TCABT-XI: One Happy Host … The Results

CHAMPION_DARRELL_WITH_BARRYThe TCABT-XI Champion, and regular host, Darrell Skogen (1972 Pirates), is congratulated by runner-up, not too mention, first time entrant, Barry Boevers (1977 Red Sox).

With 2 1970’s teams in the championship, one might assume we held a ’70’s only “theme” tournament … not the case.  TCABT has always been an “open” tourney, welcoming any MLB team issued by APBA Game Co, from the 1901 season thru the present, meaning for TCABT-XI, any team was eligible for our tourney from 1901 to 2018 (sans the previous 10 TCABT Champion teams).

TCABT-XI_GROUPThanks to some wet weather outside, we were forced to take the group photo indoors again, and apparently, I had my iPhone on the wrong setting, as the quality of the group photo shows.  Thanks to Paul Van Beek’s 9 year old son, all 29 entrants are in the picture with Preston taking the photo.

 

PRESTON_ROLLING_FOR_PAULLater on, with Paul Van Beek’s 1969 Orioles treading their way through division play, Preston pinch-rolls for dad, hoping for that elusive “66”!

 

Some big/interesting moments/stats (which were passed along by their managers) in tourney play:
– Mike Cuellar for the 1969 Orioles (Paul Van Beek) pitched a no-hitter.
– Kevin Millwood for the 1999 Braves (Ben Lofgren) pitched a no-hitter (in a later round division game vs Mike Cuellar).
– Kevin Millwood of the 1999 Braves (Ben Lofgren) finishes tourney play with a 5-0 record and a 1.90 ERA (Maddux was 3-0).  The Braves launched 25 homers.
– Later in the quarter-final round of bracket play, Mike Paxton, of the 1977 Red Sox (Barry Boevers), would throw another no-hitter, our 3rd no-hitter of TCABT-XI.
– 1977 Red Sox (Barry Boevers, TCABT-XI Runner-Up) hit 23 homers in 17 games played.  The starting pitching staff of the TCABT-XI Runner-Up had 3 C’s and a D, and not much more than 1 B in the bullpen.
– The 2001 Mariners (Leroy Arnoldi) began division play, winning their first 5.  Leroy lost his last 5 games to finish 5-5, not making bracket play.
– Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews of the 1957 Braves (Dave Norlander) each failed to hit a homerun in 8 division games played.
– Torii Hunter of the 2006 Twins (Scott Ellingworth) blasted 6 HR in division play.
– The 1912 Giants (Darrell Shreve) out SB their opponents by a 26-1 margin.
– The 1995 Indians team (Chuck Penttila) hit 20 homers.
– 1972 Pirates (TCABT-XI Champion, Darrell Skogen) hit .311 as a team in 18 games, with 23 HR, 8 triples, and 40 doubles.
– 1961 Yankees (Kevin Cluff) hit 25 homers in 15 games played.  Maris hit 6 of them.  Light hitting Tony Kubek had a huge series, hitting .296 with 10 XBH (3 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR) and 11 RBI.  The 1961 Yankees might be the only team in the tournament with 0 SB.

 

The Final Standings (** – won division, * – wild card):

TCABT-XI
Saturday, April 6th, 2019
LUIS APARICIO DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1977 RED SOX (BARRY BOEVERS)** 7 3 54 41 13
1972 PIRATES (DARRELL SKOGEN)* 6 4 54 44 10
2018 DODGERS (GARY BORTHWICK)* 6 4 55 45 10
1978 BREWERS (CRAIG CHRISTIAN) 5 5 50 48 2
2008 RAYS (GARTH ANDERSEN) 3 7 44 56 -12
1974 DODGERS (ROB SKOGEN) 3 7 28 51 -23
TOTALS 30 30 285 285 0
CARL HUBBELL DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1995 INDIANS (CHUCK PENTTILLA)** 8 2 43 25 18
2016 RED SOX (FRED JOHNSON) 6 4 32 23 9
1995 REDS (ALEC OTTO) 5 5 38 33 5
2018 ASTROS (JOHN KALOUS) 5 5 26 30 -4
1977 DODGERS (DAVID JONES) 4 6 21 42 -21
2006 TWINS (SCOTT ELLINGWORTH) 2 8 41 48 -7
TOTALS 30 30 201 201 0
BARRY LARKIN DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1961 YANKEES (KEVIN CLUFF)** 8 2 46 29 17
2001 MARINERS (LEROY ARNOLDI) 5 5 55 47 8
2018 YANKEES (TERRY BORTHWICK) 5 5 50 50 0
1934 TIGERS (GEORGE ADAMS) 5 5 44 58 -14
1939 YANKEES (ROBERT ELLEY) 4 6 68 62 6
1964 TWINS (DEVIN HILL) 3 7 43 60 -17
TOTALS 30 30 306 306 0
EDGAR MARTINEZ DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1912 GIANTS (DARRELL SHREVE)** 5 3 43 30 13
1946 RED SOX (PHIL GERAFFO)* 5 3 32 32 0
1948 INDIANS (JIM FRAASCH) 4 4 31 25 6
1957 BRAVES (DAVE NORLANDER) 3 5 33 37 -4
1932 YANKEES (STEVE SOLMONSON) 3 5 30 45 -15
TOTALS 20 20 169 169 0
PAUL WANER DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1999 BRAVES (BEN LOFGREN)** 9 1 60 34 26
1969 ORIOLES (PAUL VAN BEEK) 5 5 36 33 3
1988 ATHLETICS (SCOTT EGGE) 5 5 36 41 -5
1935 CUBS (BRUCE TYLER) 4 6 35 38 -3
1977 ROYALS (GREGG NELSON) 4 6 27 40 -13
1908 GIANTS (JEFF BOEDING) 3 7 37 45 -8
TOTALS 30 30 231 231 0

ROB_AND_DARRELLMaster Skogen (Darrell on right, 1972 Pirates) to the nephew (Rob Skogen on left, 1974 Dodgers):  “Patience young Grasshopper …”

NORLANDERDave Norlander realizing a 3rd straight trip to the TCABT Finals was not in the cards, or the ’57 Braves … Aaron and Mathews finish with 0 homers between them.

BASEMENT_FRED_JOHNFred Johnson on left, and his 2016 Bosox battling John “The Cooler” Kalous and his 2018 Astros.

BASEMENT_DEVIN_LEROYNewcomer, Devin Hill, and his up-start 1964 Twins, facing off vs long-time APBA veteran, Leroy Arnoldi (back, with pile of dice) and his 2001 Mariners.

BASEMENT_GEORGE_KEVIN_TERRY_ROBERTTCABT foursome at the turn, clockwise from left, George Adams (1934 Tigers), Terry Borthwick (2018 Yankees), Robert Elley (1939 Yankees) and Kevin Cluff (1961 Yankees).

BASEMENT_ALEC_FRED_SCOTT_CHUCKClockwise starting with Brewer attired, Alec Otto (1995 Reds), Scott Ellingworth (2006 Twins), Chuck Penttila (1995 Indians) and Fred Johnson (2016 Red Sox).

BASEMENT_JONES_JOHNDavid Jones (1977 Dodgers, on left) “monkeys” with his lineup vs The Cooler (John Kalous, 2018 Astros).

SHREVECan Darrell Shreve and his 1912 Giants solve the TCABT enigma?

KITCHEN_STEVE_JIM_PHILJim in his ’48 Indians flannel (1948 Indians) battles division foe, Steve Solmonson (1932 Yankees in gray hoodie), as Phil Geraffo (1946 Red Sox) looks on.

GREGG_BENIn the “Pennant Porch”, division foes, Gregg Nelson (1977 Royals, on left) vs Ben Lofgren (1999 Braves, on right).  Ben’s ’99 Braves would finish TCABT-XI with the best division record, 9-1, not losing until his final division game, 6-2 to the 1969 Orioles.

BRUCEBruce Tyler contemplating his next roll with the 1935 Cubbies.

GARTH_CRAIGGarth Anderson (2008 Rays) on left and Craig Christian (1978 Brew Crew) on right.

EGGE_JEFF_BRUCEJeff Boeding (1908 Giants) on left vs Scott Egge (1988 A’s) on right.

BASEMENT_DEVIN_KEVIN_OTHERSDevin Hill (1964 Twins) on left vs Kevin Cluff (1961 Yankees) on right.

 

The Bracket Results:

Seed TCABT-XI   QUARTER-FINALS G1 G2 G3 SERIES
1 1999 BRAVES (BEN LOFGREN) 7 7 2
vs
8 2018 DODGERS (GARY BORTHWICK) 2 4 0
2 1995 INDIANS (CHUCK PENTTILLA) 6 6 4 1
vs
7 1972 PIRATES (DARRELL SKOGEN) 7 4 8 2
3 1961 YANKEES (KEVIN CLUFF) 6 0 8 2
vs
6 1946 RED SOX (PHIL GERAFFO) 0 2 5 1
4 1977 RED SOX (BARRY BOEVERS) 1 0 3 2
vs
5 1912 GIANTS (DARRELL SHREVE) 0 1 1 1
Seed TCABT-XI   SEMI-FINALS G1 G2 G3 SERIES
1 1999 BRAVES (BEN LOFGREN) 5 4 3 1
vs
7 1972 PIRATES (DARRELL SKOGEN) 3 5 13 2
3 1961 YANKEES (KEVIN CLUFF) 2 4 0
vs
4 1977 RED SOX (BARRY BOEVERS) 6 5 2
Seed TCABT-XI   CHAMPIONSHIP G1 G2 G3 SERIES
4 1977 RED SOX (BARRY BOEVERS) 4 1 0
vs
7 1972 PIRATES (DARRELL SKOGEN) 10 6 2

 

QUARTER-FINALS:

QF_CHUCK_DARRELLQuarter-finals action, Chuck Penttila (on left) and his #2 seed, 1995 Indians, are eliminated by Darrell Skogen’s #7 seed, 1972 Pirates, 2 games to 1.

QF_KEVIN_PHILQuarter-finals action, Kevin Cluff (on left) and his #3 seed, 1961 Bronx Bombers, eliminate Phil Geraffo’s #6 seed, 1946 Red Sox, 2 games to 1.  The look on Phil’s face pretty much sums it up.

QF_BARRY_SHREVEQuarter-finals action, Barry Boevers (on left) and his #4 seed, 1977 Red Sox, take 2 of 3 to up-end Darrell Shreve’s #5 seed, 1912 Giants.  Barry’s victory included the 1-0, no-hitter tossed by C pitcher, Mike Paxton.

(Note – Picture missing for the Quarter-finals series with the #1 seed, Ben Lofgren and his 1999 Braves vs the #8 seed, Gary Borthwick and his 2018 Dodgers, ended with a 2-0 sweep by the 1999 Braves).

SEMI-FINALS:

SF_DARRELL_JEFF_BENWith the honorable Jeff Boeding manning the results booklet, #7 seed, Darrell Skogen and his 1972 Pirates, up-set the #1 seed, Ben Lofgren and his 1999 Braves, 2 games to 1, after Ben opened the series with a win.

SF_KEVIN_BARRYIn the other semi-final, Kevin’s #3 seed, the heavy hitting 1961 Yankees would fall to Barry’s very surprising #4 seed, 1977 Red Sox, 2 games to none.

TCABT-XI CHAMPIONSHIP:

F_DARRELL_BARRY_JEFFFor ALL the marbles … it is ALL 1970’s, Darrell’s 1972 Pirates vs Barry and his 1977 Red Sox.  Not as much suspense in this series as the ’72 Pirates hammer out 10-4 and 6-1 wins in the sweep of the ’77 Bosox, with Jeff Boeding looking on.

CONGRATULATIONS TO DARRELL SKOGEN AND HIS 1972 PIRATES!!!!

CHAMPION_DARRELL_WITH_JIM-2Darrell has hosted all 11 of our TCABT tournaments, ranging from a low of 8 entrants to a high of 30 entrants.  He would not have it any other way, and his sincere generosity of opening his home to dozens of APBA fanatics near and far, is not lost on anyone.  Looking forward to seeing the April trophy displayed in Darrell’s home for the upcoming October tourney!

Thanks to all who provided photographs, especially Gary and Terry Borthwick!

Coming in October, TCABT-XII, Saturday, October 5th, 2019.  Contact “Jim” if interested.  Team selection for TCABT-XII will begin July 6th at noon.

A few additional “stories” on TCABT-XI …

One “meeting” which occurred on the Friday night, April 5th, prior to tourney day, was 5 of us showing up at Badger Hill Brewing in Shakopee, MN.  A little back story here … I had sent APBA CEO, John Herson an email, asking if he might want to “donate” an APBA Baseball Game which I would end up placing on the game shelf at Badger Hill Brewing, my favorite local Twin Cities brew house, with many fine freshly brewed beers on tap.  John provided the game, and soon after it ended up on the game shelf at Badger Hill Brewing.  Apparently it sat their for a few months, not seeing much action.  By chance, Phil Geraffo, who had no idea this game had been placed at the brew house, nearby his place of work, Badger Hill Brewing, made a trip their with a few co-workers.  Imagine the surprise on his face when he saw the APBA Baseball game on the shelf.  He even sent a photo of it sitting unused to the TCABT email distribution.  I let him know how the game ended up there, and we decided the game which appeared to be not played, needed to be played.  Several weeks later, the 5 of us met up at the brew house and rolled a game.  As the game went on, we did have 3 local female teachers who were enjoying a few libations, ask us what the game was about.  They seemed fairly “impressed” with 5 guys enjoying rolling the dice and drinking their beers … oh, and the game rolled, the 2018 Yankees routed the 2018 Dodgers.

BADGER_HILL_BREWING_GATHERING_FRIDAY_BEFORE_TOURNEYFrom left, George Adams, Jeff Boeding, Kevin Cluff, Phil Geraffo and Jim.

Note, the tradition has just begun … this October, we will send out an email to the group letting them know the Friday afternoon/evening prior to tourney day, there will be a gathering in Shakopee for dinner at the Muddy Cow followed up with a few beers and maybe some dice rolling at Badger Hill Brewing.

Finally, last and certainly not least, no TCABT tournament would be complete without the fabulous “postmortem” write-up by none other than Fred Johnson … the write-up is always very “introspective” and never full of self-pity or blame … as Fred’s 2016 Red Sox failed to make bracket-play, even with a solid 6-4 record and a +9 run differential.  Note, the 2 teams just ahead of him who did qualify for bracket-play also finished 6-4, but with a +10 run differential.  The math all checks out!

TCABT-XI: How One Manager Saw It (By Fred Johnson)            

Making the most of home field advantage, Darrell Skogen steered his 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates to a convincing April 6 triumph during Twin Cities APBA tourney action at Maple Grove’s rainy Skogen Fields. Long-shot Skogen parlayed timely hitting and clutch pitching to secure a surprise TCABT-XI victory. But enough about Darrell!  

In the big news, Fred Johnson’s 2016 Red Sox (FredSox) launched a title challenge that carried him to victory’s precipice. He opened by ambushing tough newcomer David (Don’t call me Davy) Jones in the opening two-game set: 1–0 (a one-hit beauty by Rick Porcello) and 8–1. In the second round, Handy Hanley Ramirez ricocheted a first inning line drive off Twin’s twirler Johan Santana’s pitching hand helpfully, for the Soxers, finishing the lefty’s day. Tear-stained Twins boss Scott Ellingsworth and his club collapsed. FredSox won 3-0. To his credit, Ellingsworth rallied for 7-4 win in game two.

John Kalous, the Don Quixote of national APBA circles—he ceaselessly roams the nation in futile search of victory for his vagabond Houston clubs—next faced the FredSox. Kalous seemed to err in game one when an over-eager Soxer batted out of turn. The Don discovered the miscue after three rolls and three Sox runs. FSox management instantly fired the bench coach and awaited Kalous’s wrath.

“No problem,” observed Kalous, a gracious sportsman. He said, “Let’s just recreate what would have happened.” Totally unfamiliar with such lofty altruism—the FredSox manager had once attended a weekend ethics workshop at a scammy North Korean call-center but was axed for being too unscrupulous—the confused Sox boss accepted. The re-creation gave FSox the three runs back! Generosity—who would have thought—paid off for Kalous whose club eventually won, 6-4. FredSox took game two, 4-1.

Alec Otto, soon to be known as “Double O” for two quick losses, then limped into Fenway with his 1995 Reds. FredSox’s Drew Pomeranz promptly pitched the team’s second tourney one-hitter, a 16-strikeout, 1-0 masterpiece. In game two, Double O went with C-twirler Jose Rijo, who shut down the Soxers for five innings. However, Otto dissolved in panic when Xander Bogaerts hit a solo HR in the sixth; he went to the bullpen. Relieved to see a reliever, the FredSox rapped four straight hits for three runs and produced a 4-3 win.

The Fighting Finn, Chuck Penttila, now appeared with his 1995 Indians and tallied two, one-run conquests over the Sox, 3-2 and 2-1. Punchless Big Papi Ortiz sabotaged his own team in Game Two with a suspiciously hideous performance. First inning, runner on third, one out=strikeout; third inning, runners on first and third=double play; sixth inning (game score 2-1 Reds)= walk and a kamikazi-like try at stealing second! ninth inning= K. Did somebody get to Big Papi???

Soxer fans soon learned their team qualified for the second round by virtue of their splendid 6-4 record and hefty plus-9 run differential. They became instant an odds-on favorite. Then, some supposed late “results” were mysteriously produced and carried to Commissioner Frick. These “documents” showed the FSox had been pushed off the podium. With admirable equanimity and praiseworthy graciousness, the FredSox manager accepted the news.

Suddenly a strident call rose from the crowd demanding, “Let’s give Fred a trophy anyway!” Pseudo-APBA umpire Gregg Nelson counseled— “Shut up, Fred.”

 

Advertisements

TCABT-XI: All Systems Go for Saturday, April 6th, 2019 …

30 of us APBA fans may not have noticed the NCAA Final 4 is occuring in Minneapolis the same weekend.  For the Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament #11, divisions were randomly set a few Saturdays ago, when 7 of us met up for lunch at the Meadows Bar and Grill at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN.

TCABT_XI_tshirt_artwork

The division names honor famous MLB players who wore a #11 jersey.

red_die    white_die

TCABT-XI 30 teams
Saturday, April 6th, 2019 (Play begins at or around 8:30am)
LUIS APARICIO DIVISION
1978 BREWERS (CRAIG CHRISTIAN)
2008 RAYS (GARTH ANDERSEN)
1977 RED SOX (BARRY BOEVERS)
1972 PIRATES (DARRELL SKOGEN)
2018 DODGERS (GARY BORTHWICK)
1974 DODGERS (ROB SKOGEN)
CARL HUBBELL DIVISION
2016 RED SOX (FRED JOHNSON)
1977 DODGERS (DAVID JONES)
2018 ASTROS (JOHN KALOUS)
1995 REDS (ALEC OTTO)
1995 INDIANS (CHUCK PENTTILLA)
2006 TWINS (SCOTT ELLINGWORTH)
BARRY LARKIN DIVISION
1939 YANKEES (ROBERT ELLEY)
1934 TIGERS (GEORGE ADAMS)
2018 YANKEES (TERRY BORTHWICK)
1964 TWINS (DEVIN HILL)
2001 MARINERS (LEROY ARNOLDI)
1961 YANKEES (KEVIN CLUFF)
EDGAR MARTINEZ DIVISION
2018 BREWERS (KURT BERGLAND)
1946 RED SOX (PHIL GERAFFO)
1932 YANKEES (STEVE SOLMONSON)
1912 GIANTS (DARRELL SHREVE)
1948 INDIANS (JIM FRAASCH)
1957 BRAVES (DAVE NORLANDER)
PAUL WANER DIVISION
1999 BRAVES (BEN LOFGREN)
1908 GIANTS (JEFF BOEDING)
1977 ROYALS (GREGG NELSON)
1935 CUBS (BRUCE TYLER)
1969 ORIOLES (PAUL VAN BEEK)
1988 ATHLETICS (SCOTT EGGE)

The 5 division winners plus 3 wild-card teams will enter the best-of-three/8-team bracket play round once division play is wrapped up.

carl_hubbell

#11, Carl Hubbell, New York Giants

1941 Boston Red Sox Replay – June Summary …

(Original Caption) 9/4/1941--Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox.

Ted Williams, 1941

My 1941 Boston Red Sox replay:

  • APBA Baseball, Basic Game, latest version of game booklet, released in 2013.
  • Latest 1941 APBA Baseball season card set, which contains all of the players used during the 1941 season issued in 2017.
  • Advanced Basic Rules.  Not using pitching grade advancement.  Using pitching grade reduction (NOTE:  The newer re-issued, re-formulated APBA season sets tend to slightly favor the pitching over the hitting, thus no need to advance the grade of any pitchers who are stringing together scoreless innings)
  • Using APBA Journal Error Distribution card and Unusual Play Distribution card.
  • Using Master Game Rare Play charts when rolling either a “12” or a “65” during the Unusual Play re-roll.
  • Using actual lineups.
  • Attempting to come close as possible to actual number of innings pitched for pitchers and plate appearances for hitters, knowing that they will be + or – a certain amount due to uncontrollable game circumstances.
  • Following actual trades as they occurred during the season.

1941_RED_SOX_MEDIA_GUIDE

The high-lights and low-lights in the month of June …

  • June 2nd, Ted goes 0 for 4 dropping him to .400 on the season.  Veteran catcher, Frankie Pytlak, goes 4 for 4.
  • June 5th, the Cleveland Indians gain their first win over Boston in the 1941 season, thanks to a Lou Boudreau game-winning double in the bottom of the 12th.  Meanwhile, Ted Williams goes 3 for 6, raising his batting average to .405 on the season.
  • June 6th, Williams 2 hits gets him to .408.
  • June 8th, 2nd game of double-header vs Chisox, Williams goes 0 for 3 and drops to .395.
  • June 12th, Teddy Ballgame’s 4 hits in double-dip vs Browns, raises season average to .404.
  • June 15th, Jim Tabor drives in 5 runs, and Williams 3 for 4 performance puts him at .411 on the season.
  • June 19th, 2 hits in series finale vs Tigers keeps Ted at .406.
  • June 22nd, Mickey Harris (BX) mows down Browns in CG, 1-hitter, the only hit a solo-homer in the 5th inning.  4 hits in double-header puts Williams at .414 on season.
  • June 26th, Ted finishes 3 game series vs Cleveland going 0 for 8, dropping him to .396.
  • June 27th, Williams collects 2 hits vs Senators, raising his batting average to .398.
  • June 28th and 29th (double-header), in the final 3 games of June, Ted goes 0 for 8 to finish the month of June batting .381.

1941_ted_williams_fleer_from_1959

The Ted Williams “hits for .406” watch:

williams_watch_thru_end_of_june

The month of June, 1941:

(click on game scores below for either the REPLAY boxscore or the ACTUAL boxscore)

Series #18:  Red Sox @ Tigers, June 1 (2), 2

red_sox_logo  AT  tigers_logo

Game #39-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 4, RED SOX 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 7, TIGERS 6)

Game #40-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 5, TIGERS 4  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 6, TIGERS 5)

Game #41-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 7, TIGERS 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 9, TIGERS 1)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (27-14)  –  Actual (22-19)

frankie_pytlak

June 2nd, the same day Ted Williams puts up an 0 for 4, Frankie Pytlak, handling 50%+ of the Red Sox catching duties, goes 4 for 4 with a double and a walk, raising his batting average to .298.  Williams drops to .400.

 

Series #19:  Red Sox @ Indians, June 5

red_sox_logo  AT  indians_logo

Game #42-  Replay Score:  INDIANS 4, RED SOX 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 14, INDIANS 1)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (27-15)  –  Actual (23-19)

1940s_lou_boudreauLou Boudreau doubles home the game winning run for the Indians in the bottom of the 12th, as Cleveland defeats Boston, 4-3.  It is the first Cleveland win over Boston in 6 tries.

 

Series #20:  Red Sox @ White Sox, June 6, 7, 8 (2)

red_sox_logo  AT  white_sox_logo

Game #43-  Replay Score:  WHITE SOX 4, RED SOX 2  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 6, WHITE SOX 3)

Game #44-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 8, WHITE SOX 6  –  (Actual Score:  WHITE SOX 5, RED SOX 4)

Game #45-  Replay Score:  WHITE SOX 12, RED SOX 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 5, WHITE SOX 3)

Game #46-  Replay Score:  WHITE SOX 4, RED SOX 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 3, WHITE SOX 0)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (28-18)  –  Actual (26-20)

thornton_leeThornton Lee (AYZ) goes the distance in an 11 inning affair, a 4-3 victory, as the White Sox take 3 of 4 from Boston.

 

Series #21:  Red Sox @ Browns, June 12 (2)

red_sox_logo  AT  browns_logo

Game #47-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 3, BROWNS 2  –  (Actual Score:  BROWNS 9, RED SOX 4)

Game #48-  Replay Score:  BROWNS 9, RED SOX 8  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 3, BROWNS 2)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (29-19)  –  Actual (27-21)

1941_ted_williams_miscTed Williams goes 3 for 3 in a losing effort in game 2 of the double-header vs the Browns.  A single, 2 homers, 5 RBI, and 2 walks.

 

Series #22:  White Sox @ Red Sox, June 14, 15 (2)

white_sox_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #49-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 6, WHITE SOX 4  –  (Actual Score:  WHITE SOX 5, RED SOX 2)

Game #50-  Replay Score:  WHITE SOX 5, RED SOX 2  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 8, WHITE SOX 6)

Game #51-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 12, WHITE SOX 7  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 6, WHITE SOX 4)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (31-20)  –  Actual (29-22)

jim_tabor_1941Jim Tabor drives in 5, as Red Sox claim 12-7 victory in rubber game.

 

Series #23:  Tigers @ Red Sox, June 17 (2), 18, 19

tigers_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #52-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 3, TIGERS 0  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 14, TIGERS 6)

Game #53-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 10, RED SOX 2  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 8, RED SOX 5)

Game #54-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 12, RED SOX 9  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 5, RED SOX 2)

Game #55-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 3, RED SOX 1  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 6, TIGERS 4)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (32-23)  –  Actual (31-24)

tommy_bridges_1941Detroit’s Tommy Bridges pitches a CG, scattering 8 hits, while giving up 7 walks, but allowing no earned runs in the finale of the series.

 

Series #24:  Browns @ Red Sox, June 20, 21, 22 (2)

browns_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #56-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 8, BROWNS 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 4, BROWNS 2)

Game #57-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 3, BROWNS 1  –  (Actual Score:  BROWNS 13, RED SOX 9)

Game #58-  Replay Score:  BROWNS 10, RED SOX 5  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 7, BROWNS 5)

Game #59-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 8, BROWNS 1  –  (Actual Score:  BROWNS 12, RED SOX 3)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (35-24)  –  Actual (33-26)

mickey_harris_1941Mickey Harris commands the Browns in game 4 of the series, pitching a CG, 1-hitter.  Harris struck out 9, and the only Brownie hit came in the 5th inning, a solo-homer by shortstop, Johnny Berardino.

 

Series #25:  Indians @ Red Sox, June 24, 25, 26

indians_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #60-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 13, INDIANS 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 13, INDIANS 2)

Game #61-  Replay Score:  INDIANS 5, RED SOX 1  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 7, INDIANS 2)

Game #62-  Replay Score:  INDIANS 6, RED SOX 4  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 11, RED SOX 8)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (36-26)  –  Actual (35-27)

1942_jim_bagbyJim Bagby (D), the year prior, was pitching for the Red Sox, turns the tables on the Bosox with a CG, 5-1 win for the Indians in game 2 of the series, scattering 12 hits.  Jim Bagby’s father, Jim Sr., was a pitching great for the World Champion 1920 Indians, winning 31 games in 1920.

 

Series #26:  Red Sox @ Senators, June 27, 28

red_sox_logo  AT  senators_logo

Game #63-  Replay Score:  SENATORS 6, RED SOX 4  –  (Actual Score:  SENATORS 5, RED SOX 3)

Game #64-  Replay Score:  SENATORS 6, RED SOX 5  –  (Actual Score:  SENATORS 3, RED SOX 1)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (36-28)  –  Actual (35-29)

1940_jimmy_bloodworthIn an 11 inning, 6-5 win for the Senators, Jimmy Bloodworth’s big 3 for 5 with 2 homers and 4 RBI performance, helps extend the Red Sox losing streak to 4 games.

 

Series #27:  Red Sox @ Athletics, June 29 (2)

red_sox_logo  AT  athletics_logo

Game #65-  Replay Score:  ATHLETICS 6, RED SOX 5  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 13, ATHLETICS 1)

Game #66-  Replay Score:  ATHLETICS 3, RED SOX 2  –  (Actual Score:  ATHLETICS 3, RED SOX 2)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (36-30)  –  Actual (36-30)

benny_mccoyThe A’s, Billy McCoy, goes 5 for 7 in the double-header sweep of the Red Sox, who have now lost 6 straight to end the month of June.  Ted Williams goes 0 for 8 in his last 3 games of June, and is now batting .381.

 

RED SOX end of June Season Stats (click on link to read):

1941_RED_SOX_end_of_JUNE_BATTING

1941_RED_SOX_end_of_JUNE_PITCHING

1941_RED_SOX_end_of_JUNE_FIELDING

 

RED SOX month-by-month Blog Summaries (click on links to read past months):

APRIL (W-L):  8-5  (7-6 Actual)

MAY (W-L):  17-8  (12-13 Actual)

JUNE (W-L):  11-17  (17-11 Actual)

JULY

AUGUST

SEPT/OCT

al_1941_bostonReplay note:  Thru the end of June, the Red Sox are 24-12 at home and 12-18 on the road.

Lit Uniform

slideshow_1370612_patsTom Brady wearing the Patriots road throwback jersey/helmet/uniform.

Ask Tom Brady or any other New England Patriot player since the 2001 season, does the uniform matter?  Chances are, the answer is “no”.  The Patriots have now won their 6th Super Bowl, all with Tom Brady as quarterback and Bill Belichick as the head coach.  What matters is:  #1 – You have a competent coach, capable of handling a roster of 50+ players, and coming up with the right game plan.  #2 – Having a hall-of-fame worthy quarterback.  #3 – An offensive line.  #4 – A defense which can still prevent points in a day and age when the rules favor the offense.

I am not a New England Patriots fan.  However, I am a big fan of their “alternate” or “throwback” uniforms.  Not only are the road whites wonderful, but the home “reds” are as well.

patriots-throwbackThe Patriots looking good in “throwback” red.

Why then, do the New England Patriots choose to wear these?

2018_patriots_uniforms2018 New England Patriots uniform.

Perhaps the marketing folks know more than I do (not a stretch).  If the navy blue jerseys are selling, then why change uniforms?  I’m not saying navy blue uniforms are all bad.  But when you have the old AFL Patriots colors, which are easy on the eyes, why not go with the throwbacks for all 16 games?  At this point, the Patriots have won their 6 Super Bowls, so there is almost no chance they change anything now.  About the only thing which may convince the Patriots to change, is if they start losing.  And even then, the marketing brass will figure it out.

Growing up in Minnesota, I had it made.  The Vikings purple and gold uniforms were bright and vivid.

Hugh-Mcelhenny-minnesota-vikingsfran_1962Hugh McElhenny (#39) and Fran Tarkenton in early 60’s Viking threads.

The Minnesota North Stars colors were fresh and really different than the original 6 colors/sweaters (which are all terrific, yesterday and today).

goldsworthymaniagoBill Goldsworthy and Cesar Maniago make North Star fans proud.

The North Stars green and gold were easy uniforms for me to like, as were the Oakland A’s of the early 1970’s.

Reggie Jackson, Gene Tenace, Joe Rudi.

Major League Baseball, uniform wise, has cycled through the old and the new and have offered plenty of throwback uniform scheduled games, which give the fans a nice look at what teams of yesteryear wore on game day.  This is a nice diversion from current day MLB uniforms which seem to follow a trend toward uniforms which do not always look much different from team to team.  The Cardinals, Red Sox and Reds should wear their red colors proudly.  However, the Angels, Rangers, Indians, Phillies and Nationals also favor red to the point where their uniforms do not stand out as much, since they really blend together, color wise.

When is red too much red?

Red is certainly a popular and bright color, however, in baseball it is probably over played.  Of course, if you are the NFL New England Patriots, your throwback red will never go out of style.

From sport to sport, and team to team, I tend to lean towards traditional, old-style, uniform looks, but more importantly, some variance is good.  When more and more teams start to look the same with each new uniform design marketed upon the buying rubes, different is good, even if “different” means going back to the old-school look.

al_1954_washington1954 Washington Senators

 

For those interested, some great uniform sites:

Uni-Watch

Baseball Hall of Fame Uniform Database

Gridiron Uniform Database

NBA Jersey Museum

NHL Uniform Database

APBA’view: Mark Zarb

mark-zarb-e1428159787546Mark rolling on the East River, across from the United Nations Building

If you have perused the various APBA Football posts on the APBA Between the Lines Delphi Forum, you have most likely come across the well documented replays of APBA Football fan, Mark Zarb.

With the NFL playoffs in full swing, and SuperBowl LIII just around the corner, I figured now was the time to reach out to another APBA Football legend … and fortunately, Mark Zarb answered the call.

Besides the replays, Mark has been a source for several APBA Football innovations and tidbits, found at fellow APBA Football guru, Greg Barath’s site.  Mark’s expertise in APBA Football and APBA Hockey is demonstrated in several self-made Football and Hockey sets for use with APBA.

Onto the interview with Mark Zarb …

zarb_with_becca_3Mark and Rebecca

Jimsapbabarn question #1:  Tell us about yourself, your youth, etc (outside of APBA)?

Mark Zarb:  I was born and raised in Astoria, NY which is a middle-class neighborhood in Queens. Both my parents were immigrants from Malta, and unlike most it was me teaching my dad about American sports and not the other way around. I was an average to below average athlete playing mostly baseball and basketball, but my limited athleticism did not prevent me from being an avid, even rabid sports fan,  becoming a fan of the NY Jets, Rangers, Mets and Knicks when I really started following sports in 1969 (big year for all those teams). I went to Stuyvesant High School, which is a specialized science/math school in NYC, and then obtained an BS in Accounting and MBA in Finance from St.John’s University in NY. My family life includes an ex-wife (who I get along with very well, now at least), two daughters Amanda (22) who graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT and Elizabeth (19) who currently attends Emerson College in Boston,MA. I currently live with my lovely girlfriend of almost four years, Rebecca, and my French bulldog Wentford (named after Wentford Gaines of the 1978 Chicago Bears) in Long Island City, Queens.

zarb_with_daughters_elizabeth_and_amanda.tifMark with his daughters

 

Jimsapbabarn question #2:  Tell us about your work/career?

Mark Zarb:  Pretty boring stuff here, been in Finance the whole time starting with Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan) in 1985 and spent the next 29 years there. In 2014, I joined Bank of America which is where I am today. Started my career as an internal auditor, spent time in market risk management and then moved over to trading eventually taking over the interest rate swaps desk at Chase Manhattan and then J.P.Morgan when the two merged. Burned out from trading I went back to market risk, this time covering commodities and then moved over to Bank of America where I am still in risk management this time covering Interest Rate Risk on the firms balance sheet. Always loved numbers I guess.

dollar_sign

 

Jimsapbabarn question #3:  When/how did you discover APBA?

Mark Zarb:  A friend turned me onto APBA in 1976. He received the baseball game as a Christmas gift and we spent many hours playing one-off games from the 1975 baseball season. I always loved the Game Co.’s brochures and would spend countless hours reading them over and over. The first APBA game I ever owned, believe it or not, was basketball and yes, I have completed a few games using the short version of the game. That was soon followed by football and then baseball in 1976 and 77.

apba_basketballFrom the APBA Basketball Game brochure

 

Jimsapbabarn question #4:  How did you get started creating your own APBA Football and Hockey sets?

Mark Zarb:  Glad you asked this question, essentially it was to fill a void when APBA had some financial difficulty in the late 90’s early 2000’s. It was around that time that I contacted the GameCo about the possibility of seeing some new  or even retro APBA Hockey or Football seasons. The woman who answered the phone was apologetic and said future seasons for hockey were unlikely. APBA also did not produce the 1998 football season, which was finally done by the old APBA Journal. Anyway, I decided that I was going to take things into my own hands, first completing some extra players for the 93-94 NHL set and then working on my first full set with the 1971-72 NHL. 1968 football came out soon after and I never looked back. Essentially, it was like the Chinese proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

brady_example_zarb_card2010 Zarb Football set

Great thing about it was meeting my APBA Brother and best friend Greg Barath as a result of producing 1968 and that was followed by a myriad of other friends and connections. Also, a big shout out to Dave Sayers (DICEDAVE) who was my first customer ever way back when.

 

Jimsapbabarn question #5:  Which APBA games do you currently play, and which is your favorite board game?

Mark Zarb:  I exclusively play the APBA Football Master Game, it is by far, my favorite. Closely followed by Hockey, but I must admit I haven’t played in many years.

af_master

 

football_field_yardlines

BAT FLIPS at the ‘Barn with Mark Zarb …

Domingo Homrun GIF - Domingo Homrun Bat GIFs

– Your favorite sport(s)/team(s)?

Mark Zarb:  Jets, Alabama, Rangers, Mets, Knicks, SJU Red Storm (Basketball)

zarb_with_oguard_and_penningtonMark with best friend Greg Barath, meeting Chad Pennington

zarb_with_girlfriend_becca_2_in_nashvilleMark with Rebecca at Jets game in Nashville

 

– Your favorite athlete(s) of all-time?

Mark Zarb:  Joe Namath and Mark Messier

 

– Your favorite sports venue?

Mark Zarb:  Shea Stadium for Football.

jets_program_shea

 

– Your favorite movie?

Mark Zarb:  Kelly’s Heroes and Aliens.

kellysheroes

 

– Your favorite APBA memory?

Mark Zarb:  Playing my 1972 NFL Championship Games and Super Bowl at Greg Barath’s home over Thanksgiving Day weekend a few years back. Had a great time hanging with Greg and his lovely wife Becky…damned we talked a lot of APBA, ate a lot of food and drank a ton of booze!!!!!

mark_zarb_with_greg_and_becky_barath

 

Mark was very gracious in accepting my request for an APBA’view … and very humble in his responses.  The APBA Football community is fortunate to have a guy like Mark Zarb involved in the hobby.  Make sure you check out his replays on the APBA Between the Lines Delphi Forum.  And do not be afraid to ask Mark any questions about the game you might have.  Thanks Mark!

wentfordWentford is Mark’s best friend when the Jets lose …

jets_original_logo

TCABT-XI (April 6, 2019): Team Selection …

1959_ws_aparicio_slide

TCABT-XI team selection is upon us.  Team selection will begin at noon on Saturday, January 5th, 2019.  Teams will be updated on this blog post, as they are validated.

TCABT-XI Tournament date is:  Saturday, April 6th, 2019.

TCABT-XI: Selected Teams (click on team name for Baseball Reference link) –

  1. 1961 YANKEES (KEVIN CLUFF – APPLE VALLEY, MN)
  2. 2016 RED SOX (FRED JOHNSON – COTTAGE GROVE, MN)
  3. 2018 ASTROS (JOHN KALOUS – BELLEVILLE, IL)
  4. 1957 BRAVES (DAVE NORLANDER – DULUTH, MN)
  5. 2018 YANKEES (TERRY BORTHWICK – CRYSTAL, MN)
  6. 2018 DODGERS (GARY BORTHWICK – CRYSTAL, MN)
  7. 1935 CUBS (BRUCE TYLER – ELK RIVER, MN)
  8. 1946 RED SOX (PHIL GERAFFO – SHOREWOOD, MN)
  9. 2001 MARINERS (LEROY ARNOLDI – PRIOR LAKE, MN)
  10. 1948 INDIANS (JIM FRAASCH – SAVAGE, MN)
  11. 1995 REDS (ALEC OTTO – GREEN BAY, WI)
  12. 1978 BREWERS (CRAIG CHRISTIAN – EAU CLAIRE, WI)
  13. 1932 YANKEES (STEVE SOLMONSON – MAPLE GROVE, MN)
  14. 1939 YANKEES (ROBERT ELLEY – LONGVIEW, TX)
  15. 1912 GIANTS (DARRELL SHREVE – ST. PAUL, MN)
  16. 2018 BREWERS (KURT BERGLAND – WAUKESHA, WI)
  17. 2008 RAYS (GARTH ANDERSEN – ANDOVER, MN)
  18. 1977 ROYALS (GREGG NELSON – MAPLE GROVE, MN)
  19. 1999 BRAVES (BEN LOFGREN – HAWLEY, MN)
  20. 1969 ORIOLES (PAUL VAN BEEK – WINONA, MN)
  21. 1988 ATHLETICS (SCOTT EGGE – WOODBURY, MN)
  22. 1972 PIRATES (DARRELL SKOGEN – MAPLE GROVE, MN)
  23. 2006 TWINS (SCOTT ELLINGWORTH – BROOKLYN PARK, MN)
  24. 1995 INDIANS (CHUCK PENTTILA – MONTICELLO, MN)
  25. 1908 GIANTS (JEFF BOEDING – PLATTE CITY, MO)
  26. 1934 TIGERS (GEORGE ADAMS – LIBERTY, MO)
  27. 1977 RED SOX (BARRY BOEVERS – CHAMPLIN, MN)
  28. 1974 DODGERS (ROB SKOGEN – FOREST LAKE, MN)
  29. 1977 DODGERS (DAVID JONES – MINNEAPOLIS, MN)
  30. 1964 TWINS (DEVIN HILL – MINNEAPOLIS, MN)

 

TCABT-XI Tournament date is:  Saturday, April 6th, 2019.

Any MLB team, 1901-2018, minus the following previous TCABT Champions:

1927 Yankees, 1954 Giants, 1902 Pirates, 1937 Yankees, 2011 Rangers, 1930 Cardinals, 1930 Yankees, 1929 Athletics, 2017 Nationals, 1998 Yankees.

Team selection will be open thru Friday, March 15th.

tcabt-2019-tshirt

1941 Boston Red Sox Replay – May Summary …

green_monster_panaramicFenway outfield, panoramic, 1941

My 1941 Boston Red Sox replay:

  • APBA Baseball, Basic Game, latest version of game booklet, released in 2013.
  • Latest 1941 APBA Baseball season card set, which contains all of the players used during the 1941 season issued in 2017.
  • Advanced Basic Rules.  Not using pitching grade advancement.  Using pitching grade reduction (NOTE:  The newer re-issued, re-formulated APBA season sets tend to slightly favor the pitching over the hitting, thus no need to advance the grade of any pitchers who are stringing together scoreless innings)
  • Using APBA Journal Error Distribution card and Unusual Play Distribution card.
  • Using Master Game Rare Play charts when rolling either a “12” or a “65” during the Unusual Play re-roll.
  • Using actual lineups.
  • Attempting to come close as possible to actual number of innings pitched for pitchers and plate appearances for hitters, knowing that they will be + or – a certain amount due to uncontrollable game circumstances.
  • Following actual trades as they occurred during the season.

1941_RED_SOX_MEDIA_GUIDE

The high-lights and low-lights in the month of May …

  • May 1st, the month of May begins with a rain-shortened loss to the Detroit Tigers.
  • After seeing little action in April, Ted Williams begins to make-up for lost time with his first 3-hit performance of the season on May 2nd vs the Indians.
  • After going 0 for 3 the day prior, May 4th Ted Williams gets 3 more hits in an 8-4 win over the Browns.
  • May 7th, Ted Williams now with back-to-back games with 3 hits, in a 7-5 win over the White Sox.
  • May 12th, Ted Williams hits a grandslam vs the Yankees in a 10-2 win.  Williams has 2 homers on the day.
  • May 13th and 14th, Boston pitchers Charlie Wagner and Emerson Dickman pitch complete game 4-hitters, with each game ending up as a 4-1 final.
  • May 18-19-20, the Tigers sweep the Red Sox, ending the Red Sox 6-game win-streak.
  • May 25th, Joe DiMaggio ends an 11-inning game with a solo-homer in the bottom of the 11th, Yankees winning 5-4 over the Red Sox.
  • May 30th, game 2 of a double-header vs the Yankees, light hitting Skeeter Newsome hits the 4th Red Sox grandslam of the replay.  In real-life, the Red Sox hit 9 grandslams in 1941.  The team has walked 194 times in 38 games, leading to several bases-loaded opportunities.
  • Thru the end of May, pitchers Charlie Wagner (7-0) and Mickey Harris (3-0) are a combined 10-0.  All other Boston pitchers are a combined 15-13.

1941_ted_williams_fleer_from_1959

The Ted Williams “hits for .406” watch:

williams_watch_thru_end_of_may

The month of May, 1941:

(click on game scores below for either the REPLAY boxscore or the ACTUAL boxscore)

Series #6:  Red Sox @ Tigers, April 29-30, May 1

red_sox_logo  AT  tigers_logo

Game #14-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 4, RED SOX 3 <4-1/2 innings, rain shortened>  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 15, TIGERS 9)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (8-6)  –  Actual (8-6)

rudy_york_record_holderRudy York, maybe one of the more unheralded record holders in MLB for his streaky HR prowess.  In a career where Rudy hit 277 homers, he set a then record for homers hit in one month, 18, in August of 1937 (still stands as the AL record, but broken by Sammy Sosa in the NL).  He set a record for grand slams hit in 1 month, 3, in May of 1938 (which has since been tied 8 times).  He is one of 13 players in MLB history to hit 2 grand slams in 1 game, this occurring with the Red Sox in July of 1946.  In this May 1st replay game vs Boston, Rudy York hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 1st, helping Detroit win a rain-shortened, 4-1/2 inning game, 4-3.

 

Series #7:  Red Sox @ Indians, May 2-3

red_sox_logo  AT  indians_logo

Game #15-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 13, INDIANS 2  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 7, RED SOX 3)

Game #16-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 7, INDIANS 4  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 4, RED SOX 2)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (10-6)  –  Actual (8-8)

batting_average_.406_t_williams_1941_grandeTed Williams collects his 1st 3-hit game of the 1941 season replay, going 3 for 6 with a homer, double and single, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored in the 13-2 trouncing of the Indians.

 

Series #8:  Red Sox @ Browns, May 4

red_sox_logo  AT  browns_logo

Game #17-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 8, BROWNS 4  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 11, BROWNS 4)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (11-6)  –  Actual (9-8)

1941_williams_playballTed Williams bounces back, getting another 3 hit game, going 3 for 4, after an 0 for 3 performance the day before.

 

Series #9:  Red Sox @ White Sox, May 7

red_sox_logo  AT  white_sox_logo

Game #18-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 7, WHITE SOX 5  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 3)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (12-6)  –  Actual (10-8)

williams_and_doerr_1942Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr stay hot at Comiskey Park, with Williams going 3 for 3 and Doerr 1 for 3, in a 7-5 win over the Chisox.

 

Series #10:  Yankees @ Red Sox, May 11-12

yankees_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #19-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 4, RED SOX 1  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 13, YANKEES 5)

Game #20-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 10, YANKEES 2  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 8, YANKEES 4)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (13-7)  –  Actual (12-8)

Ted_Williams_41In game# 20, Ted Williams goes 2 for 4, with 2 homers, one a grandslam, and 6 RBI.

 

Series #11:  White Sox @ Red Sox, May 13-14

white_sox_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #21-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 1  –  (Actual Score:  WHITE SOX 3, RED SOX 2)

Game #22-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 1  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 10, WHITE SOX 7)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (15-7)  –  Actual (13-9)

Charlie Wagner (B) and Emerson Dickman (DYW) each pitch a CG 4-hitter in the Bosox sweep of the light hitting Chicago White Sox.

 

Series #12:  Indians @ Red Sox, May 15-16-17

indians_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #23-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 7, INDIANS 2  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 6, RED SOX 4)

Game #24-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 6, INDIANS 0  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 9, RED SOX 3)

Game #25-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 2, INDIANS 1  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 12, RED SOX 9)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (18-7)  –  Actual (13-12)

Mickey Harris Throwing BaseballMickey Harris (BX), pitches a CG, 6-0 shut-out over Cleveland on May 16.

 

Series #13:  Tigers @ Red Sox, May 18-19-20

tigers_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #26-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 8, RED SOX 3  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 6, RED SOX 5)

Game #27-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 10, RED SOX 4  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 4, RED SOX 2)

Game #28-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 4, RED SOX 2  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 4, TIGERS 2)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (18-10)  –  Actual (14-14)

ted_williams_with_pat_mullinPat Mullin for Detroit had a series to remember, going 4 for 5 in each of the first 2 games, and finishing the series with 9 hits, as the Tigers sweep the red-hot Red Sox.  Meanwhile Ted Williams managed just 2 hits in the series, but is still hitting .433 on the season.

 

Series #14:  Browns @ Red Sox, May 21-22

browns_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #29-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 8, BROWNS 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 8, BROWNS 6)

Game #30-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 9, BROWNS 5  –  (Actual Score:  BROWNS 4, RED SOX 1)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (20-10)  –  Actual (15-15)

charlie_wagner_1930s

With his high-leg-kick, windup, Charlie Wagner (B) is now 6-0 on the season, with a 9-5 win over the Browns on May 22nd.  Wagner gives up 4 late runs, and does not earn the CG.  His ERA after the win is 3.81.

 

Series #15:  Red Sox @ Yankees, May 23-24-25

red_sox_logo  AT  yankees_logo

(Note:  Game on May 23rd at NY was a rain shortened tie, and will not be replayed.)

Game #31-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 7, RED SOX 3  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 7, RED SOX 6)

Game #32-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 5, RED SOX 4  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 10, YANKEES 3)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (20-12)  –  Actual (16-16)

joe_dimaggio_1941May 25th, Joe DiMaggio hits the decider, breaking a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 11th, as the Yankees defeat the Red Sox 5-4.

 

Series #16:  Athletics @ Red Sox, May 27(2)-28-29

athletics_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #33-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 12, ATHLETICS 0  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 5, ATHLETICS 2)

Game #34-  Replay Score:  ATHLETICS 10, RED SOX 9  –  (Actual Score:  ATHLETICS 11, RED SOX 1)

Game #35-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 11, ATHLETICS 3 –  (Actual Score:  ATHLETICS 8, RED SOX 6)

Game #36-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 3, ATHLETICS 1 –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 6, ATHLETICS 4)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (23-13)  –  Actual (18-18)

The A’s Dick Siebert continues to hit Boston pitching at an alarming rate in the replay, batting .407, going 11 for 27 to date.  His Major League career spanned 1932-1945.  From 1948-1977, Siebert was the head coach for the Minnesota Gophers Baseball program, winning 3 College World Series titles, in 1956, 1960 and 1964.  My uncle, Jack Thornby, played for Siebert in the late 1940’s.

 

Series #17:  Yankees @ Red Sox, May 30 (2)

yankees_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #37-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 5, YANKEES 4  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 4, RED SOX 3)

Game #38-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 9, YANKEES 1  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 13, YANKEES 0)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (25-13)  –  Actual (19-19)

skeeter_newsome_1941Game 2 of the May 30th double-header vs NY, light hitting Skeeter Newsome, hits the 4th Red Sox grandslam of the 1941 season replay.  Skeeter hit 2 homers in real-life during the ’41 campaign.  As a team, the 1941 Red Sox hit 9 grandslams during the 1941 season.

 

RED SOX end of May Season Stats (click on link to read):

1941_RED_SOX_end_of_May_BATTING

1941_RED_SOX_end_of_May_PITCHING

1941_RED_SOX_end_of_May_FIELDING

 

RED SOX month-by-month Blog Summaries (click on links to read past months):

APRIL (W-L):  8-5  (7-6 Actual)

MAY (W-L):  17-8  (12-13 Actual)

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPT/OCT

al_1941_boston