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USBL is a double elimination. Involving 11 teams , playing best of 5 series, until finals which will be best of 7. At end of season, win-loss, and stats will be calculated on a 162 game season.

Example of calculation; win-loss 18-12/ winning pct. (.600 )

recalibrated win - loss 97-65

Stats....Batting Avg. says same

Other stats on a 30 game season ( multiply by 5.4)

Example 12hr x 5.4 = 65 hr.

Ball park effects will be used

Best of 5, breakdown 2-2-1

Best of 7 breakdown 2-3-2

Using cards I have team breakdowns

K C Monarchs

Homestead Grays

Pittsburgh Crawfords

Chicago American Giants

Birmingham Barons

STL. Cardinals (Hero 1)

Brooklyn Dodgers (Modern 15/16)

NY Yankees (HOF)

Chicago Cubs (71,73,77)

Boston Red Sox (Hero II)

Philadelphia Athletics (82)

1st Game; Homestead Grays @ STL. Cardinals from Robison Field

Key Players for Grays

Chino Smith, Turkey Stearnes, Josh Gibson, John Beckwith, Buck Leonard

On the Hill; Ray Brown

Key Players for STL.

Pete Rose, Joe Jackson, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr.

On the Hill;  Roger Clemens

Pitching Matchups for Series

Byrd (Grays) vs. R. Johnson (STL)

Gooden (STL) vs. ****rell (Grays)

IF NEEDED; Guidry (STL) vs. Salmon (Grays)

IF NEEDED; Brown (Grays ) vs. Clemens (STL) 



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Welcome to the site.

Who do you see as the favorites to win in this project.

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Looks like an interesting project.

I'm looking forward to how it turns out.  Will you be posting full rosters for each club?



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stratfan70 wrote:

Welcome to the site.

Who do you see as the favorites to win in this project.


Thank you Stratfan70. looking forward to posting the USBL.

My heart says Homestead, My head says Yankees because of HOF roster.



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Welcome to SOMers!

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seajaw wrote:

Looks like an interesting project.

I'm looking forward to how it turns out.  Will you be posting full rosters for each club?


Thanks seajaw, looking forward to posting the USBL.

Yes I will post full rosters before, Opening Day.



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Nitrous Oxide wrote:

Welcome to SOMers!


 Thanks Nitrous



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It is an interesting formula as far as how you get to the stats vs # of games played, but it looks like it works out well!..........

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nacster wrote:

It is an interesting formula as far as how you get to the stats vs # of games played, but it looks like it works out well!..........


 Thanks nacster we'll see. Tried to do long projects,  never can finish so my hope is shorter season. With full season stats.



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In USBL news the Birmingham Barons, have moved to Newark NJ.  They will now be known as the Newark Eagles. 



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In USBL news the Birmingham Barons, have moved to Newark NJ.  They will now be known as the Newark Eagles. 


 They are leaving historic Rickwood Field behind



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Newark Eagles Roster - Rupert Stadium 

Joe Williams -P

Max Manning -P

Bill Holland -P

Leon Day -P

Sam Streeter -P

Martin Dihigo -UT/P

DD Radcliffe C/P

Jud Wilson 1B/UT

Bill Wright OF

Oscar Charleston CF/1B 

Willie Wells SS

Tubby Scales IF

Ray Dandridge IF

Larry Brown C

Neil Robinson UT

Fats Jenkins LF/CF

Spot Poles OF

Homerun Johnson SS/2B

Jim Taylor 3B/2B

Sammy Hughes 2B

Mule Suttles 1B/LF

 



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Homestead Grays Roster - Griffith Stadium 

Ray Brown P

Bill Byrd P

Phil ****rell P

Harry Salmon P

Ted Trent P

Webster Mcdonald P

Charles Blackwell OF

Bingo Demoss 2B

Chino Smith RF/2B

Turkey Stearns OF

Josh Gibson C/UT

John Beckwith IF/C

Buck Leonard 1B

Dick Lundy SS/2B

Jerry Benjamin CF/LF

Red Parnell OF

Vic Harris OF

Rev Cannady IF

Dewey Creacy 3B/2B

Spoony Palm C

Bill Perkins C/LF

 

 



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korgano wrote:

In USBL news the Birmingham Barons, have moved to Newark NJ.  They will now be known as the Newark Eagles. 


 They are leaving historic Rickwood Field behind


 

Rickwood Field

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Rickwood Field
Rickwood Field.jpg
Location1137 2nd Avenue West, Birmingham, Alabama
OwnerCity of Birmingham
Capacity10,800
Field size

Left field: 321 feet (98 m)
Left center: 399 feet (122 m)
Center field: 393 feet (120 m)
Right center: 392 feet (119 m)
Right field: 332 feet (101 m)

 
Rickwood Field
Coordinates33°30′8″N 86°51′21″WCoordinates33°30′8″N 86°51′21″W
Area12.7 acres (5.1 ha)
Built1910
NRHP Reference #92001826[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 1, 1993
Designated ARLHDecember 19, 1991
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundSpring 1910
OpenedAugust 18, 1910
Construction cost$75,000
Tenants

Birmingham Barons (Southern Association) – 1910–1961
Birmingham Barons (Southern League) – 1964–1965, 1981–1987, part-time 1988–present
Birmingham A's (Southern League) – 1967–1975
Birmingham Black Barons (Negro Southern League) – 1920–1924, 1926, 1931–1936, 1938–1939
Birmingham Black Barons (Negro National League) – 1925–1926, 1927–1930, 1937, 1940–1948
Birmingham Black Barons (Negro American League) – 1949–1960
Philadelphia Phillies (Major League Baseball Spring Training) - 1911, 1920

Pittsburgh Pirates (Major League Baseball Spring Training) - 1919

Rickwood Field, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is the oldest professional baseball park in the United States. It was built for the Birmingham Barons in 1910 by industrialist and team-owner Rick Woodward and has served as the home park for the Birmingham Barons and the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro Leagues. Though the Barons moved their home games to the Hoover Met in the suburbs, and most recently to Regions Field in Birmingham, Rickwood Field has been preserved and is undergoing gradual restoration as a "working museum" where baseball's history can be experienced. The Barons also play one regular season game a year at Rickwood Field. Rickwood Field is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

 

 

History[edit]

The Birmingham Coal Barons baseball team began playing professionally in 1887, with their home games at an informal park called "Slag Pile Field" in West End. In 1901 they joined the Southern Association.

Allen Harvey "Rick" Woodward, chairman of Woodward Iron Company and grandson of pioneer Birmingham industrialist Stimpson Harvey Woodward, purchased a majority share of the Birmingham Coal Barons baseball team from J. William McQueen in 1909 while he was still in his 20s. Immediately he began planning a grand showplace for his new team. He contacted Connie Mack for advice on the details, including the field dimensions. He settled on Shibe Park in Philadelphia (which was controlled by Mack's team and later renamed Connie Mack Stadium) and Forbes Field in Pittsburgh as the models for the new park. He purchased land in the West End neighborhood of Birmingham from the Alabama Central Railroad. The $75,000 structure was designed by Southeastern Engineering Company of Birmingham (a short-lived subsidiary of Pittsburgh's General Fireproofing Company) and completed during the summer of 1910. The 12.7 acre (51,000 m²) park was flanked along the basepaths by concrete and steel stands. A tile-roofed cupola on the roof behind home plate provided space for the announcer and the press. Woodward named the field after himself, using his nickname and the first part of his last name. It was the first concrete-and-steel stadium in the minors.

Woodward invited Alabama Governor Braxton Bragg Comer, Birmingham Mayor Culpepper Exum, civic leader, George B. Ward and Victor H. Hanson, publisher of The Birmingham News, for opening day on August 18, 1910. The day was celebrated by businesses closing all over town to allow fans to fill the park for the first pitch at 3:30 P.M. Over 10,000 people attended that first game in which the Barons defeated the visiting Montgomery Climbers 3-2. Throughout the first half of the 20th century Rickwood Field hosted sellout crowds for both the Barons and the Black Barons, who played on alternate weekends.

In 1912 a spring tornado tore through the field, pulling up the outfield fence. Two years later Woodward felt the need to have electric fans installed in the grandstands for the comfort of the crowd. The Pittsburgh Pirates also made Rickwood Field their spring training home in 1919.

Rickwood Field also hosted college football games. From 1912 to 1927 the Alabama Crimson Tide played its Birmingham home dates in Rickwood. In 1921 the outfield fence was damaged in a tornado and quickly rebuilt. In 1924–1927 the infield bleachers were covered with a steel-framed roof designed by Denham, VanKeuren & Denham, Architects of Birmingham. Shortly after, In 1928 a new Mission style entry structure with offices was built to the designs of Paul Wright & Co., Engineers of Birmingham. A new concrete outfield wall replaced the original fence.

In 1931 in the first game of the Dixie Series championship, Birmingham's 43-year-old Ray Caldwell outpitched 22-year-old Dizzy Dean, who had guaranteed a win. The Barons won the series 4 games to 3. In 1936 four monumental steel-frame light towers designed and fabricated by the Truscon Steel Company of Youngstown, Ohio were erected, allowing for night games. In 1938, Woodward sold the park to Ed Norton, a local businessman. In 1940 Norton sold it to the Cincinnati Reds. At that time new outfield fences were built inside the original walls to reduce the field dimensions. G. J. Jebeles of Birmingham purchased the park in 1944. A ladies' rest room was added and the outfield fence reduced again in 1948. In 1949 ownership changed hands again, going to a partnership of Al DeMent, Al Belcher, and Rufus Lackey. They added a small restaurant in the entrance building in 1950 and installed additional box seats, necessitating the relocations of the dugouts farther down the baselines. In 1958 Belcher gained a majority share and control of the park. In 1964 General Manager Glynn West purchased 1000 wooden seats from New York City's Polo Grounds and installed them at the park. Belcher sold Rickwood Field in 1966 to the City of Birmingham, but retained a lease for the remainder of that year.

In 1966 the lease was transferred to Charlie Finley, who brought the Kansas City Athletics' AA farm team to Birmingham for the 1967 season. That year is remembered for the day that 14,000 disappointed fans were sent home early when the Atlanta Braves vs. Southern League All-Stars exhibition game was called "on account of tornado." During this period, following a trend which swept minor league baseball (and which has since been largely reversed), the team took the name of the parent major league club and was known as the "Birmingham A's". Between 1979 and 1980 the wooden seats were replaced with plastic seats in the box areas and metal bleachers under the grandstands.[2]

In 1981 Art Clarkson brought minor league baseball back to Rickwood with the Detroit Tigers AA club, which resumed the Barons name. He had a new electronic scoreboard installed at the park. In 1986, the Barons became the Chicago White Sox AA club, an affiliation that continues today.

In 1987 the Barons moved to a new facility, Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, in the suburb of Hoover. They returned to Birmingham in 2013 with the opening of Regions Field, just south of downtown Birmingham.

Current status[edit]

Since 1992 the ballpark has been under the care of the Friends of Rickwood who are restoring the facility to its former glory. They also host frequent amateur, police and semi-pro games and open the gates to visitors who can walk in and explore the grandstands or run the bases.

Since 1996, Rickwood Field has hosted the Barons for a throwback game in which both teams wear period uniforms. Each game honors a different era in Birmingham baseball history. Ballpark enthusiasts from across North America migrate to Rickwood to attend this AA regulation game, named the "Rickwood Classic", every season. Many consider this game the best opportunity to experience a regulation ballgame in an historic ballpark that remains true to its original and traditional appearance. Those involved – the Barons franchise, Friends of Rickwood, and fans – fully believe that this experience in the sacred baseball cathedral is among the most underrated baseball events.

Scenes from the movies Cobb (1994) and Soul of the Game (1995) were filmed at Rickwood. Those productions contributed to the recreation of the scoreboard and press-box and the addition of 1940s period style advertisements on the outfield fence. Some of these retro-style ads have been sponsored by real Birmingham businesses, including a section sponsored by the descendants of Rick Woodward that advertises long-gone Woodward Iron Co. The outfield signs were designed by Ted Haigh, a Los Angeles-based graphic designer and executed by Skidmore Sign Company of Birmingham. In May 2012, scenes from the movie 42 were also filmed at Rickwood Field.

As of 2005, the Friends of Rickwood have spent around $2 million refurbishing the grandstands, press-box, locker rooms, roof and main entrance to the park. Future plans include establishing a Museum of Southern Baseball.

Since 2011 Play at the Plate Baseball has held an annual 3 day adult baseball tournament with 4 teams from various regions of the country participating. The event is usually held in June.

ESPN Classic broadcast a re-enactment of a Negro League game played at Rickwood on February 26, 2006. It featured teams wearing the uniforms of the fictitious "Bristol Barnstormers" (named for ESPN's hometown of Bristol, Connecticut) and the Birmingham Black Barons.

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"NACSTER'S HISTORICAL REPLAY"

34 REPLAYS IN THE BOOKS!

1876-1883

1896-1900

1906

1916-1917

1921, 1929

1936-1937

1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991, 1996

37,117 regular season games through 34 replays!

 

 



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Breaking USBL NEWS.....RICKWOOD FIELD will play a special part in the USBL. Rickwood Field historical legacy will continue,  as it will host the final series to crown the USBL Champion. If that wasn't enough to get excited about, Rickwood Field will also host the final game of the season, the Franklin J Fish All Star Classic. 



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