b; Barron, Finn and White, p. The Lincoln Giants team is reputed to be the best colored team in the country. John Henry Lloyd, who shortstops for the visitors, is one of the best in the country."

May 17, 1916

Bridgeport, CT
"Lincoln Giants to Play Here Friday - Owing to the bad weather the game scheduled between the Lincoln Giants of New York and the Bridgeport Stars was not played toay at Newfield Park. Arrangements were completed this morning to have the contest take place Friday. The local boys will use Johnny Barron, Speed Finn and White in the box as they originally planned. The game will start at 3:45 in order to accommodate the U.M.C. employees."

May 19, 1916

Bridgeport, CT
"Lincoln Giants Beat U.M.C. Boys - The Bridgeport Stars, composed of U.M.C. players, gave the Lincoln Giants a fine argument but the colored wonders finally won the game at Newfield Park yesterday by 4 to 3. The score was 3 to 3 until the ninth when Redding tripled to center and scored the winning run on Forbes' single. Speed Finn started on the mound for the locals and held the visitors to two runs in the five innings he worked. Johnny Barron, who labored in the last four, gave the Giants six hits and two tallies. Jimmy Burns and Horkheimer were the leading clouters for the locals, each getting two hits. Bowden got around for Bridgeport in the first. After he forced Silzer he took second on a wild throw and scored on Flaherty's hit. Singles by Bowden, Burns and Horkheimer and Burke's double produced two for the locals in the sixth. - The Lincoln Giants pulled some pretty good lines during the contest with the Bridgeport Stars at Newfield yesterday. A local fan yelled, 'We're going to make three this inning,' and Catcher Pierce of the Giants replied, 'You couldn't make three with a lead pencil.' When the visitors arrived at the park early there were no spectators on hand. 'Here's a good time and nobody at it,' observed one of the chocolate soldiers."

May 28, 1916

Harlem, NY
"Lincoln Giants Split With Royal Giants In A Double Header. - New York City Special. - The redoubtable Lincoln Giants' great winning streak was broken right in the middle last Sunday on the home grounds, and by no less a team than the famous Royals, whose makeup for this year is composed of many of the men who were team mates only as far back as last year, of the fellowed they caused to grovel in the dust in the last game of an exciting double-header. The first game was taken by the Lincolns in a walkaway style, winning with a shutout of the visitors by a score of 6 to 0. Next Sunday's games of the Lincoln Giants will be a double header with the crack Cuban Stars of Havana."

New York, NY
"Food for Fans. - Cannon Ball Dick Redding shut out the Royal Giants in the first game of the double header last Sunday, holding them to five hits. In the second game the Royal giants hit Cyclone Joe Williams for fifteen hits, sending the Lincoln Giants down to defeat by a score of 4 to 2. The Lincoln Stars carried off both of their double headers, defeating the Jeffersons by a score of 9 to 0, and Mike Donlin's All Professionals 7 to 2. In the opening game of the season the Jeffersons defeated the Lincoln Stars, so this evens up the series. Record crowds turned out at Lenox Oval and Olympia Field to see the games. This is certainly a great baseball time in New York. Charleston has certainly made a big hit with the fans at Lenox Oval. With the bases full and two out in the seventh inning Charleston ran back to the fence in left center and made a wonderful one-hand catch just as the ball was going over for a home run. Santop made his first appearance behind the bat on Sunday when he caught two games. Top has been playing left field all along and has been hitting the ball on the nose. A team known as the Cuban Stars was scheduled to play at Ridgewood on Sunday, but for some reaon or other did not appear. Charleston, Parks, Pettus, Santop, and Johnson are certainly some hitters to face.

July 23, 1916

Harlem, NY
"Danbury vs. Lincoln Giants. - Sunday next at Olympic Field the Danbury Club will make its first appearance against the Lincoln Giants in the opening game of a double header. In the final game the well-known Ironsides, of Newark, champions of New Jersey, will face the Lincoln Giants."