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#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.