F. C. Bancroft, base ball manager, lived with his wife Anna M. at 3935 Spencer Avenue.
Frank C. (Francis Carter) Bancroft (b. May 9, 1846, Lancaster, MA; d. March 30, 1921, Cincinnati, Ohio)
1880 NL Worcester .482 5th place
1881 NL Detroit .488 4th place
1882 NL Detroit .506 6th place
1883 NL Cleveland .567 4th place
1884 NL Providence .750 1st place — also, won the 1st "World Series" that year
(this was before our modern World Series)
1885 NL Providence .482 4th place
1887 AA Philadelphia .473 5th place
1889 NL Indianpolis .368 7th place
1902 NL Cincinnati .562 4th place
Bancroft introduced baseball to Cuba in 1869 (1879?) when he took a touring team to the Caribbean. He won the
unofficial "first World Series" with the Providence Grays in 1884. He spent 30 years as business manager for the Cincinnati Reds.
He became the Reds interim manager July 11, 1902, when Bid McPhee resigned. Bancroft holds the record for the most teams managed
— 7; all were in the National League, except Philadelphia, which was in the American Association.
John H. Bierkortte, base ball player, resided at 1773 Lincoln Avenue. His name may have been spelled in some documents
as Bierkoette and Bierkotte. At this time (1909-10), he played for the Jacksonville Jays and Augusta Tourists, two minor league
teams in the South Atlantic League. Prior to playing for Jacksonville in 1907, he was on the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League's
Mattoon-Charleston and Vincennes Reds teams. It appears that he may have started his professional career in 1904 with Vincennes
and ended in 1910 with Augusta.
—Williams Norwood Directory - 1909-10.
— 1912 —
"BRACE OF REDLEG PLAYERS HERE;
WILL JOIN THE TEAM AT COLUMBUS
(Pitcher Harry) Gasper returned to this city owing to the illness of his wife, while (Catcher Tom) Clark
accompanied him. Both men will work out on Monday and Tuesday at the Norwood ball park. They will join the Red squad
when it passes through this city en route to Columbus for a two-game series."
Because the B.& O. tracks ran alongside the Norwood park, it is logical to assume that the Red's train
would pass along its rails on the way from Chattanooga to Columbus for the next two games. Clark and Gasper probably caught the
train at either the East Norwood station near Forest and Harris Avenues or the Norwood station at Station and Foraker Avenues
– both within easy walking distance. The C. L. & N. R.R. tracks were also close to the field and they could have caught that
train at either the East Norwood or Norwood Park stations, also.
"NEW FIELD TO
BE OPEN TO THE
The Reds' schedule had them practicing at Chattanooga on Monday and Tuesday (the same days that Gasper and
Clark would be at Norwood) and playing at Columbus Wednesday and Thursday, and at Cincinnati against Boston
on Friday, Saturday and Sunday."
The Friday game was Opening Day, April 5, 1912 — the first-ever game at
Redlands/Crosley Field. The Reds' officers mentioned in the article were: President Herrmann and Manager Hank O'Day.
—The Commercial Tribune, Sunday, March 31, 1912.
"PENCIL PUSHERS TO HOLD
FORTH ON BALL FIELD
Commercial Tribune and Associated
Press Teams Will Hook Up
Next Sunday Morning.
The Commercial Tribune baseball team will play the Associated Press next Sunday morning at the
Norwood ball park. Both teams are in the best shape and a good game is expected ..."
—The Commercial Tribune
, Sunday, March 31, 1912.
— 1914 —
"SHAMROCKS SIGN STARS
Ed Rohrer, manager of the Shamrocks and Norwoods, said Wednesday he had signed Chic Smith and
Reggy Short. Rohrer claims he signed Short for Middletown, but has not decided where either will play."
—The Cincinnati Post, Wednesday, January 28, 1914.
Note: An Edward M. Rohrer, solicitor, was listed in the 1913-14 Williams' Norwood Directory as living
at 2944 Elvin Avenue with wife Agnes C.
— 1916 —
Norwood baseball team will open its season Sunday against Lick Runs. Mayor Engelhardt, of Norwood,
Cliff Martin and others will make speeches."
—The Cincinnati Post, Thursday, April 13, 1916; 7:8
"NORWOOD PLAYS EX-FEDS
John Spinney's Minor Leaguers, including four former Federal Leaguers, Bartley, Badel, Chapman and Hannigan,
will go to Norwood Park Sunday to meet the Norwood team.
Frech or Franz, who downed Norwood last season, will be on the mound opposed to Hewitt."
—The Cincinnati Post, Saturday, April 22, 1916; 6:7
Note:Except for possibly Lore Verne Bader, who played for the Giants in 1912 and the Red Sox in 1917-18, and
Harry Chapman, who played for the Chicago Cubs in 1912, Cincinnati Reds in 1913, the Federal League's St. Louis Terriers in 1914-15
and St. Louis Browns in 1916, information on the other men as Federal League players has not be found.
"Dumont of the Norwood Nationals held the Carthage Lindens to one lone bingle. Dumont's
performance was the more noteworthy because he also fanned 13 and did not give a pass.
There were also several surprises: Norwood beat All Pros, 11 to 6, ..."
—The Cincinnati Post, Monday, April 24, 1916; 6:7
(from a column by Ben Dahlman)
The Norwood World Champion Base Ball Team ?
(This may be the Norwood team that won the National Baseball Federation's semipro world championship in 1916 and 1917)
— 1918 —
"Norwood To Lose
Title By Default
Unless Semies Stir
Cincinnati will not be represented in the National Baseball Federation semipro race this year unless semipros
The Queen City the past two years has been represented in the N. B. F. thru the Interstate League, made up last
year of 18 clubs.
But so far this year no semipro organization has sought recognition from the Amateur Commission, and unless the
semipros get together and organize, Cincinnati will be left out in the cold.
The Amateur Commission, as the parent baseball body here, has the say as far as the National Baseball Federation
is concerned. The commission, however, does not intend to run after the semipros.
Lack of activity on the part of the semipros means the Norwoods, two-time world semipro champions will be out of
the race. However, if they decide to organize and ask recognition of the Amateur Commission they must have at least four clubs lined
up in accordance with the constitution of the N. B. F.
The Amateur Commission Monday unanimously decided not to arrange for a Class AA amateurs, which would have lifted
the bars to semipro teams who desired to play as amateurs, but wanted to charge admission to games.
The commission agreed such rearrangement would not be fair to the little fellows and if adopted would cause
considerable dissatisfaction in amateur ranks."
—The Cincinnati Post, Tuesday, January 22, 1918; 2:1
"Seven Clubs Desire
To Play In National
Cincinnati semipros will not permit their franchises in the National Baseball Federation to go by default.
They want a place in the sun, and will meet in a few days to name a committee to call upon the Amateur Commission
(...unreadable...) semipro committee be named to lead them.
The committee probably will be headed by Rohrer, president of the Norwood Club.
The Norwood team twice won the world semipro championship, and Norwood wants that club to remain in the
N. B. F. and win a third championship.
The announcement in The Post Tuesday that the Amateur Commission, which represents the N. B. F. here, would
not make an effort to organize semipros, caused a stir among the semis.
The commission apparently has decided to ignore the semipros, but the latter are awaiting a call for the
distribution of surplus money from last year's Interstate Assocation. There remains a balance of $240, it is said.
The semipros want to know why the Commission's committee has not called them together to arrange for the
distribution of this coin. The Hamilton, Krebs, Tristates, Senates, Norwoods and Locklands have money coming from last year's race.
At least seven teams want to play under the (...unreadable...) this season.
They are the Hamilton Krebs, Tristates, Norwoods, Senates, Potters, Bellevues and L. B. Harrisons.
"If the Amateur Commission insists we call, we will, but it would seem no more than fair that the Commission's
Interstate League Committe call a meeting and distribute money left from last year's race," said a semipro manager."
—The Cincinnati Post, Wednesday, January 23, 1918; 3:8