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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

The Louisville Giants and Louisville Unions Win

From the Louisville Courier-Journal, April 27, 1908

Louisville Giants 8, Indianapolis White Sox 3

The Louisville Giants, colored,[1] one of the strangest semi-professional teams in the South, found the Indianapolis Hoosiers easy picking at the local’s grounds yesterday afternoon before one of the largest crows of rooters seen here this season. Sanford, the Giants’ new pitcher, had the Indiana players at his mercy at all stages, while the Giants found Dugan’s benders to their liking, and hammered his delivery all over the park. The feature plays were furnished by Watson, Briscoe, Sanford and Dennis, while the hitting of Griffin was good. The Giants will meet the Rescius club next Sunday at Spring Bank park.

The score:

Innings…………. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E

Indianapolis….… 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 3 5 3

Lou. Giants…….. 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 2 x – 8 10 1

Batteries – Louisville Giants, Sanford and Thompson; Indianapolis, Dugan and Griffin. Umpire – Nutter. Attendance, 2,500.

Louisville Unions Win.

The Louisville Unions, colored, and the Humboldts, white, two crack baseball teams, crossed bats yesterday at the old League baseball park, Twenty-eighth street and Broadway. The visiting team was from Humboldt, Tenn., and is a member of the West Tennessee and Arkansas League. The Unions outbatted the Humboldts and had the best infield. The Unions won by a score of 16 to 2. The Unions have won three straight games this season and are ready to meet the Louisville Giants. They will play the Rock City Unions, colored, of Nashville, Tenn., three games, beginning next Saturday and finishing Monday. The Unions are working hard under the management of “Bally” Flemings to form a colored league in the States of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana. The score:

Innings…….......…………. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T

Humboldts……......……… 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2

Louisville Unions……….. 2 0 0 4 0 6 1 3 – 16


[1] One must expect, in doing research on the great Negro League baseball teams, to encounter language in old newspapers and other references that in 2020 we rightly find offensive. I remember reading several years ago a quote from a daughter of one of the black baseball superstars who said that towards the end of their lives, the players from pre-integration African-American baseball merely wanted to be remembered. If we are to continue to recover the marvelous history of early baseball in general and the great African-American players in particular, we can and should condemn the prejudices of the sources but also focus on the factual reporting.

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