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KEYHOLE VIEWS ON THE GAME
By DAN BURLEY
HEREIN AND HEREWITH the old G-Gumshoe Man, expert in digging out skeletons from athletic closets, resurrects some info on the national pastime, baseball, for the enlightenment of his Sun-Tinted reading public.
Of course, you didn't know that a member of the race actually played ball in the big leagues, did you? Well, one did and was betrayed by his own folk. He was Charley Grant who performed for the New York Giants in 1907-8. John J. McGraw was palming Charley off as an Apache Indian and was getting away with it until he made the mistake of bringing the sensation to Chicago. In this old Windy City, records say, the local Senegambrians, fired by love of race and desire to embrace all who leave the ranks and make good, came down to the station with an Elk's brass band to welcome Charley. Charley's days with the Giants abruptly ended... Grant, reared in Chicago, went East to play and was at one time on the roster of the old Philadelphia Giants and also played in the old Tri-State league before McGraw picked him up.
A client of this Sports Secret Service in Waco, Tex., writes in and wants to know some of the men playing with the Detroit Stars in 1925 and therabouts... If memory serves me right, the following players were listed on this great club; Bruce Petway, manager and catcher; Rile, and Frank Wickwire, pitchers; Francis on third; Pete Hill in center; Jimmy Lyons in right; Frank Duncan in left; Joe Hewitt, short; Daniels catcher and Wesley on first... Contrary to what a lot of fans think, Bobby Williams, shortstop star, remained in Chicago with the American Giants, and Bingo DeMoss, went to the Indianapolis A.B.C.'s... Rube Foster helped Tenny Blount build this team to give Detroit a first-class aggregation... The members were of the original Milwaukee Bears under management of Pete Hill... Pete is now down East and retired from the game... Frank Payne, formerly of the American Giants' outfield combine of Payne, Hill and Wilson, is in Harlem.
Frank (K.C.) Duncan broke into the bigtime baseball with the old All-Nations team in North Dakota where he was battery mate of the famed John Donaldson... Donaldson, now manager of the Schultz Bakery Co. retail store, here, pitched 30 consecutive innings of no-hit baseball for a world's record... Pacius Russ, now dead, was considered one of the greatest all-around players the Race has produced... As an American Giant player he would reach out in front of the batter to get the ball before it crossed the plate, many wags will recall... He also had a habit of raising his arm to interfere subtly with the bat as the batsman waved the stick across the platter. Fans shuddered many times, thinking he would be brained... Rube Foster used to signal with his pipe while on the bench and his glove when he waddled down the baselines.
The old Leland Giants won 40 straight games in 1905 for some sort of record... Rube Foster came to Chicago in 1907... Frank Lealand and Major R.R. (Alderman now) Jackson, were managers of the Lelands. The first full team of Cuban players to come to the U.S. hailed from the island in 1909... Among them were the famed Gonzales, Frigalello, Busta Monanti, the noted shortstop, and the immortal Mendez, pitcher. The Kansas City Monarchs were the former All-Nations team and came into being around 1927 as the K.C. Monarchs under John Wilkerson... Willie Peters' Union Giants were the first race team to be formed in Chicago... They trotted out on the field in 1870... In later seasons the old Keystone Giants were organized.
The late Charles A. Comiskey was a member of the original Baltimore Orioles of the National Professional Baseball league, and was a teammate of the late John McGraw. He was a friend of Race players. C.C. French, old-timers say, is the only Sun-Tint on record, who has performed in big-time hockey play, it being reported he was a member of the Toronto Mapleleafs in 1910-11 and 12. Bruce Petway, taught Ray Schalk quite a few things about the art of catching, the famous White Sox receiver coming to Schorling park quite regularly to gain pointers from the master of all good catchers... Petway, incidentally, threw out Ty Cobb ten times on attempted steals while playing in Havana in 1909-10... C.I. Taylor and round brother, James (Candy Jim), were in Birmingham... C.I. before organizing his famous Indianapolis A.B.C.'s owned the first Sun-Tint professional baseball team in Washington, D.C.
Other Sports Secret Service findings anent baseball; The American Giants will play two games in Kansas City, Saturday and Sunday, while the Grasilli Giants of Indiana Harbor meet George Harney's Colored All-Stars on the local lot... On May 30, the American Giants return for a double bill with the duffy Florals and on May 31, the K.C. Monarchs come here for two games... On June 7, the Indianapolis A.B.C.'s or the Columbus Buckeyes will come in for a series... DeHart Hubbard's Cincinnati Tigers will meet the locals on June 13-14... There is no league ball for the Giants this year and the management is booking attractions as they come... A crowd of 4,000 was out the past Sabbath for the Memphis opener... Youngsters making good with the Giants and from Chicago lots are Theodore Strong, shortstop of the Colored All-Stars; Joe Burke, second baseman from the Hartford (Westside) Giants; Johnny Watts, shortstop from LaCross, Wis.