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From the Los Angeles Daily Times, August 7, 1901


Dr. H. Bert Ellis Elected President — Morley Retained as Team Manager. Players Must Cut Out Booze Hereafter — Some Changes Probable.

 The first annual meeting of the Los Angeles Baseball Association was held last night, the principal business being the election of officers for the coming year.

The selections were as follows:

All of the above, except Chase, were elected directors. “Chum” was chosen as the official mascot. . . .

The directors gave Manager Morley carte blanche in the managing of the Looloos, and told him with significant words to see that the local club wins the pennant. . . .

When the Looloos were out at practice yesterday, Morley gathered all the boys around his knees and gave them a heart-to-heart talk that will have an immediate upward influence on our percentage column.

He told the boys, in effect, that no changes were proposed just now in the

team, but there was no telling what might happen. If any of the players were released, it would be because they neglected to put up the kind of game they were capable of.

From now on the club would be run on a temperance basis, and any player that took a drink of intoxicating liquor would be fined $10. If he took another drink, he would be suspended.

There is no intention at present of releasing Brockhoff, but it is more that probable that White will not be signed, as he is not a natural ball player.

The Looloos will meet the Cripples tomorrow in the first of a series of four games. Hartwell will probably pitch for the locals.

The game would have been marred had the public taken “Kicking Pete” seriously, but so used to his needless protests are the fans that nothing but laughter greeted Pete’s efforts, and when he struck out, a roar went up from the stands that caused the Oakland catcher to get blue in the face. Lohman is not to blame because he was born on the kicking plan.

Rube Levy’s decisions were quite fair, though his eye was not quite as accurate as usual. In the main, his work was satisfactory.

Pitcher Hodson of the visitors is funnier than a circus. Evidently perceiving the presence of ladies in the stand, Hodson adopted the most statuesque poses. He gave a life-like imitation of “Ajax defying the Lightning.”

The heavenly pyrotechnics in his case materialized in the shape of E.H. Householder, who woke Hodson from his revery with a line drive to right field fence for two bags. . . .

Householder will not accept a base on balls. He struck out once as the direct result of becoming impatient. Eddie will sometimes pick out one a foot from the plate and smash it safe, but the practice is hardly a safe or commendable one. With the foul strike rule, this action takes too many chances.

Reitz often suffers from the foul strike rule, but it looks as if he was able to foul off a ball not to his liking, and it is against such expert stickers that the rule was passed. . . .

From the Los Angeles Evening Express, August 9, 1901


Morley’s New Acquisition Seems Good and Accepted His Chances Without Any Breaks

A record-breaking Thursday crowd saw “Kicking Pete” Lohman’s team shut out by the local players at Washington Park yesterday. The game throughout was a brilliant exhibition of baseball, many fast and snappy plays keeping the interest at fever heat.

Attention naturally centered on Charles Atherton, the new right fielder, and the former Eastern leaguer made a very creditable showing.

While he did not have very much to do in the field, what did come his way was

speedily handled, and Atherton’s record at bat in four times was a clean single and two very clever sacrifices, which will do for this league.

If he is able to maintain this pace, nothing better is needed.

From the Los Angeles Herald, August 10, 1901


Splendid Exhibition of Baseball

It was a sky rocket ten-inning game, every minute tense with excitement, that the Oaklands and the Redlegs put up yesterday afternoon — the kind of a game that draws crowds and sets the blood tingling and the rooters shouting and sends the fans home in a perfect ecstasy of content.

Thursday’s game was a revelation in ball playing, but that of yesterday was even a finer exhibition. . . .

Doctor Makiman twirled for Oakland, and he was touched up harder than is usual when the Redlegs face him. As the season advances, that elusive underhand delivery appears to be losing some its terrors.

The doctor became perturbed in the tenth inning with something like two thousand throats rooting against him and gave Reitz a base on balls.

This was followed by a misjudged fly from Kelly’s bat to right field, and it was all up. . . .


Looloos, Redlegs, Cripples. For a long time I thought that neither the Times, the Herald nor the Express referred to the Los Angeles Baseball Club as the "Angels." I wrote in this site that the Times used “Looloos” (an early spelling for “Lulus,”), the Express wrote merely “the local players” and the Herald called them “the Redlegs.” I was wrong, about the Herald at least: Ken Horn kindly sent me an e-clipping from the Herald, dated Aug. 31, 1901, which clearly states that the "Angels" had won the game the previous day.

In their fine history of the Angels, Bill Weiss and Marshall Wright say:

“In 1901, James F. Morley, who owned a poolroom in Los Angeles, was granted a franchise in the California League, replacing Stockton. . . . Los Angeles played its games at Washington Gardens, popularly known as Chutes Park, about ten blocks south of downtown. The ballpark was completed in the fall of 1900. Just beyond center field was a large amusement park, featuring a chute-the-chutes advertised as the highest and steepest in the world. The Angels, or, as the Los Angeles Times called them, the LooLoos, finished second in both 1901 and 1902. ”

"Ajax Defying the Lightning." This expression comes from Ajax the lesser, who was shipwrecked by the Goddess Athena for having raped King Priam's daughter Cassandra at the siege of Troy. During the 19th century the expression became to describe artist's models who posed with raised swords; it was certainly used by Oscar Wilde. Source.

London Clothing Co.

Already called HARRIS & FRANK (the name by which the clothing chain is still known), the London Clothing Co. was owned by Leopold Harris, Herman W. Frank and Melville C. Adler. [Los Angeles City Directory, 1901].

From the Los Angeles Herald, August 10, 1901

Clothing Opportunities. Midsummer prices prevail at present. Many opportunities for saving. Big values in men’s suits and trousers. Bargains in boys’ clothing. Examples follow:

“When prices touch bottom.” That’s the answer your confidential broker will sagely give if you ask him the right time to buy. Take this pointer about these. 250 Men’s business sack suits, fine assortment of patterns, actually worth $15.00; going today at the bedrock price of $10.00.

See them in the window. 15 choice styles of men’s nobby sack suits — check, stripe and plaid patterns — regular $17.50 to $25.00 values; from $3.00 to $5.00 chipped from every price. Men’s trousers — special values at $1.95, $2.45, $3.65 and $4.35 — and not a pair in the entire collection but have been much higher in prices. Don't miss this chance if in need of trousers.

Boys’ suits specially priced. There’s a difference in boys’ suits — some are London styles, others are not. The others are not of as good materials; are not as well put together and finished. 75 boys’ all-wool vestee suits, ages 4 to 8 years, selected materials and patterns, $5 values, cut to $3.65.

School suits, 3 specials. Double-breasted coats, knee pants, of splendidly good cheviots [a woolen fabric with a coarse ribbed weave, originally made from the wool of the Cheviot breed of sheep] and cassimeres [a plain or ribbed woolen cloth], ages 8 to 15 years. $3.00 values now $2.45. $3.50 values now $2.95. $5.00 values now $3.5. Extra good values in boys’ underwear at 35c and 50c.

45c for choice of 20 dozen boys’ white and colored waists — regular 75c and $1.00 values. $4.95 for your pick of 50 youths’ suits — long pants — ages 14 to 15 years — regular $7.50 values.

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Harris & Frank, Props.
117 to 125 North Spring.
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