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Season 12

Fri, 27 Aug 1999
Upper-Deckers 6, Red Dawgs 1:
Rebounding from a horrible first outing, Ron Guidry scattered 10 hits over 6.1 innings to help the Burke Upper-Deckers (7-7) move into a 3rd place tie and hand the streaky Myers Red Dawgs (5-9) their third straight loss. Prior to that, the Dawgs had won three straight. Before that, they had lost six straight. The Upper-Deckers lived up to their name, getting four of their six runs on homers. Despite outhitting Burke 12-9, the Dawgs scored only one run, and it was from an unlikely source: a solo homer by Wade Boggs, his second of the season. Burke's win concludes Week 14 and sets up a huge game in Week 15 as the 3rd mini-season concludes. The winner of Burke's game with the Chips will be 8-7 and, at worst, one game out of the playoffs with five remaining. The loser of the game will be 7-8, and would almost certainly have to win four of their last five to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Powers must win four of their last six to become the winningest team in HBWRL history. Their showdown with the 2nd place Reps is also a marquee matchup.

Hits: Red Dawgs 12, Upper-Deckers 9

Winning pitcher: Guidry
Losing pitcher: Eddie Cicotte

Homeruns: Jackie Robinson, Frank Robinson, Frank Thomas, Boggs
Double: Ken Griffey, Jr.
Error: Jim Rice

Chips 5, Reps 4
Powers 6, Titans 3
Upper-Deckers 6, Red Dawgs 1

STANDINGS (W-L, PCT., (RS-RA) (if applicable), GB):
(1) Karas Powers (11-3, .786, --);
(2) Minneapolis Reps (8-6, .571, 3);
(3) Silicon Valley Chips (7-7, .500, +6, 4);
(4) Burke Upper-Deckers (7-7, .500, 0, 4);
(5) Myers Red Dawgs (5-9, .357, 6);
(6) Tri-City Titans (4-10, .286, 7)

Karas Powers (11-3, Urban Shocker) at Minneapolis Reps (8-6, Ed Walsh)
Silicon Valley Chips (7-7, Sandy Koufax) at Burke Upper-Deckers (7-7, Nolan Ryan)
Myers Red Dawgs (5-9, Whitey Ford) at Tri-City Titans (4-10, Lefty Gomez)

Thu, 26 Aug 1999
Powers 6, Titans 3:
The Karas Powers (11-3) regained a three game lead over the pack, rallying from 2-0 down to defeat the Tri-City Titans (4-10). It was the Titans' 6th straight loss, matching the season's longest losing streak. Earlier this season, the Red Dawgs lost six straight, and the Upper-Deckers lost five straight. As having a winning record will almost certainly be a necessary condition for making the playoffs, the loss all but eliminates the Titans, who can at best finish with a .500 mark, from contention. Yogi ("I didn't really say that") Berra led the Powers attack, going 3-5 with a homerun. That helped Powers starter Carl Hubbell recover from a two run 2nd inning to get the win. Bob Lemon pitched 2.1 shutout innings in relief for the Powers, to record the save.

Hits: Powers 17, Titans 14

Winning pitcher: Hubbell
Losing pitcher: Grover Cleveland "Pete" Alexander
Save: Lemon

Homerun: Berra
Double: Kiki Cuyler
Error: Willie Mays

Upcoming game: Burke Upper-Deckers (6-7, Ron Guidry) at Myers Red Dawgs (5-8, Eddie Cicotte)

Chips Win Third Straight!

Wed, 25 Aug 1999
Chips 5, Reps 4:
The Silicon Valley Chips (7-7) won their 3rd straight, and completed a two game sweep of the league's top two teams (winning each game by one run) with a thrilling 5-4 win over the Minneapolis Reps (8-6). The Reps had won seven of their last eight; their other loss during their past nine games was also by a 5-4 margin. Former Rep Christy Mathewson got the win despite a three run homer by Richie Allen, which gave the Reps a 4-2 lead. The Reps could not stop Jimmie Foxx, who was 3-4 with two doubles, two runs, and an RBI. Wilbur Cooper was excellent in middle relief for the Chips. Then came the 9th inning, when Wes Ferrell, the only HBWRL-eligible pitcher with a programmed ERA over 4.00, came in for the Chips. Facing the top of the order, he allowed singles to Eddie Collins, Joe Sewell, and Ted Williams. He then managed to get out of the inning--we still can't figure out how--without the Reps scoring a run. Ferrell got Babe Ruth to ground into a fielder's choice, as Collins was forced at home. Lou Gehrig's line drive to left was not deep enough to score Sewell. Then Allen grounded to third to end the game. The Chips are now within one game of the final playoff spot.

Hits: Chips 13, Reps 11

Winning pitcher: Mathewson
Losing pitcher: Mordecai Brown
Save: Ferrell

Homerun: Allen
Doubles: Foxx 2, Collins, Rod Carew
Stolen bases: Collins, Edd Roush, Ty Cobb
Error: Collins

Upcoming game: Karas Powers (10-3, Carl Hubbell) at Tri-City Titans (4-9, Pete Alexander)

Chips Edge Powers; Reps Within Two of First

Mon, 23 Aug 1999
Chips 3, Powers 2:
Returning the favor of a one run loss the Karas Powers (10-3) had handed them during the 2nd mini-season, the Silicon Valley Chips (6-7) took over 3rd place with a thrilling, 3-2 win over the league leaders.

Keyed by RBI singles in the 3rd and 5th inning from Stan Musial and stellar pitching by Juan Marichal, the Chips held a surprising 2-0 lead at the 7th inning stretch. But the Powers, who have not been shut out this season, battled back. They loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the seventh. Marichal struck out Honus Wagner, and got Joe Jackson to pop up the infield. But with two out, Tris Speaker's RBI single made it 2-1 Chips. Jimmie Foxx's RBI single in the 9th made it 3-1 Chips, but the Powers again rallied. With Kiki Cuyler at first base and two out in the bottom of the 9th, the Powers were down to their last strike. After Joe Jackson fouled off several 0-2 pitches, Marichal was removed, in favor of Rich "Goose" Gossage. Jackson drove Gossage's first pitch for a single to rightfield, with Cuyler taking third. Speaker then came up, representing the winning run. He didn't win the game, but he did single to drive in Cuyler and make it 3-2 Chips. That put Jackson (the tying run) in scoring position, and the winning run (Spaker) aboard. But Gossage buckled down to strike out Chuck Klein on three pitches and record the save. The once-invincible Powers have lost two of their last three. The Chips win pulls them within two games of the playoffs, and also pulls the Reps within two games of first place.

The Chips, and other teams, in a sense now hope that history will repeat itself--in Season 7, the Powers started 7-1. They finished 11-7, and lost the World Series in four straight for a final record of 11-11. Such a slide seems unlikely here, but with seven "weeks" remaining, the pennant and playoff races are still very much alive.

Winning pitcher: Marichal
Losing pitcher: Stan Coveleski
Save: Gossage

Double: Wagner
Stolen bases: Ty Cobb 2, Wagner, Travis Jackson
Caught stealing: Cobb, Wagner, Speaker

Reps 4, Red Dawgs 1
Upper-Deckers 8, Titans 3
Chips 3, Powers 2

STANDINGS (W-L, PCT., (RS-RA (if applicable)), GB):
(1) Karas Powers (10-3, .769, --);
(2) Minneapolis Reps (8-5, .615, 2);
(3) Silicon Valley Chips (6-7, .462, +5, 4);
(4) Burke Upper-Deckers (6-7, .462, -5, 4);
(5) Myers Red Dawgs (5-8, .385, 5);
(6) Tri-City Titans (4-9, .308, 6).

Minneapolis Reps (8-5, Mordecai Brown) at Silicon Valley Chips (6-7, Christy Mathewson)
Karas Powers (10-3, Carl Hubbell) at Tri-City Titans (4-9, Pete Alexander)
Burke Upper-Deckers (6-7, Ron Guidry) at Myers Red Dawgs (5-8, Eddie Cicotte)

Fri, 20 Aug 1999
Upper-Deckers 8, Titans 3:
Getting revenge for a seven run 1st inning by the Tri-City Titans (4-9) the last time they played, the Burke Upper-Deckers (6-7) scored six in the 2nd en route to an 8-3 win over their expansion rivals. It was the 5th straight loss for the Titans, their last win being the aforementioned win over Burke. We are "King of the Expansions!" said Upper-Deckers GM Mark H. after the game. More importantly, the Upper-Deckers stayed within two games of the Reps for the final playoff spot. For the Upper-Deckers, Jackie Robinson went 1-5, giving the Powers' Mike Schmidt control (for now) over the league batting race. The Reps and league-leading Powers have collectively won 13 of their last 14 games, excluding games against each other. While the win put Burke in 3rd place, a Chips win over the Powers would put Burke back to 4th. Asked whether he'd rather pick up a game on the league leaders (the Chips-win scenario) or take sole possession of 3rd place (the Powers-win scenario), Mark H. simply said, "I'm not sure I can bring myself to root for the Powers." We can't either, unless of course it's Austin. He is always our man in his eternal battles against Dr. Evil. And the Powers' hold a special place in our hearts, if only for their international-man-of-mystery namesake. Week 13 concludes next as longtime Chip Stan Coveleski battles his former team!

Winning pitcher: Jim Palmer
Losing pitcher: Tom Seaver

Doubles: Al Simmons, Bill Dickey, J. Robinson, Willie Mays, Charlie Gehringer
Stolen bases: Paul Molitor 2
Caught stealing: Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mickey Mantle
Errors: Joe Cronin 2

Upcoming game: Silicon Valley Chips (5-7, Juan Marichal) at Karas Powers (10-2, Stan Coveleski)

Wed, 18 Aug 1999
Reps 4, Red Dawgs 1:
Trailing 1-0, the Minneapolis Reps (8-5) scored four runs in the 7th inning to win for the third time this season over the Myers Red Dawgs (5-8). The Reps, winners of seven of their last eight, once again pulled to within 2.5 games of the 1st place Powers. The Dawgs fell to 5th place, 1/2 game out of last but also only 1/2 game out of third. The Dawgs took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd, thanks to back-to-back doubles by Mickey Cochrane and Willie McCovey. But Roy Campanella's two-run single in the 7th put the Reps ahead for good. Edd Roush added an RBI double for a key insurance run. Finally, Rube Waddell became the league's first three game winner; although most Powers starting pitchers have lower ERAs.

Winning pitcher: Waddell
Losing pitcher: Chief Bender
Save: Mort Cooper

Doubles: Cochrane, McCovey, Roush

Upcoming game: Tri-City Titans (4-8, Tom Seaver) at Burke Upper-Deckers (5-7, Jim Palmer)

Tue, 17 Aug 1999
Chips 9, Titans 3:
In the 8th consecutive game in which a team scored at least seven runs, and the 5th consecutive win for road teams, the Silicon Valley Chips (5-7) took a 9-3 win over the slumping Tri-City Titans (4-8). It was the 4th straight loss for the Titans. Streaks are nothing new this season, however. The Reps lost four of five, before winning six of seven. The Red Dawgs lost six straight. And the Upper-Deckers lost five straight after winning four of five. With the Chips leading 5-3 after six innings, Lefty O'Doul and Gabby Hartnett each hit solo homers to provide insurance runs. Ty Cobb (3-6, 3 RBI) was also key to the win. Chips starting pitcher Steve Carlton allowed his first runs of the season (excluding the All-Star Game), but got the win to improve to 2-0. Carlton, whose streak of 24 consecutive scoreless innings was broken by a three run Titans 6th inning, missed the record by 2.2 innings (the Powers' Ed Reulbach once pitched 26.2 consecutive scoreless innings). The Red Dawgs retain 3rd place by virtue of winning two of three games against the Chips. As Week 12 concludes, the Powers still have a comfortable lead, but the battle for the remaining playoff spot is wide open. One game separates four teams for 3rd place; three games separate five teams for 2nd place. Week 13 features a battle of the 2nd and 3rd place teams, a battle of the expansion teams, and longtime teammates Juan Marichal and Stan Coveleski in a grudge match!

Winning pitcher: Carlton
Losing pitcher: Warren Spahn

Homeruns: O'Doul, Hartnett
Double: Eddie Mathews
Caught stealing: George Sisler
Error: Joe Cronin

Reps 7, Upper-Deckers 2
Powers 8, Red Dawgs 4
Chips 9, Titans 3
STANDINGS (W-L, PCT. head-to-head record (if applicable), GB):
(1) Karas Powers (10-2, .833, --);
(2) Minneapolis Reps (7-5, 583, 3);
(3) Myers Red Dawgs (5-7, .417, 3-2, 5);
(4) Burke Upper-Deckers (5-7, .417, 2-2, 5);
(5) Silicon Valley Chips (5-7, .417, 2-3, 5);
(6) Tri-City Titans (4-8, .333, 6)
Myers Red Dawgs (5-7, Chief Bender) at Minneapolis Reps (7-5, Rube Waddell)
Tri-City Titans (4-8, Tom Seaver) at Burke Upper-Deckers (5-7, Jim Palmer)
Silicon Valley Chips (5-7, Juan Marichal) at Karas Powers (10-2, Stan Coveleski)

Mon, 16 Aug 1999
Powers 8, Red Dawgs 4:
The Karas Powers (10-2) tied a mark for best record ever through 12 games, with a decisive 8-4 win over the Myers Red Dawgs (5-7). Both of these teams have improved markedly from last season; as each team has now matched last season's win total. The Dawgs rallied from an early 5-0 deficit with two run homers by Wade Boggs and Hack Wilson, to cut the margin to 5-4. But Rogers Hornsby's solo shot turned the momentum back to the Powers, and it was 6-4 through seven innings. The Powers added two insurance runs in the 9th; the first runs allowed in the career of All-Star Red Dawgs reliever Eppa Rixey. Chuck Klein (4-5, 4 RBI) and Hornsby (4-5, 2 RBI) led the Powers' attack. It was the first multi-run win for the Powers since Week 6. The result will create a three way tie for 3rd place among the Red Dawgs, Upper-Deckers, and Chips/Titans winner. Right now, the Red Dawgs still hold 3rd place by tiebreaker.

Winning pitcher: Ed Reulbach
Losing pitcher: Joe McGinnity
Save: Bob Lemon

Homeruns: Klein, Hornsby, Boggs, Wilson
Double: Kiki Cuyler
Stolen base: Honus Wagner
Error: Klein

Upcoming game: Silicon Valley Chips (4-7, Steve Carlton) at Tri-City Titans (4-7, Warren Spahn)

Fri, 13 Aug 1999
Reps 7, Upper-Deckers 2:
The Minneapolis Reps (7-5) won for the 2nd straight time by a 7-2 margin to pull within 2.5 games of first place. They defeated the Burke Upper-Deckers (5-7), who have lost six of their last seven. The decisive blows came in the 2nd inning, when Roy Campanella and Edd Roush hit back to back homers off of Burke starter (and longtime Rep) Walter Johnson. Campanella's blast was a grand slam. That prompted Burke GM Mark H. to say that "Big Train" Johnson pitched "more like a big caboose." Pretty rough, but we've heard worse from some "other" GMs in this league. Jim Rice's two run single in the 8th inning avoided a shutout for Burke, and made it 5-2. The Reps added two runs off of Burke reliever Don Sutton in the 9th for the final margin. Rube Marquard recorded his league leading 3rd save for the Reps.

Winning pitcher: Eddie Plank
Losing pitcher: Johnson
Save: Marquard

Homeruns: Campanella, Roush
Doubles: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle
Stolen base: Roush

Upcoming game: Karas Powers (9-2, Ed Reulbach) at Myers Red Dawgs (5-6, Joe McGinnity)

Dawgs Show Puppy Power; Take Third Place!

Thu, 12 Aug 1999
Red Dawgs 8, Chips 2:
The Myers Red Dawgs (5-6) continued an offensive explosion with an 8-2 rout over their one-time nemesis, the Silicon Valley Chips (4-7). The Dawgs have scored 29 runs in their last 27 innings en route to winning three straight. Prior to that, they had lost six straight. In addition, they have won two of three from the Chips this year, after winning only one of six against that team last year. The Dawgs have scored at least seven runs in each of their three recent wins; they did not score seven runs in any of their first eight games.

With the score tied 1-1 in the 2nd, the Dawgs lit up Chips starter Jack Chesbro for six runs. That led to the shortest outing in HBWRL history by a starter--Chesbro lasted only four innings and gave up all eight runs. Reliever Red Faber pitched five scoreless innings for the Chips, but the damage had been done. Dawgs starter Hippo Vaughn and reliever Eppa Rixey, who has not allowed a run this season, survived essentially a one-man attack. Ty Cobb scored both Chips runs, stole two bases, and went 4-4 with a walk. But the other eight Chips players managed collectively just eight hits, giving a whole new meaning to "Eight Men Out." Asked about that after the game, Cobb urged us not to see the movie. "All lies," he said.

Week 12 features the Reps against their longtime star pitcher, the streaking Red Dawgs against the first place Powers, and a battle of 4-7 teams--the loser of which will have a long road ahead of them to make the playoffs.

Winning pitcher: Vaughn
Losing pitcher: Chesbro

Doubles: Nap LaJoie, Mickey Cochrane, Ernie Banks
Stolen bases: Cobb 2
Caught stealing: Cobb

Reps 7, Titans 2
Upper-Deckers 9, Powers 1
Red Dawgs 8, Chips 2

(1) Karas Powers (9-2, .818, L1, --);
(2) Minneapolis Reps (6-5, .544, W1, 3);
(3) Myers Red Dawgs (5-6, .455, W3, 4);
(4) Burke Upper-Deckers (5-6, .455, W1, 4);
(5) Silicon Valley Chips (4-7, .364, L1, 5);
(6) Tri-City Titans (4-7, .364, L3, 5)

Minneapolis Reps (6-5, Eddie Plank) at Burke Upper-Deckers (5-6, Walter Johnson)
Karas Powers (9-2, Ed Reulbach) at Myers Red Dawgs (5-6, Joe McGinnity)
Silicon Valley Chips (4-7, Steve Carlton) at Tri-City Titans (4-7, Warren Spahn)

Two Streaks Snap as Burke Slaps Karas!

Mon, 9 Aug 1999
Upper-Deckers 9, Powers 1:
Even in an improbable blowout, baseball can be a game of inches. Addie Joss retired the first 13 batters he faced, and just missed on a 3- 2 fastball to Frank Robinson, with two out and the bases loaded in the 6th. Had Joss gotten the call, it might have been different. As it was, Robinson forced in the game's first run, and the Burke Upper-Deckers (5-6) added four more in the inning en route to a 9-1 blowout of the Karas Powers (9-2) that was not a blowout until the end. Burke GM Mark H. said after the game that, while he hoped there was no rioting in Burke (or Chicago) to celebrate the victory, "it does sort of serve the Powers right for not voting in the All-star elections." The decisive blow was Johnny Bench's bases-clearing double in the 6th, which turned it from a 2-0 game to a 5-0 blowout. The win ends much frustration for Burke, which had blown four run leads in each of its last two games, and an incredible streak for the Powers, who had won eight in a row (the last four by one run each). The Upper-Deckers scored more runs today (nine) than the Powers' allowed during the first nine games of their season (eight). But it is only one game. The Powers still comfortably hold 1st place, while Burke pulls within a game of second. The Red Dawgs/Chips winner will join Burke in a tie for 3rd.

Winning pitcher: Cy Young
Losing pitcher: Joss

Double: Bench
Stolen bases: Honus Wagner 2

Upcoming game: Myers Red Dawgs (4-6, Hippo Vaughn) at Silicon Valley Chips (4-6, Jack Chesbro)

Titans Hit Iceberg!

Sun, 08 Aug 1999
Reps 7, Titans 2:
Joe Sewell went 4-4 with three runs scored and Greg Maddux won his second straight decision, this time a complete game, as the Minneapolis Reps (6-5) went over the .500 mark for the first time this season with a 7-2 win over the Tri-City Titans (4-7). These teams split two games prior to the All-Star break; this game pitted the winning pitchers from each game against each other. Leading 3-1 in the 7th, the Reps broke through with four runs just after the "stretch," capped by the final of Lou Gehrig's three RBIs. The Reps clinch sole possession of 2nd place through 11 weeks, while the Titans will share last place with the loser of the Chips/Red Dawgs game. The winner of that game, however, will be just one game out of 2nd. Up next, the Powers' eight game winning streak is on the line, against Burke's five game losing streak. We wouldn't bet against a team with Cy Young pitching though.

Winnning pitcher: Maddux
Losing pitcher: Bob Gibson

Doubles: Willie Mays, Charlie Gehringer, Babe Ruth
Stolen base: Eddie Collins
Caught stealing: Edd Roush

Upcoming game: Burke Upper-Deckers (4-6, Cy Young) at Karas Powers (9-1, Addie Joss)

Commissioner announcement: C Josh Gibson will be added to the list of HBWRL-eligible players for next season.

All-Star Game Expands Nicely!

Fri, 6 Aug 1999
Expansion 6, Senior Circuit 3:
After allowing no runs in two starts during the first half of the season, the Chips' Steve Carlton was touched up for six runs in four innings, and the Expansion Stars went on to defeat the Senior Circuit Stars, 6-3. Expansion loaded the bases in each of the first three innings, and scored in each of the first four. Carlton lasted only five, an all-star low for a starting pitcher. The Powers' Addie Joss was effective in relief of Carlton for the Senior Circuit, who managed only one earned run--on Babe Ruth's solo homer in the first. The Seniors added two unearned in the 8th on a Mickey Mantle error. It was fun day in sunny LA, and a good time was had by all. We wanted a more clever quote as we move into the second half, but Yogi Berra didn't make the team this year. We congratulate all of the all-stars--to be chosen to play in this game, in this kind of league, is something worth going to LA for!

Winning pitcher: Lefty Gomez (Titans)
Losing pitcher: Carlton (Chips)
Save: Eppa Rixey (Red Dawgs)

Homerun: Ruth (Reps)
Double: Frank Robinson (Upper-Deckers)
Caught stealing: Ty Cobb (Chips), Gabby Hartnett (Chips)
Error: Mickey Mantle (Upper-Deckers)

Tri-City Titans (4-6, Bob Gibson) at Minneapolis Reps (5-5, Greg Maddux)
Burke Upper-Deckers (4-6, Cy Young) at Karas Powers (9-1, Addie Joss)
Myers Red Dawgs (4-6, Hippo Vaughn) at Silicon Valley Chips (4-6, Jack Chesbro)
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