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Old 12-05-2019, 07:26 PM   #59
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  • Change SB success (higher) - Stolen base success will return to historical levels.
  • 2-team relocation - The Dayton Angels become the California Angels. The Nashville Sounds become the Houston Astros.
  • Random expansion - I used the Census List of Population of the 100 Largest Urban Places in the US in 1950. I picked at random one city from the top 25, and one city in the top 100. The American League will add the Colorado Rockies (Denver) and the Akron Aeros following the season.
- The Phillies traded third baseman Jim Tabor to Milwaukee for catcher Del Rice.
- Larry Doby signed with the Cleveland Indians.
- Jackie Robinson signed with the Detroit Tigers.

American League East
Cleveland Indians (99-69)
Washington Senators (92-76)
Baltimore Orioles (87-81)
Boston Red Sox (77-91)
Philadelphia Athletics (76-92)
New York Yankees (57-111)
American League West
Detroit Tigers (92-76)
Kansas City Royals (89-79)
Minnesota Twins (88-80)
Chicago White Sox (87-81)
California Angels (84-84)
St. Louis Browns (80-88)

AL MVP: Wally Judnich (Philadelphia)
AL CYA: Cy Blanton (Baltimore) (4th award, 3rd in AL)
AL ROY: Larry Doby (Cleveland)

National League East
Durham Bulls (108-60)
Boston Braves (94-74)
New York Giants (91-77)
Brooklyn Dodgers (85-83)
Montreal Expos (77-91)
Newark Bears (75-93)
Philadelphia Phillies (64-104)
National League West
Houston Astros (99-69)
Cincinnati Reds (94-74)
Chicago Cubs (86-82)
Milwaukee Brewers (78-90)
Louisville Colonels (76-92)
St. Louis Cardinals (75-93)
Pittsburgh Pirates (74-94)

NL MVP: Vern Stephens (Houston)
NL MOP: Carl Fischer (Houston) (4th award)
NL ROY: Wally Westlake (Houston)

Statistical Leaders
Batting Average: Wally Judnich (Athletics) .245, Vern Stephens (Houston) .260
Home Runs: Johnny Mize (Minnesota) / Eddie Robinson (California) 43, Ralph Kiner (Philadelphia) 57
Runs Batted In: Eddie Robinson (California) 108, Vern Stephens (Houston) 124
Stolen Bases: Al Gionfriddo (Detroit) 36, Snuffy Stirnweiss (St. Louis) 35
WAR: Wally Judnich (Philadelphia) 10.6, Vern Stephens (Houston) 12.8

Wins: Cy Blanton (Baltimore) 23, Eddie Lopat (Boston) 23
ERA: Cy Blanton (Baltimore) 1.42, Carl Fischer (Houston) 1.45
Strikeouts: Allie Reynolds (Chicago) 161, Virgil Trucks (Brooklyn) 152
Saves: 4 AL Pitchers 26, Steve Gerkin (St. Louis) / Steve Roser (New York) 25
WAR: Cy Blanton (Baltimore) 15.5, Ken Raffensberger (Chicago) 11.3

- Cleveland aces Fred Hutchinson, Warren Spahn, and Lou Brissie drove them to the AL East title.
- Marius Russo and Earl Torgeson were the key men for the Tigers, who won 16 more games than in 1946. The top four teams in the division were separated by just two games with two weeks left in the season.
- The Durham Bulls made the postseason for the first time. Stan Musial and Joe Gordon powered them to the best offense in the NL.
- The Astros jumped up by 20 games in their first year since moving from Nashville.
- Ted Williams (Philadelphia) missed the first six weeks of the season with a knee injury.
- Vern Stephens was two home runs away from the NL Triple Crown.
- Cleveland traded ace Carl Fischer and a prospect to Houston for shortstop Joe Cronin.

Achievements & Milestones
- Eddie Robinson (California), Stan Musial (Durham), Hank Sauer (Brooklyn), and Johnny Lindell (Cardinals) all hit three home runs in a game.
- Tommy Holmes (Braves) hit for the cycle.
- Allie Reynolds (White Sox) threw three no-hitters.
- Hal Trosky (Washington) and Joe Cronin (Cleveland) reached 2000 hits.
- Max West (Baltimore), Joe Gordon (Durham), Ken Keltner (Washington), Tommy Henrich (California), Hank Sauer (Brooklyn), Jeff Heath (Detroit), and Johnny Rizzo (NY Yankees) each hit their 300th homer.
- Ted Williams (Athletics) hit his 400th home run.
- Johnny Mize (Minnesota) joined the 500 home run club.
- Hal Trosky (Washington) and Joe DiMaggio (Louisville) passed 600 homers.
- Bill Dietrich (Durham) and Vito Tamulis (Phillies) won their 200th games.
- Clarence Pickrel (White Sox) saved a game for the 400th time, and broke George Dumont's career record.
- Jimmie Foxx (White Sox) passed Travis Jackson for most career games played.
- Cy Blanton (Baltimore) set a record with 15.5 pitching WAR.

- Detroit defeated Cleveland, 4 games to 2.
- Jackie Robinson was the MVP. He went 6-23 with two homers and eight RBI.
- Glenn Crawford (Detroit) batted 3-5 with three doubles in Game One, a 15-8 Tigers win.
- Game Two was won by the Tigers in fourteen innings, as Jackie Robinson hit a go-ahead sac fly to give Detroit a 3-2 win. Johnny Schmitz (Detroit) threw ten innings, while Warren Spahn (Cleveland) went for eleven frames.
- Jackie Robinson (Detroit) hit two homers and a double as the Tigers won Game Three, 5-2.
- The Tigers clinched the series in Game Six, as they scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning, and won 3-2.
- Danny Litwhiler (Cleveland) bashed three home runs.
- Houston defeated Durham, 4 games to 0.
- Vern Stephens was the MVP. He went 7-16 with two home runs.
- Al Zarilla (Durham) went 4-4 in Game One, but his Bulls lost 3-2.
- Paul O'Dea (Houston) hit a game-winning single in Game Three, as the Astros won 6-5 in ten innings.
- Pinch hitter Ralph Hodgin (Houston) sealed the deal for the Astros, hitting a walk-off single, for a 4-3 win.
- Zarilla was 8-15.

World Series
- Detroit defeated Houston, 5 games to 4.
- Johnny Schmitz was the MVP. The left-hander split his two starts, but allowed only a single run in 17 innings of work.
- Detroit was shut out in Game Two. Junior Thompson (Houston) threw 7.2 scoreless innings, and the Astros won 4-0.
- Schmitz fired back in the next game, throwing a four-hit shutout, in a 3-0 Tiger win.
- Game Six was a pitchers' duel, and Al Gerheauser (Detroit) came out on top, allowing just three hits in 7.1 innings, while Al Gionfriddo (Detroit) tripled and scored in the sixth inning, as Detroit won 1-0.
- Bill LeFebvre (Houston) threw 8.1 scoreless innings as the Astros kept the series alive in Game Seven, winning 1-0.
- Red Embree (Houston) went the distance in Game Eight, allowing just three hits as his teammates scored five times.
- Marius Russo (Detroit) was the hero in Game Nine, throwing a shutout. The Tigers managed just one hit, but combined with a walk, an error, and a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, that was enough to score a run, and win the World Series.
- Glenn Crawford (Detroit) went 8-25.
- Marius Russo and Al Gerheauser both won two games for the Tigers.
- Vern Stephens (Louisville) drove in six runs.

- Rick Ferrell. Catcher who won two rings with the White Sox, and one with Minnesota. Three All-Star games and 110 OPS+.
- Gabby Hartnett. Arguably the greatest catcher of all-time. Amazing twenty All-Star appearances, with fourteen Silver Sluggers and nine Gold Gloves. 175 OPS+ and 685 home runs.
- Carl Hubbell. 1931 AL CYA, 1933 NL MOP. 288-223 record and 136 ERA+ for workhorse ace. Seven All-Star games, and a ring with the Browns in 1932.
- Travis Jackson. Outstanding defensive shortstop, winning fifteen Gold Gloves, nine Silver Sluggers, and nine All-Stars. 106 OPS+, and a ring in 1939.
- Tony Lazzeri. Eleven-time All-Star shortstop who won Silver Slugger ten times. 137 career OPS+, and a ring with Pittsburgh in 1931.
- Freddie Lindstrom. Veteran third baseman who won four Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers. 111 OPS+ in more than 3300 games, four All-Star games, and a ring in 1944.
- Mel Ott. 1934 AL MVP. Eleven-time Gold Glove at first baseman, and five All-Stars and five Silver Sluggers. 143 OPS+. Rings in 1933, 1934, and 1945.
- Bill Swift. Fine swingman, with 186-135 record, 201 saves, and a 145 ERA+. Six-time All-Star, four-time Reliever of the Year, and a championship in 1932.

- Akron picked six-time MOP Larry French (Cincinnati) with the first pick in the expansion draft.
- In the regular draft, the Rockies chose catcher Roy Campanella first overall.
- Richie Ashburn went second to Akron.
- Ray Boone was the Yankees' pick at three.
- The Phillies took Stan Lopata fourth.
- The Pirates opted for Hank Bauer fifth.
- Mike Garcia was Newark's choice at six.
- Robin Roberts went to the Cardinals next.

Vern Stephens was NL and NLCS MVP.

Al Gerheauser won two games in the World Series.
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