1916 Brooklyn Royal Giants

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1916 Brooklyn Royal Giants

1916 Brooklyn Royal Giants

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

April 28, 1916

Poughkeepsie, NY
"...on April 28 and 29 the Royal Giants, one of the strongest colored teams in the country, will be the attraction."

April 29, 1916

Poughkeepsie, NY
"...on April 28 and 29 the Royal Giants, one of the strongest colored teams in the country, will be the attraction."

May 28, 1916

New York, 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.

May 30, 1916

New York, NY
"May 30 - Chinese 11, Royal Giants 8; Apau, Kekoa and Markham (battery for Chinese.)"

June 3, 1916

Poughkeepsie, NY
"Faculty Nine Will Not Play Cubans Here - Faculty Restriction Prevents College Nine - Royal Giants Substituted - Because of a faculty restriction, the Poughkeepsie Cubans will not play the Manhattan College team at Riverview on Saturday afternoon as scheduled. Dr. Henriquez received word that the faculty had passed a rule that the team could play no teams but college teams. However, the local fans will have an opportunity of seeing a good game here Saturday as Dr. Henriquez has made arrangements whereby the Royal Giants will play here. - Royals Champions of the West. - In the Royal Giants the Cubans are meeting one of the strongest colored teams in the country today. The team last year was known as the St. Louis Giants and under that name cleaned up the West, winning the semi-pro championship of the West by taking three out of five games in a series with the A.B.C. team of Indianapolis. With the colored team here Saturday will be Gatewood, considered the best colored pitcher in the game today. The Royals met the strong Lincoln Giants on Sunday last and were returned winners and all indications are that the locals will have to go at top speed to win. The game will be called at 3:45 o'clock sharp. Manhattan Game off. - The following letter will explain the cancellation of the Poughkeepsie Cubans-Manhattan College game: Manhattan College Athletic Association. - New York, New York, May 29, 1916. Department Baseball. Dr. Carlos L. Henriquez, Dear Sir: - We shall be unable to meet your team at Poughkeepsie on Saturday, June 3. A faculty regulation (recent) preevents us from taking any but college teams on our schedule. Your very sincerely, Brother Matthew. - At Riverview Field Saturday afternoon the Poughkeepsie Cubans will meet the Royal Giants. The Manhattan College team was scheduled here, but the college faculty barred the team from playing and Dr. Henriquez scheduled the colored team. The Royals are one of the strongest colored teams in the game today. Last year as the St. Louis Giants they cleaned up the west. Gatewood, their star hurler, will be on the mound against the Cubans."

Poughkeepsie, NY
"Old Jup Pluvius stopped the Poughkeepsie Cubans vs Royal Giants game today. The grounds were covered with puddles and Dr. Henriquez decided to call off the contest."

June 16, 1916

Port Jefferson, NY
"The baseball game last Friday between the Royal Giants and the Port Jefferson team was won by the home team, 5 to 2."

June 19, 1916

Poughkeepsie, NY
"Royal Giants Here for Series - The first contest in the series of six games to be played between the Poughkeepsie Cubans and the Royal Giants will be contested this afternoon at Riverview Field at 3:30 o'clock. This series will go a long way toward eliminating one of the teams in the race for the Eastern semi-pro championship, in which five teams figure. The locals have practically eliminated the Lincoln Stars and hope to rout the Royals. In the opening tilt Lefty Harvey the sensational southpaw of the visitors, will be the hurler and it is thought that the locals will send Mudoz, the star of the Henriquez stable, to the firing line."

Poughkeepsie, NY
"Royal Giants and Cubans in 4-Game Series - Rain stopped the Poughkeepsie Cubans - Royal Gaints at Riverview Field yesterday afternoon, but provided Mr. Weatherman permits, the same teams will battle today, tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. The Royals come here fresh from victories over the Lincoln Giants and are confident of taking the measure of the locals. Yesterday's downpour helped the visitors, as they will be able to send Stringbean Williams, their star hurler, to the mound. Williams is an elongated moundsman and is considered the best colored pitcher in the game today. Sunday last he was pitted against Cyclone Joe Williams, the star of the Lincoln Giants, and much to the surprise of the dopesters the elongated one was returned the winner. Dr. Henriquez will depend on Mudoz to pitch the locals to victory. He has not worked since Thursday last and should be in great form. All games will be called at Riverview Field at 3:30 o'clock."

June 20, 1916

Poughkeepsie, NY
"Cuban Win Slow Contest From Royals - Locals Make 12 Hits for Total of 16 Bases - Win by Score of 9-4. - Calvo and Hungo Star with Willow. - In a contest that was marked by free hitting, the Cubans triumphed over the Royal Giants of Brooklyn at Riverview Field yesterday afternoon by a score of 9-4. The score is no indication of how badly the visitors were beaten. The locals slammed out twelve hits for a total of sixteen bases and had they tried they might have had twenty tallies. Mudoz started the contest for the locals, but after getitng a eight-run lead retired in favor of Barranda. Stringbean Williams, the star hurler of the colored aggregation, started on the hill, but after pitching five balls and passing Romonach, he retired. The pitching burdens were taken up by Red Smith, late of the Lincoln Stars. His offerings were hit to all corners in this frame and the locals scored five times before a man was retired. In the fourth the locals started again and in this frame several hits, sprinkled with a couple of boots, gave the locals three more runs. Mudoz retired from the contest in the fifth after allowing the Royals four hits. Barranda took up the firing line duties and was touched up for six hits in four innings. It was only due to good support on the part of his team mates that the score was kept down. Calvo and Hungo starred at the bat for the locals. The former scored two doubles and a single in five times at bat, while the latter made a double and two singles in as many trips to the plate. Handy and Despret played well for the visitors. The same teams will play again this afternoon, tomorrow and Friday. The game tomorrow afternoon will be called at 4:15 o'clock."

June 21, 1916

Poughkeepsie, NY
"Same old story. - Rain caused the postponement of the second game of the Cubans - Royal Giants series."

June 22, 1916

Poughkeepsie, NY
"Royals and Cubans Clash - This afternoon at 4:15 o'clock at Riverview Field, the Poughkeepsie Cubans and the Royal Giants of Brooklyn, will come together in the second game of the series. The teams were to have played yesterday, but shortly before game time rain set in and festivities were called off. The game this afternoon will see Stringbean Williams, the star hurler of the visitors, and Ballesteros, the opposing pitchers. Williams started the Tuesday game against the locals, but after throwing five balls retired. He claims his arm is in shape for today's contest and with the elongated one in shape the locals will have to go at top speed all the way."

Poughkeepsie, NY
"Harvey Hurls Royal Giants to 5-4 Victory - Allows Cubans Six Hits - Fans Barranda in 9th with Bases Full - Padron Stars in the Field - In a game that was marked by free hitting, brilliant pitching and sensational fielding, the Royal Giants, of Brooklyn, evened up the series with the Poughkeepsie Cubans by winning at Riverview Field yesterday afternoon by a score of 5-4. Lefty Harvey was the reason for the locals defeat. The star southpaw of the visitors was in form and in the nine innings he held the Cubans down to six hits, three of which were of the scratch order. On the other hand, the Royals found Ballesteros' pitching to their liking and touched him up for twelve safe swats. It was only due to the good support afforded him that the score was kept down. Louis Padron made two running catches that bordered on the sensational. In the ninth the locals filled the bases with one out, but Harvey tightened up and caused Hungo to force a man at the plate, and with the bases still loaded he fanned Barranda. The final game of the series will be played this afternoon. The story of the defeat in detail: First Inning. Royal Giants at Bat, Earl out, Herera to Hungo. Kindle safe on Gonzales' boot. He was out stealing, torres to Romonach. Hewitt lifted to Barranda. - No runs, no hits, no errors. Second Inning. Royal Giants at Bat - Webster singled to right. He tried to take second on a shot passed ball and was out, Torres to Herrea. Handy skied to Calvo. Pugh popped to Romonach. - No runs, one hit, no errors. Cubans at Bat - Padron singled to center. Hungo fanned. Baranda hit into a double play, Handy to Hewitt to Webster. - No runs, one hit, no errors. - Third Inning. - Royal Giants at Bat - Harvey lifted to Calvo. Despert doubled to left. Earl doubled over Padron's head, scoring Despert. Kindle safe on Romonach's bad throw to first. Earl taking third. Hewitt singled to center, scoring Earl, but Kindle was out at third, Calvo to Gonzales. - Two runs, three hits, one error. Cubans at Bat - Herrera fanned. Torres flied out to Kindle. Ballesteros called out on strikes. - No runs, no hits, no errors. - Fourth Inning. - Royal Giants at Bat - Webster hit one over right field fence that looked like a homer, but Umpire Johnson called it a foul. He hit the next ball pitched to center for a single. Webster stole second. Handy lined to Romonach and Webster was doubled off second. Pugh flied out to Barranda. - No runs, one hit, no errors. Cubans at Bat - Romonach walked. Gonzales and Calvo fanned. Padron walked. Hungo singled to center, scoring Romonach, and Padron took third. Hungo stole second. Barranda was hit by a pitched ball. Herrera flied out to Despert, who made a pretty running catch. - One run, one hit, no errors. - Fifth Inning. - Royal Giants at Bat - Harvey called out on strikes. Gatewood doubled over left field fence. Despert out, Ballesteros to Hungo. Earl lined to Padron, who made a great catch. - No runs, one hit, no errors. - Cubans at Bat - Torres out, Hewitt to Webster. Ballesteros walked. Romonach forced Ballesteros at second. Gonzales popped to Kindle. - No runs, no hits, no errors. - Sixth Inning. - Royal Giants at Bat - Kindle out, Romonach to Hungo. Hewitt beat out a bunt and took second when Gonzales heaved past Hungo. Webster doubled to right, scoring Hewitt. Handy walked. Pugh doubled to right, scoring Webster. Harvey hit a sacrifice fly to Barranda, Handy scoring. Gatewood out, Romonach to Hungo - Three runs, three hits, one error. - Cubans at Bat - Calvo fanned. Padron lined to Hewitt. Hungo walked. Barranda flied to Despert. - No runs, no hits, no errors. - Seventh Inning. - Royal Giants at Bat - Despert went out to Hungo unassisted. Earl singled off Ballesteros' glove. Kindle out, Gonzales to Hungo. Hewitt flied out to Padron. - No runs, one hit, no errors. Cubans at Bat - Herrera singled to center. Torres fouled out to Gatewood. Ballesteros walked. Romonach singled, filling the bases. Gonzales hit to Hewitt, who fumbled, Herrera and Ballesteros scoring on the play. Calvo flied out to Handy. Padron went out, Handy to Webster. Two runs, two hits, one error. - Eighth Inning. - Royal Giants at Bat - Webster popped to Ballesteros. Handy safe on Romonach's error. Pugh hit into a double play, Romonach to Herrera to Hungo. - No runs, no hits, no errors. - Cubans at Bat. - Hungo walked Barranda forced Hungo at second. Hererea hit to Kindle and was safe when Webster dropped his perfect throw. Berranda and Herrera pulled a double steal. Torres went out to Webster unassisted, Barranda scoring on the play. Ballesteros called out on strikes. - One run, no hits, one error. - Ninth Inning. - Royal Giants at Bat - Harvey singled to center. Gatewood, trying to sacrifice, forced Harvey at second. Despert singled to left. Earl hit to right and Padron made a one-handed running catch. Gatewood took third after the catch. Kindle fanned. - No runs, two hits, no errors. - Cubans at Bat - Romonach dropped a hit in back of short. Gonzales beat out a bunt. Calvo sacrificed the runners along. After a consultation Padron was walked, filling the bases. Hungo forced Romonoch at the plate, Harvey to Gatewood Barranda ended the game by fannning. - No runs, two hits, no error."

Poughkeepsie, NY
"Cubans lose close game. - Locals go down to 5-4 defeat before the Royal Giants at Riverview Field yesterday afternoon. Lefty Harvey was the reason. The colored heaver allowed the locals but six hits and kept those widely scattered. He was in trouble in two innings, but he tightened and stopped the locals. - In the ninth with the bases filled and only one out he forced Hungo to hit to him. The tap forced Romonach at the plate. With the bases still populated he fanned Barranda. - Louis Padron played a great game yesterday. He made two running catches that bordered on the sensational and both came with men on bases. - Webster, the heavy-hitting first baseman of the Royals, had on his batting clothes. He touched up Balesteros' offerings for three safe swats, one of which went for two bases."

June 23, 1916

Poughkeepsie, NY
"This afternoon at Riverview Field the Poughkeepsie and Royal Giants will hook up in the final game of the series. Each team has won a game and the contest today will be hard fought. Padron and Stringbean Williams will probably draw the pitching honors."

Poughkeepsie, NY
"Padron's Hit Gives Cubans 6-5 Victory - Louis' Drive Clears Left Field Fence and Scores Gonzales Ahead of Him. - One of the longest hits ever made on Riverview Field ended the third and final game of the series between the Poughkeepsie Cubans and the Royal Giants of Brooklyn. With the score 5-4 in favor of the visitors in the final frame, Gonzales, batting for Johnson, walked. Calvo sent him on his way to second. Louis Padron, the local favorite, stopeed to the bat and with the count 2 and 2 hit the next ball pitched on a line over the left field fence far above the home run amrk. The final score was 6-5. Besides hitting in the winning tally, Padron held up his end of the mound. Louis was sent to the mound and aside from the third inning was never in trouble. He had his spit ball working and held the Royals to nine hits, which were scattered. Opposed to Padron was Stringbean Smith. The visiting hurler pitched a good game, but his free gifts proved his undoing. During the contest he passed seven to first base. - Royals Take Lead in Third. The contest started off like an honest-to-goodness contest. For two innings neither team was able to score. However, the break came in the third and before the locals had tightened up the Royals had dented the rubber four times. Earl started the frame off with a single and went to third on Kindle's double. Hewitt was safe on Padron's error. Webster walked, forcing in Earl. Handy went out to Hungo unassisted. Kindle scoring. Pugh singled, scoring Hewitt. Webster and Pugh worked a double steal, Webster scoring. - Locals Tie Score in Sixth. - After being held scoreless for five frames, the locals got busy in the sixth and tied the score. Calvo started the inning by getting a pass. Padron got a life on Hewitt's error. Hungo doubled to left, scoring Calvo, and Padron reached third. Barranda walked and on Herrera's double to the left field fence Padron and Hungo scored. Barranda went to third on the play. Torres was passed, filling the bases. With the bases filled, Smith tightened and fanned Ballesteros. Romonach scored Berranda with a long fly to right. Johnson ended the inning by popping to Handy. - Royals Tally in Ninth. - Three hits in a row, following by an infield out, gave the Royals a one run lead in the ninth. However, the locals rallied in their half and Padron's homer, following Gonzales pass, gave them the necessary runs for a win. Running catches by Ballesteros and Kindle featured.

July 3, 1916

Farmingdale, NY
"The Farmingdale Baseball Club will play the Royal Colored Giants here on July 3. They will play the State Farm School team July 4."

July 4, 1916

Poughkeepsie, NY
"July 4 - Royal Giants vs Poughkeepsie Cubans.(two games)"

July 5, 1916

Poughkeepsie, NY
"July 5 - Royal Giants vs Poughkeepsie Cubans."

July 6, 1916

Poughkeepsie, NY
"July 6 - Royal Giants vs Poughkeepsie Cubans."

July 7, 1916

Poughkeepsie, NY
"July 7 - Royal Giants vs Poughkeepsie Cubans."

July 15, 1916

Huntington, NY
"A first class baseball game will take place Saturday, July 15, at 3:30 o'clock on the Community Field at the rear of the First Church, between the Huntington Baseball Club and the Royal Colored Giants. This game will be the first of a series of semi-professional Saturday afternoon games. Pierre Olsen will umpire, and the admission will be 50 cents."

Huntington, NY
"Fast Ball. - Royal Colored Giants Defeated Huntingtons in a Sensational Game. - Under the management of J.W. Reydell, and the leadership of James Reilly, of Brooklyn, and Edward Phelan, of this village, baseball was revived in Huntington last Saturday afternoon, when a team from Brooklyn, to represent Huntington, crossed bats with the Royal Colored Giants, of Brooklyn. A number of Huntington's baseball fans gathered on the Community Field and saw one of the finest games of ball that has ever been played in this village. The play was fast and clean and several of the double plays, and sensational catches at crucial moments, caused the fans to shout applause. The Gaints were the victors, the score being 8-5. Springman occupied the pitching mound for the Huntington resprentatives. He was well known to Huntington fans, having starred with the Marshites, several seasons ago. He gave six hits and one base on balls and fanned five of the Giants. Jones pitched six innings for the Giants, retiring in the seventh period in favor of Williams. Jones was touched for six hits and gave three bases on balls. He struck out five of his opponents. Williams gave two hits and fanned three of the Huntingtonians. The Giants were blanked in the first inning, after which Kenny and Shutz tallied. In the second period the Giants took the lead, when Webster, Handy and Gatewood scored. In their half of the second the Huntington representatives tied the score when Kenny came home. The Giants bagged three runs in the fourt inning, when Jones, Kenedy and Earle scored. In the sixth inning the Huntington team made a sprint for the lead when two more runs were scored, Couglin and Kiley crossing the home plate. The Giants got their last two runs in the eighth inning, when Handy and Gatewood rounded the circuit."

July 17, 1916

Atlantic City, NJ
"Royal Giants Win. - Atlantic City, July 17. - The Royal Giants defeated the Bacharach nine here today, 8 to 5."