Appendix 1: Black Ball Championships, 1866-1923

This article was written by No items found

This article was published in the Spring 2013 Baseball Research Journal


Here is the appendix for Todd Peterson’s “May The Best Man Win: The Black Ball Championships 1866–1923” from the Spring 2013 Baseball Research Journal.

 

Black Ball Champions and Championship Games, 1866-1923

KEY: E= East; W= West; S= South; SLCB= Southern League of Colored Baseballists; MSL= Middle States Base Ball League; EISL= Eastern Inter-State League; NYPSL= New York Semi-Professional Baseball League; ILIPBC= International League of Independent Professional Baseball Clubs; NACBC= National Association of Colored Baseball Clubs of the United States and Cuba; ILCBC= International League of Colored Baseball Clubs; NNL= Negro National League; ECL= Eastern Colored League.

  • Undisputed champions are depicted in bold type.
  • Teams that won league championships without a playoff are shown in Italics.

Note: 1866-74 entries are single-game contests unless otherwise noted.

1866

(E) Albany (NY) Bachelors defeat Philadelphia Pythian 70-15.
Albany (NY) Bachelors defeat Philadelphia Excelsior 44-28.

1867

(E) Philadelphia Pythian defeat Philadelphia Excelsior 35-16.
Philadelphia Pythian and Washington Mutual, Tie 1-1 (series).
Philadelphia Pythian and Washington Alert, Tie 1-1 (series).
Albany (NY) Bachelors defeat Brooklyn Unique 50-4.
Philadelphia Pythian defeat Albany (NY) Bachelors.
Philadelphia Excelsior defeat Albany (NY) Bachelors 57-23.
Philadelphia Excelsior defeat Brooklyn Unique 42-35.
Philadelphia Pythian defeat Boston Resolute 50-6.
Brooklyn Monitors defeat Philadelphia Excelsior.
Philadelphia Pythian defeat Monrovia of Harrisburg (PA) 59-27.
Brooklyn Monitors defeat Brooklyn Unique 49-17.

1868

(E) Philadelphia Pythian defeat Washington Mutual 49-33.
Philadelphia Pythian defeat Washington Alert 40-34.
Philadelphia Pythian defeat Brooklyn Monitors 27-9.

1869

(E) Utica (NY) Fearless defeat Heavy Hitters of Canajoharie (NY) 2-0 (series).
Lone Star Club of Harlem (NY) defeat Brooklyn Unique (single game).

1870

(E) Washington Mutual defeat Utica (NY) Fearless 18-10.
(W) Chicago Blue Stockings defeat Rockford (IL) Pink Stockings 2-1 (series).

1871

(E) Philadelphia Pythian defeat Washington Mutual 2-0 (series).
(W) Chicago Uniques defeat Chicago Blue Stockings 39-5.
Chicago Uniques (W) and Philadelphia Pythian (E), Tie 1-1 (series).

1873

(E) Brooklyn Ocean defeat Lone Star Club of Harlem (NY) 18-11 (single game).
Washington Mutual defeat Washington Alert 3-0 (series).

1874

(E) Brooklyn Ocean defeat Brooklyn Quicksteps 12-9 (single game).

 

Note: 1875-1923 entries are series of games unless otherwise noted:

1875

(W) Chicago Uniques and St. Louis Blue Stockings, Tie 2-2.

1876

(E) Harrisburg (PA) Olympics defeat Harrisburg (PA) Tyroleans 2-1.
Washington Keystones defeat the Douglass Club 10-9 (single game).
(W) St. Louis Blue Stockings defeat Chicago Uniques 2-0.

1877

(E) Brooklyn Quicksteps defeat Lone Star Club of Jamaica (NY) 15-12 (single game).
(S) Boston Club and Pickwick Club, Tie 1-1 in New Orleans, LA match play.

1878

(E) Uniques defeat Keystones; Manhattans; Mutuals; and Douglass Club in Washington D.C. match play.

1879

(E) Mutuals and Uniques, Tie 1-1 in Washington D.C. match play.
Mutuals and Douglass Club, Tie 1-1 in Washington D.C. match play.

1880

(E) Douglass Club defeats Manhattans; Keystones; Uniques; and Eagles in Washington D.C. Colored League.

1881

(S) A.J. Dumonts defeat Aetnas; Bostons; and Pickwicks in New Orleans Colored League.
(W) St. Louis Black Stockings defeat St. Louis Blue Stockings 14-10 (single game).

1882

(E) Philadelphia Orions defeat Washingtons of Long Branch, NJ 10-8 (single game).

1883

(E) Philadelphia Orions defeat Douglass Club of Washington 3-1.
West Ends of Long Branch, NJ defeat Crescents of Princeton, NJ (single game) 20-2.
(W) St. Louis Black Stockings defeat Louisville Mutuals 6-0.

1884

(E) Jersey City Orientals defeat Newarks; Brooklyn Alpines; and Brooklyn Remsens in match play.
(W) Chicago Gordons defeat Louisville Falls City.
St. Louis Eclipse defeat St. Louis Black Stockings 5-0.

1885

(E) Brooklyn Alpines defeat Brooklyn Remsens 2-0.
Argyle Hotel Athletics (Babylon, NY) defeat Philadelphia Orions 6-4 (single game).
(W) St. Louis Black Stockings defeat St. Louis Eclipse, 2-0.
(S) New Orleans Unions and W.L. Cohens, Tie 1-1-1.
St. Louis Eclipse (W) defeat New Orleans Unions (S).
St. Louis Eclipse (W) defeat W. L. Cohens (S).

1886

(E) Cuban Giants defeat New York Gorhams 25-4 (single game).
Cuban Giants defeat Brooklyn Alpines 24-0 (single game).
Hudson Club of Jersey City defeats Brooklyn Alpines 2-0.
Hudson Club of Jersey City defeats New York Gorhams 2-0.
(W) Louisville Falls City defeat Chicago Gordons 2-1.
(SLCB) Memphis Eclipse and New Orleans Unions, Tie 3-3-1.
Louisville Falls City (W) defeat Memphis Eclipse (SLCB).
(S) New Orleans Unions defeat W.L. Cohens 3-1-1.

1887

(E) Cuban Giants defeat New York Gorhams 5-1.
Cuban Giants defeat Pittsburgh Keystones 3-1.
(W) Chicago Unions defeat Chicago Uniques 2-0.
Cuban Giants (E) defeat Louisville Falls City (W) 2-0.

1888

(E) Cuban Giants defeat Pittsburgh Keystones; New York Gorhams; Norfolk Red Stockings in round-robin tournament.
New Orleans Pinchbacks (S) defeat Chicago Unions (W) 2-1.
New Orleans Pinchbacks (S) defeat St. Louis West Ends (W) 4-1-1.

1889

(MSL) Cuban Giants defeat New York Gorhams 3-2-1.
New Orleans Pinchbacks (S) defeat Chicago Unions (W); Chicago Resolutes (W) in round-robin tournament.
New Orleans Pinchbacks (S) defeat St. Louis Mohawks (W) 2-1.
St. Louis West Ends (W) defeat New Orleans Pinchbacks (S) 2-1-1.

1890

(EISL) York, Pennsylvania Colored Monarchs
(E) Cuban Giants defeat New York Gorhams 11-2 (single game).

1891

(NYPSL) New York Gorhams defeat Cuban Giants 8-6.
(W) Chicago Unions defeat Chicago Uniques 8-0 (single game).

1892

(E) Cuban Giants defeat All-Washingtons 3-0.
Cuban Giants defeat Lake Champlain Colored Champions 18-1 (single game).

1893

(W) Chicago Unions defeat Chicago Goodwins.

1894

Cuban Giants (E) defeat Chicago Unions (W) 2-0.

1895

(W) Page Fence Giants defeat Chicago Unions 3-0.

1896

(W) Page Fence Giants defeat Chicago Unions 2-0.
Cuban X-Giants (E) defeat Chicago Unions (W) 2-0.
Page Fence Giants (W) defeat Cuban X-Giants (E) 11-8.

1897

(E) Cuban X-Giants defeat Cuban Giants 2-1-1.
(W) Chicago Unions defeat Page Fence Giants 7-6 (single game).
Cuban X-Giants (E) defeat Louisville Brotherhood (W) 2-0.
Chicago Unions (W) and Cuban X-Giants (E), Tie 2-2.
Chicago Unions (W) defeat Memphis Cliffords (S) 3-0.
Chicago Unions (W) defeat Cuban Giants (E) 3-0.

1898

(E) Cuban X-Giants defeat Cuban Giants 3-0.
Cuban X-Giants (E) defeat Chicago Unions (W) 6-2-1.

1899

(W) Chicago Columbia Giants defeat Chicago Unions 3-0.
Cuban X-Giants (E) defeat Chicago Unions (W) 11-7.
Cuban X Giants (E) defeat Chicago Columbia Giants (W) 7-4.

1900

(W) Chicago Columbia Giants and Chicago Unions, Tie 1-1-1.
Chicago Columbia Giants (W) defeat Cuban Giants (E).
Chicago Unions (W) defeat Cuban X-Giants (E) 12-5.

1901

(W) Chicago Columbia Giants defeat Chicago Union Giants 2-0.

1902

(W) Chicago Columbia Giants and Chicago Union Giants, Tie 3-3.

1903

(E) Cuban X-Giants defeat Philadelphia Giants 5-2.
(W) Algona (IA) Brownies defeat Chicago Union Giants 11-4.

1904

(E) Philadelphia Giants defeat Cuban X-Giants 2-1.
Cuban X-Giants (E) defeat Chicago Union Giants (W).

1905

(E) Philadelphia Giants defeat Brooklyn Royal Giants 3-0.
(W) Chicago Union Giants and Leland Giants, Tie 1-1-2.

1906

(ILIPBC) Philadelphia Giants defeat Cuban X-Giants 3-1.
(W) Leland Giants defeat Chicago Union Giants 2-0.
Philadelphia Giants (E) defeat Leland Giants (W) 9-1 (single game).
Philadelphia Giants (E)
defeat Chicago Union Giants (W).

1907

(NACBC) Philadelphia Giants defeat Brooklyn Royal Giants; Cuban Giants; and Cuban Stars.
(S) San Antonio Black Bronchos defeat Birmingham Giants 4-1-1.

1908

(NACBC) Brooklyn Royal Giants defeat Philadelphia Giants; Cuban Giants; and Cuban Stars.
(S) San Antonio Black Bronchos defeat Birmingham Giants 4-3.
Leland Giants (W) and Philadelphia Giants (E), Tie 3-3.

1909

(ILCBC) Brooklyn Royal Giants defeat Philadelphia Giants.
Cuban Stars defeat Philadelphia Giants.
Brooklyn Royal Giants defeat Cuban Stars 3-1.
(W) St. Paul Gophers defeat Leland Giants 3-2.

1910

(ILCBC) Brooklyn Royal Giants defeat Philadelphia Giants.
Cuban Stars defeat Philadelphia Giants.
Brooklyn Royal Giants and Cuban Stars, Tie 2-2.
(W) Chicago Giants defeat St. Paul Gophers 4-1.

1911

(E) Cuban Stars defeat Brooklyn Royal Giants.
Lincoln (NY) Giants defeat Brooklyn Royal Giants.
Cuban Stars defeat Lincoln (NY) Giants 2-1.
(W) Chicago American Giants defeat Chicago Giants 11-4.
Lincoln Giants (E) defeat Chicago American Giants (W) 6-4 (single game).
Chicago American Giants (W) defeat Brooklyn Royal Giants (E) 8-7 (single game).
Chicago American Giants (W) defeat Cuban Stars (E) 5-4-1.

1912

(E) Lincoln (NY) Giants defeat Cuban Stars 4-3-1.
Lincoln (NY) Giants defeat Brooklyn Royal Giants.
(W) Chicago American Giants defeat St. Louis Giants 9-7.
St. Louis Giants (W) and Brooklyn Royal Giants (E), Tie 3-3.
Chicago American Giants (W) defeat Brooklyn Royal Giants (E) 6-0.
Lincoln (NY) Giants (E) defeat St. Louis Giants (W) 7-2.

1913

(E) Lincoln Giants defeat Brooklyn Royal Giants.
Brooklyn Royal Giants (E) and Chicago American Giants (W), Tie 2-2.
Lincoln (NY) Giants (E)
defeat Chicago American Giants (W) 8-5-1.

1914

(E) Lincoln (NY) Giants defeat Brooklyn Royal Giants 10-9.
Chicago American Giants (W) defeat Brooklyn Royal Giants (E) 7-0.

1915

(W) Indianapolis A.B.C.s defeat Chicago American Giants 6-3.
Chicago American Giants (W) and Lincoln (NY) Stars (E), Tie 5-5.
Indianapolis A.B.C.s (W) and Lincoln (NY) Stars (E), Tie 5-5-1.

1916

(E) Brooklyn Royal Giants defeat Lincoln (NY) Giants 9-8.
(W) Indianapolis A.B.C.s defeat Chicago American Giants 5-4-1.
Indianapolis A.B.C.’s (W) defeat Lincoln (NY) Stars (E) 4-1.
Chicago American Giants (W) defeat Lincoln (NY) Stars (E) 4-3.

1917

(E) Lincoln (NY) Giants defeat Brooklyn Royal Giants 8-5-1.
(W) Chicago American defeat Indianapolis A.B.Cs 19-4-2.

1918

(E) Brooklyn Royal Giants and Lincoln (NY) Giants, Tie 9-9.

1919

(E) Lincoln (NY) Giants defeat Brooklyn Royal Giants 9-3.
Atlantic City Bacharach Giants defeat Hilldale 7-5.
(W) Chicago American Giants defeat Detroit Stars 8-6.
Detroit Stars (W) and Atlantic City Bacharach Giants (E), Tie 1-1.
Detroit Stars (W) and Hilldale (E), Tie 3-3.
Chicago American Giants (W) and Hilldale (E), Tie 1-1.

1920

(E) Brooklyn Royal Giants defeat Lincoln (NY) Giants 3-2.
Atlantic City-New York Bacharach Giants defeat Lincoln (NY) Giants 3-1
Brooklyn Royal Giants defeat Hilldale 6-4-2.
Chicago American Giants (NNL) defeat Atlantic City-New York Bacharach Giants (E) 9-5-2.

1921

(E) Hilldale defeats Atlantic City-New York Bacharach Giants 10-9.
Chicago American Giants (NNL) defeat Atlantic City-New York Bacharach Giants (E) 7-5.
Hilldale (E)
defeats Chicago American Giants (NNL) 3-2-1.

1922

(E) New York Bacharach Giants defeat Hilldale 6-4.
Chicago American Giants (NNL) and New York Bacharach Giants (E), Tie 5-5.
Chicago American Giants (NNL) defeat Hilldale (E) 3-2.

1923

Hilldale (ECL)
Kansas City Monarchs (NNL)

 

To go back to Todd Peterson’s story, “May The Best Man Win: The Black Ball Championships 1866–1923,” click here.

© SABR. All Rights Reserved