July-August 1914 John Donaldson Games
Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.
July 3, 1914
"Stolen bases, Mendez 2;"
July 4, 1914
"...innings pitched in, by Donaldson 1..."
July 5, 1914
"...struck out, by Nikolson 3, by Donaldson 13;"
July 6, 1914
"Monday the "All Nations" team were here and played our boys."
July 7, 1914
"Tuesday's game at Osakis was won by the All Nations;"
July 8, 1914
"The game should have been a good one, but when the mighty Donaldson proceeded to strike out the first two batsmen..."
July 9, 1914
"The All Nation club defeated Buffalo by the decisive score of 11 to 2 at Buffalo July 9."
July 10, 1914
"This was the first defeat suffered by the Jamestown team this season."
July 11, 1914
"The game was featured by the heavy hitting of the All Nations."
July 12, 1914
"Donaldson is credited with twenty-five strikeouts and Lyle ten.
July 13, 1914
"PLAY 'ALL-NATIONS' ON MONDAY - LOCAL TEAM WILL RUN UP AGAINST A FAST NINE AT WYLIE PARK ON MONDAY - Aberdeen baseball fans will have an opportunity to witness something out of the ordinary when the Aberdeen ball team meets the All Nations Baseball club at Wylie park next Monday evening, July 13, at 6:30 o'clock. This team comes to Aberdeen with the best reputation, as to ball playing, of any team playing here for some few years. During the season of 1913 they played 145 games, won 121 of them, lost 17 and tied 4. They carry with them a battery that has played with and against some of the greatest ball players in the world. Mendez, one of their pitchers, defeated the Detroit Tigers, the American league champions in a ten inning game, 1 to 0. During that game he struck out Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford. They also have with them John Donaldson, the noted colored pitcher, who won 80 games out of the 85 that he played in two seasons.
Their team consists of eleven players, nine of which represent nine different nations in the world. This will be by far the hardest game the Aberdeen boys have played this year and there is a little doubt as to who will come out on top. The local team men seem confident of victory but they are not going to say very much until after the game and then of course it will depend. The game for next Sunday has not been arranged yet but the Aberdeen team figures on playing either the Tacoma park team or the Groton boys. There will be special street car service for the game next Monday evening."
July 15, 1914
"The Aberdeen baseball club was defeated by the All Nations here before a huge crowd..."
July 16, 1914
"Donaldson for the All-Nations was in fine form and allowed but five hits, while Narum also pitched pretty good ball.
July 17, 1914
"This is the thirteenth straight victory for the All Nations.
July 18, 1914
"Three-base hits, Donaldson and Rolfe.
July 19, 1914
"Donaldson eased up and allowed the locals to score 4 runs in the ninth.
July 20, 1914
"This was the first defeat registered against McIntosh this season.
July 21, 1914
Grand Rapids, MN
"The victory Tuesday is the seventeenth straight for the All-Nations team."
July 22, 1914
"Two base hits: Donaldson, Geiselman;"
July 23, 1914
"ALL-NATIONS HUMBLE HIBBING TEAM, 4 TO 0. - (Range Bureau of the News Tribune.) - HIBBING, July 23. - In one of the most remarkable ball games ever played on the range, the All-Nations team won from the locals, 4 to 0, this afternoon. Donaldson, pitching for the visitors, was in remarkable form. He struck out 18 men allowing only three hits. More than 1,000 fans saw the battle."
Article from the same game, box score only:
"Struck out - by Tedisco, 7; by Donaldson, 18."
July 24, 1914
"At the ninth inning while the game was a tie Mendez who had pitched for the All Nations so far, was removed and they put in their star pitcher, a negro named Donaldson."
July 25, 1914
International Falls, MN
"Joe Graves, formerly of the Philadelphia Athletics, and "Cannon Ball" Jackson, were the opposing pitchers."
July 26, 1914
International Falls, MN
"Donaldson and Ursella were in superb form, the former having a shade the better of it."
July 27, 1914
"The All Nation club maintained their long winning streak by defeating the strong Baudette team yesterday at the opening of their new ball park.
July 29, 1914
Little Falls, MN
"ALL NATIONS AND PLUTOS - LOCALS WILL MEET PAST PROFESSIONAL BALL TEAMS NEXT WEEK. - Manager Newman of the Blues has made arrangement to have the local team meet the All-Nations at the fairgrounds next Wednesday evening, beginning at 6 o'clock. The All-Nations on their tours throughout the country lose few games and are very fast. John Donaldson, the wonderful colored pitcher, who worked with the team when they were here last, is still with them, and will likely be on the mound. It is likely that the Plutos of French Lick Springs, Indiana, the fast colored professional team, will also play here with the locals on some day of next week."
Little Falls, MN
"Struck out - by Donaldson 13, by Wermerskerchen 4."
Little Falls, MN
"All Nations Take 2 Games - From Local Team, First by Score of 7 to 5, Second by 4 to 0 - Little Falls was handed the small end of the stick by the All Nation baseball team in two games Wednesday. The first game was played in the afternoon and resulted in the defeat of the locals by a score of 7 to 5. The second was an evening game, in which the locals were shut out, 4 to 0, in six innings. Newman started out in the box for the local team in the first game, but was hit by a line drive by Mendez in the first half of the third inning, and Dominick was put in. He allowed eight hits, passed three men, and struck out four. Mendez played a good game for the All Nations, allowing eight hits, struck out five men and passed three. The visitors started scoring in the second inning when with one man out, dunbar passed, Brindley hit one into left field which proved good for two bases, and Dunbar scored on a scratch hit by Mikami. Brindley then scored on Jackson's fly to right field. Seymour grounded out shortstop to first, retiring the side. They made two scores in the third inning. Donaldson got a single, Crow got first and second on an error by Lauermann and Donaldson went to third. Mendez sent out a line drive which struck Newman in the stomach, rendering him unconscious. Donaldson scored but Mendez was retired Smith to Lauermann. Blattner then got a two-bagger, scoring Sam Crow, and Brindley grounded out, shortstop to first. Little Falls got all their scores in the last half of the third innings. The excitement started when Smith went to first on an error by Dunbar. Dominick and Krey singled, scoring Smith. Dominick started for home but was retired on a squeeze play. Brandell got a hit, advancing Krey and Lonier found the ball for a two-bagger, scoring Krey, Murphy went first on a passed ball and Brandell scored, Tanner grounded out, Mendez to Dunbar and Lonier scored. Berg and Lauermann each got a hit, scoring Murphy. Smith then struck out, retiring the side. The All Nations completed the tally in the first half of the fifth innings, when they secured three more scores. Sam Crow singled and advanced to second on a hit by Mendez, and scored on an error by Smith. Blattner singled, scoring Mendez and scored on a two-bagger by Jackson. Dunbar grounded out to first, Brindley flew out to short and Mikami flew out to first, ending the scoring for the remainder of the game. - The Evening Game - The second game was started at 6:15 p.m., and lasted but six innings, being called on account of darkness. Wermerskerchen or Pierz worked on the mound for the locals in this game, and acquitted himself in a creditable manner. He struck out four men, allowed but five hits and passed two men. Donaldson, for the visitors, played his usual game, striking out thirteen men, allowing but two scratch hits and issuing but one pass. Considering the face that it was very dark during the game, it is a wonder that any of the players dared face Donaldson as his delivery is nearly as swift as lightning. Several times the batter was just preparing to swing the bat when the ball would already be tucked away in the catcher's mitt. The All Nations started scoring in the first half of the first inning when Mendez got a two-bagger, advanced to third on a sacrifice hit by Sam Crow and scored on a balk. Frank Blattner then singled, advanced two bases on a single by Dunbar and the two scored on an error by Lonier. They made their fourth score in the fifth inning when John Donaldson got a three-bagger and scored on a hit by Frank Blattner. Little Falls was not given a single chance by John Donaldson and only two men who saw first base, these being Berg and Wermerskerchen, the latter reaching third.
July 30, 1914
"Couette batted for McCarthy and laid one down with the mighty Donaldson pitching, Sheley and Pusch going to 3rd and 2nd.
July 31, 1914
"Stolen bases: Donaldson, Seymour;"
August 1, 1914
New Ulm, MN
"Night Baseball Great Success - Athletics Take Kindly to the Midnight Pastime and Bag Game - Huge Crowd Turns out to see Indoor Baseball Under Arclights - Over seventy minutes of uproarious excitement was furnished to the monstrous crowd which turned out to see "baseball by electric light" staged Saturday night at the Association park by the New Ulm Athletics and the All Nations. And it tickled the fans that the local boys soon became accustomed to the unusual conditions and managed to bag at least one game of the three game series played against the All Nations Saturday and Sunday, the final reckoning being 13 to 11 in favor of the home crowd. Indoor baseballs were used and indoor baseball rules governed the play. A new diamond was laid out with smaller dimensions, which tended to produce closer plays at first base and brought forth some exceptionally rapid foot work on the paths. In indoor baseball, ten men play on each side, there being both a right and a left short fielder. The playing rules differ in a few minor points from the regulation outdoor game, but both the fans and the players soon mastered the essential differences and thouroughly enjoyed the sport.
The largest crowd seen at a ball game in New Ulm for many moons entered into the spirit of the occasion and cheered and applauded vociferously at every opportunity. The play was exceptionally fast, there was plenty of snappy fielding and sensational catches, numberous opportunities to laugh at ludicrous incidents, and clouting enough to satisfy the most rabid fans. The huge sphere often squirmed and twisted out of the hands of the fielders to the keen disappointment of the particular fielder involved, provoking plenty of mirth and enjoyment in the stands. A complete record of every play was not kept as the game was so fast that it would have taken at least a dozen scorers to get every play correct. But erros were numerous, some of them excusable and others atrocious. However, the crowd did not mind and both teams made about the same number of missplays, so no particular harm was done. When it comes to hitting, let it suffice to say that enough singles and two-bagers were made to fatten the batting averages of many an ambitious athlete, if they could be entered in the records. Two bases was the limit of all hits according to the ground rules established, otherwise there would have been several three-baggers and a couple of "heimlaufs."
William Hodgins began the twirling for the Athletics during the first three innings and as "Bill" did not have a baseball uniform on he could not do himself justice. Sheldon did the catching during these innings and when the All Nations scored eight runs off Hodgin's delivery, the committee on strategy held a meeting and decided to reverse the battery. The move flustered the enemy and they could only obtain three more runs in the remaining six innings. Dunbar and Blattner comprised the battery for the All Nations and while they held the Athletics fairly well in the early innings the local bunch kept plugging away and finally won out in the last two innings. It was a new experience for most of the New Ulm players but after they became accustomed to the ball and the lights they took to the game like a gang of pickaninnies to a watermellon patch on a moonlight night in Alabam' and hit the ball to all corners of the field. A walk, an error, a hit and a fielder's choice gave the All Nations three scores in the first innings, but the Athletics tid it up in their half of the round on a bunch of clouts. Seymour rang up another marker for the visitors in the second and an avalanche of hits and errors gave them four more in the third frame. Sheldon then went into the box and allowed the All Nations a single score in each of the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings, bringing their total up to eleven. The All Nations had such a big lead that it looked as if they would run away from the home boys, but the Athletics were not one whit discouraged.
They managed to punch the plate once in four successive innings, the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, and a grand batting rally in the lucky seventh gave them four runs more and the lead, the score being 11 to 10. Blattner then counted one for the All Nations in the first of the eighth, knotting the count at eleven all. An error, a single by Friedl and a two-base slam by "Chick" Williams gave New Ulm two runs in the last of the eighth and made the score 13 to 11 in favor of New Ulm. Mikami was disposed of in the first of the ninth, Sheldon to Smith. Jackson scratched a hit over Sheldon's head but Seymour forced him at second, Pfeiffer to C. Williams. Crow was then retired on a foul tip to Hodgins and the game was over."
"All Nations Win Saturday Game - Smith Hit Hard by Travelers and Athletics Receive Trouncing - Ed. Friedl Smashes Ball Over Canvas in Fourth For Home Run. - No "pep" gives the entire story of the Saturday game between New Ulm and the All Nations. That is, it gives the New Ulm side of it. It was a one-sided score with the travelers on the long end of it. The final reckoning being 10 to 2. As play was not begun until 5:45 and the sky clouded up so that the sun was entirely hidden from view the contest had to be called on account of darkness after seven innings had been played. Jose Mendez, the Cuban box artist of the All Nations, graced the hillock for the visitors and had the Athletics completely at his mercy except for a home run by Friedl in the fourth inning. He allowed only five hits in the seven frames, fanned ten of the Athletics, and did not issue a single free ticket to first. An error by Seymour gave New Ulm their first run in the first session and a "heimlauf" smash brought home the other. Joe Smith did the twirling for the Athletics and was touched for eleven safeties by the tourists. Apparently the All Nations were on a batting rampage and they tore into Smith's offerings with reckless abandon at times. In justice to Joe, however, we must admit that with a little alertness on the part of some of the Athletics, several of the blows would not have gone for hits. Besides the eleven hits, Smith granted four passes to the initial corner and the combination resulted in the one-sided score.
Little "Hanna" Williams put up a corking good game for New Ulm, grabbing three long flies in center and banging out two of the Athletics' five hits in his three trips to the plate. The rest of the bunch put up a lifeless sort of a game and after the All Nations took the lead in the second frame the result was never in doubt. The All Nations fielded in great style, Seymour's error in the first round being the only misplay charged against them. Seymour made up for his mistake by scooping up several hard chances later in the game. Mendez began the game by drawing a walk to first and Crow sacrificed him to second, Sheldon and Carlson. Brandall then flew out to Lindemann and Donaldson rolld one to Cordes. H. Williams singled to left with one out in the last of the inning and went to the middle hassock on a passed ball. "Chick" flew out to Brandall but Pfeiffer hit one through Seymour and "Hanna" scored the first run of the contest. Blattner walked to start the second and went to second on a wild throw by Smith. Dunbar went out to Carlson, unassisted, Blattner taking third on the out. Brindley sent a blow to center, scoring Blattner, and then swiped the keystone corner. Seymour fouled out but Mikami pickled a single to right and another run was chalked up. Mendez hoisted a long fly to center but Williams managed to get under it. The game was hopelessly lost in the third inning. Crow dropped a hit in right and Brandall poked one at Smith, who threw wild to first, Crow going to third and Brandall to second.
Donaldson's bingle to center scored two and Donaldson counted on Dunbar's blow to left. Mendez walked to start the fourth but was snuffed out in an attempt to pilfer second base. Crow swung another hit into the right garden and after Brandall fanned, Donaldson singled to center, sending Crow to third. Blattner's smash to right scored two more. A single by Brindley, a couple of fielder's choices and a pair of doubles by Mendez and Brandall gave the All Nations their final three scores in the fifth frame. New Ulm had only a few slight openings after the first inning. In the second session Carlson singled to left with two down but Smith struck out, retiring the side. Friedl caught one to his liking in the fourth and swung it over the left field fence for a home run. In the last of the sixth "Hanna" beat out an infield hit and after "Chick" fanned, Pfeiffer singled to left. With the "Rabbit" on third and Pfeiffer on first, they started a double steal and Williams was run down near the plate."
August 2, 1914
New Ulm, MN
"John Donaldson Beats New Ulm - Famous Southpaw Fans Twenty One of the Athletics Sunday. - Crawford Twirls Great Ball But Receives Miserable Support. - The hooks and sweeping curves of John Donaldson, to say nothing of his reputation, were enough to defeat New Ulm in their game with the All Nations Sunday. New Ulm was presented with a run in the first inning and with Crawford pitching masterly ball retained the lead until the sixth when the visitors pushed two across. Thereafter, they scored in every inning and the final summary shows the score 6 to 1 in the All Nations' favor. The rangey left-handed negro certainly had something on the old pill for he allowed but two hits and struck out twenty one of the Athletics, which is a fanning record for New Ulm for the 1914 season. A walk, a brace of stolen bases, and an error gave the local men a score in the opening inning, but after that the opportunities to count were few and far between, as only two more men reached first base. But while talking about good pitching, Frank Crawford must also be mentioned. The New Ulm twirler did some wonderful work in the box, striking out fourteen of the heavy hitting All Nations. He allowed eight bingles but four of them were obtained after the game had been thrown away. Of the half dozen runs scored by the All Nations only one was earned off Crawford's pitching and that came with two down in the eighth frame. The Athletics played great ball until the sixth inning. Until the break came, they fielded in sensational style and displayed plenty of pep and ginger, but when they broke they went all to pieces and five errors were charged against them. "Chick" Williams apparently had an off day at second for he made two errors and did not get a hit. However, he did smash one on the nose in the ninth, which oridnarily would have been good for at least three bases, but Brandall made a wonderful running catch and cut off the hit. Sheldon, playing first for the Athletics, put up a great game until the last few innings, and then, when the game was lost, he joined the rest of the kickers and kicked the ball around. In the hitting line not much need be said for the Athletics but "Hanna" Williams and Pfeiffer undoubtedly deserve honorable mention for getting the New Ulm hits. Mendez was the hero of hte afternoon with the willow, for the cuban connected for a single, a double, and a triple in five trips to the plate. It was his single that started the rumpus in the sixth inning and his daring steal of third with one down that drew a bad throw from Hodgins, resulting in the first score for the All Nations. Donaldson was the only other man to get more than one hit off Crawford, the southpaw getting a single and double in four times at bat. With two down in the first inning, Brandall punch a line drive to left, the ball bounding past Dahms. Drandall tried to make third on the hit but was thrown out.
Donaldson started off on his strikeout record stunt by fanning Cordes and H. Williams, but "Chick" drew a walk. He stole second and third and then Pfeiffer dumped one in front of the plate. Schoenburg made a low throw to first and the first score of the game was chalked up. Only two other New Ulm players reached first in the nine innings. In the last of the third with two down "Hanna" Williams pickled a hit to right and stole second, but C. Williams fanned and retired the side. Pfeiffer began the last of the fourth with New Ulm's second and final hit of the day. After Hodgins and Friedl struck out Pfeiffer swiped the middle cushion but Sheldon went the way of the great majority and took three. Donaldson singled to center to start the second session. Blattner attempted the second session. Blattner attempted to sacrifice but Sheldon gathered in his pop foul. Dunbar struck out and Jackson forced Donaldson at second, Friedl making the paly unassisted. A walk to Mikami opened the third, but Schoenburg rolled to Sheldon and Mendez and Crow hit nothing but the atmosphere. In the fourth, "Chick" Williams foozled a chance on Donaldson with one down, but both Blattner and Dunbar fanned. For a change, New Ulm reitred the All Nations in order in the fifth inning, but the effort seemed to be too much for them, for they exploded with a loud bang in the sixth and the pieces were never gathered together. Mendez swung a single to right to start the inning and Crow sacrificed him to second. He stole third and when Hodgins threw the ball low to Cordes, Mendez scored. Brandall was safe at second on an error by C. Williams and Donaldson doubled to right, scoring Brandall with the winning run. Blattner struck out and Dunbar was thrown out, C. Williams to Sheldon. With two down in the seventh, an error by Sheldon gave Schoenburg a life and a double to center by Mendez scored him. Crow fanned. Again in the eighth, Crawford struck out the first two men to face him but Blattner then pickled a double to right. Dunbar's line drive to right scored him and gave the All Nations their only run earned off Crawford. Jackson fanned for the third out. Sheldon let Mikami's grounder get through him in the ninth but Schoenburg forced him at second, Cordes to C. Williams. Cordes made a good stop of the ball and then showed some exceptional speed in recovering the pill and shooting it to the keystone corner. Mendez smashed a three base blow to right, scoring Schoenburg and the Cuban counted the final run when Cordes missed Pfeifer's throw to get him at the third cushion. Crow struck out and Brandall flew out to Sheldon."
August 3, 1914
"The Maroons played an errorless game, but they appeared to be more or less at the mercy of the visitors..."
August 5, 1914
"Twelve hundred fans saw the All Nation club defeat the fast Luverne team today in an exciting pitchers' battle by the score of 2 to 1."
August 6, 1914
Little Falls, MN
"Signs with the All Nations - Little Falls, MN, August 6 - Elmer Brandell, the Anoka boy who played center field for Little Falls the past two seasons, is now with the All Nations, the fast traveling team who beat the Blues two games last week."
August 7, 1914
Sioux Falls, SD
Little Falls, MN
"Brandel Signs With The All Nations - Elmer Brandel, known to local baseball fans as 'Brun,' has joined the All Nation team, which played here last week. Brandel played here until Thursday of last week, when he went to Anoka and signed up with the M & A League. Anoka played with the All-Nations on Thursday of last week and it was in this game that Brun won his fame. 'Cannon Ball' Jackson pitched the first part of the game for the All-Nations but he was taken out and John Donaldson put in when Brun ot two hits off him. The score was then 2 to 1 in favor of the All-Nations. Brandel went up to the plate and got a hit. He sent one out which brought in two scores, the bags being filled when he stepped up to bat. Manager Iverson of the All-Nations immediately got Brandel to sign up with him and he played his first game with them at New Ulm, where they won by a big score. Brandel is one of the best players Little Falls ever had. Although the fans were disappointed to see him leave they are wishing him all kinds of success with the All-Nations."
August 8, 1914
Sioux Falls, SD
"Double plays, Donaldson to Schaumberg to Blatner; Baker to Schram to Fritts."
August 10, 1914
Sioux Falls, SD
"Six pitchers were used by the two clubs.
August 11, 1914
"ALL NATIONS HERE TUESDAY - The famous All Nations baseball club will be here in Aurelia and play the local team on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 11. The All Nations travel in their own private combination hotel railway car and carry a canvas fence and canopy covered grandstand. Among the All Nations are the famous John Donaldson, the greatest colored pitcher in the U.S. today; Jose Mendez of Havana, Cuba, considered the best all around player; Joe Graves, the Indian pitcher who belongs to the Philadelphia Athletics and is only loaned to the All Nations; Naito, the Japanese, comes directly from the university at Tokyo, Japan, and is considered the best player on the team. They also have a Chinaman who is almost as good as Naito. Blattner, the giant Hawaiian, plays second.
ALL NATIONS TOO MUCH FOR US - The All Nation ball team was too much for our boys in the game here Tuesday afternoon and won the game 3 to 0. Jose Mendez, the Cuban pitcher, had the locals on his list and held them to a single hit which was made by Albert Rapp in the eighth inning. Mendez struck out seventeen of our batters and only three of them reached first, Smith when his third strike was missed and Gano on an error by Mikami, the Chinese shortstop. Royer was best out of a hit in the seventh when the right fielder made a nice run and scooped up his fly. Gano pitched shutout ball for the Aurelia team. He struck out nine of the All Nations, allowed only six hits, and would have held the visitors scoreless but for a couple of errors by Smith in the fifth inning when they made their three scores.
August 12, 1914
Storm Lake, IA
"A one-handed stag of a line drive by Second Baseman Thompson, of Storm Lake, and the hitting of Dunbar and Crowe, the Indian third baseman of the All Nations, were the day's features.
August 13, 1914
Storm Lake, IA
"Donaldson was forced to extend himself, but proved equal to the emergency, and established the record of twenty-two strikeouts and allowed but one scratch hit."
August 15, 1914
"Paid Admissions 420."
August 16, 1914
"Struck out by Crouse, 15, by Donaldson 15...Paid Admissions 1,047."
August 17, 1914
Dodge Center, MN
"Struck out by Seymour 8, by Crandall 11."
August 18, 1914
"Donaldson, lf... Attendance 950."
August 19, 1914
Blue Earth, MN
"In the ball game between the All Nations and Blue Earth at the fairgrounds last Wednesday afternoon, the home team was defeated by the score of 5 to 1."