1939 in the Negro Leagues

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1939 in the Negro Leagues


Standings[edit]

BOLD indicates League Champion

Negro National League[edit]

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Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 Homestead Grays 56 36 19 1 .654 --
2 Newark Eagles 56 33 22 1 .600 3.0
3 New York Black Yankees 41 19 18 4 .513 8.0
4 Toledo Crawfords 11 4 6 1 .400 9.5
5 Baltimore Elite Giants 44 20 24 0 .455 10.5
6 Philadelphia Stars 54 24 29 1 .453 11.0
7 New York Cubans 32 7 25 0 .219 17.5

Postseason:

  • 1st round: Baltimore Elite Giants defeated Newark Eagles, 3 games to 1; Homestead Grays defeated Philadelphia Stars, 3 games to 2
  • Negro National League Championship: Baltimore Elite Giants defeated Homestead Grays, 3 games to 1 with 1 tie

Negro American League[edit]

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Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB
1 Kansas City Monarchs 71 46 25 0 .648 --
2 Chicago American Giants 74 40 34 0 .540 7.5
3 Cleveland Bears 41 20 21 0 .488 11.0
4 Toledo Crawfords 21 9 11 1 .450 11.5
5 Indianapolis ABCs/Atlanta Black Crackers 16 6 10 0 .375 12.5
6 St. Louis Stars 36 15 20 1 .429 13.0
7 Memphis Red Sox 53 19 34 0 .358 18.0
The Toledo Crawfords replaced the Indianapolis ABCs in the second half.

Postseason:

  • Negro American League Championship: Kansas City Monarchs defeated St. Louis Stars, 4 games to 1

Independent Teams[edit]

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

Leading Players[edit]

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Postseason[edit]

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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