1915 Tennessee Rats

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1915 Tennessee Rats

1915 Tennessee Rats

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

May 19, 1915

Fairview, MT
"Baseball Chatter - About half of the regular Sidney team went to Fairview last Wednesday and were defeated by the Tennessee Rats, an aggregation of colored minstrels, by a score of 13 to 5. Serves them Right."

July 3, 1915

Stanton, ND
"Series of Games Soon at Stanton - Stanton, North Dakota, June 17. - The fastest series of ball games ever played in western North Dakota will be staged at Stanton on July 3 and 4. Four games will be played, in which Stanton, Beulah and Golden Valley will cross bats with the Tennessee Rats one of the fastest colored teams on the road. Stanton is putting on a big celebration and several thousand people are expected to attend. Excursion trains will be run. The Stanton boosters promise everyone a good time."

Stanton, ND
"A baseball tournament on July 3-4 is announced for Stanton, Beulah, Golden Valley, Stanton and the colored team. Tennessee Rats, will be entered."

July 4, 1915

Stanton, ND
"Series of Games Soon at Stanton - Stanton, North Dakota, June 17. - The fastest series of ball games ever played in western North Dakota will be staged at Stanton on July 3 and 4. Four games will be played, in which Stanton, Beulah and Golden Valley will cross bats with the Tennessee Rats one of the fastest colored teams on the road. Stanton is putting on a big celebration and several thousand people are expected to attend. Excursion trains will be run. The Stanton boosters promise everyone a good time."

Stanton, ND
"A baseball tournament on July 3-4 is announced for Stanton, Beulah, Golden Valley, Stanton and the colored team. Tennessee Rats, will be entered."

July 5, 1915

Dunn Center, ND
"Dunn Center drew a beautiful day for the celebration there Monday and those who attended report an enormous crowd. No one could really tell where all the 3,000 people did come from. The Indians moved over from Kildeer and held a pow-wow, and the Tennessee Rats gave a minstrel show but dropped a ball game to Dunn Center. In fact, nothing was missing but the airship from the program."

July 12, 1915

Linton, ND
"Brown's Tennessee Rats are scheduled for a ball game here Monday, July 12."

Linton, ND
"The Time of Your Life - When Brown arrives Monday, July 12, with his Tennessee Rats and Band. And best of all his concert and dance orchestra during the evening with a dance program unexcelled. Don't miss this day of sport."

Linton, ND
"The Tennessee Rats, an aggregation of colored gentlemen, played baseball in Linton Monday afternoon with the local team, winning by a 6-to-3 score. The game was very interesting and the local put up a strong defense. The Rats are strong with the stick and to that department may be attributed their victory. The score stood a tie in the seventh inning and then a hitting rally gave them the lead. It was interesting enough, however, to satisfy the crowd. In the evening their band furnished the music for a dance."

July 13, 1915

Pollock, ND
"Manager Adams, of the Pollock Tigers, has arranged a game of ball with Brown's Tennessee Rats for Tuesday, July 13th. This is a colored traveling ball team and are said to be experts in the game so there is apt to be some excitement in Pollock on that day."

Bismarck, ND
"Lost and Found - Lost - Bunch of keys; very important to Mr. Brown, manager of the Tennessee Rats ball team; 15 or 20 on ring with address, Holden, Missouri; return to Tribune; reward."

Strasburg, ND
"A number of Linton people autoed to Strasburg Tuesday afternoon to see the baseball game between Strasburg and the Tennessee Rats. Strasburg won the game by a 2 to 1 score. Suman, of Linton, caught for Strasburg and won the game with a home run with one man on base."