How to win an APBA Tournament with an all “C” pitching staff …

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Ed Wells (CZ) pitcher for the 1930 Yankees, pitches 2 shut-outs for Jeff Boeding

When team selection had begun for TCABT-VII, Jeff Boeding had chosen the 1997 Seattle Mariners.  After all, this has become Jeff’s style … to pick a team who may not have won a pennant, but carried a strong lineup, 1 thru 9, and could pitch “well” enough to allow the offense to out-score the opposition.  As tourney day (April 1st, 2017) drew closer, Jeff was having doubts about his 1997 Mariners selection.  Jeff and I regularly exchange emails with the topic of conversation usually centered around our APBA projects and of course, the upcoming TCABT.  This leads to discussion about possible TCABT team entrants.  Over the last few years, Jeff has been working on a Lou Gehrig career replay.  The one Gehrig team Jeff had taken to a TCABT event were the 1936 Yankees (TCABT-II), and even though the 1936 Yankees outscored every team in the tourney with 62 runs in 8 games, Jeff’s squad finished 3-5 and in 4th place in a 4-team division.

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TCABT-III:  Jeff Boeding on left vs Eric Berg on right

They had outscored their opposition by 10 runs, but failed to advance to bracket-play.  So in search of something better, Jeff turned away from his favorite Gehrig-led Yankee teams, and sought more balance between hitting and pitching.  In TCABT-III, Jeff found himself in the Semi-finals with his powerful 1975 Reds squad (going 5-3 in division play and earning a Wild Card in the 13 team field), only to be swept away, 2 games to 0, vs Eric Berg’s 1919 White Sox.  In TCABT-IV (23 team field), Jeff decided to go deadball, taking the 1905 Giants all the way to the TCABT-IV championship, before surrendering to the IV Champs, the 2-time TCABT Champ Leroy Arnoldi, and his powerful 1937 Yankees.  In TCABT-V (30 team field), Jeff had a strong contender, the 1977 Phillies, but going 6-4 in division play, finishing 3rd, just out of the running for a Wild Card birth.  In a “twist” of 1930 irony, my 1930 Senators were in Jeff’s division, facing off in the final series of division play, with Jeff’s ’77 Phils.  Jeff was sitting at 6-2, and my ’30 Senators were 5-3.  The Senators swept Steve Carlton and the ’77 Phils, 4-0, 6-4, to advance as a Wild Card.  In researching teams for TCABT-VI (a 23 team field) Jeff’s own “play-in” tourney had the 1933 Pirates rising to the top.  In VI however, the ’33 Pirates fell flat, going just 3-7.

While searching for his TCABT-VII entrant, during another email exchange, the comment came up, why not the 1930 Yankees?  Jeff knew the team was full of C starters, and nothing better.  But the club also touted the likes of Jeff’s all-time favorite, Lou Gehrig and of course, The Babe.  The team was thrown into one of Jeff’s “mini team selection tourneys”.  The 1930 Yankees prevailed, and on March 8th, less than a month before the tourney date, Jeff had changed his team from the 1997 Mariners to the 1930 Yankees.  Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth pack their lumber for another TCABT tourney bid.

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Jeff arrives at TCABT-VII with a powerful & hungry ballclub, the 1930 Yankees (this is the 1989 copyright version, the 2nd 1930 set released by APBA Game Co.).  The Yankees went 86-68 in 1930, good for 3rd place, 16 games behind the 1st place Athletics, and 8 games behind the 1930 Senators (who made a run for me in TCABT-V, achieving the Semi-finals).  Jeff knew that hitting was going to have to carry his ’30 Yanks.  His 4-man starting pitching rotation included:  Red Ruffing (CYZ), George Pipgras (CZ), Ed Wells (CZ) and Hank Johnson (CYW).  Jeff had a bullpen full of DZ’s …. including a 19-game starter, Herb Pennock (DZ).

I had Jeff provide a quick summary of each of his TCABT-VII division and playoff series (1930 Yankees go 7-1 in division play, 13-2 overall in earning the title).

***NOTE, if you have not participated in a group APBA tourney setting before, the below breakdown of each series really captures “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” of playing the games, head-to-head:

Series 1…vs 1993 Blue Jays…

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Joe Pavlicek (left) and his ’93 Blue Jays vs Jeff Boeding’s (right) ’30 Yankees.

Game 1…5-3 win…Ruth homers, scores 2 and drives in 3…while Combs scores 2…Yankees score 2 in 7th to take lead and hold on to win.

Game 2…5-4 win…Yankees score 2 in third and 3 in 5th and hold off a late Jays rally to sweep the series…Combs drives in 3 while the bottom third of order scores all 5 runs.

Series 2…vs 2001 Mariners…

Game 1…6-0 win…Ed Wells tosses a 3 hit shut out and the Yankees use a 5 run 2nd inning to pull away and seal the win.

Game 2…10-3 loss…score is 4-2 after 5 but the Mariners bat around in a 6 run 6th to give the Yankees their first loss of the day.

1930 Yankees 3-1 going into their bye.

Series 3…vs 1998 Yankees…

*** DRAMATIC COMEBACK ALERT #1***

Game 1…9-8 win in 11 innings…98 Yankees rally with 3 in the 8th to tie the game…no runs in the 10th…visiting 98 team scores 3 in top of 11 highlighted by a Strawberry 2 run jack…but the 30 Yankees score 4 runs with 2 outs to secure the unlikely victory…Gehrig delivers the game winning 2 run single.

Game 2…10-1 win…Pipgras scatters 8 hits…advances to an A and holds the 98 version in check all game..Ruth hits a 2 run triple in the 3rd and Gehrig finishes off a 5 run 4th with a bases clearing triple, record 5-1.

Series 4…vs 2016 Cubs…

*** DRAMATIC COMEBACK ALERT #2***

Game 1… 7-6 win…Russell hit 2, 2 run jacks and Cubs lead 6-4 after 7…Chapman’s 2 run double ties it in the 8th and Gehrig hits a walk off bomb in the bottom of the 9th to win it.

Game 2…10-4 win…Yankees lead 5-0 going into bottom of 8th and the Cubs score 4 to make it 5-4…Yankees score 6 in 9th highlighted by a Dickey 2 run triple followed by a Reese 2 run homer…Yankees end their bracket play 7-1.

NOTE, Jeff’s 1930 Yankees end up with the #1 seed heading into the 8-team, best-of-three Bracket Play.

BRACKET-PLAY

Quarter-Finals (best-of-3):

Playoffs Series 1…vs 1909 Tigers (Curt Bartell)…

Game 1…5-3 win…Tigers take a 3-0 lead after 3…Yankees score 4 in the bottom half if 3 highlighted by back-to-back HRs from Ruth and Gehrig…and Lazzeri’s solo HR ends the scoring as Ruffing shuts down the Tigers after the 3rd allowing only 1 single the last 6 innings…Yanks up 1-0.

Game 2…8-7 win…the Yankees score 4 in the first as Gehrig hits a 2 run bomb and Lazzeri rips a 2 run single…a Tigers cut lead in half with 2 of their own…and tie the game 4-4 heading to the 4th…Gehrig rips a 2 run double and they add 2 more in the 6th and hold off the Tigers to take the series 2-0

Semi-Finals (best-of-3):

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Semi-final action between Jeff Boeding’s ’30 Yankees and Dave Norlander’s ’29 Cubs as Kevin Cluff and Roy Langhans look on …

Playoffs Series 2…vs 1929 Cubs (Dave Norlander)…

Game 1…all Cubs as Cuyler, Hornsby and Wilson lead the visitors to a 11-4 beat down of the Yankees…Cubs up 1-0.

*** DRAMATIC COMEBACK ALERT #3***

Game 2…12-8 in 11 innings…the Cubs smack 4 homers to take a 7-2 lead after 6 innings…but the Yanks rally for 5 in the 7th to tie the game as Ruth provides the big blow with a 3 run homer (44-5)…game stays tied until the 11th…as the Yankees score 5…all coming with 2 outs…and hold off the Cubs to take the series to a deciding third game.

Game 3…1-0 win…The Yankees score an improbable run in the first as Ruth singles…goes to third on a Gehrig single and he steals second…Dickey up…rolls a 13-36…Unusual play reroll is a 39…which is a SF6…to score the only run of the game…and Ed Wells twirls a 5 hit masterpiece to send the Yankees to the finals.

TCABT-VII CHAMPIONSHIP (best-of-3):

Playoff finals…vs 1977 Royals (Marty Lee)…

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Jeff Boeding feeding the dice tower, Marty Lee (Royals jersey) anticipating his fate, with Jim looking on …

*** DRAMATIC COMEBACK ALERT #4***

Game 1…7-5 win…the Royals take a 5-3 lead heading into the 9th as Al Cowens scores 3 and drives in a pair with a HR…but Chapman ties the game with a 2 run HR…and Ruth raps a walk off 2 run homer to win the game and shock the Royals…Yanks up 1-0.

Game 2…9-5 win…Gehrig starts scoring in first with a 2 run HR…but Royals get 3 of their own to take a 3-2 lead…Yankees score 1 in the 4th and 5th innings and 2 in the 6th…and take a 6-5 lead after 6…and put the game away punctuated by a Ruth 2 run homer to end the scoring….’30 Yanks win TC VII tourney title.

1930 YANKEES TCABT-VII STATS:

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Overall tournament record:  13 wins, 2 losses

Name AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SO BB AVG OBP SB
Combs 66 17 21 6 3 1 0 5 5 0.318 0.394 1
Ruth 58 18 22 17 3 2 6 4 13 0.379 0.603 2
Gehrig 53 10 21 20 3 1 5 4 17 0.396 0.717 1
Dickey 58 5 14 16 3 2 1 2 6 0.241 0.345 0
Reese 62 11 13 8 3 1 1 3 4 0.210 0.274 1
Lary 57 8 14 4 3 0 0 4 8 0.246 0.386 4
Lazzeri 57 10 14 9 3 2 1 7 7 0.246 0.368 0
Chapman 58 11 17 10 5 3 1 5 3 0.293 0.345 1
Rice 51 11 13 9 4 0 1 2 5 0.255 0.353 0
520 101 149 99 30 12 16 36 68 0.287 0.417 10
Name IP H R ER SO BB HRA W L ERA SV WHIP
Ruffing 47 46 30 30 25 19 8 4 1 5.74 0 1.383
Pipgras 47 55 25 24 17 19 6 5 0 4.60 0 1.5745
Wells 27 20 6 6 9 9 2 3 0 2.00 0 1.0741
Johnson 15 19 14 9 13 13 2 1 1 5.40 0 2.1333
Pennock 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.3333
139 141 75 69 67 60 18 13 2 4.47 0 1.446

BOEDING_TROPHY

Jeff Boeding, TCABT-VII Champ

Jeff, thanks for providing the game blow-by-blow.  Looking forward to your next TCABT “entrant” …

Teams retired from TCABT Tournament play:

TCABT-I:  1927 YANKEES (Kevin Cluff)

TCABT-II:  1954 GIANTS (Leroy Arnoldi)

TCABT-III:  1902 PIRATES (Andy Bartell)

TCABT-IV:  1937 YANKEES (Leroy Arnoldi)

TCABT-V:  2011 RANGERS (Kevin Cluff)

TCABT-VI:  1930 CARDINALS (Bruce Tyler)

TCABT-VII:  1930 YANKEES (Jeff Boeding)

TCABT-VIII:  TBD, October 7th, 2017

TCABT-VII: April Fool’s Day results!

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The 26 managers in attendance for TCABT-VII (note Pat Martin, normally in the tournament with his own team, was doing a favor by rolling the games for the gracious host Darrell Skogen).

It did not take long for the dice to start rolling once the usual fanfare, socializing, smack talk, catching up and rules review had convened.  It was April Fool’s day, and there might not be a more appropriate “holiday” for an APBA Baseball tournament with 25 guys thinking they are going to “manage” their chosen ballclub to a tourney title.  Because in the end, there was only 1 champion, leaving the other 24 mangers thinking they were indeed the fools for the team they had chosen.  I was in the group of 24 …

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The final ritual before the dice could start rolling was the group photo … taken by an unsuspecting passer-bye on his early Saturday morning stroll.  The guy probably wishes he had just kept to himself and kept walking.  But he was nice enough to stop and allow himself to be pressured into taking our full group photo.

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By 8:45ish, the dice were tumbling, full force.  5 divisions of 5 teams.  A 2-game series vs each team in your own division, along with each team getting a bye.  2 areas were set up on the main floor, the 4-season “porch” had the Skogen Division , the “library” had the Arnoldi Division, and the remaining 3 divisions (Cluff, Fraasch and Tyler) had the basement.  With 5 guys in each of 2 rooms on the main floor, the sun shining bright, the scene is very calm, reserved, and serene.

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(Background, Fred Johnson’s 1919 White Sox vs Pat Martin with Darrell Skogen’s 1995 Indians – Foreground, Dave Norlander’s 1929 Cubs vs George Adams’ 1965 Tigers)

 

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In the “library”, foreground, Roy Langhans (back turned) and his 1905 Giants battle Paul Van Beek and his 1939 Yankees.  Background, Leroy Arnoldi and his 1969 Orioles take on Gregg Nelson and his 1995 Rockies.

Meanwhile, with 15 guys in the basement, it resembled … 15 guys in the basement.

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Beau Lofgren (back turned) and his 2000 Cardinals with an early division play match-up vs his brother, Ben Lofgren (Blue Jays cap) and his 1985 Blue Jays.

 

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Jim’s ’53 Dodgers (on left) facing off vs Rob Skogen’s ’84 Tigers in Division play, with Curt Bartell looking on.

 

TCABT-VII DIVISION RESULTS:

TCABT-VII
Saturday, April 1st, 2017
ARNOLDI DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1939 YANKEES (PAUL VAN BEEK) 6 2 27 28 -1
1906 CUBS (GARY BORTHWICK) 4 4 42 31 11
1905 GIANTS (ROY LANGHANS) 4 4 38 30 8
1969 ORIOLES (LEROY ARNOLDI) 4 4 33 33 0
1995 ROCKIES (GREGG NELSON) 2 6 22 40 -18
TOTALS 20 20 162 162 0
CLUFF DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1930 YANKEES (JEFF BOEDING) 7 1 55 36 19
1998 YANKEES (KEVIN CLUFF) 5 3 32 36 -4
2001 MARINERS (PHIL GERAFFO) 4 4 36 29 7
1993 BLUE JAYS (JOE PAVLICEK) 3 5 27 31 -4
2016 CUBS (SCOTT EGGE) 1 7 20 38 -18
TOTALS 20 20 170 170 0
FRAASCH DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1953 DODGERS (JIM FRAASCH) 5 3 57 47 10
1909 TIGERS (CURT BARTELL) 5 3 31 31 0
1984 TIGERS (ROB SKOGEN) 4 4 46 38 8
1985 BLUE JAYS (BEN LOFGREN) 4 4 26 34 -8
2000 CARDINALS (BEAU LOFGREN) 2 6 33 43 -10
TOTALS 20 20 193 193 0
SKOGEN DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
2004 YANKEES (CLEON PAVLICEK) 7 1 46 28 18
1929 CUBS (DAVE NORLANDER) 5 3 39 38 1
1995 INDIANS (DARRELL SKOGEN) 4 4 36 34 2
1919 WHITE SOX (FRED JOHNSON) 2 6 36 45 -9
1965 TIGERS (GEORGE ADAMS) 2 6 29 41 -12
TOTALS 20 20 186 186 0
TYLER DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1977 ROYALS (MARTY LEE) 6 2 41 30 11
1954 INDIANS (GARTH ANDERSON) 6 2 44 37 7
1957 BRAVES (BRUCE TYLER) 4 4 35 39 -4
1938 CUBS (KURT BERGLAND) 2 6 26 27 -1
2003 BRAVES (CRAIG CHRISTIAN) 2 6 23 36 -13
TOTALS 20 20 169 169 0

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TCABT-VII BRACKET PLAY:

Seed TCABT-VII   QUARTER-FINALS G1 G2 G3 SERIES
1 1930 YANKEES (JEFF BOEDING) 5 8 2
vs
8 1909 TIGERS (CURT BARTELL) 3 7 0
2 2004 YANKEES (CLEON PAVLICEK) 3 3 0
vs
7 1929 CUBS (DAVE NORLANDER) 8 4 2
3 1977 ROYALS (MARTY LEE) 5 5 2
vs
6 1954 INDIANS (GARTH ANDERSON) 1 3 0
4 1939 YANKEES (PAUL VAN BEEK) 9 6 2
vs
5 1953 DODGERS (JIM FRAASCH) 4 2 0
Seed TCABT-VII   SEMI-FINALS G1 G2 G3 SERIES
1 1930 YANKEES (JEFF BOEDING) 4 12 1 2
vs
7 1929 CUBS (DAVE NORLANDER) 11 8 0 1
3 1977 ROYALS (MARTY LEE) 8 1 5 2
vs
4 1939 YANKEES (PAUL VAN BEEK) 3 3 4 1
Seed TCABT-VII   CHAMPIONSHIP G1 G2 G3 SERIES
1 1930 YANKEES (JEFF BOEDING) 7 9 2
vs
3 1977 ROYALS (MARTY LEE) 5 5 0

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The Semifinals are underway, with #4 seed Paul (in Sandberg jersey) Van Beek’s 1939 Yankees vs #3 seed Marty (in Royals jersey) Lee’s 1977 Royals.

 

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#1 seed Jeff Boeding and his 1930 Yankees on left by wall, vs #7 seed Dave Norlander and his 1929 Cubs in the other Semifinal.  Kevin Cluff and Roy Langhans look on.

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Tension mounts in Championship series between Jeff Boeding’s 1930 Yankees (left) and Marty Lee’s 1977 Royals (right).

Marty Lee is a first timer in TCABT-VII making it all the way to the finals with those ’77 Royals.  Marty who is originally from the KC area, and is back there now, had spent roughly 15 years in the Twin Cities as a family physician.

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Kevin Cluff, the previous April Champion hands off the April Trophy to a deserving Jeff Boeding.  Congrats to Jeff Boeding and his 1930 Yankees, TCABT-VII Champions!  Jeff earns the honor of taking the trophy home and having the latest championship team plate added to the side of the traveling trophy.  Jeff has made each one of TCABT’s 7 tournaments from the Kansas City area.  Jeff and George Adams have made it a tradition to drive up together for the event every April and October.

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While Jeff Boeding’s 1930 Yankees showed all they could win a TCABT Championship with a clean, wholesome bunch of C’s for a pitching staff, Fred Johnson’s 1919 White Sox demonstrated how to throw a TCABT tourney event.  The events were contained in the quiet 4-season porch, and not uncovered until the event was now days in the past.  The story goes something like this …

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The card George Adams is nervously trying to play back to ’19 Chisox mgr. Fred Johnson (note I was under obligation to not have Fred’s face in the same picture as Jack “Legs” Diamond), is the custom made card by Fred Johnson himself, of Jack “Legs” Diamond … known to be in cahoots with Arnold Rothstein and the Black Sox scandal.  According to Johnson, the Legs card was only meant to be used for “pinch-running”, AKA, Herb Washington in 1974.  Apparently, Legs was bought off, along with 8 of Johnson’s 1919 Chisox clan, as the 1919 White Sox struggled to a hapless 2-6 record.  For the complete story, provided by Fred Johnson, read below …

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(Mug shot of “Legs” Diamond, 1929)

Black Sox throw another series?
Cicotte, Jackson play is tipoff

T.F. Brown
Sporting News

In a stunning display of baseball treachery, the 1919 Chicago White Sox double-crossed their worthy field manager and threw away a chance to redeem their long lost honor, yesterday, in an important historical showdown at Skogen Fields, Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Once again the multi-talented South Siders, bumbled at the bat, fumbled in the field, and stumbled on the hill, as they rumbled to a dismal 2-6 record. “Looked like they thought it was a punt, pass and kick contest,” said one disbelieving sports scribe. Boos rained down on the APBA version of the Sox as they scurried from the field after the final out.

Suspicion for this foul-ball game fell heavily on manager F. Johnson [full name redacted for his safety] who completed his roster with “A. Player,” a wiry, mean-spirited, loner quickly spotted by fans—he wore a sport coat instead of a jersey. The imposter proved to be a young New York City mobster “Legs” Diamond. Under questioning a rattled Johnson shrieked in his own defense, “His last name is ‘Diamond.’ Legs is on the up and up. I brought him in as a possible pinch runner: You know, ‘Legs.’”

Opposing managers weren’t buying Johnson’s baseball fable. They watched fearfully as Legs Diamond paced the Sox dugout brandishing a 42-ounce bat and taking wild swings at the steps, walls and one unfortunate batboy. All the while he stared menacingly at ball players from the rival clubs. When questioned about the suspicious bulge under Diamond’s sport coat, Johnson whined, “I asked him not to wear the coat or at least take off the tie.”

Sports writers gathered around stars Eddie Cicotte and Shoeless Joe Jackson after the last game, punishing the sad Sox with barbed queries. Aimless Ed opened Game One by walking Indians-of-1995 James Lofton, who Jim Thome then platted with a 510-foot homerun. Several “Clean Sox” continued to fight, but Cicotte had handed the Indians a 6-2 lead going into the eighth. A dazzling six-run Clean Sox rally gave their twirler and unwanted and undeserved 10-7 “triumph.” A tearful Cicotte was spotted whispering with Shoeless Joe after the game, “I gave up seven runs,” wailed the twirler, “and these bums score 10!” “SSSHHhhhhhhhush,” counseled Shoeless.

Aimless Eddie took no chances in his second and last tournament start. He allowed Derek Jeter of Cleon Pavlicek’s 2004 Yanks a single, then plunked A Rod on the arm. The shady Cicotte then grooved an 82 mph brisk ball that Hideki Matsui blasted deep into Comiskey’s right field stands. Aimless Eddie had an “off” game overall, walking seven and hitting three. The fact that Eddie had only two HBP in 306.2 innings pitched in the 1919 regular season [you could look it up] yet hit three in one game raised suspicions.

Shoeless Joe flummoxed some suspicious reporters by pointing out his bases clearing double in the opening victory. “Hey, Shoeless,” interjected another reporter, “How many more RBIs did you get in the series?” Joe got no more ribbies, went 0 for 15 in games 2 through 5, and finished batting .130. For the season, he hit .351 with 96 RBI.

An offended Johnson listened to the questioning of his stars, defended Eddie and Shoeless, saying they made up the heart of his ball club. “Leave ‘em alone or you’ll have to answer to me!” While speaking those words, Johnson was actually pointing vigorously at Legs Diamond who had walked into the room.

George Adams, a Detroit kind of a guy with a 1965 Tigers club—the only manager still on speaking terms with Johnson—mused about the day’s events. “I understand bringing in a gangster to frighten the opposition but Diamond was also buddies with gamblers. Don’t you suppose that he might have…”

The light dawned. Johnson exploded, “While I was playing mind games using Legs as an intimidator, “Eddie, Shoeless…the Black Sox sold out again!”

Johnson walked off mumbling, “Who woulda thought an APBA baseball team could be bought.”

The above write-up was provided by this fan’s favorite Minnesota History author himself, Fred Johnson … thanks again Fred!

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Background, standing, Cleon Pavlicek on left and Dave Norlander, sitting, on right.  Foreground, George Adams on left and Fred Johnson on right.

 

ADDITIONAL TCABT-VII PHOTOS:

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Joe Pavlicek on left vs Jeff Boeding on right.

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Bruce Tyler on left vs Garth Anderson on right.

rob_vs_curt

Rob Skogen on left vs Curt Bartell on right.

paul_vs_marty

Paul Van Beek on left vs Marty Lee on right.

beau_vs_ben

Beau Lofgren on left vs Ben Lofgren on right.

dave_vs_george

Dave Norlander on left vs George Adams on right.

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Tyler Division foreground (Kurt Bergland in Red Sox shirt) and Cluff Division background.

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Jim on left and Beau Lofgren on right.

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Phil Geraffo looking through just a small portion of Darrell Skogen’s card collection.

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Gregg Nelson and Roy Langhans

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Clockwise, starting in Royals jersey:  Marty Lee, Garth Anderson, Craig Christian and Kurt Bergland.

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Brewers jersey: Craig Christian, Red Sox shirt: Kurt Bergland.

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8 of the 25 guys rolling for wins.

 

APBAlone Project – 1969 Tourney Update: AL Quarterfinals – (#5) Red Sox roll to semi’s over the (#4) Athletics

Series #12 has the #4 Oakland Athletics (88-74) vs the #5 Boston Red Sox (87-75).

Game 1:  Oakland (Hunter BYZ, 0-0) at Boston (Nagy BW, 0-0)

hunter_jim_1969_topps  VS  nagy_mike_1970_topps

Game 1, Fenway Park in Boston:  Built up as a potential slug-fest, with 2 evenly matched teams.  Boston used the long ball early, with George “Boomer” Scott knocking a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 2nd.  Oakland ties it when Reggie Jackson goes deep, a 2-run blast, 2-2 after 3.  Danny Cater hits a solo-HR for Oakland in the top of the 4th.  But Boston responds with 2 more 2-run homers, first Reggie Smith, then after a walk, Tony Conigliaro goes deep.  6-3 Boston after 4.  Boston adds 3 in the bottom of the 8th.  Final score: Red Sox 9, Athletics 3.  The Red Sox lead the series, 1 game to 0.

Game #1
 Fenway Park

OAKLAND ATHLETICS (0-0) at BOSTON RED SOX (0-0)
 Hunter(OAK) vs. Nagy(BOS)

                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9    R  H E
                    - - - - - - - - -    -  - -
 OAKLAND ATHLETICS  0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0    3  8 1
 BOSTON RED SOX     0 2 0 4 0 0 0 3 x    9 11 0

 W- Nagy(1-0) L- Roland(0-1)

 HR- (BOS) Scott(2),in 2nd Smith(1),in 4th Conigliaro(1),in 4th 
 (OAK) Jackson(1),in 3rd Cater(1),in 4th 
 3B- (BOS) Jones(1) 
 2B- (BOS) Conigliaro(1) 
 (OAK) Cater(1) 
 SB- (OAK) Monday(1) 
 CS- (OAK) Hunter(1) 

Boston leads series 1 game to 0.

Game 2:  Boston (Culp CY, 0-1) at Oakland (Odom BY, 0-0)

culp_ray_1969_topps  VS  odom_john_1969_topps

Game 2, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland:  It did not take long for either team to get a crooked number on the scoreboard.  Rico Petrocelli hits a 3-run HR in the top of the 1st, with all 3 runs unearned to John “Blue Moon” Odom after Carl Yastrzemski had reached on an error with 2 outs.  But in the bottom of the 1st, with the bases loaded and 2 outs, Rick Monday hits a grand slam, the first GS of the tournament.  4-3 Oakland after 1.  Like Boston has done throughout this tourney, they respond with a 2-run homer in the top of the 2nd, by Mike Andrews.  5-4 Boston after 2.  The long-ball would be Oakland’s un-doing as Reggie Smith hits a 3-run homer in the top of the 5th, knocking out Oakland starter, Odom.  Going back-to-back, Petrocelli’s solo-HR, puts Boston up 9-4 after 5.  While Boston walked 11 Oakland batters, Oakland could not keep up with the scoring pace set by Boston.  Final Score:  Boston 10, Oakland 6.  With a 2-0 series win, the #5 Boston Red Sox (4-1 overall) will advance to the AL Semifinals vs the #2 AL seed, the Minnesota Twins.  The Oakland Athletics (0-2) are eliminated.

Game #2
 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

BOSTON RED SOX (1-0) at OAKLAND ATHLETICS (0-1)
 Culp(BOS) vs. Odom(OAK)

                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9     R  H E
                    - - - - - - - - -     -  - -
 BOSTON RED SOX     3 2 0 0 4 0 1 0 0    10 10 0
 OAKLAND ATHLETICS  4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0     6  7 3

 W- Culp(1-1) L- Odom(0-1)

 HR- (OAK) Monday(1),in 1st 
 (BOS) Petrocelli(2),in 1st Andrews(1),in 2nd Smith(2),in 5th Petrocelli(3),in 5th 
 2B- (OAK) Green(1) 
 (BOS) Yastrzemski(2) Satriano(1) 
 CS- (OAK) Campaneris(1) 
 HBP-(OAK) Jackson(1)  
Boston wins the series, 2 games to 0. Oakland is eliminated.

The MVP of the series is Tony Conigliaro:  7 for 8, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

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TOURNAMENT STATS:

red_sox

red_sox_batting

red_sox_pitching

 

athletics

athletics_batting

athletics_pitching

Hitting the first grand slam in 1969 tourney play:

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TCABT-VII, all systems go for April 1st, 2017 Launch … the 5 divisions are set:

1957_dell_baseball_annual

The Neil Ess Memorial Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament #7 is set for April 1st, 2017, as the 25 teams have been randomly divided into 5 divisions.  The 5 teams in each of the 5 divisions will roll 8 division games, leading into an 8 team, best-of-three, bracket style Quarterfinals, Semifinals and finally the TCABT-VII Championship series.

Prairieland 2 is in action the same day, in Champaign, IL, and we hope to connect via video link at some point during the day.

At our Twin Cities luncheon at O’Gara’s in St. Paul on Saturday March 11th , the attendees (5 of us were there) randomly drew the 25 teams entered, and placed them into 1 of 5, 5-team divisions (named after 5 of the TCABT founders, Neil Ess was the 6th) … here is where they fell:

ARNOLDI DIVISION

1969 ORIOLES (LEROY ARNOLDI)

1995 ROCKIES (GREGG NELSON)

1906 CUBS (GARY BORTHWICK)

1939 YANKEES (PAUL VAN BEEK)

1905 GIANTS (ROY LANGHANS)

CLUFF DIVISION

1998 YANKEES (KEVIN CLUFF)

2001 MARINERS (PHIL GERAFFO)

1930 YANKEES (JEFF BOEDING)

2016 CUBS (SCOTT EGGE)

1993 BLUE JAYS (JOE PAVLICEK)

FRAASCH DIVISION

1953 DODGERS (JIM FRAASCH)

1909 TIGERS (CURT BARTEL)

2000 CARDINALS (BEAU LOFGREN)

1984 TIGERS (ROB SKOGEN)

1985 BLUE JAYS (BEN LOFGREN)

SKOGEN DIVISION

1995 INDIANS (DARRELL SKOGEN)

2004 YANKEES (CLEON PAVLICEK)

1965 TIGERS (GEORGE ADAMS)

1919 WHITE SOX (FRED JOHNSON)

1929 CUBS (DAVE NORLANDER)

TYLER DIVISION

1957 BRAVES (BRUCE TYLER)

1938 CUBS (KURT BERGLAND)

2003 BRAVES (CRAIG CHRISTIAN)

1954 INDIANS (GARTH ANDERSON)

1977 ROYALS (MARTY LEE)

The dice will start rolling by around 8:30 am at Darrell Skogen’s home in Maple Grove, MN.  Our estimated time for crowning our TCABT-VII champion is around 6:00pm.

And motivation is aplenty to add a different name to our TCABT April trophy!

the_april_hardware

april_trophy

Details around a video feed with the happenings at Prarieland 2, are to be determined …

APBAlone Project – 1969 Tourney Update: AL Quarterfinals – (#9) Royals pen the (#3) Tigers

Series #11 has the #3 Detroit Tigers (90-72) vs the expansion #9 Kansas City Royals (69-93).

Game 1:  Detroit (McLain AXYZ, 0-0) at Kansas City (Bunker BYZ, 1-0)

mclain_denny_1969_topps  VS  bunker_wally_1969_topps

Game 1, Municipal Stadium in Kansas City:  A game where the Tigers are the HEAVY favorites, turned out to be the most exciting game of the tournament to date.  Denny McLain would pitch brilliantly for the Tigers, giving up just 2 hits thru the first 10 innings and striking out 16 (he had 14 K’s thru 9).  Meanwhile, Kansas City hurler, Wally Bunker, matched zero for zero on the scoreboard, giving up just 3 hits in his 11 inning CG victory over McLain and the Tigers.  Mickey Stanley (2 hits) and McLain (1 hit) had the only base-hits for Detroit (all singles).  In the bottom of the 11th, Pat Kelly drew a lead-off walk for KC.  Ed Kirkpatrick flew out to LF.  1 out.  Mike Fiore singled, moving Kelly to 2nd.  Lou Piniella grounded out 5-3, moving the runners up to 2nd and 3rd.  2 outs.  Joe Foy provided the game winning hit, s single to RF, scoring Kelly from 3rd, and it is pandemonium at Muncipal Field in KC … Final score: Royals 1, Tigers 0 in 11 innings.  The Royals lead the series, 1 game to 0.

Game #1
 Municipal Stadium

DETROIT TIGERS (0-0) at KANSAS CITY ROYALS (0-0)
 McLain(DET) vs. Bunker(KCR)

                     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11   R H E
                     - - - - - - - - -  -  -   - - -
 DETROIT TIGERS      0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0  0   0 3 0
 KANSAS CITY ROYALS  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  0  1   1 4 1

 W- Bunker(2-0) L- McLain(0-1)

 2B- (KCR) Fiore(1) 
 HBP-(DET) Freehan(1) 
 SH- (KCR) Bunker(2)

Kansas City leads series 1 game to 0.

Game 2:  Kansas City (Nelson B, 1-0) at Detroit (Wilson BYZ, 0-0)

nelson_roger_1969_royals  VS  wilson_earl_1969_topps

Game 2, Tiger Stadium in Detroit:  The Tigers are on the home diamond, facing elimination vs the expansion Royals.  KC gets off to a fast start on a 2-run double by Joe Foy in the top of the 1st (Foy had the game winning hit in game 1).  Detroit counters with a solo-homer by Jim Northrup in the bottom of the 1st, the Tigers first tally of the series.  It would be their only run scored in 2 games.  Roger Nelson is the story of this game, pitching another gem as he did in the preliminary round vs the Angels.  In the top of the 7th, with KC leading 2-1, Ed Kirkpatrick and Mike Fiore go back-to-back with solo homers, putting KC in front 4-1.  KC adds another run in the top of the 8th.  Moe Drabowsky relieves Nelson with no outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th, and pitches out of the jam, along with a scoreless 9th.  Final Score:  Kansas City 5, Detroit 1.  With a 2-0 series win, the #9 Kansas City Royals (4-0 overall) will advance to the AL Semifinals vs the #1 AL seed, the Baltimore Orioles.  The Detroit Tigers (0-2) are eliminated.

Game #2
 Tiger Stadium

KANSAS CITY ROYALS (1-0) at DETROIT TIGERS (0-1)
 Nelson(KCR) vs. Wilson(DET)

                     1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H E
                     - - - - - - - - -   -  - -
 KANSAS CITY ROYALS  2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0   5 12 2
 DETROIT TIGERS      1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1  4 1

 W- Nelson(2-0) S- Drabowsky(2) L- Wilson(0-1)

 HR- (DET) Northrup(1),in 1st 
 (KCR) Kirkpatrick(1),in 7th Fiore(3),in 7th 
 2B- (DET) Cash(1) 
 (KCR) Foy(1) Kelly(1) 
 SB- (KCR) Kelly(2) Foy(1) 
 SH- (KCR) Nelson(1) Nelson(2) 
Kansas City wins the series, 2 games to 0. Detroit is eliminated.

The MVP of the series is Wally Bunker:  1 GS, 11 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 CG, 1 SHO

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tigers

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Next Series (AL Quarterfinals):

APBAlone Project – 1969 Tourney Update: AL Quarterfinals – (#2) Twins take 3 to eliminate (#10) White Sox

QUARTERFINALS (Best of Three)

SERIES #10

Series #10 has the #2 Minnesota Twins (97-65) vs the upset ready #10 Chicago White Sox (68-94).

Game 1:  Minnesota (Perry BYZ, 0-0) at Chicago (John BY, 1-0)

perry_jim_1969_topps  VS  john_tommy_1969_topps

Game 1, White Sox Park:  The Chisox score first, in the bottom of the 2nd, Bobby Knoop singles home Ed Herrmann.  In the top of the 3rd, the Twins tie score 1-1 when Rod Carew hit into a bases-loaded double-play.  Harmon  Killebrew hit a lead-off solo homer in the top of the 4th, 2-1 Twins.  Tony Oliva launched a 2-run homer in the top of the 5th, which would turn out to be his only hit of the entire 3-game series.  Rich Reese joined the homer parade with a solo-shot in the top of the 7th.  And the Twins added 2 more runs on a 2-run single by Carew in the 8th.  Meanwhile, Jim Perry goes the distance for the Twins, giving up just 3 hits and 1 run.  Final score: Twins 7, White Sox 1.  The Twins lead the series, 1 game to 0.

Game #1
 White Sox Park

MINNESOTA TWINS (0-0) at CHICAGO WHITE SOX (0-0)
 Perry(MIN) vs. John(CHW)

                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H E
                    - - - - - - - - -   -  - -
 MINNESOTA TWINS    0 0 1 1 2 0 1 2 0   7 12 0
 CHICAGO WHITE SOX  0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1  3 0

 W- Perry(1-0) L- John(1-1)

 HR- (MIN) Killebrew(1),in 4th Oliva(1),in 5th Reese(1),in 7th 
 2B- (MIN) Reese(1) Tovar(1) 

Minnesota leads series 1 game to 0.

Game 2:  Chicago (Horlen CZ, 1-0) at Minnesota (Boswell BY, 0-0)

horlen_joe_1969_topps  VS  boswell_dave_1969_topps

Game 2 at the Met in Bloomington, MN:  Chicago in the top of the 2nd, gets to Twins SP, Dave Boswell, pushing across a run in the top of the 2nd on an RBI single by White Sox SP, Joe Horlen.  Tommy McCraw adds a solo-homer in the top of the 4th, 2-0 Chisox.  The Twins finally get to Horlen with an unearned run in the bottom of the 6th, 2-1 Chisox.  White Sox go up 3-1 when McCraw walks and scores on another RBI single by Horlen in the top of the 7th.  The 2-run lead was short-lived however when Cesar Tover knocks a Horlen fastball over the fence, a 2-run homer, tie game, 3-3.  Horlen leaves the game as Wilbur Wood goes the next 2 innings for Chicago.  In the top of the 9th, McCraw drives another homer, putting the White Sox on top.  Dan Osinski closes out the Twins in the bottom of the 9th, retiring Carew, Oliva and Killebrew.  Final Score:  Chicago 4, Minnesota 3.  Series tied 1-1.

Game #2
 Metropolitan Stadium

CHICAGO WHITE SOX (0-1) at MINNESOTA TWINS 1-0)
 Horlen(CHW) vs. Boswell(MIN)

                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
                    - - - - - - - - -   - - -
 CHICAGO WHITE SOX  0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1   4 6 3
 MINNESOTA TWINS    0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0   3 6 2

 W- Wood(1-0) S- Osinski(1) L- Perranoski(0-1)

 HR- (MIN) Tovar(1),in 7th 
 (CHW) McCraw(1),in 4th McCraw(2),in 9th 
 2B- (MIN) Uhlaender(1) Killebrew(1) 
 (CHW) Bradford(2) Williams(2) 
 HBP-(CHW) Aparicio(2) 
 
Series is tied, 1-1.

Game 3:  Chicago (Peters DY, 0-0) at Minnesota (Kaat CYZ, 0-0)

peters_gary_1969_topps  VS  kaat_jim_1969_topps

Game 3 in Minnesota:  A battle of lefties as Gary Peters of the Chisox will face Jim Kaat of the Twins.  The game started scoreless thru 2.  In the bottom of the 3rd, the Twins score 2 on an RBI single by Carew and 2 batter later a sac-fly by Tony Oliva.  In the top of the 4th, Buddy Bradford grounds out with a runner on 3rd, scoring the Chisox first run of the game.  In the bottom of the 4th, Leo Cardenas singles home Rich Reese from 2nd, 3-1 Twins after 4.  The Twins add solo runs in the 6th and 7th, and have a 5-1 lead after 7 with Peters only going 5 innings for Chicago.  The White Sox Bradford knocks a solo-homer in the top of the 9th, but it is too little, too late for the Pale Hose.  Final Score:  Minnesota 5, Chicago 2.  With a 2-1 series win, the #2 Minnesota Twins will advance to the AL Semifinals.  The Chicago White Sox are eliminated.

Game #3
 Metropolitan Stadium

CHICAGO WHITE SOX (1-1) at MINNESOTA TWINS (1-1)
 Peters(CHW) vs. Kaat(MIN)

                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R H E
                    - - - - - - - - -   - - -
 CHICAGO WHITE SOX  0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1   2 7 2
 MINNESOTA TWINS    0 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 x   5 8 0

 W- Kaat(1-0) S- Perranoski(1) L- Peters(0-1)

 HR- (CHW) Bradford(1),in 9th 
 2B- (MIN) Kaat(1) Reese(2) Carew(1) 
 (CHW) May(2) Hopkins(1) 
 SB- (MIN) Tovar(1) 
 (CHW) Aparicio(2) 
 CS- (MIN) Carew(1) 
 SF- (MIN) Oliva(1) 

Minnesota wins the series, 2 games to 1. Chicago is eliminated.

The MVP of the series is Cesar Tovar:  4 for 12, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, 1 SB

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Next Series (AL Quarterfinals):

APBAlone Project – 1969 Tourney Update: AL Quarterfinals – (#1) Orioles cropdust the (#11) Pilots

QUARTERFINALS (Best of Three)

SERIES #9

Series #9 opens the AL Quarterfinals.  The #1 Baltimore Orioles (109-53) vs the upstart #11 Seattle Pilots (64-98).

Game 1:  Baltimore (Cuellar AYZ, 0-0) at Seattle (Gelnar CYZ, 1-0)

cuellar_mike_1969_topps  VS  gelnar_john_1970_topps

The Seattle Pilots and John Gelnar made this game interesting for the first 4 innings.  Thanks to a Wayne Comer solo-HR in the bottom of the 4th, and Gelnar pitching 4 shutout innings, the Pilots actually led this game 1-0 thru 4.  Gelnar’s shutout inning streak came to an end at 13, as he gave up 4 runs in the top of the 5th as Baltimore used a walk and 4 singles to spell the end of Gelnar’s day.  Baltimore added 2 more in the 6th, and 2 more in the top of the 9th on a 2-run homer by Davey Johnson.  Seattle did add 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th on a 2-run homer by Don Mincher.  Final score: Orioles 8, Pilots 3.  The Orioles lead the series, 1 game to 0.

Game #1
 Sick's Stadium

BALTIMORE ORIOLES (0-0) at SEATTLE PILOTS (0-0)
 Cuellar(BAL) vs. Gelnar(SEA)

                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H E
                    - - - - - - - - -   -  - -
 BALTIMORE ORIOLES  0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 2   8 13 1
 SEATTLE PILOTS     0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2   3  4 0

 W- Cuellar(1-0) L- Gelnar(1-1)

 HR- (SEA) Comer(2),in 4th Mincher(2),in 9th 
 (BAL) Johnson(1),in 9th 
 2B- (BAL) Blair(1) 
 SB- (SEA) Harper(2) 

Baltimore leads series 1 game to 0.

Game 2:  Seattle (Brabender DY, 1-0) at Baltimore (McNally BYZ, 0-0)

brabender_gene_1970_topps  VS  mcnally_dave_1969_topps

Game 2 in Baltimore,  Seattle wasted no time in making a serious run at forcing a game 3.  Seattle scored 2 in the 1st and 2 in the 2nd, leading 4-0 heading into the bottom of the 2nd.  Baltimore made a dent, getting on the board, 4-1 after 2.  Gene Brabender pitched as if his life depended on it for 4 more innings, he kept it a 4-1 Seattle lead.  However, in the bottom of the 6th, Mark Belanger led off with a solo HR.  Brabender was removed for Diego Segui.  Orioles pinch-hitter Dave May reach on an error.  Don Buford singled and stole 2nd.  Paul Blair grounded out, but drove in the Orioles 3rd run, with May scoring from 3rd.  Frank Robinson singled home Buford for the tying run.  Boog Powell clobbered one deep to left, to put the Orioles out in front, a 2-run HR.  The Orioles now led 6-4.  Seattle failed to score since the 2nd inning, and Eddie Watt gains the save in the 9th.  Final Score:  Baltimore 6, Seattle 4.  With a 2-0 series win, the #1 Baltimore Orioles will advance to the AL Semifinals.  The Seattle Pilots have been eliminated.

 

Game #2
 Memorial Stadium

SEATTLE PILOTS (0-1) at BALTIMORE ORIOLES (1-0)
 Brabender(SEA) vs. McNally(BAL)

                    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   R  H E
                    - - - - - - - - -   -  - -
 SEATTLE PILOTS     2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   4  6 2
 BALTIMORE ORIOLES  0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0 x   6 10 0

 W- Hall(1-0) S- Watt(1) L- Segui(0-1)

 HR- (BAL) Powell(1),in 7th Belanger(1),in 7th 
 2B- (BAL) Robinson(1) 
 (SEA) Donaldson(2) 
 SB- (BAL) Blair(1) Buford(1) 
 (SEA) Comer(1) Harper(3) 
 HBP-(SEA) Goossen(1) 
 SF- (SEA) Goossen(1) 
 
Baltimore wins the series, 2 games to 0. Seattle is eliminated.

 

The MVP of the series is Don Buford:  4 for 7, 4 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SB.

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orioles_batting

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pilots

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Don Mincher provided plenty for the Pilots in their 4 tourney games: 4 G, 5 for 14, 2 HR, 1 2B, 8 RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 SB.

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