1910 Chicago Giants

A Calendar, Including Newspaper Clippings, of the 1910 Chicago Giants

1910 Chicago Giants

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

March 5, 1910

Los Angeles, CA
"Colored Players Should Develop Batting and Give Less Attention to Pitching and Fielding. - By Dave Wyatt. - The Los Angeles Trilbys (colored) are taking part in some great winter contests on the coast. They were recently defeated by the Shamrocks (white), of that city, by the score of 3 to 0. Cyclone Joe, one of the pitchers upon the staff of the Chicago Giants, played first base in the game, and had the unique record of one putout in eight innings. This is probably accounted for through the great pitching of Langford, who struck out twelve batters. Seven putouts went to short, one to the pitcher, one to first, leaving but three balls to go to the outfield. Manager should watch his performance in the future. Four hits were made off each pitcher, and the opposing twirler found eleven of the dark skins. There was only one error on the part of the colored lads, which shows good fielding, as the assists were plentiful. This latter fact would make it appear that pitching and fielding are being developed more rapidly than batting. This is quite often the case with colored teams, they seem to fancy the fielding part of the game, and will practice for hours to perfect the same, but they give a scant amount of attention to the development of batting. Teams are good fielders, but how many come up to the standard in batting? The Leland Giants were perhaps the greatest batting aggregation of color that we have yet seen, still their record in the City League is not so impressive when you consider the class of pitchers they were facing. I say this because this club had the choice of the best material in the whole country, and it is a well-known fact that the equal of some of their batsmen is hard to find in the semi-pro ranks; still their best batsmen were lead by men who never could reach the big leagues, and others, who had been discarded. We will have to do better in order to rand with the select class of big hitters. The poor batting ability shown by some of our teams is brought about through various causes, some of which I will attempt to name. We do not have the opportunity to face high class pitching day by day, and this is one of the best things in the business. The pitchers we face are nothing more than amateurs or a lot of passed up old leaguers playing semi-pro ball, and their offering is usually found with such an amount of ease that it causes a great slump in thinking, figuring or guessing. Occasionally we meet a big league star, but it is upon a rare occasion when he sends up his best goods; he is always supported by a mixed aggregation of inferior ability, of which high-class playing and inside baseball is an enigma; therefore, batting averages obtained in such contests are no criterion upon which to judge. We can not afford to carry many extra players, and when the regulars go out for the warming up process you will find nothing left upon the bench but pitchers and a sub catcher. Pitchers are not supposed to get out and run down batted balls, as their time is consumed in warming up, as some managers select their slab artist for the day according to the warm-up or other circumstances which may trise. This leaves a dearth of ball chasers, as the regulars are supposed to have batting practice before field practice takes place. As there are no available ball chasers, our boys as a rule resort to batting lightly tossed balls in front of the stands. This is a bad thing for the eye, and nothing can be gained from it. In semi-pro ball the spectators are constantly in danger of injury, which makes it necessary for the balls to be tapped lightly, which is not even good bunting practice. One should practice batting the kind of pitching that he is most likely to encounter in all games, and he should put as much life and energy in such work as if he were actually in the real contest. The pitchers should do the same. This will benefit both. A bad mistake amongst our players is this: The pitchers, if throwing up balls to the plate, are against the idea of teammates hitting him all over the lot, and the batters in turn are against the idea of being struck out by the pitchers. These things have brought out many kidding match which has upon numberous occasions developed into strong envy and hatred, which often ruins the discipline of the team and serves to break up strong inside playing and team work. To avoid these offensive features of baseball, colored pitchers are seldom called upon to deliver balls to the batsmen for practice. Each of these mistaken ideas has its functions, all of which help to hold down the development of batting."

April 16, 1910

Indianapolis, IN
"In the Field of Sport. - By Harold C. McGath. - Where to Write Ball Clubs. - Their Names and Addresses of the Managers. - The following are the names and addresses of managers of prominent colored baseball clubs in the United States: - Frank Leland's Chicago Giants - Frank C. Leland, General Manager, 2551 State Street, Chicago, Illinois."

"Championship Race to be Hot. - Teams All Over the Country Will Fight for it. - Perhaps the most talked about event in baseball that is to happen this season will be the try-out for the world's colored championship by the most prominent colored baseball clubs in the country. It is expected that the world's series will begin immediately after the closing games of the various leagues throughout the United States. There is a longer list of teams of standing which will compete for the pennant than last year, and every one of them is working hard to get into the championship ranks, so that they might be given a chance at winning the flag. So far the list is quite limited as to the teams that will compete for the supremacy mark. It includes Leland's Chicago Giants, Leland Giants, Cuban Giants, St. Louis Giants, Birmingham, Alabama Giants, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Giants, Royal Giants of Brooklyn, New York, Kansas City Kansas Giants, Kansas City, Missouri Royal Giants, Louisville Cubs, St. Paul Gophers, and Minneapolis Keystones. - Should Award a Cup. - The Freeman is of the opinion that the various managers should get together and make the contest the more interesting by appropriating a certain amount to use for prizes. A loving cup of real silver should serve as the price to be won by the club winning the world's championship. It is also slated that these games are to be played in Chicago this year, where baseball is being richly supported each year, although much talk is going the rounds concerning the idea of holding the battles in New York."

May 21, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Bill Pettus, the star first baseman, broke his finger in the game Saturday with the Roselands. He will be ready and willing to play within a week."

May 22, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Chicago Giants Lose. - Spaldings Defeat the Champions in a Ninth-Inning Rally. - By Cary B. Lewis. - Chicago, Illinois, May 23. - Sunshine, rain and clouds butted in last Sunday; in fact, there was all kinds of atmospheric disturbances during the day, but this did not keep a very large crowd from Auburn Park, where the Chicago Giants and the Spaldings played a most exciting and interesting game. It was a tight race, the Spaldings winning by a score of 7 to 6. This was the fourth game of the Giants in the City League and the first game for the Giants to lose this season. The Giants really won the game and then threw it away in the ninth inning. With one run needed to tie, Wallace lead off with a base on balls and then tried to steal and was thrown out easily. Moore received a life on an error by the shortstop, stole second and was left when Wright flew out to left and Talbert was called out on strikes. The game started as if it would be a close and exciting pitching battle between Ball and Skillen. The Giants were the first to score, when one was out in the fifth inning. Johnson singled and rode all the way home on a two-base hit by Ball. In the sixth inning, after Skillen had fanned, Johnson dropped the third strike and Hilgendorf was safe at first. Two bases on balls, two hits and a stolen base netted four runs. In the seventh inning the Giants came right back with four hits and a base on balls and tied up. After one out in the eighth, Harris, hitting in Green's place, walked and stole second. Johnson was safe on an error and both scored on Ball's two-base drive, and the game looked all over but the shouting. The Giants' fans were happy. The ninth was the Waterloo. It was a great game to watch. Everybody was upon their tiptoes. It looked as though something would happen. It did. This is the way it was: Hartford first up, flew to short, Ernst singled, Skillen struck out. Hizendorf hit by pitched ball. Disoway safe on error by Wright. Donahue doubled and three runs crossed the pan. White walked and Vance struck out. The Giants did not score and the game went to the Spaldings, who are thus tied for first place. It was a game well worth seeing."

"Baseball Gossip. - Frank Leland and Louis B. Anderson are happy over the Sunday attendance. - Steel Arm Johnny is fast getting into form. He will be a wonder when the weather gets warm. - There is no use talking, that Wallace is a dream. He is one of the best second basemen in the country. - Major Jackson was all smiles over the very large crowd. He likes to see the fans lined up along the fences. - Walter Ball is the only colored professional ball player that has been on the stage. He says he may take the stage again next season. - Ball was the hitting boy; two doubles and a single. Moore delivered a most timely wallop in the eighth with bases full and two men out. - Walter Ball pitched a good game of ball, but he seemed discouraged toward the last. Loose fielding was partly the cause of the Giants not shutting out the Spaldings. - Harry Moore, Wallace, Talbot, Winston and Green played a fine game. The public had their eyes upon these boys, for they were sure in the game every minute. - Moore did some great hitting. Three hits, two of which were two-baggers. Moore is doing some fine work, and the people are sitting up and taking notice of the young gentleman. - The great sensation of the Sunday morning game was little Wallace catching Steel Arm Johnny in a game between the Senecas and the Giants. - The Giants won by a score of 5 to 2. - Over 3,000 fans passed through the gates on last Sunday, and it was a surprise to Major Jackson and Mr. Frank Leland owing to the fact that the star attraction was with the Leland Giants. - Chappie Johnson is our friend, but he did not play up to form on last Sunday. Chappie knows the game and is a fine fellow. It must have been an off day with him. Let us be merciful and give him the benefit of the doubt. - The Spaldings have always been a hard nut for the Giants to crack. It will be remembered that at Auburn Park in 1905, when the Leland Giants made their great record of 43 straights, the Spaldings were the ones that broke it by defeating the Giants, 7 to 1. - The Giants and the Spaldings are tied. There is nothing to fear. It won't be long before the Giants will be heading the column. Just watch the Giants on this Sunday and Decoration Day. To avoid the rush, get your reserve tickets at Major Jackson's 2551 State Street. - It was a beautiful sight on last Sunday. It looked like a flower garden. Some of the most charming ladies of Chicago were at the game. They were dressed in the height of fashion. Chanticler hats and spring suits were seen not only by those that sat in the boxes, but many in the grand stand. The ladies are given the greatest attention by the ushers. - We have been informed that some of the players have been keeping late hours previous to the day of playing ball. Lushing and sport don't go together in baseball. Baseball has now become a science and a heavy head and inactivity don't win games. Let the gentlemen be at their best and give the public the best that's in them. Don't let the flag trail in the dust by being neglectful of baseball requirements. A good hint, boys."

May 29, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Cyclone Joe Williams will pitch next Sunday against the Philadelphia Giants, and the long boy from Texas is expected to win his game. This is his first year with the Chicago Giants and he is going after a big reputation. - On next Sunday at Auburn park the Philadelphia Giants, the Eastern Colored Champions, will play Frank Leland's Chicago Giants. Major R.R. Jackson says that it will be the best game in the city on that day. Box seats are on sale at 2551 State Street. 'Get busy and be on hand,'said one of the rooters of the Giants."

Chicago, IL
"News of the Sporting World - In the City of Chicago. - Standing of Teams. - Chicago Giants 3 Wins, 2 Losses, .600 Percentage. - By Cary B. Lewis. - Special to the Freeman: - Chicago, Illinois, June 1. - Showing brilliant team work, the Chicago Giants won their game on last Sunday against the Philadelphia Giants, at Auburn Park, by the score of 3 to 2. It was a pitchers' battle, and Cyclone Joe Williams proved to be the hero. In the outset the Chicago Giants proved the better team by bringing in two scores, showing excellent work both on the offensive and defensive side. Hayman pitched some good ball, but this was overshadowed by his monkey business at the bat. Old man Wilson and his team were in good shape, but not enough trimmings to bring the coonskin home. It was a great game. It was fast, exciting and interesting. The rooters enjoyed it and the ladies seemed pleased. When Green made that sensational catch in right, the fair sex waved their handkerchiefs and screamed with joy. Chappie Johnson electrified the fans by throwing some very fine balls at second, which proved to be true as steel, and he did not fail to hold the lightning spheres that were sent home by Cyclone Joe Williams. The largest crowd that has witnessed a team play here this season was present at the game. All kinds of baseball maneuvers were executed by both teams, with the Chicago Giants more advanced. The ninth inning was a little sensational - two men on base, two outs, and a high fly was batted by Pierce, but Wallace was there with the mitt and nothing doing for the opposing team."

"Baseball Gossip. - Now that was a beautiful crowd last Sunday at the Chicago Giants' Park. - The Chicago Giants are now second, but the boys say that it won't be long before they will be in first place again. - Hurrah for Chappie Johnson! He was back in form Sunday. All right, Chap, the boys have their eyes upon you. - Green brought down all the applause on last Sunday when he made that famous catch in right. In the same inning Wallace went up and got Pierce's high fly and this closed the game in favor of the Giants. - All the boys are playing find ball. They seem to be going home and taking their rest on Saturday nights. Good rest and practice helps to win games. - That Pettus at first base is a wonder. He stretches his hands like a giraffe does his neck. He is one clever first baseman. - Captain Nate Harris is certainly proud of his boys. He says that he has the finest aggregation in the country. Captain Nate is certainly the right man in the right place. It's fun to see him coach his men and send them from third to home plate. - For loyalty Major R.R. Jackson is great. We saw the Major at the Armory Sunday at 1 o'clock, and he, like a veteran soldier, marched to the church where the memorial services were held. At 4 o'clock in the afternoon, Major and the old correspondent were on the same seat, looking at the Giants making it warm for the Phillies."

May 31, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Logan Squares 2, Chicago Giants 1. - On Decoration Day the Chicago Giants lost to Jimmy Callahan's braves by a score of 2 to 1. It was one of the fastest games that has been played by a City League team this season. The Logan Squares landed a run in the fifth inning on Lindholm's double to Wallace's error. The Giants tied the score in the eighth, after Talbert had been hit by a pitched ball and taken third on Green's single. Talbert scored on Callahan's throw from behind second base, the ball taking a bad bounce and eluding Uckerman's grasp. The winning run was made on Lindholm's single. Ball pitched a good game, but the fine playing on the part of Callahan, Lindholm and Uckerman did the work for the Logan Squares. Winston's fielding was very clever. - The boxes in the grand stand at the Chicago Giants' park are just the card. Gentlemen bring their lady friends and are given fine service. Every box was taken on last Sunday, with just one seat saved for the old correspondent. He enjoyed the game and yelled hurray for Green when he made that famous catch in right."

June 1, 1910

Chicago, IL
"The Cuban Giants and the Frank Leland Chicago Giants play a series of games this week. The games are set for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Mendez, the famous Cuban pitcher, will toss the ball."

June 2, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Cuban Giants vs Chicago Giants."

June 3, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Cuban Giants vs Chicago Giants."

June 4, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Giants Pound New Pitcher. - The Chicago Giants defeated the Red Sox last Saturday by the score of 6 to 2, at Donahue's Park. Aldous, a new pitcher for Donahue, held the colored boys to two hits for five innings, but they found him for seven bingles after that, three of them two-baggers, which clinched the game."

June 5, 1910

Chicago, IL
"On June 5 the Nebraska Indians will play..."

Chicago, IL
"Green's Nebraska Indians will play the Chicago Giants on next Sunday. Mr. Leland and Major Jackson will give the public one of the best attractions ever seen in this city. The following is their undisputed record: Won in 1904, 150 games, lost 25; won in 1905, 165; lost 27; won in 1906, 151, and lost 31; 1907, won 146 and lost 19; 1908, 150, and lost 23. In 1904 won 42 straights; 1905, won 33 straights, and 1906, won 24 straights. In 1903, shutouts, 64; 1904, .8; 1905, 43; 1906, 44; 1907, 57."

Chicago, IL
"News of the Sporting World - In the City of Chicago. - Special to the Freeman. - Chicago, June 7. - Steel Arm Johnny Taylor of the Chicago Giants, was the hero on last Sunday, in a game with the Nebraska Indians. He was in rare pitching form and pitched a no-hit game. The Indian Athletics were helpless and were unable to score. The game was quite a surprise to many of the fans, to see the Giants beat the Indian champions by such a large margin. Leland's colts were in splendid form. They knew that they were going up against a bunch of men that had a great record. Taylor said, record or no record, he was going to pitch the game of his life. This he did. Not an Indian got as far as second base. Johnny Taylor was the recipient of much applause during the game. He has quite a way of holding up his right foot, twisting his toes and sending the sphere over the plate like lightning. Petway, the steady thrower, was at home plate to hold every ball sent to him. The Chicago Giants started off by making two scores in the first inning, one in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and three in the seventh. All the scores were brought in by some excellent playing, a characteristic of the team, and this is what is drawing such large crowds. Pettus was a sticker of the day. He was given the blue ribbon for knocking the ball away out in the field. He made two 2-base hits and a 3-base hit. Wallace showed some great head work when he made the pitcher throw the ball to third, coming home like a flying machine, the catcher dropping the ball, seemingly almost dazzled. Throughout the game the Indians showed poor judgement, the second and third basemen getting liners, but held the ball too late to throw. This on several occasions kept the bases full for the Chicago Giants, and it was an easy matter to score by an easy bunt by the semi-professionals of the City League. It was in the seventh inning that the Indians seemed to completely lose their heads, their playing lacking energy and speed. The in and outfielding of the Giants was superb and let it not be forgotten that Taylor's pitching was a bewildering assortment of spitters that the Indians will never forget. He sent ten men to the bench, and we believe could have sent more. The bleachers were crowded. The threatening weather did not have anything to do with the crowd. The grandstand was, as usual, filled with very fine looking women, with their company. Leland and Major Jackson claim that they expect to continue to have such crowds all the season, and, when the weather gets warmer, to double the attendance."

June 11, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Chicago Giants Slug the Ball. - The Chicago Giants defeated the Fisk Colts, last Saturday, at Tortenson Park, by a score of 6 to 1. The Giants hit hard all during the game, which accounted for their runs. Ball pitched well, allowing the Colts only five hits. Pettus' hitting was the feature of the game."

June 12, 1910

Chicago, IL
"... and they will be followed June 12 by the Cuban Stars."

Chicago, IL
"Baseball Gossip in Chicago. - All aboard for the Cuban Giants and the Chicago Giants on Sunday. Game called at 3:30. - Frank Leland says that they still have the Auburn Park. He says whenever they can't get that one, there are others. - Pettus is one of the heaviest hitters in Chicago. A three-base hit on last Sunday was followed by two two-base hits. - Cyclone Joe Williams was on the bench last Sunday. It is claimed that he has not lost a game this season. At any rate, he is the pitcher of the day. - Harris, right, and Moore, center, are a pair of fielders that are worth their weight in gold. The by-word now is 'They never miss 'em'. They are just as clever at the bat as out in the field. - For holding the down at second Wallace has but few equals. When he is marked for head work he gets 100 percent. Top of the class, Wallace. - Talbert is the man that helps to make those double plays, a good sticker and an all-round ball player. The Chicago Giants are fortunate in having a Talbert. - Fans around the town are beginning to talk of the fall series between the Chicago Giants and the Leland Giants. Wait boys, it's coming. - No-hit games are all the rage in Chicago. Taylor and Wickware have hung up their record. They expect to duplicate the same the next time they go in the box. - Walter Ball and Chappie Johnson are about the swellest dressers in the game. They have their clothes made at Adams, the tailor. Rube Foster is a patron of Mr. Adams. - Chappie Johnson was on first last Sunday. He plays there as well as he does at home. There ain't no flies on Chappie. He is there with the goods. Walter Ball won his game on last Saturday and was given a rest on Sunday. He will be in the box this week during the twenty-one series with the Cuban Giants. - The Leland Giants and the Chicago Giants, in the White Sox new park, about the close of the season. Just save us one good seat in the press stand, for we will sure be on hand. - Major R.R. Jackson, Frank Leland and Louis B. Anderson are all smiles when the grandstand gets full and the bleachers run over. Good ball playing will certainly attract the crowd."

Chicago, IL
"News of the Sporting World - In the City of Chicago. - By Cary B. Lewis - Special to the Freeman. - Chicago Giants Won 3, Lost 2, Percentage .600 - Chicago, June 14. - A beautiful, balmy day brought out the largest crowd of the season, Sunday, to see the Chicago Giants and the Cuban Stars play off a tie game of baseball at Auburn Park. The crowd was so large that hundreds and hundreds of people were lined up against each side of the fence, anxious to see the game. It was a brilliant exhibition on both sides, neither pitcher issuing a pass ball. Medoros held the Giants to two hits, these being made by Winston and Pettus. The defeat came in the sixth inning, when the Cuban Stars made three hits and two scores. They also made two scores in the eighth inning. In the ninth inning, when the Chicago Giants, had not made a score, Pettus came to the bat. He knocked a long fly to right. Gongalla misjudged the ball and Pettus went to third. Wallace was at bat, Pettus took a game chance to steal home, but the sphere beat him and the umpire declared him out. The game ended with a score of 4 to 0."

"It was an unlucky day for Cyclone Joe Williams on last Sunday. He only struck out two men. Well, those Cubans are stickers and great with it. - Green, Taylor and Ball were on the bench Sunday. They are being given a good rest. Ball went in in the ninth inning, relieving Cyclone Joe Williams."

June 18, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Baseball Gossip. - Major R.R. Jackson, secretary of the Chicago Giants baseball club, had the following to say to the Freeman correspondent in reference to the team having to get another park: "The outlook for baseball among colored teams in Chicago, the remainder of the season, is the brightest in history. The Chicago Giants, of the City League, are leading all their competitors, and their games draw immense crowds every Sunday at Auburn Park. Other teams suffer in attendance when the team is at home, and the people are perfectly satisfied that Manager Leland has used his best judgement and endeavor to secure the best talent of the country in the makeup of his team. The City League is the master of the situation, and all out of town teams are booked under their direction. Manager Leland has recommended to the League the Gophers of St. Paul; the Keystones of Minneapolis; the Royal Giants of Kansas City; the Eagles of New Orleans; and several teams from Texas. Our games with the Philadelphia Giants, Cuban Stars and Nebraska Indians, as outside attractions, have been very successful. The park has been crowded to its utmost capacity on Sunday. Old Auburn Park, however, is to pass into history. It has been sold by order of the court to satisfy heirs, who own the property. The ground will be cut up into lots and a street made through the center. Work will begin July 1. The Chicago Giants are not without a home, as some people think and wish. We will take over the Red Sox Park, July 1, located at Sixty-first and St. Lawrence streets. This is one of the finest parks in the city. The Red Sox will play alternately at other City League parks, and the Giants will be the home club. Some of the league games will take us away from the home grounds, this on account of league schedules. We could not have played all the games at Auburn had it not been sold, and our two months' run now on our home grounds was allowed by the league because we were the best drawing card in Chicago. We have a home and will be in first place in the next thirty days."

"Last Sunday was a beautiful day. Major Denison, Robert T. Motts, Jesse Binga and others were out in their automobiles to witness the game between the Chicago Giants and the Cuban Stars. - The Sons of Kentucky, a rooters' club, was at the Chicago Giants' game. Most of the fans seemed to be pulling for the Cubans, but the Sons of Kentucky were with the home boys."

Chicago, IL
"Red Sox 6, Chicago Giants 5. - Walter Shulz pitched his first game this year in the league, and won it, the Chicago Giants being beaten by Jiggs Donahue's team at Red Sox Park, last Saturday, by the score of 6 to 5. Shulz was effective all the way, keeping his hits scattered, while the only man he passed was given a life intentionally."

June 19, 1910

Chicago, IL
"News of the Sporting World - In the City of Chicago. - By Cary B. Lewis. - Special to the Freeman. - City League Standing. - Chicago Giants Won 3 Lost 3, percentage .500. - Another one of those big crowds on last Sunday saw the Chicago Giants take a poorly played game from the Philadelphia Giants. The two teams made fifteen errors. In the beginning it looked as though the Phillies would have a walk-over. In the first three innings the Philadelphia Giants made seven hits and only made five scores, while the Chicago boys made one hit and five scores. Walter Ball started to pitch and did not show form in the first three innings and Cyclone Joe Williams went in the box in the fourt inning. It was what might be termed a see-saw game; yet this seemed to please the thousands that were present, for they yelled themselves almost hoarse when the dial turned in favor of the home boys. It was evident that there were many rooters for the Philadelphia Giants, but the Sons of Kentucky and the Old Guard of State street were equal to the task when it came to pulling for the Lelanders. It took two hours and fifteen minutes to play the game, most of the time being taken up in the eighth inning, when the Chicago Giants began hitting the ball and bringing in scores like boys on the commons. It was the last game of the Chicago Giants at Auburn Park, and they did themselves a proud honor of leaving with a victorious game. It was announced by Umpire Geockel that on nex Sunday the Chicago Giants would herafter play at the Red Sox Park, 61st and St. Lawrence Streets. As usual, the boxes were jammed with people, who sat in the shade enjoying the game to their heart's delight, while the grand stand and bleachers were overrun with fans. It is estimated that 4,000 people saw the game."

"Frank Leland's Chicago Giants - Secure the Red Sox Baseball Park as Their New Home. - Will Play Their First League Games on the New Grounds Sunay - Old Auburn Park Cut into City Lots. - Last Sunday witnessed the last baseball game on the old Auburn Park ball grounds. The park was sold two months ago by order of the court, to satisfy the heirs, and will now be cut up into lots. Frank Leland's Chicago Giants, who have occupied the grounds for more than ten years, celebrated the closing of the park by winning their last game on the old diamond, defeated the Philadelphia Giants by the score of 12 to 7. The Giants, however, are indeed fortunate. They close at one record park and open up at another, more popular, near the city, better accommodations, greater seating capacity, 4,000 comfortable arm chairs, steel grand stand, reserved seats, boxes with a canopy shade, keeping you cool and protecting you from the hot rays of the sun. Manager Leland and that ever successful secretary, Major R.R. Jackson, are to be congratulated in securing the Red Sox Park for their new home grounds. It is located at 61st street and St. Lawrence Avenue, and is in part of the most beautiful residence section of Chicago, the South Side, and an extremely fahsionable neighborhood. The regular grand stand prices will prevail, and the choice seats in the first seven rows will be reserved at 50 cents. The new park is reached by direct route. Take State Street or Cottage Grove Avenue Car and transfer on 61st Street direct to the gate, or take the elevated road, Jackson Park train, get off at 61st Street Station and walk two blocks east. It is just five minutes' walk from the elevated station, and in fact, the new park is nearer the city by three miles and is twenty minutes' less ride on any car than to the old Auburn Park grounds. We wish the team great success in their new home, and as they will play Jiggs Donahue's Red Sox, Sunday, let all the fans go out Sunday and cheer our champions on in the league race for the pennant."

June 25, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Messrs. Leland, Jackson and Anderson, officers of the Chicago Giants, are much pleased with the team's new grounds. The distance being shorter, they claim that the attendance will be larger and the accommodations will be better. - Manager Frank Leland has sent George Wright to Hot Springs to recover from a recent illness. Mr. Wright has been a most excellent ball player, and the Chicago Giants, recognizing his value, sent him to the famous health resort for treatment. - Manager Beauregard Mosely of the Leland Gaints, is very anxious to get some good team to put up $500 to play his team for that amount. The Lelands are playing great ball, with Foster, Wickware, and Dougherty, pitchers. The report goes that they are the top notchers of Chicago."

"Chicago experts are figuring out who will win the City League pennant. The Chicago Giants are now in third place, and they expect to take the game on Sunday from the Red Sox, who have only won two games and lost six, while the Giants have won three and lost three. The Giants are yet to take the Spaldings and West Ends, who are the top notchers in the City League. With the coming warm weather, large crowds are expected to witness the games between the semi-pros. - Iridescent silks, cart wheel hats and chanteclers were seen in the mass of people that sat in the boxes Sunday at the Chicago Giants game. The boxes were overrun. Next Sunday, the weather permitting, there will be ample room for everybody desiring a box seat with arm chairs, with not a ray of sun to tan. Tickets can be secured in advance of Major R.R. Jackson, 26th and State Street during the week. Take State Street or Cottage Grove Avenue cars, and transfer to 61st Street, or take the elevated to 61st Street and walk two blocks. - The old baseball park at Thirty-Ninth and Wentworth Streets, the home of the White Sox, is soon to become the home of the semi-professionals. John Schorling, owner of the Auburn Park franchise in the Chicago Baseball League, has leased the grounds. It is reported that Mr. Schorling will install the Chicago Giants in this park, while a further report runs that he may install a white team in the park. However, he has no definitly settled upon the matter. If the Giants get the park, it will be in stone's throw of the black belt, which will mean tens of thousands in attendance on every Sunday. Action, however, is not expected to be taken until the close of the year. Next season will tell the tale."

Chicago, IL
"Giants 4, Rogers Parks 2. - The Chicago Giants defeated the Rogers Parks last Saturday by the score of 4 to 2 at Harry Gibbons' grounds, the colored men putting the game away in the third inning, when Leo Love showed poor form and was slammed for two hits, while he showed poor judgement in fielding. Doc Ovitz finished the inning with three men on bases, losing one run. Walter Ball pitched a great game for the winners."

June 26, 1910

Chicago, IL
"News of the Sporting World - In the City of Chicago. - By Cary B. Lewis. - Chicago Giants Lose to Red Sox. - Special to the Freeman. - The Chicago Giants being defeated on last Sunday by the Red Sox sent them to fifth place in the City League. It was the first game of the Chicago Giants at their new home, 61st and St. Lawrence Avenue. The game was not marked by any sensational slab work or flashes of brilliant playing, but was evidently an unlucky day for the Giants, for they had a good chance to tie the game in the fourth inning, there being one score in and a good hitter at the bat and two out, but he was unable to deliver the goods. They were never able to rally again in any part of the game. Chappie Johnson worked hard and faithfully and threw the ball down to second and put several men out, while he threw several more and the second baseman was unfortunate with the ball. Costly errors were in a large measure the cause of the game being lost. The Giants tried the hit-and-run play for several innings, but the Red Sox beat them to it. Cyclone Joe Williams started to pitching, but Walter Ball was put in the box later. The Red Sox showed good form and just outplayed the colored boys. Eddie Kahn of the Red Sox started the battle by bringing in two men, and this lead they kept up until the close of the game. Bill Pettus made a beautiful double play unassisted and Moore a two-base hit and Williams struck out three men and Ball four. The game looked pretty good up until the eighth inning, when the Red Sox started a rally and bombarding and succeeded in bringing in four more scores. The eighth inning told the tale, for there was nothing doing in the ninth and the game closed with a score of 7 to 1 in favor of the Red Sox. It was an ideal day and the grandstand was packed with half white and half colored fans, while the bleachers and Sons of Kentucky were on guard cheering at all times."

Chicago, IL
"Chicago Giants Flay Rivals. - Drub Eclipse Team at Roseland by Heavy Hitting, 3 to 1. - Chicago Giants defeated the Eclipse team at Roseland last Sunday morning by the score of 3 to 1."

"Baseball Gossip. - Every fan was confident that the Chicago Giants would have tied the Red Sox in the fourth inning on last Sunday, but luck was against the colored team. Chappie Johnson was certainly in the game. Chappie got the crowd with him during the rally in the fourth and the white team became rattled, and with a small hit it would have been a different tale. A fly was knocked in right field near an officer of the law. He was Johnnie on the spot and caught it. The crowd yelled, 'Sign him, sign him!'" - Pettus's headwork in the sixth inning saved the opponents from bringing in a score. He made a double play unassisted. His work on Sunday was very clever. - It was poor fielding that lost the game for the Giants. But the pitchers did good work, and fumbling with the ball caused so many of the Red Sox to mosey on home. Steel Arm Johnny Taylor won his game from the Eclipses on last Sunday morning. It was an even break with the Chicago Giants on last Sunday. - Moore Knocked a two-base hit and it looked as though it was going over the fence. It was the hit of the day among the Giants. - The first hit of the game was made by Eddie Tahn of the Red Sox. It was a two-base hit, bringing in two men. - Chappie Johnson made a great catch, sewing up the sixth inning. - Manager Frank Leland sat on the bench near the Giants and did his best to cheer them to victory. He regretted to see them lose the game. - The Leland Giants will leave on Thursday for Cheboygan, Wisconsin to play two games.

June 30, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Chicago Giants Win. - The Chicago Giants defeated the Cuban Stars Thursday, 8 to 6."

July 2, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Overflow seats are expected to be called for at the Chicago Giants' new park, 61st and St. Lawrence. Quite a number who were uninformed that the Giants had moved winded their way to 79th street. By another week everybody in town will know of the Giants' new park."

July 3, 1910

Chicago, IL
"The Chicago Giants will play the Spaldings on next Sunday at 61st and St. Lawrence Streets. This will be a game in the regular City League and a large crowd is expected. - Although in the fifth place of the City League, the Chicago Giants will be heard from, said an ardent admirer of the team. Continuing, he said, I expect them to win the pennant. They are just having a little bad luck right through here. I have hopes and so do all the fans. We are with them."

Chicago, IL
"Taylor Holds Spaldings Safe. - Slab Star Heads Chicago Giants in Easy Win, 5 to 0. - Sunday's game was another victory for the Chicago Giants in the City League. The pitching of Steel Arm Taylor was too much for the Spaldings at Red Sox Park. The colored boys defeated Welch's team by the score of 5 to 0."

July 4, 1910

Chicago, IL
"News of the Sporting World - In the City of Chicago. - By Cary B. Lewis. - Chicago Giants Lose to Red Sox. - Special to the Freeman. - Chicago, Illinois, July 5. - As much as Chicago fans love the national game, interest in that brilliant sport was sidetracked this week, everything being centered on the big fight. Some may opine that all fans had their money up on Jack Johnson, and of course, could not go to a ball game. Those who did take pains to attend Sunday and Monday's games in the City League go their money's worth, however, for the Chicago Giants jumped from fifth place to second, and have clinched their claim to that eminent position. They are an even hundred points ahead of the Logan Squares, who hold third place, and are fast gaining on the West Ends, who are leading, with 127 points more than the Giants. The Giants Monday trimmed the Rogers Parks team to the tune of 5 to 1. Two hits in the seventh inning gave the Park team their lone run, and outside of that inning Cyclone Joe Williams pitched a great game."

July 9, 1910

Chicago, IL
"News of the Sporting World - In the City of Chicago. - By Cary B. Lewis. - Special to the Freeman. - Chicago, Illinois, July 12. The Chicago Giants had a stream of luck some weeks ago, but on last Saturday and Sunday their luck changed. On last Saturday the Logan Squares trimmed the Giants 10 to 4. Walter Ball pitched the first four innings and the Logans brought in five scores. Taylor replaced Ball and during the remainder fo the five innings six more scores were registered against the Giants. Taylor could do no better, for the Logans hammered him worse. It was Fred Walker of the Logans that brought the bacon home. He not only pitched a great game, but succeeded in stealing four bases and scoring a couple of runs on his own initiative. The white boys played the better game and Green of the Logans, in right field, did some good work and batted well. Two magnificent catches and made by Wicklund in center. The colored boys showed that they knew the game also by the excellent playing of Wallace and Seldon, who made three-base hits, while Winston made a two-baser.

July 10, 1910

Chicago, IL
"The first and only colored ball club in the Union to become Champions in a white league. Base Ball played scientifically and gentlemanly every Sunday at 3:30p.m., before the best people. Game Sunday, July 10, Leland Giants vs Gunthers."

July 13?, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Chicago Giants Lose to West Ends. - A few days ago the Chicago Giants were in second place, but with the two recent defeats they have come down a round, now making them third in the City League standing. It was some more of that good pitching that won the game. While the West Ends are in first place and are now considered the best in the city among the semi-pros, it seemed to have taken all the ginger out of the colored boys. Williams pitched for the Giants, but it was Fraser who seemed to master the sphere, the old scout allowing the Giants five scattereing hits. Williams let the West Ends have nine hits, striking out only three men. Wallace as usual came up with his two-base hit, but this along could not win the game. The game was played at West Ends' Park and the score was 7 to 2. A large crowd of whites was present as well as the colored."

July 16, 1910

Whiting, IN
"Whiting Cops Off Two Games - Whiting, Indiana, July 17. - The Whiting Grays' luck was with them this week, for they won both their Saturday and Sunday games. On Saturday the Grays played the Union Giants from Chicago. The Grays defeated the Giants by a score of 4 to 8. McKenna's hit in the ninth inning scored a man from third, winning the game for the Grays. The batteries were Grays - Webber and McKenna; Giants - Jenkens and Jones."

July 17, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Frank Leland's Chicago Giants vs. Birmingham Giants, Sunday, July 17. - At their new home, Red Sox Park, 61st and St. Lawrence Ave. Take any South Side car and transfer on 61st Street, or take Elevated road, Jackson Park train and get off at 61st Street."

Chicago, IL
"Chicago, Illinois, July 18. - Special to the Freeman. - In a fast and interesting game between the Rogers Parks and the Chicago Giants, last Sunday, the Giants won over the Rogers at a score of 4 to 1. The game was played at Rogers Park and a large crowd was present. It was Cyclone Joe Williams who received the honors of the day. He was the hero of all the Sunday games played in Chicago on that day. He struck out thirteen men with apparent ease, and had it not been for wild heaving in the ninth inning, Williams would have been credited with a shut-out game. As usual, Bill Pettus made his two-hit run and a double play unassisted. Moore, all, Wright and Pettus did the hitting, while other members of the team made splendid showing throughout the game. The winning of this game put the Giants in third place in the City League standing."

July 23, 1910

Chicago, IL
"Standing of the Clubs.
West Ends ...... Won 11 .. Lost 3 .. Percent .786
Logan Squares .. Won 8 ... Lost 5 .. Percent .615
Chicago Giants . Won 7 ... Lost 6 .. Percent .538
Rogers Parks ... Won 6 ... Lost 7 .. Percent .462
Spaldings ...... Won 5 ... Lost 10 . Percent .333
Red Sox ........ Won 4 ... Lost 10 . Percent .286

Chicago, IL
"On Monday of this week the Chicago Baseball League passed a rule barring games between its members and all visiting colored ball clubs from now on, the rule being made to include the Cuban clubs that have been playing around the circuit the past two years. The rule will work very badly against the Stars of Cuba, who figured on playing on the Chicago League Circuit after the Cuban Stars left the city. This action means that the Chicago Leaguers will not play visiting colored teams any more in the future."

July 24, 1910

St. Paul, MN
"Crack Chicago Colored Team - Who will play the St. Paul Colored Gophers? - The Leland Giants. - Gopher-Leland Series. Opinion of an Ex-Professional. - This being the most scientific game makes it harder to criticise. It is like whist, has many players, but few phenomenal ones. So to get the future series mapped out, or doped, we should compare each team by their respective players and their ability. So we start the catchers - Armstrong and Pettis. Both terrific hitters, good throwers and young catchers, make it an even break, Pettis should be ahead on the coaching of the Peerless Rat or Chappie which give him the finer points behind the bat. Pitchers Ball, Williams and Steel Arm Johnnie are a wonderful trio, Ball is a A1 batter, good thrower, lightning on foot and very heady. Williams is a classy man, but the writer not seeing him work, makes him an unknown quality, although he is well classed by other writers. Johnny Taylor needs no intro, his standing and reputation with the 1909 Gophers is too clear. Pangbourne, Johnson and Davis are all good. Lefty is OK, and if supported properly will be troublesome. For a good left handed makes it very hard for all colored clubs. Davis, the veteran, makes it mournful for all clubs, he even pitches against, matter not how poor an agregation he has behind him. His head work is excellent and he may break up any game, at any time, with his big stick. Johnson, the college man, should be watched. He has been schooled by George Huff, one of our best coachers. The Lelands should lead the series on account of more experienced pitchers. Rat is the king of all negro 1st baseman, Bobby Marshall, one of the best athletes in the West today and some more 1st baseman, having reach, fielding ability, and fearlessness, nothing but a locomotive can hurt him. Harris is better than Bowman at second, and the equal of Charley Grant in his best days. Harris is a wonderful baseman and clever fielder with a McGraw head, a great hitter, and a peerless captain. Wallace and Jim Taylor as 3rd basemen are clever performers, Wallace outclasses Taylor as far as Harris does Bowman. Dick is a hitter, and Mordicai Brown of the Cubs knows it, he is a good base runner and liable to pull off a trick to win. Too much can't be said of these stars. Dougal is a terrific hitter, for a small man, and he has an arm like a mule's hind leg, a fast base runner. Selden of the Giants is unknown to the writer, but he must be a player to play for Frank Leland and the South Side Four of Chicago. As outfielders, Winston and Moore are a tower of strength to their club. Moore is the Ty Cobb of the colored fielders, one of our best hitters, and one of the most gentlemanly players that ever put on a uniform. Bobby Winston, is the left hand hitter who has mastered the art of hitting to left field, and fans know what value that is. Talbert, the utility man, is a number one outfielder, a heady fellow, and a crack base runner, who takes great chances - watch him. But the Gophers have in Barton, a star and mercy! how this boy can throw! He is supposed to be the best thrower in the game today. Binga, of the Gophers is a great asset to his team. He is instinctive, seems to know just where the batter is going to hit. He never forgets a batter, how and where he hits, and he has made 4 or 5 hits in a game. Wesley of the Gophers, unknown to the writer, but Daddy Reid is an old general, and his manager, Mr. Irving Williams knows the goods, I believe that they will make good in the series. After my limited knowledge of each has been summed up. I feel that the Giants have just a shade (just a lighter shade) the better of it. At least, it is my candid opinion, and that's what the editor of the Twin City Star requested. Alex Irvin, ex Ball Player.

The way it looks to me. - By George Gaines. - Well, here it is at last, real baseball among the colored boys. Mr. Frank C. Leland has his wonders fit for a killing and Daddy Reid is up in the running. So the game will be a record breaker... I have just received the dope from Chicago that they are going after five straight. They bring with them Pettis (the black Johnny Kling), Captain Harris (the second sacker) and one of the best, Home Run Johnson, Bob Winston, (the keeper of the outer garden), Mike Moore (the sure hitter) and Wallace. Well! say what you know about him, wise guy? Who will win? Say? It's a wise man who knows his wants, and a lucky one who gets them. But, Ill buy a ticket for 5 games. Are you on? This is what they bring here. But they will carry back a record. That's all. Defeat to either team is no disgrace. -Georgie.

The Lelands will do the trick, but I hope to see the Gophers win. -Herb Parker

St. Paul, MN
"Crack Chicago Colored Team - Who will play the St. Paul Colored Gophers? - The Leland Giants. - Gopher-Leland Series. Opinion of an Ex-Professional. - This being the most scientific game makes it harder to criticise. It is like whist, has many players, but few phenomenal ones. So to get the future series mapped out, or doped, we should compare each team by their respective players and their ability. So we start the catchers - Armstrong and Pettis. Both terrific hitters, good throwers and young catchers, make it an even break, Pettis should be ahead on the coaching of the Peerless Rat or Chappie which give him the finer points behind the bat. Pitchers Ball, Williams and Steel Arm Johnnie are a wonderful trio, Ball is a A1 batter, good thrower, lightning on foot and very heady. Williams is a classy man, but the writer not seeing him work, makes him an unknown quality, although he is well classed by other writers. Johnny Taylor needs no intro, his standing and reputation with the 1909 Gophers is too clear. Pangbourne, Johnson and Davis are all good. Lefty is OK, and if supported properly will be troublesome. For a good left handed makes it very hard for all colored clubs. Davis, the veteran, makes it mournful for all clubs, he even pitches against, matter not how poor an agregation he has behind him. His head work is excellent and he may break up any game, at any time, with his big stick. Johnson, the college man, should be watched. He has been schooled by George Huff, one of our best coachers. The Lelands should lead the series on account of more experienced pitchers. Rat is the king of all negro 1st baseman, Bobby Marshall, one of the best athletes in the West today and some more 1st baseman, having reach, fielding ability, and fearlessness, nothing but a locomotive can hurt him. Harris is better than Bowman at second, and the equal of Charley Grant in his best days. Harris is a wonderful baseman and clever fielder with a McGraw head, a great hitter, and a peerless captain. Wallace and Jim Taylor as 3rd basemen are clever performers, Wallace outclasses Taylor as far as Harris does Bowman. Dick is a hitter, and Mordicai Brown of the Cubs knows it, he is a good base runner and liable to pull off a trick to win. Too much can't be said of these stars. Dougal is a terrific hitter, for a small man, and he has an arm like a mule's hind leg, a fast base runner. Selden of the Giants is unknown to the writer, but he must be a player to play for Frank Leland and the South Side Four of Chicago. As outfielders, Winston and Moore are a tower of strength to their club. Moore is the Ty Cobb of the colored fielders, one of our best hitters, and one of the most gentlemanly players that ever put on a uniform. Bobby Winston, is the left hand hitter who has mastered the art of hitting to left field, and fans know what value that is. Talbert, the utility man, is a number one outfielder, a heady fellow, and a crack base runner, who takes great chances - watch him. But the Gophers have in Barton, a star and mercy! how this boy can throw! He is supposed to be the best thrower in the game today. Binga, of the Gophers is a great asset to his team. He is instinctive, seems to know just where the batter is going to hit. He never forgets a batter, how and where he hits, and he has made 4 or 5 hits in a game. Wesley of the Gophers, unknown to the writer, but Daddy Reid is an old general, and his manager, Mr. Irving Williams knows the goods, I believe that they will make good in the series. After my limited knowledge of each has been summed up. I feel that the Giants have just a shade (just a lighter shade) the better of it. At least, it is my candid opinion, and that's what the editor of the Twin City Star requested. Alex Irvin, ex Ball Player.

The way it looks to me. - By George Gaines. - Well, here it is at last, real baseball among the colored boys. Mr. Frank C. Leland has his wonders fit for a killing and Daddy Reid is up in the running. So the game will be a record breaker... I have just received the dope from Chicago that they are going after five straight. They bring with them Pettis (the black Johnny Kling), Captain Harris (the second sacker) and one of the best, Home Run Johnson, Bob Winston, (the keeper of the outer garden), Mike Moore (the sure hitter) and Wallace. Well! say what you know about him, wise guy? Who will win? Say? It's a wise man who knows his wants, and a lucky one who gets them. But, Ill buy a ticket for 5 games. Are you on? This is what they bring here. But they will carry back a record. That's all. Defeat to either team is no disgrace. -Georgie.

The Lelands will do the trick, but I hope to see the Gophers win. -Herb Parker

St. Paul, Minnesota
"Sporting. - Cyclone Joe Williams, for the Giants and Lefty Pangburn, of the Gophers, (star hurtlers of their respective teams) will be the feature of the opening game. Rat Johnson may catch Williams, and Armstrong will hold the famous No Hit Davis. Bobby Marshall, the Gopher 1st Sacker, and Wallace, the king of infielders, are also star players. The Gophers have secured for this season a valuable addition to their classy pitching staff, the ex-University of Illinois star, Louis Johnson, and although Johnson (Rat) and Wallace are now with the visitors, the home teams maintain their usual strength, with their reserve which manager Williams has secured."

"Why is it that they have not selected a colored umpire for this series, or one of each race! They really need two, and photo decisionas are up to date in games of this class. There are colored men on hand, who are equal to the task. Billy Williams of St. Paul, or Alex Irwin of Minneapolis. Get a colored umpire! They'll let him live."

"Special Train from Chicago. - Will arrive Sunday morning. - A train bearing two special Pullmans will arrive in St. Paul via Northwestern, bearing Maj. R.R. Jackson and F.C. Leland with his Chicago Leland Giants, also their relatives and friends who will visit St. Paul for the World's Championship Games at Lexington Park."

The "Gophers." - Alex Tucker.

St. Paul, MN
Similar article with different picture, The Appeal Newspaper, St. Paul.