#Spotlight - 1942 World Series - Kansas City Monarchs vs. Homestead Grays - Game 1
#Spotlight – The 1942 Series featured the Kansas City Monarchs and the Homestead Grays. Pictured here are Satchel Paige of the Monarchs and Buck Leonard of the Grays.
Kansas City Monarchs - 8
Homestead Grays - 0
September 8, 1942 @ Griffith Stadium in Washington DC in front of 22,129 fans
W: Jack Matchett (1-0)
L: Roy Welmaker (0-1)
From Buck O'Neil in his autobiography:
“For a fan of black baseball, a Monarchs-Grays World Series was a dream come true, although we were definitely the underdogs. The Grays, who had not only Josh Gibson but Buck Leonard, Sam Bankhead, and Vic Harris, had beaten us all four times we played them that season, although they were all close games. Satchel had lost three one-run games to them, so he was hopping mad. And our young guys, Jesse Williams, Bonnie Serrell, and Herb Souell, didn’t know enough to be scared.” Satchel and Jack Matchett kept the Grays in check, and the Monarchs broke through late in the game to pull off an 8-0 victory.
Satchel Paige and Roy Welmaker matched zeros for five innings, before Jack Matchett relieved Paige. Paige allowed consecutive singles to Sam Bankhead and Howard Easterling in the fourth inning, but the Grays batters were hitless otherwise.
The Monarchs scored in the sixth on errors by Bankhead and Josh Gibson, and then scored in each inning afterward, routing the Grays by an 8-0 score. Matchett was credited with the victory.
Scrip Lee, who umpired at third base this game, was the losing pitcher in the final game of the first Colored World Series in 1924.