Thursday, April 8, 2010

Sunday Doubleheader in Birmingham

April 14, 1945 Chicago Defender

After making the 640 mile trek from Dallas to Birmingham, the Monarchs met the Birmingham Black Barons for a Sunday double header on April 8 at Rickwood Field. The Monarchs took the first game 7-0, and the Chicago Defender reported that "Jackie Robinson had a big day afield and at bat in this game. He drove in the first pair of Monarch runs with a line drive to left center." This is the first box score I have from 1945 spring training. Jackie shows up with a 2-4 line at the plate with a run scored and a stolen base in the first game. A box was not published for the second game, which the Monarchs dropped 0-2.

From here, the Monarchs were to play two games for which I haven't found results: April 9 & 10 vs. Birmingham Black Barons in Montgomery, AL.

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