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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Richmond vs Sugar Land - Baseball in July 1919

I've been working on old copies of the Texas Industrial News lately.  (Thank you, Jane McMeans, for lending me your microfilm copies.)  The images are sometimes hard to read, but here's a short baseball article I wanted to post.

It's a report on a July 4th baseball game between African-American (colored) teams from Sugar Land and Richmond.  Apparently, they played in the open land on the north side of Mayfield Park.  Here's an aerial to show the spot.  

I'm assuming this was the location because the article mentions the school, which is the 2 white buildings appearing on the edge of the open field, where they must have played the game.

The article is very difficult to read, so I've transcribed it below.
Richmond vs. Sugar Land

They do say that when Galveston and Houston or Dallas and Fort Worth get together on the base ball diamond, the fur flies.  But, people, there is nothing but brotherly love between them, as compared with the colored sections of Richmond and Sugar Land when the clubs representing those two towns get tangled up.  The Fourth of July was one hot, sizzling day, in more ways than one, and the colored population did all they could to keep off dull times for the bold and enterprising visitors from the village on the Brazos.  Why, there was fried chicken, hot biscuit(s), and several other such inducements awaiting at the school, but there was nothing stirring until the little matter of a ball game was settled.  As a matter of fact, it has not been settled yet, as the perspiring athletes were forced to call it a day at sundown with the score evened up -- four and four.  Richmond declares they will handle the job in such a way next time that there will be no room for argument, while Wash Huitt, manager and arranger and general factotum for the Sugar Land outfit says they are entirely correct - "they will so do," says Wash, "but they won't go away from here with no ball game."

The score:

                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11    R  H E
Sugar Land    0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0  0   0    4 11 0
Richmond      1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1  0   0    4  8 0

Batteries - Sugar Land, W. Simmons and Sunny Davis; Richmond, R. Simmons, Buddy Wheeler and Barnes.
Umpire - Landry.