Thursday, April 28, 2016

High-Flying Birds And Wingless Angels: Wednesday, April 16th, 1969


PHI 9, MON 8 (12inns) W-Wilson 1-0 L-Shaw 0-1 HR-Allen(1) Ryan(2) Hisle 1-out walk-off single.

NY 4, PIT 0 W-McAndrew 1-1 L-Moose 0-1 Boswell 4 rbi.

STL 6, CHI 5 W-Hoerner 1-0 L-Abernathy 0-1 Shannon GW single.

ATL 8, HOU 4 W-Stone 1-1 L-Griffin 0-2 HR-Boyer(1) Morgan(1) Didier 5-for-5.

SD 3, LA 2 (15inns) W-Baldschun 1-0 L-Mikkelson 0-1

"And it's a base hit!!"
Reader Steve says that every time the Cardinals lose, an angel gets its wings. Lots of wingless angels flying around, then! The Cards looked like they might finally prove human when the visiting Cubbies took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but then they tied it 2-2 in the 6th. In the 8th they took a 4-2 lead and Joe Hoerner was summoned to nail down the victory, but the Cubs rallied for 3 runs in the top of the 9th to take a 5-4 lead.,  I mean, Leo Durocher had to make a choice between Ted Abernathy or Phil Regan to close it out and, Leo went with Abernathy. Bad choice. First, the Redbirds tied it, then they won it on a Mike Shannon single. 9 and oh! Shannon also announced his own hit.

"Put me in, coach!"
The Padres got back to .500 by outlasting the banged-up Dodgers in 15 innings. Jose Arcia singled in the go-ahead run, and Phillies cast-off Jack Baldschun completed two stellar innings of relief to secure the win. All four of the Friars' wins have been by a single run. After the game, Al "Beans And Weenies" McBean was dealt from the visitors to the home team for bush-leaguer Tommy Dean.
NOT Tommy Dean of the Padres.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

No More Wire Hangers!: Tuesday, April 15th, 1969


PIT 5, CHI 2 W-Bunning 1-1 L-Holtzman 0-2 S-Dal Canton(1) HR-Pagan(1) Hickman(2) Pagan 4-for-4, 5 rbi.

STL 11, MON 8 W-Torrez 1-0 L-Jaster 0-2 HR-Wills(2) Robert Johnson 5 for 5.

NY 3, PHI 2 W-Gentry 2-0 L-J.Johnson 1-1 S-McGraw(2) HR-Agee(2)

CIN 5, SF 4 W-Fisher 2-0 L-Linzy 0-2 Alex Johnson GW SF.

ATL 4, HOU 2 W-Jarvis 1-0 L-Wilson 0-2 S-Doyle(1) 

LA 12, SD 4 W-Moeller 1-0 L-Santorini 0-2 HR-Pena(1) Fairly(2) Crawford(2)GS Crawford 5 rbi.

At Chicago, the Pirates' Jose Pagan invoked saints and spirits to empower him, resulting in his driving in all 5 runs for the Buccos. After the game, he tried to sacrifice reliever Bruce Dal Canton, but was stopped by security. 
Robert Johnson???...

or Robert Johnson?
The Redbirds continued their blazing start, with Vada Pinson ripping 3 doubles and a triple, and reserve infielder Robert Johnson chiming in with 5 hits--all singles--and then releasing a single of "Crossroad Blues". 

Paul "Call me Popeye!" Doyle saved the win for the Braves, as he handcuffed the Houston hitters. *groan*

Finally, Willie "Call me Joan!" Crawford cranked a grand slam and an rbi single for 5 rbi as the Dodgers spanked the Padres 12-4. Crawford now leads the team in rbi with 7, even though he has only batted 8 times. After the game, he complained about wire hangers in the clubhouse and kept calling for someone named Christina. Dodger skipper Walter Alston said he just thought Crawford had on too much make-up and let it go at that, even as Crawford sipped from a flask and commanded the clubhouse attendant to get his agent on the phone. So L.A.!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Cardinal Express Rolls On: Monday, April 14th, 1969


CHI 4, PIT 0 W-Hands 2-0 L-Ellis 0-2 HR-Santo(1)

STL 8, MON 2 W-Carlton 2-0 L-Grant 0-2 HR-Pinson(3)

PHI 3, NY 1 W-G.Jackson 1-1 L-Koosman 1-1 S-Wilson(1) HR-Callison(3)

SF 8, CIN 5 (12inns) W-Bryant 1-0 L-Carroll 0-1 HR-McCovey(3) Rose(3) A.Johnson(2)ISP Perez(3) Giants 20 hits.

LA 4, HOU 2 W-Sutton 2-0 L-LeMaster 1-1 HR-W.Davis(2)

The Cardinals continue unbeaten, rising to 7-0 with a drubbing of the hapless Expos. Everybody who thinks the 'Spos can win tomorrow's rematch, raise your hand. Anyone? Bueller? Vada Pinson is hitting a puny .172 with just 5 hits, but one was a double and three were 3-run homers, giving him 10 rbi total! 

Bill Hands of the Cubs tossed his second shutout in as many starts, but this time gave up some hits. 

The Giants and Reds paired up for a wild one at Crosley. The Giants led 3-1, but a 2-run inside the park HR by Alex Johnson tied it. The Giants went back ahead, but Tony Perez hit a homer over the fence to tie it again. Both teams scored in the 9th, and again in the 11th, but the Giants finally broke through in the 12th for the win. 

The west looks like it will be crazy all year. Every team except the idle Padres is pretty good, but none of them are great. I'm looking forward to seeing how this will play out. In fact, I'm loving this '69 NL replay so far. The hitting is much better than in '67 AL despite very strong starting pitching around the league, but the bullpens are weak! In '67 AL, 5 teams had an "A" reliever, and the other five had a "B". Plus, all the teams that had "A"s also had "B"s! In '69 NL, only two teams out of 12 have an "A" reliever, and one of them (Joe Gibbon) gets traded mid-season from the Giants to the Pirates. (The other is the Mets' Tug McGraw.) 

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Way I Walk Is Just The Way I Walk: Sunday, April 13th, 1969


CHI 4, MON 3 (14inns) W-Ross 1-0 L-Reed 0-1 HR-Clendenon(1) Hickman walk-off walk.

STL 5, NY 2 W-Waslewski 1-0 L-Seaver 1-1 S-Hoerner(1) HR-Torre(1)

PHI 7, PIT 3 W-Wise 1-1 L-Veale 0-2 HR-Callison(2) Callison 4 rbi.

CIN 4, ATL 3 (10inns) W-Granger 1-0 L-Upshaw 1-1 HR-A.Johnson(1) Perez(2) H.Aaron(1)

ATL 7, CIN 6 (12inns) W-Raymond 1-1 L-Cloninger 0-1 T.Aaron walk-off walk.

LA 3, HOU 2 W-Foster 1-0 L-Dierker 0-1 S-Mikkelson(1)

SF 13, SD 3 W-Perry 1-0 L-Podres 0-1 HR-Mays(1) Ferrara(1) Mays 5 rbi.

"I'll just stand absolutely still and hope that works!" (I loved the sweet-faced Cub of old, on the sleeve)
The Expos found themselves with a slim 3-2 lead over the Cubbies at Wrigley after the two teams had dueled into the bottom of the 14th inning. Howie Reed gave up a single to Adolpho Phillips, got the next two men out, then walked Glenn Beckert. Expo manager Gene Mauch, mumbling something about the pennant slipping away, brought in kid hurler Don Shaw, a Mets cast-off who had notched the save the day before. Mauch wanted the lefty on lefty match-up against Cubs slugger Billy Williams, who immediately walked to load the bases. Shaw, shaking in his boots, tossed four wild ones to Ernie Banks and the tying run crossed the plate. Up stepped Jim Hickman, who stood and watched himself become a hero by walking to force in the winning run, 4-3. Expo hurlers had walked the final four batters of the game, a true expansion team performance!

Not to be out-done, the beleaguered Braves sent the "B" team onto the field in the nightcap of their double dip against visiting Cincy, and Tommie Aaron's bases loaded walk off of former Brave Tony Cloninger gave them a split. Reds' fireman Wayne Granger had earlier coughed up a 6-4 lead in the ninth, allowing the opposing bench-warmers to tie it. Nonetheless, the Reds sit atop the NL West while the Braves reside in the basement.

Johnny Callison, an early favorite of mine.
In other action, the Phils' Johnny Callison enjoyed his second 4-rbi game of the young season, and Willie Mays of the Giants upped his season rbi count from 1 to 6 with a 5 rbi game. He lacked only a triple for the cycle. The Padres pennant push may have to wait. The Dodgers, visiting the Astrodome and already short on pitchers, lost Don Drysdale to a line drive and reliever Foster to being hit with a pitch, Don for 27 games, Foster for 31. The Tinsel Town nine is rumored to be deep in talks to acquire a sucky hurler from San Diego just to fill out the now-depleted mound corps. 


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Padre Pennant Push?!? : Saturday, April 12th, 1969


MON 5, CHI 4 W-Wegener 1-0 L-Nye 0-1 S-Shaw(1) HR-Wills(1)

STL 3, NY 2 W-Washburn 1-0 L-Cardwell 0-1 Brock 5-for-5.

PIT 4, PHI 3 W-Blass 1-0 L- Boozer 0-1 S-Hartenstein(1)

CIN 6, ATL 1 W-Maloney 2-0 L-P.Niekro 0-2 HR-Rose(2) Rose 4 rbi.

HOU 5, LA 2 W-Billingham 1-0 L-Singer 0-2 HR-Crawford(1)ph

SD 3, SF 2 W-Roberts 1-0 L-Marichal 1-1 HR-Dietz(1)

Is it too soon to talk about a Padres pennant? The Friars rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 8th against Juan Marichal to give lefty Dave Roberts the lead and ultimately the win. It was the Pods' third in a row and lifted them to 3-2! They may never lose again. The Giants' Hal Lanier will be lost for 3 games with the bends, incurred when he had a mishap while visiting Sea World.

Lou Brock rapped out no fewer than 5 hits as the Redbird Express continued on, leaving the Cardinals as the only undefeated team in the league at 5-0. Meanwhile, the hapless Pirates and Expos finally managed to get into the win column. The 'Spos first homer of the season was hit--just barely over the wall at Wrigley--by Maury Wills, of all people. The homerless wimps populating the Expos' dugout looked on in awe.
Maury Wills didn't want to be an Expo and played like it. However, his card doesn't know that.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Total Insanity At Forbes! : Friday, April 11th, 1969


CHI 5, MON 2 W-J.Niekro 1-0 L-Stoneman 0-1 S-Regan(1) HR-Williams(2)

STL 3, NY 1 W-C.Taylor 1-0 L-McAndrew 0-1

PHI 15, PIT 11 (12inns) W-Champion 1-0 L-Ramos 0-1 HR-Callison(1) D.Johnson(1)ISP Ryan(1) Stargell(1) Allen 4 runs, Callison and Johnson 4 rbi each.

CIN 6, ATL 3 W-Fisher 1-0 L-Stone 0-1 HR-Rose(1)

LA 9, HOU 2 W-Osteen 1-0 L-Griffin 0-1 HR-Fairly(1) Blefary(2) J.Alou(1)

SD 4, SF 3 W-Sisk 1-0 L-Bolin 0-1 S-Reberger(2) HR-McCovey(2) Brown(1)

"It's not a baseball, it's a live rattlesnake!"
The Buccos dragged their winless selves back to Pittsburgh for their home opener, hoping for better things, and oh what a wild and crazy affair it was! The Pirates sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the second and scored 5 times off of dazed Phillies starter Woody Fryman for a 5-0 lead. But Bucco starter Bob Moose threw the ball away twice in the top of the 3rd, allowing the Quakers to score 3 runs on just one hit, a Deron Johnson single. 

NOT Deron Johnson
In the top of the 5th, John Callison hit a two-run shot off of Moose to tie the game. In the last of the 6th, the Pirates went back on top 7-5, victimizing Turk Farrell. In the top of the 7th, Lou Marone, "helped" by a Dave Cash error, gave up 3 runs on an extremely unlikely inside the park home run off the bat of the plodding Deron Johnson. (You might possibly recall that, before the season began, I tweaked my Orsino Board to make this harder to do. My ISP HRs are determined by running speed, not power. To hit his ISP HR, Johnson had to first roll a weird number, which he did--40--and then roll a 36, no other number, and then roll a 20 with the 20-sided die, all of which he did. I'd love to know the odds against that!)  The Phils added 3 more off the ineffective Mister Marone in the 8th to take an 11-7 lead into the bottom of the ninth. 

Nothing to smile ABOUT.
In the bottom of the ninth, with Billy Wilson on the hill, slump-encrusted Matty Alou hit a lazy fly to left that the lead-footed Mister Johnson couldn't quite get to and it bounced off the tip of his glove for a two base error. He would have been replaced already by Ron Stone, but Stone had been used as a pinch hitter, leaving the water buffalo-like Johnson in left field. Dave Cash followed with a double, and Manny Sanguillen singled, making it 11-8 with Willie Stargell up. Wilson flung a hanging curve up there and Stargell smashed it for a 3-run game-tying blast. "I blame Dennis the Menace" whined Mister Wilson. A Jose Pagan single and a walk to Freddie Patek put two on with two out, but pinch hitter Bill Mazeroski popped out to send the game into extra frames.

"It's not a grounder, it's a grenade!"
In the top of the 11th, Dave Cash made his second error, putting Richie Allen aboard, and Larry Hisle singled, but Bruce Dal Canton pitched out of it. Then in the top of the 12th, Cash made his 3rd error of the game and 6th of the young season (!) to put Tony Taylor aboard. Allen singled and Hisle doubled them both in off of Pedro Ramos. Later Mike "Call me Jack" Ryan, who had come into the game a couple of innings earlier, hit one out to make it 15-11 Phillies. Billy Champion completed 2 shutout innings of work by retiring the Bucs in the bottom of the 12th for the win. He was the last man out of the Phillies bullpen. The Pirates set a National League record (as of 1969) by collecting 24 hits and LOSING. Well done, fellas. Sheesh!


Saturday, April 9, 2016

Pinson Punishes Pittsburgh: Thursday, April 10th, 1969


PHI 5, CHI 3 W-Johnson 1-0 L-Holtzman 0-1

NY 2, MON 0 W-Gentry 1-0 L-Jaster 0-1 Gentry 2-hitter.

STL 12, PIT 5 W-Briles 1-0 L-Bunning 0-1 HR-Pinson 2(2) Shannon(2) Pinson 6 rbi.

SD 3, HOU 2 W-Kirby 1-0 L-Wilson 0-1 S-Reberger(1)

Vada Pinson, acquired in the off season at the expense of Bobby Tolan and Wayne Granger, belted not one but TWO three-run dingers as the Cardinals again crushed the staggering Buccos. I know that no team is as good as it looks when it is winning, but these Cardinals do not look like a 4th place outfit to me. As for the Pirates, they have been the first to be seriously bitten by the injury bug, with both Roberto Clemente and Al Oliver set to miss the next five games with pink eye. (They think they picked it up at school.) 

Call me a bleeding heart, but I think it is probably unkind to start a new expansion team out in its first three games against the likes of Seaver, Koosman, and Gentry. Gentry stopped the 'Spos on just two hits on Thursday as the Metropolitans completed the sweep of the baby Canadians at Shea.

Clay Kirby, or Nervous Norvus?
On the opposite coast, the Pods' Clay Kirby, just 20 years of age, found his team leading 3-1 with two out and nobody on in the top of the ninth! He began to feel fidgety and faint. When Curt Blefary tapped one back to him for what should have sealed the Friars' first victory, Kirby took the ball in a desperate death grip and spiked it, putting "Coo Coo" Blefary (his actual nickname, on the card) on at first on the error.  Up stepped "The Toy Cannon" Jim Wynn, representing the tying run at the plate. Practically bursting into flame with nervous distress, young Master Kirby flung four pitches wildly and put Wynn aboard via the base on balls, pushing pinch runner Leon McFadden to second. That brought up "Rooster" Rader, who had left no fewer than 7 teammates stranded through the course of the game, but now had the chance to be a hero. Monks' manager Preston Gomez
Preston Gomez

strode slowly to the mound where paramedics were loading Clay Kirby onto a stretcher for a ride to the rest home. Enter Frank "Double" Reberger to face Rader. The Astro third sacker promptly delivered a line drive to center, allowing the fleet Mister McFadden to cross the plate and make it a 3-2 game with runners still on first and second. Imagine the shock and dismay on the Friars' bench when Jesus stepped up to bat for the Spacemen. I'm talking about Jesus Alou, who hit a bouncer up the middle. Arcia grabbed it, flipped to Pena at second for the force, and the Holy Men had their first win of...well, ever. 

"You were so wonderful, darling. It was chilling," said Morticia as she hung all over Gomez after the win. 
   "It was nothing," he replied modestly. "I just sent Pugsley over to the Houston dugout and had him spike Alou's Gatorade with embalming fluid."
   "He did look a little stiff."
   "Cara're merciless."

Friday, April 8, 2016

Hand Me The Glory!: Wednesday, April 9th, 1969


CHI 2, PHI 0 W-Hands 1-0 L-G.Jackson 0-1 HR-Hickman(1) Hands NO-HITTER.

NY 6, MON 3 W-Koosman 1-0 L-Grant 0-1 HR-C.Jones(1) Agee(1)

STL 7, PIT 3 W-Carlton 1-0 L-Ellis 0-1 HR-Oliver(1) Shannion(1) Javier(1)

SF 10, ATL 6 W-McCormick 1-0 L-Raymond 0-1 HR-Bonds(1) McCormick(1) Carty(1) Cepeda(1)

LA 10, CIN 3 W-Sutton 1-0 L-Merritt 0-1 HR-Davis(1) Kosco(1) Perez(1)

HOU 10, SD 1 W-LeMaster 1-0 L-Santorini 0-1

Bill Hands of the Cubs no-hit the flailing Phillies on Wednesday, fanning 9 and allowing only one baserunner, Larry Hisle on a 5th-inning walk. Could it be the Cubbies' year?!?

Jim Merritt's NL debut was rocky to say the least, as the Dodgers got even for the drubbing they received on opening day. Andy Kosco was so pleased by his homer that he immediately opened a chain of bulk discount stores in celebration. "Need 47 cans of peas?" He even had the bat boy push him around the bases in an oversized grocery cart. 

Spacemen came and were mean to me!
The Pods would really love for a starter to last beyond the middle of the 3rd inning. Yesterday Dick Selma departed in that inning with an injury, and today Al Santorini was simply lit up like a launch pad by the Spacemen from Houston. After the 'Stros had bashed and bullied him to the tune of 8 runs, Santorini's mom came out on the field and made them stop, then took her crying son home. It may be a little difficult for Al to fit in in the clubhouse after that, but we'll see.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

More Openers, And A Request!: Tuesday, April 8th, 1969


CHI 10, PHI 1 W-Jenkins 1-0 L-Wise 0-1 HR-Briggs(1) Williams(1) Williams 4 rbi.

NY 4, MON 3 W-Seaver 1-0 L-Robertson 0-1 S-McGraw(1) HR-Shamsky(1) Kranepool(1)

STL 6, PIT 0 W-Gibson 1-0 L-Veale 0-1 HR-Brock(1) Gibson 1-hitter. Brock 4 rbi.

ATL 6, SF 5 (11inns) W-Upshaw 1-0 L-Linzy 0-1 HR-McCovey(1) Clete Boyer walk-off double.

HOU 5, SD 4 (10inns) W-Ray 1-0 L-Reberger 0-1 S-Womack(1) HR-Blefary(1)

Wayne Garrett. He is not the same as Rod Gaspar. Who knew?
Both expansion teams fought hard in their inaugural outings, but both wound up on the short end of the score. Rod Gaspar came up with the tie-breaking pinch hit in the 8th.

Bob Gibson tried to out-do Juan Marichal by tossing a no-hitter on Opening Night, but he, too, was undone in the 8th inning. Pinch hitter Jose Pagan performed a ritual in the on-deck circle involving candles and rodent bones, then stepped in and made the Pirates' only hit, a sharp single. Kindly Mister Gibson said, "Bless you, Sir. Have a wonderful day!" Or not.

The Astros made me feel like '67 AL never ended, with Womack getting the save and Blefary the blast. The Pads had rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead, all on unearned runs, but Blefary's homer tied it up again. Then Joe Morgan delivered an rbi triple in the top of the tenth. Both came off hapless Friar reliever Mister Reberger. "I must pray about this," he said as he retired to his cell. 

Reader Steve wants to see the new dice.

They arrived all the way from England, just in time for Opening Day! 

Roll those laughin' bones
They have rounded edges, which I like, and are beautifully symmetrical. It's amazing how many dice aren't, and therefore cannot be official 1969 NL dice! I have to have 10mm or 8mm to be usable with my deluxe roller box. These are 10. All is groovy and I'm livin' La Dolce Vita 1969 style, what can I say?

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Opening Day!: Monday, April 7th, 1969


CIN 14, LA 1 W-Maloney 1-0 L-Singer 0-1 HR-Bench(1) Maloney(1) Bench 6 rbi.

SF 3, ATL 0 W-Marichal 1-0 L-P.Niekro 0-1 Marichal 1-hitter.

Youngster Bench had his Wheaties!
Annnnnd, they're off! 21-year old backstop Johnny Bench cranked the season's first dinger in the ceremonial opener at Crosley Field. He added a triple and a single and drove in 6 as the Reds destroyed the visiting Dodgers. Bill Singer won the Sleepy Hollow Award for being the first hapless hurler to have his head handed to him. The Rhinelanders pounded out 17 hits and were altogether rude hosts to the Tinsel Town nine. Welcome back to my table top, Reds!

Flirty Juan
Juan Marichal of the Giants did some serious flirting on opening night, but with a possible no-hitter instead of a senorita. Bob Didier's two-out double in the bottom of the eighth spoiled his bid, and proved to be the Braves' only knock.

My new dice arrived all the way from England just in time for the start of the season, and my Opening Day coincides with actual Opening Day 2016. How cool is that? I am using the new boards, recommended by the APBA Blog, and I do like them so far. The annoying 9-strikeout against "A" pitchers is gone, among other small but agreeable changes. I'm not used to having to consult the boards very often, though! I also tweaked my own home-made Orsino Board. I made inside the park homers harder to get, and gave the better catchers more chance to cut down base stealers. I've always felt that catchers' defense got short shrift in APBA. 

I have dispensed with keeping some of the minor stats I kept last time, such as LOB, SH and SF. I have also made the decision to drop pitchers' appearances (though I'll still keep starts) and pitchers' walks and runs given up (as opposed to earned runs). I'll keep a running total of team runs allowed, though. Dropping these stats will make my score keeping much easier and I don't think I'll miss them at all. There's nothing worse than Bob Duliba or somebody pitching an inning and a third in a 10-2 loss and having to mess with his 3 walks, 7 runs given up and 329 boos from the crowd.
Bob "Ach" Duliba, bracing for another line drive.

I only have 25 men to a team, or so. "Or so" because I put everyone back to where they started the season, and will implement trades and so forth at the appointed hour. This gives some teams more, some teams less, to start. Anyway, I can see I will probably need to invent pitchers at some point, for some teams. We'll see. 

I hope you all enjoy the new season and will follow along with me!  

Friday, April 1, 2016

1967 Final Report!

team     w-l         gb      1-run     x-inn     sept
DET   101-61     ---       24-23     12-6      16-13
BOS     97-65       4       33-21       5-7      16-11
MIN     94-68       7       27-20     11-8      19-11
CHI      85-77     16       24-30     13-14    17-13
BAL     83-78     17.5    18-27      8-12     12-19
NY       81-81      20       25-23     13-8      12-16
CAL    78-83      22.5    29-24     11-10     16-14
CLE    73-89      28       19-24      6-13     16-12
KC       63-98     37.5     17-21     8-11      11-19
WAS    53-108   47.5     22-25      6-4       10-17

Team ERA: Chi 2.60, Det 2.68, NY 2.97, Bal 3.08, Min 3.12, Cle 3.13, Bos 3.17, Was 3.31, Cal 3.38, KC 3.95

League: 3.14  (Actual: 3.23)

Team batting: Bos .243, Det .232, Min .225, Bal .221, Cal .220, Cle .219, KC .215, Chi .210, NY .203, Was .183

League: .217 (Actual: .236)

Batting champion George "Boomer" Scott
AVG.: Scott-bos .304, Yaz-bos .300, Conigliaro-bos .298, Morton-cal .298, Blair-bal .296, Kaline-det .287, Fregosi-cal .283, F.Robinson-bal .283, Oliva-min .281, Freehan-det .278

HR: Yaz-bos 46, Cash-det 40, Killebrew-min 40, Howard-was 37, Mantle-ny 37, Ward-chi 30, Blefary-bal 28

RBI: Cash-det 125, Yaz-bos 115, Killebrew-min 109, Mincher-cal 109, Scott,bos 102, B.Robinson-bal 98, Oliva-min 91

Runs: Yaz-bos 116, Scott-bos 103, Oliva-min 91, Freehan-det 90, D.Johnson-bal 90

Doubles: D.Johnson-bal 45, Fregosi-cal 41, Agee-chi 39, Tovar-min 38

Triples: Azcue-cle 12, Uhlaender-min 12, Tovar-min 11

Steals: Campaneris-kc 75, McCraw-chi 44, Buford-chi 32, Agee-chi 31

Errors: Campaneris-kc 39, Clarke-ny 36

Mickey Lolich
Wins: Lolich-det 21-6, Wilson-det 21-10, Hardin-bal 21-11, Stange-bos 20-6, Chance-min 20-9, Lonborg-bos 20-11, McLain-det 19-7, Hunter-kc 19-8

ERA: Lolich-det 1.83, McLain-det 1.98, Stange-bos 2.00, Hardin-bal 2.01, Peters-chi 2.04, Hunter-kc 2.06, Wilson-det 2.11

IP: Peters-chi 291, Siebert-cle 290.2, Tiant-cle 287.2, Hardin-bal 282.1, Wilson-det 281.2

K's: Tiant-cle 295, Lonborg-bos 259, Peters-chi 255, Lolich-det 230, Downing-ny 222, Siebert-cle 220.

CG: Tiant-cle 22, Hunter-kc 18, Chance-min 17, Horlen-chi 17, Peters-chi 17, Siebert-cle 17

Saves: Rojas-cal 34, Gladding-det 31, Womack-ny 27, Baldwin-was 25, Worthington-min 24

Shutouts: Hardin-bal 12, Lolich-det 10, Monbouquette-ny 6, Phoebus-bal 6, Stange-bos 6

Losses: Ortega-was 9-20, Dobson-kc 4-19, Pascual-was 6-19, Tiant-cle 14-19


Tiger Tales: Four players overachieving made the Tigers a runaway winner, and three of them were pitchers: starters Mickey Lolich and Denny McLain and reliever Fred Gladding (1.14 era). The position player was Norm Cash, who had the lucky dice going all season, as he always seems to do for me. The Tigers led the league in fielding, and could put a fielding one player at every position except left field. They made a league-low 100 errors, while scoring only five fewer runs (707) than leader Boston. Star performance: On June 20th, Norm Cash hit 3 Hrs and drove in 7 in a 12-2 win vs. the Senators at Tiger Stadium.

Boston Beans: I wonder when is the last time that three players from the same team placed 1-2-3 in the batting race as Yaz, Conig and Boomer Scott did? Yaz lost his bid for the triple crown, but give him credit. He was hitting just .268 at the all-star break, and .283 at the end of August, but he hit nearly .400 the rest of the way, and at one point got within 6 rbi of Cash, so he really tried, both to take the Triple Crown and to lift Boston to the pennant, but they just couldn't overtake Detroit. Starter Lee Stange came out of nowhere to lead the staff, and Jim Lonborg was money all season long, but after that it got dicey. Boston finished 7th in team ERA (3.17). However, they hit like crazy, leading the league in runs (712) and HR (173). Star Performance: On September 18th, in a crucial game at Detroit, Joe Foy hit a HR and drove in 5 as the Red Sox won 7-3 to keep their hopes alive at that point. It was a huge clutch performance by Foy.

Does this look like a grand slam hero to you?
Twin Killings: The starting nine were great, except for two things: they couldn't all stay healthy most of the time, and the bench was non-existent. Dean Chance, Jim Merritt and Dave Boswell all won 15 games or more, and hard-luck Jim Kaat led the starters in ERA (2.64). But the bullpen was thin and the bench laughable. Nonetheless, with their line-up intact for most of September, the Twins made a real run at a miracle comeback, but injuries returned and the Twins fell back to third. Star Performance: In an August 22nd doubleheader at Detroit, the Twins got a grand slam in each game--Killebrew in the opener and substitute Sandy Valdespino in the nightcap--as the Twins swept the Tigers 6-2 in 15 innings and 8-4 in nine. 

White Sox Laundry: The pitching was awesome, but only Tommy John (14-6) racked up wins consistently because the offense was so spotty, despite Pete Ward's unexpected 30 HR outburst. Agee was next on the Sox' homer parade with just 13 and they hit a league-low 99 for the season. However, they led the league in team ERA with 2.60. Star Performance: On April 19th at Comiskey Park, Joel Horlen won his first game of the season on a no-hitter, 1-0 over New York. 

Bird Doo: The Orioles were 75-60 and had drawn to within two games of the third place Twins. Not only that, but they were hitting the cover off the ball. The bad news is that after that, they went completely in the tank, losing 18 of their final 26 and not hitting or pitching at all except for ace Jim Hardin, who was all-world all year. Frank Robinson was good but not as good as expected, with 25, 81 and .283. Brooks Robby made a bid for 100 rbi, and seemed like a lock to make it, but then he went into vapor lock like the rest of the O's, and stalled out at 98. Boog Powell hit a miserable .184 with just 12 HR. Star performance: On September 16th at Fenway Park, Jim Hardin won his 19th game, 3-0, on a no-hitter. Honorable mention: on August 3rd, the slick-fielding Oriole infield turned 6 double plays in a 4-1 win at home against Detroit.

The best .181 hitter the Yankees had.
Yankee Go Home: I've seen a couple of other replays people have done, and the '67 Yankees stunk for them, but for me their pitching (2.97, good for third) and just enough power led to a .500 record. They couldn't hit at all a lot of the time, as evidenced by their having been blanked 23 times, but Mickey Mantle (37,86, .242), Joe Pepitone (16,82, .201) and Tom Tresh (25,82, .181) went yard often enough that they did win on a fairly consistent basis when they bothered to score at all. Star Performance: On April 26th, Mel Stottlemyre went all ten innings and struck out 12 in defeating the White Sox 4-3 at Yankee Stadium.

Angels Halos: I have read a little about '67, and apparently, the Orioles should have done a lot better than they actually did, and the Angels should have been worse. Mine were. They sort of had half a line-up: Morton (.298), Repoz (20 doubles after being acquired), Fregosi (.283, 41 doubles, 85 runs) and Don Mincher (26, 109, .267) but after that it was Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. Rick Reichardt hung out all summer with a starlet on his arm and a hole in his bat, until he heated up like crazy in the latter part of August, enabling him to finish with 24, 78 and .224, but the Halos just didn't have enough punch. They hit just 100 homers and left a league-high 1168 runners stranded. Minnie Rojas led the league in saves, though, just as he actually did. Star Performance: On July 8th, Reichardt hit a walk-off grand slam with 2 out in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat KC 6-2.

Tribe Wampum:  This team was so fricking dull to play. They had good starting pitching, but no bullpen, and the offense was sleepy all year. Joe Azcue, who shared time with Duke Sims behind the plate, led the team with just 14 HR. His line was odd, with 9 doubles, a league-leading 12 triples, and the 14 blasts. The Indians scored just 540 runs, ahead of only Washington. Star Performance: On September 10th, Sam McDowell, suffering through an awful season, suddenly awoke and shut out the A's with 15 strikeouts, for the 4-0 win at the Mistake By The Lake.

Ken Suarez, "Mister Lucky"
Mule Droppings: In their final season in Kansas City, the A's hit better than expected, with Rick Monday (21) and Ramon Webster (25) leading the way for the A's to hit 100 homers--not many, but a lot more than they actually hit. The fluke of the entire replay was backstop Ken Suarez, who, when he could keep from getting run over by trucks and missing large chunks of time, hit 29 doubles in just 187 ab's! He hit 12 in September alone. (He had three zeroes, in the usual spots at 11, 33 and 66. I don't know why he rolled them so often except pure dumb luck!) On the other hand, there was kid third sacker Sal Bando who went 5 for 86 (.058) and clearly has no future in the big leagues. The A's were a distant last in the league in pitching (3.95), made 172 errors, and had no depth at all. Fireman Tony Pierce gathered 15 saves with a 1.69 ERA when the team could actually find a spot to use him. Star Performance: On July 23rd, with the White Sox in town for a doubleheader, the first game--think about that--went a mind-numbing, spirit-crushing 24 innings before Ken Suarez (!) hit a walk-off homer to give the A's a 4-3 win. It was one of just 4 homers he hit all year, but I was so very grateful for him hitting it.

Washing-toon: Oh dear Goddess. Remember I mentioned having seen a couple of other '67 replays around? Well, the Nats were bad for them, and couldn't score much, but they weren't THIS bad. My Nats scored a piddling 407 runs (last by 133), and hit an astonishing .183 as a team (20 points behind New York.) They were shut out 29 times, and if it hadn't been for a scattering of solo homers by Frank Howard (37, 66, .194) it would have been a bunch more. They were last in fielding, with 175 errors. They were last in doubles and triples. The pitching placed 8th at 3.31 and the team actually had a very good and deep bullpen; the problem is that they were almost never competitive enough to make good use of it. The top batting average on the team, in any number of at bats, was Hank Allen's .225. Fred Valentine chipped in with 18 homers, but geez louise am I glad I never have to manage this Nats team again. Star Performance: On April 22nd, lefty Pete Richert won his first game, 3-0 on a 1-hitter at RFK Stadium against the White Sox. And so, naturally, he was dealt away. 

That's it! I hope you enjoyed, and thanks for reading! Stay tuned for my next replay, which I  still haven't decided what it will be, but it will be fun.

--Fireblossom, Goddess of baseball and cappuccino.