What is the Midwest 6 Negro League?

A custom fantasy all-star negro league played using primarily the 103 player All-Star Negro League roster and computer baseball game from Strat-o-Matic. Six teams, put together after thorough data analysis, playing 60 games each for a total of 180 league games.

The Names – Satch, Josh, Cool Papa, Turkey, Fats, Slim, Boojum, Dobie, Biz, Pop, El Maestro, Mule, Ghost, Needle Nose, Count, Home Run, Candy, El Diablo, Tubby, Flash, Rap, Hooks, Heavy, Bingo, Cannonball, Cyclone, Spot, Frog, Spoony, Superman, Double Duty, Bullet, and Buck all play here.

Gentlemen that played the game for the love of the game. Follow the games, learn about the players, and expand your knowledge of a once-forgotten time in American Baseball History.

Jud Wilson

Batting Average

.372 – Jud Wilson
.372 – Turkey Stearnes
.370 – Chino Smith
.354 – Tubby Scales
.348 – Pop Lloyd
.338 – Buck Leonard
.329 – Mule Suttles

Chino Smith

OBP

.447 – Chino Smith
.433 – Jud Wilson
.432 – Oscar Charleston
.429 – Buck Leonaards
.427 – Tubby Scales
.419 – Turkey Stearnes
.404 – Willie Wells

Pop Lloyd

Hits

31 – Pop Lloyd
29 – Turkey Stearnes
29 – Jud Wilson
28 – Tubby Scales
27 – Willie Wells
27 – Chino Smith
27 – Mule Suttles

Oscar Charleston

Walks

14 – Oscar Charleston
13 – Buck Leonard
13 – Josh Gibson
12 – John Beckwith
11 – Newt Allen
10 – many tied

Spot Poles

Stolen Bases

6 – Spot Poles
2 – Alejandro Oms
2 – Pete Hill
2 – Homerun Johnson
2 – Ray Dandridge
1 – many tied

Turkey Stearnes

Slugging

.846 – Turkey Stearnes
.675 – Willie Wells
.630 – Chino Smith
.587 – Red Parnell
.582 – Tubby Scales
.569 – Oscar Charleston
.545 – Buck Leonard

Turkey Stearnes

Doubles

9 – Turkey Stearnes
8 – Pop Lloyd
7 – Red Parnell
7 – Tubby Scales
7 – Mule Suttles
6 – four tied with

Pop Lloyd

Triples

3 – Oscar Charleston
3 – Wild Bill Wright
3 – Chino Smith
3 – Ray Dandridge
3 – Hurley McNair
2 – many tied with

Josh Gibson

Home Runs

8 – Turkey Stearnes
7 – Willie Wells
6 – Spoony Palm
6 – Josh Gibson
5 – John Beckwith
4 – Red Parnell
3 – many tied with

John Beckwith

Runs Batted In

21 – Turkey Stearnes
21 – John Beckwith
19 – Willie Wells
18 – Tubby Scales
18 – Chino Smith
16 – Buck Leonard
14 – Mule Suttles

Inside the Numbers

Team Batting Averages
.284 – Chicago Giants
.270 – Kansas City Monarchs
.263 – League Average
.260 – Pittsburgh Crawfords
.258 – Detroit Stars
.258 – Homestead Grays
.245 – Indianapolis ABC’s

Team ERA’s
3.30 – Pittsburgh Crawfords
3.45 – Kansas City Monarchs
3.51 – Chicago Giants
3.59 – League Average
3.62 – Homestead Grays
3.69 – Indianapolis ABC’s
3.99 – Detroit Stars

Game Scores
81 – Leon Day
81 – Frank Wickware
81 – Slim Jones
79 – Juan Padron
79 – Bullet Rogan
78 – Smokey Joe Williams

League News and Rules

Backup Catchers
Every 5th game, starting with game 5, backup catchers will start. Every fifth game ensures that all starting pitchers(4-man rotation) will pitch to the backup catcher at some point.

Bench Players
Every 5th game, starting with game 8, the non-catcher bench player with the least amount of at-bats will start.

Extra Innings
If tied after 11 innings, position players on the pitching staff (Torriente, B. Taylor, Lyons, O. Charleston, McNair, Baro) must start the 12th inning.

Box Scores




NEWSPAPER STYLE RECAP FOR 2023 Midwest 6 All-Star League                Day 20
 
TEAM     WON LOST   BATTING AVERAGE     HOME RUNS           RUNS BATTED IN
2023 CAG  11   9    T.Stearne KCM .372  T.Stearne KCM    8  T.Stearne KCM   21
2023 PIT  10  10    J.Wilson  HOM .372  W.Wells   DET    7  J.Beckwit HOM   21
2023 DET  10  10    C.Smith   KCM .370  S.Palm    DET    6  W.Wells   DET   19
                    T.Scales  DET .354  J.Gibson  PIT    6  T.Scales  DET   18
2023 HOM  10  10    P.Lloyd   CAG .348  J.Beckwit HOM    5  C.Smith   KCM   18
2023 KCM  10  10
2023 IND   9  11    WINS                SAVES               ERA
                    J.Mendez  KCM    4  R.Foster  HOM    4  S.Jones   PIT 2.56
                    S.Paige   HOM    4  P.Charles PIT    2  B.Rogan   HOM 2.63
                    B.Rogan   HOM    4  T.William IND    2  C.Brewer  PIT 2.63
                    OTHERS TIED W    3  C.Leblanc IND    2  J.Mendez  KCM 2.66
                                        B.Jeffers CAG    2  L.Day     DET 2.81
 
                    CUR HIT STREAK      STOLEN BASES        STRIKEOUTS
                    T.Stearne KCM    8  S.Poles   DET    6  S.William DET   33
                    W.Wells   DET    5  A.Oms     DET    2  L.Day     DET   32
                    H.Johnson IND    5  P.Hill    PIT    2  D.Brown   CAG   28
                    M.Suttles CAG    5  H.Johnson IND    2  D.Redding KCM   26
                    N.Allen   HOM    5  R.Dandrid KCM    2  S.Paige   HOM   24
 
YESTERDAY'S GAMES   TODAY'S SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE STARTERS
DET  3  at  HOM  9  DET-William(2-3, 4.08) at HOM-Paige(4-1, 3.03)
PIT  6  at  KCM  4  PIT-Jones(1-1, 2.56) at KCM-Manning(0-2, 4.66)
CAG  0  at  IND  4  CAG-Donalds(2-2, 3.13) at IND-Smith(1-1, 3.03)
 
YESTERDAY'S BEST PERFORMANCES
BATTER         TM OPP AB  R  H RB BB Ks HR SB
T.Stearnes    KCM PIT  3  2  2  2  1  0  1  0
S.Pennington  HOM DET  5  2  2  3  0  0  1  0
W.Wells       DET HOM  4  1  2  2  0  0  1  0
J.Beckwith    HOM DET  5  1  2  2  0  1  1  0
B.Rogan       HOM DET  3  1  1  1  1  0  1  0
 
PITCHER        TM OPP  INN  H  R ER BB Ks HR WLS
N.Wright      IND CAG  9.0  7  0  0  2  0  0 W  
B.Rogan       HOM DET  8.0  5  3  3  1  4  2 W  
H.Salmon      KCM PIT  2.0  0  0  0  1  0  0    
P.Charleston  PIT KCM  2.0  2  0  0  1  0  0   S
B.Holland     CAG IND  1.1  1  0  0  0  2  0    
 
WHO'S HOT - BEST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
W.Wells       DET .442 43 19 12  6  5  J.Mendez      KCM 25 19  5  4 17  1 210
T.Stearnes    KCM .410 39 16 12  3  5  B.Rogan       HOM 25 18  7  4 10  2 300
S.Pennington  HOM .345 29 10  8  5  2  R.Brown       PIT 24 23  4  5  7  0 200
J.Beckwith    HOM .317 41 13 10  6  3  L.Day         DET 18 14  4  4 15  0 200
B.Leonard     PIT .341 41 14 10  6  2  J.Jeffries    KCM  6  3  0  1  2  0 100
 
WHO'S NOT - WORST IN LAST 10 DAYS
BATTER         TM  AVG AB  H RB BB HR  PITCHER        TM IP  H ER BB Ks HR WLS
J.Johnson     CAG .103 29  3  1  1  0  J.Padron      KCM 20 26 15  8 12  3 030
L.Santop      HOM .156 32  5  0  2  0  W.Bell        IND 14 20 11  7  8  3 010
R.Dandridge   KCM .227 44 10  1  0  0  L.Matlock     HOM 14 14  9  6  6  3 020
M.Dihigo      DET .194 36  7  2  3  0  G.Blair       HOM 19 24 15  8  9  3 010
C.Blackwell   HOM .154 26  4  2  3  0  S.Williams    DET 16 18  9  8 10  2 110
 
INJURY REPORT
No injuries to report




TEAM                   AVG    AB    R     H   2B  3B   HR  RBI   SB   CS    E
2023 Chicago          .284   714   82   203   40   2   15   79    2    5   19
2023 Kansas City      .270   703   83   190   32  16   12   82    2    1   14
2023 Pittsburgh       .260   704   84   183   22   5   18   81    3    3   27
2023 Homestead        .258   697   84   180   29   7   16   84    5    4   20
2023 Detroit          .258   737   95   190   40   7   23   92    9    5   13
2023 Indianapolis     .245   687   65   168   25  10   11   63    6    5   15
--------------------  ---- ----- ---- ----- ---- --- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----
LEAGUE TOTALS         .263  4242  493  1114  188  47   95  481   27   23  108
 
 
TEAM                   ERA   W   L      IP     H    R   ER   HR   BB    SO OAVG
2023 Pittsburgh       3.30  10  10   183.0   200   89   67    8   51    58 .271
2023 Kansas City      3.45  10  10   180.0   172   78   69   18   60   101 .248
2023 Chicago          3.51  11   9   179.1   190   77   70   13   57    77 .270
2023 Homestead        3.62  10  10   181.1   166   82   73   21   62    85 .243
2023 Indianapolis     3.69   9  11   180.2   192   79   74   21   57    95 .272
2023 Detroit          3.99  10  10   180.1   194   88   80   14   69   107 .271
-------------------- ----- --- --- ------- ----- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----- ----
LEAGUE TOTALS         3.59  60  60  1084.2  1114  493  433   95  356   523 .263





Annual Classic Inspires League

Larry Lester’s Black Baseball’s National Showcase has had a major influence on how I set up the league. The book is a treasure trove of information in text and images.

The book excels in its breakdown of each season’s prized East-West All-Star game held in Chicago. Each chapter starts with snippets of what was happening socially, economically, the state of the negro leagues, and other pertinent pieces of information for that year starting in 1933. The focus then shifts to the players involved in that year’s game. The book uses pieces from the actual newspapers from around the country covering the game. Box scores, at times play-by-play, and images from that season.

A lion’s share of the players in the Strat-o-Matic negro league all-star roster is sprinkled throughout the chapters. You can read many books about the negro leagues, but to have a book that shows when the players competed against each other in an actual all-star game lineup is invaluable.

The Midwest Six Negro League takes place in Chicago. All games are played at Comiskey Park with rosters that encompass some of the best negro league players of all time. The league will consist of six teams in two divisions (North and South). Each team will consist of 19 players with nine pitchers and multiple players that pitch as well as field a normal lineup spot.

I will have daily writeups for each league day and will post box scores that include what happened batter by batter.