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Chicago Columbia Giants


Chicago Columbia Giants

Chicago Columbia Giants
Chicago, Illinois
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Independent (1899–1900)

The Columbia Giants were a professional, black baseball team based in Chicago at the turn of the 20th century, prior to the Negro leagues.


  • Founding 1
  • 1899 season 2
  • 1900 season 3
  • Merge 4
    • Franchise continuum 4.1
  • References 5


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.

1899 season

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) 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.

1900 season

At the beginning of the season, in May, the team included 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.[1] Patterson's office that year is listed as 3030 State Street in Chicago, Illinois.[1]

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.


In 1901, Frank Leland combined his Chicago Unions with the Giants and renamed the team the Chicago Union Giants, which was renamed to the Leland Giants in 1905.

Franchise continuum

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


  1. ^ a b "Colored Champions" Muskegon Daily Chronicle, Muskegon, MI, Tuesday, May 15, 1900, Page 7, Columns 3 and 4
  • 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.  
  • Riley, James A. (1994). "Columbia Giants". The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Carroll & Graf. p. 188.  
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