Wednesday, February 14, 2007

1942 Kansas City Named 3rd Best

In 1942, just before World War II and integration would suffocate the talent in the Negro Leagues, J.L. Wilkinson assembled the best Kansas City Monarchs team in the history of the franchise. The '42 Monarchs had three future Hall of Famers and six All-Stars.

That same year the Negro Leagues World Series returned after a 15-year absence, which gave the leagues their first true champion since 1927. Wilkinson's Monarchs played Cum Posey's Homestead Grays in a best-of-seven series.

The Monarchs won, 9-5, and swept a Series in which they were only supposed to win "a game or so."

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