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Season 13

Mon, 27 Dec 1999
Red Dawgs 6, Chips 0:
The Myers Red Dawgs (9-3) matched last year's win total with a 6-0 rout of the Silicon Valley Chips (4-8). The Chips, who started 3-0, have lost eight of their last nine games and now find themselves in last place. The game was much closer than the score would indicate. The Dawgs led 1-0 through seven innings before victimizing Chips reliever Freddie Fitzsimmons for five runs in the 8th inning; capped by Barry Bonds' three run homer. Whitey Ford pitched a seven hit shutout, to continue the Dawgs' string of excellent starting pitching. Lefty O'Doul, who hit two grand slams off of Ford in his HBWRL debut, went 0-3. The Dawgs have opened up a 2.5 game lead over the Reps and Powers. The next game features a perrenial Cy Young award winner against--Cy Young.

Hits: Red Dawgs 14, Chips 7

Winning pitcher: Ford
Losing pitcher: Christy Mathewson

Homerun: Bonds
Stolen bases: Frank Baker 2, Tris Speaker
Error: Nap Lajoie

Mon, 27 Dec 1999
Upper-Deckers 3, Powers 0:
Walter Johnson pitched a six hit shutout as the Burke Upper-Deckers (5-6) took a 2-1 lead in the season series over the defending champion Karas Powers (6-5). Former Power Mark McGwire led the offensive attack by going 3-5 with a two run homer. Perhaps more importantly, the loss combined with the above result gives the Red Dawgs a two game lead over the Powers and Reps. Burke trails by three; the Chips and Titans trail by four each. It was the 4th straight win for road teams.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 16, Powers 6

Winning pitcher: Johnson
Losing pitcher: Addie Joss

Homerun: McGwire
Doubles: Jim Rice, Arky Vaughan
Error: Frank Robinson

Mon, 27 Dec 1999
Red Dawgs 5, Reps 1:
The Myers Red Dawgs (8-3) delivered a devestating defeat to the Minneapolis Reps (6-5), beating them for the 3rd time this season. By clinching the tiebreaker over the Reps, the Dawgs now effectively have a three game lead over them. They lead the 2nd place Powers by 2.5 games. Tris Speaker led the offensive attack for the Dawgs, with two stolen bases, two runs scored, and an RBI. But the real hero was Wilbur Cooper, who pitched his third excellent game of the seasons. Cooper's complete game, five-hitter shut down the Reps and solidified the Dawgs' hold on first place. Reps started Ed Walsh took the earliest shower of his career--lasting only 4.1 innings. Robin Roberts' 4.2 innings of shutout relief came too late for the Reps.

Hits: Red Dawgs 14, Reps 5

Winning pitcher: W. Cooper
Losing pitcher: Walsh

Stolen bases: Speaker 2


Titans 4, Chips 3:
In a seesaw battle with a storybook ending, the Tri-City Titans (4-7) avenged a pre all-star break loss with a 4-3 win over the Silicon Valley Chips (4-7). The Chips have lost six of their last seven games. It was also the first loss in three outings for all-star Chips pitcher Carl Mays. Bob Gibson, in easily his strongest performance as a Titan, allowed just two runs in eight innings to earn the win. The Titans led 4-1 through 7.5 innings, but George Brett's RBI sac fly made it 4-2 through eight. Don Drysdale replaced Gibson in the 9th, and served up another run, making it 4-3. Drysdale further allowed the Chips to load the bases with two outs, which is where our storybook scenario begins. Johnny Bench batted with two out in the bottom of the 9th and the bases loaded, with his team down by a run. But his fly ball to right was routine. Hank Aaron made the catch for the final out, and the Titans' 4th win in six games, after an 0-5 start.

Hits: Titans 16, Chips 14

Winning pitcher: Gibson
Losing pitcher: C. Mays
Save: Drysdale

Doubles: Mike Schmidt, Bill Dickey, Jimmie Foxx
Stolen bases: Ty Cobb 2

All-Star Result


Expansion 2, Senior Circuit 1:
Cy Young outdueled Stan Coveleski, and Mickey Mantle's 5th inning solo homer proved decisive, as Expansion won for the 3rd time in four meetings, 2-1 over the HBWRL's Senior Circuit. Mantle broke a 1-1 tie by homering deep to center off of Coveleski in the 5th. HBWRL homerun leader Rogers Hornsby had tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the 3rd. Expansion had the game's first eight hits, and led 1-0, through 2.5 innings. Hank Aaron's RBI single in the top of the 3rd had given them a 1-0 lead. Aaron also made a catch at the wall to rob Roy Campanella in the bottom of the 9th, preserving the win. Young tossed a complete game, and didn't allow an extra-base hit. Robin Roberts pitched two innings of perfect relief for the Senior Circuit.

Week 11 starts with a rematch of Week 10's games--with the venues changed. The main event: the Reps try to regain a share of 1st place in a rematch with the league leading Red Dawgs. All-stars Carl Mays and Wilbur Cooper didn't get to pitch in the all-star game. Both will start in Week 11.

Hits: Expansion 15, Senior Circuit 9

Winning pitcher: Young
Losing pitcher: Coveleski

*ALL-STAR BREAK*



Wed, 15 Dec 1999
Chips 8, Titans 2: The Silicon Valley Chips (4-6) snapped a six game losing skid by scoring early and often against their alumnus, Sandy Koufax of the Tri-City Titans (3-7). The Chips coasted to an 8-2 win. Joe DiMaggio led the Chips' attack by going 3-4 with four RBIs. Making his HBWRL debut, Freddie Fitzsimmons pitched an inning of perfect relief for the Chips, holding a lead for starter Carl Mays. Gaylord Perry was touched up for four runs in four innings in a relief appearance for the Titans. The game concludes the first half of the season and brings us to the All-Star break.

Hits: Chips 18, Titans 13

Winning pitcher: C. Mays
Losing pitcher: Koufax

Doubles: DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty O'Doul, Charlie Gehringer, Harry Heilmann
Stolen base: Rod Carew

Tue, 14 Dec 1999
Red Dawgs 7, Reps 6 (11 innings): In the most important and exciting game this season, the Myers Red Dawgs (7-3) claimed sole possession of 1st place at the All-Star Break, with a dramatic 7-6 win, in 11 innings, over the Minneapolis Reps (6-4). Two of the Dawgs' three losses have come in extra innings--so they could easily be 9-1. This was their first extra innings win of the season. Roy Campanella's two run homer gave the Reps an early 2-0 lead, which the Dawgs quickly overcame. Albert Belle's sac fly in the 4th made it 2-1, then a four run 6th inning made it 5-2 Red Dawgs. A critical insurance run in the 7th made it 6-2, and the rout seemed to be on. But then the Reps rallied for four runs in the 8th, chasing Dawgs starter Hippo Vaughn from the game. Reliever Ron Guidry quelled the rally and it was 6-6 after eight.

The game went to extra innings. Ultimately, Nap Lajoie hit for the Dawgs with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, against Reps reliever Robin Roberts. After fouling off the first pitch, Roberts missed with three straight, running the count to 3-1, meaning that the Dawgs would win the game on a ball. The Reps outfield was in; and the infield was in, with the winning run at third base and the knowledge that Lajoie is generally to fast to "double up." Lajoie smacked the 3-1 pitch right at Reps 2B Eddie Collins. Collins, drawn in and poised to make the catch, could have stepped on second base for an inning ending double play. He dropped the ball. It rolled into lazily into center field as Collins and centerfielder Edd Roush helplessly watched Tris Speaker score the winning run.

1 out when winning run scored.

Hits: Red Dawgs 19, Reps 14

Winning pitcher: Guidry
Losing pitcher: Roberts

Homerun: Campanella
Stolen base: Collins
Caught stealing: Belle, George Sisler
Errors: Collins 2

Mon, 13 Dec 1999
Powers 8, Upper-Deckers 5: The defending champion Karas Powers (6-4) will enter the All-Star Break with back-to-back wins, capped off by an 8-5 win over the Burke Upper-Deckers (4-6). Burke will enter with the same record as last year. The Powers, who were 9-1 at last year's break but slumped in the 2nd half to a 13-7 finish, struck early and often against Burke starter Joe "Iron Man" McGinnity. The Powers scored three in the 1st, two in the 2nd, and one in the 3rd, making it 6-0 after 2.5. Burke, who had already rallied from a six run deficit to win once this year, would have to do it again.

They nearly did. With the Powers leading 7-2 in the 6th inning, Rogers Hornsby--who had homered earlier--made a costly error to keep the inning going for Mickey Mantle. His two run double made it 7-4. Then former Power Yogi Berra added a solo homer, making it 7-5 through eight innings. But Chuck Klein, who nearly hit for the cycle (missing the triple) hit a critical RBI single in the 9th off of Rich "Goose" Gossage, sealing the Powers win at 8-5.

The table is now set for perhaps the biggest game of the year. The upcoming Reps/Red Dawgs game will decide sole possession of 1st place entering the All-Star Break. It also features the league's top pitching staff (the Red Dawgs, with a team ERA of 1.96) against the top offense (the Reps, who lead the league in batting average, slugging percentage, and runs scored). In the words of ESPN's "poker dogs," it should be a real brew-ha-ha. Finally, it features former Rep Hippo Vaughn, starting for the Dawgs.

Winning pitcher: Stan Coveleski
Losing pitcher: McGinnity
Save: Tommy John

Homeruns: Hornsby, Klein, Berra
Doubles: Klein, Berra, Mantle, Honus Wagner
Error: Hornsby

Sun, 12 Dec, 1999
Red Dawgs 8, Chips 3: Clearly seething from their 10 ininng loss to the Titans, the Myers Red Dawgs (6-3) torched Chips starter Jack Chesbro for six runs in the 1st inning, and went on to defeat the Chips (3-6), 8-3. A dozen Dawgs batted in the 1st, including George Sisler and Barr Bonds, each of whom had thee-hit days. Phil Niekro was solid in relief for the Chips, who lost their 6th striaght. Eppa Rixey mopped up for the Dawgs. The results set the staage for perhaps the biggest game of the year, as the Dawgs (who now hold 1st place by tiebeaker)take on the Reps to start Week 10, the final week before the All-Star break.

Hits; Red Dawgs 17, Chips 10

Winning pitcher: Pete Alexander
Losing pittcher: Chesbro

Double: Ray Champan
Error: Champan



Reps Take First

Sat, 11 Dec
Reps 10, Upper-Deckers 3: The Minneapolis Reps (6-3) followed a 10-3 loss with 10-3 win, over the Burke Upper-Deckers (4-5). It was the Reps' 6th win in seven games after an 0-2 start. The Reps capitalized on seven unearned runs--six of them coming in a seven run 5th inning. All of the unearned runs came, at least indirectly, as a result of two errors by last year's MVP, Ken Griffey, Jr. That said, several Reps had big days on offense. Richie Allen led the way with a three run homer; Lou Gehrig was 4-5 and also drove in three runs. The Reps now hold 1st place, with a 1/2 game lead over the Red Dawgs. The Dawgs' upcoming game will decide 1st place through nine weeks, because the Dawgs hold the tiebreaker over the Reps.

Hits: Reps 19, Upper-Deckers 10

Winning pitcher: Greg Maddux
Losing pitcher: Jim Palmer

Homerun: Allen
Errors: Griffey 2

Fri, 10 Dec
Upper-Deckers 6, Chips 0: Chief Bender and Rube Marquard combined on a shutout as the Burke Upper-Deckers (4-4) handed the Silicon Valley Chips (3-5) their 5th straight loss. The Chips were unable to capitalize on 13 hits (12 of them singles) and two Burke errors, as Bender and Marquard got the outs when they needed them. Mark McGwire and Mickey Mantle each homered for the Upper-Deckers, who moved into 3rd place by tiebreaker as Week 8 concluded.

Hits: Upper-Deckers 15, Chips 13

Winning pitcher: Bender
Losing pitcher: Steve Carlton
Save: Marquard

Homeruns: Mantle, McGwire
Doubles: Mantle, Arky Vaughan, Yogi Berra, Ty Cobb
Caught stealing: Cobb, Johnny Bench
Errors: Vaughan, Ken Griffey, Jr.

Fri, 10 Dec
Powers 6, Titans 3: The defending champion Karas Powers (5-4) moved within 1/2 game of 1st place, snapping the three game winning streak of the Tri-City Titans (3-6). Rogers Hornsby drove in the game's first three runs, roughing up last year's All-star starter Lefty Gomez, and the Powers didn't look back. Honus Wagner and Hornsby had three hits each to lead the Powers attack. Three teams are now separated by 1/2 game at the top of the league, with five games remaining until the All-star break.

Hits: Powers 17, Titans 14

Winning pitcher: Urban Shocker
Losing pitcher: Gomez

Homeruns: Hornsby, Willie Mays
Doubles: Harry Heilmann, Joe Cronin
Stolen bases: Wagner 2
Caught stealing: Wagner 2

Thu, 9 Dec, 1999
Titans 3, Red Dawgs 2 (10 innings): In an improbable comeback with an equally improbable result, the Tri-City Titans (3-5) won their 3rd straight, 3-2 in 10 innings over the Myers Red Dawgs (5-3). The Dawgs retain 1st place by tiebreaker over the Reps. The Red Dawgs were in control through eight innings, leading 2-0. Wilbur Cooper, who shut out the Reps 5-0 in his first outing, was on the verge of back to back shuouts. "Brother" Mort Cooper was ready in the bullpen. And the Titans had managed just seven hits--all singles--through eight innings. But W. Cooper was unable to close out the 9th. M. Cooper entered with two and two out. After Joe Cronin walked to load the bases, Willie Mays and Charlie Gehringer each hit RBI singles to tie the game at 2-2. M. Cooper retired Harry Heilmann to end the 9th and send the game to extra innings. After former Red Dawg Eddie Cicotte retired the Dawgs in order in the 10th, the Titans again got the leadoff man on in the bottom of the 10th. Things seemed headed for the 11th after Johnny Mize hit into a double play. But Al Simmons, who was robbed of a homer by Barry Bonds in the 9th, hit another one Bonds' way--but much deeper. It landed in the upper deck and gave the Titans--who were once down to their last strike when it was 2-0--a dramatic (some would say heartbreaking) win. A critical game for two 3-4 teams concludes Week 8.

Two out when winning run scored
Game Winning RBI: Simmons

Hits: Titans 13, Red Dawgs 8

Winning pitcher: Cicotte (1st career win)
Losing pitcher: M. Cooper

Homerun: Simmons
Caught stealing: Bonds
Error: Mike Schmidt

Reps Take Second

Wed, 8 Dec 1999
Reps 4, Powers 1: Ed Walsh pitched a six hit complete game to defeat the league's winningest pitcher of all-time, Ed Reulbach, as the Minneapolis Reps (5-3) won for the 5th time in six games, beating the defending champion Karas Powers (4-4), 4-1. The Reps were staked to an early 2-0 lead, before Frank Thomas' solo homer cut it to 2-1. But Rickey Henderson hit the first homer of his career--a two run shot--and actually danced to the amazon.com jingle as he trotted the bases, to make it 4-1 and seal the victory. The homer also knocked in Ernie Banks, who had doubled for the Reps on the previous pitch. The Reps take sole possession of 2nd place with the win, 1/2 game behind the Red Dawgs. They take on the league's top offense and their former teammate Eddie Cicotte, next.

Hits: Reps 13, Powers 6

Winning pitcher: Walsh
Losing pitcher: Reulbach

Homeruns: Henderson, Thomas
Doubles: Banks, Eddie Mathews
Stolen base: Eddie Collins
Caught stealing: Mathews, Babe Ruth, Fred Clarke
Error: Edd Roush

Mon, 6 Dec 1999
Powers 5, Chips 0: The defending champion Karas Powers (4-3) pulled within a game of 1st place with a 5-0 shutout of the Silicon Valley Chips (3-4). It was the Chips' 4th straight loss, and their 6th straight loss to the Powers. The Powers have recorded shutouts in two of their last three games. In each, the pitching staff allowed just six hits, all singles. This time, Carl Hubbell pitched a complete game, outdueling Chips ace Juan Marichal. Marichal didn't pitch badly, either--he allowed just eight hits, and three of the Powers' five runs were unearned. With the Powers already leading 3-0, former Chip Gabby Hartnett iced the victory with a two run homer. The game concludes Week 7; with three teams separated by one game. It also sets up a Reps/Powers showdown, the winner of which will, at worst, have sole possession of 2nd place through eight weeks.

Hits: Powers 8, Chips 6

Winning pitcher: Hubbell
Losing pitcher: Marichal

Homerun: Hartnett
Double: Rogers Hornsby
Error: Rod Carew

Titans Offensive Machine Keeps Churning

Fri, 3 Dec 1999
Titans 10, Reps 3: The erratic Tri-City Titans (2-5) won their 2nd straight (that after they lost 17 straight) with a 10-3 rout of the Minneapolis Reps (4-3). The Reps had won four in a row. The Titans have scored 28 runs in their last 27 innings. Several HBWRL teams have not scored 27 runs all season. The Titans broke a 3-3 tie in the 6th when Charlie Gehringer singled, starting a seven run rally by the Titans. Gehringer led the Titans' attack, which consisted of 23 hits (all singles), by going 5-6 with three runs scored. Former Rep Johnny Mize also went 5-6. The result tightens the overall race, but widens it at the top, as the Red Dawgs clinched sole possesion of 1st place through seven "weeks."

Hits: Titans 23, Reps 17

Winning pitcher: Warren Spahn
Losing pitcher: Lefty Grove

Doubles: Babe Ruth, Ernie Banks
Stolen base: Eddie Collins

Thu, 2 Dec
Red Dawgs 1, Upper-Deckers 0: The Myers Red Dawgs (5-2) won their 2nd straight one run decision, shutting out the league's top offense, 1-0. The Burke Upper-Deckers (3-4) had scored 19 runs in their previous 18 innings, but were shut down by the combination of Dawgs starter Eddie Plank and reliever Dazzy Vance. Burke managed a dozen hits, but they were all singles. The game's decisive blow came in the bottom of the 7th, when Hank Greenberg broke a scoreless tie with a solo homer off of Burke starter Cy Young, who allowed just seven hits in an eight inning, complete game loss. The Dawgs now lead the Reps by 1/2 game, and have clinched 1st place through seven of 20 "weeks."

Hits: Upper-Deckers 12, Red Dawgs 7

Winning pitcher: Plank
Losing pitcher: Young
Save: Vance

Homerun: Greenberg
Stolen base: Paul Molitor
Caught stealing, error: George Sisler

Reps Win 4th Straight

Tue, 30 Nov 1999
Reps 8, Chips 2: In a game that was much closer (and tenser!) than the score would suggest, the Minneapolis Reps (4-2) won their 4th straight game, 8-2 over the Silicon Valley Chips (3-3). It was the 3rd straight loss for the Chips, who started the season 3-0. It also snapped a seven game game winning streak for road teams. Ted Williams' homer gave the Reps a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning, and it remained that way for most of the game, as starters Christy Mathewson (Chips) and Mordecai Brown (Reps) dueled. In the top of the 8th, the Chips had their best chance to win the game. George Brett batted against Robin Roberts, who came on in relief of Brown, with the bases loaded and one out. Roberts got Brett to ground a 2-2 pitch to Eddie Collins, leading to an inning ending 4-6-3 double play. The game was broken open in the bottom of the 8th, when the Reps torched reliever Phil Niekro for seven runs. Despite being down to their last strike on four different occasions, the Chips then managed to score two runs off of Roberts in top of the 9th to avoid the shutout. Stan Musial's two run single came after Rod Carew and Lefty O'Doul had each drawn walks on 3-2 pitches. The two seemingly inconsequential runs move the Chips into 4th place--as opposed to 5th--ahead of Burke via the third tiebreaker. The result concludes Week 6, with the Red Dawgs holding 1st place by tiebreaker.

Hits: Reps 18, Chips 14

Winning pitcher: Brown
Losing pitcher: Mathewson
Save: Roberts

Homerun: Williams
Stolen base: Rickey Henderson
Caught stealing: Brett

Dawgs Take First During Visit

Mon, 29 Nov 1999
Red Dawgs 4, Powers 3: The Myers Red Dawgs (4-2) took sole possession of 1st place with a nailbiter victory over the defending champion Karas Powers (3-3), 4-3. It was the 7th consecutive win for road teams, and third consecutive game decided by two runs or less. The Dawgs led 4-0 in the bottom of the 8th, and seemed destined to return the favor of the 4-0 shutout that the Powers handed them in the teams' previous meeting. But Dawgs starter Whitey Ford fatigued, as the Powers broke up the shutout. Eddie Mathews' RBI sac fly then made it 4-2. Gabby Hartnett's RBI single made it 4-3, before Frank Baker robbed Rogers Hornsby of an extra base hit down the third base line--which would have easily tied the game--and kept it at 4-3 through eight innings. The combination of Ford and Mort Cooper retired the Powers in order in the 9th. The Dawgs benefited from an error as well. Leading 2-0 in the 7th, Fred Clarke misplayed a Nap Lajoie single, allowing two unearned runs to score, and making it 4-0 Red Dawgs. While the runs seemed to be "icing on the cake" at the time, they turned out to be the decisive ones.

The Dawgs will be joined at the top by the Reps/Chips winner to conclude Week 6. In that game, the Chips are on the road--and road teams have won seven in a row. But the Reps have won three in a row. Something's gotta give! Three teams--the loser of that game, the Upper-Deckers, and Powers, will be 3-3, continuing a "log jam" at the top. Five teams will be separated by one game.

Hits: Red Dawgs 14, Powers 11

Winning pitcher: Ford
Losing pitcher: Addie Joss
Save: M. Cooper

Stolen base: Honus Wagner
Caught stealing: Barry Bonds, Joe Jackson
Error: Clarke


Click here to view results of Season 13 Games:
October 26 - November 27,1999 (~)

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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