Dec 28 2010

Kansas City Monarchs of 1924

Kansas City Monarchs

Kansas City Monarchs of 1924

Rube Foster’s reign in the west was broken by the Kansas City Monarchs, who captured the next three Negro League pennants, 1923-25, registering a .714 winning percentage in 1924. The versatile Bullet Joe Rogan was the Monarchs’ biggest attraction. Not only was he the ace of the pitching staff, but he also played centerfield when not on the mound and batted in the heart of the order. Slick fielding secondsacker Newt Allen and slugging shortstop Dobie Moore formed a good doubleplay combination for manager Jose Mendez’ team. Mendez, a star hurler from the deadball era, could also take the mound in key situations for the Monarchs, as he did in the final game of the inaugural Negro World Series in 1924. He shut out the Eastern Colored League pennant-winning Hilldale team to give the Monarchs a hard-fought Championship, five games to four with one tie.

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