1921 NL recap: Giants take pennant with help from Kelly and Frisch

frischby Scott Fennessy

The senior circuit was pretty much dominated the Giants. The Reds were a solid team and the Pirates were respectable, but the lower division was awful.

New York Giants (81-59)

The Giants were a loaded team and filled the leaderboards with their roster. The catching duo of Frank Snyder (.384 7 HR) and .383 11 HR) was like having one superstar catcher. George Kelly hit .329 with 28 homers and drove home a NL record 150 RBI. Johnny Rawlings hit .314, Frankie Frisch hit .343, and his 66 stolen bases was more than any three AL teams combined.

Dan Bancroft finished at .378 and 90 RBI. Emil Meusel had a great year at .342 with 9 HR and 92 RBI. Ross Young hit .338, and George Burns hit .365.

The pitching was just as overpowering. Jesse Barns won 18 games, Art Nehf won 17, and swing man John Benton went 15-4 with 4 saves, but Fred Toney was the man that you put on the hill when you needed the win, going 23-2.

Cincinnati Reds (80-59)

The red legs had a fine season but just did not have the firepower to keep up with the Giants this year. Neither catcher could stay healthy, but Ivey Wingo hit .289 and Eugene Hargrave hit .322 when in the lineup.

Jake Daubert had a great year hitting .367, and Sammy Bohne, one of the few to stay healthy all year hit .307with 18 SB. Edd Roush set the new NL record with a .407 average and stole 18 bases. He finished second in the MVP voting mostly due to his more mortal power numbers (39 XBH).

Pat Duncan hit .336 despite missing the final 3 weeks of the season and Ray Bressler hit .319 subbing for the other players.

Dolf Luque was the ace of the staff, going 18-8 with a 2.77 ERA. Eppa Rixey won 17, and Rube Marquard won 21 and had a 2.96 ERA. Pete Donohue won 7 games and had a 1.63 RA in limited work.

Pittsburgh Pirates (77-53)

The bucs had a good year. With a blend of good pitching and hitting, and a team faster than most they did about what could be expected. Catcher Walter Schmidt hit .308; Charlie Grimm had 19 triples and a .290 average. George Cutshaw was having a great year before a monster injury ended his season just after the mid-season point. He finished with a .363 average and 16 steals.

Rabbit Maranville hit .299 and had 40 steals and Max Carey hit .331 with 12 HR and 25 SB. Dave Robertson had a fine season off the bench hitting .356. George Whitted was not a starter, but found a way into the lineup almost every day and hit .294.

Wilbur Cooper had a solid year, going 19-3 and picked up an extra inning save. He proved to be an asset at the plate too, hitting .326. Whitey Glazner went 19-7 with a 2.96 ERA and Earl Hamilton went 10-10 with a 2.88 ERA in a long relief position.

St. Louis Cardinals (72-68)

This is the first replay in which the cards had a winning record. MVP Rogers Hornsby hit 395 with 13 triples and 25 HR and 107 RBI while playing terrific defense at multiple positions. You can find his Monster Monday card that I submitted on this site.

What is it about NL catching tandems this year? Eddie Ainsmith hit .342 as the backup and Verne Clemmons hit .344 as the mainstay. Jack Fournier provided plenty of protection for Hornsby; hitting .365 with 13 homers and drove in 83 and had more walks than strikeouts. He also had 15 triples.

Les Mann chipped in a fine year hitting .321 with a dozen homers. Austin McHenry hit .319; Jack Smith and Clarence Meuller hit well over .300 sharing duties in the outfield.

The pitching struggled at points but Jesse Haines won 14 games with a 2.91 ERA, and Bill Pertica was a solid #1 going 18-9.

Boston Braves (72-68)

This was a club that had players that were really good, but they had several that were really bad. Hank Gowdy literally got injured every time I put him in the lineup, and exposed the glaring complaint I had about using the windows version of this game. TOO MANY INJURIES and for too much time. I know he was a J-4, but you would think he would accidentally not get injured at least once. In the rare moments he was on the field he did hit .388 though.

Horace Ford hit .298; Tony Boeckel got a couple of MVP votes, hitting .323 with 15 HR and 20 SB. Billy Southworth hit .350 with 19 SB. Roy Powell hit .304. There were plenty of opportunities for the reserves due to all the injuries and Walton Cruise (.354) and Lloyd Christenbury (.376) did well when given a chance to play.

The pitching was good, but found ways to lose games they should have won. Dana Fillingim went 17-6 and was among the leaders in several categories and got some POY consideration. Jack Scott was 12-4 with a 2.84 after being put in the rotation mid-season.

Brooklyn Dodgers (66-74)

This is probably one of the better Brooklyn teams I have replayed, which is not saying a lot, but injuries really derailed any chance they had at .500. Pete Kilduff hit .336 with 5 homers in a part time role. Jimmy Johnston was a serious MVP candidate; hitting .348 with 14 triples, 7 HR and 18 steals. He drove in 60, despite hitting in the number two spot most of the year.

Tom Griffith was having great year until he got hurt, but still hit .325 with 11 homers and 64 RBI. Henry Myers hit .295 and Zack Wheat hit .312 with 12 triples and 13 homers and 102 RBI. Sherry Smith had a bad year on the mound, but hit .318 with a couple of homers as a hitter.

Pitching was pretty weak for the Dodgers, but Burleigh Grimes was the brightest of bright spots. He went 24-6, struck out 180 hitters, had a 2.31 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP on a team that had a 4.70 ERA and beat the odds to win the POY award. Congratulations!

Chicago Cubs (61-79)

This is the only team I managed during the replay. It was a frustrating season to say the least, but they only had a few injuries, and given how bad they were performing this year it would not have changed their season.

I did not know that catcher Bill Killifer (.470 average in 134 AB) took over as manager that year after Johnny Evers was fired. Given that the other two catchers could barely hit their weight I should have started him more.

Ray Grimes had the best season, hitting .335 with 9 homers. Charlie Holocher hit .320. Max Flack hit .302. George Maisel hit .283 with 20 steals. John Kelleher (.313 4HR and John Sullivan (.358 9 HR) were solid bench players.

The pitching staff really struggled, but Grover Cleveland Alexander was a star on a horrible team. He got some POY votes as well. He was 20-3 with a 2.83 ERA and hit .395 with 3 home runs. George Tyler was 12-9 with a 2.85 ERA before the season ended abruptly with an injury. Hippo Vaughn was absolutely awful on the mound, but hit .385 with 3 homers.

Philadelphia Phillies (34-107)

As I mentioned in my AL update the Phillies tied the A’s this year with the worst record in FLB history, NOT GOOD! Ed Konetchy hit .308 with 13 HR. Reserves John Monroe, Cliff Lee and Ralph Miller hit over .300. The staff was truly horrible as the team ERA was 5.68 and not one starter hit double digits in victories.

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TERRIBLE CARD TUESDAY: 1908 Floyd “Rube” Kroh

By Scott Fennessy

Today’s Terrible Tuesday comes from the 1908 World Champion Chicago Cubs. Floyd “Rube” Kroh. It seems like every team had a “Rube” on it at that time and Floyd was the Cubs version.

Floyd must have been a late season addition to the roster as he appeared in only two games for a total of 12 innings, including a complete game. He actually had a great 1.50 ERA, but alas it was not meant to be.

Floyd had a decent year in 1909, winning nine, but only appeared in 6 games in 1910 and was gone from the majors for good.

As you can tell Kroh was no threat at all when in the batter’s box, having zero traditional hit numbers; in fact, except for the 15-21 and 31-15 he has no way to reach base other than the 6 14’s on his card, or his 45-36, and even on his 36 he needs a W rated pitcher.

How bad is he at bat? This set features error numbers at both 53 and 21 for every other card in the set EXCEPT Rube’s.

Ugly numbers: 13-13, 35-13, 42-13, 51-13, 53-13, 25-23.

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Monster Card Monday

By Scott Fennessy

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I know everyone thought with Tom being away there would not be a Monster Monday card, but surprise! Here we go. Today’s card is the legend himself, Cy Young. This is from his 1903 season where he went 28-9 with a miserly 2.08 ERA and impressive .96 WHIP.

Young lead the American League in victories, win percentage, complete games, shutouts, and to my surprise, saves. Granted two is nothing to brag about, but he still lead the league. Innings pitched, lowest BB per nine innings, and best walk to strikeout ratio.

What makes this card truly stand out as a monster is in addition to his A&C YZ rating on the mound is his ability with the bat. While he was never a great hitter, he hit over .250 three times, and in 1903 hit his peak with 44 hits in 137 at bats for a .321 average. He hit 6 doubles, 3 triples and hit one home run.

Fun numbers: 15-7, 25-7, 64-9

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CWS summer tournament a rousing success

By Scott Fennessy

To quote the legendary Harry Cary “Hello Everybody…”

I wanted to have a more in depth report, but was not quite able to get as much info as possible, but I will make do with what I can. The top two teams in each division after all teams played each other once each.

After the round robin round the two top teams in each division were:

Thomas Division:

Bill Lilley 1968 Tigers

Matthew Pike 1998 Yankees

Abreu Division:

Clark Eichman 1975 Pirates

Craig Christian 1989 A’s

Banks Division:

Jim Welch 2002 A’s

Dick Butler 1969 Orioles

Bryant Division:

William Blair 1970 Orioles

Dave Rueck 1927 Yankees

Elite 8:

Bill’s 68 Tigers defeated Clark’s 75 Pirates 10-9

Matthew’s Yankees defeated Craig’s A’s 8-3

Jim’s 02 A’s defeated William’s 70 Orioles 5-1

Dick’s 69 Orioles defeated Dave’s 27 Yankees 7-2

Final 4: Bill’s 68 Tigers come from behind with a clutch homer off Rivera and win in extra innings 7-6

Jim’s 02 A’s beat Dick’s 69 Orioles 6-2

Finals: Bill and his 68 Tigers hold off Jim’s 02 A’s in a thrilling 3-0 finish.

Congratulations to Bill on his championship victory. Remember Bill, the crown weighs heavy. Additionally a tip of the cap to Jim on getting to the finals, and to all the teams that made it to the elimination rounds.

Tom and Jim, while I had a terrific time, it was not the same without you. And a special thanks to Doug for running the show as only he can! Let’s all remember how much work went into this for him. And last but not least Dennis Eckersley. (clean version) Dang you and your A rating! Gary Carter and the Hawk come up short again!!

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Bill Lilley takes 1968 Tigers to the CWS tourney title… again!


The results are back and I’ve been reading the Facebook APBA Baseball group’s updates on this past weekend’s Chicagoland World Series Tournament in Grayslake, Illinois. It’s a little bittersweet since I couldn’t make it and it looked like everyone had such a great time.  I have to admit, I’m a little jealous. 


First of all, congrats to Bill Lilley (above left) who took it all with… the 1968 Tigers!  Yes, for the second year in a row the ‘68 Tigers won it all at the Chicago Tourney.  Bill won the championship by defeating Jim Welch’s 2002 Oakland A’s.  Jim (above right) has been the bridesmaid twice now as two tournaments ago, his Giants lost in the finals.  Still, nice work, Jim! 

I’m sure Scott Fennessy will be chiming in about his participation in this latest tournament.  I did get a nice message from Craig Christian with a great story playing Scott. 

“Well I finished up at 5-2. Won my division outright on my last game which was a nail-biter!! Was playing a real tournament veteran. He had the 81 Expos will Bill Gullickson pitching. (B yz) and I had Mike Moore (A y). I took a 4-0 lead with a big inning capped by a Dave Parker 3 run jack!! Was feeling pretty good until Montreal came back with two 2 run innings to tie. So we go to extras with Montreal having the hammer. Rickey Henderson leads off the tenth with a double column Jack!! Will that be enough with Eck on the mound for his second inning of work?? After two quick outs here come the Expos. Terry Francona singles to left followed by Andre "Hawk" Dawson laces a single to right moving Francona to third and then Dawson steals second moving the winning run one hit away to winning the division!!

Up comes Warren Cromartie with either a 22 or 44, I was to nervous to remember, and it is a 7. Scott being a veteran says we need to check the book! Turns out to be a fly out to end the game.

I was bounced in the first round by the 98 Yankees 8-3 by an up and coming teenager which was cool by me. Great to see a young guy loving this game!!

Nothing really stands out with my team other then winning 5 straight after losing my first. Lots of close games where the combination of Honeycutt and Eckersley were stellar. Only swatted 5 Hr’s which was disappointing but I can’t complain.

As always a great time with a well organized tournament thanks to Doug and being in the company with all the APBA addicts like myself!! Can’t wait until the next one!!”


William Blair and Eric Berg share a quiet moment

I’d love to hear more stories from the tourney.  Doug, it sounds like everyone had a great time.  Great work! 

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When the cat is away…

Keep Calm and roll 66s mugAs of Monday, I may be out of contact for a couple weeks as I will be on a family vacation.  I may check in if I find a wireless access point now and then.  For now though, I’m leaving capable Scott Fennessy in charge of The APBA Blog.  I already have a few of his articles scheduled to post for the next few weeks but he may post a few more. 

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the Chicagoland World Series Tournament tomorrow.  Risking the wrath of Doug Schuyler, I had to make that decision for multiple reasons and let Doug know earlier this month.  I just had too much on plate.  I really am disappointed I couldn’t make it. I was looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend.  I’ll be rooting for Scott and his 1981 Montreal Expos. 

However, I did order up a few prizes for the tournament and had them sent to Doug.  Hope you enjoy them! 

Good luck, Scott.  Don’t burn the place down! 

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Terrible Card Tuesday: 1966 Nate Colbert


In the 60s and 70s, Nate Colbert was a three time All-Star slugging first baseman who played six years for the San Diego Padres.  Between 1969 and 1973 he averaged 30 homers a season for the Pads. 

But all good things had to climb out of the slime. In this case, Colbert began his career with the Houston Astros.  He got in 19 games in 1966 but only came to the plate seven times.  Nate struck out four times but got nary a hit. 

He did score three times as a result of being used as a pinch runner. 

1966 Totals 19 0 7 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000
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Generated 7/21/2015.


Despite hitting .000, Nate Colbert’s 1966 card is slightly better than your typical American League pitcher’s card.  He gets hit numbers 7-8-8-9-9 plus one 14. 

Colbert did not have to put on a glove in competitive play until 1968.  All his appearances before that were in pinch hitting and pinch running roles.  In 1968, his primary position was outfield.  It wasn’t until his breakout season in 1969 when he focused his efforts on  playing first base.  Nevertheless, Colbert is rated as a 1B-2.  He is appropriately rated as a Fast runner since his only positive offensive value came from his base running. 

Who out there knows the trivia question associated to Nate Colbert? 

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Monster Card Monday: 1957 Willie Mays

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I did a Willie Mays card not too long ago but when Robert Hutchings posted this on Facebook a couple days ago, I couldn’t resist. 

This is Mays’ 1957 reprint card and it is quite fun to look at.  Mays hit .333 with 35 homeruns and 26 doubles but he also had 20 triples that year.  He scored 112 runs and stole 38 bases.  He led the league in slugging with a .626 mark for the 6th place Giants. 


1957 Totals 152 669 585 112 195 26 20 35 97 38 77 62 .333 .408 .626
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Generated 7/20/2015.


I just keep looking at that 11-2.  The 33-5 and 22-5 are pretty nice too.  He has a 44-8 but keep in mind Mays’ 38 steals entitled him to a 15-11 and a 25-11. 

With four 14s, one of them lands on 26.  Sweet. 

Fun numbers: 11-2, 22-5, 26-14

And of course, Mays is Fast and an OF-3. 

thanks, Robert!

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Pirates lead as 1903 NL replay nears end

Ginger_Beaumontby Scott Fennessy

The drama that is the upper division of the National League is in full force. The Giants had a BXYW starter in the rotation that until about a week ago went unnoticed as a J-4. I like to think of it as John McGraw twisting the rules to his advantage. For those that do not know it the defender’s interference rule came into existence because his days as a third baseman where he would routinely block, trip, and even outright grab players finally became too much, so this is not out of his realm. The replacement was a D starter. One would think that the second place Pirates would get a huge lift, but then they got busted with a BXW starter, also a J-4 at the same time. Fortunately the Pirates had a CZ replacement.

That said, the D has pitched more like a B and the C has pitched to grade, but fortunately for Pittsburgh, they have moved into first just as the month ended. This is their first time leading the league since 1901. The bottom half is truly horrible and would get crushed by almost every AL team.

Pittsburgh Pirates (74-40)

The hitting rich Pirates have started to round out beautifully. Ginger Beaumont is hitting .318 with 35 steals. Honus Wagner had a monster month and due largely to his still active 13 game hitting streak is now at .308 he is well atop the leaders in doubles and triples and has 34 SB. Teammate and team captain Fred Clarke is well on pace to win the league MVP. He leads all of baseball with an impressive .347 average and is in the top 3 in doubles, triples and home runs.

Third baseman Tom Leach struggled badly early, then got hurt and has started to hit more to norm and is now up to .255 with 4 HR.

The pitching has really been solid, despite the loss of Lafayette Winham to the bullpen. Sam Leever has 26 wins with a 2.88 ERA and .92WHIP. Charles “Deacon” Phillippe has pitched more like a demon this year. He has allowed just 23 walks in 324 innings and struck out 122. He has 28 victories and a 2.58 ERA with a .83 WHIP.

New York Giants (74-41)

The Giants have been so strong all year that one has to forget other than the first month of the year they have been the team to beat, so John McGraw must really be steaming as his team has just dropped into second as the month ended.

First baseman Dan McGann is hitting .291 with 45 stolen bases. Catcher Roger Bresnahan is hitting .312 with 42 steals. The two titans of the rotation carry most of the weight. Christy Mathewson is hitting .288 as a hitter and is 27-11 with a 2.37 ERA, a .84 WHIP and 251 strikeouts on the mound. Joe McGinnity is 26-11 with a 2.73 ERA and .89 WHIP.

Outfielder George Browne went 4-5 against the Pirates as Joe McGinnity tosses a 3 hit gem. Christy Mathewson had a great month. He went 8.1 no hit innings against the Cubs and in his next start in Boston threw a three hitter, and repeated the performance in Philadelphia.

Chicago Cubs (67-46)

Reality has set in and they have dropped into third and are in danger of being caught by the Reds before the season ends. While Johnny Kling is struggling most of the lineup is doing ok. Frank Chance is hitting .309 leads all of baseball with 60 walks and 72 stolen bases. Outfielder Jimmy Slagle is hitting .290 with 58 walks and 37 steals. Jake Weimer leads the staff with a 27-9 record and a 2.71 ERA.

Joe Tinker went 4-5 against the Braves in the opening game of the series, and Bob Wicker temporarily ended his slump and tossed a 1 hitter in game 2.

Jake Weimer 3 hit the Dodgers on the 21st. Frank Chance decimated the Giants for 4 hits, 5 RBI and 2 steals in a 8-6 thriller.

Cincinnati Reds (61-51)

This is a team on fire right now. Early season struggles have been eliminated and really can do almost everything. They have pretty good power, great contact hitting and speed and the pitching is really coming around.

Jim Seymour is hitting .313 with 11 triples, 15 homers and 27 steals. Mike Donlin is hitting .307 with 13 homers and 24 steals. Harry Steinfeldt is hitting .280 with 7 home runs. John Sutthoff has 24 wins and a 2.35 ERA.

Steinfeld was a one man wrecking crew as the Reds crushed the Cardinals 10-1. He went 6 for 6 with a triple and a homer, 5 RBI, and two steals. Donlin went 4-5 the next day. Bob Ewing had a great day in the finale hurling a 3 hitter, and going 4-4 with 3 RBI as a hitter. Seymour also went 4-5, only missing the home run for the cycle.

Ewing followed up his great performance with a 3 hitter against the Dodgers, but surrendered the only run of the game with one out in the bottom of the 9th.

Brooklyn Dodgers (48-63)

This team is really pretty average, but because the upper division is so strong they don’t fare well against them. Jimmy Sheckard has seen his average plummet to .275, but he has 8 home runs and 56 steals. Jack Doyle is the unknown superstar. The sole remaining member of the defunct Hartford Dark Blues he comes to the park and means business. Hitting .318 with 43 steals he is the igniter on offense.

Hugie Hearne has been inserted into the lineup and is hitting .277. Oscar Jones has 15 wins, a 2.97 ERA and 1.07 WHIP for a team that plays terrible defense and has limited offense.

Boston Braves (42-66)

It’s been a tough summer in Boston this year. Other than Duff Cooley (.289) and Fred Tenney (.292) nobody is above the .230 mark. John Malarkey leads the staff with 16 victories and is in the top 10 in K per 9 innings.

Philadelphia Phillies (39-66)

Why this team is underperforming so badly is a mystery. They should be in 4th place based on the cards, but they are really struggling to hit the dice well. Roy Thomas is hitting .281 at the top of the order, John Titus is hitting .288 and William Gleason is hitting .294. Unfortunately nobody on the pitching staff stands out.

St. Louis Cardinals (41-75)

As I mentioned in my AL recap, it has been a truly awful season in St. Louis. While the Browns have been bad, the Cardinals have been absolutely terrible. I never thought I would see a redbird team with the worst record in the NL and second worst over all.

Pat Donovan is hitting .312 with 34 stolen bases, and John Farrell has overcome a bad first half and is finally over .250. Once it was obvious they were not going anywhere Leon DeMontreville moved into the lineup and is hitting .262 and providing some pop at the top of the lineup. Mordecai Brown, who is a great pitcher on an awful team has a 2.83 ERA and a .99 WHIP and almost 4 strikeouts per 9 innings, but only 12 wins.

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The APBA Blog Events page is up!

chicagolandIt’s about time I got around doing this.  With the prevalence of APBA tournaments in the past few years, I thought it would nice to have a one stop shop to find them listed. 

What I’ve done

I’ve  installed a calendar plugin so that we can view all APBA related tournaments and events in a list view or calendar view.  You can click on each event for for more information about that event. 

You can see The APBA Blog Events page here.  As an example, here is the Chicagoland APBA Tournament event page.

What this is intended for

  • Any APBA competitive tournament which is open to the public
  • Any APBA related event of significance to APBA players. 

I’m still working on some of the formatting and design issues but it seems to be working fine.  The calendar allows each event to feature the date, time and description of the event.  It even incorporates Google Maps to pinpoint where the event takes place. 

If anyone has suggestions how this could be used better or encounters any bugs in the plugin, leave a comment below.  Also, I encourage tournament organizers to make sure my information is correct and up to date. 

And of course, if anyone is organizing any future tournaments, please let me know.

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