The Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals will mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League by wearing throwback uniforms at Kaufmann Stadium on September 22, 2020.
Kansas City will wear the uniforms of the Kansas City Monarchs, the jersey will be white with royal blue pinstripes, red piping trimmed in blue, and feature the city’s initials “KC” across the chest in large red block lettering trimmed in blue. The cap will be red with “KC” also in red, trimmed in white.
St. Louis will honour the 1930 St. Louis Stars with grey jerseys with navy blue piping, “ST LOUIS” arched across the chest in blue with red trim and a blue cap with “STL” in white.
“These 100 years later, we stand in awe of the Negro Leagues, and of the brave examples of people like Rube Foster, J.L. Wilkinson, Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, our own Buck O’Neil, Satchel Paige and so many others,” said Royals Chairman and CEO John Sherman. “Their efforts truly transcended the game of baseball.”
“On behalf of the entire Kansas City Royals organization, we are grateful for the opportunity to be so close to their extraordinary history. We feel a deep bond as a team with the great Kansas City Monarchs. We pledge to never forget them, and to forever honour them.”
The Monarchs played 46 seasons across several leagues between 1920 and 1965 (playing their last ten years out of Grand Rapids), they won two Negro League World Series championships as well as a dozen league pennants. Notable former Monarchs players include Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, Satchel Paige, and Buck O’Neil.
St Louis’ Stars started off as the Giants when they began in 1906 changing their name to the Stars for 1922. They won three league titles in their final four seasons, playing between 1906 and 1931 starting off as an indy team before joining the Negro National League in 1920. The Stars had several Baseball Hall of Famers suit up for them including Cool Papa Bell who played for the Stars from 1922-1931.
Uniform and bases used in the game will be auctioned off on the day of the game at the Royals official website, all proceeds from these auctions will go to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.