Philadelphia Stars of 1934
After the demise of the Hilldale ballclub, Ed Bolden soon assembled a new team, the Philadelphia Stars. In their first year in the new Negro National League, the Stars captured the pennant by defeating the Chicago American Giants in a fiercely contested seven-game League Championship Series. The Stars’ success was largely attributed to the sterling pitching of lefthander Slim Jones, who threw harder than Lefty Grove. Manager-pitcher Webster McDonald’s submarine style and varied repertory complemented Jones and gave the Stars a pair of moundsmen. The Stars lineup also included Jud Wilson, Chaney White and Jake Dunn. Star receiver Biz Mackey misssed much playing time because of injury but returned to the lineup for the stretch run.