August 21, 1943

Northern War Industries Supply Fans
CHICAGO—Negro families have moved north by the tens of thousands to work in war industries. With their pockets full of war-worker money and gas rationing preventing motor trips, fans pack the grandstands at Negro League games. Business is so good that a new minor league has been started, the Negro Midwest League. Furthermore, the Negro League World Series was revived last year, which had been on hiatus since 1927; game one this year is scheduled for September 21. Many of the teams continue the practice first started in the 1930s by the independent team the Indianapolis Clowns,  a pantomime game used to warm up before the competition begins that has come to be known as shadow ball.

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