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After reading "Summer of '49" by David Halberstam I've decided to play out the full 1949 season. I'm using the starting line-ups and pitchers from baseballreference.com but then letting the dice dictate the action.

Play started tonight (3/8) with the Yankees hosting the Washington Senators - got 2 games in (April 19th & 20th) and I'm hoping to average 2-3 games a night depending on life. I'm hoping to complete the project in 6-8 months.

 

The games

April 19th - Washington took the opener 7-6 behind Sid Hudson and a 3 run HR by Eddie Robinson, the Yankees rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th but Henrich popped up with 2 on in to kill the rally 1 run short.

April 20th - Washington won this one 7-2 with Paul Calvert pitching 7 strong innings, a 3 run HR by Robinson and a grand slam by Yost provided all the firepower Washington needed. Vic Raschi took the loss, and Berra hit a solo homer in the 7th.

 



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Sounds like fun.

The Sens seem to like the way you roll the dice. wink



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Welcome to SOMers!

It should be a fun race to follow.

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Ditto on the welcome! I read that book a couple years ago. Good luck on the projectbiggrin



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Welcome to the site.

Will be cool to see how your project turns out.

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Thanks for the nice welcome gentlemen!

I've been playing SOM, Diamond Mind, and some of the older AH sports game off & on for 40-odd years. I've completed a couple of full seasons with DMB on the computer but this will be my first attempt at a long replay with SOM. For the record I'm a lifelong Phillies fan, an affliction I picked up from my late grandfather. Saw 1 game at Connie Mack with him before it was torn down and we would listen to By Saam on the radio all summer. Sadly he died just months before the Phillies won their first WS in 1980.

But enough about me - on to tonight's action.

 

The Yankees finally put 1 up in the W column beating the Senators 3-1 behind Tommy Byrne (despite the 7 walks), big hit was a 2-run triple by Billy Johnson in the 4th.

 

In other action the Philadelphia Athletics hosted the Red Sox in a 3 game set (April 19-21) and came away 2-1 when the dust settled (for some reason my dice favor the underdogs).

Game 1 saw the A's win a squeaker 2-1 behind Lou Brissie and Bobby Shantz, Shantz got the win in relief, Philly got solo homers from Wright & Valo. Boston could only manage 1 run off 13 hits, Tex Hughson taking the loss

In Game 2 Boston evened the series with a 6-2 win with Ellis Kinder on the mound, Ted Willams' grand slam in the 2nd drove A's starter Joe Coleman to an early shower.

Game 3 went to the A's 4-2 to give the Mackmen the series win. Mel Parnell lasted only 5 innings, chased in the 6th when he allowed the first 4 A's to score without recording an out.

 

Next up - New York visits Fenway for 3 games, pitching match-ups are:

Fri 4-22: Reynolds (NY) vs. Hugson (BOS)

Sat 4-23: Sanford (NY) vs. Kinder (BOS)

Sun 4-24 Lopat (NY) vs. Dobson (BOS)



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PhilliesPhan61 wrote:

Thanks for the nice welcome gentlemen!

I've been playing SOM, Diamond Mind, and some of the older AH sports game off & on for 40-odd years. I've completed a couple of full seasons with DMB on the computer but this will be my first attempt at a long replay with SOM. For the record I'm a lifelong Phillies fan, an affliction I picked up from my late grandfather. Saw 1 game at Connie Mack with him before it was torn down and we would listen to By Saam on the radio all summer. Sadly he died just months before the Phillies won their first WS in 1980.

But enough about me - on to tonight's action.

 

The Yankees finally put 1 up in the W column beating the Senators 3-1 behind Tommy Byrne (despite the 7 walks), big hit was a 2-run triple by Billy Johnson in the 4th.

 

In other action the Philadelphia Athletics hosted the Red Sox in a 3 game set (April 19-21) and came away 2-1 when the dust settled (for some reason my dice favor the underdogs).

Game 1 saw the A's win a squeaker 2-1 behind Lou Brissie and Bobby Shantz, Shantz got the win in relief, Philly got solo homers from Wright & Valo. Boston could only manage 1 run off 13 hits, Tex Hughson taking the loss

In Game 2 Boston evened the series with a 6-2 win with Ellis Kinder on the mound, Ted Willams' grand slam in the 2nd drove A's starter Joe Coleman to an early shower.

Game 3 went to the A's 4-2 to give the Mackmen the series win. Mel Parnell lasted only 5 innings, chased in the 6th when he allowed the first 4 A's to score without recording an out.

 

Next up - New York visits Fenway for 3 games, pitching match-ups are:

Fri 4-22: Reynolds (NY) vs. Hugson (BOS)

Sat 4-23: Sanford (NY) vs. Kinder (BOS)

Sun 4-24 Lopat (NY) vs. Dobson (BOS)


 Get used to Byrne and his awful control for 154 games!!!



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I've looked at his stats in disbelief - 15 Ws despite almost a walk an inning!



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Boston hosted the Yankees for 3 games over April 22-24 with the Red Sox taking 2 of 3 dropping the Yankees to a 2-4 record on the year.

April 22 - Birdie Tebbets won this one for Boston with a walk off home run in the bottom of the 13th inning. Boston scored 1 in the 3rd, NY got 1 back in the top of the 4th - score stayed knotted for 9 more until Birdie's HR.

April 23 - NY took a close game 5-4 with a HR by Tommy Henrich in the top of the 9th breaking the tie. Joe Page blew a save opportunity but managed to shut Boston down to get the W

April 24 - Tommy O'Brien hit a pinch hit walk-off HR in the bottom of the 10th to give Boston a 2-1 victory in the rubber game of the set. Dobson and Lopat both had strong outings but left with the game tied at 1 after 8.

Next up -

Boston hosts the Senators for 1 game on the 25th, and the A's for 2 on the 27th and 28th.

New York sees the A's for 2 on the 25th and 26th, and then the Senators for 1 on the 28th.

 

 



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PhilliesPhan61 wrote:

Boston hosted the Yankees for 3 games over April 22-24 with the Red Sox taking 2 of 3 dropping the Yankees to a 2-4 record on the year.

April 22 - Birdie Tebbets won this one for Boston with a walk off home run in the bottom of the 13th inning. Boston scored 1 in the 3rd, NY got 1 back in the top of the 4th - score stayed knotted for 9 more until Birdie's HR.

April 23 - NY took a close game 5-4 with a HR by Tommy Henrich in the top of the 9th breaking the tie. Joe Page blew a save opportunity but managed to shut Boston down to get the W

April 24 - Tommy O'Brien hit a pinch hit walk-off HR in the bottom of the 10th to give Boston a 2-1 victory in the rubber game of the set. Dobson and Lopat both had strong outings but left with the game tied at 1 after 8.


 That is an amazing series!



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I've decided to change course slightly and make this a full replay of the 1949 American League season. So we will backtrack to catch up with the action so far.

April 18th
In the season opener the Philadelphia A's faced off against the Washington Senators for a 1 game tilt in DC. The A's won 4-2, McCahan got the W for Philly and Weik took the loss in relief. Philly scored 2 in the 7th and 2 more in the 9th to lock up the win.

April 19th
Cleveland beat St Louis 7-3 behind Bob Feller and a 9th inning 3 run HR from Joe Gordon. Game was tied at 3 through the 7th but Cleveland added 1 in the 8th and 3 in the 9th to take the win.

The Detroit Tigers crushed the White Sox 8-2 with Hal Newhouser getting the W allowing only 2 runs over 8 innings of work. Detroit sent 11 men to the plate during a 6 run 2nd inning that saw 5 singles, 2 BBs and a hit batsman.



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Still playing catch-up with the AL to get them up to where the Red Sox & Yankees are.

April 20th
St. Louis beat the Indians 4-3 on a walk-off HR by Jack Graham, Benton took the loss for Cleveland. Larry Doby hit a 2 run HR in a losing cause.

Detroit beat the White Sox in another walk off, this time a 2 run shot by Aaron Robinson to give the Tigers a 8-7 win. Sam Vico hit a 2 run HR in the 8th to pull the Tigers within one to set the stage for Robinson's heroics.


April 21st
Dick Starr threw a 4 hit complete game shutout for St Louis as they beat Cleveland 5-0, Starr struck out 7 and walked only 1 in a stellar outing. Jack Graham hit a 2 run HR in the 1st to put the Browns on the board.

The White Sox won a wild one in Detroit 14-10 rallying for 6 runs in the 9th to overcome a 10-8 deficit. At one point Detroit held an 8-3 lead but the Sox scored 11 runs in the final 3 frames. The teams combined for 32 hits and 17 walks during the game, with 23 of those hits being singles. Lost in the offensive barrage was the Tigers turning a triple play in the 4th (Lipon caught a line drive, tagged the runner on 2nd, and then tagged the runner coming from 1st).

This is my first replay with 'old-timer' teams, in the past I've only ever run 'current' seasons (usually ones where the Phillies did well). I'm struck by a couple of things - one being the incredible number of walks issued. It seems like every game there are 4 or 5 walks being surrendered on each side (or more). Maybe it was something with the strike zone back then, or maybe hitters were a lot more patient, just seems high to me.

The other thing is handling the pitching staff. I'm used to running a modern pitching staff, where there are 5-6 starters, and defined roles in the bullpen. In this era it seems like everyone is both a starter and a reliever, and there are no 'closers' like I understand the term, 4-5 saves makes you the team fireman. Also not used to the endurance of the starters, almost all of the front-line starters are rated (8) or (9). Looking at the stats they completed a huge number of games as well. I'm trying to adapt and I hope I'm not skewing the replay results with quick(er) hooks than managers in the 40's were using and running too many pitchers out there.



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Be prepared for it to take longer then 6-8 months if you play 154 games for each team......

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34 REPLAYS IN THE BOOKS!

1876-1883

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1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991, 1996

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Things have really changed a lot in baseball over the years.

It used to be that your starters also closed games.  Check the historical records at a site like baseref.

If a manager needed clutch outs in the ninth and the starter was running on fumes, that manager would frequently call on his best available arm. Walter Johnson had 10 seasons in which he had six or more saves.  In five of those years, he led the A.L. in both wins and saves.

And, oh, the things Connie Mack did to Lefty Grove...

There's one stretch of games in the 1930 season I like to call attention to.  Grove pitched a CG three-hit shutout against Boston on Aug. 30th.  On Sept. 1st, he pitched the final 1-1/3 innings to get a save.

Two days later, he started again against Boston.  Mack lifted him after six innings, because he had a lead he reasoned was safe enough (they did win the game).  Mack's idea was that he could save wear-and-tear on some days, then call on Grove again on short rest.

He did that the next day, calling on Grove in the seventh inning.  The game went 15, and Grove finished, throwing nine innings in relief for the win!  Two days later, Grove tossed the final three innings for another save.

Three days after that, Sept. 9th, Grove tossed another nine-inning CG, allowing eight hits and one unearned run, for his sixth win (plus the one save) in 11 days.  That's a span of nine games, in which he pitched in six of them.



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   In my opinion, you can't skew the replay results.   Play it the way you want to.  You can come close to duplicating the actual season, as far as at bats, innings pitched, etc,  but because of injuries, and other things that happen with the roll of the dice, the results will never be exactly the same.  And who would want them to?

 

    My '79 N.L. replay is a classic example.  The Reds are dead last in the league, whereas in real life, they finished near the top.  Also, if you're going to do a full season with all teams, my advice is to play only the amount of games you're comfortable with each day.  Some guys on here roll 4 or 5 games a day.  More power to them, but I've got too many other things I like to do, aside from Strat.  I try to roll a game a day.   Don't rush to complete it.  If it takes 2 or 3 years, who cares?  Just have fun with it.



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