Cards, Royals to honor Negro League teams with retro uniforms

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals will participate in a Salute to the Negro Leagues game on Sept. 22 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this historic baseball league. 

The game will feature a special touch of history as well, with both teams wearing throwback uniforms from Negro League teams. 

The Cardinals will wear the 1930 St. Louis Stars away uniform which is the team that won the Negro National League Pennant.  It is a gray uniform with navy piping and “St. Louis” block lettering on the chest of the jersey in navy with a red outline.  The hat will be navy with “St. L” lettering on the front in white.

The Royals will wear the 1945 Kansas City Monarchs home uniform which is a replica of the jersey Jackie Robinson wore when he played that year for the Monarchs.  It is a cream color uniform with navy stripes and red and navy piping.  The well-known “KC” Monarchs logo is on the jersey in red block lettering with a navy outline, and the jersey also features red buttons.  The Royals will also wear inspired batting helmets that are red with the same “KC” Monarchs logo in a cream color.

This is cool: On September 22 in KC, the Cardinals will wear the St. Louis Stars away uniform, and the Royals will wear the KC Monarchs home uniform in a Salute to the Negro Leagues game. #STLCards #Royals #negroleagues100 pic.twitter.com/6BjnxHcdu6

— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) August 20, 2020

Although these teams have kept the in-state rivalry alive through the annual I-70 Series for decades – this year's game will look more like the famous 1925 playoff series St. Louis Stars and Kansas City Monarchs with a trip to the Negro Leagues World Series on the line. 

"The heated series featured four future Hall of Famers, James “Cool Papa” Bell and Willie Wells for the Stars and Wilbur “Bullet” Rogan and Jose Mendez for the Monarchs. The Monarchs 4-3 series win fueled a baseball rivalry between the two stoic franchises,” said Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. “As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Negro Leagues, it’s only fitting that the Stars and Monarchs will take the field again in our annual Salute to the Negro Leagues game.”

After the Sept. 22 game, some game-worn uniform pieces and bases from the game will be sold via an online auction that starts at 9 a.m. Go to Royals Authentics website at royals.com/auction for more information.  All proceeds will benefit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

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