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Interracial Baseball Games: 1943

Retrosheet has box scores for nine interracial games played in 1943. The first of these was played at Great Lakes Naval Station between a white team of former and future major-leaguers in the U.S. Navy (GLK) and the Chicago American Giants (CAG) of the Negro American League. The game story for this game in the Chicago Defender noted that "[t]he Great Lakes team ha[d] wins against the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs."

The remaining interracial games this season are more typical games between barnstorming "All-Star" teams in California in October and November. The Negro League teams involved in these games were the Baltimore Colored Giants (BCG) and Kansas City Royals (KCR) - neither of whom seemed to have an obvious connection to Baltimore or Kansas City. The white teams include a team organized by Joe Pirrone (PIR), a team referred to a "Major League All Stars" (MLS) and the (somewhat oddly named) Western Pipe & Steel Boilermakers (WSB). Retrosheet has box scores for several other games between high-level teams which are not included here because the white teams (mostly a team referred to as Kent Parker's All-Stars) did not necessarily have enough major-league talent. These games may be added at a later date. Retrosheet is also aware of several games for which box scores have not been found.

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



August 7, 1943 at Great Lakes Naval Station, Great Lakes, Illinois
CAG  013 300 000   7 19  2
GLK  000 011 100   3 12  1
WP: Jessup, LP: Ferrick
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October 24, 1943 at Gilmore Field, Los Angeles, California, game 1
PIR  000 001 412   8 12  3
BCG  000 110 000   2  9  3
WP: Kimball, LP: McDaniel
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October 24, 1943 at Gilmore Field, Los Angeles, California, game 2
PIR  100 000   1  3  0
BCG  001 003   4  7  1
WP: McDaniel, LP: Kress
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October 31, 1943 at Gilmore Field, Los Angeles, California, game 1 
PIR  000 002 001   3  6  2
BCG  000 000 004   4 13  2
WP: Paige, LP: Kress
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October 31, 1943 at Gilmore Field, Los Angeles, California, game 2 
PIR  000 003   3  6  1
BCG  100 200   3  8  1
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November 5, 1943 at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California
MLS  000 040 000   4  4  2
KCR  200 000 000   2  8  2
WP: Salveson, LP: Matchett
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November 7, 1943 at Gilmore Field, Los Angeles, California, game 1 
PIR  200 010 203   8 12  2
BCG  132 002 03x  11 12  3
WP: Paige, LP: Newsom
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November 7, 1943 at Gilmore Field, Los Angeles, California, game 2 
PIR  201 01  4  9  0
BCG  003 00  3  5  1
WP: Thomas, LP: Markham
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November 11, 1943 at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California
WSB  010 000 000   1  5  0
KCR  000 040 00x   4  9  0
WP: McDuffie, LP: Flores
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