The Nation's Pastime ...
Bob Jamelli and Roderick Lee minus
the peanuts and crackerjacks. The play anytime format allows
for offhour sessions.
Danny Lewis plays Doug Galullo in
his quest to win more wood than his father. Isn't that race already
Year 3 of the Dynasty
Superstar Baseball took a step back from its recent
growth of the past four years, with 12 less managers in 2010,
although the number of games played held fairly steady. The tournament
continued the format change from last year - rather than a free-form,
week-long tournament, each 'day' was its own heat. Each heat
was still free-form; but each day reset, and each day's heat
would advance its own winner and runner-up, to round the playoff
field to eight.
The six teams making the playoffs (sorted by winning percentage)
were 1.) defending two-time champ Rich Moyer (1931 Philadelphia
As); 2) Bill Beckman (1948 Cleveland Indians); 3) Harry Flawd
(2004 Boston Red Sox), 4) Terry Coleman (1902 Pittsburgh Pirates);
5) Chris LeFevre (1970 Cincinnati Reds); 6) Joe Gandara (1984
Chicago Cubs); 7) Danny Lewis (1986 Houston Astros); 8) Mike
Lam (1971 Baltimore Orioles).
Throughout the heats, once again, Moyer's As and Beckman's Indians
were the most formidable teams. Beckman's team went 10-0 in the
first heat, but lost the #1 seed in the playoffs because Moyer
won multiple heats. Once again, in the "regular season,"
Moyer's team was unstoppable - going 21-0, and scoring seven
or more runs in all but one game. In the event they weren't able
to meet in the playoffs, Moyer and Beckman played one game in
the regular season, with Moyer's As emerging triumphant, by the
score of 18-2.
With the increase in the number of playoff teams to eight, there
was an additional round of playoffs.
In the first game of the playoffs, Lam's Orioles beat LeFevre's
Reds in 13 innings, in a pitching duel. A total of nine pitchers
held down both teams to a 1-1 tie, until the top of the 13th,
when Davey Johnson popped a 2-run homer for the Orioles. The
Reds loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 13th,
but failed to put a run across, falling 3-1.
In Game 2, Gandara's Cubs shut out Lewis' Astros, as Scott Sanderson
pitched a complete game. Nolan Ryan pitched only one inning,
before being injured, and the Cubs took the game 5-0.
In Game 3, Lam took on Coleman's Pirates, but the magic from
the first game was gone, as the Pirates walloped the Orioles
9-2, scoring seven in the first two innings
In Game 4, Flawd's Red Sox edged the Cubs 4-3, as the teams traded
single run innings for most of the game. Pedro Martinez pitched
a complete game, with nine strikeouts.
The next round introduced the top two seeds to the playoffs.
The first game, Moyer's As took down Coleman's Pirates 7-2, as
the As continued to look unbeatable. Every batter had a hit,
and the Pirates were never in contention. With the win, Moyer
advanced to his fourth Final in five years.
Indians fell to Flawd's As in the next game, as Bob Feller received
no run support, while giving up only seven hits and a walk against
ten strikeouts. Curt Schilling, pitching for the Sox, no-hit
the Indians through the first five innings. The Sox took a 3-0
lead; then the Indians clawed back with a pair of runs in the
bottom of the sixth. The Red Sox tacked on an insurance run in
the seventh to win 4-2.
The World Series matched Flawd's Sox against reigning Consul
Moyer's As. As the defending champ won his robes in this event
last year, it was only fitting he played in the wardrobe of his
office. Harry was suitably impressed. The Sox pitched Bronson
Arroyo against the As' Lefty Grove. On paper, the game looked
like it would be a spectacular offensive show by the As.
The Sox started the game with Doug Mirabelli doubling in Nomar
Garciaparra in the first inning. The As matched the run with
Jimmie Foxx doubling in Lou Finney. Amazingly, the next six innings
saw no runs scored! There were a few opportunities, but the Sox
only got one more player to third base the rest of the game.
Finally, in the eighth inning, Mickey Cochrane singled home Mule
Haas, with two outs, to give the As a 2-1 lead, which held up
for the win and Rich Moyer's third consecutive title. Grove pitched
a seven-hitter, with three walks and 11 strikeouts, while Arroyo
was nearly as impressive, with six hits, three walks (one intentional)
and five K's.
The decline in attendees, however, may lead to some changes for
next year - whether it be a change in the teams offered; or,
potentially, even a change in the game being used. The overall
format, however (multiple heats over several days) should remain
Tom Browne and Bill Beckman calling
balls and strikes.
Flawd's jersey trumps Beckman's cap
in the playoffs.