Talk:Monroe Monarchs

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1932 NSL champs[edit]

I removed a claim that Monroe won the NSL in 1932 and lost to the Craws in the '32 Negro League World Series. According to Holway's The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues, Nashville won the 1st half and Chicago won the 2nd half, with Chicago winning the playoff 5 games to 3 -- and there was no NLWS played that year, nor was Pittsburgh in any league that year. The original claim has been in the article since its first draft in 2005. I could find nothing backing that claim and the external links were dead. Unfortunately, it looks like the historical marker quoted text from the Wikipedia article verbatim -- unless the Wikipedia article was copied from the marker, I can't tell since the external links are dead. Either way, it is all very fascinating indeed. -- (talk) 14:22, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Clark and Lester's The Negro Leagues Book says that Chicago won the first half and Nashville the second, with Chicago winning the play-off 4–3. The cumulative standings, which don't show the first-half, second-half split, show Chicago in first place with a 34–7 record and Monroe a half-game behind at 33–7. BRMo (talk) 15:17, 24 March 2012 (UTC)
The only thing I can figure is according to this, it states "Back in 1932, Monroe earned national headlines in the sporting world when it hosted the Negro League World Series. As part of his series called "Louisiana Baseball Stories," Charlie Whinham discovers the former location of Casino Park where the Monroe Monarchs played the Pittsburgh Crawfords, and Satchel Paige was not the only Hall of Famer playing that day." Since the Craws had a 54-32 non-league record (according to Holway) and Monroe was so close to a piece of the NSL title, maybe the two teams challenged each other to a so-called World Series for braggin' rights or something. Oh well, let them have their claim on the historical marker; it makes for a fine story. -- (talk) 16:03, 24 March 2012 (UTC)