John Wesley Donaldson
Newspaper Clippings about Southpaw Pitcher John Donaldson
January-June 1916 John Donaldson Games
Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.
January 25, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Manager Clarence J. Taylor, of the Royal Poinciana nine, has strengthened his team considerably by annexing the services of J.W. Donaldson, the Missouri pitcher, who holds all records for strike outs. Last season he registered no less than twenty-three in nine innings against the Chicago Unions.
January 25, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"John Donaldson, batting 9th."
January 28, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"John Donaldson, batting 9th. One put out."
January 28 and February 2, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"After his defeat at the opening game by a slip of bad luck, the mighty Donaldson, pitcher of the Poinciana team, tried to come back at Friday's game, but again met defeat by bad fielding on the part of C.I. Taylor's A.B.C. team. Donaldson is from the west and has gained the respect of every batter on the Breaker's team from the slugging Poles on down. He has caused them all to throw their bats to the ground in disgust. But why can't he win his games? That's what everyone wants to know. Jeffries, the regular pitcher on the A.B.C. team won his game with a walk away. The team hit and fielded behind him. Jeffries is a splendid pitcher, but his game was not nearly as well pitched as either one of the other three that Donaldson pitched and lost. But I guess we will have to take the optimistic view and say "That's baseball."
Every game that Donaldson pitched has been by bone headed errors apparently caused by over anxiousness on the part of the fielders. Bad base running also spoiled several chances for Poinciana to score. The Breakers seem to be particularly anxious to spoil Donaldson's reputation as a pitcher, but so far have been unable to solve his delivery. He has held them at his mercy at critical times, but some error has allowed him to be cheated out of the game. But his strike out record and low percentage of hits stamps him as peerless. It is to be hoped Taylor's men will always show the form that they did behind Jeffries when they batted all three of the Breakers team's pitchers to all corners of the field with a final score of 12 to 1 in favor of the Poincianas. Struck out - by Donaldson 6, by Langford 6.
February 1, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Breakers, 4; Poinanciana 12."
February 4, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Donaldson, batting 9th."
February 5, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"PALM BEACH WEEKLY REVIEW - Royal Poinciana and Breakers Hotels Open With Full Crew of Colored Waiters, Bell Boys, Maids and Entertainers - Opening Ball Game Between the Indianapolis A. B. C.'s, Representing Royal Poinciana, and An All Star Colored Team of the Breakers - Five Hundred of the Wealthiest Society People of the World Witness Opening Contest - Pitchers' Battle Between Donaldson and Poinciana and Williams of Breakers. - (By Noble Sissie.) - Palm Beach, Florida - The world's famous Royal Poinciana Hotel and Breakers have opened for the 1916 season and from present indications it looks like the some 800 colored employees are going to have the best season in the history of the famous winter resort."
Palm Beach, FL
PALM BEACH WEEKLY REVIEW - (By Noble Sissler) - Breakers win fourth and drop fifth in series with Poinciana. Head Waiter McLane, of Poinciana, has to send for fifteen more waiters from Atlanta on account of great crowd. Palm Beach, Florida, February 13. - The Breakers' strong team, under the leadership of Cyclone Williams, the peerless hurler, is making the race for the pennant hot for the Poinciana team. In fact, it is almost terminating into a one-sided affair. Manager C.I. Taylor, of the Poinciana team, although he gave his team a severe shaking up by shifting the lineup, has not been able to stop the terrible onslaught of the Breakers. Notwithstanding the mighty Donaldson from Kansas City, has been doing some great pitching, the Poinciana team has only been able to win two out of five games.
Johnson won his game Tuesday, the 8th, from the Breakers and the Poinciana team outdid itself at batting and fielding.
McLane Sends for More Waiters - Mr. McLane, head waiter of the Poinciana, had to send to Atlanta for more waiters as the business is so rushing this week. There are more guests in the house at this time of year than ever before in the history of the hotel. The cake walks are drawing large crowds. Kid Cole won the last cake walk at the Breakers Hotel. The sextet of the Hotel Poinciana and the Elks Band and Kelley's Band are all doing big business. The entertainers at the Breakers Hotel are also making good. The Friday and Tuesday dances give the colored employees chance to have a celebration at their quarters of which every team was victorious as the games are played in these days.
Off the Bat - Ben Taylor is creating quire a sensation with the bat in the games. Three sackers are common for him. Wallace of the breaker team is the greatest tagger in the business. He does it so quick that even the umpire has difficulty in seeing whether he touches his man or not. He is supposed to be the only player of any race who can tag Ty Cobb coming to second base. Pierce is a good catcher, only he has trouble, at the wrong time, in locating the second sack. The Breakers are a fighting team. It's common to see the catcher out settling the second base men's arguments, which looks very amateurish. The colored players here in Palm Beach have a chance to do more for Negroes in the sporting world than any place else in the universe. Such families as the Astors, Vanderbilts, Morgans and hundreds of others, who never go to see a ball game outside of Palm Beach, are seen at every game rooting hard for their favorite team. Each player should at all times govern himself in the way he talks and acts, so as to establish a high standard of sportsmanship before these people of wealth and influence. These people come to the games and contribute heavily and they expect to see an honest, hard fought game. We, as a race, have too much to our discredit now in the way of unmanly principles than to ever be guilty of ever making the slightest move that would look suspicious, especially before these people who are our friends and who have made it possible that we can stay in this country with the few privileges we now enjoy. They won't tolerate off us what they don't off of their own. Let us hope that none of our boys will ever display an unsportsmanlike conduct before these philanthropists."
February 8, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Breakers 1; Poinciana 3."
February 11, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Donaldson, Pitcher. Donaldson, 1 hit."
February 15, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"The Breakers Baseball Club is in the lead of the series of games played, having won four games, while the Poinciana team has only won two games of the six played. Sunday's game was won by the Poinciana team, the score being 3 to 1. Tom Johnson pitched a great game for the winner, while Lankford pitched good ball for the losers. Ben Taylor's hitting was the feature of the game, as he got five hits in as many times at bat."
February 18, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Breakers, 7; Poinciana 2."
February 23, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Breakers, 2; Poinciana, 1."
February 25, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Breakers 1; Poinciana 2."
February 28, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Breakers 2; Poinciana 1."
March 1, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"All sorts of things happened this baseball season but yesterday's game will probably put an end to all the arguments that have been going on between the members of the two teams for Umpire Connie Lewis ordered Webster, the right fielder, out of the game, and when he refused to go and his captain refused to remove him after the customary two minutes had elapsed, which is the legal time, in baseball law, for this to happen, Lewis forfeited the game to the Poinciana team 9 to 0.
Lewis was perfectly within his rights and had warned Webster the previous inning that his remarks would be cut out, removed and hidden for the balance of the afternoon. This decision and rupture were almost bound to come, and in fact it was the second time during the afternoon that trouble threatened. The first dispute was between Poles and Wallace of the Breakers team, which got to such a point that Poles refused to play. Exit Poles and Webster then went to right field from catcher, Santop catching. This wasn't all in the way of substitution either, as Thomas the heavy hitting center fielder of the Breakers was not feeling well and Williams was to take his place.
The game was a righty one so far as it lasted as Donaldson was back in the box for Poinciana and pitching gilt-edged ball. His opponents were not doing anything of merit with his delivery, whereas the Poinciana team had tallied two runs off Wade and were in a fair way of taking the game by actual play when Webster got mixed up with the umpire."
March 3, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Thirteenth game, March 3 - Breakers 1, Poinciana 0."
March 6, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Fourteenth game, March 6 - Breakers 6; Poinciana 4. Batteries Lankford & Santop; Donaldson and Powell."
March 9, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Fifteenth game, March 9 - Breakers 1; Poinciana 9."
March 11, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Sixteenth game, March 11 - Breakers 3; Poinciana 15."
March 13, 1916
Palm Beach, FL
"Seventeenth game, March 13 - Breakers 7; Poinciana 1."
May 3, 1916
"All Nations 10, Horton 0. The last game with the crack teams was played Wednesday afternoon. Horton will see teams in the same class as their own boys from now on. Manager Lawler has endeavored to show the Horton folks some real ball players and has certainly succeeded. John Donaldson, the great colored pitcher that John McGraw, manager of the New York Giants, said he would give $50,000 for if he was white, was a puzzle to the home boys, but they hit Ragged Jacket hard. They had no practice for two weeks. Some new faces were seen in the line-up and all played good ball."
May 11, 1916
"Blair Beats All-Nations by Score of 3 to 2 - Special Dispatch to the World-Herald. - Blair, Nebraska, May 11 - Blair beat the All Nations, 3 to 2, today in a pitchers' battle between Cook for Blair and Bunny Holland for the All Nations, with the honors about even until the ninth inning, when Holland went up long enough for Blair to run in two scores and the game.
The hits and runs were even up to the ninth, when Mendez hit for two bases and Donaldson, pinch-hitting for Coleman, scored him with a single to left. Donaldson was caught out stealing. These features, aside from Cook's pitching, were his one-hand pickup for an out in the fourth inning and Burcham's hitting. The same teams play tomorrow.
May 16, 1916
"LeMars 6, All Nations 1."
May 17, 1916
"Struck out by Clark, 3; by Donaldson, 10."
May 20, 1916
"The World's All Nations players arrived Tuesday afternoon and played a game with the local team. This was the first time the Montrose boys have been on the diamond this year. A nice crowd of spectators and live fans were out to see the All Nations' game and they all seemed to enjoy it. The weather was fine this time and some good work was done by both teams despite the fact that Montrose lost the game. The professional team had it all their own way - the score being 7 to 0 in their favor. Donaldson, the colored wonder, pitched two or three innings, and he is evidently all he claims to be in his line. The game was very quiet, orderly and pleasant, and the season starts out nicely here. The boys will undoubtedly prove their ability to play good ball when they get a little practice and sort of "get underway" so to speak for the summer's work."
May 22, 1916
"Monday the All Nation ball team was here and the town team played their first game of the season with them meeting defeat by a score of 10 to 1, this was not bad as the visiting team are all old players and have been on the road for some time, while it was the first game that the local team had played together."
May 24, 1916
"Cherokee defeated the All Nations by a score of 4 to 2. Donaldson will pitch for the All Nations today."
May 25, 1916
"Struck out, by Donaldson 7; by Rhodes, 5."
May 26, 1916
Webster City, IA
"Struck out by Terino 1, by Mendez 5, by Donaldson 4, by Wheeler 8, by Lange 3."
May 27, 1916
"Although the 8 to 0 score in the All Nations vs. Parker game would indicate a one-sided contest, a glance at the summary indicates that the game was well-fought from beginning to the close, and that although at no time were the All-Nation players in danger of losing the contest, the Parker aggregation played with as much vim at the end of the game as at its start.
The All-Nations is a team of professional ball players who eat, drink, sleep, play and work baseball. They have played several seasons together, and are at it every day, so the fact that the Parker team held them down as well as they did is a matter of congratulation.
May 28, 1916
"Donaldson, Pitcher. Donaldson, One hit, one run."
May 29, 1916
Albert Lea, MN
"The All Nations won from Albert Lea yesterday, 8 to 2. A batting rally in the fifth inning by the All Nations secured five runs. The clubs will play again today and Donaldson will pitch for the All Nations."
May 30, 1916
Albert Lea, MN
"2-Base hits Broderick, Stevenson, Donaldson."
June 1, 1916
Minnesota Lake, MN
"The All-Nations yesterday beat Minnesota Lake, 9 to 3. The feature was the hitting of the All-Nations."
June 2, 1916
"Donaldson, Left Field."
June 3, 1916
"Athletics 6, All Nations 7."
June 4, 1916
"With the score 4 to 3 in favor of the East Side Athletics the All Nations ball team pulled the game out of the fire by scoring six runs in the eighth inning at Nicollet park yesterday afternoon. The local nine became elibible to play the visitors again when they trimmed the West Side Athletics of St. Paul in the preliminary game by a score of 3 to 1."
June 5, 1916
"Struck out - by Mendez 13; by Shourds 7."
June 6, 1916
Sleepy Eye, MN
"Two base hit, Coleman, Donaldson, Terino."
June 8, 1916
"The famous All Nations team defeated Brookings Friday by a score of 5 to 4. The score was tied in the ninth placing the visitors in a position making it necessary for them to run in the famous Donaldson to save the game. The game was exceptionally well played considering everything.
Batteries for the All Nations were Kutina, Donaldson and Coleman and for Brookings, Childs and Swift."
June 9, 1916
"The All Nations won three more games by defeating DeSmet by a score of 5 to 3."
June 10, 1916
"Struck out - by Wilkins 4, by Donaldson 4, Hewitt, 3."
June 11, 1916
"Batteries - Huron, Gardner, Vote and Chapman; All Nations, Donaldson and Coleman."
June 12, 1916
"The first game of the season for the Hurley team was played at Weekends last Sunday afternoon, and the boys started out by winning by a four to nothing score. It was a good close game and intersting to watch. Paul Boardman, who did the pitching for the Hurley team, made a good showing. Monday the fast All Nation team played Hurley on the home grounds the score being 5 to 2 in favor of the visitors. On account of the storm that came up the game was called in the eighth inning, Stoddard pitched for the locals and Mendez finished the twirling for the All Nations."
June 15, 1916
"Yankton 1, All Nations 7. John Donaldson, Left Field."
"ALL-NATIONS TEAM HAS GREAT RECORD FOR THIS SEASON - (Herald Special Service.) - Yankton, SD, June 15 - The All-Nations baseball team, touring this part of the country and on its way to North Dakota, has had a remarkable season thus far, winning 38 out of 41 games.
Thus far this week the All-Nations have defeated DeSmet 5 to 4, Huron 5 to 1; Hurley 5 to 1.
Donaldson, the great colored pither, has won every game he has pitched and has been scored on in but two.
"Struck out by Walworth 2; by LaBis, 4; by Donaldson 3; by Kutina 6 ;by Wilkis 1."
June 16, 1916
Lake Wilson, MN
"On one of the best games played on these grounds this year the All Nations defeated the Tennessee Rats in the morning game of a doubleheader, 8 to 5. The feature of the game was the pitching of Mendez, who stopped the Rats batting streak in the fourth inning after they had knocked the Italian out of the box. Batteries - All Nation, Torino, Mendez and Coleman. Rats - Tyrees and Wilson. In the second game the Rats defeated the All Nations, 2 to 0. The game was a pitchers' battle between Donaldson, of the All Nations, and Johnnie Viviens, of the Rats. The feature of the game was Goodall's two-bagger, with two men on. Viviens got 12 strikeouts to his credit, while Donaldson secured seven. This was the season's first defeat for the All Nations."
Lake Wilson, MN
"A great many of our patrons came to us last Sunday after the game and declared they had just witnessed the greatest game they had seen in years. W.A. Brown, of the Tennessee Rats, who last week defeated the All Nations with the great Donaldson in the box, declared Milford has the best aggregation of ball players he had met so far this year. The result of Sunday's game was a victory for the Rats by a score of 1-0. The spectators numbered 1800, a good attendance for so early in the season. We have these same teams signed up for next Sunday, June 25th. Milford will go the limit to even things up by winning this game. "
"W.A. Brown, manager of the Rats, after the contest, said that the Milford team comprised the fastest bunch of ball players he had met this year, in spite of the fact that last week he met and defeated the All-Nations, with the great Donaldson in the box, by a score of 2 to 0. "
"In one of the best games played on these grounds this year the All Nations defeated the Tennessee Rats in the morning game of a doubleheader, 8 to 5. The feature of the game was the pitching of Mendez, who stopped the Rats' batting streak in the fourth inning after they had knocked the Italian out of the box. Batteries - All Nation, Torino, Mendez, and Coleman. Rats - Tyree and Wilson. In the second game the Rats defeated the All Nations 2 to 0. The game was a pitcher's battle between Donaldson, of the All Nations, and Johnnie Viven of the Rats. The feature of the game was Goodall's two-bagger, with two men on. Vivens got 12 strikeouts to his credit, while Donaldson secured seven. This was the season's first defeat for the All Nations."
"The All Nations continued their winning streak by defeating the Yankton club in the last game of the series by a score of 9 to 7. Batteries: For All-Nations, Torino, Wilkus and Coleman; Yankton, Woolworth, Powers, and Brandell. At the Lake Wilson Field Day the All-Nations won from the Tennessee Rats by a score of 8 to 4. Batteries: For All-Nations, Torino and Coleman."
June 17, 1916
"Saturday our team met the All Nations at Watertown, and the game was a fast one. King and Nelson was DeSmet's battery, and Torino and Evans for All Nations. King struck out six, allowing ten hits, but no score until the eighth inning. Torino struck out seven and allowed three hits and no score."
June 18, 1916
Lake Kampeska, SD
"Sunday the same teams played at Lake Kampeska, and it was another fast game. Gitchell and N (illegible) presided for DeSmet and Donaldson and Coleman for the All Nations. In the (illegible) inning Gitchell knocked the ball over the fence for a home run which was not given him by the umpire. A kid threw the ball in, a fact acknowledged by the opposing team, and seen by any number of people - except the umpire. Because he was looking the other way and did not see the block he refused to call it, so the runner was stopped at third. In the sixth Mendez hit over the fence and that being seen by the umpire he was given credit. In the ninth Donaldson repeated the stunt, and this closed the scoring for the game. Spectators say our team was right in the All Nation class, even with their big man in the box, and the boys feel they had been given the home run they earned the game would, have resulted differently. Donaldson struck out twelve men, allowing three hits. Gitchell struck out four, allowing five hits."
June 19, 1916
"The All Nations won from the Conde club here today by a score of eleven to four. Mendez, the Cuban, and Blukoi, the Hawaiian second baseman, were the stars of the game both at bat and in the field, each securing three two-baggers. Batteries for the All Nations: Inman, Kutina, and Coleman. For Conde: Lefty, Corbett and Kives."
September-October 1916 John Donaldson Games
Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.
September 3, 1916
Albert Lea, MN
"Donaldson, Left Field. Attendance 600."
September 4, 1916
Albert Lea, MN
"Struck out by Barrett 5, Donaldson 5."
September 5, 1916
"The All Nations won again yesterday from the Albert Lea club by a score of 3 to 0. Barret, pitching for the Albert Lea club, pitched fine ball until the ninth inning, when Kennedy, the first man up, hit for a home run. Chief Kramer followed with a single and Blukoi, the Hawaiian, followed with another home run, making three runs. Donaldson pitched his usual steady ball and was given errorless support in the field."
September 9, 1916
"The game between the All Nations and the Union Giants at Slayton on the last day of the fair, in which the Giants were trimmed 12 to 2, brought just a little joy to the heart of the writer of this item. For months some of the wise heads, those fellows who know everything about baseball have been claiming that these games have been 'fixed' and that the teams just played a close game to entertain the crowd. That Saturday game has upset their ideas."
September 13, 1916
"All Nations 1, Union Giants 3."
September 15, 1916
Fort Dodge, IA
"Struck out by Whitworth 10, by Donaldson 9."
September 16, 1916
"Donaldson, Left Field."
*Same game, but full story from a different newspaper
"ALL NATIONS DEFEAT FAST BRANDEIS TEAM - Donaldson Has Lost None of His Cunning, Judging From His Game of Yesterday. - Swatting the ball at opportune times and taking advantage of the Brandeis' misplays the All Nations administered a severe trouncing to the local semi-pros, 10 to 3. For five innings the game indicated a pitchers' battle with the visitors in the lead by a small margin. After the fifth the cosmopolitan crowd found Rhode and aided with a few infield mistakes, were able to romp away with the game.
The All-Nations presented a stronger lineup than in the past. Donaldson and Mendez have lost none of their cunning and were important factors in the victory.
September 17, 1916
"Struck out - by Donaldson 19, by Olsen 5."
*Same game, but full story from a different newspaper
"ALL-NATIONS BLANK THE DEPARTMENT STORE TEAM - Donaldson Had His Fast One Hopping and the All-Nations Were Not In Danger. - The All-Nations blanked the Brandeis, 4 to 0, yesterday. For six innings Morrie Olson and John Donaldson battled at almost even honors. The Brandeis defense crumpled in the seventh, with the result that the victors were able to secure the victory. The All-Nations without Donaldson would not be considered as dangerous foes. The sensational Negro southpaw showed his old-time cunning, and his sharp curve worked havoc among the Brandeis stickers. He whiffed nineteen, besides possessing perfect control Olson, with a record of thirteen straight wins, gave the colored man a hard battle until the seventh.
September 24, 1916
"TAYLOR'S TEAM DEFEATED TWICE - All Nations Hand Bull Moosers Double Drubbing - DONALDSON FANS TEN - Third Game Ends in Tie, 5-5; Toriente-Mendez in Line-up; Sensational Fielding - CHICAGO DEFENDER NEWS SERVICE - Federal League Park, Indianapolis. Indiana, September 29. - John Donaldson and the crack All-Nations blew into this berg late Saturday evening and were little thought of by either the fans or the sporting writers, but last Sunday the ball loving public had a different turn of mind. The All-Nations with Donaldson in the box and the big lead which they piled up at the expense of the A.B.C.'s in the first frame, won the game. Johnson was wild and had little effect against the mixed team. Two hits, three walks, a hit batsman and an error spelled defeat. Six runs, and that was enough, but the greedy boys from the west had no mercy on the Bullmoosers, and again started some fun in the fifth, when they added two more.
John Donaldson, the world's greatest pitcher, with the speed of Walter Johnson, while touched for nine bingles, struck out ten of the Indianapolis players. Three of his strike-outs came in the first inning, he fanning the first three Bullmoosers that faced him. Just what Taylor's idea was for sending Johnson back to the mound in the second game, the fans have been wondering yet, but he did, and the All-Nations took another liking to him, and presented him with two singles and a double, coupled with an error, which netted the visitors four runs. Jeffries finished the game, which was called in the sixth inning. Weidel worked for the visitors and held the Taylorites to six scattered hits, while the All-Nations worked the two Indianapolis pitchers for nine. Weidel was after the record set by John Donaldson, for in the six innings he fanned seven of the Hoosiers. Both teams fielded sensationally. A large crowd was out, many of whom have never seen Mendez play. The Cuban worked around the inner garden at short in a splendid manner. Torrienti, who played all the season with the Cuban Stars, and who is one of the best outfielders in the game, played center field.
First Game, All Nations 9, A.B.C.'s 5. John Donaldson, Pitcher. Struck out by Johnson 4, by Donaldson 10."
September 25, 1916
"A.B.C.'s GET DRAW WITH ALL-NATIONS - Game Called in Ninth With Score 5 to 5 - Each Club Forced to Use Two Pitchers. - Taylor's A.B.C.'s and the All-Nations played to a 5-to-5 nine-inning draw Monday at Federal park. The contest was hard fought throughout, both clubs again fielding in good fashion. Each team was forced to use two hurlers. Ben Taylor, for the locals, had the Nations guessing until the fifth, when they got to him for three hits and two runs. The sixth was the finish of Taylor, four hits in succession netting three runs. Dismukes hurled good ball for the remainder of the game, while his teammates tied the score. The A.B.C.'s jumped on Lyles in the second, scoring three runs, J. Taylor's three-bagger starting the trouble. The feature of the game was the fielding of Clark for the locals and Hernandez and Mendez for the Nations. The batting of Torrienti, Hernandez, Shively and J. Taylor was largely instrumental in the scoring.
The same clubs play again at Federal park today. The game will be called at 3 p.m. It will be the last of the series of four games. Manager Taylor's club has not been at its best strength in this series as both Catcher Powell and Shortstop Clark are crippled. Powell, who has an injured hand, could hardly hold a bat in Sunday's double-header and yesterday was forced to remain out of the game. Clark has a bruised side and is playing under a severe handicap."
*Same game, different newspaper
"Monday's game was almost a repetition of the other two, the All-Nations pouncing on the opposing twirler for a bunch of runs in one inning. Ben Taylor held them well till the fifth, when three hits netted the visitors two runs, and in the sixth Taylor was obliged to yank his brother because he "blew." Blew is right. Four hits in a row put across three more runs, and it was enough to keep the Bullmoosers from winning. The fielding of Hernandez, Mendez and Clark were the features of the game. J. Taylor's three-base hit in the second sent the Indianapolis team in the lead, which they held till the All-Nations jumped on Taylor in the fifth and sixth innings. John Donaldson, Left Field."
September 26, 1916
"JEFFRIES TOO STRONG FOR ALL NATIONS. - A. B. C. Southpaw Has Visitors at Mercy and Taylor's Club Wins by 5-to-1 Count - Chinese Team Here Sunday. - Jeffries's masterly pitching was too much for the All-Nations Tuesday at Federal Park and Taylor's A. B. C.'s won the last contest, 5 to 1. The local southpaw had the Nations completely at his mercy throughout the game. The A.B.C.'s made their hits count, the necessary bingle coming at the right time. Brown, for the locals, clouted out a home run. Wilkinson, for the visitors, was unsteady, issuing six passes and hitting Clark.
Both clubs played good ball in the field, the fast work of the Nations keeping the score down. DeMoss and Clark, for the A.B.C.'s, did sensational work, the former handling eleven chances without a misplay, while the latter took care of the six, erring on a hard chance. The Chinese Club of Hawaii will play the A.B.C.'s a double-header at Federal Park Sunday. The Orientals were here early in the summer and were barely beaten by the colored stars. After playing many college nines and the leading independent teams of the country the Chinese are on their way back to the Pacific coast, whence they will sail for Hawaii late in the fall. Touring from Californa to Maine this club established an enviable record by winning more than 100 games out of 110 played. Four pitchers are carried by the team, one of them, Inman, being an American, who is coach of the aggregation. Inman takes his turn on the mound against independent teams. Apou, Bo and Ako are the other hulers. Shortstop Ayou is manager of the aggregation. The Chinese will have their full strength here Sunday and the double-header is expected to provide some interesting baseball."
September 30, 1916
"After postponing their attacks on the Rochester Black Sox two days because of rain, the All Nations ball club Friday succeeded in downing the locals, 4 to 3. Neither side scored 'till the eighth, both playing airtight ball, with Lyle doing mound duty for the visitors. George Moore of South Bend pitched for the locals. In the ninth the All Nations got to Moore for two hits, one three-bagger by Donaldson that brought in three runs. In turn the Sox got to Lyle for five hits and a trio of runs. The All-Nations had scored one in the seventh."
October 1, 1916
"ALL NATIONS TACKLE THE AMERICAN GIANTS - John Donaldson, the great - well, what of it. But there is a lot to it when you come to think that a fellow that has the reputation that he has for strike-outs, probably more than any man in the country, even incuding the great Walter Johnson and Ed Walsh. If our friend John was white he would be the highest-priced pitcher in the big league. But - alas, poor prejudice, how it works against us! John is coming here Sunday with the All-Nations, and will be pitted against Wickware, conqueror of the mighty Walter Johnson.
Battle Royal - Well, more than that, the All-Nations have strengthened themselves. Every one knows that Torrienti is one of the best outfields in the game. Recently, he and his manager had a squabble at St. Louis. Torrienti spied Mendez, his friend, coming down the street. They ran into the manager of the All-Nations. Did he need an outfielder? Well, with the A.B.C. game and the American Giants game coming on in a few weeks, he did, and he signed the Cuban. Then there is Mendez at sort, who has been playing a sensational game. Hernandez, once a star with the Cubans, when they were here years ago, is covorting around the initial sack.
Wickware is anxious to take the measure of Donaldson. First, because he firmly believes under the tutorship of the world's greatest master of the national pastime, Mr. Andrew Reuben Foster, he has acquired more "gray matter" (meaning brains) than the All-Nations man.
Struck Out 240 - Donaldson has struck out 240 in twelve games. Some more record. Then he has a record of 110 strike-outs in 110 innings. At Sioux Falls he whiffed 35 in an eighteen-inning fray, and turned right back a few days later and struck out 27 men in twelve innnings. Well, we might say that these teams are easy, but this same fellow whiffed ten of the A.B.C.'s last Sunday. What you know 'bout that? Then, there are other players with this team that make them one of the most formidable in the country. Sunday is coming. We'll wait to see what the result is. They'll find they are playing some other team besides Taylor's too.
LOST - ONE WICKWARE - Has Not Been Seen Since Sunday - If Anybody Finds Him Notify the Defender. - Lost - One great pitcher, who lost to John Donaldson Sunday at the American Giants park. We do not think he has committed suicide, but would like to see him and ask him if he don't think he can redeem himself in Kansas City. "Rube" Foster told us that Wickware has a month's pay awaiting him, but can't find him.
ONCE OVER - Well, John Donaldson is a "hummer." Any old time you hand the American Giants a beating you are going some. The All Nations handed C.I. Taylor a bunch. Out of four games played, Indianapolis won only ONE. Taylor must have had the chills or some other alibi. Rube says Donaldson's record in the Defender last week of 240 strikeouts in twelve games is correct. A white dove flew over the diamond in the second game. One big fellow yelled "you should have come, dove of peace, when the unrulies were here." Whitworth was master of the situation. He was ready to go back and relieve Wickware, but Johnson was sent to the mound. Grant, Lloyed, Barber, Mendez, Hill and Petway came in for their share of honors. Barber's catch was nothing short of being marvelous.
By Mr. Fan (Written Specially for the World's Greatest Weekly) - Schorling's Park, Sunday Afternoon. - John Donaldson and the All Nations, fresh from their victorious invasion in Indianapolis, where they allowed C.I. Taylor and his team the honored pleasure of winning ONE game out of the series, hooked up Rube Foster's WORLD'S CHAMPIONS, and when darkness ended the battle each had won a game. John Donaldson, probably the greatest strike-out pitcher the world has ever known, given confidence in the third inning of the second game when Coleman cleared the sacks, which were loaded, gave the six thousand five hundred some of his wares in the strike-out line, setting eight of the WORLD'S CHAMPIONS down on strikes. This speed marvel drew a round of applause from Ed Walsh, once famous White Sox pitcher, in the ninth when he fanned Petway, Gans and Hayes, the latter batting for Tom Johnson.
Both games were featured by wonderful fielding on both sides, Mendez, Barber, Hill, Lloyd and Grant coming in for their share of the applause. Wilkie replaces Weidel for the visitors in the first game and Tom Johnson replaced Wickware in the second. Barber's error, coupled with Coleman's drive after the miscue, was too much of a lead for the Giants to overcome in the second. Whitworth pitched a masterful game in the first, keeping his his well scattered. Torrienti, who played center garden for the Cuban Stars, was in the visitors' line-up and loomed up strong as a swatter. Lloyd and Mendez fought it out for honors at short, there being little to choose from their fielding, but John proved better at the bat and on bases than the Cuban. In all it can be said truthfully and honestly, regardless of the fact that the home team lost, that these two games were the most sensational fielded and played games that have ever been played on these grounds this summer.
FIRST GAME - First Inning - Kennedy fanned. Evans was out, Lloyd to Grant. Mendez received a great ovation when he came to the plate and responded with a single. Torrienti also received an applause. Torrienti singled. Coleman sent a long fly to Hill. Lloyd Steals Home - Barber singled. Hill sacrificed, Weidel to Hernandez. Barber stole third. Duncan fanned. Lloyd hit to Bluekoi, who fumbled long enough for John to reach first and Barber scored. Lloyd stole second, going all the way to third on Coleman's high throw. Fracis strolled. Lloyd stole home and the crowd stood en masse and cheered. Grant hit to Bluekoi and was out to Hernandez. Second Inning - Hernandez fell a victim to Whitworth's offerings and fanned. Bluekoi strolled. Kramer fanned. Widel singled. Barber threw out Kennedy on a lightning play. Petway singled. Gans flied to Kennedy. Whitworth skied to Evans, who muffed the ball. Petway was out as second on the play, Evans to Bluekoi, Barber singled, Whitworth pulling up at second. Hill doubled, scoring Whitworth and Barber. Hill stole third. Duncan scored Hill with a single. Lloyd sent a slashing grounder at Mendez and was out to Hernandez, drawing applause from the crowd.
Third Inning - Evans doubled. Mendez sent a long fly to Hill, Evans taking third after the catch. The crowd again went into a cheering spasm when Whitworth fanned Torrienti. Coleman was hit on the arm. Lloyd went back and got Hernandez's fly. Wilkes now pitching for the All-Nations. Wilkes threw out Francis. Grant flied to Evans. Petway strolled. Petway stole second. Petway stole third, but was out trying to make home when the ball rolled away from Kramer, Kramer to Coleman. Fourth Inning - Bluekoi strolled. Lloyd was under Kramer's high fly. Wilkes sent a fly to Hill, which he dropped, but recovered in time to get Bluekoi at second, Lloyd taking the out. Kennedy walked. Evans hit to Lloyd and Grant dropped the throw, but recovered it and rolled over, touching the bag. Evans on third and Donaldson playing left for the All-Nations. Evans came in and threw out Gans on a lightning play. Mendez went into deep short and threw Whitworth out, the play drawing round after round of applause. Barber sent a long fly to right.
Fifth Inning - Barber threw out Mendez, Torrienti singled to left. Grant got Coleman's nasty grounder and retired him unassisted. Hernandez flied to Gans. Mendez again drew applause when he took Hill's rap near second base and pegged him out at first. Duncan beat out a bunt. Lloyd singled. Duncan was out, Wilkes to Bluekoi to Evans. The game was stopped when Evans' trousers were tore. Francis singled and Lloyd scored. Donaldson was under Grant's foul fly. Hill draws Applause. - Sixth Inning - Bluekoi hit a line drive. Hill took the ball as it was coming over his head on a run. Fell, rolled over, but still held the ball. The crowd again went into a frenzy. Whitworth threw out Donaldson. Wilkes went out by the same route. Petway's bunt went a little too far and Wilkes threw him out. Gans singled and stole second. Whitworth doubled, scoring Gans. Barber was safe when Wilkes threw bad to Hernandez. Hill hit to Hernandez, Whitworth scoring from third. All Hernandez had to do was to touch first, but he was anxious to hold Barber at second and he ran Hill up and down the first base line, Barber going to third and when the ball was exchanged Hill reached first safe. Duncan singld. Hill stole third, Duncan hiking for second while Evans tried to tag Hill. Lloyd rapped to Mendez and the Cuban threw to Coleman to get Hill, but the Giant player, seeing that he was trapped, kept running up and down till Duncan was on third and Lloyd had pulled up at second. Francis hit through Mendez, scoring Duncan and Lloyd, Bluekoi threw out Grant.
Barber Makes Sensational Catch. - Seventh Inning - Kennedy hit in front of the plate, but was out on a perfect peg to Grant from Petway. Barber made wonderful play of Evans' roller behind first and threw him out to Grant, the latter making one of his famous sensational catches, which caused the bleacherites to go wild. Hayes now catching for the Giants. Mendez singled and took second on a passed ball. Torrienti scored Mendez with a single to left. Coleman singled, putting Torrienti on third. Hernandez walked. Torrienti scored on a passed ball. Bluekoi took a swing at a wild pitch, which was a third strike and was safe at first. Donaldson went down on strikes. Hayes popped to Bluekoi. Bluekoi threw out Gans. Whitworth fanned. Eighth Inning - Lloyd got Wilkes's rap and tossed him out to Grant. Kennedy sent a long, high fly to Dunan. Evans singld to left. Mendez hit a line drive which looked good for two bases. The crowd rose. Barber leaped in the air, speared it with his gloved hand an everyone went into hysterics. Wilkes threw out Barber. Hill walked. Duncan hit to Evans and hill was forced at second, Evans to Bluekoi. Lloyd popped to Mendez.
Ninth Inning - Torrienti walked. Coleman fanned. Hernandz sacrificed, Whitworth to Grant, and Bluekoi ended the game by sending a fly behind first, which the ever-ready Mister Grant was under.
SECOND GAME - Fifteen minutes intervened between the two games. With Wickware warming up, it looked as though things would be pretty interesting. Donaldson cause a ripple when his name was announced with Coleman for the visitors' battery. It will be readily noticed that Petway allowed no one to pilfer during the two games, the same with Hayes. The only man to reach second was on a passed ball. Barber Fans - First Inning - Kennedy walked; Lloyd was under Evans' pop-up; Mendez walked; Tom Johnson was sent to warm up for the Giants. Torrienti slapped one in the center garden for a single, scoring Kennedy, but was out trying to get back to first, Hill to Grant; Coleman skied to Barber. Donaldson put a strike over on Barber the first ball pitched; Barber fouled the next. The next three were balls, but Barber fanned on a wide curve. The crowd applauded Donaldson. The first ball on Hill was a strike, but the crafty Giants player got four bad ones and strolled; Duncan was hit on the leg and took first; Donaldson put two strikes across on Lloyd. The next was a ball. Duncan stole second. Lloyd fouled off the next two, then rolled to Donaldson and was out to Hernanadez, Hill scoring. Donaldson found Francis hard to pitch to; he got to straight balls, then two strikes. The next ball Francis drove to Mendez in deep short and was thrown out. Second Inning - Hernandez sent a long fly to Gans; Bluekoi fanned; Donaldson was given a warm applause when he came to bat. First ball was a strike, he fouled the next, the next was a ball; he fouled the next; then looked over one and died when he rolled to Lloyd and was thrown out at first. Grant hit the first ball pitched for a single. Grant amazed the crowd by stealing second and a moment later pilfering third. Petway was set down on strikes. Gans hit down the first base line and was out, Donaldson to Hernandez, Grant scoring on the play. Evans threw out Barber.
Third Inning - Wilkes singled; Kennedy sacrificed, Wickware to Grant; Evans got two and nothing, then worked Wickware for the count of two and three and sent a bounder to Barber which the latter messed up and Evans was safe. Mendez sent a foul fly on which Duncan made a wonderful play. Torrienti was purposefully walked. Coleman came to the bat with the bases loaded. He slapped the first ball for a double, clearing the bases. Hernandez skied to Duncan. Hill got a ball, fouled the next one over the grand stand, looked over two wide ones, then fanned. Duncan took a strike, fouled the next one, then fanned. Lloyd doubled, Francis walked. Francis and Lloyd worked a double steal. Grant hit one in front of the plate and it bounced back and hit him. Goeckel waved him out. The Giants' chance faded right there. Petway Triples - Fourth Inning - Bluekoi fanned; Donaldson singled; Wilkes sent a drive which Hill got; Kennedy singled to left, but Wilkes was held on third. Lloyd was under Evans' fly. Petway tripled to right; Gans, with one and one, fouled to Evans; Wickware made two attempts to bunt and the third attempt rolled fould and he was called out. Bauchman batted for Barber. Bauchman took two healthy swings at Donaldson's curves, then worked him for a free ticket to first. Hill got two strikes, taking the second one as Bauchman stole second. Hill fanned, Coleman dropping the ball and Hill was out, Coleman to Hernandez.
Fifth Inning - Wickware threw out Mendez; Torrienti rolled to Wickware; Grant dropped the throw, which was bad. Johnson now pitching for the Giants. The first ball Tom pitched Coleman caught on the end of his bat for a single. Hernandez flied to Grant, he coming in near the pitcher's box. Bluekoi forced Torrienti at third, Francis unassisted. Duncan popped to Mendez; Lloyd grounded to Hernandez unassisted; Francis was hit on the arm; Grant flied to Bluekoi. Donaldson Triples - Donaldson slammed a triple between Hill and Duncan; Wilkes hit to Lloyd, who bluffed Donaldson back to third and threw the runner out at first. Kennedy tripled to right; Evans hit a sacrifice fly and Kennedy scored after the catch. Mendez rolled to Johnson and was out to Grant. The shades of night were falling fast. Goeckel informed both managers that the game would be called at the end of the inning. Donaldson was supreme in the FINAL inning. The mighty Petway went down on strikes; Gans struck at a wide one, the next was a ball, the next was called a strike and Gans fanned on a high wide curve. Hayes went to bat for Johnson. The first ball pitched was called a ball. Donaldson looked cool and reserved; every effort he possessed he used, and the next three offerings were strikes. The champions had bowed once to the PROWESS and the CUNNINGNESS of John Donaldson the great.
"American Giants and All-Nations split even in the double-header in American Giants park yesterday, the Giants winning the first 11 to 2, and losing the second in six innings, 6 to 1."
October 2, 1916
St. Louis, MO
"Sunday, October 2, the All-Nations won from the St. Louis Giants, 8 to 3, before a crowd of 1,000 persons at Federal League Park. Drake, who started for the Giants, lasted only three innings. Lyon pitched the rest of the game. Weidel was on the mound for the Allies."
October 3, 1916
St. Louis, MO
"Monday, October 3, the Giants had easy sailing and defeated the All-Nations by a score of 11 to 4. Both Lang and Wilkus were batted off the slab."
October 4, 1916
St. Louis, MO
"McAdoo's three-base drive, which was followed by singles of Rucker and Blackwell in the final stanza of yesterday's game, brought the Giants the bacon by a score of 5 to 4. Wade allowed the All Nations' bat six hits. About 1,000 persons saw the game."
October 5, 1916
St. Louis, MO
"The St. Louis Giants played great ball behind Gatewood and held the All-Nations to a 2 to 2 draw. Donaldson was on the mound for the Allies. Gatewood pitched a perfect game for the Giants and the winning run was scored on a wild pitch by Donaldson. Gatewood allowed only five hits."
October 6, 1916
"All Nations 6, American Giants 2. Batteries - Donaldson and Coleman; Wickware, Johnson and Petway."
October 14, 1916
Kansas City, MO
"AMERICAN GIANTS WIN 2 AND LOSE 1 - Tilt With the All Nations Is a Good Drawing Card - Kansas City, Missouri, October 20. - Rube Foster and his American Giants arived here Saturday morning and engaged that afternoon with the All Nations. The Giants came from the rear in the eighth and scored two runs, adding one more in the ninth. Maples worked for the home team, with Coleman receiving, while Tom Johnson and Petway were the Giants' battery. The white pitcher held the Chicago lads to four hits, while Tom allowed five."
October 15, 1916
Kansas City, MO
"Sunday was the big day. John Donaldson went on the mound, and the Kansas City fans backed him for all they were worth, owing to his victory over the Giants in Chicago. They thought they had a walkaway. The game was played on a muddy field, and, although the Giants were again held to four hits, they won 5 to 2. Whitworth started the game for the Giants, but was taken out in the ninth and Wickware sent to the mound.
The third game went to the home team in a ten-inning fray, the Giants losing, 8 to 7. Donaldson, playing in the left field, stole home in the sixth, which added to the excitement."
June-August 1916 John Donaldson Games
Stories are placed in order of the date they appeared.
June 21, 1916
Ipswitch, SD and Aberdeen, SD
"Ipswitch 6, All Nations 4? (Illegible) And Aberdeen 2, All Nations 2."
June 26, 1916
"Struck out by Donaldson 10, by Christianson 3."
June 27, 1916
"The Bowden ball team put up a good article of ball against the All Nations here on Tuesday afternoon and the several hundred fans in attendance were well satisfied with the exhibition. Wolfe was on the mound for the locals and aside from a sprained ankle which prevented him from fielding his position in his usual perfect way, was in good shape and held the heavy hitters of the opposing team at his mercy and sent a goodly number back to their bench after pawing away at three healthy ones while others were content to hit anywhere just to save striking out. William Matthews, who has been secured by Manager Eynon to catch for the remainder of the season, did pretty work behind the plate and secured the first safe hit of the game. Petro and Coleman were the All Nations battery. It is safe to say that but for Wolfe's bum ankle the game would in all probability have gone beyond nine innings with chances even for Bowdon winning the game. The score was 1 to 0 in favor of the All Nations, the score being made in the 8th inning."
June 29, 1916
"Thursday evening, winning 3 to 1. The battery for Carrington, was Beebe and Zwiner. This game was to be played at Fessenden, but the game was played here."
June 30, 1916
"Friday evening the Great Donaldson went in the box for the All Nations, and the crowd saw some mighty fine twirling. The big smoke was seemingly just as effective as ever, and did just about as he pleased with the batters. He pitched four innings and was replaced by another pitcher. No scores were made while Donaldson was in the box, but Keiser found him for a three-bagger. Knapton pitched for Carrington, and did exceptionally good work. Zwiner caught."
July 1, 1916
"Saturday the All Nations and Brinsmade played an evening game which resulted in a victory for the All Nations. Drake for the locals held the All Nations down to only three hits, but these hits were secured at opportune times which meant scores."
July 3, 1916
Devils Lake, ND
"The fast Brinsmade team defeated the All Nations here by a score of 4 to 1, beating Katina, the Cuban, in the first game he has lost in two years. It was the first game the All Nations have lost in their tour of the state.
Maloney for Brinsmade pitched a wonderful game. He allowed but three scattered hits, and struck out eleven of the first fifteen men to face him. The losers were unable to hit the ball out of the infield."
July 4, 1916
Devils Lake, ND
"Tuesday morning the same teams met again on the Devils Lake diamond, Brinsmade losing to the All Nations 7 to 3."
July 5, 1916
"Struck out by Karnahan 4, Donaldson 12."
July 7, 1916
"Before the largest crowd ever attending a ball game in Larimore, the All-Nations defeated the fast Larimore bunch, 3 to 0, in nine innings of exciting baseball. Turineau, the Jap, was on the mound for the All-Nations, and held the heavy-hitting Larimore team to four hits. Great interest was taken in the game all through this section of the country, farmers driving in for miles to see the event. It is estimated that fully 1,500 people saw the match, it proving a holiday event at Larimore."
July 9, 1916
Grand Forks, ND
"DONALDSON IS GOOD AS EVER - Colored Pitcher Has Local Aggregation at Mercy on Sunday - Donaldson, the colored pitcher of the All-Nations baseball team, was the drawing card Sunday, when that aggregation played the local club and won by a score of 5 to 0, but if any of the other of the visiting pitchers had worked, the big crowd that attended would have seen a much better game of baseball. The smoky complexioned boy, who is credited with being the greatest pitcher outside organized baseball, did not exert himself and was never in danger of being scored on. With men on bases Donaldson would let loose speed and curves that drove the local batters back to the bench, many times without even having the satisfaction of swinging at them.
Despite that, the game was an interesting one until the seventh inning. Until then Brenner, who was on the mound for the locals, had allowed but one score and that one came through errors. He had not been hit with anything like consistency and had received good local support in all but that one instance and he contributed to the count himself by wild pitches.
Gill and Bach played the best games for Grand Forks, both getting two hits out of four times up, and fielding in sensational form. In the eighth inning Brenner went behind the bat, when Braseth hurt his hand and Reilly took his place on the mound. He retired the third batter with one ball and was not scored on in the ninth inning. In the fifth Braseth let a third strike through him and Wilkes went to first. A hit by Blattner sent him to third and Brenner let him home on a wild pitch. In the seventh the All-Nations outfit began to find the ball, and after Lowe had dropped a throw and let Mendez arrive safe at first, Coleman drove out a three-bagger and he scored. Wilkes took first on a fielder's choice and Blattner poled out another drive for three sacks, and both Coleman and Wilkes scored.
In the eighth a single by Evans and a double by Hernandez counted and ended the scoring.
July 10, 1916
Park River, ND
"Donaldson, Left Field"
July 11, 1916
"The All-Nation club, which meets Warren here Sunday, played a double-header at Langdon yesterday and won both games, the first by a score of 5 to 3. The Langdon club got to Pitcher Wilkus the first inning for four hits and three runs; from then on Wilkus only allowed two hits and no runs, while the All Nation club batted in six runs.
The second game, 4 to 1, was a fast game. The Langdon club secured one run in the first inning, the All Nations failed to score until the sixth inning, when they tied the score. In the ninth inning Donaldson started off with a two-base hit, stole third and came home on an infield hit by Coleman. Blukoi, the Hawaiian, then hit safe, also Crow, the Indian, secured a single, and Wilkus, who was put in to pinch hit for Terino, secured a two-bagger, scoring Blukoi and Crow, making three runs in the ninth inning for the All Nations, which proved enough to win the game, as Mendez, the Cuban, pitched the last inning for the All Nations, striking out the first three batters to face him and ending one of the most interesting games played on the Langdon grounds this season."
July 12, 1916
"The All Nations had things pretty much their own way in the game with the locals Wednesday evening. The invincible Donaldson was in the box for the visitors and only four hits were collected off his delivery which netted no runs. Berg pitched for Grafton and although nine scores were tallied by the visitors at least six of these were chargeable to errors. The All Nations are one of the fastest teams playing baseball and the game was witnessed by a large crowd."
July 13, 1916
"The famous All Nation team appeared against the locals on the home grounds last Thursday evening and lost 7 to 2. The contest was witnessed by over 600 people, some of whom experessed disappointment because the great Donaldson was not on the firing line for the visitors. No pitcher can pitch every day. As the colored wonder had opposed Grafton the day previously he did not care to overwork himself by throwing the game here."
July 15, 1916
"ALL NATIONS TO PLAY WARREN - Fastest Traveling Base Ball Organization to Play Warren Saturday and Monday. - Manager Hanson of the Warren base ball team has booked the famous All Nation ball club to play a series of three games on the home diamond Saturday afternoon and evening and Monday afternoon. While the All Nation team is considered almost undefeatable, it is generally conceded that the Warren team will give them the hottest battle that they have fought on their tour through the northwest this season. It is expected that the lovers of the national game will come from miles around in order to attend one or two games of the series, as they will without a doubt be the best exhibition of base ball ever pulled off in this section of the state this year. The Warren club has maintained a high standard by winning about eighty per cent of the games played by them during the past two years, and the All Nations have a reputation of winning about 95 per cent of the games played last season and have maintained that standard this year also. In the All Nation line up are the star players from almost every nation in the world.
John Donaldson, the greatest colored twirler in the world will positively pitch one of the games of the series here. Donaldson pitched 85 games last season and won eighty of them. Mendez, a crack Cuban heaver will also twirl. Mendez has defeated the Detroit Tigers, "American League Champions," and struck out Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford, who are considered among the best hitters in the big league camps. If you want to see ball games of the big league caliber come to Warren on Saturday and Monday, when the local semi-professional team meets the fastest traveling ball team in the world."
All Nations 5; Warren 2. - In a rather loosely played game on the part of the local nine, the famous traveling organization known as the All Nations ball club added another victory to their scalp belt Saturday. The Warren club could not come up to their usual standard and made several costly errors that gave the visitors the game with a score of 5 to 2. Russell threw for Warren and was going good through out the entire game and had he been given the proper support, the result of the contest would have differed greatly. Wilaers did the heaving for the melting pot team with the same degree of efficiency as Russell but was given A Number 1 support. In the first inning Warren scored. Ripperton hit to the pitchers box and was downed at the first sack. Hennesey singled. Wingfield flied to right field. Cline made a clean drive to right and brought in Hennesey. Cline's hit was good for two bases; but in trying to stretch it to three was nabbed at the third stop. In the fourth the visitors tallied twice. Both runs were made through an error and a passed man. In the sixth they scored once more this time the run being an earned one. In the eighth they ran in another score. In the ninth they scored again as a result of an error made by one of Warren's fielders.
Warren scored again in the ninth. Wingfield singled and was brought in by a long drive made by Cline. The manager of the visiting nine said that the Warren club gave them the hottest battle that they had fought so far this season."
July 16, 1916
Grand Forks, ND
"Warren 1, All-Nations 4. Struck out, by Donaldson 17, by Halbert 8."
*Same Game, Different Newspaper
Grand Forks, ND
"Warren 1; All Nations 4. - Before one of the largest crowds ever gathered for a baseball game at the Dacotah Park at Grand Forks, Sunday afternoon, Warren again suffered defeat at the hands of the All Nations team. This time it was through the wonderful throwing of John Donaldson, the world's greatest negro pitcher. Donaldson was at his best and nabbed 18 men at the home plate. Lefty Halbert was on the mound for Warren and threw an excellent game. Grand Forks fans were greatly pleased by the manner in which he held his strong opponents down to seven hits, all of which were singles. Though Warren was defeated they gave their opponents a merry chase and time and again the Warren men were applauded for brilliant playing."
July 17, 1916
"Warren 5, All Nations 0. After suffering defeat two times in succession at the hands of the All Nations bunch, Warren came back in the third series Monday evening and shut out the famous wandering club by a score of 5 to 0. Each Warren man was in good condition and played good first class ball throughout the entire eight innings. The rain which fell during the afternoon prevented them from playing at that time and though the diamond was heavy the game was pulled off in the evening. Foster twirled for Warren and was in splendid shape, securing 13 strikeouts from the visitors. Wingfield was back in his old position behind the bat and caught an excellent game. Terino heaving and Coleman receiving, composed the battery for Schmelzer's gang.
Though Warren threatened the home bag several times no score was chalked up until the fifth frame, when Terion walked Wolfe, Moriarty sacrificed. Gorman hit and reached first on Hernandez's error, and stole second. Foster was hit by a pitched ball. Wingfield swatted the sphere for a clean single and brought in Wolfe and Gorman. Cline struck out. Walker hit a liner to short and was nabbed at first. In the seventh which was Warren's lucky inning Warren tallied three times. Moriarty was made a victim by Terino. Gorman flied to second. Foster singled and was followed by a blow of the same proportion by Wingfield. Cline stepped up to bat and met the sphere square, sending it way into deep center, which enabled him to take three bags. Walker hit and brought in Cline. Halbert flied to right field."
July 18, 1916
"We mentioned that 13-6 game last week, when Cando trimmed the All Nations at Lakota on Tuesday, the 18. Cando outdid themselves in batting, putting Kennen out of commision in two innings, and keeping hard at it with Wilkus; the All Nations did some pasting themselves. Cando batted around in the second, gathering in five runs. Both teams fielded about even, it was a wet diamond and hard to handle the ball."
July 19, 1916
"The All-Nations, with Donaldson in the box, put it over on Perth, on their diamond, Wednesday evening, winning 9-0. Kirwin pitched for Perth, and did good work up until the last few innings. We have seen Perth play better ball - they seemed to be off color Wednesday."
July 20, 1916
"The Knox ball team won three games out of four played this week at Leeds, winning from Willow City 1 to 0, Brinsmade 6 to 1, and losing to the All Nations 8 to 3. They came back strong Friday, winning from Brinsmade 6 to 1. The games were well attended."
July 21, 1916
"The All-Nations won from the Aneta club in an interesting game by a score of 4 to 0. The Aneta club played air tight ball. Fast fielding cut off hits of the All Nations, also cut off three runs at the plate in the second and third innings. The All-Nations secured one run in the fifth inning and three more in the ninth by a batting rally. The batting of Blukoi, Hernandez and the base running of Mendez in the ninth inning gave the Nations their three runs. Jap Terino of the All Nations allowed two hits and struck out seventeen men."
July 22, 1916
Devils Lake, ND
"The All-Nations won from Knox Saturday in a one-sided game by the score of 3 to 2."
July 23, 1916
Devils Lake, ND
"The All-Nations and the Cando club met Sunday at Devils Lake, the All Nations winning by a score of 3 to 2, in one of the fastest and most exciting games played in Devils Lake this summer. The Nations started the game with a score when Mendez, the Cuban, who was the first man up, hit the ball over the center field for a home run. Cando tied the score in the fourth inning and took the lead with another run in the seventh inning.
Evans, the first man up for the All-Nations in the ninth inning, secured a single and was advanced to second on a sacrifice by Coleman. Evans then advanced to third, when Blattner, the Hawaiian, got to first on an error. Blattner then stole second and Donaldson, the next batter, was passed to first on four wide ones, which filled the bases, with Chief Crow, the Indian, next up; the first ball pitched the Indian hit for two bases, which gave the All Nations the game, by a score of 2 to 3. Karnahan was hit hard by the All Nations, but the fast work of the Cando outfield kept the score down."
July 24, 1916
"The All Nations won again yesterday from Cando by a score of 1 to 0. In a pitchers battle between Wilkus and Carver. Both pitchers kept the hits well scattered and pulled out of several holes by clever pitching and good support by the infields. The All Nations secured their one run in the 4th inning when Coleman scored from third on a squeeze play by Blukoi. In the 7th inning Cando had the bases full with one but Wilkus retired the side by striking out the next two hitters. This closes the season of games for the season between these two clubs, the All Nations winning four of the six games played. The All Nations have played eighty-three games this season to date losing seven, tying two and winning seventy-four. Donaldson and Wilkus have lost but one game each this season."
July 27, 1916
"Up against the best ball team they have been all year, the local ball club showed its real class and held the All-Nations to a tie score, 2 to 2, yesterday, and with the same kind of work on the bases that they displayed in the field the Magicians would have defeated the best independent ball team in the country. An attempt was made to play the ninth inning, but after two were down for the visitors day got a ball on his thumb, putting him out. The game was called on account of darkness."
July 30, 1916
"Batteries: Williston - Ruyle and Immings. All Nations - Donaldson and Coleman."
" 'Opportunes' Hold All Nations Even - A Game and a Shutout Each - Famous Travelers Get One Run in 2 Games - Before what was undoubtedly the largest number of people ever drawn to Bruegger Park entirely by a base ball attraction, the 'Opportunes' and the much touted All Nations played two fast and thrilling games Sunday afternoon. The ranks of Williston fans were swelled by others from many surrounding vicinities until the crowd numbered between 1200 and 1500 people. And they were all well pleased by the showing of the local team, the only objection being that the games were not longer. An agreement for two seven-inning games was entered into by Manager Clarence Marshall in order to be safe against the possibility of encroaching on the time after six o'clock. As it turned out there was plenty of time for nine innings in the second game and that much more chance for Williston to win the game, but after the agreement was made and the visitors were ahead it would have been unsportsmanlike not to stick to our word. The All Nations are a team of individual stars who have also become a well organized machine. In Donaldson, the negro pitcher and Mendez the black Cuban pitcher and all-round player the All Natinos have two players who are excelled in playing ability by not a score of players in the big leagues and the pair would be in the leagues except for their color. The rest of the team are all exceptionally strong in all departments of the game. For fourteen innings the 'Opportunes' held the visitors to a single run while the local pitchers, Browning and Ruyle allowed them but five scattered hits, the run made resulting from an error. In the first game Williston scored six in the 4th and two in the 5th on a combination five hits, and two errors by the All Nations. There were errors on each side, the result of hard hitting, but there was also much fast fielding and numerous thrilling plays. Monday the local team went to Sidney and played two games with the All Nations. They were played on a very rough ground and were ragged exhibitions. The Williston players were in poor condition after the hard games of the day before and lost both contests, 9 to 2 and 8 to 5. In the first of the Williston games the Opportunes defeated the famous cosmopolitan aggregation 8 to 0, allowing them but one hit and never a possible chance to score. In the second game the visitors put the great Donaldson in the box to avoid a second defeat. He held the locals to a single hit, and allowed no runs. This was Williston's sixth game lost this season out of fourty-four played, and the only shut-out they have suffered."
July 31, 1916
"Monday the local team went to Sidney and played two games with the All Nations. They were played on a very rough ground and were ragged exhibitions. The Williston players were in poor condition after the hard games of the day before and lost both contests, 9 to 2 and 8 to 5."
August 1 and 2, 1916
"That the Halliday, ND baseball team, on which three or four former Decatur boys have played during the past season, won fifteen games out of the twenty-three played is the statement of Kendall B. Gardner, of Halliday, to a Decatur friend. 'We scored 134 runs to our opponents' 53,' writes Garner. 'Pat Flanagan, the former Decatur outfielder, played here Sunday against Bismarck. Bismarck won the first game 2 to 1, and we wond the second 4 to 3. I pitched both games. Flanagan made two hits. I pitched against the All Nations ball team at Glendive, Montana recently. John Donaldson, the great negro pitcher, was in the box and Jose Mendez, the Cuban, played shortstop. Pat Flanagan is planning to start a dentist's office in Halliday and he will be on the team next year.'"
"Traveling in their own private car, Jeanette, the All Nations will arrive at Glendive over the Northern Pacific from Sidney on August 1 and will battle the rejuvinated Glendive base ball club for two games on August 1 and 2, at 6p.m. The Glendive club will be strengthened with outside talent. Northup, the best pitcher in the Dakotas, who does the main hurling for Dickinson, has been secured to pitch one game against the All Nations, also Glendive will have two new outfielders for this series. With Leise and Northup twirling for Glendive, together with the club bolstered up the weak spots, they will give a good account of themselves against the warring All Nations."
"The All Nations are traveling at their fastest pace this season, as the only games they have lost this season were to the best clubs in the country. Cando, ND won one from them while the All Nations defeated them four times. Besides having Donaldson, the greatest pitcher of all time, they have the original Jose Mendez, the Cuban who defeated the Detroit Tigers in 1910."
"Mendez will play short in both games and it will be a treat to see him go. Also Donaldson will positively pitch one of these games."
"The All Nations won from the Glendive Club today by a score of 7 to 2. Gardner pitched for Glendive and Jap Terino for the All Nations. The All Nations just finished a four-game series with the Williston club and the All Nations won three out of the four games."
August 1, 1916
"The All Nations won from the Glendive club today by a score of 7 to 2. Gardner pitched for Glendive and Jap Terino for the All Nations."
August 2, 1916
"B.L. Leach umpired the baseball games at Glendive on Tuesday and Wednesday between Glendive and the All Nations, the latter winning both games by scores of 7 to 1 and 9 to 0. Donaldson pitched the last game for the All Nations."
August 6, 1916
"Struck out - by Donaldson 12, by Christy 2."
August 7, 1916
"Dickinson 7, All Nations 5."
August 8, 1916
"Manager Kirk and his crew of ball tossers returned last evening on No. 1 from Jamestown, playing their second exhibition match at that city last evening with the All Nation baseball team. The cavorters of all nationalities again trimmed the locals in the hard fought game by a 3 to 2 count. The All Nations took the lead from the start and held it by one run throughout the entire game. Again in the last frame the locals nearly tied the score when Peacock hit a hard one that looked like a certain safety, but one of the crack infielders of the opposing nine came to the front and knocked it down. Taylor did the heaving for the Bismarck crew and pitched a consistent game. Peacock was again behind the bat and as usual played in stellar form. Keenan twirled for the All Nations and Coleman acted at the receiving end of the battery.
Bismarck lost again to the All Nations in this city last night, 3 to 2 being the score. The first of the sixth looked bad for the All Nations, when the bases were full. Mendez replaced Kinen, and the next batsmen went out."
August 9, 1916
"All Nations 4, Aberdeen 1."
August 11, 1916
"Artesian 4, All Nations 5. On Friday the locals journeyed to DeSmet and met the All Nations."
August 12, 1916
"The All Nations won from the locals by a score of 2 to 1. Sharp fielding by both teams featured nine innings of snappy ball. Wilkus allowed only three hits and, although the visitors had men on bases in nearly every inning, fast fielding by Huron prevented a larger score."
August 15, 1916
"Donaldson, Center Field."
August 18, 1916
"Donaldson, Center Field."
August 19, 1916
"Donaldson, Center Field."
August 20, 1916
"Struck out - by Donaldson 7, by Reed 5."
August 21, 1916
"Artesian 6, All Nations 2. Artesian and the Nations mixed on the Mitchell diamond Monday, Caylor pitching the locals to another victory by a 6 to 4 score."
August 22, 1916
Sioux Falls, SD
"Tuesday Artesian played the All Nations at Sioux Falls and won again 8 to 1. The Artesian boys had their sticking clothes on and drove out a couple of the Nations' pitchers. Too many errors, and too many tall weeds in the outfield was the cause of the locals' large score. Rasmussen was working in fine shape for the locals."
August 23, 1916
"Yesterday Artesian went to Cherokee, IA, and played the All Nations in another game, taking them over 5 to 3. They play there again today, at Sioux Falls Friday and at Watertown Saturday and Sunday. After that date the crack Artesian ball team will disband, and we can state right here that it has afforded considerable amusement for a great many people and has been quite successful finacially."
August 24, 1916
"The game at Cherokee last Thursday resulted in a victory for the All Nations, score 8 to 9. Caylor was on the mound for the locals and was somewhat wild."
August 25, 1916
Sioux Falls, SD
"Friday the two teams returned to Sioux Falls and played another game, the All Nations taking this also by an 8 to 0 score. Donaldson handled the ball for the Nations, and allowed but three hits. Baker, of Sioux Falls, pitched for the locals but was unable to hold the conglomerate bunch of hitters."
August 26, 1916
"Saturday Artesian was beaten by the All Nations at Watertown, by a 3 to 1 score."
August 28, 1916
Walnut Grove, MN
"All Nations ball team defeated the Walnut team here Monday by a score of 6 to 4."
August 30, 1916
"John Donaldson, the greatest colored pitcher in the world, was seen in action against the White Sox Wednesday afternoon and although he won the game, it must be said that Elmore did get ten safe blows off his delivery. This was the second hard luck game to be lost in as many days, Elmore being defeated in the seventh inning, after dark had shut out the All Nations for six innings, and not allowing a single hit, and Elmore leading by a 1 to 0 score. Elmore scored the first run in the fourth when Smith singled, Jude sacrificed and Kurke doubled to right, Smith scoring on this hit. In the seventh Coleman was passed, and Blukoi, Donaldson, Wilkus, Crowe and Henbury hit safe, five runs being tallied. Elmore made a great attempt in the eighth to tie the score, but fell one short. Smith doubled, Jude walked and Kurke again doubled, Smith scoring. With two men out, Kinnen dropped Henbury's throw to first and Jude and Kurke scored."