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HBWRL Season 15

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Moonlight Championship Result

(3) New York 14, (7) Cleveland 1:
Despite the loss to Boston of Babe Ruth, the New Yorkers won their 2nd Moonlight Title in three years, demolishing underdog Cleveland, 14-1. It was the most lopsided game in Moonlight history. New York struck early and often, with two runs in the 1st and seven runs in the 3rd, innings. They led 9-0 for most of the game, until Jeff Heath broke the shutout with a solo homer. Lefty O'Doul's three run shot made it 12-1, and New York coasted to a 14-1 win. New York joins Philadelphia as the only teams to have won the tournament more than once.

By the way, we're all concerned about Tris Speaker's carb intake.

Hits: New York 26, Cleveland 10
Extra-Base Hits: New York 3, Cleveland 3

Winning pitcher: Whitey Ford
Losing pitcher: Stan Coveleski

Homeruns: Heath, O'Doul, Lou Gehrig
Doubles: Bill Dickey, Earl Averill
Caught stealing: Frank Baker

Play-in Round:
(7) Cleveland 6, (10) Detroit 5
(8) Brooklyn 5, (9) Boston 0

Quaterfinal Round:
(4) Philadelphia 8, (5) Cincinnati 7
(3) New York 6, (6) Chicago 5 (10)
(7) Cleveland 3, (2) St. Louis 2
(1) Pittsburgh 2, (8) Brooklyn 1

Semifinal Round:
(3) New York 7, (4) Philadelphia 5
(7) Cleveland 4, (1) Pittsburgh 2

(3) New York 14, (7) Cleveland 1

Historical Champions:
6-New York
8-New York

Final Rankings and Seeds for Moonlight IX:
1. New York
2. Cleveland
3. Pittsburgh
4. Philadelphia
5. St. Louis
6. Cincinnati
7. Chicago
8. Brooklyn
9. Detroit
10. Boston

Moonlight Result

(7) Cleveland 4, (1) Pittsburgh 2:
Underdog Cleveland overcame a 2-0 deficit to oust the defending champs, 4-2. They will now face New York in the Championship Game. In the play-in round, Cleveland trailed Detroit with 5-2, with two out and none on in the bottom of the 9th. Somehow they escaped. Now they have upset the tournament's top two seeds--Pittsburgh and St. Louis--to earn a berth in the finals against the 3rd seed. No team has ever beaten the top three seeds, in succession, in a Moonlight Tournament.

Hits: Cleveland 10, Pittsburgh 9
Extra-Base Hits: Pittsburgh 1, Cleveland 0

Winning pitcher: Cy Young
Losing pitcher: Jack Chesbro
Save: Stan Coveleski

Double: Al Lopez
Caught stealing: Elmer Flick, Fred Clarke
Error: Jeff Heath

Moonlight Result

(3) New York 7, (4) Philadelphia 5:
Carl Hubbell allowed four first inning run but then settled down, and New York rallied with homers from Joe Gordon and Frank Baker, for a 7-5 comeback win. Each team used their prior round starters as relievers (Rube Waddell for Philadelphia and Christy Mathewson for New York. Both entered when the game was tied at 5-5; absolving both of this game's starters from the decision.) It was pretty exciting. I'm tired so that's all I have to say about the game. Next time, buy a ticket.

Hits: New York 13, Philadelphia 11 (first inning: 6-0 Philadelphia)
Extra-Base Hits: New York 6, Philadelphia 2

Winning pitcher: Christy Mathewson
Losing pitcher: Rube Waddell

Homeruns: Gordon, Baker, Jimmie Foxx
Doubles: Chuck Klein, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Lefty O'Doul, Lou Gehrig
Caught stealing: Eddie Collins
Error: Gordon

Moonlight Result

(1) Pittsburgh 2, (8) Brooklyn 1:
Elroy Face struck out Jackie Robinson with two on and two out in the 9th, as the defending champion Pittsburgh team survived a scare from upstart Brooklyn. It was the 5th game of the tournament (out of six total) to be decided by one run. The final four features the top four seeds, with the notable exception of St. Louis. Cleveland, themselves former champs, enter the semis as a #7 seed.

Hits: Brooklyn 15, Pittsburgh 13
Extra-Base Hits: 2-2

Winning pitcher: Wilbur Cooper
Losing pitcher: Sandy Koufax
Save: Face

Doubles: J. Robinson, Babe Herman, Fred Clarke, Arky Vaughan

Moonlight Result

(7) Cleveland 3, (2) St. Louis 2:
Addie Joss pitched out of jams in the 7th and 8th innings, Earl Averill and Ray Chapman had three hits each, and Tris Speaker made a shoestring catch with bases loaded to give Cleveland their 2nd straight one run victory, this time over favored St. Louis. Cleveland led 3-0, then had to hang on as St. Louis rallied, with the top of the order (Lou Brock, Rogers Hornsby, and Stan Musial) doing most of the damage. Musial went 4-5 and drove in the run that got his team's rally started. Cleveland, a one-time tournament champion, advances to the semifinal round. Four of the five games in the tournament have been decided by one run.

Hits: Cleveland 17, St. Louis 13
Extra-Base Hits: St. Louis 2, Cleveland 0

Winning pitcher: Joss
Losing pitcher: Bob Gibson

Doubles: Hornsby, Harlond Clift
Stolen base: Speaker
Caught stealing: Chapman
Error: Clift

Moonlight Result

(3) New York 6, (6) Chicago 5 (10 innings):
For the 3rd time in four games, a tournament game was decided by one run, as New York rallied from 5-3 down to score single runs in the 7th, 9th, and 10th innings and escape with a 6-5 win over underdog Chicago. The decisive blow was Frank Baker's RBI single with two out in the bottom of the 10th, against Chicago reliever Hippo Vaughn. New York had led 3-1, but Chicago scored four runs in the 7th innings, thanks largely to an RBI single by Kiki Cuyler and an error by Yogi Berra. Ace starters Ed Walsh (Chicago) and Christy Mathewson (New York) were each solid but unremarkable; neither figured in the decision. Higher seeds have won all four Moonlight games thus far.

2 out when winning run scored
Game Winning RBI: Baker

Hits: New York 25, Chicago 11
Extra-Base Hits: Chicago 2, New York 0

Winning pitcher: Joe McGinnity
Losing pitcher: Vaughn

Doubles: Frank Chance, Stan Hack
Stolen bases: Chance, Johnny Evers
Caught stealing: Chance
Error: Berra

World Series Game 8
Speaker Keeps World Title at Fenway; Dawgs Repeat

Red Dawgs 3, Upper-Deckers 2:
Tris Speaker drove in all three runs, including the game winner in the bottom of the 9th inning, to give the Myers Red Dawgs (19-8) their 2nd straight HBWRL championship, with a 3-2 win over the Burke Upper-Deckers (16-11). The Dawgs, who were actually outscored during the series, got all four wins by one run--three of them of the "walkoff" variety. While the game was close and came down to wire like every other game in this series, it didn't follow the usual pattern. Burke, which had scored first in five of the series' six games, fell behind early, when Speaker hit a two run homer off of Cy Young. But the Deckers clawed back, ultimately tying the game on Ken Griffey, Jr.'s RBI single--an unearned run on a Bobby Bonds error earlier in the inning.

With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 9th, Burke went to Games 1 and 6 winner Walter Johnson. Johnson was eligible to pitch because of special Game 7 rules. (The Dawgs also exploited those rules, but Whitey Ford needed to throw only one pitch.) Johnson retired just one batter before the bases were loaded, with Speaker batting. With the outfield in and the championship on the line, Speaker hit Johnson's fastball over Burke RF Elmer Flick's head, ending the game, series, and season.

1 out when winning run scored
Game Winning RBI: Speaker
Hits: Red Dawgs 13, Upper-Deckers 8
Extra-Base Hits: 1-1

Winning pitcher: Ford (4-1)
Losing pitcher: W. Johnson (6-1)

Homerun: Speaker
Double: Yogi Berra
Stolen base: Maury Wills
Error: Bo. Bonds

World Series Game 7
Deckers Force Decisive 7th Game

Upper-Deckers 3, Red Dawgs 0:
Walter Johnson pitched 8.1 shutout innings, and Rickey Henderson's two run 9th inning homer put on the finishing touches, as the Burke Upper-Deckers (16-10) forced a 7th and deciding game against the defending HBWRL champion Myers Red Dawgs (18-8). Dawgs starter Wilbur Cooper allowed just one run in 7.1 innings, but the effort was not enough, as Johnson shut down the Dawgs' offense. The Dawgs, who often score against relievers in the late innings, didn't have much of a chance to today. Dennis Eckersley needed just one pitch--one that got Barry Bonds to hit into a double play--to save the game for Johnson.

By rule, starters may be used as relievers in Game 7. By default, each team's Game 7 bullpen will be composed of their four remaining starters, plus their best reliever (by stats) during the regular season. Those relievers are Mort Cooper (Burke) and Hal Newhouser (Myers). GMs may make changes to the bullpens anytime between now and Game 7, which will be on Monday.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 14, Red Dawgs 11
Extra-Base Hits: 1-1

Winning pitcher: W. Johnson (6-0)
Losing pitcher: W. Cooper (3-2)
Save: Eckersley (1)

Homerun: Henderson
Double: Maury Wills
Caught stealing: Paul Molitor
Error: Arky Vaughan

World Series Game 6

World Series Game 5

Red Dawgs 3, Upper-Deckers 2 (14 innings):
In the longest game in HBWRL postseason history, the Myers Red Dawgs (18-7) outlasted the Burke Upper-Deckers (15-10), to move within one game of repeating as HBWRL champions. The Bonds family did a number on Burke, with solo homers by both father Bobby and son Barry. With the score tied 2-2 in the top of the 14th, Burke loaded the bases with none out, against Dawgs reliever Hoyt Wilhelm. But after Ken Griffey, Jr. hit into a fielder's choice, Frank Baker's fly ball to shallow/medium center was caught by Tris Speaker. Arky Vaughan, trying to score on the play, was gunned down at home. (Note that, had the ball been hit one batter earlier, the much faster Henderson would have been running.)

In the bottom of the inning, the Dawgs put on a "hit and run" with two and two out. The elder Bonds ran from second as Maury Wills stroked a game winning single to right, giving Burke rightfielder Elmer Flick no chance to make a play. Like Ron Guidry in Game 4, Flick simply walked off the field--resigned to the fact that the Dawgs had their 3rd series win--each by one run. This competitive series could end tomorrow, but Burke has other thoughts--Walter Johnson is 5-0 in five starts this season.

2 out when winning run scored
Game Winning RBI: Wills

Hits: Upper-Deckers 18, Red Dawgs 12
Extra-Base Hits: Red Dawgs 3, Upper-Deckers 0

Winning pitcher: Wilhelm
Losing pitcher: Firpo Marberry

Homeruns: Ba. Bonds, Bo. Bonds
Double: Bill Terry
Stolen base: Jackie Robinson
Error: Nap Lajoie
Intentional base on balls: By Marberry (Bo. Bonds)

World Series Game 4
Campanella's Single Evens Series

Red Dawgs 2, Upper-Deckers 1:
In the 2nd straight game decided in the 9th inning, Roy Campanella's two out single lifted the Myers Red Dawgs (17-7) to a dramatic 2-1 win over the Burke Upper-Deckers (15-9), evening this best-of-seven series at 2-2. Burke had struck in the 4th inning on a solo homer by Arky Vaughan, his 2nd in three at-bats (Vaughan homered twice in 89 at-bats during the regular season). Starting pitchers Tom Seaver (Upper-Deckers) and Whitey Ford (Red Dawgs) continued to duel, with the Dawgs tying it at 1-1 in the 7th. With two on and two out in the bottom of the 9th, Seaver was pulled for Ron Guidry. He needed only one pitch to undo Seaver's efforts, as he served up a fastball that Campanella drove to centerfield. This competitive series is now a best-of-three, and a Game 6 is ensured.

2 out when winning run scored
Game Winning RBI: Campanella

Hits: Upper-Deckers 10, Red Dawgs 9
Extra-Base Hits: Upper-Deckers 1, Red Dawgs 0

Winning pitcher: Ford (3-1)
Losing pitcher: Seaver (2-2)

Homerun: Vaughan
Stolen base, Caught stealing: Rickey Henderson

World Series Game 3
Vaughan Conquers Green Monster with Dramatic Slam

Upper-Deckers 5, Red Dawgs 2:
With his team trailing 2-1 in the 9th inning, Arky Vaughan hit a grand slam over the Big Green Monster to lift the Burke Upper-Deckers (15-8) to an improbable 5-2 win over the Myers Red Dawgs (16-7), astonishing a sold out Fenway Park. Starting pitchers Jim Palmer (Burke) and Eddie Plank (Dawgs) dueled brilliantly for six innings. Each team managed just one run--Burke on a bases loaded walk by Mark McGwire; the Dawgs on an error by Rickey Henderson and some aggressive baserunning by Maury Wills. In the bottom of the 7th, Hank Greenberg, who had been dominated by Palmer all day, launched a fly ball deep to right, scoring Nap Lajoie and giving the Dawgs a 2-1 lead. Normally reliable Hoyt Wilhelm replaced Plank in the 9th, and retired only batter before allowing the slam to Vaughan. Hal Newhouser retired the final two Burke hitters, but his entry was too late. Mort Cooper retired the Dawgs in order in the bottom of the 9th, giving Burke a 2-1 series lead.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 11, Red Dawgs 10
Extra-Base Hits: 1-1

Winning pitcher: M. Cooper (1-1)
Losing pitcher: Wilhelm (2-1)

Homerun: Vaughan
Double: Barry Bonds
Stolen bases: Wills, Lajoie
Caught stealing: Ken Griffey, Jr.
Error: Henderson

World Series Game 2

Red Dawgs 2, Upper-Deckers 1:
Bobby Bonds' two run homerun in the 2nd was enough, and Chief Bender allowed one or fewer runs for the 3rd straight time, as the defending HBWRL champion Myers Red Dawgs (16-6) even the Season 14 World Series with a 2-1 win over the Burke Upper-Deckers (14-8). Bender, who scattered eight singles through eight innings, outdueled embattled Burke starter Cy Young. Young had struggled recently, but pitched brilliantly today--allowing just nine singles in a complete game effort, deleting the Bonds homer. Bonds also stole a base, was caught stealing, and committed an error for good measure. The series is now reduced to a best-of-five, with the Dawgs again having the momentum. They have won 15 of their last 18 games, and four of their last five (four of six overall) against Burke.

Hits: Red Dawgs 2, Upper-Deckers 1

Winning pitcher: Bender
Losing pitcher: Young
Save: Hoyt Wilhelm

Homerun, Stolen base, Caught stealing, Error: Bo. Bonds
Season 15 Game Links:
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