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HBWRL SEASON 6 FINAL STANDINGS
AND LEAGUE LEADERS

W L GB PCT. RS RA PYTH
Minneapolis Reps 11 7 -- .611 69 47 12-6
Silicon Valley Chips 10 8 1 .556 58 63 9-9
James Maids 8 10 3 .444 44 54 7-11
Broome Stickpins 7 11 4 .389 48 55 7-11

World Series: Reps 4, Chips 3.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS


Batting


BATTING AVERAGE
1. Frank Robinson, Maids .473
2. Carl Yastrzemski, Maids .394
3. Tris Speaker, Reps .386
4. Ty Cobb, Chips .385
5. Joe Jackson, Stickpins .377

SLUGGING PERCENTAGE
1. F. Robinson .568
2. J. Jackson .478
tie Al Simmons, Reps .478
4. Cobb .462
tie Rogers Hornsby, Stickpins .462

MVP: F. Robinson
HOMERUNS: Simmons, Mike Schmidt, Chips; 3 each
RUNS SCORED: Joe Morgan, Maids, 14
RBI: Richie Allen, Reps, 13 (last 4 RBI titles won by Allen or Stan Musial)
DOUBLES: Cobb, 6
STOLEN BASES: Cobb, Eddie Collins, Reps; 11 each


Pitching


EARNED RUN AVERAGE (ERA), Min. 3 Games Started
1. Walter Johnson, Reps 1.13 (top 2 in ERA, three straight seasons)
2. Steve Carlton, Maids 1.51
3. Ed Reulbach, Stickpins 1.96

HITS/INNINGS PITCHED (H/IP), Min. 6 IP
1. Cy Young, Reps 0.44
2. Chief Bender, Reps 0.83
tie Rube Waddell, Reps 0.83
4. Hippo Vaughn, Reps 0.86
5. Reulbach 1.00 tie Rollie Fingers, Maids 1.00

WINS: Johnson, 4 (led league in wins, back-to-back seasons)
SAVES: Pete Alexander, Stickpins; Bob Gibson, Chips; 2 each
STRIKEOUTS: Carlton, 42

TEAM STATISTICS

Batting


BATTING AVERAGE
1. Reps .340
2. Stickpins .318
3. Maids .285
4. Chips .281 (worst batting average ever for a team)

SLUGGING PERCENTAGE
1. Reps .385
2. Stickpins .372
3. Chips .345
4. Maids .316 (worst slugging percentage ever for a team)

Pitching


EARNED RUN AVERAGE (ERA)
1. Reps 2.39
2. Stickpins 2.40
3. Maids 2.69
4. Chips 3.27

HITS/INNINGS PITCHED (H/IP)
1. Stickpins 1.12
tie Reps 1.12
3. Maids 1.16
4. Chips 1.40

SEASON SUMMARY:

The Reps started 8-0 to have, combined with wins in the final two games of the Season 5 World Series, a 10 game winning streak, the longest ever by a team. They then struggled, winning just 3 of their last 11 games. They hung on to win the regular season by one game over the Chips, who overcame subpar hitting and pitching to make their 3rd consecutive World Series appearance. In this year of speed and defense, the Chips posted a last place ERA (3.27) that would have made any team proud in most years. They also benefited from Cobb's relentless base stealing and clutch hitting down the stretch from 2nd place hitter Jackie Robinson.

The league hit just .306, an all-time low, and also posted an all-time low ERA of 2.69. Collins and Cobb shattered the stolen base record with 11 each, and both the Chips and Maids posted batting averages under .300. It was the only year in which there were more stolen bases (44) than homers (30). In fact, the highest team slugging percentage in the league (.385) did not exceed the Season 3 Stickpins' batting average (.409). Needless to say, it was not a good year for hitters.

This was the final season of the Stickpins' six year existence. They never won a championship, never finished 1st, never won fewer than 8 games, and never finished last-the symbol of mediocrity-until this season. Just 7 victories and a last place finish led to the end of the Stickpins and the arrival of J. Karas. Karas, to put it mildly, would put a new face on the HBWRL in years to come.

The Chips took three of the first five games of a hotly contested World Series, but Rube Waddell again came through for the Reps in Game 6. Waddell, who allowed just 1 run in 6 innings during the regular season, posted another excellent postseason start. Reps ace Walter Johnson bested rival Juan Marichal in Game 7 to give the Reps back-to-back championships for the second time.