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«==:=;-=-:- --.-.. ■■ - '.v.ff^.^.- ----- - -\ ■' ... ~~* '" '“ 1 " ' ■ ■ ' ' ■" ' """"" ' ""■"" . —-v Si. Louis Teams Organize: Form Nen Baseball League ILLINOIS TEAM] JOINS GROUP; PLAYBEGIN S May 8th Opening Date for Loop ST. LOUIS, Mo, April 28—Or ganization of the new baseball league to be known as the Mis souri-Illinois Baseball League was completed last Tuesday night at a meeting of baseball repre sentatives. The league will be made up of three St. Louis teams and one Illinois team. The St. Louis teams are the St. Louis Pirates, the St. Louis Blue Sox, and the St. Louis (Titanium) Giants. The East Side aggregation is the St. Louis Colts. To Open With Twin Bill Opening date of the loop has been set for Sunday, May 8, at Metropolitan Park, 5900 North Broadway. On the opening day a doubleheader will be played wi+h all four of the teams par ticipating. Each Sunday there after there will be a single game at Metropolitan Park and one at the Colts’ park, 14th street and Bond avenue, East St. Louis. According to President Drake, strict rules of clean, heads up baseball will be stressed and good umpiring will be demanded. The umpires will be switched around to each park. The local league will be affili ated with the Missouri. State Semi-pro and National Negro Semi-pro league. The winner will represent Greater St. Louis in the state championship series in Sep tember. ^ The teams in the league repre sent clubs that have been play ing for a number of years in un organized baseball. They boast some of the best players in this section and many who have played in big league ball. All of the teams have been strength ened - and are now working out diligently in preparation for the opening. The Giants played their first practice game last Sunday and defeated the St. Louis Cubs, 7-2. Manager Vincent used three pit chers. “T. L.” hurled the first two innings and allowed no hits. Smith hurled two frames, allow ing three hits and two runs, and Big Brackens breezed them over the last stanza retiring the first three to face him. Mgr. Vincent and Stepter have buried the hatchet and Step contributed a doubl|' and single and fielded sensationally to show he was glad to be back in the fold. Pirates at Tandy Park Tha^Pirates will play Jelly Stoned Roofers on Tandy Field Sunday in an exhibition game. Mgr. R. P. Boddie is tuning up his sluggers for the opening game. Sox Working Hard Manager Ben Williams ran his Blue Sox through a stiff practice at Metropolitan Park last Sun day. Tie plans to repeat the grind -again Sunday at 12:30 p. m. Williams reports the Sox looking better than ever with the addition of several promising players. Colts To Be Ready Manager Elator Wallace and Calhoun reported the Colts’ line up for the season in great style. The team promises to put the same stellar squad on the field that handed the Mounds Blues their first defeat last year. Philly Rifle Team Holds N. J. Guards to Tie PHILADELPHIA, April 28—In one erf the strangest matches wit nessed here, the Square Circle Rifle - team tied the representa tives of Company C, N. J. Guards at the former’s range last Sat urday.. The two teams tied the match by obtaining 486 out of a possi ble 500 each. The high scoring honors were shared by Sergt. G. Cole of Company C and G. Glov er of the Square Circle with 99 each. Sergt. C. Moore and J. Davis of the Circles tied for sec ond honors with 98 points each. Sergt. T. Rivers and W. Glover each shot 97. F. Burrell and M. Brown of the Circles shot 96, a long with Sergts. W. Woolford, G. Jones and J. Reed of the guards. Itv- - - -- Tftfc Chicago Bee has more net paid ^Chicago circulation than any ether Negro newspaper. Xavier Univ. Host to Annual Track, Field Meet NEW ORLEANS, La., April 28 —The Xavier Invitational and Louisiana Interscholastic Track and Field meet for high schools Will be held this year on Friday, May 6, at Xavier university sta dium, New Orleans, La., accord ing to Theodore A. Wright, di-' rector of the meet. The contests, which are held annually, will be held in conjunction with the Sixth Annual Xavier University Invi tational Sports Carnival featur ing track and field events and tennis play for colleges from all sections of the country. Coaches of schools intending to represent in the meet will parti cipate in the drawings to be held | m the Xavier Administration building at 9 a. m., Friday, May | 6. A trophy will be awarded to the team scoring the most points, also to the runner-up. A gold medal for first, silver for second, ■ and bronze for third place will be given. Medals will also be awarded .to winners of the relays. Events of the meet, to which there will be no entry fee, will include: 110 and 220-yard dashes, 440 and 880 yard and mile runs; 880-yard relay; sprint medley; broad and high jumps; shot put and pole vault. So. American Gold Lures N. L. Stars NEWARK, N. ., April 28—Base ball interests from Venezuela, South America, have been secret ly making-huge offers to star players on Negro National League teams here and elsewhere to lure them to that nation, it was offi , cially learned here this week. Players have been offered from $100 to higher amounts over their present monthly salaries to make the change.' Last year similar offers made from Santo Domingo resulted in Satchell Paige and a number of o^her stars jumping their con tracts. This year interests operating from South America have been trying to make another raid on the league. Give ’Em A Tincup, Dark Goggles I — I --—-- By jAy H. FERGUSON --- --—— - - SOMETIME ago “Fats” Jen kins told you through the col uns of this paper that the aver age pay for Negro league ball players is about $175 per month, for a period of something like four months, beginning in May and ending in September If the news was as startling to you as it was to me, no doubt, you will wonder why the moguls of the Negro big leagues don’t just give their hired hands a tin cup and a pair of dark goggles and tell them to sign up in the pan j handlers league where they may beg legitimately. I was not only astonished but j astounded to discover that the boys who are called upon to give j their best at all times in order to ' attract the fans through the turn stiles. were being paid an aver age salary of about $700 for the season which, to them, is a year’s work at that profession. Of course, I know that Negro organized ball cannot pay any thing like the high salaries paid by the white leagues of strong fi nancial backing and long business stand ng. But it certainly seems bread merely for the sake of race pride, if it is possible to get a full measure of rations elsewhere for the same effort. I know a league mogul who always goes into an unholy dud geon if his team does not win ev ery diamond contest. He shouts, 1 not want them to receive even a living wage. You can’t buy dia monds with a few pennies. And by the same token, -Negro league owners shouldn’t expect players to be satisfied with a crust of the employee. Why, then, should they demand that their hirelings be everything and do everything, when they do I mean compensation commensu rate with the work required of that our Negro baseball mag nates ought to do far better than the measly less than $40 a week stipend they dole out to their players. And it is my opinion ■hat they could do better. CAN’T BLAME ’EM Only last year several Negro National league stars jumped the'r contracts in order to accept more lucrative pay in San Do mingo. The owners dubbed these men, who only sought to earn de cent livings for themselves and their loved ones, “rebels.” But, in view of the starvation wages paid by the Negro magnates, you can’t blame a player for being willing to be dubbed anything but a child of God. How can any man live on a paltry $700 a year himself, much less to maintain a home and a family? Of what worth is the skill of a man when he can’t get a reasonable salary for that skill? I don’t think the owners of Negro ball clubs have any right to growl when a player “jumps” a con tract for a few more dollars, and therefore a bit more butter on his bread, so long as these owners refuse to take seriously the mat ter of adequate pay for their hired hands. THEIR WEAKNESS Negro baseball magnates are afflicted with the same weakness 1hat most all Negro businesses are victims of. They run ball clubs solely for the purpooe of person al profit, and the cheaper they can get men to work for them, the larger will their own bank roll grow. Many of them, it seems, like many Negro business men in other fields, give abso lutely no thought whatever to a “just” wage—and by “just” wage “I pay you boys, and I expect you to win these games. If you do not win them, I’ll get somebody else who will.” To which, if I were a member of his team, I would retort: “All right, boss, go ahead and get ’em. They’re wel come to your broiled crow menu any old day.” ALL STAR GAMES It is reported that players in the annual Negro all-star game usually receive about $50 each for their part cipation in that con test. That looks like a big salary for a few hours’ work, but it really isn’t. And here’s why: The best year EIGHTH REGIMENT ARMORY NEWS HEADQUARTERS CO. On Friday night, April 22, im mediately after roll call, the president of the enlisted men’s club, Sergeant Fi'ederick Gam ble, called a special meeting of the group so that a committee might be appointed for the au diting of books before the elec tion of new officers for the en suing yeai% which will be the fix-st meeting in May according to the announcement by Presi dent Gamble. The names of those elected will appear in this col umn. The non-coms’ school which will meet each Wednesday eve ning at the ai-mory from 7:00 to 8:00 p. m., as before federal in spection according to official an nouncement by Captain Wendell Derricks, company commander. Both privates and privates first class are welcome to attend this school of instruction which will enable each to better qualify himself. It is hoped that the time will come when no one will have to be punished for staying at home on drill nights. I believe, we should be as much concerned about attending drill as we are about going to our “daily job.” When we become more serious about our pledge of enlistment our company will not be in that “average class” but in the nine ty per cent class—something we may crow about” P. C. D., editor. COMPANY <C^°“ Company ‘C’ is very sorry to have been absent from the news for the last two weeks. Owing to the tremendous amount of work that had to be done for the federal inspection, we were forced to be absent for that pe riod. Now that we are back, we are very glad indeed. We take this opportunity here tc congratulate Private First Class Alton Gill on his promotion to sergeant and his assignment to the supply department. We think that there is no man in the company better fitted for the job than Gill. Congratulations,. Sergeant Gill! We sincerely wish * you the best of luck. | The competitive drill squads ; have made tremendous progress in the last few weeks. We take the liberty here to congratulate Corporal Claience E. Marshall on his leadership ability and his initiative in training the best drill squad to date. On the 20th of May, the play, “Journey’s End,” will have its premiere at the DuSable high school auditorium. The play, which was produced and direct ed by Lieutenant Wesley John son, has developed some of the finest talent to date. Lieutenant Johnson has work ed tirelessly in moulding the raw material into such a fine body of players. One of his fin est players to date is Gordon Nelson. We cannot give this young man too much praise. He is, without a doubt, one of the most sensational amateur finds to date. I, for one, will not miss the premiere of “Journey’s End.” The Chevrons of ‘C’ has an nounced a loan system strictly for the members of the company. The loan sharks of the other companies who have heretofore charged outrageous rates of in terest will be sorely disappoint ed this encampment to find the ranks of their suckers very much depleted. Corporal Clarence L. Echols, reporter. COMPANY ‘A* INSPECTION, SO WHAT? Bring on your federal inspec tion and see what do we care was the attitude of the personnel in Company ‘A’ as this yearly “big event” hovered just around the corner, April 19 to be exact. And the boys were secure in this feeling for, past performances show that whenev er Company ‘A’ had displayed that “cock-sure-feeling” on in spection eve they advertently passed this rigid examination, with a very high average. 8TACCATTO NOTES: Corporal Horace (Duck-water) Driver lowering his dignity,> temporarily, to aid in pressing the uniforms. . . . Sergeant Virgil Hummer finally showing up and easing anxiety as to his whereabouts. . . . Private James Taylor seems destined to be sec ond cook as Private Emanuel Jones goes back to line. Apparently Private First Class Ernest H. Harris has something on Corporal Dotries Mason that makes said corporal quake in his boots. . . . Private First Class Robert A. Carter bringing little brother up to drill. A po tential soldier. ... Private Walter Grose worried over the disposal of Military Show Tick ets. . . . Private Paul Wea thersby coming up with the lon gest last name in the company. . . . Private First Class Cleo Baker disposing of his pipe and bumming cigarettes. .... Sergeant Joe Henderson “overseeing” while Private First Class Robert Wheeler shines shoes. . . . Corporal Wilbur Wright dropping rank on Cor poral John Hill, and getting away with it.FAMOUS LAST WORDS: “I’m sick today, Top.” COMPANY ‘G’ Captain Johnson and Lieute nant Ellison participated in the Terrain exercise, near Hinsdale Sunday, April 24. Plat. Sergeant Poague and Riddle were in at tendance as observers. Both ser geants were enthusiastic about the problems. The Sunday afternoon school got down to brass tacks,. ironing out the little difficulties that we noticed during the inspection. The non-commissioned officers called a meeting concerning their coming cabaret party, June 25. However, you regimenteers will hear more of that later. Just save your pennies, boys. Corporal Jones fell out Sunday in a new front. Yessir, he wants it known all over the stroll that he is once more in the running, after an involuntary retirement. Hide your sweeties, boys, the buccaneer is in your midst. Sergeant Andrew Bohannon continues to reduce the chicken population. Folks, whenever a general fowl exodus from Chica go takes place, Sergeant Andy is on a rampage. Corporal Charleston Lee, clerk. The CHICAGO BEE has more paid Chicago circulation than any other Negro newspaper. Scribe Sees Poor Salaries for Players as Bane to Good Performance on Field of the all-star series, according to reports, netted a profit of some thing like $25 000. The attend ance at that game was said to have been around 30,000 specta tors. Now, if twenty-six players took part in this contest at $50 each, their aggregate salaries a mounted to only thirteen hundred dollars. And - even if the mag nates had to pay this amount out of the reported $25,000 profit, a neat sum of $23,700 would have been left for somebody—but not the men who did the work and made the show worthwhile. NOT SUCH A GAMBLE It will be argued for the mag nates side that, in the case of the all-star games, they take a great gamble in renting a park for which they are required to pay a reported $5,000 rental; pay transportation charges and other incidentals that must be paid re gardless of the financial returns on the venture, in staging this annual classic. It is all true about the expens es. But as for the gamble, that’s just a bit of hooey. If the head men weren’t certa’n 1hat they would be able to “clean up” on the venture, they never would have started it. They are quite aware that there are enough fans in the city in which the contest is staged to guarantee a return on their investment. They are by no means as dumb as they would have the public believe them to be. Then, too, when they permit the fans to have a voice in the choosing of the participants in this classic, they are assured of something above expenses by the interest noted among the base ball loving public. The truth is, they never take a gamble on this game, and no one knows iT bet ter than they. Yet, because of avarice and par simoniousness, they feel that the best they can do by the player is to give him $50 for his day’s work as a principal actor in the great drama of entertaining the thousands who have paid thou sands into the till to see this player, along with others, “do his stuff.” WE GET THE BLAME But the baseball moguls of our group find it an easy matter, so they think, to explain the low wage scale existing throughout the league. We, the fans, so they say, do not support the game in sufficient numbers to warrant a higher salary for the players. But that’s what THEY say, and is only a camouflage to hide the in born avarice of individuals who want most everything for them selves at someone else’s expense. It may be true that Negroes do not support Negro baseball as they could and should do. It is true that often Negro teams are called upon to play before well nigh empty grandstands. And it is also true that the expenses in volved in running ball clubs are no widow’s mite. Nevertheless, it is hardly believable that the margin of profit is so slim that professional baseball players can only be guaranteed a measly $175 per month for four month’s of actual league play. And while 1he league season runs only from May to Septem ber, most of the Negro league players are required to put in at least an extra month in training for which they receive no salary at all. Still, they must live and are expected to get into the pink of condition by May 14, the date of the opening of the league. WE’D QUIT You must not lose sight of the fact that Negroes take advantage of their own in the matter of em ployment as do business men of other groups—if not more so. The Negro employer realizes that his race is economically handicapped; that no matter how skilled an ndividual Negro may be, he can not sell 1his skill to the whites except in rare instances. That handicap places the Negro artisan, the Negro professional, the Negro baseball player in a posi+ion where he is forced to sell his labor and his skill for a mere song—and this song is usu ally without rhythm, especially if' he is dealing with a Negro em ployer. And the irony of it all, the Negro baseball magnate, just as does the Negro business man in other fields of endeavor, is al ways ready to pat himself on the back and, in the most grandilo- j quent manner, pra se himself for “offering opportunity to men to earn a living!” MUST LOOK UP Negro baseball moguls must get out of ■ the valleys. They must look up to the hills from whence cometh strength. And, like the traveller trudging along the road through the valleys, look longing ly at the hill and anticipate the i joy that will be his when he at ta ns the distant eminence. That means, of course, that Ne gro baseball magnates must be willing to make sacrifices—to take up the burden which they are 1 placing upon the players by re quiring them to work for a pau pers’ dole. Only when they take upon their own shoulders the heavy load of making Negro pro- | fessional baseball attractive, not only to the fans, but also to the j i men who make up the teams may j I they expect a permanent institu ! tion assured of prosperity and : continuity. There’s a great big difference : between a well satisfied workman and one who works simply be- ' cause he feels that it is a matter 1 of life and death with him. The under-paid employee, while he may do his best under the cir cumstances, cannot do his real best, because he forever feels that he is nothing more than a quasi slave. That may be the reason why we have so much squabbling in games by players of the Negro leagues. The players are as dry tinder, ready to ignite at the least spark of disgruntlement. A decision of the umpire, a bad play by a teammate, or a razz from an over-zealous and not too urbane fan—all these things are sparks that serve to ignite the tinder that has been sunbaked by the ever-present knowledge that the player is poorly paid. This is a condition or situation without rhyme or reason. The moguls can and must do better by their players. If they find they really can do no better, then they j should quit. At that the players! would be little worse off, even! though idle. And it is quite cer-i i tain that a field would open up to them offering a greater harvest as a reward for their labor. LET’S ALL PULL TOGETHER What I have written I have written. The surest way to build a strong house is to lay first, a firm foundation. Negro profes sional baseball is a structure in the building. We want a strong structure that will endure. To have this, we must begin to build it up from the foundation—and that foundation is the men who make up the various league teams. If we have well-paid, and therefore, satisfied players, we are sure to have games well worth the admission price we pay to see the contests. - Philly Stars Defeat Red Sox 10 to 4 Sunday MEMPHIS, Term., April 28— The powerful Philadelphia Stars baseball club defeated 1he Red Sox last Sunday at Martin’s Park by the score of 10 to 4. The Stars had one big inning, in fact one very big inning, when they scored all their runs. The teams got the same num ber of hits but the Stars were able to bunch their hits together with four walks by Wilson and Moss, who relieved him in the third inning when the Stars scor ed all their runs on 7 hits and four walks. In the big third inn’ng, Giles, first up, hit to right field. Par nell doubled to right center; Spearman walked; Dunn hit a home run over the left field fence scoring three runs ahead of him. Perkins went out on a fly to left field; Harris hit the first pitched ball over the left field fence for a home run. Moss went in to relieve Wilson. Crescy walked, Brown walked, Carter i ait through short; Giles walked; | Parnell went out on a fly to 3rd ; base; Spearman tripled to deep eft center, scoring three runs. Hilton Heads N. J. Tennis Assn. ORANGE, N. J., April 28—Dr. E. O. Hilton was elected presi dent of the New Jersey State renn's association at its monthly neeting. Other officers were Dr. Walter E. Longshore, vice president; Miss Inez R. Patterson, secretary; Miss Edith Kemp, financial secretary; Lawrence Dancy, treasurer. Named to Committee Dr. Hilton named Henry Wil liams, Logan McWiison and Dr. Allison Cobbs, member's of the Ecckburn trophy committee. Tournaments scheduled in the state include the class B week end of July 4; the Union Tennis Elub Open, for New Jersey play ers, July 16-23, and the New Jer sey closed, Labor Day week-end. Tried Out With Crackers in Ga. COLUMBUS, Ga., April 28— W. L. Moore, the Birmingham [professor, SIAC football and Am I erican league baseball official, purchased the Birmingham Black Barons during the winter and hir ed William Dismukes, old-time Indianapolis ABC’s great, as manager. Dismukes arrived in Birmingham last week, accord ing to reports, and immediately set forth to put a team together. Word reached Mooi'e that one cf his star 1937 flingei's, “Bo” Mitchell, is working out with the Atlanta Black Crackers in their camp in this city. The statement is true; Mitchell is in the Black Cracker camp. In a recent communication to Executive Secretary W. B. Bak er, the Birmingham owner closed with this statement: “Please di vest yourself of Pitcher ‘Bo’ Mit chell for he is Birmingham Back Baron property.” There is noth ing left to do but tell the bow legged curver bon voyage and let him be on his way. Promotional plans for the games with the World Champion Homestead Grays were completed and the games got under way on Sunday, April 24, and ran for three days. Sizeable crowds at tended each game, and the pro moters were well pleased with the results of their efforts. The Black Crackers plan many changes his season for the good of the team. New blood will be added which, it is hoped, will add greatly to the strength of the team. Local fans are becoming more and more interested in the game in this city, because of the promise of a better team. Gcr^r PRINTING r\uR business is to create printing that makes sales. Typography, choice of stock— '-very element that makes fo> more attractive mailing-piece? and handbills is produced her* with the care that spells suc cess Exact estimates of cost -•re offered on each job. re jrardless of size. We are GOOD Printer* Phone Yards 1G4Q Our representative will call Chicago Bee 3655 S. State Street