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Kansas City Monarchs
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1934 Monarchs
1934 Monarchs
Pictured are members of the 1934 Kansas City Monarchs team. They are, from left to right, Newt Allen, T.J. Young, Turkey Stearnes, Eddie Dwight, Dink Mothell, and Wilber "Bullet" Rogan.
Ticket
Ticket
1925 Colored World Series complimentary ticket. Issued to Lincoln Giants player Arthur Chambers for a game played between the Hilldale Daisies and Kansas City Monarchs on October 8, 1925 at baker Bowl in Philadelphia
Satchel Paige Poster
Satchel Paige Poster
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
In 1945, UCLA football star and Army lieutenant Jackie Robinson hit .387 as the Monarchs' shortstop. He became the first Monarch to make the jump to white baseball, signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946.
MONARCHS OF 1908
MONARCHS OF 1908
Pictured, from left to right, are: William Houston, Bert Wakefield, Tully McAdoo, West Wilkins, Bill Lindsay, Tom McCampbell, Arthur "Chick" Pullam, Frank Evans, Tom Stearman, Ernest McCampbell, Fred Lee, and Robert "Frog" Lindsay. Lindsay was the ace of the pitching staff, while first baseman McAdoo provided the offensive power.
THREE THUMBS OF FUN
THREE THUMBS OF FUN
This photo was taken on May 26, 1940, just before the Monarchs would open the season against the Memphis Red Sox four days later. Pictured, from left to right, are three blind umps: Wilber "Bullet" Rogan, Robert Boone, and Hurley McNair.
On May 22, 1949, the Monarchs opened the season against the Philadelphia Stars.
On May 22, 1949, the Monarchs opened the season against the Philadelphia Stars.
Standing, from left to right to exchange lineup cards, are manager Buck O'Neil, with three umpires Robert Vaughn, Bob Motley, Frank Duncan, and future Hall-of-Famer Oscar Charleston. Cancelled checks from the '49 season show that veteran ump Duncan received $15.08 a game while rookie ump Motley got only $7.52 per game.
MARCENIA "TONI" STONE ALBERGA
MARCENIA "TONI" STONE ALBERGA
Putting the finishing touches on her game face is Mrs. Toni Stone. Stone spent one season with the Monarchs, 1954, as a second basewoman.
1934 Monarchs.jpg
1934 Monarchs.jpg
1924 Monarchs
1924 Monarchs
1924 Kansas City Monarchs: Satchel Paige (far right) and Buck O'Neill (4th from right)

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Owned by J.L. Wilkinson, a white businessman, the Monarchs were one of the best known and most successful black teams. The Monarchs captured a total of ten pennants, tying theHomestead Grays for the most flags by any Negro League team, and suffered only one losing season during their entire association with the Negro Leagues. And that season was during World War II, when the roster was decimated by the loss of players to military service. The Monarchs also hold the distinction of having won the first World Series ever played between opposing leagues, both in the initial World Series in 1924 between the Negro National League and the Eastern Colored League, and again in the reinstated World Series in 1942 between the Negro National League and the Negro American League.

A charter member of the Negro National League, they played through the 1930 season, winning pennants in 1923-1925 and 1929 while never experiencing a losing season. They narrowly missed a fourth straight pennant in 1926, when they won the first half title but lost a bitter nine game playoff to theChicago American Giants by dropping a doubleheader on the last day. The Monarchs played in the first two World Series ever played, facing the Hilldale team on both occasions.

After dropping out of the league they played independent ball until joining the Negro American League as a charter member in 1937 and remaining even after the league lost its major status. During the first six seasons (1937-1942) they won five pennants, missing only in 1938. After the return of many of their best players, who had been called to service during World War II, they annexed another flag in 1946. In 1942, the first World Series since 1927 was played between the Monarchs and the Homestead Grays, with the Monarchs sweeping the Grays in four straight games. In 1946 the Monarchs lost a tough seven game Series to the Newark Eagles.

In 1948 the Monarchs won the second half of the split season but lost a seven game play off to the Birmingham Black Barons for the pennant and thereby missed a chance to appear in the last Negro World Series ever played. Following that World Series, the Negro National League folded and the Negro American League absorbed some of the franchises and expanded into division play. The Monarchs won the first half title in 1949 and annexed a division title in 1950.

Wilkinson had sold the franchise after the 1948 season to Tom Baird, who continued to operate the Monarchs through the 1950s, but by then the league was strictly a minor league operation.

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