1913 West Baden Sprudels

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1913 West Baden Sprudels

1913 West Baden Sprudels

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

June 29, 1913

Chicago, IL
"Sprudels 7, Giants 5."

July 7, 1913

Chicago, IL
"Sprudels on Sunday - Crack Colored Team to Play Locals. - The Richmond team next Sunday will meet the West Baden Sprudels at Athletic Park. The record held by the Sprudels assures a good fast game. The American Giants, classed as the fastest colored team in the United States, were defeated on their own grounds in Chicago in a series of games by the Sprudels. Pitcher Steel-Arm Taylor of the Sprudels, who won two of the five games of the series will pitch the game against Richmond and the same lineup used at Chicago will play here. Taylor is considered the equal of pitchers in the National and American leagues and the only thing which prevents his being signed up is the fact that he is colored. The Sprudels carry fourteen men. Four pitchers were used in the series with the Giants. Taylor pitched the first and won it. Simpson and Miller pitched the second and lost it. Williams pitched the third and won and Taylor pitched the fourth and won't. The Giants celebrated their winning of the California Winter League pennant by unfurling the pennant on this occasion. The Sprudels have defeated Elwood, Kokomo and the A.B.C. team of Indianapolis, which is considered the fastest semi-professional team in that city. Every spring the Sprudels play a series of games with the Pittsburg Nationals and Indianapolis American team at West Baden. On next Saturday the Sprudels will play Newcastle and their star twirler Taylor will pitch. He will also pitch at the Richmond game on Sunday. The lineups for the Richmond-Sprudel game will be given later."

July 13, 1913

Chicago, IL
"Expect Fast Game With Sprudels Here - Colored Aggregation is Said to Be One of the Best. - It is expected that the fastest game which has been or will be played this season at Athletic Park will be that of Sunday afternoon when Richmond meets the West Baden Sprudels, a colored team, said to be one of the three best colored aggregations in the country. The game will be called promptly at 3 o'clock. The Sprudels are the equal of the Lincoln Giants of New York and defeated the American Giants of Chicago in a series of games. R.N. Husson, secretary of the Richmond ball club has received positive assurance that Taylor, their fastest pitcher, will hurl in the game here Sunday. Besides seeing a crackerjack baseball game Secretary Husson says the spectators will be given a string of comedy from two Sprudel men on the coach line. Newcastle has canceled her game with the Sprudels for Saturday and it is believed this action was taken because Newcastle must win her game with Cambridge City on Sunday. The Sprudels will come here direct from West Baden arriving Sunday morning and will not leave until Monday morning. The Richmond and Sprudels lineups for the Sunday's game are as follows: Richmond - Slarp third base, Valentine left field, Clarke catcher, Dahl centerfield, Allison right field, Coblentz second base, Wilcoxen pitcher, Walters pitcher and Beard utility. Sprudels, Shiveley left field, Brown centerfield, Clarke shortstop, Lewis third base, Ben Taylor first base, Kindle second base, McMurray catcher, Bingham right field, J. Taylor pitcher, and C.I. Taylor utility."