1912 Kansas City Royal Giants

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1912 Kansas City Royal Giants

1912 Kansas City Royal Giants

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

July 27, 1912

Omaha, NE
"Kansas City Royal Giants Play Storz Triumphs at Omaha - Manager Bradford of the Storz Triumphs has closed a contract with the Kansas City Royal Giants, World's Champion colored team, their claim to the championship being based on their having defeated all the high-class colored teams, including the Leland Giants of Chicago, Pensacola Giants of Pensacola, Florida, and Syndicates of Cleveland. The Nebraska Indians were also victims of the mighty colored aggregation, and the French Lick Plutos of French Lick, Indiana, fell before the wily Washington, their star slabman. Being a special attraction, arrangements have been made to play a series of three games, one Saturday, July 27, and a double header Sunday, July 28, it being the desire of the management to give all an opportunity to witness this clever team in action."

Omaha, NE
"The Kansas City Royal Giants, who are booked to play the Storz Triumphs Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, at Rourke Park, boast of having the greatest pitching staff of any team outside of organized baseball. In Washington, Boone, McNair and Johnson, Manager Jack Johnson (not Lil Artha), has a quartet of slabmen who rank with any in the minor leagues, but who, on account of their color, are barred from entering the professional ranks. Ashes, the clever little shortstop, has the reputation of being the star performer, some of his stops bordering on the marvellous. In addition to being a great ball player, Ashes delights in keeping up a run of talk that makes a hit with the fans, and never fails to take advantage of the opportunities offered while on the coaching lines to bring out some of his funny remarks. The Storz will find this gang a starchy proposition."

Omaha, NE
"K.C. Giants Lose to Storz - Colored Men Victims on Scene of Another of Modern Triumphs - Final Score Five to One. - Ashes Johnson on Coaching Line Provokes Laughter - Heavy Weight Outfielder Shows he is Some Sprinter. - The Kansas City Royal Giants, hailed as a wonderful aggregation of colored ball-tossers, met defeat at the hands of the Storz Triumphs, in the first of a three-game series at Rourke Park by a 5 to 2 score yesterday afternoon. Plenty of fun and excitement rewarded the large crowd that gathered in Pa Rourke's huge grandstand. They fairly enjoyed the antics of Ashes Johnson on the coaching line; the excellent work of Tubby Sterman, the 260 pound outfielder, the heaviest in captivity, and the outfield stunts of Gawge Johnson. The dusky lads looked good, but simply could not get a start on the local lads. The brewers clearly outplayed their opponents. Both twirlers were in good form, but Probst's mates had the good fortune to secure their safeties at opportune times. The heat was too much for the darky slabster in the fifth, and the home guards grapped the opportunity a pass, a sacrifice, and hits by Durkee and Drummy practically sewed up the contest. - Nearly a Shutout. - Buster Probst had the colored folks all but shut out, when Harper butted in with a triple in the eighth and scored on an out. On three occasions the Giants had men on the far station, but the little twirler was too much for them, and they were unable to count. Smokeup Graham started the fireworks in the first by racing ahead of a well-placed bunt. Durkee moved him up a notch with a sacrifice. Douglas was too eager for Drummy's bounder and fumbled. H. John Welch's safe clout over first tallied Graham. Daugherty whiffed. Things wend along smoothly until the fifth frame. Graham walked with one down, and stole second. Durkee beat out an infield hit. George and Speed essayed a double steal. Jackson dropped Davis' relay and Graham scored. Drummy tripled, sending Durkee home. The heavyweight in left field caught Dougherty's near Texas leaguer after a hard chase, and ended the round. The colored men stirred up a little noise in their half of the fifth, when with two down, Ashes Johnson hit for three bases. Turner was an easy out. The Giants scored their lone run after which the brewers scored another for good measure. This afternoon the Giants will meet the Storz in a double bill. Manager John Johnson, who was formerly one of the champion's sparring partners and who looks the part, says he is out for revenge and will use his side-wheeler in one of the games."

July 28, 1912

Omaha, NE
"Kansas City Royal Giants Play Storz Triumphs at Omaha - Manager Bradford of the Storz Triumphs has closed a contract with the Kansas City Royal Giants, World's Champion colored team, their claim to the championship being based on their having defeated all the high-class colored teams, including the Leland Giants of Chicago, Pensacola Giants of Pensacola, Florida, and Syndicates of Cleveland. The Nebraska Indians were also victims of the mighty colored aggregation, and the French Lick Plutos of French Lick, Indiana, fell before the wily Washington, their star slabman. Being a special attraction, arrangements have been made to play a series of three games, one Saturday, July 27, and a double header Sunday, July 28, it being the desire of the management to give all an opportunity to witness this clever team in action."