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The Carthage Press
  • When the Monarchs visited Carthage

  • From the 1920s to the 1960s, in a time when baseball and almost all other elements of life were segregated and African Americans didn't mix with white America, a team of black baseball players from Kansas City traveled the country playing the game and entertaining thousands.
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  • From the 1920s to the 1960s, in a time when baseball and almost all other elements of life were segregated and African Americans didn't mix with white America, a team of black baseball players from Kansas City traveled the country playing the game and entertaining thousands.
    The Kansas City Monarchs played in leagues, barnstormed across the country and brought major-league-caliber talent to small and medium-sized communities.
    Author Phil Dixon will come to Powers Museum in Carthage and tell the story about when that famous big-city baseball team visited Carthage to play a team of bearded players from Michigan called the House of David.
    "This game was back in the 1930s, but these guys could have been hippies from the 60s," Dixon said. "They were originally out of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Grover Cleveland Alexander, the Hall of Famer, played for them at one time."
    Dixon will speak at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 at the museum. He will also offer for sale and sign copies of the six books he's authored on the Negro Baseball Leagues.
    In an interview with The Carthage Press, Dixon said the Monarchs, which were the longest running franchise in the history of the Negro Leagues, played in Carthage in one of their barnstorming seasons when they traveled throughout the middle of the country playing different teams.
    Dixon said he's been researching the Monarchs since for more than 30 years and made a goal for himself of documenting every game the franchise played in its 45 years.
    "The Monarchs played in Carthage in 1933 and they had a really good team that year," Dixon said. "I'm trying to find more information about a possible visit to Carthage by Babe Ruth, because I have a record of someone saying when the Monarchs came, it was the largest crowd to see a baseball game since Babe Ruth played in Carthage."
    A knowledgeable and entertaining speaker, Dixon lectures regularly to colleges, high schools, community groups and is routinely quoted in print and broadcast media, according to a biography on Dixon's facebook page.
    Dixon formerly worked in the Public Relations Department of the Kansas City Royals major league baseball team, and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, an organization which he served as a co-founder in 1990.
    He has interviewed hundreds of athletes and researched baseball topics for more than 25 years.
    Phil S. Dixon resides in Belton, Missouri, with his wife Kerry and children.

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