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1939 in the Negro Leagues


Contents

[edit] Standings

BOLD indicates League Champion

[edit] Negro National League

Source: The Negro Leagues Book by Dick Clark and Larry Lester
Rank Team G W L WPCT
1 Homestead Grays 47 33 14 .702
2 Newark Eagles 49 29 20 .592
3 Baltimore Elite Giants 46 25 21 .543
4 Philadelphia Stars 63 31 32 .492
5 New York Black Yankees 36 15 21 .417
6 New York Cubans 27 5 22 .185

[edit] Negro American League

Source: The Negro Leagues Book by Dick Clark and Larry Lester
Rank Team G W L WPCT
1 Kansas City Monarchs 24 17 7 .708
2 Chicago American Giants 28 17 11 .607
3 Cleveland Bears 18 9 9 .500
4 Memphis Red Sox 22 11 11 .500
5 St. Louis Stars 22 10 12 .455
6 Toledo Crawfords 19 8 11 .421
7 Indianapolis ABCs 12 2 10 .167
The Toledo Crawfords replaced the Indianapolis ABCs jn the second half.

[edit] Independent Teams

Source: Teams list from The Negro Leagues Book by Dick Clark and Larry Lester; records are from The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues, John Holway

[edit] Leading Players

[edit] Batters

[edit] Pitchers

[edit] Postseason

Kansas City won the first half of the NAL pennant, and the St. Louis Stars took the second half. A best of seven playoff was scheduled, but St. Louis was unable to secure home grounds, so the playoff was set back to a best of five. The Monarchs won in three straight games, though the remaining two games were played as exhibitions, the fifth game set as a benefit for local charities.

The Monarchs took the first game on August 31 at Oklahoma City's Holland Field, winning 4-1 before a crowd of 3,000 under the lights, Hilton Smith striking out 12. They won game two by a 7-2 count on September 1 at Muskogee, Oklahoma before a similar-sized crowd, manager-pitcher Andy Cooper striking out seven and center fielder Turkey Stearnes hitting a long home run.

The Monarchs clinched the series and pennant on Sunday, September 3, beating St. Louis 6-5 in the first game of a double-header, Hilton Smith beating Theo Smith. St. Louis won the second game 5-1 in seven innings, and also won the Labor Day benefit game the following day, but the series was over after three.

There was no Colored World Series this season.


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