1912 Lincoln Giants

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1912 Lincoln Giants

1912 Lincoln Giants

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

March 21, 1912

Charleston, WV
"Baseball will be played by colored talent this summer at the Union League Park. The Cuban Giants, the Lincoln Giants, the Royal Giants and all of the various colored ball tossers will be here."

July 14, 1912

New York, NY
"Sunday, July 14, the local team will play in New York City against the world's colored Champions, the Lincoln Gaints, the game with the Royal Giants being postponed."

July 27, 1912

New York, NY
"Royal Giants Meet Lincolns - The Royal Giants and the Lincoln Giants will meet this afternoon in their second game this season in American League Park. In the opening game of the series two weeks ago the Royals handed the Lincolns an unexpected defeat, and the latter are out to get even. The series is to consist of six games, and the Lincolns say the Royals will not be successful again. In today's conflict on the Hilltop Dick Redding, the strikeout king; Cyclone Joe Williams or Ben Taylor will occupy the box for the Lincolns, while the Royals are likely to depend on Shipp or Andrews. Both teams have been strengthened since they met two weeks ago, and this afternoon's battle promises to be hard fought from start to finish. Play will be called at 3:30 P.M."

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."