1914 Chicago American Giants

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1914 Chicago American Giants

1914 Chicago American Giants

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

February 28, 1914

Indianapolis, IN
"Rube Foster, the well known manager of the American Giants, of Chicago, especially as well known for his ... After gathering fame he decided to go into vaudeville as .. many do who get their names up .. what is seen in print concerning his advent into his new field of.. Rube Andrew Foster, the .. colored ball player, Chicago, who opened his theatrical career in Cleveland, attempted to show how he won an exhibition game from the White Sox... ended by falling into the pit and put the entire orchestra unconcious. The instruments that were not broken could not be played because the musicians who played them had to be carried out, as they launched into hysterics. The audience mostly rolled on the floor and said they'd freely pay for going out of the ... as they were well satisfied."

March 3, 1914

Indianapolis, IN
"American Giants Off for the South. - The American Giants, Chicago's greatest baseball team, left on Tuesday night for a 10,000 mile trip. The squad will return April 26 to open the American Giants Park, Thirty-ninth and Wentworth Avenue. They go to Palm Beach, Florida, and the manager will take his team to Victoria, British Columbia. Foster has secured several new players."

April 13, 1914

Chehalis, WA
"Colts Will Play Negroes in Chehalis - Chehalis, Wednesday, March 25. - Final arrangements were closed here yesterday for the ball game between the colored Giants of Chicago and the Portland Colts of the Northwestern League, to be played at Millet field in Chehalis Monday, April 13. The affair will be handled jointly by the Citizens' Club of Chehalis and the Centralia Commercial Club, the officers of the two organizations and Traveling Passenger Agent Sater of the Northern Pacific settling the details. The game will be advertised extensively in Southwest Washington and is expected to draw a record crowd."

April 20, 1914

Missoula, MT
"White Hopes Will Battle Monday - American Giants Crack Negro Team, to Meet Fast Local Aggregation at Campbell Park Tomorrow. - Tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock the Missoula Highlanders will meet the crack American Giants, most famous of all negro teams. The struggle has aroused a lot of keen interest. The American Giants are, beyond a doubt, the equals of any major league club in the country. They have beaten the best of the western leaguers without any difficulty and in their exhibition games show class which can't be equalled outside of the big show. In addition to real baseball skill the Giants have all of the inimitable comedy of their race and relieve their exhibition games with performances which have to be seen to be appreciated. Several of the members of the negro team are without equals anywhere. Manager McGraw of the New York Giants once tried to pass some of them as Cubans in order to get them into organized baseball. He declared on one occasion that the team's catcher is the greatest backstopper in the game today. Monday's game will be called at Campbell park at 3:30 tomorrow afternoon. The locals don't expect to beat the invaders, of course, but they are sure that they can hold them well enough to call forth all of their wonderful ability. The field is to be put in good shape and no possible improvement to the playing conditions will be overlooked. The men who have secured this splendid attraction for the local fans are not in the game for the money they can make out of it. In order to break even on the guarantee they must have 350 people at the park. If they can do this they will be satisfied. The game will be good enough to warrant the support of every fan in the city and should fill the park to the limit."

Chicago, IL
"American Giants to Play Here Today - The American Giants, equals of any major league team in the country, will play a local team at Campbell park this afternoon at 3:30. The exhibition will be the best ever staged in Missoula, for no team of the Giants' caliber has ever played here. On the roster of their club the visitors have several players admitted by such masters of the national pastime as McGraw and Connie Mack to be the best in the world at their positions. Were they merely to engage in batting and fielding practice the exhibition these men will give would be worth twice the price of admission that is to be charged. As it is, they are going to appear in a regular game, where they will have admirable opportunity to display all of their ability. Only their color keeps these men out of the big leagues. They are past masters of the game. K.O. Scribner, who is managing the team that is to oppose the Giants today, has secured for the exhibition the best of local talent. He announced the following lineup last night: Heyfron, right field; Kelley, second base; Stinger, center field; Hornsby, shortstop; Sheridan, catcher; Scribner, first base; Ricketts, third base; Peterson, left field; Headkey, Rummel and Hester, pitchers; Wentz, substitute. In preparation for the contest, the field has been smoothed and rolled until it is in good condition as before the fortunes of war robbed Missoula of her baseball team. The game today will be fast and snappy if the condition of the field has anything to do with the speed of the play. One of the big stunts of the visitors - and stunts are, or course, a big thing with a team of negroes - is the 'shadow ball' practice made famous by the Giants and White Sox during their world tour. In this the team warms up without throwing a ball, going through all of the motions of hitting and fielding the ball, of throwing to bases and tagging runners without using a baseball. The game will be the best local fans will see this season or for many years to come. The stand ought to be packed, for no one who loves the national game should miss this exhibition any more than he would if the Athletics were to be here."

Missoula, MT
"Giants Eat Lunch at Campbell Park - Colored Baseball Players Have Easy Time with Local Aggregation. - O. Kelley Shows Speed - Successor to Bulger Walsh Reveals Wonderful Footwork in Getting Away From Hot Liners - Other Well Known Citizens Appear on Field. - The Chicago American Giants appeared at Campbell Park at 3:30 yesterday afternoon, just as advertisements placed conspicuously in the city's sport pages had lead the people of Missoula to believe. For two hours, more or less, they exhibited their mastery of the national pastime of glorified rounders, to the great delight of a large, but not quite large enough, gallery of local fans. The reports sent out concerning the ability of the Giants have not been exaggerated. The members of the team understand what the game's about. Rusty Wright, who saw the game from an automobile inside the gate of the park, says that the negroes could win the Union association pennant. We'll let it go at that. During the stay of the Giants several well-known Missoula citizens appeared at various times upon the field of play. Of these Owen Kelley attracted most attention for the grace with which he side-stepped hard-hit balls. As an exhibition of the Giants' skill the diversion was well worth the price of admission. As a ball game it didn't amount to much. The score, as we neglected to announce, was 25 to 5, the visitors ceasing all endeavor after the third inning. A box score will be impossible for the reason that the third frame, in which the Giants scored 13 runs, overcame the scorer."

April 26, 1914

Chicago, IL
"American Giants 4, Gunthers 0."

April 30, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Banquet for American Giants. - Last Thursday night, the American Giants were given a banquet at Odd Fellows Hall. Honorable B.F. Mosely was the friend of the team who was responsible for the boys being honored on that evening. Mr. Schorling, owner of the park, also contributed to the success of the banquet. Mr. Foster, B.F. Moseley, Mr. Schorling and a number of others delivered short addresses. A menu was served and the affair proved to be quite a success."

May 3, 1914

Chicago, IL
"American Giants Win. - Rube Foster at the Mound and Wins by a Score of 13 to 6. - Banquet Given American Giants - West Ends to Play Sunday - Big Crowd Expected - By Cary B. Lewis. - Chicago, Illinois, May 4. - St. Joseph team played at the American Park on last Sunday to a very large crowd. It was a game of fumbles on part of the white boys and the score rolled up to 13 to 6. Rube Foster pitched. The home boys were in good form, got in the lead and stayed there until the close of the game and at no time in danger. Foster did not try hard nor any of the players, but the Giants did knock the ball to all parts of the field."

May 10, 1914

Chicago, IL
"West Ends Next Sunday. - The West Ends, one of the strongest teams in the City Association, will play the American Giants on Sunday. Mr. Foster expects that this will be one of the hardest teams that he is to play here this season."
Chicago, IL
"Foster's Team Wins Great Victory. - Three Thousand Fans Cheer American Giants in Third Victory of the Season - Game Won in First Inning By a Score of 2 to 1 - Banton Pitches Good Game and Lloyd Hero of the Day - Chicago Giants Sunday, Walter Ball Pitching. - By Cary B. Lewis. - Special to the Freeman: Chicago, Illinois, May 12. - Fans who did not see the game last Sunday between the American Giants and the West Ends, missed the best game of the season. Banton, a new find of Rube Foster was on the mound and pitched a good game and was ably supported. The Giants played major league ball, and Lloyd was the 'lion of the day.' The game was different from the one the preceeding Sunday, void of band playing but a first-class game throughout and interesting every minute, so good that the West Ends were humbled 2 to 1, and the way our boys played, the visitors never had a chance to win. - Game Won in First. - The game was won in the first inning. The late comers missed this rare treat. It was this way: Barber singled, Hill doubled, Duncan flew out to center, Barber scoring, and Hill taking third on an infield error. Lloyd got a base on balls, Hill scored, Gans struck out and Monroe landed one through short but was out at first. Two scores were registered for the Americans, while McQuire, of the West Ends scored. This inning told the tale. Not another run was made but desperate efforts were made by both teams to score but nothing doing. All through the game Lloyd did some sensational ball playing, the like of which is only seen by major league players. Gans gave a rattling good exhibition of fielding, and Monroe at second was there every minute and was the 'idol of the game.' Both teams played like demons and 'Brown Eyes' Barber made a one-handed catch which caused the grand stand rooters to rise en masse. Three thousand fans witnessed the game and it is likely that twice as many more will be present tomorrow."

"Weather was a little chilly Sunday, and the girls with their thin silks got awfully cold toward the last of the game. Bragg, the Freeman agent, was right there with the world's greatest sporting journal and they went like wild fire. He says he has a pass and will be there every Sunday. Bragg evidently whispered something in the ear of Messrs. Foster and Schorling. Lloyd made a killer at second base in the second inning and a sensational catch in the sixth. Francis threw a ball from third to first that went as straight as an arrow. He is a member of the 'Big Four' that were with the New York Giants last year. Gans, another member of the 'Big Four' tried hard to ease home from third, but he was a second too late. Good run, my boy. Brown Eyes Barber dropped a hot liner at first but got it in time to put out his man. Some Barber. Banton, the new find from Detroit, was at his best. He showed the fans he had something. No one in the world can beat Foster finding good players. Fans got their money's worth Sunday. Everyone was well pleased with the game. Even the knockers were loud in praise of the American Giants' good playing. Rube says he is mighty proud of the Giants. Don't blame him. The American Giants are still talking about the swell banquet which was tendered them about a week ago at Old Fellows Hall. B.F. Mosely was responsible for the feast, assisted by Mr. Schorling, two of the best friends of the team. The Giants are beloved at home as well as abroad. Diamond Monroe seems to be playing better ball than ever. Money says no more late hours for him, but he still likes the ladies. He struts like a Duke when garbed in one of Adams' tailor-made suits. A purse is now being put up for the player who makes the best batting average this season. Lloyd and Hill seem to be leading thus far, with Barber a close third. Toney Langston, the photographer artist, is right on the job with his Graphflix machine. Looks like big league work to see him there. Toney is one of the fastest snapshot men in the business. Daugherty, Petway and Lindsey are still on the bench recouperating. The fans are anxious to see them in the game, and before many Sundays they will be on the job. Petway, whose arm has been bad, is getting better. Booker is holding down the sack nicely. Jerry Mills, B.F. Mosely, Wm. Adams; and George Holt are there every Sunday. They are fans of the first water. Another most interesting spectacle is Mrs. Andrew Foster and her young son. It's getting so that if you want to see the latest styles, the ball park hold 'em. It's no strange thing to see ladies wearing exquisite gowns and headgear on Sundays. Everyone is anxiously awaiting to see Elwood C. Knox and his A.B.C.'s come to Chicago. It is reported here that the Indianapolis team is in fine form and only needs to meet the American Giants. A Rube Foster day will be celebrated some time this summer at the American Giants Park. Frank A. Young, sporting editor of the Chicago Defender, and Cary B. Lewis of the Freeman, will be the promoters. Mr. Young believes that a Foster day should be celebrated just as a Chance day is done. Young believes with plenty of publicity, 10,000 people would do honor to Rube, who is considered the foremost baseball promoter and manager of the day. During the months of June, July and August, Mr. Foster claims that he will have some of the best teams in the country at the American Giants park. The past three Sundays indicate that baseball this season here will be a banner one. In order to have your box seats, order before the game and avoid the rush. A limited number of pass books were issued this week. Those who received one will be expected not only to be a booster but to bring some with them. Every cast admission helps to make the mare go."

May 17, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Chicago Giants tomorrow, with Walter Ball on the mound. Betting is 3 to 2 on the Americans. Some, however, are wagering 5 to 2. Many still maintain that the Chicago Giants, lead by Frank Leland, is the better team. Thousands of American fans are willing to wager their lives that this is not so. Tomorrow afternoon Chicago rooters will be the umpires in this great popularity contest, and Rube says he will show them a thing or two.

Chicago, IL
"American Giants Win Fourth Straight Game - Chicago Giants Lose to the American 9 to 0 - Five Thousand People Witness Game - Wade Strikes Out Seven Men - First Six Innings Best Seen at Schorling's Park This Season - Fumbling With Ball Cause of Chicago Giants Losing So Heavily. Cuban Stars Play Series of Six Games, Beginning Saturday, May 23, and Continuing Until the Following Thursday - Many Interesting Notes Observed by Cary B. Lewis, Sporting Writer of Chicago. - (by Cary B. Lewis.) - Chicago, Illinois, May 18. - Special to the Freeman - Five thousand people sat breathless until the sixth inning on last Sunday afternoon at Schorling's Park, watching the fast and furious game between the American Giants and the Chicago Giants. During the first seven innings the fans were saying it was the best game they had seen for many a year. Crawford was pitching some great ball, and only one hit and a scratch hit, was made by the Americans, while the Chicagoans were unable to get any off Wade, the demon from New York. The first score was made in the fifth inning. Booker was up and went out on a high fly. Francis hit the ball and got to second with ease, Barber sent one through third on a fumble and Francis scored while the ball was thrown to first. In the next inning Hill, Duncan, Lloyd, Booker, Gans and Monroe were the cause of three more scores being registered for the Americans, and the Chicagoans were unable to cross the plate. Nothing doing in the eighth for either side, but Crawford was found and the American Giants hit Crawford unmercifully, scoring five times, the game ending 9 to 0 in favor of the Americans. There were hundreds of fans pulling for Greenie's team, but he lost his rabbit's foot. At any rate, two of the fastest double plays seen at the park for many a day were pulled by McAdoo to Buckner to McAdoo. To the eyes of the best critics and Foster himself, it was a great play and one that will go down in baseball history. Wade was the hero of the day. He struck out seven men and was ably supported. The Americans exhibited great team work and at no time lost their heads. Fumbling with the ball was the cause for so many scores being registerd against the visitors. This is the fourth straight victory for the American Giants.

"Lewisisms - Just think, 5,000 people witnessing a game between two colored teams. Truly the race is going some. - Next Sunday the Cuban Stars. Order your seats Saturday for Sunday. A record breaking crowd is expected. - The Cuban Stars will arrive in the city on Friday direct from New York, where they have been playing sensational ball. They play a series of six games, beginning Saturday and continuing until the following Thursday. - Lloyd, Hill and Barber are leading the American Giants in batting with Duncan forging ahead of Barber. Monroe, known to his friends as Diamond Monroe, is just one per cent behind Duncan. Gans is a close second to Monroe. - Captain Pete Hill has his men under excellent control. They deport themselves like gentlemen on the field. This is much better than to annoy the patrons with a lot of unneccessary argument. - Ladies are admitted free except Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. This is the courtesy that the management has extended the lady fans of the Windy City. There are no more enthusiastic fans in America than in Chicago. - More and more the fever is growing for a Rube Foster Day sometime during the coming season. It is stated by fans that a big demonstration should be made in honor of the man who has made colored baseball what it is today in Chicago, the West and throughout the country. Francis' two bagger was the hit that started the boys off. If they can just land on the pill once, the others seem to follow. Although short, Francis runs like a deer. Miss Mary Ray and Miss Ethel Ridley occupied boxes Sunday. - Fitzpatrick, the new umpire for the season is both fair and square. No kicks have been registered against him this season. He is well liked both by players and fans. When you are out, you are out, that's all. - The Cuban Stars beat Cyclone Joe Williams 15 to 0. They must have some great pitchers, but what will they do with Wade, Lindsey, Dougherty and Rube? It remains to be seen. Be there when it comes off. - Boston, familiarly known around Thirty-first and State streets, at the Keystone, was up bright and early MOnday morning looking for Greenie saying 'push 'em up,' but Greenie could not be found. He had lost 9 to 0. - Petway, Doughterty and Lindsey, who have been given a long rest, will be seen during the series with the Cuban Stars. - The American Giants are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the A.B.C.'s of Indianapolis. The Giants hope they will continue their lucky streak to be clipped when they arrive here. Elwood Knox is urged to bring all the change he can scrape up with some of Archie Greathouse's also. - Box seats are on sale Saturday at the game for Sunday. Pay for your seats in advance and there will be no delay in your being properly seated. - Lloyd and Monroe are still showing up fast around short and second, while Captain Hill sacks them with ease in deep center. Brown Eyes Barber kills every Spaniard at first and Francis gets 'em Eli at third. Gans is never known to let one fall in left, while Duncan, oh so sweet and Booker is peaches to the world. Wade a mighty man is he thus we have the fastest baseball aggregation in America."

May 23, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Cuban Stars in Series Here - First Three Games, Giants win one and Lose Two - ABCs to Play Decoration Day and Sunday. - By Cary B. Lewis. - Chicago, Illinois, May 28. - Special to the Freeman. - Molini and his famous Cuban Stars arrived in the city last Friday and opened their series on Saturday with the American Giants at the American Giants Park, 35th and Wentworth Avenue. Owing to the weather being so cloudy and drizzling of rain felt at the time the game was called, a large crowd did not greet the visitors on the opening day, but they got a good drenching by their opposers. It was a shut out, the score being 8 to 0. The Americans were anxious to take the first game, and they did so with ease. It was their fifth straight victory of the season. Dougherty pitched and it was his first game of the season. He was in splendid form and only one hit was registered against him. It was a batting game for the Giants, for Barber, Hill, Lloyd, Gans, Monroe, Booker and Dougherty got hits and placed them well. The Cubans went up in the air in the length, when five hits and two errors netted six runs."

May 24, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Sunday's Game. - Sunday demonstrated that baseball is here to stay and be patronized by Afro-Americans for 8,000 fans packed the boxes, grand stand, bleachers and field to see the Islanders battle against Rube's team. It was one of the largest crowds in the history of semi-pro ball, and Mr. Schorling and Mr. Foster were happy over such a large attendance. Wade was in the box for the Americans. He pitched a fine game up until the eighth, when he began to weaken, but remained to the ninth, when the Cubans found him with three hits, a base on balls and an error by Gans. The Giants had made a score in the second and seventh and the way they were playing looked as though the home boys were on top for another victory. The tray turned and the Cubans' batting rally netted four scores, ending the game in the ninth, 4 to 2. It was a sensational game, Monroe, Duncan and Lloyd displaying great feats throughout."

May 25, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Monday's Game. - Monday 2,000 people saw the Jenkins and Foster batteries defeat Torronette. It took ten innings to decide the contest. Foster was in the lead, but lost in the tenth."

May 30, 1914

Chicago, IL
"American Giants - At Home Every Sunday and Holiday - Games during the week while the White Sox are away. Park located at thirty-ninth and Wentworth AVenue, Chicago, Illinois. Games Called at 3:30 p.m."

Chicago, IL
"Rube Foster's American Giants May Play Here - Indianapolis ABCs to Play Foster's Champions May 30, 31, and June 1, at Chicago. - Special to the Freeman. - Chicago, Illinois, May 19. - Rube Foster's famous American Giants are yet in the city and all Chicago is making preparations to see the three great games that are scheduled to be played here at the White Sox old grounds, located at 39th street and Wentworth avenue, May 30, 31, and June 1, between the clever A.B.C.s of Indianapolis and the American Giants of this city. Also, ball fans of Indianapolis, it is said, are equally as anxious to learn the date to which Foster's crew will visit the Hoosier capital as some very strong ball tossing is expected of both teams since the ownership of the Indiana club has secured such an efficient manager and player as C.I. Taylor, former manager of the West Baden Sprudels. It is expected that a large delegation of fans will come from Indianapolis to the Wincy City to see one of the hardest baseball battles ever put up by colored players in Cook county. Manager C.I. Taylor has secured some of the best players obtainable for the Hoosierites and will come to Chicago to win every game from the famous American Giants. Steel Arm John Taylor, the well known pitcher, will go on the mound to win for the clever ABCs and, in case of emergency, will be relieved by a dark horse whom baseball experts have claimed to be a wonder at his position in the great national game. Rube Foster's team is said to be the greatest organization of ball in this country. Both teams should be a great attraction the season out."
Chicago, IL
"A.B.C.s Here Decoration Day - The American Giants ball park, which has become the mecca for baseball fans, promises to overflow itself on Decoration Day, May 30, Sunday and Monday. The noted Steel Arm Taylor will pitch against the American Giants and has promised to give a good account of himself, while Wade and Dougherty will pitch for the Giants. All Chicago is baseball wild, fandom is running wild. Be there early to get your boxes. Coming with the ABCs are Johnson, Ben Taylor, I. Taylor and Hutchinson, of last year's American Giants. They have won 14 straight."

Chicago, IL
"Decoration Day. - The A.B.C.s of Indianapolis, Indiana, arrived Decoration Day for a series with the Americans. A big crowd witnessed the game and saw Dicta Johnson lose for the visitors in the first inning. It was the first game of the series and the visitors lost at a score of 7 to 1. Jimmy Taylor of the A.B.Cs was benched for doing too much kicking by umpire Fitzpatrick. This caused the Indianapolis boys to be badly handicapped. The parade did not have any effect on the large crowd, for every seat was taken in the boxes and grandstand and the bleachers were crowded."

May 31, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Sunday's Game. - Sunday, Dicta Johnson showed the boys that he still had something and came back the following day with some pills that the home boys could not find. In the third inning, Dougherty went all to pieces and the visitors found him and sent the ball to all parts of the field. They brought in six scores and one in the next inning. It was not until the last inning when Wade and Jenkins had tried their hand the home boys were unable to score, bringing in two, the game resulting in 7 to 2 in favor of the A.B.C.s."

June 1, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Monday's Game. - American Giants gained a lead of one game on the ABC team of Indianapolis yesterday at Schorling Park by taking the third game of the series, 2 to 0. Rube Foster pitched for his own team and was solved for only three safe hits."

June 2, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Tuesday's Game. - Dicta Johnson, Steel Arm Taylor, and his brother, the manager, did all they possibly could to keep the Giants from treating them roughly, but Gans, the famous right fielder was in the box and he showed the visitors just how strong he was with the pill. The home boys walloped the ABCs unmercifully. More scores were brought in than at any game for the past five years, ending in the ninth, 13 to 1. Every one left happily. They are now crying for Young Cy Young. In the series, the American Giants won three games out of four, Rube winning two of them. Greenie was the umpire and he gave entire satisfaction."

"Notes - Everybody is praising Rube Foster for allowing only twenty-eight men to face him. Everybody is saying that Rube has come back. Rube has been the cleverest of any on the team. He came back Monday and pitched a shut-out game, allowing but three safe hits. Just as well pull for the Giants when Foster is in the box, for he is going to win. - Young Cy Young will be here on Sunday with the Benton Harbor team. He is remembered from last year as the tall, lanky pitcher who was so jolly with the fans. - One of the chief rooters for the Giants is Mr. Shine, who sits in the press box. He never misses a day and knows every play made by Mr. Foster since the veteran has been playing. Miss Helen Young was the guest of the press box Monday. - Andy is another of the old faithful American Giant fans. He can't see why it is so many pull against the home team. - Order your box seats now. Avoid the rush. No use standing in the hot sun. Walk right up and secure your tickets if paid for in advance. - No other place to go on Sunday but the ball game. Watch the crowd and the styles. If it's not there, it's nowhere."

June 4, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Young Cy Young Coming. - Rube Foster Pitches Best Game Seen at American Giants' Park This Season - Great Game Expected Next Sunday When Young 'Cy' Young Will Pitch for the Benton Harbors - Box Seats in Great Demand - Chicago Now the Greatest Baseball Center in the Country - Week Day Crowds Growing Larger - Gans Wins Last of the Series With A.N.C.s - Lloyd and Monroe Show class the Past Week. - By Cary B. Lewis. - Special to the Freeman. - Chicago, Illinois, June 2. - Rube Foster came into his own last Thursday at the American Giants Park when he won the last game of the series between the Cuban Stars and the Giants. The veteran twirler pitched a one to nothing game, allowing one hit. This is the best record that has been made at the park this season. Only twenty-eight men faced Foster, as he failed to issue a pass ball. The Giants' only run came from the first man up in the first inning. Barber making a double and taking third when Villa failed to back up the return throw. Duncan's sacrifice fly counted him. The series resulted in the Giants winning three and the Cubans winning three. The visitors left last week for Detroit."

June 14, 1914

Chicago, IL
"American Giants win With Ease. - Visitors Not in Class With Home Team - Score 13 to 5 - West Ends to Play Next Sunday - Series With Cuban Stars Beginning July 4 - Lloyd, Barber, Hill and Duncan Tying for First Place in Batting Percentage. - By Cary B. Lewis. - Chicago, Illinois, June 16. - Special - Last Sunday was the first day that the fans have enjoyed a funny game at the American Giants Park. Some parts were so amusing that people arose up in their seats to laugh. One big surprise was to see Tyler receive a watch presented by his friends, make a hit and then score and in the third game to be taken out and supplanted by Old Reliable Booker. The visitors were a set of white boys who came from the city of South Bend, Indiana. It being their first time here, quite a crowd was present. It was an ideal day, cool and pleasant and no need for pop or lemonade. In the very first inning the American Giants brought in four scores, the visitors showing that they were outclassed from every angle. Every man on the team made a hit except Francis, Jenkins and Booker and they redeemed themselves, putting up a good article of ball. Francis caught a high liner at third that was a hair raiser. Lloyd as usual did some sensational playing, showing the white boys just how to put em over."

Chicago, IL
"American Giants 13, South Bend 5."

June 15, 1914

Indianapolis, IN
"The A.B.C.s and Rube's Team. - Will Play for Benefit of Lincoln Hospital. - The Chicago American Giants, Rube Foster's team, will play the A.B.C.s at the Northwestern Park, June 15, 16, 17 and 18. The days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On the last day, Thursday, the two teams will play for the benefit of the Lincoln Hospital."

Indianapolis, IN
"Chicago Club Proves Too Strong For A.B.C.s in Monday's Game. - The American Giants of Chicago won Monday's game of the series with the A.B.C.s 9 to 3. Both clubs played fast ball and the game was much better than the score indicates. The fielding of Monroe for the Giants and Scotland and Kindle for the local club featured. Johnson started the game for Bowser's club, but had to retire after the second frame. Gans, for the Windy City club, pitched good ball, keeping his eight hits well scattered."

June 16, 1914

Indianapolis, IN
"The A.B.C.s Go Down Again. - Tuesday's Game. - The American Giants of Chicago won another game from the A.B.C. club last Tuesday, 6 to 5. A home run drive by Pitcher Wade of the Giants settled the affair in the ninth inning. The same clubs will play today and tomorrow. Half of the receipts of the Thursday game will be turned over to the Lincoln Hospital for the colored."

June 17, 1914

Indianapolis, IN
"The A.B.C.s Still on the Toboggan. - Wednesday's Game. - Rube Foster's American Giants made it three straight defeating the ABCs Wednesday at Northwestern Park, 11 to 3."

June 18, 1914

Indianapolis, IN
"The ABC ball tossers lost again to the American Giants at Northwestern Park June 18, 3 to 0. The loss was the fourth straight suffered at the hands of the visiting Giants. The locals could not connect with Foster's slants, one hit being the record of the losers."

Indianapolis, IN
"Rube's Fellows Take All of the Games - Four Straight. - Our ABCs went down in inglorious defeat last week in a series of four games beginning Monday and ending on Thursday. The weather was ideal, cool and clear, seeming particularly to agree with Rube's folks, judging by the way they swatted the ball and ran the bases. Good crowds attended during the series, a great crowd being present at the closing game on Thursday, when the two clubs played a benefit game for the Lincoln Hospital. The ABCs have been playing good ball from the beginning of the season. Indeed, we here thought they were playing top notch ball, but one will suppose that it was because they had not met the right club. Taylor's fellows worked like Trojans, but all to no purpose. Rube's big men did practically as they pleased, taking all the run out of the local team. But the event, after all, was a great treat. To score with such a team as the American Giants is something. Foster's team will measure up with the best teams in the country. This means that the ABCs were playing league ball. Many of the spectators did not know this, consequently some were inclined to scoff at the poor downtrodden ABCs."

June 20, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Must Have His Nails Clean. - Lloyd, world's greatest shortstop, is a delightful personage to meet. He is not only stylish in his clothes which are made by William Adams, but an interesting conversationalist. One would not think that he is as particular about his finger nails as a society girl who plays whist. Every Saturday, Lloyd can be seen at Goins shop having his nails manicured by the expert, Miss Irene Shadd. Lloyd says he can't handle a ball quickly when there are hang nails on his fingers."

"Why Do They Call Him Diamond? - Many of the fans used to call Monroe, the famous shortstop 'Money.' We don't know whether it was because he handled so much money or just as an abbreviation of his name. For some reason, he is now called 'Diamond' Monroe. Why they call him this we do not know, but Monroe has some nice stones on and some put away. As a sensational ball player, he is in a class A."

"Who is leading the batting average? Well, it's between Hill, Lloyd, Barber and Duncan. Whoever leads at the close of the season will be presented with a handsome prize.

"Don't forget the Cuban Stars series July 4. Order your seats now. - Mr. and Mrs. Walter Speedy hold the record for not missing a game this or last season."

June 21, 1914

Chicago, IL
"West Ends Next Sunday. - Next Sunday the West Ends will play the American Giants at the American Giants park. This will be their second game of the season, the first the Giants won by a score of 2 to 1. It was one of the fastest and best games seen there this season. Rube states that he is going to win this Sunday, but the West Ends claim that they are going to take the hide from their opponents. Box seats are on sale for the following Sunday after each game. Bradshaw will pitch."

Chicago, IL
"American Giants Win Another Victory From West Ends. - Lloyd Jumps Six Feet and Catches a Cannon Ball Fly - Fans in Boxes and Grandstand Yell to Top of Their Voices - Greatest Game Seen This Season - Comiskey Anxious to Get Lloyd - Francis Makes Hair-Raising Catch at Third. - Plutos to Play Series Beginning Sunday and Lasting Until Thursday - Cuban Stars to Play a Series Beginning July 4 and Lasting Several Days - Elwood C. Knox Gues of Rube Foster and Sees Game From the Bench - Ladies Handsomely Gowned - Box Seats Now on Sale for Series. - By Cary B. Lewis. - Chicago, Illinois, June 22 - Special. - When Elwood C. Knox, of Indianapolis, Journeyed from Indianapolis, Indiana, the guest of Rube Foster to see the American Giants play the West Ends, doubtless he did not think he was going to see one of the best games of the season played. Sunday was an ideal day. The Sox were in the city, but that did not keep fans away for there was a large crowd present to witness an eleven-inning game that will go down in history as one of the fastest and most enthusiastic games of the season. Last week the Tribune (daily) said that if Comisky would have Lloyd at second for the Sox they could win some games. Had Mr. Comiskey been at the American Giants Park on last Sunday, doubtless he would have immediately assigned Lloyd to the Sox, because he put up an article of ball playing seldom seen on a semi-pro diamond. Lloyd did some of the most sensational stunts ever seen at the American Giants Park and he did it with as much ease and grace as a boy taking a stick of candy. A hot fly came to him roaring like a cannon ball. It was six feet above his head. Three men were on base and two outs. Lloyd jumped six feet in the air, grabbed the ball with his left hand and sent it sailing to first right in Barber's hands. The fans in the boxes lead by the ever-present Speedy, and those in the grandstand arose in a mass and began yelling and raising their hats. Modest as a child, Lloyd walked to the bench, but was forced to raise his hat in appreciation of the applause. Mr. Knox passed him a good cigar and said he would see him after the game. Francis said he would not be outdone. A hot liner was hit toward him. Everyone thought he would miss it, but he fooled them, and a great victory was registered for Francis. The Giants started off by making a score in the first inning. Not another score was made until the ninth, when the visitors tied the Giants. But during this time Jenkins got out of the hole twice, as did Bradshaw, both pitching excellent ball. In the eleventh inning, Lloyd saved the sad when three men were on base and he knocked a two-bagger, allowing another score to be registered for the home team. Lloyd made three hits during the game, Jenkins two, Duncan, Hill and Barber got hits. Monroe did some fine work at second. Jenkins had fine ? over the ball and was well supported. Never before have fans come away from the American Giants Park more thoroughly satisfied than on last Sunday. On the lips of everyone was 'if Lloyd was a white man he would be in the major leagues.' Foster sat on the bench and guided his men like a general. Only one error was registered against the Giants, and that was a wild throw to Barber. He certainly redeemed himself before the game was over. Some 3,000 fans witnessed the victory."

"Lewisms. - Mr. Elwood C. Knox, editor of the Indianapolis Freeman, was a guest of Mr. Andrew Rube Foster last Sunday and Monday. Mr. KNox came from Kokomo, Indiana where he witnessed a game. Mr. Knox was shown the stroll on Sunday night and the managing editor reported on Monday that he was much pleased with his stay in the Windy City. - Lloyd is making so many fine plays for the American Giants that he is becoming an idol among his fans. As soon as he arrived Sunday his nails were manicured. He says he can't play unless his fingers are in tip top condition. He has a special manicurist to do his work. If manicuring does the work, others might follow. Miss Irene Shadd does the work. - Mr. Foster will have the Plutos here on Sunday and will have a series of games next week, running until Thursday. Ladies will be admitted free during the week. Order your box seats now. Seats are at a premium. - The American Giants won every game with the ABCs while away. They lost by a small margin with the Cuban Stars in Indiana. Rube says he will even up with them July 4. - Jenkins, the young pitcher, is certainly putting up a fine article of ball. The longer he pitches the better he gets. Booker is taking a much-needed rest, Peterson is away having his arm treated, and Watts, a new catcher, is with the Giants. He held his own Sunday and was good with the stick. - Duncan is now known as a safe hitter. He is crowding Lloyd, Barber and Hill for first place in the batting percentage. - Captain Pete Hill can always be depended upon for a hit, and as center fielder he has no equal in semi-pro baseball. - The day does not pass unless he does not make a sensational play. He is called 'Diamond' Monroe, and is king at second. - Judy Gans, late of the New York Giants, is winning praise daily from the Chicago fans. His left field work puts him in the class as a star player. - Jesse Barber is still hitting and running, and a race horse can't catch him going from first to second. - Mr. Knox chose to sit on the bench Sunday rather than sit in a box. - The ladies were all 'dolled up' last Sunday. They certainly looked good in their summer 'togs.' - The Cuban Stars will be here July 4 and will play another series. The last series resulted in the Giants winning three and the Cubans winning three. Rube Foster says he will take the odd game this time. - The question is still being asked, 'who will lead in the batting percentage?' Some say Lloyd, others Hill, Barber or Duncan, with Monroe a close second. - Jerry Mills, an American Giant fan, was absent last Sunday for the first time this year. He had a matinee at the Pekin. His substitute, Bill Adams, was right on the job. - For any baseball information about the American Giants, Mr. Shibe, who occupies a seat in the press box every Sunday, is an expert. He is a company keeper and usually has some good cigars. - If you want to see a large crowd of fans, if you want to see enthusiasm run rampant, if you want to see well-dressed ladies, just be at the American Giants Park on July 4 when the Giants play the Cuban Stars. It is expected to be the greatest game in the history of local semi-pro ball playing. Both teams have blood in their eyes and are anxious to win the first game. Remember that you must order your box seats now. People are coming from surrounding towns, and there will be excursions from Indiananpolis, St. Louis, and Cincinnati to see the game on this day."

Chicago, IL
"American Giants 2, West Ends 1."

June 27, 1914

Gary, IN
"Walter Speedy and party Go to Gary. - Walter Speedy and party went to Gary last Saturday to see the Giants play the team from that city. The American Giants, as usual, came away victorious."

June 28, 1914

Chicago, IL
"American Giants Win All the Series With the French Lick Plutos. - The American Giants Win - Take Three Games With Ease - Frances Displays Wonderful Headwork - Fans Believe Him to Be the Best Third Baseman in the Country - Jack Johnson Cables Foster That He Favors Giants in Preference of Cuban Stars - Honorable S.H. Dudley Visits Rube Foster - July 4 and 5 to Be Great Day in this City - Week Days Largely Attended - Lincoln's Story Applicable - Bill Adams to Have Box Party - Walter Speedy Motors to Gary - Other Baseball Items. - By Cary B. Lewis. - Chicago, Illinois, July 1. - When the Plutos journeyed to this city, looking fat and fine, every fan thought they were going to show some form and take at least one game from the American Giants. The first day of the series the American Giants defeated the Indiana boys in a fast game, six to nothing. The second day Rube Foster pitched and defeated them, 6 to 1, and on the third day the Giants defeated them 7 to 2. Since they had no drawing power and showed but little class, the game for the next day was called off. Some of the best work done during the series was that of Mr. Francis, who is the star third baseman. Bill Francis is showing such brain work in his playing that he is receiving congratulations and comment from every fan in the city. He pulled off some of the most sensational plays that have been seen around third base for many a day. Mr. Francis knows all the ins and outs of the game and puts it into execution at the proper time and with great skill. On Tuesday he knocked two two-base hits. Sunday the day was rather cool and the large crowd generally seen was not present. The greatest crowd of the year is expected to be at the park July 4 and 5."

June 29, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Monday's Game. - American Giants won the second game of the series with the French Lick Plutos at the former's park, 6 to 1. For six innings the game was a battle between Rube Foster and Gillard, but in the seventh the latter weakened and allowed five hits in a row which were good for four runs."

June 30, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Tuesday's Game. - On Tuesday the Plutos played their third game with the American Giants. The visitors were at the mercy of the home boys at every stage of the game. The score ended 7 to 2 in favor of the Giants."

"Honorable S.H. Dudley Here. - Mr. S.H. Dudley, the widely known comedian, was in the city Tuesday, the guest of Mr. Goster, at the American Giants' Park. He was immediately discovered by the Freeman correspondent in the press box and as soon as he entered, a yell went up, hurrah for Dudley, and the whole grand stand arose, and took off their hats to the 'king of the fun makers.' Dudley and Foster are from the state of Texas, the home state of Jack Johnson. Mr. Foster invited the fun-maker to sit on the bench and the two talked about old times when they played common ball in Texas."

July 4, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Cuban Stars to Return. - The Cuban Stars are to return July 4 and play a series with the American Giants. The last series the Giants won three and the Cubans won three. The manager of the Cubans writes that Mr. Foster shall not have a game during the series so this makes betting good. The Cubans have been traveling for the past six weeks and beating every one they played with. Rube has not lost a game since the Cubans were here, but one and that with the A.B.C.s Order your box seats now for the series."

Chicago, IL
"Jack Johnson Cables Rube Foster. - Jack Johnson has cabled Andrew Rube Foster to put up a hundred dollars on the American Giants July 4 and 5 against the Cuban Stars. This will make betting very strong, since the famous champion has sent word to the baseball magnate to 'bring home the bacon' on July 4."

Chicago, IL
"July 4 and 5 Great Days Here. - July 4 and 5 will be two great days in the Windy City. The American Giants and the Cuban Stars, two of the strongest semi-pro baseball teams in the country, with blood in their eyes, will play for the championship of this country. The last time they played, the Cubans won three and the American Giants won three. The result of the series is expected to determine who is the better. Taxis and automobiles are being rented for the Fourth and most of the colored people of this city will spend their sane Fourth at the American Giants' park."

Chicago, IL
"Correspondent to Go With Giants Next. - The next time the American Giants go on a trip, Mr. Foster will take their own press agent with them. The team is getitng up-to-date and there is no difference now between the Giants and the Cubs and the Sox. Rube believes that judicious advertising and write-ups pay."

July 9, 1914

Chicago, IL
"American Giants Win Last Series and Cuban Stars First - New York Stars Not in Class with Home Team. - (By Carey B. Lewis) - Chicago, Illinois, July 13 (Special) - Twelve innings were needed to determine the winner of the last game of the second series between the American Giants and Cubans at the Giants' grounds, Thursday, the home team winning, 4 to 3. The Cubans apparently won the game in their half of the twelfth when Lloyd's high throw, and intentional pass to Torrienti and Monroe's fumble filled the bases. Villa then singled, counting two men. The Giants came back with three straight singles by Lloyd, Monroe and Gans in their half of the twelfth, Lloyd scoring. Monroe went out a minute later when Jenkins, hitting for Wate, hit to Chacon, who threw to the plate. Lindsay then batted for Francis and drew a pass, filling the bases. Booker then hit for Watts and singled, scoring Gans for the tying run. Barber followed with the fifth single of the round for the needed tally. The clubs bickered all through the last two innings."

July 11, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Saturday, July 11. - The Cubans won the deciding game of the first series between their club and the American Giants Saturday when they shut out Rube Foster's men 8 to 0. Gillard pitched for the Giants, and his delivery looked larger to the batters than Roy Knabenshe's dirigible which circled the park. The Cubans swatted fifteen safeties off Gillard."

July 12, 1914

Chicago, IL
"The American Giants won the opening game of their series with the New York Stars Sunday by the one-sided score of 10 to 1, poor work on the part of Pinto in the second inning and by Reese in the sixth costing five runs each time and spoiling the combat. The same teams play today."

July 13, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Monday, July 13. - The American Giants shut out the New York Stars, 7 to 0, at American Giants' Park yesterday, the visitors proving helpless against the local attack. Charley Hall, a recruit of the Giants, worked against the visitors and held them to five scattered hits. The teams will conclude their series today."

"Rube Foster Returns. - Rube Foster has returned to the city from a trip to New York."

July 19, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Mohawks Coming. - the Mohawk Giants will be here Sunday, Wickware pitching."

Chicago, IL
"American Giants Win From Eastern Team. - Wickware and Johnson Unable to Compete With Rube's Twirlers - Mrs. Elwood C. Knox Sits in Press Box - Indians Comins Sunday. - By Cary B. Lewis - Chicago, Illinois, July 22. - The Fourth of July crowd did not have anything on the crowd that was present last Sunday at the American giants Park to give welcome to the Mohawk Giants. This team came from New York state and had on it such well-known players as Wickware, the spitball artist; Pryor, who used to be with the Giants, and Buckner, one of the oldest players on the diamond today. Long before 3 o'clock there was not a seat in the boxes or grand stand and the seats just in front of the boxes were crowded immediately thereafter. Then a long stream of fans had to be seated in the park. Wickware pitched a good game, but had very poor support. Had it not been for so many errors on the part of the visitors, the game would have been more enthusiastic. There were no sensational plays. Just a good game of ball which proved that the home boys were the masters of the visitors. Every man on the team got a hit except gillard, the American Giants' pitcher, but he struck out eight men. Duncan, Booker and Francis got three hits and Lloyd two. Five hits and two errors in the first two innings cost four runs and gave the home boys a lead which the visitors were never able to catch. There was a little sprinkle of rain at the eighth inning, but this did not keep the lusty fans from remaining. The score ended 8 to 2, in favor of the American Giants. - The Crowd Well Dressed. - The crowd was one of the most well dressed and behaved seen in public for many a day. There were no arguments about decisions and every one apparently was pleased with this. The ladies wore beautiful hats and new gowns and hundreds came in automobiles. Many carried flags carrying the name of American Giants. Others had large pennants on their cars with the name of the home boys."

"Banner Attendance Sunday. - Seven thousand people saw the game Sunday. This was the largest crowd of the season. A much larger one is expected when the real New York Lincoln Giants come. Klondike and Walter Speedy are ready to meet all comers when the Lincolns arrive."

"Enjoys His Trip East. - Rube Foster, king of ball players and trainers, whose team holds the world's record among semi-pro teams, stated to the Freeman representative that he had a fine trip in the East. While I like New York, there is no place like the Windy City, said the champion."

"Autos at a Premium on Sunday. - Autos and taxis are at a premium on Sundays at the ball game. If you want to see 'em lined up at the ball park you must be there right after the game. It is a great sight. Let's hope they won't need it when the winter rolls around."

July 20, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Monday's Game. - Had the Mowhawks showed as much class on Sunday as they did the following day a much larger crowd would have been present the following day. Nevertheless, a large weekday crowd was present. The visiting team put in Johnson at the mound. He was hit unmercifully and had bad support and would have won had it not been so many errors. They had what the boys used the say, 'the muffs,' for every other ball would fall out of their hands. In the ninth inning they tied. It took eleven innings to play off the tie. Victory came when Barber, with his fourth single, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and counted on Hill's outfield fly. When this play was made, you could hear fans yelling for a mile for the home boys. The visitors had several chances to win, but they had the 'muffs.'"

"Mrs. Elwood Knox and Mrs. Codozoe See Game. - Mrs. Art Codozoe was the guest of Mrs. Elwood C. Knox in the Freeman Press box on Monday and saw the eleven-inning game between the American Giants and Mohawk Giants. It would be surprising to know how well informed these society ladies are on the art of professional ball playing."

July 21, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Tuesday's Game. - Tuesday was a scorcher. The hottest day we have had in the Windy City. The hotter the day the better the boys seem to play. Of course there were some errors, but the visiting team could not stem the tide of Captain Hill and his nine. The score was 5 to 2 in favor of the American Giants."

July 25, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Lincoln Giants Coming. - The Lincoln Giants of New York, the real baseball players, the ones that gave Mr. Foster such a great rub last year, will be in the city during the month of August. Every one is waiting breathless to see this team. Order your seats now. Boxes are at a premium unless you order now."

July 26, 1914

Chicago, IL
"Sunday's Game With Indians. - The Chippewa Indians will be at the American Giants Park on next Sunday. They are the most civilized tribe of all Indians. They carry their own band and are a wonderful set of ball players. Mr. Foster has been fortunate in securing this fine baseball aggregation."

"American Giants Down the Indians 8 to 2. - Chicago, Illinois, July 28 (Special) - It was a hot day, one of the hottest days this city has witnessed for many a day, but this did not keep the fans from the American Giants Park on last Sunday. The big attraction was the Chippewa Indians. They had their band and for over an hour they entertained the crowd with national airs of their nation. In fact they played too long and wasted a lot of time and much of their wind and lost the Game. Gans pitched a good game and was ably supported. The Indians got nine hits off Gans while the Giants got thirteen hits off Negake, the Indian pitcher. Gans struck out four men while Negak struck out one. All the Giants got hits except Gans and Jenkins. Negake was very poorly supported.

July 27, 1914

Indianapolis, IN
"A seven game series for the championship of the West has been arranged between the A.B.C.s and the American Giants of Chicago, three games to be played at Northwestern Park starting Monday, July 27, and four in the Winy City."

July 29, 1914

Indianapolis, IN
"Rube Foster Knocked Out. - A.B.C. Club Wins Its Second Victory Over Giants. - The A.B.C. Company made it two out of three from the American Giants of Chicago Wednesday at Northwestern Park, defeating the Windy City Club 5 to 2, and knocking Rube Foster out of the box. Burch for the local club pitched excellent ball. The first man to bat in the first inning for both clubs knocked home runs."

July 31, 1914

Indianapolis, IN
"A.B.C.'s Go Down - American Giants Win, Score 9 to 5. - Although the A.B.C.'s outbatted the American Giants of Chicago yesterday at Northwestern Park, Bowser's club lost, 9 to 5. Seven of the local club's ten hits were for extra bases, Scotland's home run being one of the longest of the season."

"The American Giants of Chicago defeated the A.B.C.'s July 31, 13 to 3, at Northwestern Park, Indianapolis."