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Interracial Baseball Games: 1948

The 1948 season was the final season for the Negro National League. Integration was continuing, albeit slowly, and interracial barnstorming (and, honestly, barnstorming in general) was losing some of its drawing power. Part of this was because in October of 1948, the two most prominent interracial barnstormers of recent seasons, Bob Feller and Satchel Paige, were pre-occupied as teammates helping to win a World Series for the Cleveland Indians.

Retrosheet has box scores for six games played between a team of Major League All-Stars (MLS) and the Kansas City Royals (KCR), a barnstorming team which included several members of the Kansas City Monarchs, in southern California in late October and early November 1948. One somewhat stark example of the changing times was the lineup for the Major League All-Stars in the October 31st game. Batting second and playing second base for the Major League All-Stars (i.e., the "white" team in this interracial matchup) was major-league second baseman Jackie Robinson.

Play-by-play accounts have been deduced for these six games based on newspaper game stories and box scores.

These six games are summarized below with links to box scores and deduced play-by-play accounts. The box score and event files and team rosters for these six games can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.



October 17, 1948 at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California
MLS  010 010 200   4  4  1
KCR  000 200 000   2  5  1
WP: Caplinger, LP: Smith
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October 24, 1948 at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California
MLS  000 001 002   3 10  1
KCR  001 021 00x   4  9  1
WP: Paige, LP: Bearden
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October 25, 1948 at Lane Field, San Diego, California
KCR  100 000 051   7 11  2
MLS  000 410 000   5 10  4
WP: Miller, LP: Bearden
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October 31, 1948 at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California
MLS  331 100 000   8  9  0
KCR  030 001 000   4  8  4
WP: Lemon, LP: Paige
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November 7, 1948 at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, game 1
MLS  000 000 233   8 13  1
KCR  301 102 000   7 11  2
WP: Dickson, LP: Lamarque
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November 7, 1948 at Wrigley Field, Los Angeles, California, game 2
MLS  010 010   2  5  1
KCR  100 04x   5  8  1
WP: Brewer, LP: Lemon
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