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Season 14


Powers Win Despite Landmark Homerun

Mon, 3 Apr
Powers 4, Red Dawgs 1:
Barry Bonds hit the 500th homerun in HBWRL history, giving the Fenway faithful free food (namely, 500 chalupas) but it was not enough, as "Shoeless" Joe Jackson's three run shot and Carl Hubbell's pitching keyed a 4-1 win for the Karas Powers (1-2) over the Myers Red Dawgs (1-2). Jackson's homer gave the Powers a 3-0 lead in the 3rd inning, at which time the Dawgs had not yet tallied a hit. Bonds' 7th inning blast was historic and tightened the game at 3-1, but Jackson added a 4th RBI with a single in the 8th inning to seal the win at 4-1.

Hits: Powers 11, Red Dawgs 6

Winning pitcher: Hubbell (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Plank (0-1)

Homeruns: Jackson, Ba. Bonds
Stolen bases: Fred Clarke 2, Kiki Cuyler
Caught stealing: Paul Moltior, Ba. Bonds
Error: Clarke

Burke Wins 8th Straight

Fri, 31 Mar
Upper-Deckers 9, Reps 3:
The Burke Upper-Deckers (2-0) took over first place with their 8th straight win (dating back to last season), a 9-3 rout of the Minneapolis Reps (0-2). It was the 5th straight loss for the Reps, who have started 0-2 in each of the last three seasons. Burke overcame an early 1-0 deficit with three RBIs by Frank Thomas; two of them on a homerun. They later extended their lead to 5-1, but the Reps scored two in the 6th to cut it to 5-3. Undaunted, Reps reliever Bob Lemon served four more runs in the 8th for the final margin. One of the runs was unearned, meaning that Burke has scored more unearned runs this season (5) than the Reps have scored in total (4). The Upper-Deckers have now scored 17 runs in 17 offensive innings this season. In addition to Thomas, former Rep Arky Vaughan led the way with three hits and two runs scored. Cy Young and Mort Cooper each pitched solidly to earn the win and save, respectively. It was Cooper's second save in as many games; no pitcher had more than two saves all of last season. Thomas' homerun was the 498th in HBWRL history--two more until free chalupas! Next week: Burke and Tri-City battle for 3-0 and sole possession of 1st place.

Hits: Reps 19, Upper-Deckers 17

Winning pitcher: Young (1-0)
Losing pitcher: M. Brown (0-1)
Save: M. Cooper (2)

Homerun: Thomas
Doubles: Elmer Flick, Frank Baker
Caught stealing: Richie Allen
Error: Ted Williams

Middle InfieldError Again Sinks Powers

Thu, 30 Mar 2000
Titans 2, Powers 1:
The Tri-City Titans (2-0) improbably took sole possession of 1st place, with a 2-1 win today over the Karas Powers (0-2). The Titans are 10-7 since snapping a 17 game losing streak. It was the 5th straight loss for the Powers. Pitchers Eddie Cicotte (Titans) and Ed Reulbach (Powers) dueled to a 1-1 tie, with an important exception. Rogers Hornsby's 5th inning error allowed an unearned run to score, and gave the Titans a 2-1 lead. That was all the run support that Cicotte and Warren Spahn, who recorded the final out, needed. In fact, Cicotte allowed no runs on four hits for 7.2 innings, after allowing a first inning run. It was the first win of the year for a road team. An error by Honus Wagner had cost the Powers' four unearned runs in their season opener.

Hits: Titans 8, Powers 6

Winning pitcher: Cicotte (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Reulbach (0-1)
Save: Spahn (1)

Doubles: Joe Jackson, Kiki Cuyler, Joe Sewell, Al Simmons, George Sisler
Caught stealing: Fred Clarke
Error: Hornsby

Brett, Mathewson Key Major Upset

Tue, 28 Mar 2000
Chips 3, Red Dawgs 0:
George Brett hit a three run homerun and Christy Mathewson pitched a shutout as the Silicon Valley Chips (1-1) evened their record with an improbable win over the defending HBWRL champion Myers Red Dawgs (1-1). The Chips got great starting pitching for the second straight game, and three runs of support for it as well. But this time, reliever Tom Glavine was allowed to pitch just one pitch--a 3-2 pitch to Bobby Bonds with the Dawgs down to their last strike. Glavine struck him out, but Mathewson got credit because he got two of the three strikes on Bonds. On the previous play, Bonds' son Barry was caught trying to steal third base. The younger Bonds had also made an error earlier in the game, allowing Mike Piazza to reach third base with none out. Bobby chewed his son out all the way to the dugout, before striking out to end the game. The Season 12 expansion teams, Burke and Tri-City, now share 1st place at 1-0. The Titans play next against the league's all-time winningest pitcher, the Powers' Ed Reulbach. Home teams have won all four games this season. Said Burke C Yogi Berra, "if that keeps up, half the teams will be 10-10, and who knows about the other 80%!" Finally, Brett's homer was the 497th in HBWRL history--three more until everyone gets 500 free chalupas!

Hits: Chips 7, Red Dawgs 7
Inherited Runners/Scored: Hoyt Wilhelm 0/1, Glavine 0/1

Winning pitcher: Mathewson
Losing pitcher: Whitey Ford

Five Run Outburst Greets Glavine

Mon, 27 Mar 2000
Titans 6, Chips 3:
The Tri-City Titans (1-0) rallied from 3-1 down with a five run 8th inning to defeat the Silicon Valley Chips (0-1) in the debut game for Chips players Barry Larkin, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio, and Tom Glavine, as well as for Chips GM Ed Corey. (Corey, incidentally, would like to change his team's name to the "Cow Chips;" we are still trying to figure out if there is a place called "Cow.") The Chips went 6-8 with an FC RBI their first time through the batting order, scoring three runs. But could muster no more offense against Titans starter Bob Gibson. Gibson allowed no runs on seven hits, in six subsequent innings. George Sisler's RBI single made it 3-1 Chips in the 2nd; and neither team would score again until the 8th inning.

In the top of the 8th, Bob Feller inheirted two baserunners from Gibson, but held the Chips without scoring when Biggio lined out. In the bottom of the 8th, Glavine inherited a tough situation--the bases loaded and none out--with a two run lead. He allowed all three inherited runners to score--plus two of his own--before retiring the side. Marichal, who left the game having allowed just one run in seven innings, ended up with four runs charged to him, and was tagged with the loss.

Ty Cobb singled to start the Chips' 9th, but Feller got Larkin to hit into a double play. Lefty O'Doul then flew out to end the game. Two of the three games played in the opening week were decided in the 8th inning or later; home teams won all three games. Also, one homerun was hit--four homers remaining until 500 all-time. At that time, 500 free chalupas for the fans.

Winning pitcher: Feller (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Marichal (0-1)

Hits: Chips 15, Titans 14
Inherited Runners/Scored: Feller 0/2, Glavine 3/3

Doubles: Cobb, Mickey Mantle
Caught stealing: Cobb

Fri, 24 Mar 2000
Red Dawgs 2, Reps 1:
Red Faber served up a bases loaded walk to Maury Wills with two out and the bases loaded the bottom of the 9th, forcing in Paul Molitor and capping a 2-1 comeback win for the defending champion Myers Red Dawgs (1-0). The Minneapolis Reps (0-1) lost their 3rd straight opener, and their 4th straight to the Red Dawgs, including last year's World Series. The Reps took a 1-0 the lead on the first pitch of the 2nd inning, when Babe Ruth hit his league leading 27th career homerun off of Wilbur Cooper. Cooper allowed just two hits for the remainder of the game. He has allowed just one run on seven hits in his last 18 innings pitched, for an ERA of 0.50 and H/IP of 0.39. Paul Molitor doubled and stole third base in the 8th; then Bill Terry's RBI single tied it at 1-1. Faber replaced Reps starter Ed Walsh in the 9th, and allowed two singles and a walk while recording one out. He then retired former teammate Roy Campanella, leading to the final confrontation with Wills.

2 out when winning run scored
Game Winning RBI: Wills

Hits: Red Dawgs 16, Reps 5

Winning pitcher: W. Cooper (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Faber (0-1)

Homerun: Ruth
Double: Molitor
Stolen base: Molitor
Caught stealing: Barry Bonds

Season XIV Opening Day

Thu, 23 Mar 2000
Upper-Deckers 8, Powers 2:
Walter Johnson pitched out of several jams, and Honus Wagner's 8th inning error broke open a 4-2 game, as the Burke Upper-Deckers (1-0) defeated the Karas Powers (0-1) on opening day. It was the 7th straight win for Burke, dating back to last season. The HBWRL record is 10 consecutive regular season wins, across seasons. It was also the Powers' 4th straight loss. Former Power Mark McGwire led the way for Burke, going 4-5; while Ken Griffey, Jr. scored three runs. Making his HBWRL debut, Elmer Flick went 1-4 with a run scored and an RBI. He also hit the groundball that led to the Wagner error, opening the door for four unearned Burke runs.

Winning pitcher: W. Johnson (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Addie Joss (0-1)
Save: Mort Cooper (1)

Doubles: Wagner, Griffey, Ernie Banks
Error: Wagner

World Series Game 6:
Dawg Day Afternoon

Mon, 28 Feb 2000
Red Dawgs 4, Reps 0:
Wilbur Cooper pitched an HBWRL record two-hitter and Albert Belle homered as the Myers Red Dawgs (18-8) won the franchise's first championship since Season 1, with a 4-0 victory over the Minneapolis Reps (14-12). While Cooper was dominant throughout, the game's outcome was uncertain through seven innings. The Dawgs led 1-0, and Reps starter Greg Maddux was pitching almost as well as Cooper. But Maddux tired, and he allowed three insurance runs in the 8th inning before Reps reliever Don Gullett could get loose. Not that an apperance by Gullett would have mattered--the Reps bullpen was a weakness throughout the series, and there was no stopping Cooper today.

Similarly, there was no stopping the Red Dawgs this season. They were 9-11 last year, but surprised us all by claiming first place at 5-3 through eight weeks. Then they shocked us all with a record-tying eight game winning streak, running their mark to 13-3. They coasted to a 14-6 finish, setting HBWRL records for wins in a season and lowest H/IP in a season, in the process. Then, trailing the Reps 2-1 in the World Series, they exploded for 12 runs in Game 4 and never looked back. They ended the season as they started it--with a winning streak. And in three years as GM, Jak Myers has taken his team from worst to first.

The HBWRL off-season lasts approximately two weeks; the second week of which is concerned with draft materials. Look for those materials in about one week. Also let me know if there are any problems with Sunday evening, 3/12/00, as a draft date.

See you next season.

Hits: Red Dawgs 11, Reps 2

Winning pitcher: W. Cooper
Losing pitcher: Maddux

Homerun: Belle
Double: Lou Gehrig
Caught stealing: Hank Greenberg
Error: Frank Baker

World Series Game 5:
Lajoie Slams Reps in 9th

Fri, 25 Feb 2000
Red Dawgs 8, Reps 4:
For the second time in five games, the Myers Red Dawgs (17-8) defeated the Minneapolis Reps (14-11) on the last pitch of the game--this time, it took the Reps to the brink of elimination. Nap Lajoie's grand slam snapped a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 9th inning and gave the Dawgs an 8-4 win, to the delight of a packed house at Fenway Park.

The game was evenly played throughout--as the series has been generally. Traling 2-0 in the 5th inning, the Dawgs got RBI singles from George Sisler and Tris Speaker, to tie the game at 2-2. The teams traded runs in the 6th inning, and it was 3-3 after 6. In the bottom of the 8th, the Dawgs had two out and none on against Reps reliever Red Faber. Dawgs SS Ray Chapman walked and stole second, then Sisler singled--which should have moved Chapman to third. But Reps LF Rickey Henderson, after making a nice play to cut the ball off, misplayed it, allowing Chapman an unearned run and Sisler to take second. Sisler was then thrown out trying to steal third, to end the inning with the Dawgs leading 4-3.

The Reps got back-to-back singles from Roy Campanella and Ernie Banks to start the 9th. Then Henderson got his chance to atone. He did, with an RBI single to deep right, which scored Campanella. Later the inning, the Reps had the bases loaded with two out in a 4-4 tie. Ted Williams hit what might have been a bloop single to put the Reps ahead. Instead, Tris Speaker--who plays a very shallow centerfield--dove to make the catch about 20 feet behind second base--and preserved a 4-4 tie.

But Speaker wasn't finished. Representing the winning run, he singled to start the bottom of the 9th. Barry Bonds and Hank Greenberg followed with singles of their own, loading the bases with none out against Faber. Albert Belle's slow grounder resulted in a fielder's choice, and Speaker was forced at home plate. That brought up Lajoie, with the winning run at third base and one out, and the Reps outfield drawn in. Lajoie got under Faber's 1-0 pitch, and it seemed ticketed for the middle of the Big Green Monster--and a game winning single. Henderson watched helplessly as the ball hooked, or the wind kicked up, toward centerfield. The ball landed just to the right of the Monster for a game-winning grand slam.

It was the first HBWRL World Series game ever to end on a slam. The Reps now face elimination in Game 6, which will feature a rematch of the Game 1 pitchers. If the Reps win Game 6, they'll have Ed Walsh in Game 7, their only pitcher with a winning record against the Dawgs. The Game 6 starter, Greg Maddux, pitched well in Game 1, but settled for a no-decision when Dawgs C Mickey Cochrane homered to end that game. Meanwhile, the Dawgs look to their ace--Wilbur Cooper--to seal the franchise's first championship since Season 1.

1 out when winning runs scored
Game Winning RBI: Lajoie

Hits: Red Dawgs 19, Reps 13

Winning pitcher: Dazzy Vance
Losing pitcher: Faber

Homerun: Lajoie
Double: Richie Allen
Stolen base: Chapman
Caught stealing: Sisler
Error: Henderson

World Series Game 4:
Dawgs Torch Reps; Even Series

Wed, 23 Feb 2000
Red Dawgs 12, Reps 4:
Nap Lajoie went 5-5 with a homerun and three RBIs, and Hank Greenberg drove in three runs of his own, as the Myers Red Dawgs (16-8) rebounded from a tight loss in Game 3 with a lopsided win in Game 4, 12-4 over the Minneapolis Reps (14-10). The Dawgs scored four runs each in the first and third innings to lead 8-0, and never looked back. The Reps were victimized by Lajoie and Greenberg, but moreso by their own starting pitcher, Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, who might as well have had zero fingers today. Brown allowed 11 runs, all earned, in five innings of work, before Red Faber came to his rescue. Worst of all, when the Reps, trailing 9-0 in the 5th, scored two runs in the top of the inning, Brown immediately gave them back in the inning's bottom half, which led to his departure. Fortunately for the Reps, Brown will not pitch again in the series--except possibly as a reliever in Game 7.

The Dawgs' 12 runs tied a World Series record and earned a win for starter Eddie Plank, despite a game ERA of 6.34 for the lefthander. Eppa Rixey pitched 3.1 quality innings of relief for the Dawgs, which entitled him to a save--despite the margin of victory. The series is now reduced to a best-of-three. And the pivotal 5th game, which will send one team to the brink of elimination, should be interesting. Grover Cleveland "Pete" Alexander, easily the least effective Dawgs' starter in the regular season, goes against Robin Roberts, an HBWRL carreer reliever and last minute substitution for Lefty Grove. A 6th game is now also ensured; Greg Maddux (Reps) and Wilbur Cooper (Dawgs) will return for that one.

Hits: Red Dawgs 24, Reps 11

Winning pitcher: Plank
Losing pitcher: Brown
Save: Rixey

Homerun: Lajoie
Stolen bases: George Sisler, Eddie Collins
Caught stealing: Collins

World Series Game 3:
Waddell Smokes Big Red Engine

Mon, 21 Feb 2000
Reps 2, Red Dawgs 1:
In the 1910's, he liked red firetrucks more than baseball. And today, Minneapolis Reps pitcher Rube Waddell threw plenty of heat--augmenting a great left-handed curveball--at a team wearing red. The result was a 2-1 victory for the Reps (14-9), who took a lead in the Season 13 World Series over the Myers Red Dawgs (15-8) by the same margin. With the Reps leading 2-0 in the bottom of the 8th inning, Dawgs catcher Mickey Cochrane hit his 2nd critical late inning homer of the series. Cochrane, who won Game 1 with a three run blast in the bottom of the 9th, hit a solo shot to make it 2-1 in Game 3. The Dawgs subsequently loaded the bases with one out, but Waddell pitched out of the jam--the only one he was in all day--then got help from Dizzy Trout in the 9th. Hippo Vaughn pitched eight strong innings for the Dawgs. It was the first Reps win over the Dawgs this season--in five tries-- without Ed Walsh as their starting pitcher. Walsh will pitch Game 7 for the Reps, if necessary.

Hits: Reps 8, Red Dawgs 6

Winning pitcher: Waddell
Losing pitcher: Vaughn
Save: Trout

Homeruns: Cochrane, Lou Gehrig
Stolen bases: Eddie Collins 2, Edd Roush, Ray Chapman
Caught stealing: Collins, Chapman
Error: Albert Belle

World Series Game 2:
Ruth's Slam Seals it for Reps


Thu, 17 Feb 2000
Reps 7, Red Dawgs 1:
The Minneapolis Reps (13-9) even their best-of-seven series with the regular season champion Myers Red Dawgs (15-7) with a convincing 7-1 victory today at Fenway Park. For the second game in a row, the Reps outhit the Dawgs and took a 3-0 lead into the late innings. But the Dawgs' comeback of yesterday was not to be. Babe Ruth's 9th inning grand slam off of Dawgs reliever Eppa Rixey put the Reps ahead 7-0, and essentially clinched the game. The Dawgs avoided the shutout with a run off of Reps reliever Bob Feller in the bottom of the inning. It was the 3rd consecutive game in which the Dawgs were shutout in innings 1-6. It was also Reps starter Ed Walsh's second straight win over the Dawgs--no other Reps pitcher has defeated them once. That could be important, because Walsh is slated pitch Game 7, should the series go that far.

Hits: Reps 19, Red Dawgs 8

Winning pitcher: Walsh
Losing pitcher: Whitey Ford

Homeruns: Ruth, Rickey Henderson
Stolen base: Henderson
Caught stealing: Ray Chapman, Richie Allen
Error: Tris Speaker

World Series Game 1:
Cochrane's Blast Stuns Reps


Game 1: Red Dawgs 4, Reps 3:
The Myers Red Dawgs (15-6) rallied from a 3-0 deficit against the league's top pitcher during the regular season, capped by Mickey Cochrane's three run homerun in the bottom of the 9th, to beat the Minneapolis Reps (12-9), to the delight of many at Fenway Park. The Dawgs took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, which promises to be competitive, if today's game was any indication.

The Reps scored runs in the 2nd, 4th, and 5th innings, to lead 3-0, and chase Dawgs ace Wilbur Cooper after five innings. Cooper, who did not allow more than a dozen hits in any start this season, allowed 13 in just five innings. Frank "Homerun" Baker made good on his name for the Dawgs in the 7th, with a solo shot off of Maddux that made it 3-1.

Then Lefty Grove, who was pulled from the Reps rotation for the World Series because he was ineffective as a starter, appeared in a critical situation in the bottom of the 9th. Maddux allowed singles to Nap Lajoie and Baker to start the inning, bringing Cochrane to the plate and chasing Maddux in favor of Grove. Grove and Cochrane had quite a battle, with the veteran Dawgs catcher fouling off several 2-2 pitches. Then he pulled one down the line and the Reps outfielders could simply look up. The Dawgs had completed one of the most memorable comebacks in HBWRL World Series history.

None out when winning runs scored
Game Winning RBI: Cochrane

Hits: Reps 14, Red Dawgs 10

Winning pitcher: Ron Guidry
Losing pitcher: Grove

Homeruns: Cochrane, Baker, Roy Campanella, Babe Ruth
Stolen bases: Rickey Henderson 2, Eddie Collins, Barry Bonds
Error: Ernie Banks



Click here to view results of Season 13 Games:
October 26 - November 27,1999 (~) November 29 - December 28,1999
December 28 - January 19,2000 (~) January 20 - February 15, 2000

Click here to view results of Season 12 Games:
July 13 - August 2,1999 (~) August 6 - August 27,1999
August 30 - September 21,1999 (~) September 23,1999 - October 6, 1999

Click here to view results of Season 11 Games:
February 5 - March 19,1999 (~) March 20 - April 13,1999 (~) April 13 - May 25,1999