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Season 12


Dawgs Eliminate Deckers; Chips Clinch Playoff Berth


Tue, 21 Sep 1999
Red Dawgs 5, Upper-Deckers 3:
The Myers Red Dawgs (8-11) eliminated the Burke Upper-Deckers (10-9) with a 5-3 win in rainy Cincinnati today. Albert Belle's three run homer put the Dawgs put the Dawgs up 5-1, and Dawgs starter Eddie Cicotte and reliever Lefty Grove hung on for the win. We now know that it will be the Chips and the Powers in the World Series. However the regular season title (and home field advantage for every World Series game) is up for grabs. The Powers can clinch with a win over the Reps. Otherwise, it will come down to the last game of the season, when the Upper-Deckers play the Chips. A Chips win combined with a Powers loss would give the Chips (who started 4-7, while the Powers started 9-1) an improbable regular season title. The Powers win the regular season on all other scenarios.

The teams have met twice in the World Series, splitting the two series. The regular season champ won both times. It promises to be a great series, pitting as it does the best team in the first half (Powers, 9-1) against the best team in the second half (Chips, 8-1). Also, the Chips can break the record for consecutive regular season wins with a Week 20 win over the Upper-Deckers. The news gets worse for the Upper-Deckers--Ken Griffey, Jr. went 0-4 in the game, meaning that the Chips' Ty Cobb (.437) has (for now) regained the batting lead. Griffey and Burke's Jackie Robinson are hot on his trail.

Hits: Red Dawgs 13, Upper-Deckers 11

Winning pitcher: Cicotte (1-3)
Losing pitcher: Ron Guidry (1-2)
Save: Grove (1)

Homerun: Belle
Doubles: J. Robinson, Ernie Banks
Caught stealing: Paul Molitor
Error: Banks

WEEK 19 RECAP
Chips 7, Reps 2
Powers 4, Titans 0
Red Dawgs 5, Upper-Deckers 3

STANDINGS (W-L, PCT., ((RS-RA) if nec.), GB, PCT.):
(1) Karas Powers (13-6, .684, --);
(2) Silicon Valley Chips (12-7, .632, 1);
(3) Minneapolis Reps (10-9, .526, +19, 3);
(4) Burke Upper-Deckers (10-9, .526, +2, 3);
(5) Myers Red Dawgs (8-11, .421, 5);
(6) Tri-City Titans (4-15, .211, 9)

WEEK 20 GAMES
Minneapolis Reps (10-9, Mordecai Brown) at Karas Powers (13-6, Urban Shocker)
Burke Upper-Deckers (10-9, Don Sutton) at Silicon Valley Chips (12-7, Christy Mathewson)
Tri-City Titans (4-15, Lefty Gomez) at Myers Red Dawgs (8-11, Whitey Ford)


Mon, 20 Sep 1999
Powers 4, Titans 0:
The Karas Powers (13-6) handed the Tri-City Titans (4-15) their record 11th straight loss, and reclaimed the league ERA lead, with a 4-0 shutout. Mike Schmidt drove in all four runs, capped by a three run homer in the 5th. The Powers, who have a clinched a playoff berth, lead the Chips by one game, with one remaining. However, the Chips have the tiebreaker against the Powers, so the pennant is still up for grabs. So is the second playoff spot. The Upper-Deckers can take it by winning their last two games--by large margins.

Winning pitcher: Stan Coveleski (2-1)
Losing pitcher: Grover Cleveland "Pete" Alexander (1-3)
Save: Harry Brecheen (1)

Homerun: Schmidt
Doubles: Schmidt, Joe Jackson
Caught stealing: Honus Wagner
Error: Chuck Klein

Upcoming game: (elimination game for Upper-Deckers)
Myers Red Dawgs (7-11, Eddie Cicotte) at Burke Upper-Deckers (10-8, Ron Guidry)

Chips Win 8th Straight; Reps Eliminated


Fri, 17 Sep 1999
Chips 7, Reps 2:
The Silicon Valley Chips (12-7) tied a regular season record with their 8th straight win, and eliminated the defending champion Minneapolis Reps (10-9) in the process, 7-2. Leading 1-0 after seven innings, the Chips broke the game open with four runs in the 8th and two more in the 9th inning, capped by Gabby Hartnett's two run single. Chips ace Juan Marichal allowed just one earned run while pitching the complete game and eliminating the defending champs. In spite of the Chips win, Ty Cobb (0-4) saw his batting average fall to .437; Burke's Ken Griffey, Jr. now leads the league at .444. The Chips are now within 1/2 game of the Powers, but have not yet clinched a playoff spot. If the Upper-Deckers defeat the Red Dawgs, that spot will be decided during the last week of the season, because the Upper-Deckers and Chips play each other. An Upper-Deckers loss against the Red Dawgs would eliminate Burke and set up a Powers/Chips World Series. Those teams have met twice in the World Series; they split, with the regular season champion winning each Series.

Hits: Chips 17, Reps 16

Winning pitcher: Marichal (2-1)
Losing pitcher: Eddie Plank (2-2)

Homerun: Lou Gehrig
Double: Stan Musial
Error: Rod Carew

Upcoming games:
Tri-City Titans (4-14, Pete Alexander) at Karas Powers (12-6, Stan Coveleski) elimination game for Upper-Deckers:
Myers Red Dawgs (7-11, Eddie Cicotte) at Burke Upper-Deckers (10-8, Ron Guidry)

Chips Shock Powers; Move Within One Game of First Place


Fri, 17 Sep 1999
Chips 2, Powers 0:
Jack Chesbro pitched a five hit shutout as the Silicon Valley Chips (11-7) won their 7th straight, to retain sole possession of 2nd place and move within one game of the Karas Powers (12-6) with two remaining. It was the 3rd straight loss for the Powers, who are 3-5 since the All-Star Break. The Chips won despite Ty Cobb going 0-4, which tightens his race for the batting title with Burke's Ken Griffey, Jr. The result concludes Week 18, and every game now becomes critical. The Chips play the Reps to start Week 19; the defending champion Reps will be eliminated with a loss. A Reps loss would also mean that the Chips would tie a record with their 8th straight in a particular regular season. The Titans/Powers game is less significant, but moreso with a Chips win. And the Upper-Deckers play the Red Dawgs; Burke would have to win to avoid elimination if the Chips beat the Reps.

Hits: Chips 5, Powers 5

Winning pitcher: Chesbro (1-3)
Losing pitcher: Carl Hubbell (3-1)

Homerun: Lefty O'Doul
Double: Gabby Hartnett
Stolen base: Honus Wagner
Caught stealing: Rogers Hornsby
Error: Mike Schmidt

WEEK 18 RECAP
Reps 7, Red Dawgs 4 (12)
Upper-Deckers 3, Titans 1
Chips 2, Powers 0

STANDINGS (W-L, PCT., (RS-RA (if nec.)), GB):
(1) Karas Powers (12-6, .667, --);
(2) Silicon Valley Chips (11-7, .611, 1);
(3) Minneapolis Reps (10-8, 556, +26, 2);
(4) Burke Upper-Deckers (10-8, .556, +4, 2);
(5) Myers Red Dawgs (7-11, .389, 5);
(6) Tri-City Titans (4-14, .222, 8)

WEEK 19 GAMES
Silicon Valley Chips (11-7, Juan Marichal) at Minneapolis Reps (10-8, Eddie Plank) (elimination game for Reps)
Tri-City Titans (4-14, Pete Alexander) at Karas Powers (12-6, Stan Coveleski)
Myers Red Dawgs (7-11, Eddie Cicotte) at Burke Upper-Deckers (10-8, Ron Guidry)


Thu, 16 Sep 1999
Upper-Deckers 3, Titans 1:
Jim Palmer scattered eight hits over 8.2 innings and Ken Griffey, Jr. passed Babe Ruth for 2nd place in the race for the batting title as the Burke Upper-Deckers (10-8) won the year's final battle of the expansion teams, 3-1 over the Tri-City Titans (4-14). Burke wins the season series by the same margin. The Titans have lost a record 10 straight games. Tri-City led 1-0 after five innings but Frank Thomas and Griffey produced RBI singles to give Burke the lead. Frank Robinson's 8th inning RBI single off Titans reliever Gaylord Perry sealed the win. The next HBWRL game is perhaps the most important of the year. The Chips, riding a six game winning streak, can pull within a game of the once-invincible Powers with a win. But if the Powers win, three teams will be tied for 2nd place--and the last playoff spot--with two games remaining.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 18, Titans 8

Winning pitcher: Palmer (2-0)
Losing pitcher: Tom Seaver (0-3)
Save: Luis Tiant (2)

Doubles: Griffey, Jackie Robinson, Arky Vaughan, Harry Heilmann
Stolen base: George Sisler
Error: Paul Molitor

Upcoming game:
Karas Powers (12-5, Carl Hubbell) at Silicon Valley Chips (10-7, Jack Chesbro)


Thu, 16 Sep 1999
Reps 7, Red Dawgs 4 (12 innings):
In a dramatic game played in the midst of Hurricane Floyd, Babe Ruth's three run homerun lifted the Minneapolis Reps (10-8) over the Myers Red Dawgs (7-11), 7-4 in 12 innings. The Dawgs had rallied to tie the game after trailing 4-0 through seven innings. It was the 2nd Dawgs game in a row, and third of the season, in which a team overcame a four run deficit. The Dawgs blew a 4-0 lead against the Powers in their last game, but won anyway, 6-4. Earlier this season, the Dawgs rallied from 5-0 down to defeat the Upper-Deckers, 14-10.

Trailing 4-2 with two out in the bottom of the 9th with runners on the corners, the Dawgs had Hank Aaron at the plate against Reps starter Rube Waddell. Aaron ripped a long single down the rightfield line to tie the game at 4-4. The game was turned over to the bullpens in extra innings. Babe Ruth went 1-6 to all but eliminate him in the race for the batting title, but he got his hit at the right time--a three run homer off of Dawgs reliever Carl Mays to put the Reps ahead, 7-4 in the top of the 12th. In the bottom of the 12th, Reps reliever Robin Roberts had the Dawgs again down to their last out. With two runners on base, Roberts walked the tying run--Mickey Cochrane. That brought up Willie McCovey as the winning run in a storybook scenario--batting in the bottom of the 12 with two out, the bases loaded, and his team down by three. Roberts got McCovey to fly out to centerfielder Edd Roush to end one of the more memorable games of the season.

Winning pitcher: Roberts (1-2)
Loss: C. Mays (0-1)

Homeruns: Ruth, Roush
Doubles: Albert Belle, Joe Sewell, Johnny Mize
Error: Eddie Collins

Upcoming games:
Burke Upper-Deckers (9-8, Jim Palmer) at Tri-City Titans (4-13, Tom Seaver)
Karas Powers (12-5, Carl Hubbell) at Silicon Valley Chips (10-7, Jack Chesbro)

Chips Win 6th Straight


Wed, 15 Sep 1999
Chips 2, Titans 1 (11 innings):
Ty Cobb went 4-5 with two stolen bases and scored the winning run as the Silicon Valley Chips (10-7) took sole possession of 2nd place with a marathon 2-1 win over the Tri-City Titans (4-13) in 11 innings. It was a record 9th straight loss for the Titans. While Cobb raised his average to .481 to take a commanding lead in the race for the batting title, pitching was the real story. Starters Warren Spahn (Titans) and Sandy Koufax (Chips) pitched to a draw, as it was 1-1 through 8 innings. Both Jim Kaat (Titans) and Red Faber (Chips) provided effective relief. But things changed in the bottom of the 11th. After Cobb singled to lead off the inning and get his 4th hit of the day, he stole second base just as Kaat struck out Rod Carew. Kaat then intentionally walked Lefty O'Doul, as Cobb represented the winning run, and also to set up a possible inning-ending double play. Jim Bunning took over for Kaat with one out and two on, and gave up a single to Stan Musial. With the bases loaded and one out, the Titans brought the outfield in. Jimmie Foxx hit Bunning's first pitch over the outfielders' heads to score Cobb and give the streaking Chips the win.

Although Bunning didn't retire a batter (but he try to retire the President--when he voted to convict!), Katt was charged with the loss as he was responsible for Cobb. This dramatic game concludes Week 17; three teams are separated by one game for the final playoff spot as we come down the stretch. The Chips also kept slim hopes for a regular season title alive--they are two games behind the Powers with three remaining, and the teams play each other next "week."

1 out when winning run scored
Game Winning RBI: Foxx

Winning pitcher: Faber (1-1)
Losing pitcher: Kaat (0-2)

Double: Roberto Clemente
Stolen bases: Cobb 2
Caught stealing: Clemente
Intentional base on balls: By Katt (O'Doul)

WEEK 17 RECAP
Upper-Deckers 1, Reps 0
Red Dawgs 6, Powers 4
Chips 2, Titans 1 (11)

STANDINGS (W-L, PCT., (runs scored-runs against (if nec.)), GB):
(1) Karas Powers (12-5, .706, --);
(2) Silicon Valley Chips (10-7, .588, 2);
(3) Minneapolis Reps (9-8, .529, +23, 3);
(4) Burke Upper-Deckers (9-8, .529, +2, 3);
(5) Myers Red Dawgs (7-10, .412, 5);
(6) Tri-City Titans (4-13, .235, 8)

WEEK 18 GAMES
Minneapolis Reps (9-8, Rube Waddell) at Myers Red Dawgs (7-10, Chief Bender)
Burke Upper-Deckers (9-8, Jim Palmer) at Tri-City Titans (4-13, Tom Seaver)
Karas Powers (12-5, Carl Hubbell) at Silicon Valley Chips (10-7, Jack Chesbro)

Non-Power Hitters Provide Power; Beat Powers

Tue, 14 Sep 1999
With nine of 10 runs coming off homeruns at the "friendly confines," the Myers Red Dawgs (7-10) blew a 4-0 lead but hung on to beat the Karas Powers (12-5), 6-4. It was only the 3rd time this year that the Powers allowed more than four runs, and the first time that feat was accomplished by a team other than Burke. While the Powers are still likely to win the regular season title, the win puts the Chips within 2.5 games.

Hank Aaron's three run homer, with the Dawgs already leading 1-0, made it 4-0. It was that way until the bottom of the 5th inning, with the generally light-hitting Tris Speaker returning the favor with a three run shot of his own, and it was 4-3 Dawgs. Another non-power hitter, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, tied the game with a solo shot in the bottom of the 7th. But the Dawgs responded with a run each in the 8th and 9th innings; the latter blow coming from the light hitting Nap Lajoie, who scored the game's first and last runs. That first run was driven in by Albert (A.) Belle, and was the only run of the game not due to a homerun.

The Powers nearly pulled off a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the 9th. With Jackson at first base, Dawgs reliever Eppa Rixey had two out and an 0-2 count on Chuck Klein. But Klein singled, to bring up one of the game's most prolific homerun hitters, Mark McGwire--representing the winning run with two out in the bottom of the 9th. But McGwire's fly ball was caught by Belle, sealing the upset.

Hits: Red Dawgs 16, Powers 14

Winning pitcher: Rixey (2-0)
Losing pitcher: Hoyt Wilhelm (0-1)

Homeruns: Lajoie, Aaron, Speaker, Jackson, Willie McCovey
Doubles: Lajoie, Mike Schmidt, Rogers Hornsby
Stolen bases: Honus Wagner 3
Caught stealing: Aaron
Errors: Hornsby, Wade Boggs

Upcoming game: Tri-City Titans (4-12, Warren Spahn) at Silicon Valley Chips (9-7, Sandy Koufax)


Mon, 13 Sep 1999
Upper-Deckers 1, Reps 0:
Walter Johnson outdueled former teammate Ed Walsh as the Burke Upper-Deckers (9-8) won a 1-0 nailbiter over the Minneapolis Reps (9-8). The Reps retain 3rd place by tiebreaker, with both teams 1/2 game behind the 2nd place Chips. Jackie Robinson "drove in" the only run of the game, with a bases loaded walk in the 2nd inning. Walsh overcame early control problems (four walks in first two innings) and allowed just one run on seven hits in six innings. Bob Feller pitched three shutout innings of relief for the Reps. But the story of the game was Johnson, who shutout one of the league's most prolific offense. Indeed, these teams are 1-2 in virtually every offensive category, but pitching took center stage today. The Reps had two chances to tie or win the game. In the first inning, they got three singles and a walk, but did not score, as Johnny Bench gunned down Eddie Collins when Collins tried to steal third base. In the bottom of the 9th, Roy Campanella batted against Johnson with the bases loaded and two out. He looped a ball to shallow right, and Robinson made a leaping catch to save the game--and perhaps the season--for Burke.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 12, Reps 10

Winning pitcher: Johnson (2-2)
Losing pitcher: Walsh (0-3)

Caught stealing: Collins

Upcoming games:
Myers Red Dawgs (6-10, Joe McGinnity) at Karas Powers (12-4, Ed Reulbach)
Tri-City Titans (4-12, Warren Spahn) at Silicon Valley Chips (9-7, Sandy Koufax)


Fri, 10 Sep 1999
Reps 10, Titans 0:
Greg Maddux pitched a no-hitter through six innings and ended up with six-hit shutout as the Minneapolis Reps (9-7) trounced the Tri-City Titans (4-12), 10-0. It was a record 8th straight loss for the Titans, who allowed a season-high 24 hits. Babe Ruth went 2-5 to keep it close, but Ty Cobb (.459) maintains the lead in the closest batting race ever. Richie Allen went 5-5 with two RBIs to lead the Reps attack. The Reps play the Upper-Deckers in a critical game with playoff implications next "week."

Hits: Reps 24, Titans 6

Winning pitcher: Maddux (3-0)
Losing pitcher: Bob Gibson (1-3)

Double: Lou Gehrig

WEEK 16 RECAP
Upper-Deckers 5, Powers 1
Chips 5, Red Dawgs 2
Reps 10, Titans 0

STANDINGS (W-L, PCT., head-to-head (if nec.), GB):
(1) Karas Powers (12-4, .750, --);
(2) Silicon Valley Chips (9-7, .563, 2-1, 3);
(3) Minneapolis Reps (9-7, .563, 1-2, 3);
(4) Burke Upper-Deckers (8-8, .500, 4);
(5) Myers Red Dawgs (6-10, .375, 6);
(6) Tri-City Titans (4-12, .250, 8)

WEEK 17 GAMES
Burke Upper-Deckers (8-8, Walter Johnson) at Minneapolis Reps (9-7, Ed Walsh)
Myers Red Dawgs (6-10, Joe McGinnity) at Karas Powers (12-4, Ed Reulbach)
Tri-City Titans (4-12, Warren Spahn) at Silicon Valley Chips (9-7, Sandy Koufax)

Chips Eliminate Dawgs; Win Fifth Straight


Mon, 6 Sep 1999
Chips 5, Red Dawgs 2:
Senior Circuit All-Star starter Steve Carlton continued his banner year as the Silicon Valley Chips (9-7) won their 5th straight, eliminating the Myers Red Dawgs (6-10), 5-2. The Chips now lead the Reps by 1/2 game, and the Upper-Deckers by one game, in the race for the 2nd and final playoff spot. The game was decided in the 2nd inning, when the Chips roughed up Dawgs starter Hippo Vaughn for four runs. Trailing 5-0 in the 6th, Albert Belle homered for the Dawgs to break the shutout--and narrow the margin of victory, which may be important. In the 2nd tiebreaker (runs scored minus runs against), the Chips trailed the Reps by five, meaning a 5-0 win would have evened it. Belle's homer leaves the Reps with a two run edge. Regardless, the team that wins when the Chips and Reps play will probably also take the tiebreaker. Each team's games against the Upper-Deckers also have important playoff implications. The Reps need a win now to keep pace with the Chips, although the Chips will hold 2nd place through 16 of 20 weeks regardless of the next game's outcome.

Winning pitcher: Carlton (3-0)
Losing pitcher: Vaughn (1-2)
Save: Wes Ferrell (2)

Homerun: Belle
Error: Hack Wilson

Upcoming game:
Minneapolis Reps (8-7, Greg Maddux) at Tri-City Titans (4-11, Bob Gibson)


Fri, 3 Sep 1999
Upper-Deckers 5, Powers 1:
The Burke Upper-Deckers (8-8) pulled with 1/2 game of the playoffs with a convincing 5-1 win over the league leading Karas Powers (12-4). The Upper-Deckers, who scored two runs each in the 1st and 2nd innings, have outscored the Powers 14-2 in the teams' last two meetings, after the Powers won the first two. Cy Young, who now leads the league in strikeouts with 28, led 5-0 through seven innings. Mark McGwire's RBI double in the 8th kept Young from the shutout. Hitting cleanup for the first time, Ken Griffey, Jr. of Burke went 3-5 but didn't drive in a run. Jackie Robinson (3-5 with a two run homer) keyed the Burke offense.

Winning pitcher: Young (2-2)
Losing pitcher: Addie Joss (2-2)

Homerun: J. Robinson
Doubles: McGwire, Frank Robinson, Tris Speaker, Frank Thomas

Upcoming games:
Minneapolis Reps (8-7, Greg Maddux) at Tri-City Titans (4-11, Bob Gibson)
Silicon Valley Chips (8-7, Steve Carlton) at Myers Red Dawgs (6-9, Hippo Vaughn)

Powers Shock Again; Magic Number Reduced to One

Mon, 30 Aug 1999
Powers 7, Reps 1:
Using the longball and another improbable pitching peformance from Urban Shocker, the Karas Powers (12-3) reduced their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to one, with a convincing 7-1 win over the 2nd place and defending champion Minneapolis Reps (8-7). A Powers win or Reps loss during the final mini-season will clinch a playoff berth for the Powers, as they would clinch finishing ahead of the Reps. They are ensured of having a four game lead with five remaining; and having beaten the Reps all three teams the teams have played this season, they hold the tiebreaker. The Reps had won the teams' previous three meetings--winning last year's World Series in six games after trailing 2-1.

All the Powers' runs came via the longball, as starter Ed Walsh was tagged for a grand slam by Rogers Hornsby, as well as a three run shot from the normally light-hitting Honus Wagner. Lou Gehrig's RBI single provided the Reps' only run. The winner of the upcoming Chips/Upper-Deckers game will tie the Reps for 2nd place, and the loser will be one game back, with five remaining. The league is braced as three teams will battle for one playoff spot down the stretch.

Hits: Powers 12, Reps 10

Winning pitcher: Shocker (3-0)
Losing pitcher: Ed Walsh (0-2)

Homeruns: Hornsby, Wagner
Doubles: Tris Speaker, Joe Jackson
Stolen base: Wagner
Caught stealing: Wagner
Error: Hornsby

Upcoming game (battle for share of 2nd place): Silicon Valley Chips (7-7, Sandy Koufax) at Burke Upper-Deckers (7-7, Nolan Ryan)
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