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HBWRL Season 14

(For Season 14 Schedule Click Here)

Reps Upset Upper-Deckers

Tue, 2 May 2000
Reps 7, Upper-Deckers 3:
Worst defeated first today as the Minneapolis Reps (3-6) used a seven run 2nd inning to beat the league leading Burke Upper-Deckers (7-2). The Reps have won three of their last five, while Burke has dropped two of three after a 12 game winning streak. Arky Vaughan homered and doubled for Burke, who played their usual stellar game with the exception of the 2nd inning. In that inning, Edd Roush and Ted Williams drove in two runs each, as the Reps captialized on a two out rally that started with a double by Mickey Cochrane. Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, who was torched for 11 runs in his last outing, pitched six decent innings to get his first win in four outings. The defending champion Red Dawgs now trail Burke by just 1.5 games.

Hits: Reps 14, Upper-Deckers 7
Extra-Base Hits: Reps 3, Upper-Deckers 2

Winning pitcher: M. Brown (1-1)
Losing pitcher: Jim Palmer (1-1)
Save: Red Faber (1)

Homerun: Vaughan
Doubles: Vaughan, Williams, Cochrane, Babe Ruth
Stolen bases: Rickey Henderson 2
Caught stealing: Joe Cronin
Error: Vaughan

Dawgs Take Second

Mon, 1 May 2000
Red Dawgs 6, Powers 1:
The Myers Red Dawgs (5-3) won their 4th straight game, to take sole possession of 2nd place, with a 6-1 defeat of the Karas Powers (4-4). This battle of the champions of the last two seasons lived up to expectations in terms of starting pitching, as Chief Bender (Red Dawgs) and Urban Shocker (Powers) dueled. Bender was perfect through five innings, and ultimately threw a five-hitter. Shocker allowed just two runs in seven innings, but the Dawgs vicitimzed Powers reliever Nolan Ryan for four more runs. The Powers' run was unearned on an error by Paul Molitor, meaning that the Dawgs have allowed no earned runs in their last three games, and one earned run in their last four. They now hold the league lead in ERA.

Hits: Red Dawgs 19, Powers 5
Extra-Base Hits: Red Dawgs 1, Powers 0
Inherited Runners/Scored: Ryan 0/3

Winning pitcher: Bender (1-1)
Losing pitcher: Shocker (0-1)

Double: Hank Greenberg
Stolen base: Bobby Bonds, Molitor
Error: Molitor

Sat, 29 Apr 2000
Upper-Deckers 2, Titans 0:
Ken Griffey, Jr. drove in both runs and Tom Seaver pitched a four-hitter as the Burke Upper-Deckers (7-1) defeated their expansion brethren, the Tri-City Titans (3-5), 2-0. It was the 13th win in 14 games for Burke; the Titans have dropped four straight. It was the 4th shutout in the last six HBWRL games.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 13, Titans 4
Extra-Base Hits: None
3rd game in HBWRL history with no extra-base hits, errors, or stolen base attempts

Winning pitcher: Seaver (2-0)
Losing pitcher: Pete Alexander (1-1)

Bob is a Lemon; Reps Bomb Again

Fri, 28 Apr 2000
Chips 5, Reps 4:
Jimmie Foxx's critical RBI single in the 8th inning capped a five run rally as the Crofton Cow Chips (3-5) dealt the Minneapolis Reps (2-6) another disappointing loss. Reps starter Greg Maddux left with a 4-2 lead, but reliever Bob Lemon couldn't hold it. He also couldn't hold the lead, as he allowed three runs--two of them inherited from Maddux--and just enough to keep the Reps in the basement. The Chips, who won for the first time in four games, will now be only a game out of third place at the week's conclusion. They would have been in sole possession of last place with a loss. In unrelated news, Ken Starr was fired as Reps manager; Kevin C. rejoins the team.

Hits: Chips 18, Reps 8
Extra-Base Hits: Chips 1, Reps 0
Inherited Runners/Scored: Lemon 2/2

Winning pitcher: Hippo Vaughn (1-1)
Losing pitcher: Lemon (0-1)

Double: Mike Piazza
Stolen base: Eddie Collins
Error: Barry Larkin

Reps Retaliate; Blank Titans

Thu, 27 Apr 2000
Reps 8, Titans 0:
Jack Chesbro and Red Faber combined on a four-hitter as the Minneapolis Reps (2-5) avenged an earlier 11-5 drubbing with an 8-0 win over the Tri-City Titans (3-4). Chesbro, who pitched 7.1 innings of shutout ball, has both of the Reps' wins this season--as their fifth starter. Cicotte, widely regarded as the Titans' best pitcher, was roughed up for four runs in the 1st inning. He settled down before allowing four more in the 7th. Four Reps players had at least three hits, while Richie Allen went 4-4 to lead the offensive attack. It was the third straight loss for the Titans. Three of the league's last four games have been shutouts. Week 8 features a battle for 2nd place, between the streaking Powers and Red Dawgs.

Hits: Reps 22, Titans 4
Extra-Base Hits: Reps 2, Titans 1

Doubles: Babe Ruth, Joe Cronin, Joe Sewell
Stolen bases: George Sisler 2
Error: Willie Mays

Trends Continue for Powers, Chips

Wed, 26 Apr 2000
Powers 6, Chips 2:
Ed Reulbach added a win to his all-time league-leading total as the Karas Powers (4-3) took 2nd place with a 6-2 win over the Crofton Cow Chips (2-5). The Powers have won four of their last five, while the Chips have dropped four straight. The Powers broke open a 2-0 lead with a three run homerun by Mike Schmidt in the 5th inning. They added another run to lead 6-0, and hung on to win, 6-2. The Powers' runs--all allowed by Chips starter Christy Mathewson--are the first that Mathewson has allowed this season. He started the year 12 shutout innings. Wins by the Powers and Red Dawgs this "week" have tightened the pennant race, as one unreachable Burke now leads two teams by just two games.

Hits: Powers 11, Chips 11
Extra-Base Hits: Powers 3, Chips 0

Winning pitcher: Reulbach (1-1)
Losing pitcher: Mathewson (1-1)
Save: Addie Joss (2)

Homerun: Schmidt
Doubles: Schmidt, Kiki Cuyler
Stolen bases: Fred Clarke 2

Dawgs Snap Burke's Streak at 12

Mon, 24 Apr 2000
Red Dawgs 4, Upper-Deckers 0:
Whitey Ford sang the blues and pitched seven shutout innings, while Tris Speaker led a hit parade and the defending HBWRL champion Myers Red Dawgs (4-3) handed the Burke Upper-Deckers (6-1) their first loss in 12 games. The Dawgs, perhaps emboldened by last year's championship trophy--which they received today--scored single runs in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings against Burke starter Cy Young. It was the highest scoring output of the season for the Dawgs, who now join Burke as the only teams with winning records. Speaker was 3-5 with two runs scored, while Rollie Fingers and Hoyt Wilhelm pitched an inning each of shutout relief.

Hits: Red Dawgs 16, Upper-Deckers 9
Extra-Base Hits: Upper-Deckers 1, Red Dawgs 0

Double: Roy Campanella
Stolen bases: Jackie Robinson, Rickey Henderson, Frank Baker
Caught stealing: Campanella, Speaker, Bobby Bonds
Error: Arky Vaughan

Dawgs Make 3 Teams 3-3 and 3 Back

Wed, 19 Apr 2000
Red Dawgs 1, Titans 0:
Despite an anemic nine runs scored in five games, the defending HBWRL champion Myers Red Dawgs (3-3) claimed 2nd place (by tiebreaker) today with a 1-0 win over the Tri-City Titans (3-3). The Dawgs completed a home&home sweep of the Titans, relying heavily on starting pitcher Wilbur Cooper. Cooper is the league's hottest pitcher. He tossed a four hit shutout to clinch last year's World Series. He then allowed one run on five hits in this season's opener. Today, he allowed four hits in 7.1 shutout innings. Thus in his last three outings, Cooper has allowed just one run on 13 hits, in 25.1 innings. The numbers are phenomenal--an ERA of 0.36 and H/IP of 0.51. The Dawgs needed all of Cooper's excellence today, managing just one run. It was scored in the 6th inning, by newly placed #9 hitter Maury Wills, who suggested the Dawgs' new lineup to begin with. Wills also stole two bases. By virtue of the Titans' loss, Burke now has a three game lead over three teams, and is the only team in the league with a winning record.

Hits: Red Dawgs 7, Titans 6
Extra-base hits: Titans 1, Red Dawgs 0

Double: Willie Mays
Stolen bases: Wills 2
Error: Charlie Gehringer

Burke Scores 11; Makes it a Dozen

Wed, 19 Apr 2000
Upper-Deckers 11, Chips 1:
The Burke Upper-Deckers (6-0) won their HBWRL record 12th straight game, with a rout of the Crofton Cow Chips (2-4). It was the Chips' third straight loss. The game was competitive--Barry Larkin's solo homerun for the Chips tied it at 1-1 in the 6th--until the Chips' pitching gave way. Starter Juan Marichal and reliever Curt Schilling were tagged for 10 runs in the final three innings, as Burke rolled to another blowout win, despite having zero extra-base hits, vs. four for the Chips. Yogi Berra (4-5, 2R, 3RBI) led Burke's offensive attack, but five of their nine starters had three or more hits.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 21, Chips 8
Extra-Base Hits: Chips 4, Upper-Deckers 0

Winning pitcher: Walter Johnson (2-0)
Losing pitcher: Juan Marichal (0-2)

Homerun: Larkin
Doubles: George Brett, Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx
Stolen base: Frank Baker
Caught stealing: Cobb

Powers Gain Split

Mon, 17 Apr 2000
Powers 3, Reps 1:
The Karas Powers (3-3) took sole possession of 3rd place with a 3-1 win over the Minneapolis Reps (1-5), earning a split in the team's home & home series. The Reps had won 4-1 at Minneapolis in the series' first game. Mike Schmidt's solo homerun against Reps reliever Lefty Grove was the game's decisive blow. It came in the bottom of the 8th inning, on the first pitch thrown by Grove, with the score tied, 1-1. Schmidt was fired up, according to Powers GM J.Karas, because "Remember that Kevin C. put you on the Titans last year, when you belonged on the Powers!" Reps manager Ken Starr called the result a "setback," and vowed to "subpoena any and all documents pertaining to why Grove sucked today." Robin Roberts started the game in place of Addie Joss for the Powers, but Joss ended up with the win in a relief role.

Hits: Powers 13, Reps 10

Winning pitcher: Joss (1-1)
Losing pitcher: Grove (0-1)

Homeruns: Schmidt, Babe Ruth
Double: Mickey Cochrane

Chesbro Puts Reps on Board

Thu, 13 Apr 2000
Reps 4, Powers 1:
Jack Chesbro scattered nine singled through 8.2 innings against his former teammate Stan Coveleski, as the Minneapolis Reps (1-4) snapped a seven game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Karas Powers (2-3). Said Reps manager Ken Starr, who won in his managerial debut, "I knew this team could win if it got good pitching--they've been hitting well all year." Otherwise, he declined comment, simply answering every question with "Things are moving along swiftly." In unrelated news, J.Karas flogged and cained his entire team. Former Power Harry Brecheen picked up the save; while Ted Williams (3-5, RBI) and Mickey Cochrane (2 RBI) led the offensive attack for the Reps. A 3rd inning sac fly by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson provided the Powers' only run.

Hits: Reps 15, Powers 9

Winning pitcher: Chesbro (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Coveleski (0-1)
Save: Brecheen (1)

Double: Babe Ruth
Caught stealing: Gabby Hartnett
Error: Fred Clarke


Red Dawgs change batting order to (1) Lajoie, (2) Speaker, (3) Greenberg, (4) Ba. Bonds, (5) Terry, (6) Bo. Bonds, (7) Molitor, (8) Campanella, (9) Wills.

Powers promote Robin Roberts to SP, delegate Addie Joss to bullpen.

Burke Stands Alone--11 Straight Wins

Tue, 12 Apr 2000
Upper-Deckers 4, Chips 3:
In the league's third consecutive one run game, the Burke Upper-Deckers (5-0) withstood a late rally by the Silicon Valley Chips (2-3), to set an HBWRL record with their 11th straight win, 4-3. It was the 2nd straight one run loss for the Chips, who promptly and understandably changed their name to the Crofton Cow Chips. We don't know what a cow chip is, and frankly we're afraid to ask. Randy "Big Unit" Johnson was solid in his HBWRL debut for the Chips, allowing four runs in 7.1 innings. But the stars of the day were Burke starter Don Drysdale, who bested Johnson by allowed three runs in 8.1 innings; and Ken Griffey, Jr., who drove in three of Burke's four runs. It was easily the closest that any team has come to defeating Burke this season. The Reps and Powers are next in the managerial debut of Ken Starr, and the 1st mini-season finale.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 14, Chips 13

Winning pitcher: Drysdale (1-0)
Losing pitcher: R. Johnson (0-1)
Save: Mort Cooper (3)

Homerun: Mike Piazza
Stolen base: Ty Cobb

Critical Error Decides Another Game

Tue, 11 Apr 2000
Red Dawgs 2, Titans 1:
The defending HBWRL champion Myers Red Dawgs (2-3) won their 2nd game today, thanks to some clutch hitting and an error by Willie Mays, 2-1 over the Tri-City Titans (3-2). Both Dawgs wins have been decided in the late innings, and have been by a 2-1 margin. In this instance, starting pitchers Carl Mays (Titans) and Joe McGinnity (Red Dawgs) dueled for most of the game. Mickey Mantle's 1st inning solo homer gave the Titans a 1-0 lead, but they didn't get another hit until the 4th inning. Hank Greenberg's RBI single tied it at 1-1 in the 6th. In the top of the 7th, the Dawgs dodged a bullet when Pie Traynor singled with runners on the corners and one out. A clever deek by Dawgs CF Tris Speaker and baserunning blunder by the Titans led to the runner at third not advancing. McGinnity then pitched out of the jam. Then with one out in the bottom of the inning, Willie Mays dropped a fly ball off the bat of Nap Lajoie, much to the chagrin of his starting pitcher, Brother Carl. Bobby Bonds drove in Lajoie on the next pitch, and the Dawgs led 2-1. The Dawgs threatened again in the 8th inning, but failed to score. McGinnity and Rollie Fingers closed out the Titans in the 9th. The Titans loss means that Burke clinches sole possession of 1st place, through the first mini-season. They go for an HBWRL record 11th straight win, next.

Hits: Red Dawgs 10, Titans 6

Winning pitcher: McGinnity (1-0)
Losing pitcher: C. Mays (0-1)
Save: Fingers (1)

Homerun: Mantle
Stolen base: Maury Wills
Caught stealing: Wills, Speaker, W. Mays, Hank Greenberg
Error: W. Mays

Basket Catch Creates Chaos for Chips

Mon, 10 Apr 2000
Powers 3, Chips 2:
The Karas Powers (2-2) capitalized on two unearned runs in the 7th inning to defeat the Silicon Valley Chips (2-2), 3-2 today at Wrigley Field. The door was opened for the unearned runs in the 7th inning. With the Chips leading 2-1, CF Ty Cobb, attempting to make a basket catch on a fly ball by Fred Clarke, dropped the ball. It rolled all the way to the wall, tying the game at 2-2 and giving Clarke a three base error. Kiki Cuyler's RBI single later in the inning proved to be the game winner. Cobb had given the Chips a 2-1 lead, with his league high 3rd career triple, driving in two runs in the 2nd inning. That followed an RBI single by Ernie Banks for the Powers in the 1st inning. Starters Hippo Vaughn (Chips) and Urban Shocker (Powers) each pitched well, but neither got a win. Vaughn was tagged with the loss, despite allowing just one earned run. Shocker, who allowed two runs in seven innings, did not figure in the decision.

Hits: Chips 15, Powers 9

Winning pitcher: Eppa Rixey
Losing pitcher: Vaughn

Triple: Cobb
Doubles: Cuyler, Barry Larkin
Stolen base: George Brett
Error: Cobb

Burke Ties Record With 10th Straight Win

Fri, 7 Apr
Upper-Deckers 6, Red Dawgs 3:
The Burke Upper-Deckers (4-0) continued their domination of the rest of the HBWRL, winning 6-3 this time over the defending champion Myers Red Dawgs (1-3). The game was scoreless through three innings, but Burke touched up ex-teammate Chief Bender for six runs in the middle three innings; finally chasing Bender in favor of Hoyt Wilhelm. Wilhelm pitched out of a jam, ended up posting 2.2 shutout innings, but it was too little too late for the Red Dawgs. The Dawgs trailed 6-2 entering the 9th inning, when Bill Terry's RBI double scored former Upper-Decker Paul Molitor all the way from first base, to make it 6-3. The Dawgs' rally was stopped when, with two out and Terry at third base, Firpo Marberry struck out Maury Wills to end the game. Burke will go for the HBWRL record--11 consecutive wins--against the Chips in Week 5.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 15, Red Dawgs 10

Winning pitcher: Tom Seaver (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Bender (0-1)

Doubles: Mark McGwire, Jackie Robinson, Barry Bonds, Terry.
Error: Tris Speaker

Titans Romp Reps

Fri, 7 Apr 2000
Titans 12, Reps 5:
Greg Maddux, who had allowed seven earned runs in eight previous career starts, was touched up for 10 in the first two innings, as the Tri-City Titans (3-1) rolled to a 12-5 win over the hapless Minneapolis Reps (0-4). The Reps, whose record of 10 straight wins was just tied by Burke, have now lost seven straight games. Mickey Mantle (3-5, HR, 4 RBI) and Charlie Gehringer (4-6, 2 R) led the offensive attack for the Titans, who led 12-1 in the bottom of the 9th inning, before the Reps scored four runs to make the game seem closer than it was.

Hits: Titans 23, Reps 17

Winning pitcher: Grover Cleveland "Pete" Alexander (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Maddux (0-1)

Homeruns: Mantle, Bill Dickey
Double: Joe Sewell

Burke Stands Alone; Wins 9th Straight

Thu, 6 Apr
Upper-Deckers 7, Titans 1:
The Burke Upper-Deckers (3-0) won their 9th straight game--one shy of a record--and 3rd straight game by a six run margin, with a 7-1 rout of the Tri-City Titans (2-1). The Upper-Deckers now hold sole possession of 1st place, through three of 20 "weeks." They have not lost since Week 14 of Season 13. They will attempt to tie the record for consecutive wins (spanning seasons) (10), against the defending HBWRL champion Myers Red Dawgs. Former Dawg Frank "Homerun" Baker, now playing for Burke, was asked about the significance of the game. "We'll bake them," he said, unimaginatively. Jackie Robinson and Rickey Henderson led Burke's offensive attack, while Jim Palmer pitched eight solid innings to pick up the win. Burke has scored 24 runs in 26 offensive innings this season.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 17, Titans 11

Winning pitcher: Palmer (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Sandy Koufax (0-1)

Homerun: J. Robinson
Double: Henderson
Stolen bases: J.Robinson, Henderson

Tue, 4 Apr
Chips 7, Reps 4:
The suprising Silicon Valley Chips (2-1) got good starting pitching again, then held off a late rally to defeat the hapless Minneapolis Reps (0-3). The Reps, characterized by many as "the strongest team on paper," (I doubt they are strong enough to tear a paper--or tape an envelope) have a tall order ahead of them, as no team has ever started 0-3 and made the playoffs in the same season. The Chips scored pairs of runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 8th innings, as well as an unearned run in the 7th. Barry Larkin's two run double opened up a 7-2 Chips lead in the 8th and sealed the win. Reps GM Kevin C., having watched both J. Karas and J. Myers threaten to quit or put *'s by the season, when their team was under not even this much hardship, simply jumped out the window. We don't think anyone will miss him. 19th century baseball legend Cap Anson will take over as Reps Manager on an interim basis.

Hits: Chips 16, Reps 16

Winning pitcher: Steve Carlton (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Rube Waddell (0-1)

Doubles: Larkin, Eddie Collins, Edd Roush
Stolen base: Ty Cobb
Caught stealing: Cobb, Richie Allen
Error: Roush

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 (~) February 16 - April 3,2000

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