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Interracial Baseball Games: 1935

Working back in time, as Retrosheet typically does, we arrive at 1935 having worked through the 1940s and late 1930s. Going in this direction, 1935 is the start of a string of seasons with significantly more interracial barnstorming contests than the seasons that would follow. For 1935, we have found box scores for fifteen interracial games involving primarily players of major-league caliber.

There are four primary sets of interracial games covered here, all of which took place in the month of October 1935.

First, Dizzy Dean barnstormed with several other major-league players. Dean's teams (ASD) played both regular Negro League teams (e.g., the Kansas City Monarchs - KCM below - and Pittsburgh Crawfords - PTC) as well as All-Star teams (NNS). Dean's teams typically included a few local players. Depending on the locality and how many such players played, some of these games did not necessarily rise to the level of "major-league" games and are not included here. On one occasion, Dean's team is identified as the Shroyers (SHR), a local team in Dayton which included several former major-leaguers. Box scores are presented here for five games in which one or both Dean brothers pitched (including one in Los Angeles against the Philadelphia Royal Giants). Play-by-play accounts have been deduced from newspaper stories for two of these games.

A second white major-league barnstorming team (MLS) headlined by three members of the World Champion Detroit Tigers - Charlie Gehringer, Tommy Bridges, and Schoolboy Rowe - followed a similar schedule, playing mostly the same teams as Dean's All-Stars. This team also followed the pattern of sometimes supplementing their team with non-major leaguers leading some of their games to also not be included here. Box scores for three games by this team are included here. A play-by-play account has been deduced from newspaper stories for one of these games.

The California Winter League had its usual collection of Negro Leaguers - called the Philadelphia Royal Giants (PRG) - as well as white players from the AL, NL, and PCL. The most prominent white team in the California Winter League was organized by Joe Pirrone (PIR). We have box scores for three games played between these two teams.

Finally, a team of American League All-Stars (ALS), headlined by Jimmie Foxx and Rogers Hornsby, traveled to Mexico City where they played several Mexican League teams but also played a three-game series against the Negro National League champion Pittsburgh Crawfords (PTC).

There is one additional game included here which does not fit into any of the previous four groups (and which was played in late September). Babe Ruth, who had retired earlier in the 1935 season, put together an "All-Star" team (BRS) of mostly former major-league players and played a doubleheader against the New York Cubans (NY6). We have a box score for game one only.

These fifteen games are summarized below with links to box scores. The box score files, event files, and team rosters for these games can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.



September 29, 1935 at Dyckman Oval, New York, New York
BRS  000 001 000   1  4  2                              
NY6  003 001 20x   6  9  1                              
WP: Tiant, LP: Barfoot
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October 6, 1935 at Muehlebach Field, Kansas City, Missouri
KCM  000 000 000   0  7  2
ASD  001 000 00x   1  3  2
WP: Ryba, LP: Paige
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October 9, 1935 at Hudson Field, Dayton, Ohio
PTC  000 020 000 3   5 11  2                              
SHR  000 002 000 0   2  3  3                              
WP: Davis, LP: Herrmann
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October 12, 1935 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NNS  020 001 400   7 14  3
MLS  000 000 010   1  5  0
WP: McDonald, LP: D. Dean
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October 12, 1935 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NNS  000 00   0  1  0
MLS  000 00   0  2  0
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October 13, 1935 at Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
ASD  000 020 100   3 10  0
NNS  000 000 000   0  8  2
WP: D. Dean, LP: Taylor
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October 13, 1935 at Muehlebach Field, Kansas City, Missouri
MLS  000 000 000   0  5  4
KCM  013 010 01x   6 11  1
WP: Paige, LP: Bowman
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October 14, 1935 at Eagles Park, York, Pennsylvania
NNS  202 700 000  11 15  0
ASD  000 010 000   1  9  5
WP: McDonald, LP: D. Dean
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October 19, 1935 at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California
PIR  000 300 000   3  7  0
PRG  200 001 41x   8 13  0
WP: Griffin, LP: Frazier
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October 20, 1935 at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California
PIR  300 000 001   4 10  1
PRG  000 010 031   5 10  1
WP: Griffin, LP: French
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October 20, 1935 at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California
PIR  301 00   4  8  2
PRG  200 00   2  6  0
WP: Munns, LP: Young
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October 25, 1935 at Mexico City, Mexico
PTC  011 000 004 00   6 14  1
ALS  101 100 102 00   6 16  3
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October 26, 1935 at Mexico City, Mexico
PTC  010 000 000   1  6  0
ALS  202 203 02x  11 16  0
WP: Lyons, LP: Kincannon
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October 27, 1935 at Mexico City, Mexico
PTC  110 000 000   2  9  1
ALS  023 000 11x   7  9  0
WP: Knott, LP: Hunter
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October 31, 1935 at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California
PRG  000 110 020   4  9  3
ASD  000 200 102   5  7  1
WP: Kimball, LP: Brewer
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