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1971 - SHORT BUT SWEET


After just finishing up my last 'Short but Sweet' season this morning, it is time to move onto the next one and start a new one up. I have completed 1911, 1927, 1966, 1969, 1990, 2003, 2014, and 2015 so far in this mini-season format and now we travel 19 years into the past as I bring you "1971 - Short but Sweet". The following will be what the project is about.

"1971 - Short but Sweet" will consist of eight teams (4 AL, 4 NL). Each team will play their respective league mates 14 times in alternating three and four-game series for a total of 42 games. Thank you to Bill (C&D Man) for the inspiration of the 42-game mini-season. 42 games for each team should give me a decent bench mark to see how the teams perform. Meanwhile, it will not take too long to complete as my last couple projects have taken about a month or two to roll out. Although my time will be limited with job searching, vacation, and baseball, I will try to roll as many games as I can. Here are some particulars:

  • This project will be done in Strat Basic C&D with a few of my modifications.
  • These modifications include and are not limited to my chart on when runners are able to steal and my chart on when to remove a starting pitcher. Although, I will usually rely on POW unless a pitcher is tossing a shutout or no-hitter (Any questions, do ask).
  • I will be using the Super Advanced Solitaire Rest Chart to monitor usage. The rest chart will be used every third game for three-game series and every fourth game for four-game series. This will allow some of the bench players to get their feet wet. Usage will be capped at about 40% of actual usage. 
  • Rosters will feature 20 players (12 position players, 8 pitchers) with four-man rotations. Because of the short project length, I decided to go with the smaller rosters.
  • After the 42 games are complete, the top team from the American League and the top team from the National League will advance to the best-of-seven World Series where they will be crowned 1971 - Short but Sweet champion.
  • I am going to try to stick to real-life lineups but will sometimes use my own just for the fun of it. I like to mess around and switch things up.


I am not very familiar with this set at all, I received it awhile ago, so I don't know too much about it. I'm really excited about this set, I get to play with my dad's favorite player, Roberto Clemente as well as other all-time greats such as Vida Blue, Willie Stargell, Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, among others.

The teams I chose in this project are not the top four in each league, although usually they are. I had to go with the Braves in the NL because I have heard so much about them and I want to see if they can play spoiler at least a little bit and maybe even make some noise with that extremely powerful offense led by Hank Aaron. Here are the eight teams that will be competing in "1971 - Short but Sweet". 

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore Orioles(101-57)
Oakland Athletics
(101-60)
Detroit Tigers(91-71)
Kansas City Royals(85-76)

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh Pirates (97-65)
San Francisco Giants(90-72)

St. Louis Cardinals
(90-72)
Atlanta Braves(82-80)

PREVIOUS WINNERS
1911 - Philadelphia Athletics over New York Giants 4 games to 1
1927 - New York Yankees over Pittsburgh Pirates 4 games to 2
1959 - Los Angeles Dodgers over Chicago White Sox 4 games to 1
1966 - San Francisco Giants over Minnesota Twins 4 games to 3
1969 - Baltimore Orioles over New York Mets 4 games to 3
1977 - Pittsburgh Pirates over New York Yankees 4 games to 3
1990 - Oakland Athletics over Cincinnati Reds 4 games to 2
2003 - Boston Red Sox over Atlanta Braves 4 games to 3
2014 - Los Angeles Angels over Washington Nationals 4 games to 3
2015 - Pittsburgh Pirates over Kansas City Royals 4 games to 3

Well, the cards are separated, each team is placed in their ziplock snack-size baggies with a label and record attached to it, the team rosters are imported into iScore for stat tracking, the excel sheet is ready for tracking usage, my team notebook is ready for game-by-game reporting, and a day of strat-playing is coming up shortly. Hope you guys will enjoy the ride that is 1971!



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I am glad you picked the Braves. If I remember correctly, Aaron had a huge year.

1971 was the first year I started collecting baseball cards, so the pictures you post really are going to bring back memories.

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Also, I am glad you picked the Royals.......I remember as a youth that Steve Mingori's was sick, but nowadays you can say the same about a dozen or so relievers in each season.......but back then it was unique........

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1943, 1946

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The '71 season is a great one!

There are a ton of great cards scattered throughout the set.

I was hoping the Mets would get into your project. Seaver had a great season, leading in ERA, ERA+, FIP and WHIP.

Will Mickey Lolich get an extra start or two, since he started 45 games IRL?

Something odd: You are going to miss out on having four of the top six in the A.L. batting race (the Twins alone had Oliva, Tovar and Carew).

No matter how you look at it, though, '71 is a great season.

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nacster wrote:

Also, I am glad you picked the Royals.......I remember as a youth that Steve Mingori's was sick, but nowadays you can say the same about a dozen or so relievers in each season.......but back then it was unique........


Particularly the lefties, like Tug McGraw, Jim Brewer, Joe Hoerner, Dave LaRoche, Joe Grzenda, Ramon Hernandez.



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seajaw wrote:
nacster wrote:

Also, I am glad you picked the Royals.......I remember as a youth that Steve Mingori's was sick, but nowadays you can say the same about a dozen or so relievers in each season.......but back then it was unique........


Particularly the lefties, like Tug McGraw, Jim Brewer, Joe Hoerner, Dave LaRoche, Joe Grzenda, Ramon Hernandez.


 Mingori had a 1.43 ERAand a whip under 1 in 58 innings, if memory is correct, plus I think he only gave up 2 homers....when the card was first issued back then i think it had no hit chances on the basic side



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"NACSTER'S HISTORICAL REPLAY"

33 REPLAYS IN THE BOOKS!

1876-1883

1896-1900

1906

1916-1917

1921, 1929

1936-1937

1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991

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nacster wrote:
seajaw wrote:
nacster wrote:

Also, I am glad you picked the Royals.......I remember as a youth that Steve Mingori's was sick, but nowadays you can say the same about a dozen or so relievers in each season.......but back then it was unique........


Particularly the lefties, like Tug McGraw, Jim Brewer, Joe Hoerner, Dave LaRoche, Joe Grzenda, Ramon Hernandez.


 Mingori had a 1.43 ERAand a whip under 1 in 58 innings, if memory is correct, plus I think he only gave up 2 homers....when the card was first issued back then i think it had no hit chances on the basic side


 Nowadays there is one guy on each team that has numbers like that



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"NACSTER'S HISTORICAL REPLAY"

33 REPLAYS IN THE BOOKS!

1876-1883

1896-1900

1906

1916-1917

1921, 1929

1936-1937

1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991

37,117 regular season games through 34 replays!

 

 



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Great year to play. I enjoyed my 1971 replay immensely.

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Hammering Hank hits 25 hr.

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korgano wrote:

Hammering Hank hits 25 hr.


 DID YOU KNOW..........1971 was the 37-year old Aaron's highest OPS+ season?  At 194 he led the NL.



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"NACSTER'S HISTORICAL REPLAY"

33 REPLAYS IN THE BOOKS!

1876-1883

1896-1900

1906

1916-1917

1921, 1929

1936-1937

1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991

37,117 regular season games through 34 replays!

 

 



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I'll chime in with a "Let's go Bucs!" Clemente was also my favorite playerwink



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Awesome! It'll be great to compare our '71 replays as they run simultaneously -- though you'll probably beat me to the finish line.

I'm about 12 games in for each team and can echo all the comments about how great this season is. Hall-of-Famers all over the place having very good seasons.

I'm curious to see what you get out of Lolich and his absolutely staggering 376 IP. I've been trying to figure out a way to get him a few extra starts because once every four games won't cut it, even if you're just shooting for a pro-rated amount of innings... which for you would come out to about 97 IP, right?

You'll love Hammerin' Hank's basic card. Solid HOMERUN rolls on 2-4, 2-5 and 2-6, with a healthy 1-15 split on 2-7. He's an absolute monster. Stargell isn't far behind.

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Looking forward to it. I'll have a little more time the next couple of months to follow all of the replays a little more consistently. Looking forward to this one.

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