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Old 12-03-2019, 01:45 AM   #56
Jamee999
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Changes
  • Contraction - The Indianapolis Hoosiers and the Texas Rangers are contracted.
  • Swap two teams leagues - Because of contraction, I'm going to just move the Nashville Sounds from the AL to the NL. The Tigers move from the AL East to AL West to keep things balanced.
  • Change BBs (larger) - Walks will now be 70% more common than real life.
Off-Season
- Shortstop Joe Cronin moved from the Phillies to the White Sox in free agency.
- Nick Etten, formerly of the Rangers, signed with the Red Sox.
- Veteran Mel Ott moved across town from the Yankees to the Dodgers.
- Pete Reiser (Indianapolis) also signed with Brooklyn.

American League East
Boston Red Sox (97-71)
Philadelphia Athletics (96-72)
Washington Senators (94-74)
New York Yankees (85-83)
Baltimore Orioles (72-96)
Cleveland Indians (66-102)
American League West
St. Louis Browns (101-67)
Chicago White Sox (96-72)
Detroit Tigers (80-88)
Minnesota Twins (77-91)
Dayton Angels (75-93)
Kansas City Royals (69-99)

AL MVP: Ted Williams (Philadelphia) (4th award)
AL CYA: Hank Wyse (Washington)
AL ROY: Al Gionfriddo (Detroit)

National League East
Newark Bears (96-72)
Brooklyn Dodgers (94-74)
Philadelphia Phillies (92-76)
Durham Bulls (90-78)
Montreal Expos (81-87)
New York Giants (80-88)
Boston Braves (59-109)
National League West
Chicago Cubs (93-75)
Louisville Colonels (90-78)
Cincinnati Reds (89-79)
Nashville Sounds (89-79)
Pittsburgh Pirates (84-84)
Milwaukee Brewers (76-92)
St. Louis Cardinals (63-105)

NL MVP: Joe DiMaggio (Louisville) (6th award)
NL MOP: Larry French (Cincinnati) (5th award)
NL ROY: Danny Gardella (Cincinnati)

Statistical Leaders
Batting Average: Ted Williams (Philadelphia) .286, Bill Dickey (Milwaukee) .250
Home Runs: Pat Seerey (Washington) 52, Joe DiMaggio (Louisville) / Hank Sauer (Brooklyn) 60
Runs Batted In: Pat Seerey (Washington) 126, Hank Sauer (Brooklyn) 155
Stolen Bases: Ben Chapman (Baltimore) 23, Thurman Tucker (Milwaukee) 27
WAR: Ted Williams (Philadelphia) 13.9, Bill Dickey (Milwaukee) 10.1

Wins: Hank Wyse (Washington) 25, Larry French (Cincinnati) 23
ERA: Hank Wyse (Washington) 1.69, Larry French (Cincinnati) 1.51
Strikeouts: Johnny Vander Meer (Minnesota) 168, Hal Newhouser (Newark) 162
Saves: Bob Bowman (Detroit) 25, Dick Coffman (New York) 33
WAR: Marius Russo (Detroit) 9.3, Larry French (Cincinnati) 12.0

Notes
- The Red Sox won and the Athletics lost on the last day of the season to decide the AL East crown. Dom DiMaggio and Freddie Lindstrom starred for the Sox.
- The Browns returned to the postseason thanks to the best run prevention in the AL. Cliff Melton had another excellent season, with an ERA under 2.
- The Bears returned to prominence with great seasons from Babe Phelps and Whitey Kurowski. The Dodgers, their nearest rivals, had a great batting lineup, but struggled in the field.
- The Cubs had the best pitching in baseball again, but Carl Fischer would miss the postseason with an elbow injury.
- Ted Williams hit .286/.501/.674, by far the best in baseball. His 216 walks were a record.
- DiMaggio and Sauer were the first men to hit 60 homers since 1936.
- 37-year-old Bill Dickey (Milwaukee) had the best season of his career.

Achievements & Milestones
- Vern Stephens (Nashville), Joe Gordon (Durham), and Hank Sauer (Brooklyn) all had three homers in a game.
- Ted Williams (Athletics) and Johnny Rizzo (NY Yankees) both hit for the cycle.
- Joe Cronin (White Sox) hit his 300th homer.
- Joe DiMaggio (Louisville) and Carlton Fisk (Montreal) hit their 400th homers.
- Travis Jackson (Athletics) drove in his 1500th run.
- Wayland Dean (Milwaukee), Schoolboy Rowe (NY Giants), and Elon Hogsett (Baltimore) won their 200th games.
- Larry French (Cincinnati), Carl Fischer (Cubs) and Carl Hubbell (Phillies) all won their 250th games.

ALCS
- Boston defeated St. Louis, 4 games to 3.
- Tony Cuccinello was the MVP. He was 8-25 with 5 RBI.
- The Red Sox manufactured a win in Game Four. With the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the tenth, Dom DiMaggio walked, Tony Cuccinello was hit by a pitch, and then a groundball by Don Lang was misplayed by 1B Joe Kuhel, giving Boston the 3-2 win.
- Game Six was a pitchers' duel between Bruce Cunningham (Boston) and Jesse Flores (St. Louis). They combined for nine scoreless frames, but Jack Salveson (Boston) was brought in for the bottom of the tenth, and couldn't keep things going, as two singles and a walk-off wild pitch gave the Browns a 1-0 win.
- Four runs in the sixth and two runs in the eighth resulted in a 7-3 Red Sox win in the seventh game.
- Watty Clark (Boston) won both of his starts.
- Cliff Melton (St. Louis) won Games One and Five.
- The Red Sox's ninth pennant.
NLCS
- Chicago defeated Newark, 4 games to 3.
- Whitey Kurowski (Newark) was the series MVP from the losing team. He was 9-26 with four home runs.
- The Cubs scored five runs in the top of the tenth inning of Game One, batting around and winning the game 9-4.
- Bucky Walters (Newark) threw a shutout in Game Three, allowing five hits and five walks. The Bears won 3-0.
- Kurowski hit two homers in Game Four, but Chicago won anyway, 5-3.
- Kurowski hit a two-run home in the fifth inning of Game Six, which was crucial, as the Bears won 2-1.
- Harry Walker (Chicago) was 4-4 with two doubles in Game Seven, as the Cubs narrowly squeaked a 6-5 win, and advanced to the World Series.
- Rookie catcher Mike Garbark (Chicago) was 9-24.
- Bob Lemon (Chicago) had 6 RBI.
- Babe Phelps (Newark) went 0-29.
- The Cubs won the pennant for the third time in four years.

World Series
- Boston defeated Chicago, 5 games to 0.
- Dom DiMaggio was the MVP. He had six hits and two home runs.
- Al Smith and Jerry Byrne (Boston) combined to throw a shutout in Game One. The Red Sox won 7-0.
- Watty Clark (Boston) allowed just two hits in a walk in Game Three, a 5-0 victory for the scarlet stockings.
- Johnny Wyrostek (Boston) drove in six runs.
- The Red Sox won the World Series for the first time since 1908.

Retirements
- Max Bishop. Legendarily patient second baseman who led his league in walks on twelve occasions. Won a ring in 1935 with Baltimore. Eleven All-Star games. .191 average but .388 OBP and 136 OPS+. His 2763 career walks are all-time record.
- Paul Derringer. 1931 NL MOP, 1935 AL CYA. 185-142, and 119 ERA+. Five-time All-Star. Title in 1935.
- David Price. Hard-throwing lefty whose career flamed out because of injuries. Led the big leagues in strikeouts in 1935 and 1936, but never pitched another full season. 36-36, 101 ERA+.

Draft
- The Braves chose catcher Bill Salkeld first.
- Red Schoendienst went second to the Cardinals.
- The Indians picked Dave Ferriss third.
- Billy Pierce was the fourth pick for Kansas City.
- The Twins picked Sal Maglie at #8.


Bill Dickey was the National League batting champion.


Dom DiMaggio was the World Series MVP.
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