Monday, December 29, 2014

The Negro League baseball history fact for today - Thomas "Monk" Favors

Thomas “Monk” Favors spent the majority of his baseball career playing for minor league level, independent affiliated black southern teams.  Born on December 29, 1920 in Atlanta, Georgia, Favors came to the Baltimore Elite Giants in 1939 as an 18 year old pitcher.  After going back to Atlanta the following season, Favors returned to the Elite Giants in 1942.

He spent the next three years in the military (1943 – 1946) and first played again with southern black teams when discharged.    However, in 1947 Favors was with the Kansas City Monarchs as a utility infielder and outfielder.

He finished his career playing with minor league level teams in Atlanta.

Which of Favor’s Kansas City Monarch’s teammate became the first African American to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954?

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