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RE: Sports Illustrated 1970 Baseball Tournament
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Nice game for Cedeno, in particular.



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Such games are particularly challenging with the 1970 SI format. The game includes only 20 players and sometimes only 7 pitchers. I also use an optional pitcher rest system (i.e., games a pitchers must sit out, depending on the innings pitched in a game) and have my own "must pull" rule for pitchers (there's no in-game fatigue). As a result, I have to work in a lot of double-switches, which don't always work out the way I hoped. However, I actually prefer it that way. If I decided to play another season with a full roster (1973 is a possibility), I think I'd cut players and trim the rosters down to 20.

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Another insane slugfest as the California Angels failed to get off the schneid against the Cleveland Indians (though not by much). 

The first inning was hell for both pitchers, especially Andy Messersmith, who was yanked after only 1/3 of an inning pitched.  (Messersmith was a last-minute substitute for Rudy May, who came on in relief and tossed 3-2/3 hitless innings.  Big mistake by the Lake.)  I think it's safe to say that Messersmith is last in the league in ERA.  Steve Hargan managed to pitch 7-2/3 innings, even though he gave up an embarrassing 16 hits and 4 walks. 

The Indians had almost half the hits that the Angels had, but they were more timely.  They left only 4 on base while the Angels stranded 12.

 123456789  R  H  ELOB
California Angels400010040  9  17  112
Cleveland Indians80000020x  10  9  04

 

AngelsPOSABRHRBIAVG IndiansPOSABRHRBIAVG
SANDY ALOMAR2B6230.385 VADA PINSONRF5110.333
JIM SPENCER1B5112.217 TED UHLAENDERCF5122.400
ALEX JOHNSONLF6140.227 RAY FOSSEC3211.429
JAY JOHNSTONECF5210.375 GRAIG NETTLES3B4223.231
JIM FREGOSISS3111.273 DUKE SIMS1B4120.318
KEN McMULLEN3B5233.261 EDDIE LEON2B3101.235
BILL VOSSRF5031.571 ROY FOSTERLF3100.261
TOM EGANC4011.154   FRED LASHERP0000.500
ANDY MESSERSMITHP0000.154 JACK HEIDEMANNSS4111.211
  RUDY MAYP1000.083 STEVE HARGANP2001.000
  ROGER REPOZPH0001.118   CHUCK HINTONLF0000.000
  EDDIE FISHERP0000.375
  CHICO RUIZPH1000.000
  DAVE LA ROCHEP0000.261
  JOE AZCUEPH1000.083

 

AngelsIPHBBSORERERA IndiansIPHBBSORERERA
ANDY MESSERSMITH
   L(0-1)
0.163087189.19 STEVE HARGAN W(1-0)7.21646998.40
RUDY MAY3.2005001.86 FRED LASHER SV(2)1.1110000.00
EDDIE FISHER2201000.00
DAVE LA ROCHE2121229.00

 

2B:VADA PINSON (1) GRAIG NETTLES (1)
HR:JIM SPENCER (2) KEN McMULLEN (1) GRAIG NETTLES (3)
RBI:JIM SPENCER (3) JIM FREGOSI (1) KEN McMULLEN (4) BILL VOSS (1) TOM EGAN (1) ROGER REPOZ (4) TED UHLAENDER (4) RAY FOSSE (3) GRAIG NETTLES (6) EDDIE LEON (6) JACK HEIDEMANN (1) STEVE HARGAN (1)


-- Edited by boomer on Friday 15th of April 2016 10:32:57 PM

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I think Messersmith's 189.19 ERA is the highest numerical I've ever seen (other than the ol' "infinite").

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Things just got tighter in the National League, as the St. Louis Cardinals scored three runs in the ninth to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-6.  The big blows came from pinch hitter Leron Lee, who doubled home the tying run with two outs, and Julian Javier, who singled home the go-ahead runs moments later.  Both teams are now 4-2.  The Dodgers are still in first place in the NL West, though only two games separate all six teams in the division.  The Cardinals move into a tie for second place with the New York Mets in the NL East, just 1/2 game behind the first-place Cubs. 

Javier and Ted Sizemore wielded the lumber for their respective teams with three hits each.  Manny Mota had a three-run blast for the Dodgers, while Joe Torre and Richie Allen had solo blasts for the Cardinals.  Jose Cardenal picked-up two stolen bases to take the league lead in that category away from teammate Lou Brock, who was gunned down attempting to swipe second in the ninth.

 123456789  R  H  ELOB
St. Louis Cardinals010100303  8  10  09
Los Angeles Dodgers004000110  6  10  28

 

CardinalsPOSABRHRBIAVG DodgersPOSABRHRBIAVG
LOU BROCKLF3001.200 MAURY WILLSSS5010.318
JOSE CARDENALCF4120.350 TED SIZEMORE2B5230.250
JOE TORRE3B4211.429    BILL SINGERP0000.000
RICHIE ALLEN1B5121.381 WES PARKER1B4110.250
JOE HAGUERF2000.294 BILL SUDAKIS3B2111.417
   FRANK LINZYP0000.000    BILLY GRABARKEWITZPH0001.375
   LERON LEEPH1111.500    BILLY GRABARKEWITZ3B1000.375
   CHUCK TAYLORP0000.000 MANNY MOTALF3113.368
TED SIMMONSC4000.000    PETE MIKKELSENP0000.000
JULIAN JAVIER2B5132.409    JIM LEFEBVRE2B1000.286
DAL MAXVILLSS2000.278 TOM HALLERC4010.160
   ED CROSBYPH1100.200 WILLIE DAVISCF4000.286
   ED CROSBYSS2000.200 ANDY KOSCORF3010.400
JERRY REUSSP2000.000    BILL RUSSELLPR0100.500
   VIC DAVALILLOPH0000.273    BILL RUSSELLRF0000.500
   CARL TAYLORPH1111.182 SANDY VANCEP2000.000
   CARL TAYLORRF1000.182    JIM BREWERP10111.000
           WILLIE CRAWFORDLF0000.250

 

CardinalsIPHBBSORERERA DodgersIPHBBSORERERA
JERRY REUSS6653445.14 SANDY VANCE6526436.39
FRANK LINZY W(1-0)2400222.70 JIM BREWER1.1111100.00
CHUCK TAYLOR SV(1)1001001.80 PETE MIKKELSEN L(0-1)1.1320338.10
         BILL SINGER0.1111000.00

 

2B:JULIAN JAVIER (2) CARL TAYLOR (1) LERON LEE (1) MAURY WILLS (2) JIM BREWER (1)
3B:TOM HALLER (1)
HR:JOE TORRE (1) RICHIE ALLEN (2) MANNY MOTA (1)
RBI:LOU BROCK (4) JOE TORRE (2) RICHIE ALLEN (5) JULIAN JAVIER (4) CARL TAYLOR (1) LERON LEE (2) BILL SUDAKIS (2) MANNY MOTA (7) JIM BREWER (1) BILLY GRABARKEWITZ (8)
SB:JOSE CARDENAL (6) BILL RUSSELL (1)


-- Edited by boomer on Sunday 24th of April 2016 01:14:26 PM

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The Brew Crew moved past the Twins into first place in the AL West by 1/2 game with a solid 4-1 win over the Senators, who fell to 2-4.

Milwaukee's pitchers allowed only four hits.  Marty Pattin picked up his second win in as many tries, and Ken Sanders (the league's top reliever) saved his third game of the tournament.  Left fielder Danny Walton added most the offensive punch with three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homerun in the second.  

Senators' fans had little to cheer about.  What should be one of the league's best one-two relief punches - Darold Knowles and Horacio Pina - again disappointed by failing to keep the Brewers close in the late going.

 123456789  R  H  ELOB
Washington Senators000100000  1  4  08
Milwaukee Brewers02000011x  4  7  05

 

SenatorsPOSABRHRBIAVG BrewersPOSABRHRBIAVG
EDDIE BRINKMANSS2000.143 DAVE MAYCF4000.318
ED STROUDCF4010.368 ROBERTO PENASS3000.240
LEE MAYERF3000.222 TOMMY HARPER3B4010.200
FRANK HOWARDLF2000.150 TED SAVAGERF3220.333
MIKE EPSTEIN1B4111.409 DANNY WALTONLF4233.227
BERNIE ALLEN2B2000.375 MIKE HEGAN1B4010.250
   TIM CULLENPH1000.091 PHIL ROOFC3000.188
   TIM CULLEN2B0000.091 TED KUBIAK2B2001.300
AURELIO RODRIGUEZ3B3000.158 MARTY PATTINP2000.333
PAUL CASANOVAC1010.231    AL DOWNINGP0000.000
   DEL UNSERPH1010.375    KEN SANDERSP0000.250
   JIM FRENCHC1000.000
GEORGE BRUNETP2000.000
   RICK REICHARDTPH1000.167
   DAROLD KNOWLESP0000.000
   HORACIO PINAP0000.000
   JIM HANNANPH1000.500

 

SenatorsIPHBBSORERERA BrewersIPHBBSORERERA
GEORGE BRUNET L(0-1)6416225.68 MARTY PATTIN W(2-0)7.1464111.72
DAROLD KNOWLES1.2212118.10 AL DOWNING0.1000000.00
HORACIO PINA0.1110118.31 KEN SANDERS SV(3)1.1001000.00
       

 

2B:DANNY WALTON (3)
HR:MIKE EPSTEIN (1) DANNY WALTON (1)
RBI:MIKE EPSTEIN (6) DANNY WALTON (3) TED KUBIAK (3)
SB:TED SAVAGE (2)

 



-- Edited by boomer on Monday 25th of April 2016 10:25:49 PM

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Sounds like my replay, except with the 73 A's. Knowles can't throw strikes and Pina has just been awful.

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After a string of high-scoring affairs, the pitchers seem to have begun to settle down.  In this one, the Atlanta Braves improved to 4-2 on the strength of a seven-hit shutout by Jim Nash.  Nash is now 2-0 with a stingy 1.02 ERA.  The losing pitcher, Rick Wise, fell to 0-2.  Wise was hurling a shutout of his own until Rico Carty connected on a three-run homerun in the sixth.  As it turned out, that was all the Braves got and all they needed.  Kudos also go to Hal King, who threw out the two runners who thought they could nab second base on his watch.

The Braves are now tied with the Dodgers for the top spot in the NL West.  The Phillies (1-5) are 3-1/2 behind the Cubs in the NL East.

 123456789  R  H  ELOB
Philadelphia Phillies000000000  0  7  0  5
Atlanta Braves00000300x  3  9  1   7

 

PhilliesPOSABRHRBIAVG BravesPOSABRHRBIAVG
LARRY BOWASS4010.409 FELIX MILLAN2B4120.190
OSCAR GAMBLECF4010.133 TONY GONZALEZCF2110.286
DON MONEY3B4010.217 RICO CARTYLF4123.375
DERON JOHNSON1B4010.261 HANK AARONRF4010.333
JOHNNY BRIGGSLF4000.250 ORLANDO CEPEDA1B4010.381
TIM McCARVERC3010.250 HAL KINGC4010.067
RON STONERF3000.231 SONNY JACKSONSS3000.100
DENNY DOYLE2B3010.214 CLETE BOYER3B3010.400
   DICK SELMAP0000.000 JIM NASHP2000.167
RICK WISEP2010.500
   TONY TAYLOR2B1000.235

 

PhilliesIPHBBSORERERA BravesIPHBBSORERERA
RICK WISE L(0-2)6.1823335.84 JIM NASH W(2-0)9704001.02
DICK SELMA1.2111005.79

 

2B:HANK AARON (2) HAL KING (1)
3B:FELIX MILLAN (1)
HR:RICO CARTY (2)
RBI:RICO CARTY (5)


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Rico Carty reached the pinnacle of his career at a time when being difficult and ornery, not giving a damn and/or being more than a bit unhinged was just coming into vogue in major league baseball.  But it would still be many years before copping an attitude in the bigs would net you anything more than a one way trip to another team desperate for talent yet willing to look the other way when it came to trivialities like trying to punch the lights out of the rest of your roster.  In Rico’s case, it was Texas.

I find the above card rather entertaining because I suspect (and, admittedly, I would like to think) that the card shows Rico’s head pasted on someone else’s body.  In the steroid era, one could write the lack of proportion off to the Hindenburg-head effect perfected by Barry Bonds once he hit his stride with the miracle meds in 2001.  But here, the counterfeit noggin (not very artfully airbrushed onto the body of a what might very well be the Braves’ batboy) could only be the result of Rico just not feeling up to posing for Topps that day.  Well, good for you Rico, I say.  You just won the NL batting title.  Leave that fancy boy stuff to Hank Aaron and Ron Reed.



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Are you sure that card isn't anything but Carty?

Given their clumsy attempts at airbrushing in that era (think altered caps on traded player cards) this would seem to be well beyond Topps' capabilities.

I google-searched and couldn't come up with anything.



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He might just have one of those physiques where the head doesn't quite seem to sit right on the shoulders.

Perhaps that was why the Braves traded him.  He does seem fairly excited about being with the Tribe and not having to stand in the outfield in that godawful Atlanta heat.

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Yeah, but he had to wear those gawdawful Cleveland unis.

I'm not too sure that's the lesser of two tough choices.



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Could have been worse.  A lot worse. 

But that's six years after my replay.  I'll leave that to Pfunkone and his Big Hair, Plastic Grass and Short Shorts League.

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Dang!  Those shorts make my head hurt. bleh

They look like they should be playing soccer (not that their defense didn't boot enough balls).



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An exciting extra-inning affair at Metropolitan Stadium.  The Yankees scored two in the top of the ninth to break a 2-2 tie, and the Twins answered with two of their own in the bottom half (frustratingly leaving the sacks juiced).  In the top of the tenth, the Yankees scored again, as Danny Cater knocked in pitcher Jack Aker from second.  In what turned out to be a brilliant (or lucky) move by manager Ralph Houk, Aker was allowed to hit with one out in the tenth (and drew a free pass from Tom Hall).  Aker then set the Twins down in order in the bottom of the tenth to pick up his second win in relief.

With the loss, Minnesota falls to 4-2, one game behind the Brew Crew in the AL West.  The Yankees even their record at 3-3, but are three back of the 6-0 Red Sox in the East.

 12345678910  R  H  ELOB
New York Yankees0110000021  5 11  2  14
Minnesota Twins0000200020  4  9  2  13

 

YankeesPOSABRHRBIAVG TwinsPOSABRHRBIAVG
HORACE CLARK2B5021.250 CESAR TOVARCF6230.296
ROY WHITELF6010.160 JIM HOLTLF4121.250
DANNY CATER3B6031.231    RON PERRANOSKIP0000.000
THURMAN MUNSONC4210.200    RICK RENICK3B2110.143
BOBBY MURCERCF3100.286 TONY OLIVARF5031.231
JOHNNY ELLIS1B5012.250 HARMON KILLEBREW3B2000.389
RON WOODSRF4000.200  LF0000.389
GENE MICHAELSS4131.211 RICH REESE1B3001.158
   JERRY KENNEYPR0000.444 PAUL RATLIFFC4000.273
   SS1000.444 LEO CARDENASSS4001.095
STAN BAHNSENP3000.000 DANNY THOMPSON2B3000.364
   JAKE GIBBSPH1000.000  3B1000.364
   LINDY McDANIELP0000.000    STAN WILLIAMSP0000.000
   JACK AKERP0100.000    BRANT ALYEAPH1000.100
           TOM HALLP0000.000
        JIM KAATP2000.000
           ROD CAREWPH1000.250
          2B2000.250



YankeesIPHBBSORERERA TwinsIPHBBSORERERA
STAN BAHNSEN7726204.61 JIM KAAT7638222.08
LINDY McDANIEL1.1231223.86 RON PERRANOSKI1.1100000.00
JACK AKER W(2-0)1.2020005.06 STAN WILLIAMS0.2210226.75
         TOM HALL L(0-2)1212116.75

 

2B:JOHNNY ELLIS (1) GENE MICHAEL (1) TONY OLIVA (2)
RBI:HORACE CLARK (2) DANNY CATER (1) JOHNNY ELLIS (2) GENE MICHAEL (1) JIM HOLT (1) TONY OLIVA (2) RICH REESE (3) LEO CARDENAS (2)
SB:THURMAN MUNSON (1) BOBBY MURCER (1) CESAR TOVAR (2)

 



-- Edited by boomer on Friday 29th of April 2016 10:05:24 PM

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