1946 Negro League Baseball Season Roster

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  • Eagles Soar: Doby, Irvin lead Newark to title over Paige’s mighty Monarchs
  • Stars Galore: Gibson, Leonard, Mackey, Wells among 12 HOF players
  • MLB Preview: Joe Black, Jim Gilliam, Sam Jethroe, Hank Thompson
Full Summary

This is a 12-team league bursting with star power rated to play a 154-game season. But fans of all-time-great teams will focus on dominant division winners Newark and Kansas City and their great seven-game World Series, won by Newark’s Eagles.

As usual, the Monarchs had great pitching in Hall of Famers Hilton Smith (20-6, league-best 2.09 ERA) and Satchel Paige, plus HOF hitters Willard Brown (.323, 50 doubles, 15 triples, 118 RBIs) and Buck O’Neil. But Newark had the league’s top two hitters in Monte Irvin (.347) and Larry Doby (.333), who each topped 1.000 in OPS. They became powerful outfielders in the Major Leagues, but they were the middle infielders for the 1946 Eagles, with Irvin at shortstop and Doby at second base. Newark also had a pair of 25-game winners, HOF pitcher Leon Day and Max Manning (also carded in SOM’s Negro Stars set) and ace-worthy Rufus Lewis (23-6).

Hall of Famers Josh Gibson (41 HR, 118 RBIs, 1.049 OPS), Cool Papa Bell, Buck Leonard, Biz Mackey and Willie Wells also played in the 1946 Negro Leagues as did 16 others who are in SOM’s Negro Stars set.

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