1939 in the Negro Leagues
|1939 in baseball|
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- BOLD indicates League Champion
Negro National League
|3||Baltimore Elite Giants||46||25||21||.543|
|5||New York Black Yankees||36||15||21||.417|
|6||New York Cubans||27||5||22||.185|
Negro American League
|1||Kansas City Monarchs||24||17||7||.708|
|2||Chicago American Giants||28||17||11||.607|
|4||Memphis Red Sox||22||11||11||.500|
|5||St. Louis Stars||22||10||12||.455|
- 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
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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