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Bay City Tribune - Bay City, MI.

  • Transcribed (September 2005) - Goto: Jun. 19 | Jun. 23 | Jul. 28 | Aug. 3
    The Bay City Tribune - Wednesday, June 19, 1895.

    Personals Regarding the Famous Detroit A.C. Team.

    Saturday, as has already been announced the Bay City base ball club will begin with the famous Detroit athletic club now under the management of “Bob” Leadley manager of the old champion Detroits.

    The Deltas, as the D.A.C. team is known from their as a famous nine. In their palmy days they won the amateur championship of the United States and among the players now constituing the nine are several of the old reliables.

    Crowley who has play short in all the great games of the club is still fielding that position; steady “Buff” Ducharme is on the initial bag; and the strong batter Charlie Miller is on third where everything that goes that way belongs to him. Ben Guiney, the Pop Anson of amateur base ball, one of the organizers of the old Cass club in its day also champions, fills the second base to perfection and is as frisky as if he had not been playing ball ever since the game was invented. Joe Gallagher is still in the outfield.

    In addition to the old timers are several new men all said to be clever fellows. The Deltas are weakened in the box. Charlie Guthard is the main stay and while he is likely to be pounded pretty hard is apt to surprise the club as he has surprised several in times past. He is as like to hold the club down to a few scratch hits as he is to be pounded all over the lot.

    The Bay City team is practicing regularly under the management of Pitcher and Manager Clarkson and will be in fine fettle for the game.

  • Transcribed (September 2005) - Goto: Jun. 19 | Jun. 23 | Jul. 28 | Aug. 3
    The Bay City Tribune - Sunday, June 23, 1895.



    George Andrew Black and his band of wild Irishmen came up from Detroit yesterday in order to instruct John Clarkson’s Bay City’s how the national game is played.

    They came puffed up and vain over a few victories gained from Marine City, Ecorse, Podunk and other places where the only balls they seen are those passed over the bar in the saloons. Before the game began in the minds of the Detroit chaps it was odds of a million to one that Clarkson would be pounded for blocks outside of the lot and it was equally certain that the score would be 99 to 0 in favor of Yales.

    But it transpired otherwise.

    The Yales have a great name but that is the extent of their greatness. Their ability to play ball, as exemplified by yesterday’s attempt, is about fifty per cent worse than it would have been if nine wooden Indians had been stuck up in the field. Their fielding was something the color of La Chung’s silk skirt and their batting ability was about as successful as that of children trying to smash sun beams.

    But the score itself is about as good a criterion to judge from as anything.

    Bay City 26 runs, Yale 3 runs; Bay City, 17hits, Yale, 3 hits, Bay City, 5 errors, Yales, 11 errors.

    But to the game. The cream of Bay City’s society was present in the grandstand and outside were to be heard several hundred of the crankiest sort of bleachers, just such a crowd as will rattle the opponents and cheer the home team to victory every time. When pitcher Clarkson entered the box and frowned down upon Baseman Twomey there were fully fifteen hundred people present.

    There was no difficulty in retiring the Yales for the first inning. They had come to Bay City under the impression that John Clarkson by this time was at least ninety years old and that his speed was so bad a blind man could see the balls come with his eyes closed. The first ball over the plate astonished Mr. Twomey. He look at his fellows and his fellow looked at him and then nine Detroit hearts sunk as low as they could. It became a case of rattles which grew worse as the game progressed. The Yales struck at Clarkson’s balls like a last year’s chicken with its head off. For a while the balloon ascension pleased the spectators but after while they grew merciful and wished that the end would come. Detroit scored zero in the first. Then Craves stepped to the plate and basted the sphere a two-soaker to left scoring on Brown’s fly to right. Shepherd walked to first by virtue of Casey-at-bat sending four several from the plate and then Clarkson in response to an ovation slammed out a double sack to right, away in the weeds and later by Merrill’s out three runs were tallied.

    The second was blank. Craves opened the third by strolling to the initial bag and then by a combination of hits and yellow fielding and even worse pitching the round was made and Craves came to bat the second time. Five runs. The fourth was still worse. Brown opened with a double and before the third man was out fifteen men had stepped to the plate and nine men crossed it.

    This was too much and Girardin was substituted. It wasn’t much better and the runs continued to pour in.

    As for the poor Yales they were only able to hit Clarkson safely three times and two of those were scratches. Clarkson toyed with them and just when they would begin to imagine they would reach first, three snakey ones would cross the plate and the batters would retire, weary and disconsolate.

    For the Bay Citys Clarkson, of course, put up the star game both in fielding and batting. Craves batted well and covered his position almost faultlessly, Merrill on first did some clever work while Brown on the receivers end of the battery stood by Clarkson superbly.

    The following shows how Clarkson frightened the Detroit youths:

    Craves, 2b543251
    Brown, c621920
    Shepherd, 3b451100
    Clarkson, p654050
    Kelly, lf713001
    Merrill, 1b5221102
    Meeker, ss532301
    Kennedy, cf531000
    Tierney, rf510100

    Twomey, rf500100
    Carpenter, cf500200
    O'Toole, c300950
    Thill, 1b500612
    Hudson, 2b411222
    Broghlin, 3b301101
    McCaffrey, ss110232
    Girardin, lf, p400041
    Casey, p, lf401123

    Bay C.30595022*26

    Earned runs – Bay City, 1. Two base hits - Craves; Brown; Clarkson 2; Meeker; Kennedy. Three base hits – Clarkson. Pass balls – O’Toole. Wild pitches – Casey 4; Guardin 5. Bases on balls – Off Casey, 6: off Guardin, 5; off Clarkson, 5. Hit by pitched balls – Meeker. Struck out – by Clarkson, 10; by Casey, 2; by Guardin, 3. Double plays – Hudson to Thill; Clarkson to Craves to Merrill. First base on errors – Bay City, 8; Yales, 5. Time – 2:20. Umpire – Johnson.

  • Transcribed (September 2005) - Goto: Jun. 19 | Jun. 23 | Jul. 28 | Aug. 3
    The Bay City Tribune - Sunday, July 28, 1895.



    The base ball situation in Bay City is simply this: the public must give the game support necessary to pay expenses or the team will pass out of existence. The team was not formed as a money maker nor was it organized for the purpose of losing money. It is want to be self-sustaining and that is all.

    Said a level headed admirer of the game yesterday.

    “I admit that the club hasn’t been playing as good ball as it ought or as we would like to see but the club is not alone to blame for this.

    “The first game of the season was with the Yales of Detroit and the attendance was excellent. It will be remembered that this game was played on a Saturday and the grand stand was filled. Since then no Saturday games have been played. Mr. Clarkson having been persuaded by his misguided friends into the idea that Saturday is a bad day. This is utter nonsense. Everywhere Saturday has always been the best day in the week for athletic sports of what ever kind and it is dollars to doughnuts that this holds good in Bay City.

    “These week day games have been poorly attended and ever since the Yale game the receipts of that game have been used to make up the deficits of every game since. Now to secure out side players - professional men to strengthen the team it takes money. These men have to be paid a salary and with an attendance not equal to the common running expenses. Mr. Clarkson is not to blame for not securing some good profession men.

    “I believe that the business men of the city ought to cooperate with Mr. Clarkson; organize a club, elect officers and then canvas the town for five-dollar subscriptions with the understanding that the money left at the end of season shall be given back to the subscribers of the stock, that is pro rata.”

    In connection with this a public meeting is announced for the Fraser house next Tuesday night to take action upon the reorganization of the ball club. It was intended to have held the meeting last night but at the request of several business men who could not be present the meeting was adjourned until next Tuesday.

    Tuesday, afternoon Clarkson’s Bay Citys will receive the Flints at the fair ground diamond. There has always been a rivalry between the Flint and Bay City teams and Flint has publicly announced her intention of trodding the Bay City team under the sod. The local team will be strengthened for the game.

  • Transcribed (September 2005) - Goto: Jun. 19 | Jun. 23 | Jul. 28 | Aug. 3
    The Bay City Tribune - Saturday, August 3, 1895.

    IT WAS HORRIBLE. --------


    Clarkson Knocked Out of the Box and Nearly
    Everybody Played Rotten Ball.

    Clarkson’s Bay City base ball team went to Flint yesterday and played the semi professional team of that city, and the result was the same as ususal. Clarkson’s team was obliterated from the surface of the base ball map.

    John started in to pitch and until the fourth inning matters ran along smoothly but the fifth was simply a slaughter. It was started by a pair of glaring errors at third base winch shone brighter than the northern lights in autumn.

    The ball was hit to left field, to the infield, out of the lot and in fact in so many different places that the very atmosphere became simply mutilated, while the fielders vied with each other to see who could throw the ball farthest from the point where a man could be put out.

    Harry Gay in left field did better than a wooden Indian cigar sign while Garopee at third base kicked most everything that came his way into three base hits and home runs. When the last wild throw was made in the fifth Shepard was seen to run for the grandstand and when overhauled by Hawes and asked for an explanation said he wanted to get in the stand as he was afraid of being hit with the ball.

    In justice to Shepard it must be said that during the five innings he covered short he played the position in brilliant style, accepting all chances, some of them being hard ones.

    Clarkson retired from the box at the expiration of the burlesque given on the national game in the fifth and “Shep” finished the game.

    So many balls were hit among the clouds during the game that a rain storm was the result, which put an end to the contest in the eighth inning.

    Hicks, formerly of the state league, pitched for Flint and was knocked out of the box in the fourth inning. Garopee for Bay City made two three base hits. Score, Flints, 36; Bay City, 9.

  • Related References & Pages

    Related Pages:
    Bio. John G. Clarkson
    {Sports Pictorial}
    People Referenced
    Jun. 19, 1895:
    Anson, "Pop"
    Clarkson, John
    Ducharme, "Buff"
    Gallagher, Joe
    Guiney, Ben
    Guthard, Charlie
    Leadley, Bob
    Miller, Charlie
    Jun. 23, 1895:
    Clarkson, John
    Black, George A.
    (see scorecard for others.)
    Jul. 28, 1895:
    Clarkson, John
    Aug. 3, 1895:
    Clarkson, John
    Gay, Harry
    Subjects Referenced
    Jun. 19, 1895:
    Bay City base ball club
    Cass club
    Detroit athletic club
    Jun. 23, 1895:
    Bay Citys
    Marine City

    Snakey ones
    Yellow fielding
    Jul. 28, 1895:
    Bay City
    Bay Citys team
    Fair grounds diamond
    Flints team
    Fraser house
    Grand stand
    Yales of Detroit
    Aug. 3, 1895:
    Bay City
    Bay City base ball team
    State league
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.