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Little Rock Quapaws

The Little Rock Quapaws were a Negro baseball team based in Little Rock, AR from 1896-1900.

History

The Little Rock Quapaws, along with the Hot Springs Arlingtons, were the first significant Negro baseball team to emerge in Arkansas. The Quapaws first appeared in 1896 and competed with regional teams through 1900. The team's most frequent opponents were their in-state rivals, the Hot Springs Arlingtons, with whom the Quapaws periodically competed for the title of Colored Champions of the Arkansas.12 Home games were played at old Association Park in 1896 and at West End Park in subsequent years. Games were typically well attended by segregated crowds of both white and black fans.

In 1897, the Quapaws participated in the formation of a southern Negro league, which in addition to Little Rock was comprised of the Hot Springs Arlingtons, the Memphis Cliffords, Pensacola Acmes, Birmingham Unions, and Montgomery, AL.345 Although the league was largely a failure, the Quapaws continued to play the remainder of 1897 season. In early September, Quapaws' manager Dave Brown challenged their white counterparts, the Little Rock Senators of the Arkansas State League, to a series of games. The Senators management, needing money to pay the salaries it owed to its players, agreed to play an unprecedented series of interacial games.67 The series was held on September 6th, 7th and 8th without incident. The Quapaws played competitively with their white opponents throughout the series, but lost all three games.

Schedule/Results

DateLocationOpponentW-LRRANotes
6/9/1896Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL9148
7/2/1896Association Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW12119
7/3/1896Association Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL9510
7/4/1896Association Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW11911
7/13/1896Association Park, Little Rock, ARArkadelphia OuachitasW18312
8/13/1896Association Park, Little Rock, ARPine Bluff, ARW201613
8/21/1896Association Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL111314
8/24/1896Association Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis RedsW131215
8/25/1896Association Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis RedsL101115
8/26/1896Association Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis RedsW17116
9/7/1896Association Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL81210 innings17
9/8/1896Association Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW9718
9/9/1896Association Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL9201
4/12/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis CliffordsL71019
4/13/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis CliffordsW13620
4/14/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis CliffordsL0821
5/10/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW Forfeit.22
5/11/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW121123
5/20/1897Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL71124
5/21/1897Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW11825
5/25/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis CliffordsW181626
5/26/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis CliffordsL51527
5/31/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis CliffordsW111010 innings.28
6/?/1897Memphis, TNMemphis CliffordsL 29
6/?/1897Memphis, TNMemphis CliffordsW 29
6/9/1897Memphis, TNMemphis CliffordsL71429
6/14/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARGreenville, MS, RedsW15730
6/15/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARGreenville, MS, RedsW181631
8/4/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW121132
8/5/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL3433
8/6/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL4834
9/6/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock SenatorsL414Interracial Game.7
9/7/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock SenatorsL23Interracial Game.35
9/8/1897West End Park, Little Rock, ARLittle Rock SenatorsL34Interracial Game.36
10/6/1897Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL4637
10/7/1897Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL71038
10/8/1897Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW131139
10/9/1897Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL 2
7/?/1899West End Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL7940
7/?/1899West End Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW17440
7/?/1899West End Park, Little Rock, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW6540
7/24/1899Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL11441
7/25/1899Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL3442
7/26/1899Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW3243
8/14/1899Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW8712 innings.44, 45
8/15/1899Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL6846, 47
8/16/1899Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW16848
4/17/1900Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL111449
4/18/1900Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsW8650
4/19/1900Whittington Park, Hot Springs, ARHot Springs ArlingtonsL4651, 52
4/23/1900West End Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis CliffordsL1453
4/24/1900West End Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis CliffordsW8554
4/25/1900West End Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis CliffordsL101155
5/21/1900West End Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis CliffordsW27556
5/22/1900West End Park, Little Rock, ARMemphis CliffordsW171157


Players

NameBirthDeathNotes
S. Butler 7
Henderson Butler 12/20/1876 in Arkansas2/18/1913 in Little Rock, AR7
T. Crawford 7
W. Crawford 7
Dodd 31
Davis 57
Goodwin 23
Arthur Greer 40
James L. Houston 33, 58
Keaton 7
Matlock 36
McClure 7
Murphy 23
Zack PatilloAbt. 1878 in Arkansas3/5/1908 in Hot Springs, AR23
Prince 7
George Reed 7, 59
Rowell 31
Richardson 7
Stoball 35
Williams 32}


Stats

The following statistics are a compilation of the Quapaws' hitting in the three recorded games against the Little Rock Senators.


4. Birmingham Age-Herald, 4/25/1897
11. Arkansas Gazette, 7/5/1896
58. James L. Houston, listed in the 1897 Little Rock City Directory as "colored" and a "ball player."
59. George Reed, listed in the 1897 Little Rock City Directory as "colored" and a "ball player."