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HBWRL SEASON 9 FINAL STANDINGS
AND LEAGUE LEADERS*

W L GB PCT. RS RA PYTH
Karas Powers 13 5 -- .722 71 45 13-5
Silicon Valley Chips 11 7 2 .611 79 56 12-6
Minneapolis Reps 6 12 7 .333 69 86 7-11
James Maids 6 12 7 .333 43 75 5-13

*Powers: 1st team to win three consecutive regular season titles Reps: 3rd place by tiebreaker (5-1 vs. Maids; 1-11 vs. rest of league)

World Series: Powers 4, Chips 3.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Batting


BATTING AVERAGE
1. Chuck Klein, Powers .458
2. Eddie Collins, Reps .414
3. Willie Mays, Maids .397
4. Joe Jackson, Powers .393
5. Frank Robinson, Chips .392

SLUGGING PERCENTAGE
1. Klein .625
2. Jimmie Foxx, Chips .580
3. Hank Greenberg, Powers .533
4. Collins .494
5. Albert Belle, Powers .480

MVP: Klein
MAN OF THE YEAR: Belle
HOMERUNS: Foxx, 4
RUNS SCORED: Ty Cobb, Chips, 16
RBI: Ted Williams, Reps; Hank Greenberg, Powers; 14 each (1st RBI champs other than Stan Musial, Richie Allen, or Babe Ruth since Season 2)
DOUBLES: Kiki Cuyler, Powers, 5
STOLEN BASES: Cobb, 14 (HBWRL record)

Pitching


EARNED RUN AVERAGE (ERA), Min. 3 Games Started
1. Carl Hubbell, Powers 1.29
2. Walter Johnson, Reps 2.51 (top 3 in ERA, six consecutive seasons)
3. Ed Reulbach, Powers 2.66

HITS/INNINGS PITCHED (H/IP), Min. 6 IP
1. Hubbell 0.95
2. Eddie Plank, Reps 1.10
3. Reulbach 1.23
4. Ed Walsh, Reps 1.25
5. Johnson 1.26

WINS: Addie Joss, Powers; Hubbell; Reulbach; 4 each (Powers: 1st team ever with 4 4-game winners)
SAVES: Whitey Ford, Powers; Steve Carlton, Chips; 2 each
STRIKEOUTS: Reulbach, 40

TEAM STATISTICS
Batting


BATTING AVERAGE
1. Powers .352
2. Reps .342
3. Chips .334
4. Maids .301

SLUGGING PERCENTAGE
1. Powers .437
2. Chips .428
3. Reps .410
4. Maids .350

Pitching


EARNED RUN AVERAGE (ERA)
1. Powers 2.26
2. Chips 3.10
3. Maids 3.96
4. Reps 4.03

HITS/INNINGS PITCHED (H/IP)
1. Powers 1.21
2. Maids 1.43
tie Reps 1.43
4. Chips 1.44


SEASON SUMMARY:

The Powers became the first team ever to three-peat as regular season champions behind sophomore sensation Chuck Klein. They also became the first team ever to sport four four-game winners as Joss, (strikeout leader) Reulbach, and (ERA and H/IP leader) Hubbell each accomplished that feat. Rookie Albert Belle became the league's first Man of the Year by scoring and driving in the league's 2,000th run, as his solo homer lifted the Powers to a 1-0 win over the Maids. The Reps never recovered from horrible pitching during the first half and struggled to a 6-12 record, managing just one win against the Powers and Chips combined. When the Reps' pitching improved during the second half, their hitting slumped.

The World Series was a rematch of Season 4's classic Chips/Stickpins series, and was just as memorable. The favored Powers took two of the first three games, but back-to-back shutouts by Chips pitchers Juan Marichal and Jack Chesbro gave the Chips a 3-2 lead and took the Powers to the brink of elimination. Including the postseason, the Chips were 8-0 in games started by Chesbro.

In Game 6, the Powers seemed to have forced a Game 7, leading 3-0 through 8 innings. But Cal Ripken, Jr.'s three run homer in the top of the 9th tied the game at 3-3. But the Powers won the game in the bottom of the 9th, when Mickey Cochrane drew a full count, bases loaded walk off of Chips reliever Sandy Koufax. The Powers had also won a regular season game from the Chips, 1-0 in 10 innings, on a bases loaded walk by Koufax.

The pitchers' duel of Game 7 was won by the Powers, as Hubbell bested Marichal and the Powers won the game 2-0; and the Series, 4-3.