Jamestown Evening Journal
September 24, 1915
“Swat” Erickson May Join Gilmore Circuit
Erickson Was Drafted by St. Louis Americans But Tells His Friends He Will Not Report There –
“Swat” Was Leading Twirler of Rochester Club in Spite of Poor Start
Although getting away to a rather poor start on account of injuries this spring Erickson wound up the season as Rochester’s best bet in the twirling line, making a better record than did the Cuban, Palmero, who was recalled by McGraw to the Giants. Aside from pitching first class ball Erickson also did well with the stick during the last half of the season, closing with a .211 mark.
Erickson started his baseball career as a member of the Jamestown Athletic club of this city. For two or three seasons he pitched winning ball for that club in the local City league and was a member of that team when Hugh Lerow organized the Jamestown Independent team and “Swat” joined the team as a member of the twirling staff. He was not long with this team, however, he and Second Baseman Carling being picked up by a scout of the Texas league. It was from this circuit that he was picked up by McGraw, who later farmed him out to Rochester.
When Rochester played an exhibition game here several weeks ago Catcher Williams, who was later made manager of the Hustlers, said that in his estimation Erickson had more stuff than any other twirler in the circuit, his lone weakness being wildness. Similar statements have been made by others in the International and Erickson’s friends here are of the opinion that McGraw has made a mistake in not recalling the Jamestown lad. He would have made a first class Giant; standing well over six feet in his socks.