DATE OF EVENT: Oct. 20, 1924
DATE PUBLISHED: Oct. 20, 1924, in The Kansas City Times
Editor’s note: The Kansas City Monarchs won what The Times called “the colored world’s championship” in 1924, defeating Philadelphia’s Hilldale Club in five of nine games that made up the championship series. The Monarchs would earn four National League pennants in the 1920s, send the most players into the Major Leagues after the color barrier was broken, and become the longest-running franchise in Negro League history.
The sportswriter who wrote this piece is unknown — bylines were rare then — but neither does it carry a wire service credit, as do other stories on the sports pages, meaning that most likely The Kansas City Star sent a reporter or employed a freelance correspondent in Chicago. If so, that was an uncommon show of interest by the newspaper, which covered many of the Monarch’s local games but otherwise largely neglected stories from the Negro Leagues.
THE TITLE TO MONARCHS
KANSAS CITY CLUB DEFEATED HILLDALE IN FINAL GAME, 5 TO 0.
The Veteran Manager, Jose Mendez, Pitched the Entire Contest and Allowed Three Hits — Lee the Loser.
Chicago, Oct. 20 — Pitching one of the greatest games of his career, Jose Mendez held the slugging Hilldale nine, eastern champions, to three hits, did not let a man reach second and only four saw first, won a 5 to 0 game, the odd and deciding game of the colored world’s championship at Schorling’s Park when his mates hammered Lee who had held them to one lone hit in seven innings for five runs.
It was a great ending of a great series. Rogan, in center, and McNair, in left, made sensational catches and the entire Monarch club played championship baseball, a reversal of their miserable form of Sunday. Mackey, Carr and Thomas saw first via singles and a walk to Warfield in the ninth put him on the initial sack. Those were the only easterners who reached first. For seven innings Lee baffled the Missourians with his underhand delivery. Duncan was the only man to reach first in that many frames, singling to left in the second with one out, and stealing second, the only theft of the game. He died there when Mendez was tossed out by Lee and Allen fanned.
The Monarch eighth saw Moore lead off with a hot single. McNair sacrificed and was out, Markey to Carr, and O. Johnson looked over a ball and then doubled to center, scoring Moore with the first run of the game. While the crowd went wild with excitement Duncan walked. Mendez singled to center and the bases were full, the Monarchs stopping Johnson at third. Allen singled to right and Johnson and Duncan scored and Allen took second on the throw to the plate, Mendez holding third. Mothel singled to center and both Mendez and Allen scored. Rogan popped to J. Johnson, who went back on the grass. Mothel went out trying to steal third, Santop to Mackey.
Both clubs played errorless ball. The Monarchs are the guests of the commission at a banquet tonight at the Sunset cafe and will leave for home Tuesday night.