“Replay” Ted started September, batting .392. Ted saw his batting average reach as high as .404 on September 12th after a 10 for 10 hot streak came to an end. Ted’s last dance with .400 in this replay is when he is clinging to .400 on September 14th. After the season ending slump and a late 5 for 11 charge in the final series, he closes out the season batting .391.
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.
The Ted Williams “hits for .406” watch:
How the rest of the American League faired vs the Red Sox:
The month of September, 1941:
(click on game scores below for either the REPLAY boxscore or the ACTUAL boxscore)
Series #50: Senators @ Red Sox, September 1 (2)
RED SOX RECORD: Replay (77-56) – Actual (70-63)
Ted Williams opens the month of September going 0 for 2 (with 3 walks) and 3 for 4, in the 2 game series. His batting average raises 1 point to .393.
Series #51: Yankees @ Red Sox, September 3, 4
RED SOX RECORD: Replay (78-57) – Actual (70-65)
In 2 games vs the Yankees at Fenway, Ted goes 1 for 4 and 0 for 2 (with 2 walks), dropping his average down to .390.
Series #52: Red Sox @ Yankees, September 6, 7
RED SOX RECORD: Replay (79-58) – Actual (71-66)
Boston travels to New York for remainder of the home and home series, with 2 games at Yankee Stadium. Williams goes 1 for 4 and 2 for 2, raising his batting average back up to .392.
Series #53: Tigers @ Red Sox, September 9, 10
RED SOX RECORD: Replay (81-58) – Actual (73-66)
The offense and Ted Williams takes center stage when the Red Sox return to Fenway to face the Tigers. Williams goes 3 for 3 with 2 walks, and 4 for 4 with a walk, raising his batting average to .402 by the end of the series. Ted is now 9 for 9 in his last 9 AB. The Red Sox plate 24 runs in the 2-game series vs Detroit.
Series #54: Browns @ Red Sox, September 12, 13
RED SOX RECORD: Replay (83-58) – Actual (75-66)
The Browns come to town, as Ted Williams continues his hot hitting with a 2 for 3 performance in game 1 (at one point he was 10 for 10 in his last 10 AB) and is batting .404 heading into game 2 of the series. Cooling off with an 0 for 3 in game 2, Ted is now hitting .401. The Red Sox continue their torrid pace at the plate, scoring another 24 runs in this 2-game series.
Series #55: White Sox @ Red Sox, September 14 (2), 15
RED SOX RECORD: Replay (85-59) – Actual (78-66)
The story of this series is Dick Newsome (CZ) continuing to pile up wins. Newsome pitches game 1 of this series, gets a 3-1 win over the Chisox. His record is now 17-4 with a 2.99 ERA. Meanwhile, Ted Williams goes 2 for 9 in the series with 1 HR. He drops back below .400, and is now batting .397. (Special thanks to Fred Johnson for rolling game 3 of this series as Red Sox skipper vs the White Sox who I managed at our “Board of Winter” get together at Gregg Nelson’s home in mid-February.)
Series #56: Indians @ Red Sox, September 17, 18
RED SOX RECORD: Replay (87-59) – Actual (79-67)
Dick Newsome does it again, pitching game 2 of this series vs Cleveland and Bob Feller. Red Sox win 3-0. Newsome pitches a CG shut-out giving up 3 hits and 1 walk. Dick’s record is now 18-4 and he has a 2.86 ERA. Meanwhile, Ted’s “slump” continues and is now batting .393. (Special thanks to Bruce Tyler for rolling game 2 of this series as Red Sox mgr vs Fred Johnson, managing the Indians at our “Board of Winter” get together at Gregg Nelson’s home in mid-February. Fred Johnson was Red Sox mgr in game 1 vs me as mgr of the Indians.)
Series #57: Yankees @ Red Sox, September 20, 21
RED SOX RECORD: Replay (88-60) – Actual (80-68)
Ted Williams goes 2 for 5 in this 2 game series, raising his average slightly to .394.
Series #58: Red Sox @ Senators, September 23, 24 (2)
RED SOX RECORD: Replay (89-62) – Actual (82-69)
The timing of Ted’s latest slump is unfortunate, with only 3 games now remaining in the season. Ted goes 2 for 10 in this series, and is now batting .389.
Series #59: Red Sox @ Athletics, September 27, 28 (2)
RED SOX RECORD: Replay (92-62) – Actual (84-70)
Williams finishes strong, going 5 for 11 in the final 3 games of the season, however, it was too little, too late, with Ted finishing his wonder season hitting .391. He finished just 8 hits short of his actual hit total in 1941, with 3 fewer AB. Ted matches his HR total by powering homer #37 in game 1 of this 3 game set vs Philadelphia. Ted drove in 134 RBI, 11 more than his actual.
RED SOX end of Season Stats (click on link to read):
RED SOX month-by-month Blog Summaries (click on links to read previous months):
SEPTEMBER (W-L): 17-6 (16-7 Actual)
Replay note: The Red Sox finish the season with a 51-26 record at home and a 41-36 record on the road.