1912 Paterson Smart Set

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1912 Paterson Smart Set

1912 Paterson Smart Set

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

May 28, 1912

Paterson, NJ
"Giants Mobbed in Game with Negroes - Special Dispatch to the Herald. - Paterson, New Jersey, May 28 - The New York Giants got a big surprise when they came here today and found that they were scheduled to play a team of colored players called the Smart Sets, instead of the regular Paterson team. After a long wrangle the New Yorkers consented to play in order not to disappoint the big crowd of 8,000 people. The game broke up in the 10th inning when the Giants left the field. They were hurried to a bus and were taken to their hotel, but not until they had been surrounded by a mob and were the targets for sticks and stones, which were so poorly aimed that they did no damage to the New York players. The score was tied at 3 to 3 when the trouble occured. The squad was in charge of Coach Robinson and included several substitutes. The only pitcher taken along was Louis Drucke, who comes from Texas. Drucke flatly refused to play against the colored team. All sorts of arguments were brought to bear and Drucke finally consented to pitch if he was announced as Pitcher O'Brien instead of Drucke. The trouble was caused by the refusal of the umpire to make the Smart Sets pitcher use a new ball which had been given him. He substituted an old ball for the new one and after protesting in vain the Giants walked off the field."

July 28, 1912

New York, NY
"Sunday Baseball Put Under the Ban - New Yorkers Who Tried to Play Catch Arrested by the Police - Those poor New Yorkers. Las Vegans have it on them in respect to baseball. The latter can play catch on their vacant lots on Sunday. Here is what happened to the baseballists in New York Sunday, according to the World of Monday morning. Baseball? It was a dangerous game yesterday, the day being the Sabbath and the game being very sinful, according to the law. More than 200 twirlers of the ball and pounders of the mitt and wielders of the bat - not to mention less privileged participants - must be in court this morning to answer for the deeds done on the Sabbath. They were advised yesterday that the magistrates would expect them. They were advised by those very serious looking documents which policement sometimes deliver called summonses. As reported in the World yesterday orders went forth a few days ago that the back alley leagues would have to abide by the Sunday law. Yesterday was appointed the day on which the crusade should begin. Inspector Sweeney assigned four policement from the East One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth street station to take note of Harlem baseball exploits. The four proceeded to Olympic Field at One Hundred and Thirty-Sixth Street and Fifth Avenue, a place conducted by the McMahon brothers. The Smart Set team was battling with the Lincoln Giants, both colored aggregations, and an intensely interested crowd was looking on and making a noise. A play by a Giants had just been greeted uproariously when in came the bluecoats, with their full assortment of summonses. First thing the Giants knew the Smart Setters were receiving papers commanding them to appear in the Harlem police court at 9 a.m. Monday morning. And before the Giants could get over the surprise, they were getting similar documents. Then more summonses were served on the numerous score card peddlers. Altogether, including the vendors, the players and the substitutes, 40 were ordered to court. The police say the score-card is just a substitute for an admission ticket. At a quarter a piece the score-cards bring in much money. The Metropolitans and the New Brunswicks were engaged in diamond combat at Lenox Oval, when two policement appeared and delivered 41 summonses. When the bluecoats pushed in spectators jeered at them. Hey you! somebody yelled. Why d'you butt in on a decent game like this? Go and catch the Rosenthal merderers! The Sunday baseball views of Magistrate McQuaid, who will hear the cases today, are unknown to the baseball players, who wonder what he will do. Some magistrates fine ball players; others discharge them. At a game between the Emeralds and the Royal Giants on the Catholic Protectory grounds in the Bronx, Patrolman Zankel served summonses on the players and managers. Then he withdrew and the game continued to its end. In Brooklyn 150 summonses were served. The Fifth Avenue precinct did the banner business, with 40 summonses. The Brooklyn method differed from that in Harlem. In Brooklyn summonses were given to patrolmen on post, and they were instructed to serve them on any persons playing ball. A number of amateur baseball games were played on Staten Island yesterday and were not interfered with by the police."