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The Kansas City Monarchs: A Baseball Revolution by Phil C. Dixon

Author and historian Phil S. Dixon gave a presentation about the Kansas City Monarchs baseball team at the Lincoln Branch Library May 14, 2pm.


The Kansas City Monarchs were the longest-running franchise in the history of baseball’s Negro Leagues.  The team sent more players to the majors than any other Negro League franchise, including Robinson, Paige, Ernie Banks, Elston Howard, Hank Thompson, and Willard Brown.  They were charter members of the Negro National League from 1920 to 1930.  The Monarchs became the first professional baseball team to use a portable lighting system which was transported from game to game in trucks.  After sending more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise, the team was finally disbanded in 1965.

For more than thirty-five years, author/historian Phil S. Dixon has recorded African-American baseball with a vast array of creativity and historical accuracy. He has written numerous books on baseball and is widely regarded for his expertise on baseball history. He won the prestigious Casey Award for the Best Baseball Book of 1992 and later received a SABR (Society of American Baseball Researchers) MacMillan Award for his excellence as a researcher along with a host of other honors. His contributions to baseball can be found on the backs of baseball cards, in award winning books and nationally recognized documentaries. He has appeared on History Detectives, C-span, BET, National Public Radio and other national broadcast media.