Baseball And The Saturday Evening Post October 1, 1927

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“Baseball Fans” by Eugene Iverd October 1, 1927

This is the 2nd baseball illustration by Iverd, and it might feature the same bunch of boys as his previous illustration.

As someone who suffers from vertigo, agita, and bleeding hemorrhoids, I wouldn’t be caught dead sitting, standing, or eating on top of a telephone poll. Even if it was to watch the Yankees beat up on the Pirates in that year’s World Series. The kid standing on the top of the pole has some serious death wish issues. The one boy standing on the right looks like he’s reconsidered his climb up that pole, and probably wishes he was anywhere else. Luckily, what looks like a cop has shown up, but instead of telling the boys to get down before they get hurt, it looks like he’s trying to get one of them to skrooch over so he can take a seat.

As someone who’s lived his whole life telling people to skootch over so I could take a seat, it was very disconcerting to find out I had been using the wrong word all this time. Sometimes you put together a blog post and you learn something amazing. Other times it just a kick in the balls.

In baseball on October 1, 1927 the NY Yankees beat the Washington Senators 4-3. Lou Gehrig hit a 3 run home run in the 1st inning to lead the Yankees to their 110th win of the season. It was Gehrig’s 47th home run and the 3 rbis gave him 175 on the season. The Yankees will go on to sweep the Pirates in the World Series. This win gives the Yankees a 14-7-1 record on Saturday Evening Post baseball illustration dates.

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Baseball And The Saturday Evening Post May 28, 1927

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“Safe On Base” by Alan Foster May 28, 1927

Alan Foster has a very similar style to Norman Rockwell, and it served him well as he contributed 30 covers to The Saturday Evening Post, from 1923-1933. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a lot of information about Foster. His death is listed in numerous sources as 1969. But a couple of them have him dying in 1934 at the age of 42. Since his last illustration was published in 1933, I tend to lean toward this date. His death at such a young age may be the reason why there’s not much biographical information available.

I love this illustration, and it might be my favorite one so far. The old hidden ball trick. It’s been successfully pulled off in the Major Leagues around 210 times. I remember watching Gene Michael pull it off once, and if memory serves me, he was successful 5 or 6 times in his career. I myself have never been the victim of a hidden ball trick, but I have been the victim of a Nigerian email scam. Mr Mbhuttu seemed so sincere. He called me his dear American friend. Why would he steal from me?

Anyway, the detail in this illustration is just fantastic. The expressions on both boys is perfect. One filled with a youthful innocence, an innocence that may lead him to someday send a check to a Nigerian ambassador, only to find out the world is full of nasty deceitful people who will take your life savings, and leave you with nothing. Why would Mr Mbhuttu do that to me?

Anyway, the other boy’s expression is filled with a baseball savvy, cultivated from endless summers of baseball games. Taking advantage of those less experienced, those less sophisticated in the ways of baseball treachery. The kind of person that would someday pretend to be someone they’re not, only to destroy another human beings self-worth, crushing it beneath a mountain of bitterness and regret. Damn you Mr Mbhuttu.

Anyway, I really love this illustration, despite the emotional angst that it causes me, and I look forward to more baseball themed illustrations from Alan Foster.

In baseball on May 28, 1927 the NY Yankees split a doubleheader with the Washington Senators, winning the 1st game 8-2, Babe Ruth and Bob Muesal hit home runs, and losing the 2nd game to Firpo Marberry 3-2. The 27 Yankees go on to win 110 games and sweep the Pirates in the World Series. This puts the Yankees record on Saturday Evening Post baseball illustration dates at 13-7-1.

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Cooperstown Bottom Feeders vs 1978 NY Yankees Game #5

Jesse Haines vs Ed Figueroa

Bottom Feeders Rise To The Top To Take Series

 George Kelly was 6’4” No wonder his pockets were so high.

With 2 outs in the 1st Tommy McCarthy singled and scored on a Hack Wilson double, High Pockets Kelly followed with an rbi single to score Wilson. That was all the Bottom Feeders needed as Jesse Haines shutout the 1978 NY Yankees on 5 hits. The Yankees reached 2nd base just once all game and that came in the 7th inning.

10/8/2014, NYA78-CBF39, Ebbets Field
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1978 New York (A)      0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0  5  1     6  1
1939 Bottom Feeders    2  0  1  1  0  0  0  0  x     4  9  0     7  2
New York (A)         AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bottom Feeders       AB  R  H BI   AVG
Rivers            cf  4  0  1  0  .182    Waner,L           cf  4  0  1  0  .273
Randolph          2b  3  0  1  0  .158    Bancroft          ss  3  1  0  0  .364
Munson            c   4  0  1  0  .381    McCarthy          lf  4  1  3  0  .556
Jackson           rf  4  0  1  0  .118    Wilson            dh  3  1  1  1  .263
Chambliss         1b  4  0  0  0  .190    Kelly             1b  4  0  1  2  .600
Nettles           3b  3  0  0  0  .235    Hooper,H          rf  4  0  0  0  .071
Piniella          lf  3  0  1  0  .278    Lindstrom         3b  4  1  2  0  .353
Spencer           dh  2  0  0  0  .200    Mazeroski         2b  4  0  0  0  .000
Dent              ss  3  0  0  0  .118    Schalk            c   3  0  1  1  .250
                     30  0  5  0                               33  4  9  4
New York (A)                     INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Figueroa         L 0-1           6.0  8  4  4  2  1  85  51  3.86
Lyle                             2.0  1  0  0  0  0  33  21  3.60
                                 8.0  9  4  4  2  1 118  72
Bottom Feeders                   INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Haines           W 1-0           9.0  5  0  0  3  1 110  72  2.65
                                 9.0  5  0  0  3  1 110  72
E-Chambliss. 2B-Wilson(2), Schalk(1). RBI-Wilson(5), Kelly 2(6), Schalk(1).
SB-McCarthy(1). K-Dent, McCarthy. BB-Randolph, Nettles, Spencer, Bancroft,
Wilson.
GWRBI: Wilson
Ed Figueroa was removed after a rain delay
Temperature: 51, Field: wet, Sky: threatening, Wind: out to left at 5 MPH,
Rain Delays: 89 minutes.

The Cooperstown Bottom Feeders were anything but in this series. Offensively almost every player contributed, while Thurman Munson was the only Yankee hitter to show up. The depth on the HOF team was the key. When you can draw on  players the likes of Tommy McCarthy George Kell,and Bill Mazeroski against the Yankees Chicken Stanley, Mike Heath and Gary Thomasson you’re going to win many more times than you lose. The MVP is obviously High Pockets Kelly. 12 hits, 6 rbi and a .600 average in a 5 game series is pretty good.

DMB team batting — 1978 New York (A)                               
                               League championship — as of 10/8/2014                              

S Name               P    AVG   OBP   SPC    G   AB    H  2B  3B  HR    R  RBI   BB    K HBP  IW  SB  CS
  White#             lf  .667  .714  .667    2    6    4   0   0   0    0    1    1    1   0   0   0   0
  Munson             c   .381  .409  .667    5   21    8   0   0   2    3    4    1    2   0   0   0   0
  Piniella           lf  .278  .350  .389    5   18    5   2   0   0    4    0    2    1   0   0   0   0
  Nettles*           3b  .235  .333  .235    5   17    4   0   0   0    2    3    3    4   0   0   0   0
  Spencer*           dh  .200  .333  .300    4   10    2   1   0   0    0    3    2    0   0   0   0   0
  Chambliss*         1b  .190  .190  .429    5   21    4   0   1   1    2    4    0    3   0   0   0   0
  Rivers*            cf  .182  .217  .455    5   22    4   0   0   2    3    2    1    1   0   0   0   0
  Randolph           2b  .158  .304  .158    5   19    3   0   0   0    3    0    3    3   1   0   2   0
  Jackson*           rf  .118  .286  .118    5   17    2   0   0   0    2    0    4    6   0   1   0   0
  Dent               ss  .118  .118  .118    5   17    2   0   0   0    0    2    0    3   0   0   0   0
  Stanley            ss  .000  .000  .000    1    0    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Thomasson*         lf  .000  .000  .000    1    1    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Pitchers               .000  .000  .000    5    0    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Total                  .225  .298  .343    5  169   38   3   1   5   19   19   17   24   1   1   2   0

                        DMB team batting — 1939 Cooperstown Bottom Feeders                        
                               League championship — as of 10/8/2014                              

S Name               P    AVG   OBP   SPC    G   AB    H  2B  3B  HR    R  RBI   BB    K HBP  IW  SB  CS
  Kell               3b 1.000 1.000 1.000    3    1    1   0   0   0    0    0    1    0   0   0   0   0
  Kelly              1b  .600  .571  .850    5   20   12   2   0   1    3    6    0    0   0   0   0   0
  McCarthy           of  .556  .600  .667    4    9    5   1   0   0    3    0    1    1   0   0   1   0
  Bancroft#          ss  .364  .391  .500    5   22    8   3   0   0    5    2    1    2   0   0   0   0
  Lindstrom          3b  .353  .353  .529    5   17    6   0   0   1    2    5    0    1   0   0   0   0
  Waner,L*           cf  .273  .304  .318    5   22    6   1   0   0    3    1    1    1   0   0   0   0
  Wilson             cf  .263  .364  .684    5   19    5   2   0   2    7    5    3    4   0   0   0   0
  Schalk             c   .250  .250  .500    2    4    1   1   0   0    0    1    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Ferrell,R          c   .250  .357  .250    4   12    3   0   0   0    2    0    2    1   0   0   0   0
  Hafey              lf  .176  .222  .471    4   17    3   2   0   1    3    4    1    5   0   0   0   0
  Evers*             2b  .143  .333  .571    3    7    1   0   0   1    1    1    2    0   0   0   0   0
  Hooper,H*          rf  .071  .067  .071    4   14    1   0   0   0    0    1    0    1   0   0   0   0
  Mazeroski          2b  .000  .000  .000    5   11    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    2   0   0   0   0
  Youngs*            rf  .000  .000  .000    1    0    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Maranville         ss  .000  .000  .000    1    1    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Bottomley*         1b  .000  .500  .000    2    1    0   0   0   0    1    0    1    0   0   0   0   0
  Pitchers               .000  .000  .000    5    0    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Total                  .294  .339  .463    5  177   52  12   0   6   30   26   13   18   0   0   1   0

 

DMB team pitching — 1978 New York (A)                              
                               League championship — as of 10/8/2014                              

S Name               P     ERA   W   L   S   G  GS  CG SHO     INN    H    R   ER   BB    K  HR GDP    BF
  Gossage            cl   0.00   0   0   1   1   0   0   0     1.0    0    0    0    1    1   0   0     4
  Gullett*           sp   0.00   0   0   0   1   0   0   0     1.0    0    0    0    1    0   0   0     5
  Lyle*              mr   3.60   0   1   0   3   0   0   0     5.0    6    2    2    1    0   1   0    23
  Figueroa           sp   3.86   0   1   0   2   2   0   0    14.0   15    8    6    5    3   0   2    61
  Guidry*            sp   5.84   1   1   0   2   2   0   0    12.1   16    9    8    5   11   1   1    59
  Tidrow             sp   7.20   0   0   0   2   0   0   0     5.0    7    5    4    0    1   1   0    23
  Hunter             sp  11.57   0   1   0   1   1   0   0     4.2    8    6    6    0    2   3   1    21
  Total                   5.44   1   4   1   5   5   0   0    43.0   52   30   26   13   18   6   4   196

                        DMB team pitching — 1939 Cooperstown Bottom Feeders                       
                               League championship — as of 10/8/2014                              

S Name               P     ERA   W   L   S   G  GS  CG SHO     INN    H    R   ER   BB    K  HR GDP    BF
  Hoyt               sp   0.00   1   0   0   2   0   0   0     2.2    0    0    0    0    1   0   0     8
  Pennock*           sp   0.00   0   0   1   1   0   0   0     1.0    1    0    0    0    1   0   0     4
  Lyons              sp   2.00   1   0   0   1   1   1   0     9.0    6    3    2    1    5   1   0    36
  Haines             sp   2.65   1   0   0   2   2   1   1    17.0   12    5    5    6    4   1   4    66
  Marquard*          sp   5.27   1   1   0   2   2   0   0    13.2   16    8    8    9   13   2   0    66
  Cummings           sp  16.20   0   0   0   1   0   0   0     1.2    3    3    3    1    0   1   0     9
  Total                   3.60   4   1   1   5   5   2   1    45.0   38   19   18   17   24   5   4   189

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Cooperstown Bottom Feeders vs 1978 NY Yankees

Rube Marquard vs Ron Guidry

Five Run 5th Too Much For Yankees

Freddie Lindstrom

At 18 years old, Freddie Lindstrom is the youngest player to ever play in a World Series.(1924)

Once again the game started out well for the 78 Yankees. Mickey Rivers turned on the 1st pitch of the game from Rube Marquard and deposited it into the right field stands for a leadoff home run. For good measure he did it again in the 3rd inning. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Ron Guidry struggled, never getting out of the 5th inning. Cooperstown unloaded on Guidry for 5 runs in the inning. Dave Bancroft and Chick Hafey smacked back to back pitches off the centerfield wall for doubles, and Freddy Lindstrom bombed a big 3 run home run, sending Guidry to an early shower, and giving Cooperstown a 7-2 lead after 5.

The Yankees fought back and showed signs of life when Thurman Munson hit a 2 run home run in the 9th to bring them within 1 run. Herb Pennock came on in relief, and struck out Graig Nettles with the tying run on 2nd to end the game.

10/7/2014, NYA78-CBF39, Ebbets Field
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1978 New York (A)      1  0  1  0  0  2  1  1  2     8 10  2     8  0
1939 Bottom Feeders    0  1  1  0  5  0  1  1  x     9 12  1     8  0
New York (A)         AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bottom Feeders       AB  R  H BI   AVG
Rivers            cf  5  2  2  2  .167    Waner,L           cf  5  1  0  0  .278
Randolph          2b  3  2  0  0  .125    Bancroft          ss  5  1  3  0  .421
Munson            c   4  1  2  3  .412    Hafey             lf  4  1  1  1  .176
Jackson           dh  4  1  0  0  .077    Wilson            dh  4  2  1  1  .250
Piniella          rf  4  1  2  0  .267    Kelly             1b  3  1  1  1  .688
Chambliss         1b  5  1  2  0  .235    McCarthy          rf  3  1  1  0  .400
Nettles           3b  3  0  0  1  .286    Lindstrom         3b  4  1  3  5  .308
White             lf  4  0  2  1  .667    Mazeroski         2b  4  0  0  0  .000
Dent              ss  3  0  0  0  .143    Ferrell,R         c   4  1  2  0  .250
Spencer           ph  1  0  0  1  .250                         36  9 12  8
Stanley           ss  0  0  0  0  .000
                     36  8 10  8
New York (A)                     INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Guidry           L 1-1           4.1  8  7  6  2  2  89  57  5.84
Tidrow                           2.2  3  2  2  0  1  32  24  7.20
Lyle                             1.0  1  0  0  1  0  16  10  6.00
                                 8.0 12  9  8  3  3 137  91
Bottom Feeders                   INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Marquard         W 1-1           6.1  6  5  5  5  7 118  62  5.27
Cummings         H 1             1.2  3  3  3  1  0  27  14 16.20
Pennock          S 1             1.0  1  0  0  0  1  13   8  0.00
                                 9.0 10  8  8  6  8 158  84
NYA: Spencer batted for Dent in the 8th
     Stanley inserted at ss in the 8th
E-Randolph, Dent, Bancroft. 2B-Piniella(2), Bancroft(3), Hafey(2),
McCarthy(1). HR-Rivers 2(2), Munson(2), Lindstrom(1). RBI-Rivers 2(2),
Munson 3(4), Nettles(3), White(1), Spencer(3), Hafey(4), Wilson(4), Kelly(4),
Lindstrom 5(5). SB-Randolph(2). K-Randolph 2, Jackson, Nettles 2, White,
Dent 2, Hafey 2, Mazeroski. BB-Randolph 2, Munson, Jackson, Piniella,
Nettles, Hafey, Wilson, McCarthy. SH-Kelly. SF-Nettles, Kelly. WP-Guidry 2.
GWRBI: Hafey
Temperature: 55, Sky: clear, Wind: out to center at 11 MPH.

 

cooperstown Cooperstown leads this series 3-1

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Cooperstown Bottom Feeders vs 1978 NY Yankees Game #3

Catfish Hunter vs Ted Lyons

High Pockets Kelly Leads Feeder’s Frenzy

Photo of High Pockets Kelly

High Pockets Kelly led the NL in home runs in 1921 with 23.

Thurman Munson banged a long home run in the 1st off Ted Lyons, and an rbi single by Bucky Dent in the 2nd staked the 1978 Yankees to an early 2-0 lead. But, as in game 2, the Yankee bats retired early, allowing the Bottom Feeders to win game 3 rather easily. Ted Lyons pitched the compete game, finishing strong by retiring the last 13 Yankees in order.

George High Pockets Kelly had 4 hits, including a 2 run home run in the 4th. Johnny Evers muscled a Catfish Hunter fastball into the stands for a solo homerun in the 5th. Chick Hafey followed that up with a 3 run shot to put this game away for the Cooperstown crew.

10/6/2014, NYA78-CBF39, Ebbets Field
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1978 New York (A)      1  1  0  0  1  0  0  0  0     3  6  2     6  1
1939 Bottom Feeders    0  0  0  2  4  1  2  0  x     9 12  3     5  0
New York (A)         AB  R  H BI   AVG    Bottom Feeders       AB  R  H BI   AVG
Rivers            cf  4  0  0  0  .077    Waner,L           cf  4  1  2  0  .385
Randolph          2b  4  1  1  0  .154     McCarthy         cf  1  0  0  0  .500
Munson            c   4  1  2  1  .385    Bancroft          ss  4  2  2  0  .357
Jackson           rf  3  0  0  0  .111     Maranville       ss  1  0  0  0  .000
Chambliss         1b  4  0  1  1  .167    Hafey             lf  4  1  1  3  .154
Nettles           3b  4  0  0  0  .364    Wilson            dh  4  2  2  2  .250
Piniella          lf  4  1  0  0  .182    Kelly             1b  4  2  4  2  .769
Spencer           dh  4  0  1  0  .286    Hooper,H          rf  3  0  0  0  .100
Dent              ss  3  0  1  1  .182     Youngs           rf  0  0  0  0  .000
Thomasson         ph  1  0  0  0  .000    Lindstrom         3b  3  0  0  0  .111
                     35  3  6  3           Kell             3b  0  0  0  0 1.000
                                          Evers             2b  3  1  1  1  .143
                                           Mazeroski        2b  1  0  0  0  .000
                                          Ferrell,R         c   4  0  0  0  .125
                                                               36  9 12  8
New York (A)                     INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Hunter           L 0-1           4.2  8  6  6  0  2  76  51 11.57
Tidrow                           2.1  4  3  2  0  0  39  23  7.71
Gullett                          1.0  0  0  0  1  0  17  10  0.00
                                 8.0 12  9  8  1  2 132  84
Bottom Feeders                   INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Lyons            W 1-0           9.0  6  3  2  1  5 127  81  2.00
                                 9.0  6  3  2  1  5 127  81
NYA: Thomasson batted for Dent in the 9th
CBF: McCarthy inserted at cf in the 8th
     Maranville inserted at ss in the 8th
     Youngs inserted at rf in the 8th
     Kell inserted at 3b in the 8th
     Mazeroski inserted at 2b in the 8th
E-Rivers, Jackson, Bancroft, Hafey, Lindstrom. 2B-Wilson(1), Kelly(2).
3B-Chambliss(1). HR-Munson(1), Hafey(1), Wilson(2), Kelly(1), Evers(1).
RBI-Munson(1), Chambliss(4), Dent(2), Hafey 3(3), Wilson 2(3), Kelly 2(3),
Evers(1). SB-Randolph(1). K-Rivers, Munson, Jackson, Nettles, Piniella,
Wilson, Lindstrom. BB-Jackson, Kell. SH-Hooper,H.
GWRBI: Hafey
Temperature: 52, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 4 MPH

cooperstown The Bottom Feeders lead this series 2-1

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Cooperstown Bottom Feeders vs 1978 NY Yankees Game #2

Jesse Haines vs Ed Figueroa

Extra Innings Give Bottom Feeders A Victory

 Hack Wilson was only 5’ 6” tall

 

The 1978 Yankees jumped on Jesse Haines for 5 runs in the 1st inning. Chris Chambliss smacked a 3 run home run after Reggie Jackson was intentionally walked in front of him, and the seldom remembered Jim Spencer capped the 5 run outburst with a 2 run double off the centerfield wall. Then the Yankee bats went to sleep. Over the next 10 innings they managed just 2 singles, with the last 15 batters going down in order.

The Bottom Feeders scored a run in the 4th thanks to a Willie Randolph error, and they scored 2 in the 5th, with the help of a Mickey Rivers error in center. In the 9th, trailing by 2 runs the Bottom Feeders used their deep bench to tie the score at 5. PHer Jim Bottomley walked to start the inning. PHer Tommy McCarthy used his speed to leg out an infield hit. A sac bunt put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Bottomley scored on a groundout, and McCarthy scored on a Dave Bancroft 2 out double.

In the 1oth Hack Wilson launched the 1st pitch he saw from Sparky Lyle into the centerfield bleachers for the game winner.

10/4/2014, CBF39-NYA78, Yankee Stadium
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10     R  H  E   LOB DP
1939 Bottom Feeders    0  0  0  1  2  0  0  0  2  1     6 11  0     8  2
1978 New York (A)      5  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0     5  7  2     4  1
Bottom Feeders       AB  R  H BI   AVG    New York (A)         AB  R  H BI   AVG
Waner,L           cf  5  1  1  1  .333    Rivers            cf  5  1  1  0  .111
Bancroft          ss  5  0  1  2  .300    Randolph          2b  4  0  0  0  .111
Hafey             lf  5  1  1  0  .111    Munson            c   5  0  0  0  .333
Wilson            dh  5  1  1  1  .125    Jackson           rf  2  1  1  0  .167
Kelly             1b  5  0  4  0  .667    Chambliss         1b  4  1  1  3  .125
Hooper,H          rf  4  0  0  0  .143    Nettles           3b  4  1  2  0  .571
Lindstrom         3b  3  0  1  0  .167    Piniella          lf  4  1  1  0  .286
Bottomley         ph  0  1  0  0  .000    Spencer           dh  3  0  1  2  .333
Mazeroski         2b  1  0  0  0  .000    Dent              ss  4  0  0  0  .125
Evers             2b  2  0  0  0  .000                         35  5  7  5
McCarthy          ph  1  1  1  0 1.000
Schalk            c   1  0  0  0  .000
Ferrell,R         c   2  1  1  0  .250
Kell              ph  0  0  0  0 1.000
                     39  6 11  4
Bottom Feeders                   INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Haines                           8.0  7  5  5  3  3 107  67  5.63
Hoyt             W 1-0           2.0  0  0  0  0  1  18  14  0.00
                                10.0  7  5  5  3  4 125  81
New York (A)                     INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Figueroa                         8.0  7  4  2  3  2 109  75  2.25
Lyle             BS 1, L 0-1     2.0  4  2  2  0  0  29  20  9.00
                                10.0 11  6  4  3  2 138  95
CBF: Bottomley batted for Lindstrom in the 9th
     McCarthy batted for Evers in the 9th
     Kell batted for Ferrell,R in the 9th
     Mazeroski inserted at 2b in the 9th
     Schalk inserted at c in the 9th
     Kell moved to 3b in the 9th
E-Rivers, Randolph. 2B-Waner,L(1), Bancroft(2), Hafey(1), Spencer(1).
HR-Wilson(1), Chambliss(1). RBI-Waner,L(1), Bancroft 2(2), Wilson(1),
Chambliss 3(3), Spencer 2(2). K-Wilson, Ferrell,R, Munson, Jackson,
Chambliss 2. BB-Evers, Ferrell,R, Bottomley, Jackson 2, Spencer. SH-Hooper,H,
Kell. HBP-Randolph. HB-Haines.
GWRBI: Wilson
Temperature: 50, Sky: clear, Wind: out to right at 17 MPH.

cooperstown    This series is tied at 1-1   nyy_1200x630

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Bottom Feeders vs Yankees Game #1

Rube Marquard vs Ron Guidry@ Yankee Stadium

Guidry K’s 9 In One Run Yankee Victory

My personally autographed Ron Guidry ball.

“To Kevin Ron Guidry 1989”

With the score tied 2-2 in the last of the 8th, the Yankees had Graig Nettles on 2nd with 1 out and Bucky Dent due next. Because the Yankee bench is terrible for this series, I had to let the weak hitting Dent bat in a key situation. Never a big fan, I hoped for the best. Dent came through with a seeing eye groundball single up the middle, scoring Nettles with the game winner.

Ron Guidry struck out 9 in 8 innings and was relieved by Goose Gossage in the 9th after giving up a lead off single to pinch hitter George Kell. Gossage never makes a save look easy. After striking out Bill Mazeroski, he unleashed a wild pitch sending Kell to 2nd. Jim Bottomley scorched a ball ticketed for right field, but Chris Chambliss made a great diving stop, getting the out at 1st while the tying run moved over to 3rd. A walk to Lloyd Waner put runners on the corners, but Dave Bancroft grounded out to Bucky Dent to end the game.

10/3/2014, CBF39-NYA78, Yankee Stadium
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1939 Bottom Feeders    0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0     2  8  0     9  0
1978 New York (A)      0  0  2  0  0  0  0  1  x     3 10  0    11  1
Bottom Feeders       AB  R  H BI   AVG    New York (A)         AB  R  H BI   AVG
Waner,L           cf  4  0  2  0  .500    Rivers            cf  4  0  0  0  .000
Bancroft          ss  5  1  2  0  .400    Randolph          2b  5  0  1  0  .200
Hafey             lf  4  0  0  0  .000    Munson            c   4  1  3  0  .750
Wilson            dh  3  1  0  0  .000    Jackson           dh  4  0  0  0  .000
Kelly             1b  4  0  2  1  .500    Piniella          rf  3  1  1  0  .333
Hooper,H          rf  3  0  1  1  .333    Chambliss         1b  4  0  0  0  .000
Lindstrom         3b  3  0  0  0  .000    Nettles           3b  3  1  2  2  .667
Kell              ph  1  0  1  0 1.000    White             lf  2  0  2  0 1.000
Evers             2b  2  0  0  0  .000    Dent              ss  4  0  1  1  .250
Mazeroski         ph  1  0  0  0  .000                         33  3 10  3
Ferrell,R         c   2  0  0  0  .000
Bottomley         ph  1  0  0  0  .000
                     33  2  8  2
Bottom Feeders                   INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Marquard         L 0-1           7.1 10  3  3  4  6 153  98  3.68
Hoyt                             0.2  0  0  0  0  0   8   5  0.00
                                 8.0 10  3  3  4  6 161 103
New York (A)                     INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Guidry           W 1-0           8.0  8  2  2  3  9 125  79  2.25
Gossage          S 1             1.0  0  0  0  1  1  15   8  0.00
                                 9.0  8  2  2  4 10 140  87
CBF: Kell batted for Lindstrom in the 9th
     Mazeroski batted for Evers in the 9th
     Bottomley batted for Ferrell,R in the 9th
2B-Bancroft(1), Kelly(1), Piniella(1). RBI-Kelly(1), Hooper,H(1),
Nettles 2(2), Dent(1). K-Waner,L, Bancroft 2, Hafey 3, Wilson 2, Hooper,H,
Mazeroski, Randolph, Jackson 3, Chambliss, Nettles. BB-Waner,L, Wilson,
Evers, Ferrell,R, Rivers, Piniella, Nettles, White. SH-White. SF-Hooper,H.
WP-Marquard, Gossage.
GWRBI: Dent
Temperature: 64, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 1 MPH.

nyy_1200x630 The NY Yankees lead this series 1-0.

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Cooperstown Bottom Feeders vs 1978 NY Yankees

Friend of this blog and editor of the fine Verdun2’s Blog, the enigmatic V, had a post recently talking about his trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and a discussion he had with his son, on which Hall of Famers were the worst of the best. The Hall of Fame Bottom Feeders that got plenty of respect from the writers and the Veteran’s Committee, but don’t get the respect of the average baseball fan, because of a lack of what is perceived to be worthy Hall of Fame stats. He wondered how this team of miscreants would fare if they were an actual team. V believes they would perform pretty well, possibly even winning a World Series. I tend to agree, but I thought it might be interesting if I put it to the test.

So I put together the Cooperstown Bottom Feeders team, and matched them up against the 1978 NY Yankees.

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I picked the 1978 NY Yankees because I already had this team put together in the Diamond Mind software, and they’re the NY Yankees. Plus my all-time favorite Yankee pitcher Ron Guidry, has one of the best seasons ever for a pitcher going 25-3, with a 1.74 ERA.

The Bottom Feeders will consist of the players mentioned in V’s post, plus an additional 10 players picked by me, giving each team a roster of 22 players.  This will be a best of 7 series, and will utilize the DH.

The Cooperstown Bottom Feeders: (V’s picks in bold)

Pitchers-

Jesse Haines- A 3x 20 game winner, but not much else. Just 210 wins. His dominant performance in the 1926 World Series against the Yankees is the main reason for his HOF selection.

Rube Marquard- Won 73 games over a 3 year stretch for the NY Giants. Put together a 128-149 record for the rest of his career.

Ted Lyons-Won 20 games 3x, just 1 All Star selection, more walks than strikeouts. 21 seasons all with Chicago White Sox.

Waite Hoyt-Won 45 games with the 1927- 1928 Yankees. I could have won 40 with them. Except for 1934, was basically a below average pitcher his last 10 seasons.

Herb Pennock-His 241 career wins is nice, but pitching for the Yankees in the 1920’s really helped. 5-0 with a 1.95 ERA in the World Series probably got him in the Hall.

Candy Cummings-Probably didn’t invent the curve. Pitched just 6 years in the NA/NL.

1st Base-

High-Pockets Kelly-Played just 9 seasons where he had more than 400 plate appearances. Had some power, but struck out a lot for that Era.

Jim Bottomley- Not too many bad 1st baseman in the Hall. His .310 average and over 2300 hits isn’t that bad. Throw in a home run title, and the 1928 MVP, and he actually looks like a borderline HOFer.

2nd Base-

Johnny Evers-I waffle on Evers as a HOFer. I think he was one of the smartest players of his time, he was a very good 2nd baseman defensively, and one intense SOB on the field. I don’t really have that much of a problem with his HOF status.

Bill Mazeroski- Beat the Yankees in the 1960 World Series. For that he deserves his Bottom Feeder designation.

SS-

Dave Bancroft- Beauty Bancroft hit .279 for his career. Not too shabby. But he never led the league in any offensive category, and led the league in errors at SS 3 x.

Rabbit Maranville- a .258 average, with a .318 OBP does not a HOFer make.

3rd Base-

Fred Lindstrom-Yes he hit .311 for his career, but he played just 13 seasons, only 7 of which he had over 400abs. Just 895 runs scored in his career.

George Kell- Not a lot of 3rd baseman in the Hall. A .306 average and a 10x All Star aint too shabby, but I needed another 3rd baseman..

Catcher-

Rick Ferrell-Takes a lot of shit for being a poor HOF selection. But he hit .281, and was a 7x All Star.

Ray Schalk- Takes a lot of shit for being a poor HOF selection. Deservedly so. He hit just .253, with a .316 SLG%. He scored and drove in less than 600 runs over 18 seasons. That kind of sucks.

OF-

Chick Hafey- His .317 lifetime average is nice, and he played in the very 1st All Star game, but he didn’t even get to 1500 hits.

Lloyd Waner-.316 lifetime average, no power whatsoever, drove in just 598 runs, and was essentially done at 33 years old.

Harry Hooper-Had a nice career, but not a HOF career.

Tommy McCarthy-Stole a lot of bases, and scored a lot of runs in a very short career.

Ross Youngs-Tragic death at 30 derailed a very nice 8 seasons in baseball.

Hack Wilson- 5 straight HOF type seasons and not much else from Hack.

The 1978 NY Yankees had Ron Guidry(25-3, 1.74), Ed Figueroa(20-9, 2.99), Jim Hunter(12-6, 3.58), Sparky Lyle(9-3, 3.47), Goose Gossage, (10-11, 2.01) Thurman Munson(.297), Chris Chambliss(.274, 12HR), Willie Randolph(.279), Graig Nettles(.276, 27HR), Bucky Dent(.243) Lou Piniella(.314), Reggie Jackson(.274, 27HR ), Mickey Rivers(.265)

The stats used for the Bottom Feeders are for a randomly picked season. I used a random number generator to decide which season to use for a particular player. I figured that it would be more fair, rather than using their best seasons or their career averages.

I’m not sure how this series is going to shake out. The Bottom Feeders do not have a lot of power, and their pitching is questionable. I don’t know how the DMB software will treat them on a neutral setting. Their batting averages are consistently higher across the board. The Yankees have Guidry, and a distinct advantage with the long ball. They have no depth on their bench, while the Bottom Feeders have several worthy pinch hitters. I think this could go 7 with the Bottom Feeders winning it all. 

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1912 World Series Game #6 Red Sox vs Giants

10/14/1912 @ Polo Grounds

Buck O’Brien vs Rube Marquard

Red Sox Win Championship As Giants Don’t Show Up

Joe Wood 1915.jpg

Smoky Joe Wood died July 27, 1985. He was 95 years old and the last surviving player from the 1912 World Series.

The NY Giants managed just 5 hits to go along with their 5 errors, putting up no fight against the Boston Red Sox. Hick Cady drove in 3, and Heinie Wagner smacked 4 hits including a double and a home run for the Red Sox. This is their 1st World Series Revisited Championship.

10/14/1912, BoA12-NYN12, Polo Grounds
                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1912 Red Sox           0  0  0  0  2  4  2  0  0     8 10  0     9  1
1912 Giants            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0     1  5  5     6  1
Red Sox              AB  R  H BI   AVG    Giants               AB  R  H BI   AVG
Hooper            rf  5  0  0  0  .074    Devore            lf  3  0  0  0  .053
Yerkes            2b  4  0  1  0  .308    Doyle             2b  4  0  0  0  .167
Speaker           cf  5  1  1  0  .269    Snodgrass         cf  4  0  1  1  .214
Lewis             lf  3  1  0  0  .182    Murray            rf  3  0  0  0  .217
Gardner           3b  5  1  0  0  .250    Merkle            1b  4  0  1  0  .250
Stahl             1b  4  2  1  0  .250    Herzog            3b  3  0  1  0  .222
Wagner            ss  5  3  4  3  .261    Meyers            c   3  0  0  0  .263
Cady              c   5  0  2  3  .235    Fletcher          ss  2  0  0  0  .167
O’Brien           p   2  0  1  1  .250     Crandall         p   1  0  1  0  .500
Collins           p   0  0  0  0  .000    Marquard          p   1  0  1  0  .667
                     38  8 10  7           Shafer           ss  2  1  0  0  .000
                                                               30  1  5  1
Red Sox                          INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
O’Brien          W 2-0           7.2  4  1  1  4  2 118  67  2.87
Collins                          1.1  1  0  0  0  1  16  11  2.84
                                 9.0  5  1  1  4  3 134  78
Giants                           INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   ERA
Marquard         L 0-2           5.1  7  6  3  1  2 100  66  7.20
Crandall                         3.2  3  2  2  3  1  59  32  3.68
                                 9.0 10  8  5  4  3 159  98
NYN: Shafer inserted at ss in the 6th
E-Snodgrass, Merkle, Herzog, Fletcher, Shafer. 2B-Stahl(3), Wagner(2).
HR-Wagner(1). RBI-Wagner 3(3), Cady 3(4), O’Brien(2), Snodgrass(2).
CS-Herzog. K-Speaker, Wagner, Cady, Merkle, Herzog 2. BB-Yerkes, Lewis 2,
O’Brien, Devore, Murray, Herzog, Meyers. SH-O’Brien. HBP-Stahl. HB-Marquard.
GWRBI: Cady
Temperature: 64, Sky: clear, Wind: right to left at 11 MPH.

The Red Sox won this series rather easily. Take away the dominant pitching from Christy Mathewson, and they probably don’t win a game. Smoky Joe Wood is the MVP. Allowing just 2 runs in 20IP, while also striking out 20 Giants. 2-0, 0.90 ERA.

 

DMB team batting — 1912 Boston Red Sox                              
                              League championship — as of 10/14/1912                              

S Name               P    AVG   OBP   SPC    G   AB    H  2B  3B  HR    R  RBI   BB    K HBP  IW  SB  CS
  Engle              1b  .500  .500  .500    2    2    1   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Wood               sp  .375  .375  .500    2    8    3   1   0   0    1    1    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Yerkes             2b  .308  .357  .423    6   26    8   1   1   0    2    2    2    4   0   0   0   0
  Speaker*           cf  .269  .321  .385    6   26    7   1   1   0    3    3    1    3   1   0   1   0
  Wagner             ss  .261  .346  .478    6   23    6   2   0   1    4    3    3    5   0   0   2   1
  Stahl              1b  .250  .308  .375    6   24    6   3   0   0    4    2    1    2   1   0   1   0
  Gardner*           3b  .250  .308  .292    6   24    6   1   0   0    3    2    2    1   0   0   0   1
  Cady               c   .235  .278  .294    4   17    4   1   0   0    1    4    1    2   0   0   0   0
  Lewis*             lf  .182  .280  .227    6   22    4   1   0   0    1    2    3    2   0   0   0   0
  Hooper*            rf  .074  .074  .074    6   27    2   0   0   0    3    1    0    4   0   0   1   0
  Henriksen*         rf  .000  .000  .000    2    1    0   0   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Carrigan           c   .000  .250  .000    2    6    0   0   0   0    1    0    2    0   0   0   0   0
  Pitchers               .111  .273  .111    6    9    1   0   0   0    1    2    2    0   0   0   0   0
  Total                  .223  .286  .307    6  215   48  11   2   1   24   22   17   23   2   0   5   2

                              DMB team batting — 1912 New York Giants                             
                              League championship — as of 10/14/1912                              

S Name               P    AVG   OBP   SPC    G   AB    H  2B  3B  HR    R  RBI   BB    K HBP  IW  SB  CS
  McCormick*         rf 1.000 1.000 2.000    1    1    1   1   0   0    0    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Becker*            cf  .333  .333  .500    2    6    2   1   0   0    1    2    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Meyers             c   .263  .391  .263    6   19    5   0   0   0    2    3    4    0   0   0   0   1
  Merkle             1b  .250  .250  .333    6   24    6   2   0   0    2    1    0   10   0   0   0   0
  Herzog             3b  .222  .333  .333    6   18    4   0   1   0    2    1    2    2   1   0   0   2
  Murray             rf  .217  .250  .348    6   23    5   1   1   0    2    2    1    1   0   0   1   0
  Snodgrass          cf  .214  .214  .286    6   28    6   2   0   0    1    2    0    4   0   0   0   2
  Doyle*             2b  .167  .286  .167    6   24    4   0   0   0    3    1    4    2   0   0   1   0
  Fletcher           ss  .167  .211  .222    6   18    3   1   0   0    2    0    0    6   1   0   0   0
  Devore*            lf  .053  .174  .053    5   19    1   0   0   0    0    1    3    3   0   0   0   3
  Shafer#            ss  .000  .000  .000    2    3    0   0   0   0    1    0    0    0   0   0   0   0
  Pitchers               .300  .300  .300    6   20    6   0   0   0    0    2    0    5   0   0   0   0
  Total                  .212  .268  .271    6  203   43   8   2   0   16   15   14   33   2   0   2   8

DMB team pitching — 1912 Boston Red Sox                             
                              League championship — as of 10/14/1912                              

S Name               P     ERA   W   L   S   G  GS  CG SHO     INN    H    R   ER   BB    K  HR GDP    BF
  Wood               sp   0.90   2   0   0   2   2   2   1    20.0    8    2    2    3   20   0   0    71
  Bedient            sp   1.64   0   1   0   2   1   0   0    11.0   11    2    2    1    4   0   1    44
  Hall               sp   2.25   0   0   1   3   0   0   0     4.0    4    2    1    2    3   0   0    19
  Collins*           sp   2.84   0   1   0   2   1   0   0     6.1    7    5    2    0    3   0   1    27
  O’Brien            sp   2.87   2   0   0   2   2   0   0    15.2   13    5    5    8    3   0   2    62
  Total                   1.89   4   2   1   6   6   2   1    57.0   43   16   12   14   33   0   4   223

                             DMB team pitching — 1912 New York Giants                             
                              League championship — as of 10/14/1912                              

S Name               P     ERA   W   L   S   G  GS  CG SHO     INN    H    R   ER   BB    K  HR GDP    BF
  Mathewson          sp   0.00   2   0   0   2   2   2   1    19.0   15    2    0    0    8   0   1    75
  Wiltse*            sp   0.00   0   0   0   2   0   0   0     0.2    0    0    0    1    0   0   0     2
  Tesreau            sp   0.96   0   1   0   2   2   0   0    18.2   11    4    2    7    8   0   0    74
  Crandall           rp   3.68   0   0   0   3   0   0   0     7.1    8    4    3    4    1   1   1    34
  Marquard*          sp   7.20   0   2   0   2   2   0   0    10.0   10   11    8    4    6   0   1    46
  Ames               sp  81.00   0   1   0   1   0   0   0     0.1    4    3    3    1    0   0   0     6
  Total                   2.57   2   4   0   6   6   2   1    56.0   48   24   16   17   23   1   3   237

Coming up next the 1913 World Series Revisited featuring the Philadelphia A’s vs the NY Giants. Can the Giants stop their losing streak at 2, or will they lose to the A’s just like they did in the 1913 World Series?

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Baseball And The Saturday Evening Post April 17, 1926

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“Boy’s Baseball Team” by Eugene Iverd April 17, 1926

Eugene Iverd is a pseudonym for George Ericson. He was born in St. Paul Minnesota in January of 1893. He contributed 29 covers for The Saturday Evening Post between 1926 and 1936, many of which dealt with children as the theme. He died of pneumonia in 1936.

This is a great early 20th century piece of baseball Americana. Ten boys heading toward the sandlot to take on a neighborhood rival. The littlest one carrying the water bucket is obviously the younger brother of the lead boy. He knows he’s not going to play, but he looks up at his big brother with admiration, and the knowledge that his brother is about to kick some ass.

The catcher is going over the signs with his battery mate. “OK, 1 finger is a fastball, 2 is the curve, 3 is the change,  4 is the spitball, and 5 is the knuckler.” We always had 5 different pitches when we were 12 years old, or so we thought. The other 7 boys don’t seem to be taking this very seriously. They know nobody is going to hit their pitcher. They don’t have to be serious, it’s just a game to them, a game they know they’re going to win.

In baseball on April 17, 1926 the NY Yankees beat the Washington Senators 8-6, improving their early season record to 3-1. The Yankees will go on to win the AL pennant, but lose the World Series to the St Louis Cardinals in 7 games. Lou Gehrig hit his 1st HR of the season. He will finish with a surprisingly low 16 HRs. Catcher Pat Collins hit his team leading 2nd HR of the early season. He finished with 7 on the season. Collins led the team in long balls all the way to April 30th when Ruth finally passed him with his 4th HR of the season.

The win increased the Yankees record to 12-6-1 on Saturday Evening Post  baseball illustration dates.

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