#Spotlight - 1942 World Series - Kansas City Monarchs vs. Homestead Grays - Exhibitions & Final Game
#Spotlight – The 1942 Series featured the Kansas City Monarchs and the Homestead Grays. Today we highlight the Exhibitions and the Final Game.
Between game 3 and 4, the Monarchs and Grays would play two exhibition games, but by previous agreement the games would not count.
EXHIBITION GAME 1:
Kansas City Monarchs - 5
Homestead Grays - 0
September 13, 1942 @ Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
W: Gread McKinnis
L: Roy Partlow
The Monarchs and Grays scheduled a second game at the conclusion of game 3. The winning pitcher was Gread McKinnis, who had actually played all year for the Birmingham Black Barons, but was signed by the the Monarchs prior to the game to be able to pitch.
There was a one week delay in playing the next game, so the two teas would play exhibitions against other teams to stay sharp.
The Grays signed players from the Newark Eagles and Philadelphia Stars and played the Baltimore Elite Giants.
The Monarchs would would play and defeat the Cincinnati Clowns.
EXHIBITION GAME 2:
September 20, 1942, @ Ruppert Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Monarchs - 1
Homestead Grays - 4
W: Leon Day
L: Satchel Paige
Of all the games played during the 1942 series, this game was the most famous, receiving write ups from The Sporting News and the Christian Science Monitor, both of which rarely covered Negro Leagues Baseball or in the case of the Monitor rarely covered baseball at all.
The Grays would get their lone victory in the series winning 4-1. Future Hall of Fame pitcher Leon Day would strike out 12 batters having been signed along with Lenny Pearson and Ed Stone from the Newark Eagles, as well as Bus Clarkson from the Philadelphia Stars to battle in this game.
The Monarchs would protest the use of these players during the game and play the game under protest. Owner Cum Posey defended the action saying that he had lost players to injury and the military draft and was left with no choice. The Monarchs secretary and business manager William "Dizzy" Dismukes would state ""We didn't play the Homestead Grays. We lost to the National League All-Stars."
A committee of officers from both leagues upheld the Monarchs' protest, and the game was disallowed, leaving the Monarchs still ahead in the series, 3-0. The Grays would agree to not use the new players for the remainder of the series.
The game would feature some legends as umpires:
Billy Donaldson - one of the longest-tenured Negro League umpires who began his career in 1923.
Bullet Rogan - who played and managed the Monarchs, and was now an umpire.
Hurley McNair - played for the Monarchs in that first Colored World game.
EXHIBITION GAME 3:
September 27, 1942, @ Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
The game was canceled due to rain and was not rescheduled.
September 29, 1942, @ Shibe Park in Philadelphia,PA
Kansas City Monarchs - 9
Homestead Grays - 5
W: Satchel Paige (1-0)
L: Johnny Wright (0-1)
Once again Satchel Paige was scheduled to start the game, but was not there at game time, so Joe Matchett was again called upon to start in his place. When Paige showed up, he took over and pitched 5 1/3 of no hit baseball.
Buck O'Neil would write: “Satchel was scheduled to start, but at game time he was nowhere to be found. We were trailing 5-2 in the fourth when Satchel finally showed up. Seems he had gotten one of his many speeding tickets…on his way to Philly. Nothing could stop us, not cops, not judges, not the weather, not Josh Gibson…Satchel shut down the Grays the rest of the way, while we rallied for seven runs, thanks in part to an inside-the-park homer and a triple by yours truly, who had three hits in all. What a thrill!”
With the Kansas City game excluded, the Grays would officially be listed as the home team in each of the official four games, and including the two exhibition games the visiting team would be the winner.
The 1942 title would be the last for the Monarchs. The Grays would return to the World Series winning in 1943 and 1944.