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1944 Negro League World Series: Homestead Grays (NNL) def. Birmingham Black Barons (NAL), 4 games to 1

The 1944 Negro League World Series was a rematch of the 1943 World Series between the Homestead Grays (HOM) of the Negro National League and the Birmingham Black Barons (BIR) of the Negro American League.

Five Birmingham players were seriously injured in a car accident two weeks before the World Series. Artie Wilson and John Britton played in the series despite their injuries. Newspaper accounts of the World Series indicated that Britton was bandaged over his left eye and right wrist while Wilson had both wrists bandaged. Pepper Bassett, Tommy Sampson, and Leandy Young were too injured to play. The short-handed Black Barons were allowed to add local player Collins Jones to their World Series roster.



Play-by-play accounts are deduced from newspaper game stories and box scores and may contain some uncertainties.

September 17, 1944 at Rickwood Field, Birmingham, Alabama
HOM  100 110 032   8 11  3
BIR  001 000 002   3 11  3
WP: Welmaker, LP: Markham
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September 19, 1944 at Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
HOM  100 000 104   6  8  3
BIR  000 100 000   1  5  2
WP: Walker, LP: Saylor
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September 21, 1944 at Rickwood Field, Birmingham, Alabama
HOM  010 040 121   9 11  2
BIR  000 000 000   0  1  3
WP: Brown, LP: Bumpus
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September 23, 1944 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
BIR  010 104 000   6 11  0
HOM  000 000 000   0  3  1
WP: Huber, LP: Carter
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September 24, 1944 at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
BIR  000 110 000   2  8  0
HOM  300 100 00x   4 11  3
WP: Welmaker, LP: Saylor
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