1914 Tennessee Rats

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1914 Tennessee Rats

1914 Tennessee Rats

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

June 16, 1914

Bloomfield, IA
"The Bloomfield Pirates played two games with the Tennessee Rats Tuesday and Wednesday. The first game was won by Bloomfield by the score of 4 to 3 with Puder on the slab for the Pirates."

June 17, 1914

Bloomfield, IA
"On Wednesday the game went to the (Tennessee) Rats, the score being 13 to 7, with Franke pitching for Bloomfield."

July 16, 1914

Sheffield, IA?
"The Austin ball team played the Tennessee Rats Thursday, Austin winning by a score of 13 to 1."

July 20, 1914

Webster City, IA
"Rats Get Terrible Drubbing - Brown's Tennessee Rats Save Shutout in Ball Game at Riverside Park - Score is 12 to 1. - Game Draws a Good Crowd - White Sox Pound Colored Pitcher Unmercifully - Loudell Does Fine Work. - A large crowd witnessed the ball game out at Riverside Park yesterday afternoon by the Tennessee Rats and the White Sox. The Rats do not put up as good ball on the whole as their dark brothers of Chicago who played a series of three games here a few weeks ago. However, this difference in yesterday's contest may be accounted for by the visitors not having one of their strong pitchers in the box. The way the White Sox landed on the Rats' pitcher was a caution. The fight started in fine style, the first three innings being an exhibition in high class ball, but in their half of the fourth, the home boys raised an awful fuss. With two men on bases Emerson started the pyrotechnics by landing the pill over the west fence, bringing in three scores, and before the spasm ended the White Sox put another man across the home plate. Emerson is also credited with a long drive to center, into the corner of the fence, in yesterday's game, which netted three sacks. The smoketown boys saved a shutout by scoring one lone count in the fifth round. Loudell pitched his first game with Webster City yesterday and held the colored sluggers down closely. The Rats are without a doubt hard hitters but they could do nothing with the puzzlers doped out by Loudell. Both sides did some clever field work and a number of good catches and pick-ups were pulled off. Notwithstanding the lopsided score, 12 to 1 in favor of Webster City, the game was an interesting one."

"An Entertaining Performance. - Brown's Tennessee Rats gave an entertaining minstrel show at the armory opera house last evening. The attendance, however, was not flattering. Their buckwing dancing, etc., is pronounced as very good. The troupe appear again at the armory opera house this evening."

July 21, 1914

Webster City, IA
"This afternoon the same teams will occupy the boards at Riverside Park."

July 26, 1914

Ackley, IA
"Ackley News Briefs. - Special to Times-Republican. - Ackley, July 27. - The Ackley White Sox received another defeat Sunday at the hands of the Tennessee Rats, a colored team touring the country. The attendance was large and the game was a closely contested one, the final score being 5 to 4. The battery for Ackley was Fisher and Steffen."