Two of the greatest pitchers in the history of the Negro Leagues must be wondering ” what happened today?” as both were hammered in the opening game of the Midwest Negro League. Every starter in the Chicago American Giants lineup had a hit as they dominated from the very first inning. Smokey Joe Williams gave up seven runs over 4 1/3 innings and Leon Day did not fare any better giving up five runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Tank Carr walked in the first and scored as Turkey Stearnes and Chino Smith hit back to back doubles to make the score 2-0 Chicago. In the second inning, Louis Santop tripled home Dick Lundy who led off the innng with a single. Hilton Smith followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. The Giants chased Williams in the top of the fifth with back to back one out singles by Willard Brown and Wild Bill Wright. Leon Day was greeted with back to back singles by Lundy and Santop and the score climbed to 7-0. Day’s day was short lived as he was removed in the top of the seventh after surrendering four straight hits including a bases loaded clearing triple by the legendary Turkey Stearnes.
Hilton Smith hurled a complete game victory for Chicago, striking out seven while scattering 10 hits.
Home Run Johnson hit the first home run in the MWNL when he connected on a two out solo shot in the ninth inning.
3 hits – Carr, Stearnes, Santop (chi); Oscar Charleston (ind)
2 hits – Brown, Smith (chi); Rev Cannady (ind)
2B – Stearnes (2), Smith (chi); Charleston (ind)
3B – Santop, Stearnes (chi)
HR – Johnson (ind)