1914 Louisville White Sox

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1914 Louisville White Sox

1914 Louisville White Sox

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

March 14, 1914

Indianapolis, IN
"Baseball Directory. - Managers Can Arrange Games Through This Medium. - The Freeman wants the names of managers of all independent teams, white and colored, and will carry same in the above directory for the coming season fo $1.00. - White Sox - H.C. Dickens, Manager, Louisville, Kentucky."

March 21, 1914

Louisville, KY
"The White Sox Looming Up, Big Jim Moran Will Manage. Known as the Fence Buster of the French Lick Plutos. A Line up of Well-Known Players, Somthing Doing This Season. - Louisville, Kentucky. In a few more days or just as soon as the weather breaks, Big Jim Norman and his husky bunch of Louisville White Sox will be prancing around the diamond at Spring Bank park at Thirty-Seventh Street and Greenwood Avenue, more familiarly known as 'The Home of the Colored People,' in an endeavor to fit themselves for the coming baseball campaign, which by the way promises to be a very strenuous one according to th advanced information handed out concerning the schedule. If the weather permits, the season at this historic battleground will be inaugurated about the middle of April. That the Louisville White Sox, which is owned by the Spring Bank Amusement Company, wiull have one of the strongest colored teams ever organized in this city, during the coming season, would be putting it mildly. It is the consensus of opinion of local fans that the White Sox will be on an equal basis with half the big colored baseball nines in the country. The White Sox will have a chance to show their class during the coming season for arrangements have been completed for nearly all of these crack tams to show at Spring Bank. In addition to these crack clubs from Chicago and New York, a member of foreign teams make up the schedule. Two teams alone are booked against the White Sox with a flat guarantee of $200, rain or shine. This alone demonstrates that the promoters of the White Sox are leaving no stones unturned in an endeavor to present to the colored patrons of this park, nothing but the best of attractions. It will take but a few games to convince the public of this fact, and they are sure to support the club even better than in the past. The fans of Louisville want a winning club composed of first-class players and this is what the Spring Bank Amusement Company intends to present to them. The first step toward the progress of the club was made when the White Sox secured Big Jim Norman, the famous third baseman and fence buster of the French Lick Pluto club, to manage the team this year. The news no doubt opened the eyes of the colored fans of this city. The new manager immediately got busy and secured Catchers McMurray and Kennard, Pitchers String Bean Williams and Killiard, of last year's Plutos, Second Baseman Bingo DeMoss, of Chicago, and First Baseman McAdoo, of the St. Louis Giants. Manager Norman will play third base while the rest of the lineup will include the pick of last year's team. For games with the White Sox address H. C. Dickins, 217 West Market Street, Louisville, Kentucky."

May 3, 1914

Cincinnati, OH
"Louisville White Sox Takes Two Games From the Cincinnati Giants. - Cincinnati, Ohio, The Cincinnati Stars and the Louisville White Sox played two games - one Sunday and one Monday. Both games were close and exciting. The Sox won Sunday by score of 3 to 1 and lost Monday 2 to 1. The pitching of Hayes of the Stars and Bubbles' all around work was the features. Manager Charley Grant, who is still playing a great game at second base and a bunch of hustling youngsters make the Stars seem like a new team. Clarence Moore (Dago) who was field manager of the Pekin Specials last year, has received a flattering offer from the Stars."

May 17, 1914

Louisville, KY
"Sox Hammer Ball - Locals Defeat West Covington Club in One-Sided Game, Score 15 to 5. - Louisville, Kentucky - The highly touted West Covington team proved easy pickings for the White Sox at Spring Bank Park Sunday. The latter club winning by the one-sided score of 15 to 5. Gerkin, who worked for West Covington, was hit hard. The visitors put up a miserable game in the field, while the White Sox played their usual good game. The game was called to allow the visitors to catch a train. The Sprudels play here next Sunday."

May 24, 1914

Louisville, KY
"Play Fast Game - Sprudels Win a Hard-Fought Contest From White Sox by Score 6 to 1. - In one of the most interesting games witnessed this season at Spring Bank Park the Sprudels defeated the White Sox Sunday by the score of 6 to 1. The game was featured by spectacular plays on both sides. The fielding of Carter was sensational. Next Sunday the Memphis Giants appear at this park."

May 25, 1914

Louisville, KY
"The White Sox Defeat Sprudels. - In the second game of the series played at Spring Bank Park the White Sox defeated the Sprudels in another fast game by the score of 8 to 3. Moore pitched a nice game for the locals, while Allen was the star with the bat, getting a single, double and triple out of four times up."

May 30, 1914

Austin, IN
"Austin Defeated. - White Sox Easily Beat Bernard's Fast Club by Overwhelming Score. - Louisville, Kentucky, May 30. - Special - The White Sox, Louisville's crack colored club, journeyed to Austin, Indina, Saturday and easily defeated Red Bernard's team by the overwhelming score of 14 to 0. Newkirk, late of the Streator, Illinois club, and Logsdon, both of Louisville, formed the battery for the Austin team. Newkirk received a warm reception from the local White Sox, as seventeen hits were registered off his delivery. Briscoe lead in the batting, getting four hits. Mitchell pitched a nice game for the White Sox. The same teams will meet again later in the season."

May 31, 1914

Louisville, KY
"Close Game Won - By White Sox from Memphis Union Giants at Spring Bank Park. - Louisville, Kentucky, May 31. - Special - In a game featured by phenomenal fielding and clever pitching on both sides, the White Sox finally won out over the Memphis Union Giants at Spring Park Sunday by the score of 5 to 4. Moore, who relieved West, pitched a strong game for the locals, while Young worked equally as well. With a runner on second and no outs in the ninth inning. Watson won the game with a double to center. The fielding of Rogers, Briscoe and Clemons was sensational. The former had twelve chances at second without an error. The Cincinnati Stars play the White Sox next Sunday."

June 21, 1914

Louisville, KY
"Jack Hannibal is playing with the White Sox baseball team of Louisville, Kentucky. He is also well known in boxing circles. He is dated up for several matches in Covington, Kentucky."

Indianapolis, IN
"A.B.C.s Wallop Ball. - Louisville White Sox Chase Long Hits All Afternoon - Locals Win, 10 to 4. - The ABCs defeated the Louisville White Sox, 10 to 4, last Sunday at Northwestern Park. The locals got fifteen hits, counting for twenty-three bases. J. Taylor was the star with the bat, connecting safely five times, including a home run and a double."

June 22, 1914

Indianapolis, IN
"The ABCs took the second game from the Louisville White Sox last Monday 10 to 2. Bowser's club had everything its own way. The feature of the game was the batting and fielding of Hutchinson. The famous Cuban Stars play the ABCs at the local park Sunday, Monday and Tuesday."

June 28, 1914

Louisville, KY
"Indianapolis ABC Defeats Louisville White Sox. - Score 11 to 10 - Heavy Hitting, Weird Decisions and Errors Feature. - By J.H. Wright. - Louisville, Kentucky - Special - Sunday being an ideal day for baseball, a large crowd of fans journeyed out to Spring Bank Park expecting to see a good game, but was somewhat disappointed. Manager Taylor, having a more important game at home with the Cuban Stars and naturally wanting to please the home bugs, left a part of the regulars home and brought over some subs, who performed below expectations. The ABCs started the fire, works in the first spasm. Turner and Steel Arm Taylor singled, moved up on an overthrow and scored on Bartlett's single. Each ended matters by striking out. They added two more in the fourth, when Leach singled, Powell sacrificed, Leach scoring on a wild pitch. Warfield walked and scored when Turner knocked a two-bagger. The Sox added two in the fourth on Rogers' single, Houston's double and a passed ball. They let the bug wild in the fifth by scoring 5 more runs on Warfield's two errors, Johnson's wild chuck and some clean hitting by Hannibal, West and Watson, the big three. By daring base running and some timely bingles by Taylor, Bartlett and Burk in the seventh, the ABCs annexed three runs. - Umpire Reverses Decision. - In the seventh, Moore, of Indianapolis, made an effort to score from second on Bartlett's single and made it safely on a close decision, said decision was so close until Umpire Lee called him out, although Catcher Edwards missed him a mile. But Honest Bill being such a good man and knowing right must prevailed, changed his decision and called him safe, which peeved the Manager Bill West very much. After much wrangling, Umpire Bill told Manager Bill, Ish-ka-bibble and to beat it, and play was resumed. Warfield doubled in the eighth, Turner sacrificed him to third and he scored on an outfield fly. The Sox lost a chance to score in the eighth. After two were out, Pryor and Brisco singled, but Pryor went to sleep on third, thinking of by-gone days and was caught napping. The ABCs scored three more in the ninth on Bartlett's walk. Burke's triple to deep center and Turner's double, scoring Warfield after being issued a pass. The home folks thinking it was all off, started for the gates when the Sox started a rally scoring three runs, but Mr. Ragland, pinch hitter, batting for Pryor, took three swings at Johnson's spitters, and it was little short good night, for away went the old ball game."

"Notes - Young Warfield is a very fast man on bases and bery promising. Hannibal is the star hitter on the Sox team. If Carter could hit well, he would be slated for a much better team, as his fielding is sensational. Johnson was not in good form and his 'spitter' was hard to control When in form he is invincible. Turner of the ABCs is a demon on bases and bears watching."

July 12, 1914

Louisville, KY
"White Sox Win over the Cincinnati Moroons. - Louisville, Kentucky. - Outclassing their opponents in every department, the White Sox Sunday buried the Maroons, touted as one of the best teams traveling out of Cincinnati, under a fusilade of hits and runs, piling up a total of eighteen scores against three registered by the visitors. From the start of the game the ultimate result was never in doubt and only a question as to when the Sox would tire of playing for runs. Moore, the local's southpaw twirler, was in fine form."

July 27, 1914

Louisville, KY
"Rube Foster's New Louisville White Sox Victorious. - Win From Cuban Giants, Score Being 5 to 4. - By J.H. Wright. - Louisville, Kentucky, July 27. With a brass band furnishing music for the occasion, before a crowd of about two thousand fans, Rube Foster's new imported White Sox made good, with the bugs by trimming the Easterners, scoring four runs in the last half of the eighth inning. Handsome Pounell's hitting and Barbers play around second featured. On account of a gloomy day Manager Foster selected Wickware to heave the pill on account of his speed, but not being in form, was relieved by Tom Johnson in the sixth inning. Brown for the Giants pitched shut out ball until the eighth, when he weakened. The Giants started scoring in the first, Matthew, first up, doubles and scored on Kindle's single. Gordon struck out, but Pannell doubled over the fence, Kindle going to third, he scoring on Barber's poor relay to Chappie Johnson. The Giants made another in the second on A. Johnson's single, and Brown's double. The Sox seemed good for a score in the second, when James opened up with a single, but Manager Foster selected himself to run for him. I wonder why? The band started playing get out and get under. The Rube feeling good tangoed down the lawn and proceeded to act accordingly. He got out all right, for failing to get under Browns' quick throw, amid laughter and applause. The inning ended with Dunbar flying out. The Giants added their final score in the fifth. - Pannell Triples to Score Board. - Matthew, first up, struck out. Kindle doubled and it looked bad when Gordon struck out. But old Handsome Pannell tripled, scoring Kindle. Reese closed the round by grounding out. Barber to Cooper. Pitcher Wickware gave way to Johnson in the sixth, who pitched well until the ninth, when things got critical and Manager Foster called on Moore, who proved a lifesaver. Brown had been pitching an airtight ball game, and the Sox had failed to get a man past second base. - Weakens in the Eighth. Brown weakened in the eighth, and our folks copped the grapes. When the eighth opened the bugs reared up on their hind legs and commenced to bar at the new manager, not being used to being shut out, an they told him so, which got the Rube's goat, and just to show them that he had brought down a real live human ball club instead of a bunch of old relics, told his boys they must score. Buckner, first up, walked; James doubled him to third, Brisco batting for Bennett walked, filling the bags. Cooper hit to Matthew, who being so anxious for a double play, bumbled Buckner's hit and James scored. Brisco was forced out at second, but Cooper was safe at first. Cooper swiped second. Tom Johnson was hit by a pitched ball. Dunbar tripled, scoring Cooper and Johnson. C. Johnson hit a long sacrifice fly, scoring Dunbar with what proved to be the winning run. The Giants threatened to tie the score in the ninth and would have done it but for the fine generalship of old foxy Rube. A. Johnson opened the ninth with a clean single. Manager Smith wishing to help his boys along, batted for Moore and slapped the horsehide over the fence and Johnson went to third. - Old Fox Busy - Up to Old Tricks. Manager Foster did the unexpected, as usual, by calling in Moore to save the day, with the count two and three on Matthew. Manager Foster went out, he talked to the umpire, he talked to the catcher, and he talked to the pitcher; turned around, and viewed the multitude, and when he was through talking an stalling for time, Moore had perfect control and retired the side without a hit or run, and the Sox had grabbed the old ball game right out of the fire."

"Wickware had plenty of speed and struck out ten men while pitching. Dunbar and Buckner are two old noted eastern players and noted for heavy slugging. In Kimble, Mead and Williams the Giants have a fast infield. Brown, of the Giants, with a little more experience, will be a crack pitcher. Shortstop Barber started badly on account of having been playing first for two seasons, but soon hit his stride and his fielding and throwing were a feature. The band enlived things with some catchy music which seemed to please the ladies, who were tugged up in the latest style. Handsom Punnell was the hitting demon of the day. Pryor, third baseman of the Sox, is said to have the best arm in the game. Some whip. Rube Foster still remains the peer of all colored managers. A small fan in the bleachers asked Rube, 'Mister, ain't you the champion manager of the world?' Rube, being modes said, 'Naw, boy, naw; don't you let any one hear you say that.'"