Memphis Red Sox vs Kansas City Monarchs
Negro American League Game (1947)
This broadside was used to promote a game between the Memphis Red Sox and Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League. The game was played at Katy Park in Waco, Texas on Tuesday, April 15, 1947.
Memphis Red Sox
The Memphis Red Sox were owned by two brothers, Dr. J.B. Martin and Dr. B.B. Martin. The Memphis Red Sox were one of the foundational organizations of Negro League baseball. Over the years, the Memphis Red Sox played in the following Leagues:
Negro National League 1923-1925 and 1927-1930
Negro Southern League 1926, 1932 and 1945
Negro American League 1937-1960
Memphis always field a competitive team and even won the Negro American League Championship in 1938. Outstanding players from this 1947 team included: Larry Brown (manager), Dan Bankhead, Bob Boyd, Cowan Hyde, Marlin Carter, Verdell Mathis, Paul Hardy, Pedro Formental and Willie Wells.
The Kansas City Monarchs were owned and operated by J.L.Wilkinson and Tom Baird. The Kansas City Monarchs were one of the mainstays in Negro League baseball over the years. They played in the following leagues during their tenure in black baseball:
Negro National League 1920-1930
Independent 1931 and 1933-1936
Negro Southern League 1932
Negro American League 1937-1963
Oustanding players from the 1947 Kansas City Monarchs team included: Frank Duncan (manager), Willard "Homerun" Brown, Lefty Bryant, Joe Greene, Connie Johnson, Jim "Lefty" La Marque, Booker Mc Daniels, Satchel Paige, Chico Renfroe and Hilton Smith.