Wednesday, February 12, 3000

Welcome

In 2010, I posted on this site about the 1945 Kansas City Monarchs season in "real time," meaning that I'd write up a game that happened on August 28, 1945 on August 28, 2010. The posts show up in reverse order, so if you'd like to follow the season from the beginning, here is a link to the first post. You can also find posts by browsing the archive and/or tags list in the right column.

Monday, August 26, 2013

"Jackie With the Monarchs" Presentation Video

Here is the presentation I gave at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on April 13, 2013.

Monday, April 15, 2013

"Jackie With The Monarchs" Speech

I was honored to give a talk on Jackie's time with the Monarchs at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum recently. Below is more or less what I said.

Thanks to Dr. Doswell and Mr. Kendrick for inviting me to speak. I love this place, and it’s a thrill to be here doing this.

Like a lot of baseball fans, the history of the game is a big part of my appreciation and fandom. And being born and raised here, the history of baseball in Kansas City is especially compelling to me. So knowing that one of the most important players in baseball history was playing for one of the hometown teams of the past when he was signed to break the color line in the majors, I naturally wanted to learn all I could about Jackie Robinson’s season playing for the Monarchs in 1945. It’s a part of his story that is often just brushed over. Jackie touches on it briefly in his autobiography, and several other books have some good information, but my curiosity still wasn’t satisfied after reading the more modern sources I could find on the topic. My remaining curiosity led me to seek out contemporary news accounts from 1945, and I started at the downtown Kansas City library looking at microfilm from the Kansas City Call, the newspaper geared toward the black community in Kansas City that is still in operation just across the street. I started piecing together the day-to-day happenings of the ’45 season. I added to what I found in the Call by searching various online archives, and, along with some help from other researchers, I managed to get a pretty good feel for the five months Jackie spent with the Monarchs. Negro leagues coverage was spotty compared to the immaculate major league records we are used to, but there is more information than you might think. There were plenty of fascinating details to be found, and I hope you’re interested to hear them.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Jackie In 1942 KC Paper

I was researching the Monarchs 1942 season when I came across the below photo of Private Jackie Robinson serving at Fort Riley, Kansas. The photo ran three years before he became a Monarch, and is further evidence of the national notoriety he had gained as a multiple-sport star at UCLA.

May 1, 1942 Kansas City Call

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Can You Help?

The day-by-day tracking of the 1945 Kansas City Monarchs has come to a close, but that doesn't mean I'm not still on the lookout for game reports. I'll go back and add info and stats if and when they turn up. If you're interested in helping, here's a list of Monarchs games I have reason to think were played but for which I have no report. If you have access to newspaper archives for the host cities, perhaps you'd be good enough to check. Thanks!

April 9 vs. Birmingham Black Barons in Montgomery
April 10 vs. Birmingham Black Barons in Montgomery
April 13 vs. Memphis Red Sox in Little Rock
April 23 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in New Orleans
April 24 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Houston
April 25 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Houston
April 26 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Houston
April 30 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Houston
May 1 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Waco
May 2 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Ft. Worth
May 4 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Oklahoma City
May 15 vs. Birmingham Black Barons in Oklahoma City
May 23 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Indianapolis
June 4 vs. Birmingham Black Barons in Montgomery
June 5 vs. Birmingham Black Barons in New Orleans
June 7 vs. Birmingham Black Barons in Nashville
June 11 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Kansas City
June 12 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Belleville, IL
June 23 vs. Homestead Grays in ?
July 17 vs. Baltimore Elite Giants in Baltimore
July 30 vs. Chicago American Giants in Kansas City
August 11 vs. Baltimore Elite Giants in ?
August 11 vs. Birmingham Black Barons in Wilmington, DE
August 17 vs. Baltimore Elite Giants in Baltimore
August 21 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Nashville
September 2 vs. Memphis Red Sox in Kansas City
September 3 vs. Memphis Red Sox in Kansas City
September 4 vs. Memphis Red Sox in Belleville, IL
September 7 vs. Birmingham Black Barons in Toledo
September 20 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Wichita, KS
September 23 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Houston
September 24 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Houston
September 25 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Waco
September 26 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Ft. Worth
September 27 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Dallas
September 28 vs. Cincy-Indy Clowns in Ft. Worth