Chicago Columbia Giants
|Chicago Columbia Giants
In 1899, a group known as the Columbia Club, organized the Columbia Giants under the direction of John W. Patterson. Many of the original players including Patterson came from the recently disbanded Page Fence Giants. Patterson also signed Chicago Unions pitcher Harry Buckner.
In 1899, managed by Al Garrett, they beat the Chicago Unions for the western championship, winning game one 4-2 and game two 6-0. Stars included (Grant) Home Run Johnson at shortstop, Charlie Grant at secondbase, and (George) Chappie Johnson at firstbase and catcher. They lost a cross-country title match with the Cuban X-Giants by a 7-4 score. Home Run Johnson homered in two of the three major matches.
At the beginning of the season, in May, the team included George Wilson, Sol White, Charlie Grant, Joseph "Cannon Ball" Miller, William Binga, Chappie Johnson, Peter Burns, Sherman Barton, Harry Buckner, and Billy Holland, with John W. Patterson managing. Patterson's office that year is listed as 3030 State Street in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1900 no championship was played and the Unions and Columbia Giants both claimed to be number one. Home Run Johnson went to the Union Giants but was replaced by future Hall-of-Famer Sol White. Pitcher Billy Holland also joined the team that year.
1887 Chicago Unions─────────────┐ ┌─1910 Chicago Giants──────1921 ├──1901 Chicago Union Giants/Leland Giants (I)──┤ 1899 Chicago Columbia Giants─┘ └─1910 Leland Giants (II)/Chicago American Giants─────1952
- This article includes information from the article of the same name in the Baseball Reference Bullpen, accessed November 30, 2006. It is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.
- Holway, John B. (2001). The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues: The Other Half of Baseball History. Fern Park, FL: Hastings House Publishers. ISBN 0-8038-2007-0.
- Riley, James A. (1994). "Columbia Giants". The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Carroll & Graf. p. 188. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6.