John Wesley Donaldson

Newspaper Clippings about Southpaw Pitcher John Donaldson

1926 John Donaldson Games

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

February 21, 1926

Sioux City, IA
"Sioux City's negro baseball team, the Ghosts, is now being organized for the coming season. Gus Edwards, manager of the team, announced Saturday. Six members of last year's club are in the city and three others who played last season have signed for the coming year. Several new players will be added to the roster of the club, three of them coming from the Tennessee Rats. Players from last year's club who are in Sioux City at present time are: Fred Hancock, third baseman: Arthur Hancock, shortstop; Nick Jones, Outfielder; Clyde Smith, Outfielder; Fred Worley, Outfielder; and Willie Wingfield, pitcher. Those who return when the season starts are: Charley Hancock, outfielder and catcher, Walter Harris, catcher; and Lincoln Jackson, first baseman
Three New Players Listed among the new players are Vivien, Cole, and Thomas, last year with the Rats. The first two are pitchers and the last mentioned is a second baseman. Thomas comes well recommended and he is expected to fill a gap in the infield, which caused no end of trouble last season. Vivien was the ace of the Rats' hurling staff and Cole was their next best bet.
Edwards says he is discussing terms with John Donaldson, perhaps the most famous negro pitcher who ever lived. Donaldson, made himself famous several years ago while pitching for the All Nations. Last season he pitched for the Minneota, Minnesota club, but will not return this year. While Donaldson hasn't the speed and curves that he owned a few years ago, he is still able to win numberous games. In addition he is a fine outfielder and a hard hitter. If present plans materialize the Ghosts will open their home season against the Stock Yards club. Managers of the teams have been discussing these plans for several days and have decided to play a Saturday and Sunday game."

April 16, 1926

Sioux City, IA
"The Ellsworth baseball team will open its playing season on Sunday, May 2, at Lismore, Minn. Jack Donaldson will be in the box for Lismore and "Doc" Juel will pitch for Ellsworth. The following Sunday Ellsworth goes to Sioux City, IA., and meets the fast Stock Yards team. Home games will be played on a new diamond in Ellsworth, the new one having been laid out just east of the old diamond, and facing in opposite direction."

April 23, 1926

Sioux City, IA
"Ellsworth's independent baseball team, with Doc "Juel" of Garretson, S.D., on the mound again this season, has the following playing schedule already booked:"

May 2, 1926

Lismore, MN
"Ellsworth 6, Lismore 5. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

May 13, 1926

Lismore, MN
"Remsen 1, Lismore 2. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Two-base hits - Bauer, Thompson 2, Kerner, Donaldson, Baltes and Lopshire."

May 16, 1926

Sioux City, IA
"Sioux City Stock Yards 6, Lismore Gophers 2. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

May 23, 1926

Tracy, MN
"Tracy 2, Lismore Gophers 5. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

May 30, 1926

Ellsworth, MN
"Lismore 1, Ellsworth 5. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out - by Juel 7, by Donaldson 10."

May 31, 1926

Fulda, MN
` "Ellsworth 3, Lismore 8. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

June 6, 1926

Clarkfield, MN
"Gophers 12, Clarkfield 5. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

June 17, 1926

Boyd, MN
"Clarkfield 1, Lismore Gophers 0. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

June 23, 1926

Sherburn, MN
"Spencer 11, Lismore Gophers 9. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Three-base hits - Donaldson 2 and Tentler 1."

June 27, 1926

Merrill, IA
"MERRILL-LISMORE GAME, 11 INNINGS - A Real Pitchers Battle Between Joe Lotz of Merrill and Donaldson of Lismore. - Merrill Iowa, June 28 (Special) - Lismore went down to defeat 3 to 2 in an 11 inning game played on the Merrill grounds. In the first frame, Baltes, first up for Lismore, grounded out, next up doubled to left field. Corwin flew out to right field, Donaldson doubled scoring Lowe. After that it was just 1, 2, 3 and out on both sides, until the last half of the ninth, when Niggling, first up, got on when the left fielder dropped his fly. Weis got on with a fielder's choice, Niggling going out at second. Jim Harrison singled, also M. Harrison done likewise scoring Weis, thus tieing the score at one all. Nothing was done in the 10th inning. In the first half of the 11th inning Donaldson got on with a clean single. Schauer bunted and was out. Donaldson stole third and scored on Thompson's single, making the score 2 to 1 in favor of Lismore. But Merrill was not yet ready to accept defeat. Niggling grounded out. Weis doubled and came home when J. Harrison doubled. M. Harrison drove one down the first base line and was out. Lotz came up to the plate with blood in both eyes and at this time Donaldson called his manager and after holding a council it was decided it would be a wise plan to walk Mr. Lotz, and Mr. Donaldson proceeded to throw the ball wide, but after he had delivered two balls Joe reached out over the plate and parked one over in right field and the fielder dropped it and J. Harrison romped home with the winning score. Struck out by Lotz 11, by Donaldson 8. Merrill 3, Lismore 2."

July 3, 1926

Fulda, MN
"Tracy 3, Lismore Gophers 8. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Two-base hits - Lopshire, M. Baltes, Lowe, Corwin, Donaldson and Thompson."

July 4, 1926

Fairmont, MN
"Chicago Union Giants 6, Lismore Gophers 1. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

July 5, 1926

Jasper, MN
"Black Sox 5, Lismore Gophers 17. John Donaldson, Center Field. Home runs - Donaldson, Wright and Thompson 2."

July 8, 1926

Moose Jaw, SK
"Plentywood 1, Moose Jaw 2. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out by Reisburg 10, by Donaldson 10."

July 10, 1926

Moose Jaw, SK
"Regina 10, Moose Jaw 9. John Donaldson, Pitcher for Moose Jaw. Stolen bases, Hay, McNeally, Donaldson, Jones. Struck out, by Donaldson 15, Clink 13."

July 15, 1926

Chandler, MN
"Lismore 6, Ellsworth 3. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Sacrifice hits - Caldwell, Herman, Lotz, Lowe, Corwin, Donaldson. Struck out - by Lotz 19, by Donaldson 19."

July 17, 1926

Cherokee, IA
"Cherokee 2, Lismore 5. John Donaldson, Center Field."

July 18, 1926

Cherokee, IA
"Cherokee 5, Lismore Gophers 4. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

July 25, 1926

Merrill, IA
"Merrill 5, Lismore Gophers 1. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

July 29, 1926

Slayton, MN
"The Joliet Prison all-star ball team and the Lismore Gophers met at Slayton last Thursday as advertised, but after completing five innings of the game it was called off on account of rain, the score being a tie 1 to 1."

August 1, 1926

Clarkfield, MN
"Lismore Gophers 1, Clarkfield 3. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

August 4, 1926

Pipestone, MN
"The base ball game between the Pipestone Black Sox and the Lismore Gophers which was played at Pipestone Wednesday, resulted in a forfeit game to Lismore by a 9 to 0 score. The Black Sox refused to play at the end of the seventh inning when the score stood 2 to 1 in favor of Lismore. With the bases loaded and two men out, one of their batters stepped into a pitch ball which naturally hit him, and after being called out by the umpire refused to continue the game. The Black Sox never did have a ball team and are the poorest bunch of sports in a ball game that can be found anywhere."

August 8, 1926

Ellsworth, MN
"Lismore Gophers 0, Ellsworth 1. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out - by Donaldson 15, by Juel 11."

August 15, 1925

Lismore, MN
"Balaton 0, Lismore 2. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

August 19, 1926

Wilmont, MN
"Ellsworth 3, Lismore 2. John Donaldson, Center Field. Two-base hits - Caldwell, Lowe 2, Egan, Donaldson."

August 20, 1926

Edgerton, MN
"A big harvest festival and homecoming will be staged at Edgerton, Minnesota, August 20 by members of the Edgerton American Legion Post. A full program of baseball games, races, water fights, dances and other attractions will provide entertainment. The Le Mars, Iowa baseball team will play the Lismore team as the feature attraction of the day. John Donaldson, great negro hurler, will be in the box for Lismore. A second baseball game will be played between the Edgerton team of 1907 and the Jasper, Minnesota team of the same year. The Edgerton team of 1907 was never defeated by any team comprised of white men."

Edgerton, MN
*Same game, box score.
"LeMars 3, Lismore 1. John Donaldson, Center Field, Pitcher."

August 22, 1926

Alexandria, MN
"House of David 2, Alexandria 1. John Donaldson, Pitcher for Alexandria. Two-base hits - Bundy, Sohle, Donaldson, Champion, Kendall. Struck out by Donaldson 12, by Smith 11."

August 25, 1926

Luverne, MN
"Ellsworth 3, Lismore 2. John Donaldson, Center Field."

August 26, 1926

Luvurne, MN
"Ellsworth's baseball team won from the LIsmore aggregation, 3 to 2, in a game here today. Ellsworth scored all its runs in the initial inning and was held scoreless the rest of the way."

Brookings, SD
*Same game
"Watertown 11, Lismore Gophers 8. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Two-base hits - Ward, Risberg 2, Lee 2, Bell, Corwin, Donaldson 3."

August 29, 1926

Tracy, MN
"Lismore Gophers 6, Tracy 0. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

September 2, 1926

Remsen, IA
"Lismore 7, Remsen 1. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

September 5, 1926

Lismore, MN
"Ellsworth 0, Lismore 3. John Donaldson, Left Field."

September 6, 1926

Flandreau, SD
"The feature was the ball game between Ivanhoe and Lismore with the great Donaldson on the mound for Lismore. He was very effective and let the Ivanhoe team down with four scattered hits while his teammates garnered 14 off the opposing pitcher and won the game 9 to 0. After the fourth inning the game was too much one-sided to be interesting."

September 9, 1926

Slayton, MN
"Tennessee Rats 2, Lismore Gophers 1. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

September 10, 1926

Parker, SD
"Lismore 2, All-Stars 8. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Two-base hits - Womack, Harris, Watts, Corwin, Donaldson and Niggling."

September 12, 1926

Garretson, SD
"Ellsworth 4, Lismore 2. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out - by Donaldson 8, by Juel 6."

September 14, 1926

Pipestone, MN
"Ivanhoe 1, Lismore Gophers 2. John Donaldson, Pitcher and Center Field."

September 15, 1926

Worthington, MN
"Ellsworth 2, Lismore Gophers 5. John Donaldson, Pitcher and Left Field. Two-base hits - Wold and Donaldson. Three-base hits - M. Baltes, Corwin, Donaldson and Eastman 2."

September 19, 1926

Minneota, MN
"Lismore Gophers 4, Minneota 2. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out by Donaldson 20, by Crowley 10."

September 26, 1926

Watertown, SD
"Lismore Gophers 0, Watertown 1. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

October 6, 1926

Flandreau, SD
"St. Paul 4, Lismore Gophers 2. John Donaldson, Pitcher and Left Field."

October 7, 1926

Flandreau, SD
"St. Paul 14, Lismore Gophers 6. John Donaldson, Pitcher and Left Field. Two-base hits - McMillan, Cullop, Sturvenger, Hoffman and Donaldson."

October 10, 1926

Cambridge, MN
"Lismore Gophers 1, Cambridge 5. LOCALS DRUM GOPHERS 6-1; PLAY BRAHAM NEXT - Two hits coupled with four errors after two men were down in the second inning enabled. Cambridge to score five runs and clinch the game with the Colored Gophers here Sunday afternoon. A walk and a three-bagger in the third frame resulted in one more run for the Eastern Minnesota Champions, the final score being 6 to 1, the dusky stars making only one tally, in the seventh. Donaldson, colored hurling ace, was unable to start the game because of recent mound work, but was called into the box in the fifth inning, setting the Cambridge players down in quick fashion, and allowing no hits during his incumbency. Cambridge made only four hits during the first three innings, while the Gophers garnered six scattered hits during the game off Chell."

1927 John Donaldson Games

Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.

May 1, 1927

Bertha, MN
"Armours 7, Bertha 5. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Two-base hits - Schultz 2, Bernier, Schauer, for the Armours; Plummer, Donaldson, Wienke, Thompson, and Gregerson for Bertha. Struck out - by Boche 2; by Donaldson 12."

May 15, 1927

Battle Lake, MN
"Bertha 7, Battle Lake 2. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Two-base hits: Briere, Donaldson, Foreman, Thompson, Olson. Struck out by Jaeger 2, by Donaldson 9."

May 22, 1927

Pelican Rapids, MN
"Bertha 15, Pelicans 4. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out: by Donaldson 14, by Peterson 4."

May 29, 1927

Bertha, MN
"St. Paul Skweres 8, Bertha 10."

May 30, 1927

Bertha, MN
"St. Paul Skweres 3, Bertha 10."

June 5, 1927

Battle Lake, MN
"Bertha 6, Battlers 4. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Two-base hits - Briese, Donaldson, Anderson, Peterson, Jaeger. Struck out by Jaeger 4, by Donaldson 19."

June 12, 1927

Bertha, MN
"New York Mills 0, Bertha 10. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Three-base hits, Gregerson, Donaldson. Struck out, by Fairbanks 1; by Donaldson 11."

June 19, 1927

Breckenridge, MN
"Bertha 1, Northern Pacific 0. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Double Plays - Donaldson to Plummer to Briere. Briere to Wald to Plummer. Struck out, by Donaldson 9, by Michoud 3."

June 23, 1927

Belle Plaine, MN
"Bertha 3, Belle Plaine 1. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Sacrifice hits, Mullane, Donaldson, Sheroman. Struck out by McCann 1, by Donaldson 10."

June 26, 1927

Melrose, MN
"Bertha 7, Northern Pacifics 0. - When C. Stemig flew out to Plummer for the last out in the ninth inning at Melrose Sunday, June 26. John Donaldson completed 43 innings of baseball pitching during which time just one run was scored and that at Belle Plaine on Weinke's center field error. Bertha won the second game from St. Paul by a score of 7 to 0."

June 30, 1927

Bertha, MN
"House of David 0, Bertha 2. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out by Miller 5, by Donaldson 7."

July 3, 1927

Breckenridge, MN
"Bertha 5, Armours 4. John Donaldson, Center Field."

July 4, 1927

Breckenridge, MN
"Bertha 3, Armours 4. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Stolen bases Donaldson, Scherohman, Widell, Schauers, Strong 2. Struck out by Donaldson 8, by Weinke 10."

July 10, 1927

Bertha, MN
"Giants 1, Bertha 5. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

July 17, 1927

Bertha, MN
"Giants 1, Bertha 3. John Donaldson, Pitcher."

July 19, 1927

Moose Jaw, SK
"Ponteix 2, Moose Jaw 9. John Donaldson, Pitcher for Moose Jaw. Two-base hits: Donaldson 2, Foreman Desilettes. Struck out by Ganguish 6, Donaldson 6."

July 20, 1927

Moose Jaw, SK
"Game 1, Regina 3, Moose Jaw 4. John Donaldson, Pitcher for Moose Jaw. Struck out, by Donaldson 2, by Clink 6.
Game 2, Gravelbourg 2, Moose Jaw 7. John Donaldson, 1st Base for Moose Jaw. Two base hits: Hurley, Foreman 2, Donaldson."

July 24, 1927

Bertha, MN
"Armours 0, Bertha 17. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Two base hits Donaldson 2, Gregerson 2, Wald, Foreman, Johnson, Stanton. Struck out by Donaldson 6, by Schultz 2, by Bernier 1."

July 31, 1927

Alexandria, MN
"Bertha 3, Alexandria 0. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out by Johnson 7, by Donaldson 12."

August 7, 1927

Sauk Center, MN
"Belle Plaine 6, Bertha 7. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out by McCann 1, by Donaldson 7."

August 14, 1927

Wadena, MN
"Giants 2, Bertha 8. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out by Shaw 1, by Donaldson 5."

August 21, 1927

Melrose, MN
"Bertha 6, Belle Plaine 3. John Donaldson, Center Field and Pitcher. Two-base hits, Heising, Asher, Donaldson. Struck out by Moses 8, Henry 2, Donaldson 3."

August 23, 1927

Bemidji, MN
"Bertha 5, Union Giants 3. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out by Donaldson 14, Hensley 3."

August 25, 1927

Little Falls, MN
"House of David 0, Bertha 1. John Donaldson, Pitcher and Center Field. Stolen base, Donaldson. Struck out by Donaldson 1, by Wilson 11, by Smith 6."

August 26, 1927

Melrose, MN
"Union Giants 3, Melrose 1."

August 31, 1927

Alexandria, MN
"Bertha 24, Alexandria 0. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Two base hits - Briere, Donaldson, Gregerson. Struck out by Donaldson 11, by Johnson 5."

September 4, 1927

Moorhead, MN
"Bertha 7, Fargo-Moorhead Twins 2. John Donaldson, Center Field and Pitcher. Two-base hit - Donaldson. Stolen bases - Donaldson 2, Foreman, Theis. Struck out - Siefert 2, Knowles 1, Lamson 2, Donaldson 1."

September 5, 1927

Moorhead, MN
"Bertha 1, Fargo-Moorhead Twins 0. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out by Donaldson 8, Lindloom ?."

September 8, 1927

Slayton, MN
"In the second half of the Thursday double-header, Lismore downed Tracy by a 2 to 3 score in the best game of the three days. John Donaldson was on the mound for Lismore and he pitched perfectly after the second inning. A walk and two hits gave Tracy a two-run lead in the first inning and as it proved later, gave them their only runs of the game. John gave two more hits in the second frame and then for the remaining seven innings pitched no-hit ball. Lismore scored two runs to tie the score in the third inning and then the game settled into a real battle until the sixth when Lismore shoved over the winning run. Donaldson gave a real demonstration of baseball as all players should play it. He struck out ten batters, getting three of them in the seventh inning, hit out two safe drives himself, one of them after as fast a sprint to first as has been seen for many a day. The game was a real battle and was a great crowd pleaser."

September 11, 1927

Long Prairie, MN
"Bertha 3, All Stars 4. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Stolen bases Briere, Donaldson. Struck out by Donaldson 7, by Seeley 4."

September 18, 1927

Hutchinson, MN
"Bertha 11, Hutchinson 8. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Two-base hits - Stromwall, Wald, Briere, Donaldson 2, Hemple, Johnson. Strike outs by Donaldson 9, by Stromwall 7."

September 25, 1927

Bertha, MN
"Belle Plain 4, Bertha 1. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Stuck out by Schaner 10, by Donaldson 12."