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Kansas City Monarchs Are Are Making A Championship Run

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Negro Leagues Museum President Bob Kendrick, left, and T-Bones owner Mark Brandmeyer reveal the new uniform of the minor league team renamed the Kansas City Monarchs.

The first professional baseball team in 62 years to bear the revered name of the winningest franchise from the Negro National League is living up to its namesake's reputation.

In their first year carrying the iconic team name of the Kansas City Monarchs, a group of minor league players look to emulate their namesake with a series championship.

The Monarchs – formerly known as the T-Bones – set a franchise record this year for wins finishing with a 69-31 record. The team's Joe Calfapietra just won his second American Association Manager of the Year award and the the team earned its second straight American Association Southern Division regular-season title.

Monarchs owner Mark Brandmeyer reveals just what a year this has been.

The American Association of Professional Baseball championship series continues at 7 p.m. on September 20, at Legends Field, 1800 Village West Pkwy, Kansas City, KS 66111.

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