superstar baseball [Updated October 2007]  

2007 WBC Report  

 2008 Status: pending 2008 GM commitment

Harry Flawd, PA

2007 Champion

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Event History
1991    Mike Ryan      21
1992    John Brandeberry        9
1993    Mike Ellsworth      16
1994    Randy Cox      16
1996    Jon Diminnie      11
1997    Henry Richardson        8
1998    Harry Flawd III        9
1999    Randy Cox     18
2000    Carl Coscia     20
2001    Mike Hazel     24
2002    Ken Samuel     20
2003    Gordon Elgart     18
2004    Chris Palermo     22
2005     Harry Flawd     19
2006    Mark Giddings     36
2007    Harry Flawd     40


Rank  Name               From  Last  Total
  1.  Harry Flawd         PA    07     66
  2.  Chris Palermo       NY    04     47
  3.  Mark Giddings       NY    06     40
  4.  Rich Moyer          MN    07     30
  5.  Randy Cox           SC    05     28
  6.  Ken Samuel          VA    02     28
  7.  Devin Flawd         PA    07     22
  8.  Gordon Elgart       CA    03     20
  9.  Mike Hazel          SC    01     20
 10.  Carl Coscia         DC    00     20
 11.  Bill Beckman        SC    07     16
 12.  Ilan Woll           CT    06     16
 13.  Henry Richardson    VA    00     14
 14.  John Tighe          NJ    05     12
 15.  Ken Richards        SC    04     12
 16.  John Emery          SC    02     12
 17.  Jared Scarborough   IL    01     12
 18.  James Terry         NJ    07      9
 19.  Brian Stone         NY    06      8
 20.  Dave Gantt          SC    05      8
 21.  Greg Schmittgens    KS    04      8
 22.  Bob Jamelli         PA    03      8
 23.  Ralph Gleaton       SC    01      8
 24.  Steve Vance         MI    05      6
 25.  Pete Putnam         PA    04      6
 26.  Michael Destro      NJ    02      6
 27.  Greg Berry          VA    01      6
 28.  Ben Goldstein       SC    99      6
 29.  John Welage         OH    06      4
 30.  Darren Velez        NY    00      4
 31.  Terry Coleman       BC    99      4
 32.  John Coussis        IL    07      3
 33.  Greg Berry          VA    05      2
 34.  Dan Dolan Sr        NJ    04      2
 35.  Joe Haardt          VA    03      2
 36.  Bill Cleary         MD    99      1

2007 Laurelists

Devin Flawd, PA

Bill Beckman, SC

James Terry, NJ

Rich Moyer, MN

John Coussis, IL

Past Winners

Randy Cox, SC
1994, 1999

Jon Diminnie, TN

Henry Richardson, VA

Harry Flawd ,PA
1998, 2005, 2007

Carl Coscia, DC

Mike Hazel, SC

Ken Samuel, VA

Gordon Elgart, CA

Chris Palermo, NY

Mark Giddings, NY

Free Form scheduling has vaulted Superstar Baseball onto firm ground after years of just barely qualifying to return.

Mike Lam (right) plays ball against the Greenville boys as Bruce Young, "Coach" Hazel, and Bill Beckman get their innings in.

The Nation's Pastime ...

Once again, the tournament established new highs for participation, as 40 managers signed up to try their hand at managing the all-time greats. Changes to the format were universally cheered. When the last out was recorded, more than160 games had been played.

Using the quality points system, Doug Galullo finished first, followed closely by Bill Beckman and Devin Flawd. Bunched together from 4th to 8th were James Terry, Harry Flawd, Rich Moyer, Michael Lam and John Coussis. Just missing the eight-team limit of playoff eligiblity were John Welage and Roderick Lee.

The new system -- where players earn points for playing games, but then, are sorted by winning percentage -- advancing six - the top two of which earn first round byes - worked equally to help and hurt players. Terry Coleman, for instance, was on the cusp of playoff eligible, but then, went on a massive losing spree (while simultaneously playing other teams, also on the cusp). The net effect was that Harry Flawd, who might otherwise have not even been included in the playoffs, ended with a 10-8 record, while Terry ended at 7-7, without enough points to advance.

The eight teams were sorted, with the final order: 1) Beckman (Indians), 2) D. Flawd (Giants), 3) Coussis (Cubs), 4) Moyer (Red Sox), 5) Terry (Athletics), 6) H. Flawd (Red Sox). Galullo, despite having the most points, finished under .500 and was edged out by Harry Flawd.

In the first game of the playoffs, Terry's A's took on Moyer's Red Sox. The game was a bloodbath, with the A's scoring four times in the first inning, off a Home Run Baker (what else?) homerun. Mark McGuire and Reggie Jackson also added solo shots, and Catfish Hunter held the Red Sox to two hits, as the A's trampled the Red Sox 7-0.

In the next game, Harry's Red Sox took on the Cubs. The teams traded runs in the first inning, on Carl Yastrzemski's homer and the Cubs' Hack Wilson's sacrifice fly. However, the Red Sox bats came alive, and by the 4th inning it was 6-1 Boston. The Cubs staged a brief comeback in the 6th, narrowing the gap to 6-4, but the Red Sox closed strong, and Roger Clemens continued pitching masterfully, and they took the game 9-5.

The A's marched on to face the #2 seed Giants, but, sadly, Catfish Hunter was not eligible to pitch. The Giants chased starter Mike Norris by the second inning, with three homers in the second (Mel Ott, Chief Meyers, Gaylord Perry (the pitcher!)), In the 4th inning, Barry Bonds flexed his andro-filled muscles to put the Giants up 7-0. The A's bats heated up, scoring four runs by the 7th inning, but the Giants were never in danger, and won the game 9-4, earning a spot in the championship.

Harry's 6th seeded Red Sox faced a more daunting task, however, taking on #1 seed Cleveland (which ended the regular season with a mark of 15-2). The Indians struck first, on a two-run shot by Jim Thome in the second inning. Boston tied it up in the 5th, on a two-run homer by Wade Boggs. Undaunted, the Indians seized the lead back in the bottom of the inning, when Hal Trotsky blasted a solo shot, to give the Indians a 3-2 lead. But the Red Sox tied it in the top of the 8th, on a Carlton Fisk double, and then, with two outs in the top of the ninth, Mo Vaughn hit a single. Manager Flawd hesitated just for a minute, and then pinch-ran for Vaughn. The pinch runner promptly stole second, where he easily scored on Pete Runnels' single. This managing move won the game for the Red Sox, 4-3, as Luis Tiant held the Indians hitless in the bottom of the ninth.

So the championship was set. In an unprecedented WBC event (not), Harry and Devin Flawd faced off in the Final of a sports simulation game! <yawn>

The Giants struck first, as Larry Doyle doubled in Chief Meyers in the 2nd. Carlton Fisk tied the game in the third with a solo homerun, and then, Harry pinch-hit for starting pitcher Dennis Eckersley (who lasted two innings). The Sox added two more runs in the top of the 4th, and went into cruise mode, leading 3-1. Finally, Larry Doyle cut the lead in half in the bottom of the 7th, with a solo homerun. The Giants pitchers settled down, as well, allowing only one hit and one walk from the 5th through 9th innings. In the bottom of the 9th, pinch-hitter Roger Bresnahan doubled in Chief Meyers, to tie the game, but John McGraw and Willie McCovey could not get Bresnahan home for the win. Extra Innings!

In the top of the 10th, Johnny Pesky's single scored Carl Yastrzemski after Yaz' double. However, Willie May's single scored Mel Ott in the bottom of the 10th. In the 11th inning, Christy Mathewson had a little more trouble. After striking out Pete Runnels to start the frame, he allowed a single to Dom Dimaggio, a single to Carlton Fisk and walked Babe Ruth. Dimaggio scored on Wade Boggs' sacrifice fly. New pitcher Ellis Kinder also flirted with disaster in the bottom of the 11th, walking lead-off hitter John McGraw and walking Barry Bonds with one out. But he quickly settled down, and retired Mel Ott and Will Clark, giving the Red Sox a hard-earned 5-4 win, and Harry Flawd a hat-trick in SuperStar Baseball first place plaques (having previously won in 1998 and 2005).

Harry definitely earned his plaque. He played (and won) most of his late games to even be eligible, and then, as the 6th seeded team, he played (and beat, on the road) in order, the #3 seed, #1 seed and #2 seed.

 GM      Chris Palermo [2nd Year]   NA   NA

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