The Brooklyn Royal Giants came to Scranton to play the Miners on April 28, 2020. The Royal Giants were one of the best baseball teams in the country in 1908. The Giants came together in 1905 and were organized by John Connors owner of the Brooklyn Royal Cafe. Connors was also the business manager and vice president of the Royal Giants. The 1908 Royal Giants were led by Grant “Homerun” Johnson ( who belongs in the Hall of Fame) played SS and also managed the club. Johnson hit .312 . He was a pioneer of the Negro baseball leagues having formed the Paige Fence Giants with Bud Fowler. Other top hitters was 3B Bill Monroe who hit .337. Monroe was described as a natural comedian who speedily made friends. ” He is a fast fielder and a heavy batsman.”
Scranton was a very good team in 1908, the Miners were managed by Malachi Kittridge. The Miners were the top team in the New York State League in 1908. They were also the Champions of the NY State in 1906 and 1907. Archbald “Moonlight” Graham was a top hitter for the Miners during their championship run. He did not play against the Royal Giants. Hippo Vaughn was aslo on the roster of the 1908 Scranton Miners. He would go on to be a great pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He had already played for the New York Highlanders in 1908 before he played for Scranton.
Scranton’s starting pitcher, Arthur Welch, lost his speed and was hit hard. The Royal Giants scored 4 runs in the first 2 innings. He was replaced after 2 innings by Bills. (Welch would be cut by the Miners before ever registerd any “official” stats.) The Miners scored a run in the third and 3 in the 6th to tie the score but the Royal Giants scored one more time in the 6th to go ahead and stay ahead for the 5 to 4 victory.
The Royal Gianta were the top team in the National Association in 1908. The Giants compiled a 21-12-1 record/ ( Seamheads.com) They played their home games at Meyerrose Park in Queens, NY.