Midwest 6 Negro League

A custom fantasy league played using the 108 card All-Star Negro League set from Strat-o-Matic. Six teams, put together after thorough data analysis, playing 90 games each for a total of 270 league games. Follow the games, learn about the players, expand your knowledge of a once forgotten time in American Baseball History.

League Standings - Expanded

 WLPCTLast 10LeftRight
North
Pittsburgh2520.5564-63-822-12
Chicago2421.5335-53-921-12
Indianapolis2124.4675-55-716-17
South
Memphis2322.5115-54-719-15
Kansas City2223.4897-38-714-16
St. Louis2025.4444-68-412-21

How it is played

I use the Strat-o-Matic baseball computer version for the replay. I attempted, by analyzing the Strat cards, to put the teams together as fairly as possible. I did not put teams together based on the history of where a player might have played most of his career in an attempt to avoid “super-teams” of years past.

Since Strat uses a basis for these cards on ‘peak seasons’ there is a lot of offense. I do everything I can within the game engine to try and throttle some of the offense.

Team rosters consist of 11 positions players and six pitchers. Five players can both pitch and play the field: Jose Mendez, John Donaldson, Double Duty Radcliffe, Bullet Joe Rogan and Martin Dihigo.

The Teams

Chicago GiantsIndianapolis ABC'sKC MonarchsMemphis Red SoxPittsburgh CrawfordsSt. Louis Stars
Bernard BaroCool Papa BellDobie Moore*Newt AllenRap DixonDick Lundy
Neil RobinsonWild Bill WrightHurley McNair*Art PenningtonSam BankheadFrog Redus
Cristobal TorrienteQuincy TrouppeAlejandro OmsJohn BeckwithBuck LeonardWillie Wells
Josh GibsonOscar CharlestonChino SmithJimmy LyonsMule SuttlesTurkey Stearnes
Tubby ScalesWillard BrownBruce Petway*Jud WilsonPete Hill*Ben Taylor*
Pop LlloydRev CannadyBiz MackeyCharles BlackwellBill Monroe*Red Parnell
Tank Carr*Home Run JohnsonBuck O'NeilDewey CreacyAlec RadcliffeSpoony Palm
Judy JohnsonCandy Jim TaylorRay DandridgeLouis SantopBill PerkinsDave Malarcher
Jimmy Crutchfield*Fats Jenkins*Vic HarrisTJ YoungChaney White*Spot Poles
Oscar Johnson*Larry BrownBonnie SerrellNewt Joseph*Jelly Gardner*Frank Duncan
Frank WarfieldGhost MarcelleJerry Benjamin*Sam HughesDick SeayBingo DeMoss
Webster McDonaldHilton SmithMax ManningSatchel PaigeSlim JonesSmoky Joe Williams
Dave BrownWilliam BellTed TrentRube FosterRay BrownNip Winters
Frank WickwareBig Bill FosterBill ByrdLeroy MatlockChet BrewerLeon Day
John DonaldsonTom WilliamsJose MendezBullet Joe Rogan*Ted Ratcliffe*Martin Dihigo
Bill HollandWillie PowellHarry SalmonEggie HensleyAndy CooperSam Streeter
Phil CockrellVerdell MathisDick Redding*Roosevelt DavisRube CurrieDizzy Dismukes

*Acquired at the Mid-Season trade deadline. For more information please see the proposed trades here.

Game Day Recaps

Midwest 6 – League Day 54

North Won Lost Pct. Pittsburgh 29 25 .537 Indianapolis 28 26 .519 Chicago 27 27 .500 South Won Lost Pct. Kansas City 27 27 .500 Memphis 26 28 .481 St. Louis 25 29 .463   Indianapolis wins their fifth game in a row behind Hilton Smith and some timely hitting from...

Midwest 6 – League Day 51

Kansas City Monarchs - 2 Chicago American Giants - 8 Win - McDonald (7-7)  Loss - Manning (5-9) Save - none Homeruns - none St. Louis Stars - 1 Indianapolis ABC's - 4 Win - Smith (8-5)  Loss - Williams (3-10) Save - none Homeruns - Wells (15) Memphis Red Sox - 5...

Midwest Six – League Day 50

Memphis Red Sox - 3 Pittsburgh Crawfords - 11 Win - R. Brown (6-6), Loss - R. Foster (6-9) Save - none Homeruns - Wilson (6) St. Louis Stars - 2 Indianapolis ABC's - 4 Win - Bell (6-4), Loss - Winters (10-5) Save - Williams (6) Homeruns - Cannady 2(3) Kansas City...

Midwest 6 – League Day 49

Memphis Red Sox - 0Pittsburgh Crawfords - 6 Win - Brewer (6-4)  Loss - Matlock (4-5) Homeruns - none St. Louis Stars - 9Indianapolis ABC's - 3 Win - Day (7-4), Loss - W. Foster (5-9) Homeruns - Wells (14), Palm (4) Kansas City Monarchs - 11Chicago American Giants-...

Midwest 6 – League Day 47

 KC Monarchs - 8  Indianapolis ABC's - 0 Win - Trent (6-7)  Loss - Bell (5-7) Homeruns - Harris (1)  Pittsburgh Crawfords - 6  St. Louis Stars - 9 Win - Winters (10-4), Loss - R. Brown (5-6) Homeruns - Wells (13)  Chicago American Giants - 3  Memphis Red Sox - 4 Win...

Midwest 6 – Midseason Report

Observations through 45 games When starting a project like this, I worry that I haven't done enough research or made the teams balanced enough and one team will run away from the pack. That almost happened when Pittsburgh got on a roll and won nine...

Negro League Resources

Places to learn more about the Negro Leagues

Books

A comprehensive list of Negro League books is coming soon.

Websites

NLBM – Negro League Baseball Museum
CNLBR – Center for NL baseball research
Home Plate Don’t Move – website
Agate Type – NL & Latin baseball history
Seamheads – NL Database
negroleaguebaseball.com 
NLBPA – Negro Leagues Player Association
Leon Day Foundation – website
Josh Gibson Foundation – website
Team Brown Apparel

Social Media

Twitter
@nlbmprez
@NegroLeagueMan
@Rickwood_Field
@TNPMuseum
@KyleMcNary
@NegroLeagueBall
@stlouisgiants
@TedTolesJr
@368tothegaps
@LeonDayPark
@Lasttraintocoop
@teambrwnapparel

League Leaders

 

Home Runs

J. BeckwithMEM13
W. WellsSTL12
O. CharlestonIND11
Q. TrouppeIND9
S. PenningtonMEM9
M. SuttlesPIT8
C. SmithKCM8
M. DihigoSTL8
R. DixonPIT8
B. LeonardPIT8

RBI's

J. BeckwithMEM50
M. SuttlesPIT48
C. SmithKCM46
O. CharlestonIND41
B. MackeyKCM38
W. WellsSTL36
A. RadcliffePIT34
M. DihigoSTL33
B. LeonardPIT33
S. BankheadPIT30

Runs

B. LeonardPIT41
J. WilsonMEM39
D. MoorePIT37
T. StearnesSTL36
W. WellsSTL36
O. CharlestonIND35
J. BeckwithMEM35
M. SuttlesPIT35
W. BrownIND35
P. HillKCM35

Batting Average

D. MoorePIT.378
T. StearnesSTL.368
J. BeckwithMEM.365
C. SmithKCM.359
O. CharlestonIND.358
P. HillKCM.356
R. CannadyIND.354
B. LeonardPIT.352
C. SmithKCM.346
H. McNairPIT.341

OBP

O. CharlestonIND.454
P. HillKCM.430
T. StearnesSTL.430
B. LeonardPIT.418
R. CannadyIND.416
J. WilsonMEM.409
D. MoorePIT.404
J. GibsonCAG.398
W. WellsSTL.398
J. BeckwithMEM.394

Slugging Pct.

J. BeckwithMEM.635
O. CharlestonIND.630
D. MoorePIT.593
T. StearnesSTL.584
B. LeonardPIT.582
C. SmithKCM.571
M. SuttlesPIT.566
W. WellsSTL.543
R. DixonPIT.522
N. RobinsonCAG.520

Wins

N. WintersSTL9
B. ByrdKCM8
S. JonesPIT8
D. BrownCAG7
S. PaigeMEM7
F. WickwareCAG7
W. McDonaldCAG6
R. FosterMEM6
H. SmithIND6
Many Tied With5

ERA

W. McDonaldCAG2.81
N. WintersSTL3.08
M. ManningKCM3.10
B. ByrdKCM3.20
D. BrownCAG3.72
S. PaigeMEM3.79
S. JonesPIT4.12
W. BellIND4.38
SJ WilliamsSTL4.80
C. BrewerPIT4.84

Hits Per 9

W. McDonaldCAG8.21
N. WintersSTL8.23
S. JonesPIT8.40
M. ManningKCM8.78
D. BrownCAG9.23
L. DaySTL9.71
S. PagieMEM9.83
C. BrewerPIT10.00
W. BellIND10.35
R. FosterMEM10.63