The Memphis Red Sox (MEM) won the first-half in the Negro American League. The Atlanta Black Crackers (ATN) won the second half. So the two Southern teams were supposed to square off in a best-of-seven championship series.
But the Black Crackers showed up late for the third game and had trouble securing a field for what should have been an Atlanta home game for game 4. So the series was abandoned after two games. At the NAL's winter meeting in December 1938, the Memphis Red Sox were officially declared the 1938 NAL champions.
The Negro National League attempted to put together a playoff between their top four teams, but problems, including several postponements due to weather and the refusal of the circuit-leading Homestead Grays to participate, led to the dissolution of the tournament.
September 18, 1938 at Martin Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee ATN 001 000 000 1 5 1 MEM 302 001 00x 6 8 2 WP: Radcliffe, LP: Evans Retrosheet box score September 19, 1938 at Martin Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee ATN 100 000 212 6 9 4 MEM 040 400 30x 11 12 2 WP: Moss, LP: Berry Retrosheet box score
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