Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Loss In Memphis While Jackie's In Boston

While the rest of his Monarchs teammates finished a three game series with the Memphis Red Sox in Memphis on April 15, Jackie Robinson was in Boston for a date with a different Red Sox team. (More on Jackie's tryout with the Boston Red Sox tomorrow.)

The Monarchs lost a high scoring affair, 8-9. Some normally fantastic pitchers had off-days on both sides. Booker McDaniels for Kansas City allowed four runs in a short appearance. Monarch Hilton Smith gave up four runs in 4.2. Red Sox ace Verdell Mathis was touched for five runs in three innings. Neil Robinson was the offensive hero for Memphis, going 4-4 with two home runs. He plated the winning run with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. With Jackie out of the game, Jesse Williams slid back to his familiar spot at shortstop for the Monarchs, and had a nice 3-4 day at the plate. The
Chicago Defender reported that Monarchs owners J.L. Wilkinson and T.Y. Baird, "came over from Kansas City and saw their hirelings defeated."

Sources: 4/20/45 Kansas City Call, 4/21/45 Chicago Defender

Two years later on April 15, 1947, Jackie debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Baseball fans know April 15 is not tax day - it's Jackie Robinson Day!

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