Thursday, April 8, 2010

Royals In Monarchs Duds: July 30, 1995

For 1995, the Royals spread out the Salute to the Negro Leagues over a three day weekend. Friday, July 28 was Buck O'Neil night. The Royals presented Buck with a portrait of himself, and attendees received a copy of the portrait. The next night, former Negro Leaguers signed autographs and were honored before the game. And on Sunday the 30th, the Royals and Tigers broke out the throwback uniforms, the Royals sporting 1924 Monarchs uniforms as they had the previous year, and the Tigers wearing a 1920 Detroit Stars style. (Attendees on Sunday received a Monarchs cap, as has been the case for most of the Salute to the Negro Leagues games.) Unfortunately I have no pictures from the game. The Monarchs jerseys and lids assumedly looked something like this:

Here's a shot of the actual 1920 Detroit Stars:

And here is Ebbets Fields modern remake of the uniforms:

The Tigers likely wore a dark jersey that day as the road team, so exactly what they looked like, I don't know.

On the field, the Royals eked out a 3-2 win behind a 2 run homer by Vince Coleman and 5.2 innings from starter Scott Anderson in which he allowed one run. Anderson spent ten years in the minors, getting cups of coffee in the bigs in '87, '90 and 6 games with the Royals in '95. The only win of his major league career came this night, wearing the uniform of the Kansas City Monarchs. The Royals swept the Tigers during the three day tribute to the Negro Leagues. Vince Coleman hit 10-15 in the series.

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