Friday, February 2, 2018

Tournament Action

The latest on my 64-game Tournament....

The 1971 Oakland Athletics come to Old Commiskey to play the 1917 Chicago White Sox. Oakland jumped to a 2-0 lead after a two-out single by Vida Blue, followed by two-run homer by Bert Campaneris during the top of the 3rd.

Blue would not allow a base runner until the bottom of the 5th (Happy Felsch double).

The White Sox would eventually come around, with back-to-back RBI hits by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson & Happy Felsch in the 7th; Swede Risberg led off 8th with a single & steal of second, as pinch-hitting pitcher Reb Russell would drive home the go-ahead run -- with Russell holding on to the lead for the one-inning save.

This is the second tournament in a row, that the 71' Athletics failed to get past the first round; The furthest that the 17' White Sox have gone is the Sweet 16 (2014).

The 1912 New York Giants would lose to the 1993 Philadelphia Phillies (2014 Runner-Up), 2-1. These tournaments have not been kind to these Giants, as they have been knocked all three times in the 1st Round, with Christy Mathewson (Grade A-YZZ) on the mound.

The 1940 Detroit Tigers pulled off a huge upset of the 1931 Philadelphia Athletics, as the Tigers kept Al Simmons quiet for the most part, by intentionally walking him twice; The second time they paid the price as Jimmie Foxx's two-run triple momentarily tied the game at 3-3 during the bottom of the 7th.

Rudy York's two-run homer in the 9th off of Lefty Grove was the difference, as Tigers win 5-3.

The 2012 Detroit Tigers were no match for the 1937 New York Yankees, as the Tigers lose 8-1; Myril Hoag went 4-for-5, with a HR short of the cycle, with 2 steals & 4 runs scored... Joltin' Joe DiMaggio added a two-run HR to go along with 2 more RBI.

The 1969 Atlanta Braves at 1927 New York Yankees featured the two greatest home run sluggers of all-time in Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth. Aaron would get things going early with a solo HR in the 2nd, while Rico Carty would add a solo HR as well, to give Atlanta a 2-0 lead, while Lou Gehrig answered back with a two-run HR in the bottom of the 4th.

Phil Niekro (Atlanta) and Waite Hoyt (New York), both Grade A-YZ, were excellent, while going the distance, but after a lead-off double to Ruth in the 9th, would lead to a walk-off single to right for the Yankees' Bob Meusel.

The 1927 Yankees improve to 10-1 in tournament play (winning it all in 2014), while the 1969 Braves have yet to get to the 2nd Round through two tournament entries.

The Next Round features the following match-ups:

  • 2013 Cardinals @1937 Yankees
  • 1993 White Sox @ 1914 Braves
  • 1977 Phillies @ 1927 Yankees
  • 2004 Angels @ 2012 Nationals
  • 2013 Red Sox @ 1979 Pirates (Defending Champs)
  • 1993 Phillies @ 1901 Pirates
  • 1940 Tigers @ 1904 Giants
  • 1987 Tigers @ 1909 Pirates
  • 1948 Braves @ 1971 Pirates
  • 1934 Cardinals @ 1948 Indians
  • 2012 Angels @ 1909 Tigers
  • 1986 Astros @ 1917 White Sox
  • 1929 Cubs @ 1946 Red Sox
  • 1975 Reds @ 1998 Yankees
  • 2013 Dodgers @ 1957 Braves
  • 1981 Expos @ 1995 Indians
Home teams dictate DH or pitchers hitting.

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