Saturday, September 15, 2018

Greatest Teams Debate (Vault #4)

Dave McNally & Jim Palmer of the Orioles.
From the BoS Blog Vault - Originally posted on June 14, 2015 - I decided to share this post in my 'Vault' series, due to a recent Facebook post that involved the 1961 New York Yankees. In this post, you will find very interesting debates, while you will find out exactly why the 61' Yankees are quite overrated. 

Now a few months back, I remember from time to time people bringing up best three-year period or five-year period from a MLB franchise. It had some of the usual suspects bouncing around there from the Baltimore Orioles (1969-1971), Oakland Athletics (1972-1974), The Chicago Cubs (early 20th Century), the two different Philadelphia A's franchises from Connie Mack, the WWII era St.Louis Cardinals, among others.

The wife and I went to the public library, in which I once again, rented out "The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract" (by Bill James) -- Another book, I like to rent from there is "The Biographical Encyclopedia of Negro League Baseball" (by James A. Riley) -- Both great books! This time, it was just Bill James' books with a handful of Walking Dead Graphic Novels.

Now when it comes to Bill James, I will say this much the guy's formulas and his Win Shares that pretty much (or did, depending on who you ask) created the WAR stat concept (Wins After Replacement) -- and many of his formulas really do finish many debates on comparing players, teams and what-not. He may not be a guy that remembers watching that player back in the day, in fact he kind of approaches that aspect of the game with a half-glance approach, he's more of mad scientist who loves the game, will take the criteria, make strong cases -- while at the same time, he may not watch the game as the average die-hard baseball fan does... he's most likely not going to play in any fantasy baseball league, but he's partly responsible in many of the stats that we find helpful in choosing our fantasy baseball teams, plus his findings are also helpful to any APBA Managers out there, who are evaluating their rosters, making certain trades & drafting certain players.

Is he always right? No. Do I like reading his theories, and watching many of them make sense? Most definitely! By the way, my right arm is all oiled up with Tiger Balm, since my whole right arm is really sore from doing computer work for my APBA League & rolling some dice games -- but after reading one of his sections in this book, I had to share, and discuss this.

So back to Greatest Teams debate, he made a simplistic 6-point system to measure a team, of course this does not take in an effect if a team is a great base-stealing team, has a great pitching staff, or great lineup -- it's just a simple system, to start with.

The 6-point system is like this, for each accomplishment by the team, it will make a check by each statistical accomplishment, and the team gets one point each.
  • Finishing over .500
  • Winning over 90 games.
  • Winning over 100 games.
  • Winning the Division.
  • Winning the League.
  • Winning the World Series.
These qualifications are definitely not going to paint an over-all picture of a franchise, but when you use this system, for certain criteria, let's say for a 5-year period debate, this is how the very top franchises ranked using these accomplishments & six-point system presented by James.
  • New York Yankees (1935-1939)          25 pts
  • New York Yankees (1949-1953)          25 pts
  • Chicago Cubs (1906-1910)                   24 pts
  • St. Louis Cardinals (1942-1946)           24 pts
  • New York Yankees (1960-1964)          24 pts
  • Philadelphia Athletics (1910-1914)      23 pts
  • Oakland Athletics (1971-1975)             22 pts
  • Atlanta Braves (1995-1999)                  22 pts
  • Cincinnati Reds (1972-1976)                21 pts
  • Baltimore Orioles (1969-1973)             20 pts
  • Boston Red Sox (1912-1916)                20 pts
  • Brooklyn Dodgers (1952-1956)            20 pts
It's impressive, while at the same time it all makes sense, these are the teams we usually are chatting about, and debating over. For pre-1969 teams, he counted League Championships (with an extra point, for the division they would have won, which makes sense). 

Another point made, is that with this system, there has only been 6 teams to have had back-to-back six-point seasons, they are...
  • Philadelphia Athletics (1910-1911)
  • New York Yankees (1927-1928)
  • Philadelphia Athletics (1929-1930)
  • New York Yankees (1936-1937)
  • Cincinnati Reds (1975-1976)
Once again, uncanny, looking at this list, all makes sense, and these 5 teams are always in the thick of the discussion.

Now this book is copyrighted in 2001, not sure if he has any more updated books, which this book was an update as well. So he did not add any more recent teams, so I decided to go do some research myself.

Now we all know how much San Francisco Giants fans love bragging about their pesky Giants, not to mention all their "dynasty" talk, which I often have to point out their two missed playoff years, that are wedged in between their 3 recent World Championships. Taking in this system, this is how what we ended up with...
  • 2010 Giants: 5 pts     (only failed to win 100+ games)
  • 2011 Giants: 1 pt     (Missed playoffs, finished over .500)
  • 2012 Giants: 4 pts     (only failed to reach 90+ & 100+ wins)
  • 2013 Giants: 0 pts     (76-86, failed to reach post-season - 2nd time in period)
  • 2014 Giants: 3 pts     (Wild-Card, wins 3rd World Title, fails to reach 90 wins) 
That's a grand total of 13 pts -- Hardly great when comparing to these teams that had more points, during a five-year period...
  • Detroit Tigers (1907-1911)                     14 pts
  • Kansas City Royals (1976-1980)            15 pts
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (1962-1966)         17 pts
  • New York Mets (1984-1988)                  16 pts
  • Philadelphia Phillies (1976-1980)           17 pts
  • Pittsburgh Pirates (1901-1905)                16 pts
The Giants have won 3 World Series in the last 5 years, but where do they fit in history?

Some people may look at these teams and say, you know those are some good solid teams --Of course they are not better than some of those! Granted that the 2010-2014 Giants can spin the debate, and note that they have more titles than each of these (above six) teams. But to put it into perspective, they barely edge their 1962 counterparts, the 62' Giants who scored 12 points from 1962-1966 -- let it be known though, that I am NOT saying the 62'-66' bunch of Giants are better than the current group, no way!

In the book, he brings up the 1919 Chicago White Sox ("Black Sox") squad of 1916-1920; He mentions there is no foundation to consider the White Sox among the all-time greats. They managed to score only 12 points, their multi-year accomplishments rank them lower than the...
  • Detroit Tigers (1907-1911)
  • Boston Red Sox (1901-1905)
  • The Tigers of the 1930's.
  • The Indians of the 1950's.
  • Baltimore Orioles (1979-1983)
  • Kansas City Royals (1976-1980)
  • Detroit Tigers (1983-1987)
...and dozens of other teams, and suggests that no one would list these teams above among the all-time greats. We do know if the Chicago White Sox didn't throw the 1919 series (and won the World Championship) & didn't have 8 players banned from the game in a close 1920 pennant race, that they may have even won, giving them another shot at a title, that those would add only a few more points to the system, and still would fall short of all the teams listed above. Once again, I am not going to imply that the 1979-1983 Orioles are better than the 1919 White Sox, or the period of the 1983-1987 Tigers are better; I will say that the Tigers' 1984 World Championship season alone succeeds over any one year accomplishment by those White Sox teams though.

Say it ain't so? Not one of the best teams ever?

By the way, good news Giants fans -- You can say that your 2010-2014 teams are at least better than a historical team in the "Black Sox"; The White Sox were a good, strong team, but not among the all-time greats -- their reputation for the scandal makes people consider them great. But the 1916-1910 White Sox or the 2010-2014 Giants, are not anywhere close to be overrated than say...

... possibly the most over-rated team of all-time, when we are talking about greatest team debates...

The 1961 New York Yankees

I'm so glad when I read this book that Bill James hammers on many key points when discussing this team. I often have to bite my lip on the APBA Facebook Group, when people often bring this team into the greatest teams of all-time discussion -- they are nowhere close! The 1976-1980 Yankees may be a stronger group even. Now let me point out that the six-point system is the only thing that helps the 1960-1964 New York Yankees bunch, they are tied for second-most with the 1906-1910 Chicago Cubs & 1942-1946 St. Louis Cardinals with 24 pts.

But at this point, James just wants to point out the 1961 season -- before we head on to the 1961 season, I would like to note the 1960-1964 period for the Yankees was really their twilight period from their dominant 1950's -- The 1960's teams are a far cry from that bunch.

The Yankees ended up choking in the 1960 World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates (even though they outscored the Pirates that series), they dominated a Cincinnati Reds team in the 1961 World Series, 4-1 -- a Reds team that really wasn't the best team from the National League, according to Pythagorean Records, the 93-win Reds were the equivalent of a 83-win team, and that the 3rd Place San Francisco Giants (a Pythagorean N.L. best 89 wins) would have been a much-better challenger to the somewhat declining Yankees. The Yankees would barely edge those Giants in 1962, 4-3 in the 1962 World Series. In 1963, the Los Angeles Dodgers would sweep the Yankees & they would lose the 64' Series to St. Louis.

Now I am not saying that their 1960-1964 period was not impressive, they went to the World Series all five years -- winning two World Championships.

But once again, we are focusing on the 1961 World Series team, so back to James' points. Three points he would put detail into...

1) Their offense is completely one-dimensional (Lots of HR's).
2) No bench (besides Johnny Blanchard).
3) Whitey Ford - Only quality arm on the team.

In MLB history (as of 2001) there have been 40 teams to lead the league both in runs, and to lead in fewest runs allowed; Many teams that have done this, are among the best ever...
  • 1927 New York Yankees (213)
  • 1936-1939 Yankees (averaging at least 143 runs per year more)
  • 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers (216)
  • "The Impossible Dream" - 1967 Boston Red Sox (123 runs)
The only thing Yankees did well in 1961 was hit many HR's, the only thing that they led their league in -- compare that to the 1976 Cincinnati Reds, who led nearly every offensive category; Reds had 212 more runs than the N.L. average.

The 61' Yankees pitchers, 6 out of their 11 pitchers on their staff, went on to win 35 games or fewer for the remainder of their careers. 

Another interesting note, their record was 7-2 at home against the expansion Washington Senators in their home run park; Against the Senators (in their pitching park), they went 4-5 against the Senators.

The M&M boys (Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle) paint this image of the 1961 Yankees as some great powerhouse of the past, when in reality we should be giving more credit to their 1962 team possibly, which beat a much tougher World Series contender.

Anyways, when you take much of the statistical proof provided by Bill James, it's easy to see that the 1961 team was indeed overrated & do not belong with the absolute greats; Good team, and a Yankee fan favorite for sure, but a little too much ticker-tape if you ask me.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

1996 Off-Season in Full Swing

The Atlanta Braves have made numerous transactions after doing no major moves in 1995. The Braves just recently extended starting pitcher Greg Maddux' contract for another 10 years ($73.5 million), while acquiring OF Johnny Damon, OF Brian McRae, among others. The team also said goodbye to RF David Justice, 1B Fred McGriff and OF Tony Phillips.

Here are some of the other deals around the league...
  • Wade Boggs signs with the Minnesota Twins for two-year deal worth $8.4 million.
  • Kevin Brown signs 7-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds for a total of $44.8 million ($6.4 million per year). 
  • Barry Bonds shocked the baseball world by signing a 6-year deal with the Montreal Expos for $40.2 million ($6.7 million per year).
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers sign CF Devon White to a 5-year deal worth $21.2 million ($4.24 m per season).
  • Harold Baines announces retirement at age 36 (considerably earlier than his real-life counterpart which retired after the 2001 Season). He was last playing for the Houston Astros, and has only 370 at-bats combined during his last 3 seasons.
  • Orel Hershiser signed 2-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates ($1.88 million per year).
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired RP Doug Henry via trade with the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for OF Chris Singleton and minor league 3B Keith Johnson.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers signed RP Mark Guthrie to a 2-year deal worth $6 million.
  • The Kansas City Royals traded closer Tony Castillo to the New York Yankees in exchange for LF Carl Everett, 1B Tom L Wilson & $95,000 in cash.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers signed RP Lee Smith to a 2-year deal worth $2.24 million.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers kept busy & signed 1B John Olerud to a 6-year deal worth $39 million ($6.5 million per year).
  • The California Angels trade OF Garret Anderson and RHP Miguel Fermin to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for SP John Burkett.
  • The Cincinnati Reds sign closer John Wetteland to 2-year deal worth $5.0 million.
  • The Dodgers stay aggressive as they sign SP Bret Saberhagen with 4-year deal worth a total of $4.1 million. Saberhagen has won 77 games so far in the 90's compared to his real-life counterpart that won 62 through 1995 -- while also having 169 career wins at the moment compared to his real-life 167 win career.
  • Marquis Grissom signs 4-year deal with the Texas Rangers worth $7.36 million ($1.86 million per year).
  • Dennis Eckersley resigns with the Montreal Expos on a one-year deal worth $1.82 million.
  • Chuck Finley will join 1996 N.L. Cy Young Winner - Al Leiter on the St. Louis Cardinals after signing 4-year deal worth $18.44 million (making $4.68 million for first three seasons, with team option for 4th.
  • The Atlanta Braves sign RP Dan Pleasac to a 4-year deal worth $9.6 million ($2.4 million per year).
The Braves fell asleep in negotiations with Eric Plunk, as Plunk signed with the Toronto Blue Jays, that's when Braves switched gears and went for Pleasac. The Braves momentarily signed SS Greg Gagne as well, but he was swooped up in the Rule 5 Draft by the Texas Rangers.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The 'WHAT IF' 1984 World Series (Vault #3)

From the BoS Blog Vault - Originally posted on August 22, 2015 - I conducted a 'What if' World Series for 1984, involving the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers. The results were rather surprising, you can check out each game, just below the logo, and then continue on this post to see the end results.

Here is a recap on the WHAT IF 1984 World Series...
(Click on game links to get a synopsis of each game)

Game 1 (at Chicago) - Detroit 5, Chicago 4
Game 2 (at Chicago) - Detroit 3, Chicago 2 (10 Innings)
Game 3 (at Detroit) - Chicago 4, Detroit 0
Game 4 (at Detroit) - Chicago 3, Detroit 2
Game 5 (at Detroit) - Chicago 2, Detroit 1

The Detroit Tigers won the first two games, while the Chicago Cubs won the next three at Tiger Stadium -- In fact, every game so far during this series has been won by the visiting team. 

(at Wrigley Field, Chicago)

Petry was the right call for Game 6.
The Detroit Tigers saved Dan Petry for Game 6, and pitched Juan Berenguer instead for Game 5. While the Chicago Cubs send Dennis Eckersley, who last time pitched got the Cubs back into this series with a shutout of the Tigers in Game 3.

The Tigers started Rupert Jones once again in left field, he went 2-for-3 (2 singles) in Game 5 -- The move paid off again with a solo HR to get the Tigers started with a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. The Tigers' Lou Whitaker would add to the lead, with a RBI single in the 5th inning.

It was all Dan Petry in this one, allowing only two hits in 8 shutout innings, with 5 K's & 3 BB's. Dennis Eckersley was good again, but couldn't get the support from his lineup in this one, he went 6 innings, allowing 5 hits & 2 runs (1 earned), he did allow 3 walks though.

Tigers win 2-0, Series tied 3-3

(at Wrigley Field, Chicago)

Once again, it's Jack Morris vs Rick Sutcliffe. Morris has not done so well the previous two, while Sutcliffe has been excellent.

Both pitchers kept the other team off the board the first three innings, until Leon Durham got things going with a solo HR in the bottom of the 4th. The Tigers' Dave Bergman would get the Tigers' first hit in the top of the 5th, a two-out double. It would not be until the top of the 6th, that the Tigers would score, and that would be a game-tying RBI triple by Kirk Gibson; Scoring in Lou Whitaker from second (who had a double). The Tigers would strand Gibson.

The Tigers also would hit into many force plays or double plays in this series, or so it seems, because they happen to happen at the most crucial times of the ball games.

The game would remain a 1-1 tie for the next couple innings, entering the 9th. Jack Morris had his best game of the series, even though it was a short five inning outing -- allowing 4 hits & a run, while striking out five Cubs. The Tigers' Aurelio Lopez pitched two scoreless innings, and Dave Rozema & Doug Bair shared the 8th Inning. Willie Hernandez would come in for a non-save situation, with the Tigers hoping for him to last at least three innings, if this goes extras.

Meanwhile, Rick Sutcliffe has been keeping the Tigers at bay, allowing only 5 hits, a run & walk through 8 innings, while racking up 8 K's.

The top of the 9th, the Tigers had their #3, #4 & #5 hitters coming up in Kirk GibsonChet Lemon & Darrell Evans. They couldn't do anything with fly-outs by Gibson & Evans, and Lemon grounding out. Bottom of the 9th, the Cubs had Ron CeyJody Davis Larry Bowa coming up. Cey would strike out a third time, and is 0-for-4 for the night. Jody Davis (1-for 18) entering the game, was 0-for-3 in this one with 2 K's (making him 1-for-21), appeared to be no threat to Willie Hernandez, until Willie accidentally hung one over the plate, Jody sent it deep over the Ivy in right, a walk-off series winner for the Cubbies!

The Chicago Cubs down 2-0, win the series, 4-3! Leon Durham has been a beast, it's been awhile since I have seen stats such as these in a dice series, but here they are...


11 H / 25 AB
.440 BA
2 HR
7 Doubles
2 Triples
4 walks (1 Int Walk)
All 11 hits were Extra-Base Hits!

.517 On-Base Percentage
1.120 Slugging Percentage
1.637 OPS (On-Base + Slugging)

Easy call, he is the MVP of the series, despite Sutcliffe & Eckersley's excellent performances.

Jody Davis: The unlikely series hero, ending 76 years of frustration.

Friday, September 7, 2018

The Sum of All Fears (2019 Hall of Fame Results OOTP)

The Hall of Fame Results came back during my 2019 MLB Season via Out of the Park 19, with two players being inducted into Cooperstown, those two players are Mariano Rivera (94.1%) and Roy Halladay (78.7%), accomplishing the goal on their very 1st ballot.

Just missing:
  • 1B Todd Helton (74%) on his first ballot, a bit of a surprise that he came that close on his first ballot, I put him on my ballot, but was not expecting the high percentage.
  • SP Mike Mussina (66.3%) - 6th year
  • OF Barry Bonds (64.8%) - 7th year
  • SP Roger Clemens (62.1%) - 7th year
10 ballots & your out...
  • DH Edgar Martinez (64.5%)
  • 1B Fred McGriff (19.8%)

This is one of my real-life fears, Edgar Martinez not reaching the Hall, that would just be sad. You can check out my views on Edgar & other deserving players like McGriff in the following posts...
Sure eventually, Edgar and McGriff could have to depend on the Expansion Era committee in the same way as Morris & Trammell, but it really should not have to come down to that.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Man with 100,000 Hits

I have been very blessed to share my passion through this blog, and am very thankful to all the readers out there. It started out as something small, but blossomed over time, this blog would not have thrived if it was not for all the love and support out there in the APBA Baseball and Baseball world.

This blog brought friends into my life, friends that I have not met in person and friends that I have got to meet by participating in APBA tournaments.

My main goal with the blog was to be an enjoyable outlet for me to share my passion for the game, it really didn't matter if I had just 5 readers, 50 readers or 50,000,000 readers, it was just all for fun. The blog made it possible for me to inspire others, while they have in return inspired me.

On July 28th, my blog had reached 100,000 hits-- This is simply amazing to me, I could not have imagined anything like this when I started out. The blog didn't really get rolling until late Spring 2013, and during the time since its creation, we have seen plenty of FTF APBA Tournaments launched across the country, APBA Facebook adding 2,500 people, while I must have rolled a few thousand games (at least). I have made numerous APBA friends since, while I unfortunately known a few that have passed on. It was such blogs from my friends, Thomas Nelshoppen (The APBA Blog) and Kenneth Heard (Love, Life & APBA Baseball), among others that have inspired me to create the Boys of Summer.

My wife has been a huge influence on my blog as well, she's a writer and blogger, while she has always supported my habit called APBA Baseball (Fellas, she actually finds the dice-rolling sound soothing!)

I knew that it was always special, but it wasn't until I got to the 2013 Chicagoland (Fall) Tournament when 7 of the 24 players or so there, came up to me and mentioned "I love your blog" -- that to me made me hungry to deliver all things APBA Baseball & Baseball related through this blog. It simply is an amazing outlet to share my love for the sport & game.

Thanks to all for making it all possible,
Shawn Baier

(aka Shawn Summers via Facebook)

Monday, September 3, 2018

Atlanta's Slide and the Off-Season Aftermath (Part 2)

What to do... what to do?

Those were the numerous questions lingering on my mind, while I try to fix up the payroll situation for the Atlanta Braves and the up-coming 1996 MLB Season.

The first move we made was trading Tony Phillips, who was often-injured and underachieved during the first two years of his three-year contract. We traded him to California in exchange for 2B/1B Carlos Garcia, OF Bill Ashley and prospect C/3B Joe Bertucci. The move was a cost-cutting move that gets us some depth at second, first & left field.

The next move, we decided to shop around David Justice after all, and Kansas City came a calling. When I noticed Johnny Damon was one of the players being dangled in front of my face, I had to make him part of the offer. I initially tried to add prospect starting pitcher Chan Ho Park to the deal, but was denied, but they were more than willing to trade off one of their bigger contracts in Brian McRae.

McRae gives me an excellent option in center field, he is due to only make $1.66 million in 1996, but afterwards the contracts jumps up to $3.56 million per year from 1997-1999. I thought about trading McRae right away, but decided he will start in center over Deion Sanders, while I will wait to cross that bridge if I want to keep McRae or not, after the 1996 season is complete.

I spoke with Greg Maddux's agent on a possible extension, in which they came back with a 10-year deal worth $73.5 million; The deal would be give him a raise from $4.6 million to $7.35 million-per-year... the pending offer was a no-brainer.

I was surprised when I tried to shop around Fred McGriff that I only got three responses, which involved the following veterans: 3B Terry Pendleton, OF/1B Kevin Mitchell & OF Lenny Dykstra... Each player is past their prime, while all featured contracts that were either equal to or more than McGriff's annual salary. I ended up finally trading him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for catcher Matt Walbeck, SP Scott Elarton, SS Chris Sexton and RP Mark Mimbs... the deal may make you shake your head, but I had to make room for Jason Giambi at first, plus it saves me some money, and I could use that money towards free agency.

My current lineup looks like this...

  1. Brian McRae - CF
  2. Chipper Jones - 3B
  3. Jason Giambi - 1B
  4. Ryan Klesko - LF
  5. Javy Lopez - C
  6. Johnny Damon - RF
  7. Jeff Blauser - SS
  8. Mark Lemke - 2B
  9.  (Pitcher)
My bench will feature the following players...
  • Deion Sanders - OF
  • Carlos Garcia - 2B/1B
  • Bill Ashley - LF
  • Mike Mordecai - 2B/3B/SS
  • Tony Tarasco - OF
By trading away these combined players, I have freed up $5 million of annual salary, while our budget will get bigger in a few years as well. I made two offers, nothing flashy, an offer for RP Eric Plunk and SS Greg Gagne.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Atlanta's Slide and the Off-Season Aftermath (Part 1)

Ryan Klesko is greeted at home plate by Javy Lopez.

The Atlanta Braves made no trade deadline moves by July 31st, 1995, while the Los Angeles Dodgers landed starting pitcher Chuck Finley from California in exchange for prospects 1B Bill Ashley and 2B Bill Mueller.

Part of the reason that I made no moves was the fact that we are over-budget and the fact that I would have to trade big pieces for numerous smaller pieces. The big pieces were all putting up big numbers, while I really was limited with my roster flexibility.

The lack of moves would come back to haunt my 1995 Atlanta Braves, as we picked a lousy time to go on a 4-6 skid, while the Los Angeles Dodgers finished the season on a 12-game winning streak. Entering the last game, both teams were tied in first, and the Braves didn't show up in Houston, while the Dodgers won their game against the Giants.

The Los Angeles Dodgers would eventually defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS (in 6 games) while defeating the Chicago White Sox in the World Series, 4-2. The Dodgers' playoff rotation was Tom CandiottiPedro Martinez and Finley.

The Braves' playoff streak from 1991-1994 came to an end, as we missed the playoffs with 104 wins... so now we know how the real-life 1993 San Francisco Giants felt like.

Our team depth, minor league depth & our bullpen depth have all taken a hit over time, and their needs definitely need to be addressed.

We have 1B/3B Jason Giambi knocking on the door for playing time, but there has not been any room for him to play with Chipper Jones at third & Fred McGriff at first. I did entertain the idea of Chipper playing short, but long term he would have to move over to third at some point, so I nixed that idea.

McGriff is signed through the end of the 1998 Season, but he can opt out at the end of this upcoming 1996 Season. McGriff currently makes $4.2 million per year, while Giambi is making $128,000 at the moment (the upcoming arbitration hearing will likely bump him to around $153 K).

While I truly love having McGriff on my team, despite his down-year (.272, 22 HR, 104 RBI & .783 OPS) in 1995, he could bring me a few players in return while slashing payroll. I believe Giambi is ready to take over.

Tony Phillips will likely be another roster casualty, he has not lived up to his three-year contract, I sacrificed fielding (playing him in center) for his batting eye (on-base machine), but he has not been on the field the majority of the time, while missing a combined 9 months over the last two seasons. Deion Sanders would become the regular starter again.

Phillips and McGriff are worth $6.8 million combined per year.

I am on the fence with David Justice, unlike Phillips and McGriff, I don't have a quality replacement to take over for him... the best option at the moment is Brian R. Hunter, who I rather have backing up Giambi at first & a quality outfielder in right.

Getting rid of both McGriff and Justice during the same off-season would be a huge loss of power taken out of that lineup, then again Ryan Klesko and Javy Lopez have both stepped up, while I expect big things out of Chipper and Giambi.

Justice currently has a annual salary of $3.4 million.

I actually thought about saving a measly $1.0 million by not offering arbitration to Mark Wohlers, his arm problems are already apparent, plus we all know that they don't get better. The great thing about Out of the Park Baseball is that the computer generator could create a better alternative history for Wohlers, but most often it will likely go down the same destined path. I decided that I will keep him for now as the closer, while Roberto Hernandez will be the 8th Inning setup man.

I decided not to offer arbitration to reliever Mike Stanton, and will save at least $1.3 million (his current salary). I will agree to Mike Timlin and Scott Radinsky's arbitration, although they both have not done much to this point, they do have a real-life track record of being consistent & reliable relievers in the Majors.

Decisions, decisions.... you will have to see what I decided what to do in my next post.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

1995 All-Star Break Report

The Atlanta Braves find themselves in familiar territory, first place while dealing with the usual untimely injuries.

Tony Phillips spent more significant time on the disabled list with a torn hamstring, missing two months (after missing nearly half-the-season, plus the entire playoffs during 1994). Phillips signed a three-year deal worth $7.8 million prior to the 1994 season (signed through 1996), while already spending a total of 7 months on the DL.

Mark Wohlers is also a repeat offender in the injury department, dealing with shoulder issues. Wohlers spent 9 months on the disabled list, while pitching only 11.2 innings (0.77 ERA & 8 saves) until his recent injury, his return status at the moment is 'unknown'.

David Justice fractured his wrist & was on pace for 38 HR & 116 RBI at the time of his injury, he returns in 6 weeks.

The team currently sits at first place (59-29), 3.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the N.L. West. Atlanta has won the division for 3-years running, and have accomplished this with their stellar & consistent starting rotation.

Tom Glavine (12-1, 2.20 ERA), John Smoltz (12-4, 2.44 ERA) & Steve Avery (12-4, 2.54 ERA) have been excellent, while Greg Maddux (8-5, 3.76 ERA) has struggled a bit. Their 5th starter, Alan Benes (8-7, 4.49 ERA) has pitched pretty good considering that he's on the tail-end of the rotation.

On offense, the Braves' Ryan Klesko made his 1st All-Star Game, while hitting strong in all three triple crown categories, batting .341 with 20 HR & 77 RBI. Javy Lopez (.306, 16 HR & 64 RBI) was named to the All-Star Game for the second consecutive year.

It will be interesting to see what GM Shawn Summers (top right, handsome fella) will do in his quest for a 4th straight division title as we move forward.

Around the League....

Wade Boggs, who was leading the National League with a .371 batting average for the San Diego Padres, found himself shipped to the Oakland Athletics (June 28th, 1995) in exchange for SP Brad Radke and OF Ernie Young. Boggs joins a team that was very-much favored prior to the season, but has struggled badly, sitting in last place (44-45, 9.5 games out). The Athletics made a huge splash in the free agent market when they landed Larry Walker prior to the season.

Oakland's rotation has been disappointing considering that their top four starters are Kevin Brown, Mark Langston, Curt Schilling & Terry Mulholland.

Manny Ramirez (.339, 34 HR & 83 RBI) and Jim Thome (.348, 27 HR & 86 RBI) have the Cleveland Indians (winners of five straight games) looking good in first at 50-38, but the Toronto Blue Jays are nipping at their heals in the A.L. East. Ramirez only needs 2 HR to already match his 1994 season total of 36 dingers, while reaching his 1st All-Star Game.

The St. Louis Cardinals' Al Leiter is having a breakout year as he leads the Majors with an outstanding 1.48 ERA (13-3 record), which is totally eclipsing last season's 3.56 ERA. The Cardinals lured Leiter away from Toronto via free agency.

The Houston Astros' Darryl Kile has a 10-5 record, 1.80 ERA, with league-leading 0.89 WHIP.

The Detroit Tigers own the league's worst record with 30 wins, while they have won no more than 69 games during the last three seasons... finishing 7th each time. It is rumored that the Tigers' young superstar Alex Rodriguez is marking his days in Motown on the locker room wall at Tigers Stadium in the same way as a prisoner serving life in prison.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

'Gunboat' Gumbert Smacks 2 HR (Vault #2)

From the BoS Blog Vault - Originally posted on April 25th, 2013 - It was the first time that I ever had a pitcher hit two home runs in a single game, he was also very effective with his arm as well. Plus other Crazy 48's highlights.

'Gunboat' Gumbert smacks 2 HR's & 6 RBI's
Not a bad day for Harry "Gunboat" Gumbert.

                           R   H   E
1937 Giants       12  13  0
1934 Cardinals   2    6   1     F

New York (2-2) / St. Louis (2-2)

WP- Gumbert (1-0)
LP- B.Walker (0-1) 

The 1937 New York Giants won the last two games to finish in a 2-2 split with the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals, with a record setting performance by the Giants' starting pitcher Harry Gumbert, but not with his arm, but with his bat, as he tied the 2 HR's in a game & 6 RBI's in a single-game marks. The single-game RBI mark would later be broken by Darren Daulton during the day for the 93' Phillies. His nickname "Gunboat" is fitting, batting 3-for-5.

                         R   H   E
1946 Red Sox  4    8    3
1912 Giants     10  16  4     F

Boston (1-3) / New York (3-1)

WP- Ames (1-0)
LP- J.Dobson (0-1)

The Giants' Red Murray & Larry Doyle each had 3 hits; Murray fell a HR short of the cycle while driving in 3 runs, Doyle had 2 RBI.

                       R   H   E
1929 Cubs      7   12   1
1940 Reds      4   12   1       F

Chicago (3-1) / Cincinnati (1-3)

WP- Blake (1-0)
LP- J.Turner (0-1)
SV- Carlson (2)

INJ: Werber (CIN) - 5 Games

Rogers Hornsby & Hack Wilson each hit HR's for the Cubs, as starting pitcher Sheriff Blake allowed only 1 ER during six innings against the Reds.

                              R   H   E
1944 Browns        13  20   2
1935 Crawfords     3    6   1     F

St. Louis (1-3) / Pittsburgh (3-1)

WP- Jakucki (1-0)
LP- Kincannon (0-1)

The St. Louis Browns finally win their first game, as Chet Laabs & Milt Brynes each had 4 hits (with Brynes reaching base all 6 times up / 2 BB's).

                            R   H   E
1983 Orioles       2    5    2
1993 Giants        1    4    3    F

Baltimore (1-3) / San Francisco (3-1)

WP- Morogiello (1-0)
LP- Burba (0-1)
SV- Tp.Martinez (1)

Ken Singleton hits the go-ahead double in the top of the ninth, as Orioles get their first win of the season.

Greg Vaughn hits HR #3 of the season.

                          R   H   E
1976 Dodgers   0    4    0
1998 Padres      2    4    0     F

Los Angeles (2-2) / San Diego (2-2)

WP- Hitchcock (1-0)
LP- T.John (0-1)
SV- T.Hoffman (2)

Greg Vaughn's 2-run HR (his 3rd HR) in the bottom of the first was the difference of the ballgame, as Tony Gwynn gets his first hit of the season.

                           R   H   E
1985 Blue Jays  5   10   0
1968 Tigers        6   10   0      F / 11 Inn

Toronto (2-2) / Detroit (2-2)

WP- Hiller (1-2)
LP- Lamp (1-1)

No starting pitchers would end up with decisions from either team this series, and each game ended with the home team winning in a walk-off; both teams' runs totals would equal out evenly at zero by series' end as well. Dick McAuliffe added 2 more HR's (putting his total to 3 for the season) as Bill Freehan, also hit his third HR -- but the big HR would be the walk-off by Willie Horton at Tiger Stadium. John Hiller would get his third decision of the series (this time being a victory).

                           R   H   E
1971 Giants       1    5    0
1993 Phillies      12  15  1     F

San Francisco (3-1) / Philadelphia (1-3)

WP- D.Jackson (1-0) /CG (1)
LP- Bryant (0-1)

Danny Jackson gave the Phillies bullpen a much-needed rest with a 5-hit complete game performance against the San Francisco Giants, to get Philly it's first win of the season. Darren Daulton would break the single-game RBI mark with 7, including two HR's (one of them a first inning Grand Slam).

                           R   H   E
1969 Mets         6    9    1
1925 Senators   8    9    0      F

New York (2-2) / Washington (2-2)

WP- Ogden (1-0)
LP- Cardwell (0-1)
SV- Marberry (2)

Despite a 4-for-5 performance by the Mets' Cleon Jones (HR, 2B & 3 RBI), the Senators would take the lead during the bottom of the eighth with Nemo Leibold's pinch-hit triple, and hold down the win with Firpo Marberry's 2nd Save.

                         R   H   E
1953 Dodgers  4    7    1
1912 Red Sox  5   12   1     F

Brooklyn (1-3) / Boston (3-1)

WP- Pape (1-0)
LP- J.Hughes (0-1)

After an explosive start to the series for the Brooklyn Dodgers, they would fizzle out with three straight losses, this one ending on a pinch-hit walk-off double by the Red Sox' Jake Stahl. All four Dodgers runs came off solo HR's by George Shuba, Campanella, and two by Duke Snider. Gil Hodges is now hitless in 15 at-bats for the season.
"El Duque" helps keep 98' Yanks perfect.

                         R   H   E
1986 Mets       2    5    0
1998 Yankees  3    9    0     F

N.Y. Mets (0-4) / N.Y. Yankees (4-0)

WP- O.Hernandez (1-0)
LP- S.Fernandez (0-1)
SV- M.Rivera (2)

Derek Jeter goes 2-for-4, with an RBI double, as Chad Curtis gets his first two hits of the season being switched to the lead-off spot for this game -- as the Yankees stay undefeated. Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez pitched seven solid innings of three-hit, one-run ball, including 7 strikeouts.

                           R   H   E
1999 Rangers    6   12   1
1962 Dodgers   14  16   1    F

Texas (3-1) / Los Angeles (1-3)

WP- J.Moeller (1-0)
LP- Fassero (0-1)

The Dodgers took it to Rangers' starting pitcher Jeff Fassero with 7 runs in the first inning, and they didn't look back as they win their first game of the season. Fassero, unfortunately had to stay in and eat up some innings due to the overworked Texas bullpen (during the first three games), he would allow 11 hits & 11 ER's, while walking 6 batters during 4 2/3 innings! Willie Davis & Tommy Davis of the Dodgers had four hits each.

                          R   H   E
1980 Royals      3    9    1
2007 Red Sox   2    9    0     F

Kansas City (3-1) / Boston (1-3)

WP- Pattin (1-0)
LP- J.Lopez (0-1)
SV- Quisenberry (2)

Darrell Porter goes 3-for-4 with all singles, his RBI single during the top of the eighth off of reliever Javier Lopez ended up being the deciding factor in this one. George Brett woke up from his slump with a 2-for-3 performance including a HR & 2 RBI. Curt Schilling for Boston got a no decision, striking out 6 & only allowing 2 ER's during six innings.
Gibson leading the charge, batting .350 for Detroit.

                       R   H   E
1984 Tigers    3    9   3
1995 Indians   1    4   0     F

Detroit (4-0) / Cleveland (0-4)

WP- Berenguer (1-0)
LP- Nagy (0-1)
SV- W.Hernandez (2)

The 1984 Detroit Tigers join the 1998 Yankees, as the only undefeated teams remaining out of the 24 opening series for the season. Kirk Gibson went 2-for-5 with a double, as Juan Berenguer allowed only 3 hits & 1 ER during seven innings. The Tigers are batting .369 with a 3.00 team ERA, as they swept the Indians by outscoring them by 22 runs.

                          R   H   E
2002 Athletics   6   11   0
1977 Phillies      2    9    1    F

Oakland (1-3) / Philadelphia (3-1)

WP- Lidle (1-0)
LP- Lerch (0-1)

Miguel Tejada hit his 2nd HR of the season, as he helped the Athletics get in the win column. The Phillies' Jerry Martin went 3-for-4, with 2 doubles during their loss.

                         R   H   E
1953 Yankees  4    9    0
1904 Giants     2    6    0     F

N.Y. Yankees (2-2) / N.Y. Giants (2-2)

WP- Sain (1-0)
LP- Wiltse (0-1)
SV- A.Reynolds (1)

Slumping Mickey Mantle had the deciding 2-run RBI single in the 8th, that helped the Yankees even up their opening series against the Giants.

                           R   H   E
1942 Cardinals   9    9   0
1927 Yankees   11  12   2    F

St. Louis (3-1) / New York (1-3)

WP- Pipgras (1-0)
LP- Lanier (0-1)
SV- M.Thomas (1)

The Yankees held on to a late surge from the Cardinals (who scored 4 runs in the 8th & another in the 9th) to win their first game of the season. The 1927 Yankees are considered by many to be the best team in MLB history, but haven't played up to that par as of yet -- their pitching staff has a horrid 8.08 team ERA.

                           R   H   E
1931 Athletics   7   14   1
1937 Yankees   6   10   1     F / 15 Inn

Philadelphia (3-1) / New York (1-3)

WP- Mahaffey (1-0)
LP- Chandler (0-1)
SV- Shores (1)

The Athletics surrendered a late 6-2 lead to the Yankees, who stormed back during the 7th inning. Tony Lazzeri tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a solo HR off of Eddie Rommel. Al Simmons would smack in the stay ahead run in the top of the 15th with an RBI triple.

Westlake delivers big win for the Tribe.

                         R   H   E
1954 Indians    4    4    0
1906 Cubs        2    9    0     F

Cleveland (1-3) / Chicago (3-1)

WP- Houtteman (1-0)
LP- Lundgren (1-1)
SV- Mossi (1)

Wally Westlake's two-run triple was the big hit of the night for the Indians, who finally win their first game. Art Houtteman gets the win in relief, with a fantastic 6 inning start by aging Bob Feller. Carl Lundgren would end up getting a win, loss & save during this series for the Cubs. Jimmy Slagle had three hits for the Cubs in a losing effort.

                       R   H   E
1995 Braves   2    2    1
1975 Reds      1    3    0      F

Atlanta (3-1) / Cincinnati (1-3)

WP- Smoltz (1-0)
LP- Gullett (0-1)
SV- Ligtenberg (1)

Walt Weiss keeps playing well for the Braves, with an RBI triple. The "Big Red Machine" is having mechanic issues with their lousy .176 team batting average. Tony Perez is batting .308, HR & 2 RBI for the season (leading the Reds in all three categories).

                        R   H   E
1914 Braves    7   9    0
1971 Athletics 11 17  0    F

Boston (3-1) / Oakland (1-3)

WP- Odom (1-0)
LP- Crutcher (0-1)

The Athletics woke up out of their slumber with a 7-run explosion during the first inning, smacking 4 HR's that inning alone. Reggie Jackson's first hit of the season was a solo shot (he would get 3 hits) and later in the inning, the fans were treated to back-to-back-to-back HR's by Dick Green, Curtis Blefary and starting pitcher Blue Moon Odom. Sal Bando would hit a 2-run HR later in the 4th inning (his 2nd HR of the season).

                           R   H   E
2001 Mariners   3   11   1
1969 Orioles       2    9    1     F / 11 Inn

Seattle (2-2) / Baltimore (2-2)

WP- R.Franklin (1-0)
LP- Hardin (0-1)
SV- Sasaki (2)

Ichiro Suzuki had four hits & a steal, as John Olerud had the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the eleventh to help the Mariners walk away with a series split. The Orioles' two runs came off of Frank Robinson's 2-run HR during the bottom of the third.
Big day for Nemo Leibold!

                            R   H   E
1960 Pirates        2   10   2
1917 White Sox  7    14   2    F

Pittsburgh (3-1) / Chicago (1-3)

WP- Danforth (1-0)
LP- Haddix (0-1)

Nemo Leibold who had a big triple for the 25' Senators today, was the hero for the 1917 White Sox as well -- with a 3-for-5 performance, 3B, 2B, steal & 2 RBI! The White Sox starting pitcher Dave Danforth kept the Pirates hitters at bay, with five innings of 1 ER ball, allowing six hits & 3 walks.

                          R   H   E
1981 Expos       7   12   0
1971 Pirates     5   15   2     F

Montreal (3-1) / Pittsburgh (1-3)

WP- Burris (1-0)
LP- Lu.Walker (0-1)
SV- Reardon (2)

A sloppy 13 hits allowed win for Ray Burris (Expos); as both teams scored 9 of their combined 12 runs in the first inning alone. Andre Dawson had his best game of the season, 3-for-5, HR & 3 RBI -- while the Pirates' Roberto Clemente has been on fire, going 4-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, while batting .588 for the season (10-for-17)!

*** LEAGUE STANDINGS Tommorrow ***

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Nelshoppen for APBA Hall of Fame

Nelshoppen (left) and myself at the Chicagoland APBA Tournament (Summer 2016). 

I feel we need to seriously stop overlooking Thomas Nelshoppen (above left), year-after-year, the fact that he's not in the APBA Hall of Fame is a true crime & shame in the APBA community.
His blog, the APBA Blog has been with the up-and-up with everything APBA from leagues forming, cards, excellent discussions of the game itself & the formulas that go into the game. He keeps us up on up-coming tourneys and knows all the important people involved in the game, info on the company itself.
His blog has also inspired bloggers such as myself (The Boys of Summer) while he has contributed more to the game of APBA than quite a few of those names that are already in the APBA Hall of Fame, for example such as two former Presidents that happened to play the game or people simply winning tournaments. I won a tournament, but I would feel really silly accepting a plaque before someone more deserving than Mr. Nelshoppen... that's just me, and these are my personal opinions (with no intent to offend the ones that are in). My point is that the game goes deeper than just playing the game. I'm a passionate person, writer, and APBA roller, I just feel really strong about this subject, and will be willing to file a more-in-depth nomination email to the company on why he should be in. His lifelong contributions to the APBA community are quite impressive, it's time to get him in.
I know I am not the only one that feels this way in the APBA community & would love to see APBA Baseball honor this stand-up guy in our APBA community.

P.S.- By the way, I do think its really cool that former Presidents have enjoyed APBA & I also enjoy hearing about former ballplayers playing this great game as well.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Satchel Paige's No-No vs 1942 Cards (Vault #1)

From the BoS Blog Vault - Originally Posted on May 10th, 2013: This post was from the early days of the Crazy 48's League in which Satchel Paige pitched a no-hitter against the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals. The Crazy 48's was the first project that got the Blog rolling, in which it would lead to me connecting with other APBA fans.

I took the last week off, the wife an I had a lot of important things to take care of, and I didn't want to get invested in APBA -- when I needed to have 100% focus elsewhere. Now that everything has been taken care of, I finished the last five games (of this batch of 24 games) during the night.

I forgot to mention it on the APBA Baseball Group, the other night, but it was mentioned on my Boys of Summer Facebook Page. On April 28th, Satchel Paige of the 1935 Crawfords no-hits the 1942 St.Louis Cardinals.


Satchel Paige of the 1935 Crawfords delivers the second no-hitter of the season. A few games ago, "Seattle Bill" James of the Boston Braves delivered the league's first-ever no-hitter. This is also now back-to-back record performances for Paige as well, after setting the strikeouts (single-game) record with 10 strikeouts, he now has delivered the league's second no-no. The amazing thing is that the 42' Cardinals have Hall of Fame outfielders Enos Slaughter & Stan Musial, plus Whitey Kurowski, Walker Cooper & Terry Moore.

                              R   H   E
1942 Cardinals     0    0    0
1935 Crawfords   4     6    2    F

St. Louis (3-2) / Pittsburgh (4-1)

WP- S.Paige (2-0)/ CG (2)/ SHO (1)
LP- M.Cooper (0-1)

The Remainder of Game #5's ("Crazy 48's)

                              R   H   E
1986 Mets            4    6    3
2007 Red Sox       6   11   0    F

New York (0-5) / Boston (2-3)

WP- Buchholz (1-0)
LP- R.Anderson (0-1)
SV- Papelbon (1)

INJURIES: Pedroia (BOS) - 6 Games.

Wally Backman (.412 AVG) collected 2 hits for the Mets, but seems to be the only one able do anything with the bat -- as the Mets remain winless. The Red Sox snap their 3-game skid, as David Ortiz went 3-for-4, with 2 doubles & 2 RBI's.

                            R   H   E
1975 Reds          4     7    0
1999 Rangers     2     3    1     F

Cincinnati (2-3) / Texas (3-2)

WP- Nolan (2-0)
LP- Helling (0-1)
SV- McEnaney (2)

Cesar Geronimo led the charge with a 2-for-3 performance, featuring his first HR of the season; lifting his batting average to .313. The Rangers' Todd Zeile became the fourth Ranger with at least 2 HR's for the season (hitting both solo shots in this game).

                           R   H   E
1998 Yankees    1    8    2
1976 Dodgers    3    4    1   F

New York (4-1) / Los Angeles (3-2)

WP- E.Sosa (1-0)
LP- Mendoza (0-1)
SV- Hough (3)

Davey Lopes comes into the ballgame in the bottom of the eighth (pinch-hitting for Sizemore) and hits a solo HR off of reliever Ramiro Mendoza; later in the inning, Reggie Smith would hit the go-ahead 2-run HR (his 2nd) that would seal the deal.
Maddux was in charge for Atlanta.

                        R   H   E
1998 Braves   4     9    1
1971 Giants    0     2    0     F

Atlanta (4-1) / San Francisco (3-2)

WP- Maddux (1-1)/ CG (1)/ SHO (1)
LP- G.Perry (0-1)

Greg Maddux's bid for a no-hitter was broken up in the bottom of the 7th by Bobby Bonds. Chipper Jones tied the record for 3 steals in a single ballgame.

                         R   H   E
1995 Indians   12  14   3
1980 Royals     5    5    0    F

Cleveland (1-4) / Kansas City (3-2)

WP- J.Tavarez (1-0)
LP- Quisenberry (0-1)

The Indians looked as if they were heading to a 0-5 start, after trailing 5-1, entering the top of the 7th. The Royals' suffered an injury to starting pitcher Dennis Leonard who was looking pretty good, his start next series will be bumped a game -- but the Royals bullpen imploded, especially Dan Quisenberry, who didn't look like himself, by walking 4 batters & allowing 4 hits & 5 runs in one inning of relief. Julian Tavarez earned the victory for the Tribe with 2 solid innings of relief.

                           R   H   E
1931 Athletics   3    6    1
1937 Giants      10  12   1    F

Philadelphia (3-2) / New York (3-2)

WP- Hubbell (1-1)
LP- Grove (0-2)

Lefty Grove got knocked out early again, as his record falls to 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts -- he has also allowed 9 hits & 5 walks in eleven innings of work, while striking out six. Mel Ott went 2-for-3, 2-run HR & 2 BB's.

                          R   H   E
1904 Giants      10  16   4
1971 Athletics   5     6   0    F

New York (3-2) / Oakland (1-4)

WP- McGinnity (2-0)
LP- Blue (0-2)

Vida Blue got rocked again, he has now allowed 12 ER's (9.82 ERA) & 6 walks in 11 innings of work. Billy Gilbert & Dan McGann each had 4 RBI for the Giants.

                         R   H   E
1968 Tigers     3     6    1
1981 Expos     2     5    1     F

Detroit (3-2) / Montreal (3-2)

WP-McLain (1-0)
LP- Gullickson (1-1)
SV- D.Patterson (1)

Bill Freehan hit HR #4 of the season, a 2-run HR at the top of the 6th off of Bill Gullickson that would be the difference-maker. Willie Horton added HR #3. Montreal's Tim Raines swiped his 7th bag.

George Caster (Browns)

                          R   H   E
1927 Yankees   0    4    0
1944 Browns     1    2    0    F

New York (1-4) / St. Louis (2-3)

WP- J.Kramer (1-0)
LP- Hoyt (0-1)
SV- Caster (1)

During the first round of the APBA Tournament of Champions, the Yankees swept these same Browns, 3-0 -- this time, the Browns turned the tables, as Milt Brynes' solo HR was the difference. The Yankees' team ERA is 6.80 after five games.

                            R   H   E
1971 Pirates       1     4    0
1985 Blue Jays  2     6    0    F

Pittsburgh (1-4) / Toronto (3-2)

WP- Stieb (1-0)
LP- Blass (1-1)
SV- Lamp (1)

The Blue Jays like to play close games, they are now 3-2 with a score differential of 1 run. George Bell's 2-run blast in the bottom of the fourth was the decisive factor.

                        R   H   E
1984 Tigers     8    8    1
1998 Padres    1    6    1    F

Detroit (5-0) / San Diego (2-3)

WP- J.Morris (2-0)
LP- K.Brown (0-2)

Kevin Brown & the Padres were in countrol, up 1-0, with 2 outs on the Tigers during the top of the 6th -- with Barbaro Garbey on first, Lance Parrish knocked in a 2-run HR to take the lead in which they never looked back. Tigers would score 6 runs in the top of the 8th as well, including a 2-run triple by Howard Johnson (who leads the Tigers with 7 RBI's). Greg Vaughn hit HR #4 of the season.
Medwick delivers clutch single against Yanks.

                           R   H   E
1937 Yankees    2    3    0
1934 Cardinals   3    8    1    F

New York (1-4) / St. Louis (3-2)

WP- Haines (1-0)
LP- I.Andrews (0-1)

Frankie Frisch tied the game with a RBI triple off of reliever Ivy Andrews, in which Joe Medwick followed that up with the go-ahead RBI single. Myril Hoag had 2 of the Yankees' three hits (including a 2-run double).

                         R   H   E
1977 Phillies    6    7    0
1993 Giants     1    2    2    F

Philadelphia (4-1) / San Francisco (3-2)

WP- Garber (1-0)
LP- Mi.Jackson (0-1)

INJURIES: Ro.Thompson (SF) - 5 Games.

Tim McCarver put the game further out of reach with his pinch-hit Grand Slam off of Mike Jackson, during the top of the ninth.

                          R   H   E
2002 Athletics   1    3    2
1983 Orioles     3    6    1     F

Oakland (1-4) / Baltimore (2-3)

WP- McGregor (1-1)
LP- Zito (0-2)
SV- Tp.Martinez (2)

INJURIES: T.Cruz (BAL) - 1 Game

Replacing the injured Todd Cruz, Gary Roenicke hit the deciding 2-run HR in the bottom of the fifth. Scott McGregor was spectacular, allowing only 2 hits & a ER in 8 innings (4 strikeouts).
Brown (Cubs) sets 'K' mark with 11.

                      R   H   E
1906 Cubs     9   12   0
1969 Mets    1     3    1     F

Chicago (4-1) / New York (2-3)

WP- Mo.Brown (2-0) / CG (2)
LP- Seaver (1-1)

Mordecai Brown breaks the single-game strikeout record held by Satchel Paige & Denny McLain, with the new mark of 11 strikeouts, as the Mets were no match for the Cubs. Chance & Steinfeldt each had 4 hits, while Steinfeldt also had 4 RBI.

                              R   H   E
1917 White Sox    3    7    1
1953 Dodgers       4    5    0     F

Chicago (1-4) / Brooklyn (2-3)

WP- Erskine (2-0)
LP- Cicotte (0-2)
SV- J.Hughes (1)

Carl Erskine pitched another good outing, as the bullpen also contributed by holding off the White Sox. Billy Cox smacked in a 2-run pinch-hit double, as the Dodgers score 3 in the bottom of the fifth. Chick Gandil had 2 RBI's for Chicago.

                             R   H   E
2001 Mariners     3   12   1
1962 Dodgers       2    8    2     F / 11 Inn

Seattle (3-2) / Los Angeles (1-4)

WP- R.Franklin (2-0)
LP- Roebuck (0-2)
SV- Sasaki (3)

Ichiro smacked in Carlos Guillen with a single, for the go-ahead run at the top of the 11th, as Kasahiro Sasaki comes in for his third save. The Mariners' bullpen has been phenomenal, allowing no runs in 21 innings of work.

                             R   H   E
1954 Indians        11  13  0
1925 Senators       1    6   1    F

Cleveland (2-3) / Washington (2-3)

WP- Lemon (1-1)
LP- Coveleski (0-2)

The Indians would go on and score 7 runs in the third off of Stan Coveleski, including a 3-run triple by Vic Wertz & RBI double by Indians' starting pitcher Bob Lemon. Bobby Avila hit his 2nd HR of the season.

                            R   H   E
1969 Orioles       5    8    0
1993 Phillies       3    5    2    F

Baltimore (3-2) / Philadelphia (1-4)

WP- Cuellar (1-1)
LP- Schilling (0-1)
SV- D.Hall (1)

Don Buford of the Orioles fell a triple short of the cycle, going 3-for-5, 2 RBI's, while scoring twice. Frank Robinson hit HR #2, while the Phillies' Lenny Dykstra smacked in his first of the season (2-run HR).
Back-to-Back complete games for Root.

                            R   H   E
1946 Red Sox     1    5    1
1929 Cubs           5   12   1    F

Boston (1-4) / Chicago (4-1)

WP- Root (2-0)/ CG (2)
LP- Ferriss (0-2)

After allowing a RBI double (to Dom DiMaggio) with no outs in the first, Charlie Root of the Cubs settled down and shut down the Red Sox with a complete game, allowing only 5 hits -- He also contributed to his cause with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Cubs' Rogers Hornsby went 4-for-5, 2 doubles, RBI & 2 runs. 

                          R   H   E
1912 Giants      3    4    1
1940 Reds        4    7    0     F

New York (3-2) / Cincinnati (2-3)

WP- Vander Meer (1-0)
LP- Wiltse (1-1)
SV- Beggs (1)

The Giants appeared to have this game under control, until Hooks Wiltse blown the good game that Christy Mathewson got started, allowing a 3-run HR to Frank McCormick -- The inning started with an error by Fred Snodgrass. Joe Beggs came into the game to get his first save in his first appearance of the season.

                          R   H   E
1912 Red Sox   0    5    0
1960 Pirates      5    8    1     F

Boston (3-2) / Pittsburgh (4-1)

WP- Friend (2-0)
LP- J.Wood (0-2)

Pirates snap the Red Sox' three-game winning streak, as Bob Friend pitched 7 scoreless innings, allowing only one walk & 4 hits. "Smokey" Joe Wood has yet to pitch to his potential, allowing 16 hits & 5 walks in 10 innings of work this season, with a 12.60 ERA.

                         R   H   E
1953 Yankees  0    3    0
1914 Braves     1    5    0    F

New York (2-3) / Boston (4-1)

WP- D.Rudolph (2-0)/ CG (1)/ SHO (1)
LP- W.Ford (0-2)

Dick Rudolph's excellent pitching (3 hits allowed) & Butch Schmidt's RBI single in the first inning was the difference in this one.

*** This concludes this week's BoS Blog Vault post. A few last words, I believe the "important things" that the wife and I had to take care, was us finalizing our bankruptcy, I can't believe that has already been 5 years ago. ***
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