Philly and Kansas City: Remembering Hilldale and the first Colored World Series

The Hilldale Daisies and the Kansas City Monarchs in 1924
If you're a Phillies fan than you know about the 1980 World Series involving Philadelphia and Kansas City, but the connection between the two cities in a baseball sense can actually be traced back to 1924 and the first Colored World Series.

The Kansas City Monarchs, led by Hall of Famers Bullet Joe Rogan and Jose Mendez, beat the Hilldale Daisies in a best-of-ten game series five games to four, with one tie in the series.

The Hilldale club, based in Upper Darby, was led by Hall of Famers Biz Mackey, Louis Santop, and Judy Johnson.

The series marked the first time a formalized championship was held in black baseball. Hilldale won the Eastern Colored League pennant while Kansas City won the Negro National League.

The first two games of the series were played at the Baker Bowl, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. The two clubs split those contests with Hilldale walloping on Kansas City in Game 2, 11-0, behind a strong offensive output and a stellar outing from hurler Nip Winters.

Kansas City hosted Games 5, 6, and 7 at Muehlebach Park. The other contests were played at neutral sites in Baltimore and Chicago. The series spanned over three weeks with a combined total attendance of 45,857.

Hilldale won three of the first five contests (Game 3 ended as a tie after 13 innings), but the Monarchs answered with one-run victories in each of the next three games to even the series. The Monarchs won Game 10 with a 5-0 shutout over Hilldale to clinch the title.

Hilldale and team owner Ed Bolden would get revenge in 1925 though as the Daisies again faced the Monarchs in the Colored World Series, this time taking the black baseball crown.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
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