Interracial Baseball in Philadelphia: Negro Clubs vs. Philly Major Leaguers

In addition to two Major League teams in the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Athletics, the Quaker City was also home to some outstanding Negro baseball clubs. On occasion, the Negro clubs would square off against the professional white clubs. The summaries below outline these contests.

1869
September 3, 1869: Olympic 44, Pythians 23 (Jefferson Street Grounds)
This contest marked the first interracial game in Philadelphia baseball history.

September 16, 1869: Pythians 27, City Item 17 (Athletic Grounds)
This was the second interracial game in Philadelphia. The City Item was a newspaper at the time and was owned and founded by Col. Thomas Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was a supporter of equality and used his newspaper to promote baseball throughout the city. The white City Item team scored five runs in the first, but the Pythians responded by scoring runs in each of the final seven innings of the contest. 

1882
July 19, 1882: Philadelphia 17, Orion 1 (Recreation Park)
The Phillies were not yet part of the National League when this contest was played, but instead were aligned with the League Alliance. This contest appears to be the first in Orion history. 

1901
September 30, 1901: Athletics 4, Cuban X Giants 4 (Columbia Park)
Deadlocked after 11 frames, the contest was called due to darkness. Davey Dunkle tossed a complete game for the Athletics, surrendering four runs (two earned) on eight hits. Bill Hallman (a Philly native who played for the Milwaukee Brewers during the regular season) homered and was one of four hitters in the lineup to record two hits. The Giants carried a two-run lead into the sixth before Mack's Elephants plated a run in the sixth and seventh to even things. John Nelson surrendered 12 hits for the Giants while Ray Wilson picked up three hits to pace the offense. 

1902
October 2, 1902: Athletics 8, Philadelphia Giants 3 (Columbia Park)
Poor defense hurt the Giants as seven of the Athletics eight runs on the day were unearned. Socks Seyold and Doc Powers collected two hits each in the win. 

October 6, 1902: Athletics 13, Philadelphia Giants 9 (Columbia Park)
The two clubs combined for 34 hits on the afternoon. Buck Freeman led the Athletics with four hits while scoring three runs. Highball Wilson struck out three and was credited with the win. The Giants scored six runs over the final two frames, but it wasn't enough. Charlie Grant, William Farrell, and Sol White collected three hits each in the loss. 

1906
April 14, 1906: Athletics 13, Philadelphia Giants 13 (10 Inn.) (Atlantic City, NJ)
The Athletics "B" team (AKA the Yanigans) blew a five-run lead in the ninth and then allowed the Giants to score again the 10th inning before the game was halted. The two teams combined for 38 hits on the day with Harry Armbruster leading the way with six. Jim Brynes homered for the Phillies while Pete Hill and Danny McClellan collected three hits each for the Giants. 

1913
October 5, 1913: Lincoln Giants 9, Phillies 2 (Olympic Field, Harlem, NYC.)
A day after being swept by the New York Giants to end the regular season, the Phillies remained in New York City to face the Black Champion Lincoln Giants. Smokey Joe Williams bested Grover Alexander, securing the win while surrendering two runs on eight hits while throwing a complete game. He whiffed nine. Spotswood Poles collected three hits in the win for the Giants. Alexander surrendered 12 hits in the contest and collected six strikeouts.

1914
October 11, 1914: Lincoln Giants 10, Phillies 4 (Olympic Field, Harlem, NYC.)
The Giants erupted for eight runs in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach. Dick Wallace and Joe Williams led the Lincoln offense with three hits each. Williams also excelled on the mound, whiffing six on the afternoon while also limiting the Phillies to six hits. Rube Marshall took the loss for the Phils. 

1915
October 17, 1915: Lincoln Giants 1, Phillies 0 (Olympic Field, Harlem, NYC.)
Joe Williams notched 10 strikeouts and surrendered just five hits on the afternoon. Frank Forbes scored the winning run in the eighth on a Jesse Bragg single to center. George Chalmers took the loss for the Phillies, surrendering the one run on seven hits. He struck out six.  

October 24, 1915: Phillies 4, Lincoln Giants 2 (Olympic Field, Harlem, NYC.)
Joe Judge (spent 1915 with Washington as a rookie) and Milt Stock collected two hits each in the win for the Phillies. Philly scored four runs on Joe Williams in the opening frame and that proved to be all the Phils needed. Joe Bush (spent 1915 with the Athletics) secured the win, surrendering two runs on six hits. 

1926
October 1, 1926: Hilldale 3, Earl Mack Stars 2 (Harlan Field, Wilmington, Del.)
Phil Cockrell outdueled Fred Heimach in the win. John Beckwith hit a two-run homer in the eighth to give Darby the lead and ultimately the win. 

October 2, 1926: Hilldale 6, Earl Mack Stars 1 (Hilldale Park)
The Daisies collected 10 hits off Lefty Grove to coast to a convincing win. Oscar Charleston homered in the win. Nip Winters tossed a complete game and surrendered just seven hits on the afternoon. Otto Briggs finished with three hits to pace Darby. 

October 6, 1926: Earl Mack Stars 1, Hilldale 0 (Bloomsburg Fair Grounds, Pa.)
Fred Heimach tossed a completed game shutout for the Stars. Ernie Padgett led the Stars with two hits and scored the lone run in the sixth inning on a George Burns sacrifice-fly. This contest, according to the Chicago Defender, marked the first time a Negro team played the Bloomsburg Fair.  

October 7, 1926: Hilldale 3, Earl Mack Stars 0 (Bloomsburg Fair Grounds, Pa.)
Phil Cockrell tossed a shutout and surrendered just six hits in the win. Tank Carr finished with two hits for Hilldale in the win. Lefty Grove gave up seven hits in the loss. 

October 8, 1926: Hilldale 4, Earl Mack Stars 1 (Bloomsburg Fair Grounds, Pa.)
A three-run third innings proved to be the difference for Hilldale. Red Ryan collected the win while Jack Quinn was saddled with the loss. Otto Briggs and Oscar Charleston finished with two hits each. 

October 9, 1926: Hilldale 4, Earl Mack Stars 3 (Hilldale Park)
Hilldale jumped on Rube Walberg for three runs in the opening frame to set the tone. Otto Briggs and Oscar Charleston each collected an RBI in the win.