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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

The Monarchs Are Up 2 Games to None As We Simulate the 1924 Negro League World Series

Today we’re heading into Game 3 of the (Simulated) 1924 Negro League World Series. The Monarchs have nominated Bill Drake to pitch game three – he was 10-7 during the season with a 3.94 ERA – and Hilldale will send Red Ryan to the hill. Ryan was 13-7 with a 3.22 ERA.

The Monarchs threatened in the top of the second when Newt Joseph led things off with a double. Dink Mothell was out on a fly ball to center. Frank Duncan reached on a one-base error by Biz Mackey, but Ryan then got Bill Drake and Newt Allen on line drives.

In the top of the fourth, Dobie Moore led off with a single before Newt Joseph forced him at second. Dink Mothell was out on a line drive to third, but manager Frank Duncan doubled to right, sending men to second and third. Pitcher Bill Drake finished the inning striking out.

Otto Briggs led off the Hilldale half of the fourth with a slashing triple into the left field corner. Manager Frank Warfield then scored Briggs with a base hit to right. Biz Mackey was hit by a pitch, but Drake then got Louis Santop, Clint Thomas and Judy Johnson in three straight at-bats.

In the top of the seventh, John Donaldson led things off with a base hit. Newt Allen sacrificed him to second. After Lemuel Hawkins flew out, Heavy Johnson scored the run with a double off the left field wall to tie the game at one all.

The Monarchs brought in Yellowhorse Morris to pitch the bottom of the seventh. Heavy Johnson was substituted in right field and Fred Hill took left field. Louis Santop led things off with a walk. Clint Thomas doubled Santop around to third. Judy Johnson then brought in Hilldale’s second run with a sacrifice fly. George Johnson doubled, bringing in Heavy Thomas. George Carr followed with a triple into the left field corner, scoring Hilldale’s third run of the inning (and fourth run of the game).

After the eighth passed quietly, Bullet Joe Rogan led off the ninth for the Monarchs. Newt Allen struck out and Lemuel Hawkins grounded out to second. Heavy Johnson walked on four pitches, but Charley Hill finished things off with a line drive to second baseman Frank Warfield.

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