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Appreciate the kind words, gentlemen. I have followed many of your projects and consider it high praise indeed. In response to your comments;

Re: SI Baseball--I currently have only four teams, the 71 Giants and Pirates, 73 A's, and 75 Red Sox rated for SI. They only rated three actual seasons I think (70-72), and I am using Randy Cox's great teams charts for Oakland and Boston. Like all of these games, SI had it's own unique flavor and game mechanic. If I had more teams rated I would certainly use them, but as it stands I am only guaranteeing two SI games (not including post season), although it could be a little more if the "big die" rolls right for it. Admittedly that's not much--I am similarly limited with Replay (7 teams from their great teams of the seventies set) and Payoff Pitch (the five 77 teams, although they are suppopsed to be doing the 73 season which would add three teams to the mix) which is why those games have not made the rotation yet. Have to have the teams to do it, although I think some will be coming. And in situations where the opportunities are limited, I will force the issue to get those game systems in use.

As for the rest of the games, I was able to create teams that were missing for Statis-Pro using a really good card creator, and History Maker Baseball is set up for just that, homebrew sets (and there are many) although most were already available for sale. Every team/season from 1900-2010 is available for Ballhalla (all free, I might add), and of course, I already had the SA reprint sets for Strat, which is what got the ball rolling in the first place. Although I am not a huge fan, if anyone knows where I can get my hands on some cheaply acquired APBA teams that match, I'd use them too. biggrin

Hideous and the Amazins': I actually liked the A's uniforms from back then. Had a Ken Holtzman Topps card from 74 and he had on the all-California Gold uni, the only time I ever saw that combo used, and I watched them all the time. One of the things I miss about the seventies was the garish outfits, and one of my favorite things is the 77 All-Star Game as the players are announced--it looks like a trip to an aviary. It was awesome. But I also know the players were not fond of it--or anything Charlie O. did.

And I agree, a healthy Met club is a much better team than people realize, and that was a key to their late run. But I have capped innings and at-bats, so I'm not sure if that will allow them to become what they were late in the year. We shall see. That being said, their record that year was very similar to the records they had just about every year for seven seasons (70-76, 74 excepted.) It was sort of what they were after the Miracle; an 83-79 team.

BASABURRO: The Japanese teams are available in an issue of the All-Star Review. There are at least two websites (one is a Yahoo group) that have all of the All-Star Reviews from Avalon Hill. Comparing the cards with the stats that are available on baseballreference.com, most seem pretty accurate, but there were some issues, especially with the Yokohoma team, mainly around postions played and games pitched. And no defensive stats are availble in BR.com beyond gams played, so I assume they had their reasons for the CD and E ratings each player had. I added two-three players per team to flesh out the rosters, and blank cards came with the set as though they expected it would be needed. If/when I do HMB cards for the two NPBL teams to add some variety, I will definitely add a pitcher or two to their rosters.

 



-- Edited by pfunkone on Friday 25th of September 2015 11:22:28 PM

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Regarding Sports Illustrated Baseball, you can download the original (and some fan-made) teams here: tabletop-sports.com/modules.php I've printed out the 1970 teams and they look pretty good. You also can download a free demo of the computer version that comes with all of the original teams. (There's a limited way to download other seasons for demo, if you're interested. I'm checking out the fan-made 1973 season.) I've been working with this computer version and it is quite good. The demo version has virtually all of the features the paid-for version has. Here's the page for that: www.dombrov.com/

The statistical accuracy of the original game and/or at least some of the fan-made teams might be questionable in some instances, but I have no reason to believe that any of the reproductions of the original teams are flawed.

You'll notice that the 1970 teams have lefty-righty splits. Guess who took notice and modified their game accordingly in 1971?

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Yep, that's were I got the 71 teams. Either there or the SI BB group on Yahoo, can't remember. I downloaded the Dombrov PC version as well s a few years ago. Really a nice effort, and I use the player photos for Strat!

SI was definitely the trend setter for platoon splits, and to their credit, Strat adjusted (and not the first time that's happened.) There is obviously some missing detail in the way the game plays with no positions listed for events, but for a couple of games that's no big deal--there are easy workarounds. I use to play All-Star baseball to death and had a blast when I was a kid, and that didn't even take pitchers into account. The original SI game didn't really allow for much hitter effect for walks either, which if I were to play a lot of games or a replay would start to bug me, but again, for a game or two, no worries. And Randy Cox's work with the game has definitely improved the accuracy.

I have always loved the SI dice, and I liked the fact in head-to-head play both managers were involved in most plate appearances. And to be honest, I always thought their base running (not base stealing) options seemed more realistic and varied in some ways than Strat.

Wish there were more teams that would match my twelve...

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I've heard the names Cox and Dombrovski floating around, and the person/people involved in the computer game (as well as the game's supporters) aren't very forthcoming about the way the seasons are made. I've pointed out a few seeming errors and I got a lot of push-back with much double-talk about how I just don't (and cannot) understand the game's underpinnings. The computer game manufacturer said he'd get back to me on a particular question I had and never did.

I don't think the quality control is very good, but I'm hoping the 1973 season was reasonably well made. I recall - perhaps incorrectly, since it was many months ago - someone mentioning Mr. Cox in connection with the revised All-Time All-Stars teams, in which I pointed out a particular error. Though people at the computer game forum indicated Cox was responsible for the set (and, by implication, any errors in the set), I pointed out that the error in the revised All-Time All-Stars computer version did not seem to be present in what appeared to be Cox's hard-copy version at Tabletop Sports. I never heard back.

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Sorry to hear that. But it doesn't entirely surprise me.

I've noticed sometimes the formulas for the Neft (and later Nicely) games with SI/AH are like closely guarded military secrets or the Coke recipe. The original game isn't really made anymore, for crying out loud, but a couple of people have "The Formula" and none of us are smart enough or privileged enough to be able to understand it, let alone see it. The consequence of byzantine algorithms, I suppose, although I don't think it'd really be that hard to make an even more accurate set of cards using a different formula with the same basic engine.  I love Bowl Bound, too, but to be honest, the best charts that have been made for that game were made by someone who was not privy to the formula (Eddie Mays.) The Nicely formula sits about third or fourth in terms of playability and accuracy for Bowl Bound/Paydirt, and Neft a slot ahead or behind depending on your perspective. 

And while there are things about SI baseball I really like (which I wrote above) it's biggest attraction is one of nostalgia for most people, I think. You would think people would be a little more responsive or collaborative with what is essentially an out of print game. But they paid for the formula and are making a buck (I guess), so they can suffer the consequences of alienating customers. 

Oh well. Hope the season works out. :)



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I cannot disagree with anything you said. The way I look at it is that I'm not (for example) trying to see which college football team from the 1960s is best, but which Bowl Bound team is the best. That's why I like to have parallel Bowl Bound and Haffner tournaments (i.e., to see how the teams perform under two different game algorithms, theories, or however one characterizes it).

There's the nostalgia element, as well (as you note). When I play SI baseball, I sort of feel like (as I noted at another site) I'm 12 years-old at my friend's house on a lazy summer evening with not a care in the world except what my line-up for the day's game should be.

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So I was coincidentally reading a few posts from a Delphi gaming forum and someone mentioned that you can download the team sheets for SI BB from the Dombrov game for any of the years available. I don't think the one I had could do that. Am I reading that wrong, or were you trying to tell me that before? 

Well, I just answered my own question. Guess you can. The next question is, is it worth twenty bucks and tons of ink for this project?



-- Edited by pfunkone on Sunday 27th of September 2015 06:13:25 AM

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I think that once you pay the fee, you get access to all teams. But all I know is the free computer version. There were too many unanswered questions about the game for me to proceed further. It seems like they've put a lot of effort into the game, and it certainly looks great and plays well, but (as I noted) their failure to answer my pretty basic questions about the game made me decide it wasn't worth proceeding further.

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Philadelphia at New York (George Duke "Dookie Stick" on Slacker, Ballhalla, Statis-Pro, and Replay on the tabletop)

The opener matches two soft tossing lefties, Jim Kaat of the Phillies and George Stone of the Mets in a battle of "who can give up the most hits." Kaat "wins" (11 in 4 2/3) but the Phillies lose a see-saw affair 6-5, despite two homers from Greg Luzinski and another from Mike Schmidt. Tug McGraw, hurling for New York, shuts the door in the late innings, with the win going to long reliever Harry Parker. Willie Mays gets the game winner with a two-run single in the fifth.

Game two sees no wasted offensive effort from the Phils. They savage Met starter Jim McAndrew and the entirety of the New York bullpen for 19 runs and 23 hits in a slaughter of Old Testament proportions. Luzinski adds another two homer game to go along with five RBIs, and Bob Boone and Ted Sizemore (!) add homers and three hit games of their own. Every Phillie starter has at least a run or RBI, including starting pitcher and winner Jim Lonborg. Final score, Phillies 19, Mets 3. Ouch!

The rubber game of the series is an anticipated match-up between aces Steve Carlton and Tom Seaver. The Mets erect a picket fence of runs in the second, third and fourth innings off Lefty to build a 3-0 lead heading to the eighth. Seaver allows a one out homer to Garry Maddox but is able to finish the inning. In the ninth, however,  pinch-hitter Jay Johnstone reaches on a Wayne Garrett error to lead off, and Yogi once again summons McGraw to finish the game. Tug allows two ground outs which allow Johnstone to score, and then catches too much of the plate with his screwball to Mike Schmidt. Michael Jack sends a high arcing fly into the night over the fence in dead center, to tie the game and send it to extra innings.

In the tenth, McGraw is able to work out of a two-on-nobody-out jam in his half. Gene Garber gets his leadoff man in the bottom of the inning for Philadelphia, but Felix Millan is able to loop a changeup down the line in left for a double. The Phils elect to intentionally walk Rusty Staub, but John "The Hammer" Milner, who had already homered, upends Danny Ozark's strategy with a line drive single to RF. Millan loses his footing rounding the bag, though and is forced to hold up, leaving the bases loaded, and Met fans to contemplate another lost opportunity. But Cleon Jones renders their concerns moot--he squibs a grounder up the third base line that Schmidt has no play on, scoring Millan and giving the Mets a 4-3 win.

NOTES: If your keeping score, that makes the total runs Phillies 27, Mets 13. But the Mets win the series 2-1, and tie Philadelphia in the standings. That folks, is how Miracles happen...The Bull's four home runs gives him the league lead...Wayne "Don't Hit Me the Ball...PLEASE don't hit me the ball" Garrett takes over the lead in errors with four...Cleon Jones' nickname in high school was "Beep-Beep" after the Roadrunner cartoons, because he was so fast. He went 4-5 in the last game, with three of his hits being of the infield variety. Guess Cleon still has his wheels...Tug McGraw stated after the third game of the series that he would prefer to remain with the Mets for remainder of the season, rather than pitch for both clubs. "Theses guys (Mets) need me more." 

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Tokyo @ Pittsburgh (Marvin Gaye "Got to Give it Up" on Pandora, Statis-Pro/dice version and History Maker baseball on the field)

The Giants begin the second leg of their "Pennsylvania Tour" about the same as their first; badly outclassed and seemingly bewildered by the heart of the Pirate order. Gaijin malcontent Clyde Wright got the start in game one and lasted all of 1 2/3 innings. By the time he left the game, Pittsburgh had scored eight runs on eight hits and the end result (10-2 Buccos) was a mere formality. Roberto Clemente ended the day 4-4 with a grand slam and a double, and Bob Robertson and Willie Stargell had added home runs of their own. Meanwhile, journeyman lefty Luke Walker worked 8 2/3, struck out seven, and generally made the Japanese hitters look over matched.

By the second game, however, Tokyo had adjusted, just as they had in Philadelphia. They jumped on starter Bob Moose for two runs in the first and battled back from two deficits to take a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. With just one out to go, though, the Pirates rallied to tie the game; Vic Davilillo walked, and Clemente and Robertson singled off of reliever Mitsou Sumi to send the game to extra frames. Tokyo had their chances--they had two on, nobody out in the eleventh, and two on, one out in the twelfth, but failed to score either time, the big play being Sadaharu Oh getting picked off by Milt May to end the last inning. Pittsburgh completed their improbable rally in their half of the twelfth with a double to the right center alley by light hitting Jackie Hernanadez to score May with the game winner.

Looking to avoid a sweep, the Giants played their best besuburo to date in game three of the series. Tsuneo Horiuchi tossed an eight hit complete game, walking none, and was supported by 13 hits as Yomiuri wins 8-3. Steve Blass of the Pirates battled crippling wildness, and was removed after just two innings, having walked five with no strikeouts and six runs scored. Masahiro Yanagida completed a standout series for the Giants with a 2-4 game and the game winning RBI.

NOTES: For the series, Yanagida, who had been hitless against the Phillies, went 6-11 with a homer and six RBIs against Pirate pitchers...Tokyo scored in the first inning of all three games. They have now scored in the initial frame of five consecutive games...Teams continue to pitch around Oh, much to the chagrin of the crowds that have come to see the famous Japanese slugger. He was walked seven times in the series, including four in the last game, and is just 4-19 with one extra base hit overall... after his game one shellacking, Wright destroyed the visitor's clubhouse in a wild tirade. It was unclear if Giant manager Shigeo Nagashima would use his controversial pitcher in any remaining games. "Crazy" Wright had no comment...the Giant players came away most impressed by Pittsburgh's lumbering red-headed first baseman Bob Robertson. Robertson hit two homers and drove in six runs while hitting .500 (6-12) in the series. "He reminds many of us of a sumo. He is large but graceful, and very powerful," said Giant 2B Shozo Doi. Meanwhile, Clemente finished 9-14. Stargell's homer was his first, and thus far only hit of the year.

 

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Los Angeles at Cincinnati (The Meters "The World is a Little Bit Under the Weather" on the trusty tape deck. Because lord knows I have been. ;) Ballgames by Statis-Pro/dice version and History Maker)

Two tough lefties matched up at Riverfront in an early, but crucial series; twenty game winner Tommy John for Dodgers and flame thrower Don Gullett for the Reds. With a chance to bury the Reds even further in the standings, the Dodgers take advantage of every opportunity that Gullett presents them, scoring all three runners that reach scoring position, and lead 5-1 going to the last of the sixth. John, who had been cruising, loses command of his sinker, and the Reds make him pay; back-to-back doubles by Perez and Bench, a single by Foster, and another double by Concepcion plate three runs and within a span of ten pitches, the deficit is hacked away to one. Seeing enough, Tommy Lasorda beckons little used lefty Lance Rautzhan from the pen. He whiffs Geronimo, and gets Flynn to pop out, and the Reds rally is ended. Mike Garman and Elias Sosa finish it off and the Dodgers take a 6-4 win.

Which makes game two of the series an important pivot point in the season. A loss and Cincinnati is staring up at a four game margin the first week of the season; but a win keeps them in it and gives the Dodgers their first taste of defeat of the year. The catch, for Cincinnati, however, is that with an overextended long relief corps, Pat Darcy is forced to pitch on two days rest against Rick Rhoden of the Dodgers. The Reds offense does it's part--they score three in the third and two in the fifth to provide Darcy with enough breathing room that they survive two run homers by Steve Yeager and Ron Cey to hold a 5-4 lead going to the bottom of the eighth. The Reds then take advantage of a Dodger defensive collapse (errors by Lee Lacy, Davey Lopes, and Ron Cey) to score four additional runs, and win a 9-4 game in front of a sellout home crowd.

Buoyed by their victory Cincinnati blanks the Dodgers in the deciding game of the series, 6-0, behind a masterful three-hitter by Gary Nolan. The Redlegs get multi-hit games from Griffey, Bench, and Foster, and see the Dodger lead whittled to a mere one as they get set to host the Yokohama Whales, while LA heads to the City by the Bay, nursing a narrow lead.

NOTES: Johnny Bench continues his torrid hitting. He was 6-11 in the series with 2 doubles, a homer and 6 RBIs. Ken Griffey was 5-9, and the Reds had double digit hit games in each contest in the series... Tony Perez suffered a fluke injury, cutting his hand while preparing food at home before the final game of the series. He is expected to miss about ten days...

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Yokohama at San Francisco (The Five Stairsteps "Oooh Child" on DirecTVs funk channel, and Statis-Pro and History Maker on the 1 and 2s...)

"...things are gonna get better..."

This may become the theme song for the Yokohama Whales. While their counterpart, Yomiuri, has broken through for wins against each of their opponents, and have generally displayed the proper fighting spirit, the Whales have been bereft of Wa, group harmony, and are finding more creative and exasperating ways to lose and bring dishonor upon their league and nation. Their series against San Francisco merely added to the litany...

A huge crowd thronged Candlestick Park on a sunny if blustery Monday afternoon as the Giants set to open their home half of the season. A large Japanese contingent filled portions of the 'Sticks upper deck to pay tribute to their traveling heroes from the Land of The Rising Sun, and good cheer and fellowship were on full display. The Giants would send John Cumberland, an unremarkable lefthander to the mound to face the mysterious youngster, Acho Sato, who had never pitched for the Whales, or any other team in the NPBL. A product of Japanese industrial leagues, Sato was added to the roster to give the Whales some pitching depth. Armed with an outstanding fastball but little idea of where the ball was going, it was hoped young Sato could hold the Giants veteran sluggers at bay, or at least inject some trepidation into their approach at the plate.

The early results were not positive. After retiring Bonds and Fuentes, Willie Mays hit a blue dart through a sheer wind into the open area behind the storm fences in left center to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Sato was later heard to say in Japanese "I can always say Mr. Mays hit a home run off of me. Not many can." Not many can say Al Gallagher ripped a two run double off them either, but before the first inning was over, Sato could add that to his bucket list. Unfortunately for all involved, none of the events ever "officially" occurred; the gale winds were the pre-cursor to a freak Pacific storm that washed the results and a sellout crowd from the record books before the Giants could bat again. Young Mr. Sato would have to take solace in knowing he really did make a start in an American ballpark against Willie Mays, even if there would never be a record of it.

Game "1.1" of the series matched two right-handers coming off brutal opening starts; Fumiaki Kadota of the Whales, and the veteran spit baller Gaylord Perry of the Giants. Both were sharper in this contest, a typically cold and windy summer evening, so cold that Perry rarely went to his routine of touching every part of his face--no one would believe the ball could be moistened anyway. Surprisingly, and perhaps due to his opponents atmospheric limitations, Kadota was the better of the two, bouncing back with six inning stint with only a single unearned run to his ledger. The Whales ran Perry from the game in the seventh scoring two runs on a bases loaded single from veteran CF Masayuki Nakatsuka to give Yokohama a 3-1 lead.

But this is the Whales, so the lead was short lived. The Giants knotted the score an inning later, as the usually sure handed Nakatsuka lost a ball in the wind and fog, and Willie McCovey roped a run-scoring single, deadlocking the score at 3 going to the last of the ninth. Reliever Shiro Miyamoto walked Dick Deitz with one out, which forced Whale manager Kauro Betto to go to his bullpen yet again. He brought in the closest thing the Whales have to a relief ace, Masaji Hiramatsu. Hiramatsu was not ace-like--he walked Chris Speier, and then faced pinch hitter Dave "Kong" Kingman.  Like a Japanese kaiju film, Kingman laid waste to Yokohama, cracking a thunderous three run, game winning homer to give the Giants the win, 6-3.

Game two was not so dramatic. The Giants harpooned the Whales 11-3. Yokohama actually jumped the slow starting Juan Marichal for three runs in the first. Once again, visions of victory were blotted out. Marichal allowed only four base runners the rest of the game, and the surprising Fran Healy hit his third home run of the year to go along with a true second homer by Willie Mays to pace the Giants.

The final game of the series may have been the hardest to swallow. The Whales sent Osamu Nomura against a flat Steve Stone (a 2-4 PB after "terrible stuff" adjustments.) This was Yokohama's opportunity; Nomura pitched valiantly and Stone had nothing--- yet Stone baffled them for 7 1/3 innings, a pinch hit homer by American Danny Walton being the only run. To make matters worse, Stone, who was hitless on the actual year, nevertheless cleared the bases with a BD double to get the game winning RBI and the final margin of victory. Final score Giants 4, Whales 1.

NOTES: Makota Matsubara has been the lone bright spot thus far for the Whales. The underrated Yokohama star is 8-23 with a homer... Yokohama's team ERA is above six, and their batting average is below .200... Manager Betto put his Whales through a lengthy workout after their game three afternoon loss, despite an early evening flight to Cincinnati and a game the following evening. "They can walk to Ohio if necessary," he was reported to have said. No word on whether they made their flight...Healy leads the Giants in home runs (3), RBI (7) despite starting only two games. Miyamoto became the second pitcher to lose two games...

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Another round in the books for NL. The Pirates lead the East at 4-2, followed by the Mets and Phillies at 3-3. In the West, The Giants have surged into first with a 5-1 record (and a five game winning streak) followed by the Dodgers at 4-2 and the Reds even at 3-3. I'll post some individual stat leaders later.

Next up, round 2 of the AL

Baltimore @ Boston--the Sahhx get their home opener and try to get off the deck and win a game, while the O's try to stay with the Yankees...

New York @ Chicago--featuring a Monday Night Baseball national telecast from Comiskey and the first game of the year for Reggie...

Oakland @ Kansas City--the A's return to KC three games down already and try to stay close...

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Baltimore @ Boston (Stevie Wonder "Songs in the Key of Life;" History Maker, Ballhalla, and Strat, in that order)

First game is a tight affair at the Fens on the Red Sox home opener, Doyle Alexander against Reggie Cleveland. Sox strike first on a Petrocelli two run homer over the Green Monster, but Boston gives the lead back in the fourth; Rico's error opens the door for a three-run Oriole rally as light-hitting Mark Belanger keys the surge with a two run triple. Carlton Fisk knots it in the bottom half at three with a solo shot off an Alexander hanging curveball, and tied it would stay until extra innings. Jim Rice gives Boston it's first win of the season and touch's Baltimore's bullpen for it's first allowed runs with a titanic two run homer to dead center off Grant Jackson in the tenth to give the Carmines a 5-3 win.

Boston gets it's second win of the year the next night as Roger Moret outclasses Dave McNally in a 5-1 victory. Petrocelli homers again, and Boston bangs out five extra-base hits against McNally, all in the middle innings. Meanwhile, Moret, Diego Segui, and Jim Burton hold the O's to five hits total.

Baltimore avoids a sweep, however, as Mike Cuellar bounces back from a rough opener, allowing two runs and seven hits in a complete game victory over Luis Tiant. Once again Darrel Johnson leaves Tiant in regardless of the situation, and El Tiante ends up allowing 5 runs and twelve hits in eight innings. Final, Baltimore 5, Boston 2.

NOTES: The Gold Dust Twins have started the season headed in opposite directions; Fred Lynn is 3-23, 1-11 in the series against Baltimore, his only hit being a bunt single, a strategic adjustment to a sudden inability to drive the ball. Rice, on the other hand, was 5-11 against Baltimore, and 11-24 overall, with four doubles and the game winning homer. Unfortunately for Sox fans, Rice was drilled on the wrist by a Cuellar fastball and will miss Boston's upcoming series...Tommy Davis has a hit in each of Baltimore's first six games...No exact total, but I would estimate Luis has made about 300 pitches in his first two starts, leaving the question as to when his arm will simply fall off. Then again...

QUOTABLE: "At its best, Cuellar's attack on the plate reminds one of a master butcher preparing a standing roast of beef -- a sliver excised here, a morsel trimmed off the bottom, two or three superfluous swishes of the knife through the air, and then a final slice off the ribs: Voila!"--Roger Angell

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New York @ Chicago (Strat, and Payoff Pitch, while listening to Santana's "Abraxas" album)

A festive, slightly crazed Monday night crowd welcomed the Yankees and the ABC crew for the intital broadcast of Monday Night Baseball. Perhaps it was the event-like atmosphere or maybe that Catfish Hunter could barely throw a baseball faster than Howard Cosell, but the White Sox embarrassed New York, dropping their first loss on the Bombers in a 15-5 shellacking. Richie Zisk (4-5) and Oscar Gamble (2-4) homered and all 12 players who saw action for the White Sox scored or drove in a run. Ken Kravec pitched seven solid innings for the Sox, gving up three. The defeat exposed the vulnerable underbelly of New York's secondary pitching, as both Ken Holtzman and Gil Patterson were savaged for nine runs and ten hits in relief. With Ron Guidry out for at least two starts, the potential damage sustained could be real for the Yanks.

But when their front line guys are going, well, that's a different story. In the second game of the series, New York jumped out early on a Graig Nettles three run shot and held on for a more offensively subdued win over Chicago, 5-3.  Mike Torrez gave the Yankees another solid outing and Sparky Lyle came in to close it down for his third save. New York got balanced offense from it's whole lineup and kept the big bombers of the South Side Hitmen in check.

By game three, Chicago's offense had gone back to sleep, apparently having shot it's wad in the opener. Ed Figeroa was brilliant, allowing only three hits and a walk, while a slumping Chris Chambliss awoke with a home run, and Mickey Rivers and Reggie Jackson had two hit games in a 5-0 win. Although outscored 18-15, New York had taken the series and had solidified it's hold on first place.

NOTES: Reggie returned to the lineup, going 5-12 with a double, triple, and stolen base. Billy Martin even let him play RF in the second game...Chicago scored more runs in the Monday Night Explosion than it had in the remainder of the season's regulation innings...

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