Baseball's First Colored World Series: The 1924 Meeting of the Hilldale Giants and Kansas City Monarchs

Baseball's First Colored World Series: The 1924 Meeting of the Hilldale Giants and Kansas City Monarchs

by Larry Lester
     
 

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In 1924, after the Hilldale Giants captured the league crown in the new Eastern Colored League and the Kansas City Monarchs won out in the four-year-old Negro National League, the two teams met in what was to be a best-of-nine series for the world championship. But a 13-inning tie in Game 4 and alternating wins throughout would force a tenth and deciding game, making…  See more details below

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In 1924, after the Hilldale Giants captured the league crown in the new Eastern Colored League and the Kansas City Monarchs won out in the four-year-old Negro National League, the two teams met in what was to be a best-of-nine series for the world championship. But a 13-inning tie in Game 4 and alternating wins throughout would force a tenth and deciding game, making it the longest World Series-black or white-on record in the modern era. It was arguably the most dramatic, as well, as each team reeled off three wins in a row, four games were decided by a single run, and five were won in the final inning.

This heavily illustrated volume provides a comprehensive account of the first championship series played between teams from two all-black professional leagues. Noted Negro League historian Larry Lester provides commentary, records, and full statistics for each club's regular season performance, long with biographical profiles of the players. Coverage also includes position-by-position comparisons of the Series combatants; a breakdown of the attendance, gate receipts, and team shares; game-by-game summaries; comments from the players; and complete statistics-including pitcher-batter matchups-for both teams.

Larry Lester is a founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, where he served as research director for several years. The co-chair of SABR's Negro Leagues Committee, he has written or edited five previous books and countless articles on the history of black baseball. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Sport History
a well-documented look at the 1924 series. Larry Lester has provided a fascinating and well-researched look into the first Negro League World Series, filling a gap that has existed until now in the literature
Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal
a wonderful resource
The SABR Bulletin
heavily illustrated with detailed play-by-plays, box scores and statistics
Sports Collectors Digest
significant

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786495573
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/08/2014
Pages:
261
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Larry Lester is a founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, where he served as research director for several years. The co-chair of SABR's Negro Leagues Committee and the annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference, he has written or edited six previous books and countless articles on the history of black baseball. Lester has been a contributing researcher on more than 150 books. He and his wife live in Raytown, Missouri.

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