#Spotlight - 1942 World Series - Kansas City Monarchs vs. Homestead Grays - Games 2 and 3
#Spotlight – The 1942 Series featured the Kansas City Monarchs and the Homestead Grays. Today we highlight games 2 & 3.
Kansas City Monarchs - 8
Homestead Grays - 4
September 10, 1942 @ Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, PA in front of 5,219 fans
W: Hilton Smith (1-0)
L: Roy Partlow (0-1)
SV: Satchel Paige (1)
Satchel Paige was scheduled to start, but it ended up being Hilton Smith who threw five innings of no hit baseball. The Monarchs took a 2-0 lead and turned the ball over to Paige. The boxscore would show that after recording two outs, Paige would give up a triple to Jerry Benjamin. After discussing the strategy with the manager, Paige would proceed to walk the next two batters so he could face Josh Gibson. Two of the games immortals faced off with Paige winning this round, by striking Gibson out on 3 pitches.
Multiple versions of this story would appear in books like Pitchin' Man and Satchel's own "Maybe I'll Pitch Forever".
Next inning the Monarchs would score 3 runs to go up 5-0. In the next half inning, the Grays would get on the board for the first time in the series scoring 4 runs to now trail 5-4. The Monarchs would score 3 in the 9th to take an 8-4 lead which is how the game would end. For his efforts, Satchel Paige would earn the save behind the victory from Hilton Smith.
Kansas City Monarchs - 9
Homestead Grays - 3
September 13, 1942 @ Yankee Stadium, New York, NY in front of 25,290 fans
W: Jack Matchett (2-0)
L: Ray Brown (0-1)
This game would feature Satchel Paige as the starter, but after surrendering a two run homer to Howard Easterling, Paige would leave the game. Jack Matchett who relieved in the first game and got the victory would come in to pitch again.
Ted Strong and Willard Brown would homer for the Monarchs who would go on to score nine runs, giving Matchett his second victory of the series.