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Old 11-20-2015, 10:14 AM   #1
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The Astrological Baseball League

The basic notion of this playthrough is that starting in 1901, we have 12 teams which are drafting exclusively players of one astrological sun-sign. Since I let the A.I. manage all the teams in other respects, actual teams will not be exclusively of one sign due to trades and other roster moves. Without further ado, this is the first installment.

Part I. The Deadball Era (1901-1919)

Notable teams of the Deadball Era

The Chicago Scales won 4 consecutive national league titles from 1903-1906 and three world series, going 336-224 in those years. Some of their key performers were third baseman Art Devlin, Hall of Fame left fielder Fred Clarke, veteran right fielder Harry Lumley, and the pitcher Dummy Taylor. The speedy Devlin won two great gloves awards, led the league in run scoring twice and in stolen bases once. Clarke won a batting title with a .326 average in 1905 and led the league in stolen bases twice. and won the great glove and platinum stick awards at his position five times a piece. Lumley was rookie of the year in 1904, and led the league in home runs for three consecutive years, averaging nearly 10 per year, and led the league in RBI's in 1905. Taylor won the E.R.A. title in 1905 and led the league in innings pitched. But the toast of Chicago was the incomparable Rube Waddell, whose illustrious career included seven NL Pitcher of the Year awards and five Most Valuable Player awards. He led the league in strikeouts seven times, and in wins and ERA five times each, and set a record for ERA by a pitcher with 1.19 in 1904. His eye-popping numbers for their four championship seasons: 101-41, and 1.82 ERA and 1074 K's in 1234 innings pitched.

The Philadelphia Lions were the great American League rivals of the Scales, winning five titles and two world series between 1904 and 1909, missing the playoffs only in 1907. The team won 505 games against only 335 losses during those 6 years. Their batting lineup was anchored by two-time American League MVP Sherry Magee in left field, smooth-fielding shortstop Joe Tinker, and the veteran and future hall of famer, George Davis at third base. The powerful Magee led the league in home runs four times, hitting 17 in 1912. He also led in runs scored three times, RBI's twice, and stolen bases once. and won a batting title with a .343 average in 1910. Magee's best years came after the championship seasons, however. But though their hitting was good, it was their exceptional pitching rotation that really set the Lions apart. Christy Matthewson won the pitcher of the year three consecutive times from 1902 to 1904, and again in 1908 and 1909 en route to the Hall of Fame. In 1908, he was also voted the AL's most valuable player when he went 21-13 with a 2.13 ERA in a league leading 329.1 innings. Addie Joss won the MVP award in 1906, going 23-13 with a 1.93 ERA. Chief Bender won a league leading 24 games twice, in 1904 and 1909. From 1904-1909, the three pitchers had a combined record of 341-223 with a 2.36 ERA.

The Boston Rams dominated the American League from 1911 to 1913, winning three consecutive American League titles and one world series with a record of 237-183. The team was probably best defined by the veteran leadership that served it well in close pennant races. Rightfielder Sam Crawford had led the Rams to a World Series title in 1907, and did it again in 1911, collecting his second World Series MVP award. But it was probably the acquisition of shortstop Joe Tinker from the Philadelphia Lions in return for catcher Jake Stahl that spurred them to success, as Tinker brought his winning ways from Philadelphia. Second baseman Miller Huggins was another experienced key performer. They were surrounded by younger talents like Clyde Deerfoot Milan in center field who led the league in stolen bases and runs scored in 1912 and 1913, 1912 Rookie of the Year Red Smith at third base, and most important of all Zack Wheat. The left fielder won the batting title in both 1911 and 1913, and was awarded the AL MVP award in the first of those years, during which he hit .358. While the strong hitting and fielding of those players tended to grab most of the limelight in Boston in those years, they also had a terrific ace pitcher in Eddie Cicotte, who won the AL Pitcher of the Year in 1912, going 26-8 with an ERA of 3.01. Hall of Fame pitcher Doc White was in his fading years by then, but his influence as a mentor on the younger pitcher cannot be overlooked.

After a few down years, the Chicago Scales rose again to dominate the National League from 1910 to 1914, winning five straight pennants and four World Series titles. There was little continuity between this team and the previous championship teams. Though Tom Loftus continued to manage the team, the only regular starter remaining Fred Clarke, who saw little action after 1911 and retired in 1913. The mainstays of the team included shortstop Donie Bush, catcher Jack Lapp, and center fielder Fred Snodgrass. However, the biggest star was the great Shoeless Joe Jackson who won back-to-back National League MVP awards in 1910 and 1911. He led the league in hits and RBI's twice, in runs scored and stolen bases three times each. In their five championship seasons, Jackson lit up enemy pitchers with a .352 batting average and 296 extra base hits, 149 stolen bases, 523 runs scored and 412 runs driven in. The Scales also had a deep starting pitching with 1910 Pitcher of the Year Nap Rucker (108-58, 3.02 ERA), Rube Marquard (91-58, 2.35 ERA, 815 K's in 1363.2 IP), Ray Fisher (92-66, 3.09 ERA), and Doc Crandall (69-35, 3.02 ERA) giving them a solid and consistent rotation. Even so, every year it seemed that the pundits would predict this would be the year that the Cincinatti Scorpions would win with their 1-2 pitching punch of Walter Johnson and Ed Walsh or the New York Archers would win with their dynamic duo of Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker in the outfield. Yet year after year, the Scales kept winning.

Teams Ranked by Aggregate Records, 1901-1919
New York Archers (NL) 1437-1224 (.540), 2 pennants
Chicago Scales (NL) 1432-1229 (.538), 9 pennants, 7WS
Philadelphia Lions (AL) 1401-1259 (.527), 5 pennants, 2WS
Boston Rams (AL) 1395-1265 (.524), 5 pennants, 2 WS
Detroit Crabs (AL) 1366-1295 (.513), 2 pennants, 1WS
Cincinatti Scorpions (NL) 1362-1298 (.512), 1 pennant, 1WS
Washington Virgins (AL) 1328-1332, (.499), 3 pennants
Chicago Bulls (AL) 1322-1337 (.497), 4 pennants, 1WS
Philadelphia Goats (NL) 1321-1339 (.497), 4 pennants, 4 WS
St. Louis Fish (NL) 1229-1431 (.462), 1 pennant
Pittsburgh Waterbearers (NL) 1200-1460 (.451), 2 pennants, 1WS
Cleveland Twins (AL) 1169-1491 (.439)

American League Pennant Winners - * indicates world series winner
1901 - Boston Rams (98-42) RF: 875 RA: 557
1902 - Washington Virgins (89-51) RF: 707 RA: 538
1903 - Washington Virgins (85-55) RF: 629 RA: 534
1904 - Philadelphia Lions (87-53) RF: 617 RA: 474
1905 - *Philadelphia Lions (84-56) RF: 552 RA: 442
1906 - Philadelphia Lions (80-60) RF: 504 RA: 472
1907 - *Boston Rams (80-60) RF: 519 RA: 448
1908 - *Philadelphia Lions (89-51) RF: 529 RA: 417
1909 - Philadelphia Lions (87-53) RF: 543 RA: 426
1910 - Washington Virgins (81-59) RF: 581 RA: 462
1911 - *Boston Rams (79-61) RF: 714 RA: 634
1912 - Boston Rams (80-60) RF: 727 RA: 634
1913 - Boston Rams (83-57) RF: 586 RA: 504
1914 - Chicago Bulls (82-59) RF: 546 RA: 464
1915 - *Detroit Crabs (82-58) RF: 620 RA: 482
1916 - Detroit Crabs (83-57) RF: 549 RA: 502
1917 - Chicago Bulls (81-59) RF: 555 RA: 500
1918 - Chicago Bulls (85-55) RF: 620 RA: 485
1919 - *Chicago Bulls (87-53) RF: 613 RA: 513

National League Pennant Winners - * indicates World Series Winner
1901 - *Philadelphia Goats (81-59) RF: 709 RA: 612
1902 - *Philadelphia Goats (85-55) RF: 692 RA: 503
1903 - *Chicago Scales (78-62) RF: 600 RA: 541
1904 - *Chicago Scales (89-51) RF: 608 RA: 449
1905 - Chicago Scales (89-51) RF: 639 RA: 497
1906 - *Chicago Scales (80-60) RF: 570 RA: 489
1907 - St. Louis Fish (80-60) RF: 532 RA: 474
1908 - New York Archers (89-51) RF: 591 RA: 477
1909 - *Cincinatti Scorpions (93-47) RF: 550 RA: 363
1910 - *Chicago Scales (89-51) RF: 688 RA: 491
1911 - Chicago Scales (92-48) RF: 765 RA: 514
1912 - *Chicago Scales (82-59) RF: 714 RA: 601
1913 - *Chicago Scales (85-55) RF: 634 RA: 511
1914 - *Chicago Scales (81-59) RF: 613 RA: 536
1915 - Pittsburgh Waterbearers (77-63) RF: 552 RA: 474
1916 - *Philadelphia Goats (77-63) RF: 465 RA: 405
1917 - *Philadelphia Goats (78-62) RF: 474 RA: 415
1918 - *Pittsburgh Waterbearers (80-60) RF: 455 RA: 417
1919 - New York Archers (87-53) RF: 593 RA: 443

American League MVP's
1901 - Nap Lajoie, Philadelphia Goats .397, 15 HR, 121 RBI's
1902 - Nap Lajoie, Philadelphia Goats .376, 9 HR, 111 RBI's
1903 - Mike Donlin, Cleveland Twins .336, 8 HR, 84 RBI's
1904 - Mike Donlin, Cleveland Twins .365, 4 HR, 73 RBI's
1905 - Mike Donlin, Cleveland Twins .357, 7 HR, 86 RBI's
1906 - Addie Joss, Philadelphia Lions 23-13, 1.93 ERA, 126 K's
1907 - Doc White, Boston Rams 19-16, 1.73 ERA, 153 K's
1908 - Christy Mathewson, Philadelphia Lions 21-13, 2.13 ERA, 191 K's
1909 - Larry Doyle, Philadelphia Lions .288, 5 HR's, 78 RBI's
1910 - Sherry Magee, Philadelphia Lions .343, 12 HR's, 83 RBI's
1911 - Sherry Magee, Philadelphia Lions ,350, 15 HR's, 105 RBI's
1912 - Eddie Collins, Chicago Bulls .361, 3 HR's, 53 RBI's
1913 - Bobby Veach, Detroit Crabs .321, 2 HR's, 59 RBI's
1914 - Eddie Collins, Chicago Bulls .318, 2 HR's, 64 RBI's
1915 - Duke Kenworthy, Detroit Crabs .314, 8 HR's, 98 RBI's
1916 - Benny Kauff, Boston Rams .327, 10 HR's, 89 RBI's
1917 - Tex MacDonald, Chicago Bulls .312, 9 HR's, 83 RBI's
1918 - Rogers Hornsby, Chicago Bulls .337, 4 HR's, 77 RBI's
1919 - George Sisler, Boston Rams .367, 7 HR's, 87 RBI's

National League MVP's
1901 - Ed Delahanty, Cincinatti Scorpions .356, 8 HR's, 86 RBI's
1902 - Rube Waddell, Chicago Scales 28-7, 1.75 ERA, 236 K's
1903 - Rube Waddell, Chicago Scales 23-15, 2.41 ERA, 283 K's
1904 - Rube Waddell, Chicago Scales 28-8, 1.19 ERA, 303 K's
1905 - Rube Waddell, Chicago Scales 27-7, 1.84 ERA, 254 K's
1906 - Rube Waddell, Chicago Scales 23-11, 1.85 ERA, 234 K's
1907 - Honus Wagner, St. Louis Fish, .295, 2 HR's, 56 RBI's
1908 - Ty Cobb, New York Archers .359, 6 HR's, 77 RBI's
1909 - Walter Johnson, Cincinatti Scorpions 25-9, 1.49 ERA, 197 K's
1910 - Joe Jackson, Chicago Scales .392, 5 HR's 105 RBI's
1911 - Joe Jackson, Chicago Scales, .395, 7 HR's, 97 RBI's
1912 - Tris Speaker, New York Archers .360, 12 HR's, 107 RBI's
1913 - Tris Speaker, New York Archers .339, 6 HR's, 104 RBI's
1914 - Tris Speaker, New York Archers .338, 1 HR, 71 RBI's
1915 - Ty Cobb, New York Archers .382, 2 HR's, 62 RBI's
1916 - Ty Cobb, New York Archers .359, 2 HR's, 84 RBI's
1917 - Ty Cobb, New York Archers .321, 4 HR's, 65 RBI's
1918 - Tris Speaker, New York Archers .310, 59 RBI's
1919 - Babe Ruth, Pittsburgh Waterbearers .337, 29 HR's, 77 RBI's
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Old 11-21-2015, 08:57 AM   #2
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This is an interesting way of setting up teams. Did you have to manually draft players for each team?
Now I wonder which birth month produced the most HOFers. I would name teams based on their month or astrological sign or something like that, although I do like your team names.
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Yes, I'm manually drafting the teams which does get a little tedious, but it's just a question of searching down the birthdates column since I'm just picking the highest potential and not worrying about what the team actually needs. The team names are based on the astrological signs, just on the English names for what they are because they sound more like real names, although a few are odd. Besides, Crabs is quite bad enough; who would want to play for the Detroit Cancer?

Here's the list of team names with signs and birth dates:
Rams - Aries, Mar 21-Apr 20
Bulls - Taurus, Apr 21-May 21
Twins - Gemini, May 22-June 21
Crabs - Cancer, June 22-July 22
Lions - Leo, July 23-Aug 23
Virgins - Virgo, Aug 23-Sep 23
Scales - Libra, Sep 24-Oct 22
Scorpions - Scorpio, Oct 23-Nov 22
Archers - Sagittarius, Nov 23-Dec 21
Goats - Capricorn, Dec 22-Jan 19
Water Carriers - Aquarius, Jan 20-Feb 18
Fish - Pisces, Feb 19-Mar 20

I think I'm going to change the name of the Chicago Scales to the Chicago Balance because it sounds cooler.

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1920-1939: The Age of Sluggers Begins

Notable Teams

The Chicago Bulls emerged from the long shadows cast by their cross-town rivals toward the end of World War II. Between 1917 and 1925, they would rack up 6 American League titles, four world series, and an overall regular season record of 730-530. Many saw the acquisition of established catcher Wally Schang from the Philadelphia Lions for prospect Muddy Ruel as the spark that ignited the dynasty. The disciplined Schang led the league in walks twice, and had a league leading on base percentage of .426 in 1918. He joined a team that had established star Eddie Collins at first base. Though slightly past the prime that saw him lead the league in on-base percentage five consecutive times, win five great gloves, and most valuable player awards in 1910 and 1912, he remained the best hitting second baseman until moved to right field in 1923. Another strong presence in the Bulls' infield was first baseman Jim Bottomley, who won the batting title in 1924 with a .373 mark and led the league in RBI's twice. The superb defensive outfielder Edd Roush won batting titles in 1915 and 1916, and six great gloves, four of them in center field. The pitching staff was anchored by Hall-of-Famer Eppa Rixey, who won the AL pitcher of the year in 1916 and 1921 and racked up 147 wins between 1917 and 1925. Despite the contributions of all these stars, the team was often known as Rogers' Bulls because of the central role played by1915 rookie of the year and five time MVP, Rogers Hornsby. He was a versatile player, who played about half the time in shortstop with stints of roughly equal length at third and second. In his early years, he stole as many as 29 bases, then adapted to the new style of the 1920's, and led the league in home runs twice. He won two batting titles, hitting in .400 in 1921, and his average was .353 during the great years of the team. Some saw him as the greatest player of the era, choosing him over the great slugger Babe Ruth because of his versatility and because he was a winner. Ruth's advocates scoffed at the versatility claim, pointing out that Ruth had won the pitcher of the year award in 1916, and argued that it was not his fault that his teammates were less accomplished than Hornsby's. Whatever one thinks of their accomplishments as individuals, however, it cannot be denied that Rogers' Bulls were the dominant team of the era.

The principal rivals of the Bulls were the NL's New York Archers. The Archers, led by outfield greats Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker, had kept themselves in contention for years, but had failed to get over the hump year after year. Late in their careers, the Archers finally put it all together, winning seven national league titles and two world series between 1919 and 1926, failing to win the league only in 1921 when a historic 48-HR season by Babe Ruth led the Pittsburgh Waterbearers to the title. Though Cobb won the last of his 4 MVP trophies in 1917, he remained a deluxe defensive outfielder winning six great gloves, the last in 1922 in left field. And he still hit .337 from 1919 to 1926 winning the last of his seven batting titles in 1919. If anything, speaker was even better, winning five MVP trophies, including two in 1920 and 1921, and was chosen World Series MVP in both of the Archer's series victories. The latter in 1922, was the final touch on an outstanding MVP season in which he won a batting title with a .388 average His outstanding fielding won him ten great gloves, five in center field and five in right. Two other important contributors in the lineup were the shortstop and outfielder Ira Flagstead, and later on, Gabby Hartnett at catcher, both excellent hitters for their positions. The pitching staff was led by Hall of Famer Herb Pennock who went 146-91 with a 2.83 ERA in their championship era. He was chosen the NL's best pitcher in consecutive years in 1923 and 1924, and was a workhorse, leading the league in innings pitched five times. He was capably backed up by strike-out artist Bob Shawkey (85-55, 3.33, 4.54 K's/9 IP) and 1920 Pitcher of the Year, Wilbur Cooper (84-61, 3.02 ERA). The great New York teams also featured one of the first star relievers in Ralph Comstock who went 33-19 with 42 saves and a sparkling 2.08 ERA.

The great Detroit Crabs teams of 1926 to 1928 did not dominate for as long as the Archers and Bulls, and failed to win the brass ring in the end. However, they did win three consecutive American League pennants and won 259 games in three years against only 161 losses. Their success began with star first-baseman Babe Herman's rookie campaign, and continued excellent play which led to two MVP awards in 1928 and 1929. Herman had a rare combination of skills that led him to lead the league in home runs and stolen bases twice each, as well as winning two batting titles, the last with a career high of .397 in 1929. Other key performers included catcher Pat Collins, shortstop Mark Koenig and centerfielder Heinie Manush. But the team was strong throughout its lineup, batting .302 as a team from 1926 to 1928. Similarly, the pitching was more solid than flashy. The ace was Jakie May acquired from the Philadelphia Goats for four prospects in 1927, who went 32-10 with a 2.74 ERA, but Lee Meadows (44-39, 4.00), Ken Greenfield (39-31, 4.34), Rube Walberg (31-20, 3.82), Sherriff Blake (39-21, 3.88) all contributed to the team's success.

After a dismal stretch of years when the hated Bulls dominated the Chicago media, the Scales (under the new name Chicago Balance) roared back to the top in the late twenties, winning five NL titles and five world series between 1927 and 1932 with a team that some consider the greatest of all time. The team's success was built on an overwhelming offense that in some seasons scored nearly seven runs per game, and centred around two outstanding sluggers. The first of these was Lou Gehrig who had arrived along with Rabbit Benton and Horace Allen from the Brooklyn Twins in 1923 in return for shortstop Joe Sewell, in one of the most uneven trades in history. Gehrig would win five NL MVP trophies and five Great Gloves at first base. As good a fielder as he was, it was his extraordinary skill at the plate that hammered his way to Cooperstown. He led the league in RBI's four times with a career high 142 in 1930, in runs scored three times with an amazing 157 in 1930, in on-base percentage three times, in slugging percentage four times, and in home runs four times, cracking 46 in 1928. The team shot to the top in 1927, the year he won the batting title with a .369 average, when he was joined in the everyday lineup by the outstanding hitting catcher, Jimmie Foxx, who won three MVP trophies, and led the league in home runs four times, hitting a major league record fifty in 1932. He also led the league in RBI's three times, in on-base percentage three times, and in slugging percentage five times, though he won the batting title only once in 1929 when he hit .395. Though the two superheroes dominated national league batting for years, they were not the only problems enemy pitchers had to deal with. Johnny Hodapp at second base was one of the best hitters around at his position, and the outfield of Goose Goslin, Wally Berger, and Chuck Klein was outstanding. Though Goslin's best year came in 1925 when he won the batting title with a .398 average, he averaged .324 in the championship years and won three great glove awards in left field. before being traded to Philadelphia for Joe Chaute and Al Lopez. Berger in center field was the rookie of the year inn 1930. Lastly, Chuck Klein hit .342 and averaged 19 home runs a year during the championship run. Small wonder that the Balance's batting lineup came to be known as "Murderer's Row". There were some notable achievements by the pitchers as well. Pat Malone was rookie of the year in 1929 and went 88-40 with a 3.55 ERA over the next four years. Other starters for the team included Lefty Stewart (72-44, 4.05), Bill Walker (63-26, 3.63) and Al Yeargin (51-29, 3.55). All told, the Scales went 528-312 over six years, climaxing in the extraordinary year of 1932 when they won a record 102 games.

Despite the disastrous Gehrig trade, long-suffering Twins fans finally had something to cheer about in the 1930's. Originally based in Cleveland, the team pulled up stakes and headed for Brooklyn in 1920, but continued to lose, having only one winning season in thirteen years from 1917 to 1929, and finishing in last place nine times. But beginning in 1930, the Brooklyn Twins won four straight American League pennants and compiled a record of 318-242. Their best player was likely three-time MVP Earl Averill in centre field who won the batting title three times and led the league in home runs twice. During their championship run he hit .337 and averaged 25 home runs per year. The 1924 Rookie of the Year, Al Simmons played outstanding defense in left field, winning five great gloves. He won the MVP trophy in 1930, when he hit .359 with a league-leading 31 home runs and 134 RBI's. And great as the Chicago Balance's Jimmie Foxx was, there were those who preferred the smooth-fielding Bill Dickey at catcher. He wasn't too shabby with the bat either, hitting .313 and slugging .474 in the Twins glory years, though his MVP season came in 1935 when he hit .357 with 21 home runs and 109 RBI's. Another key contributor was the solid second baseman Max Bishop, who led the league in walks three times. While the Twins had solid pitching, there was a great deal of turnover in their pitching staff. Their best pitchers were likely Danny MacFayden (59-38, 3.26) and George Pipgras (45-23, 3.07). MacFayden was chosen pitcher of the year in 1930 when he went 24-11 with a league leading 2.95 ERA. Pipgras was obtained from the Philadelphia Goats in return for second-baseman Urbane Pickering. But good as they were, none of the Twins teams of the early thirties were able to bring a championship to Brooklyn, their hopes being crushed three times by the Chicago Balance and once by the St. Louis Fish in 1933.

While Europe was troubled and the American economy still struggled in the mid to late thirties, fans of the Philadelphia Goats were cheered by their team's five consecutive national league championships and three world series wins between 1934 and 1938. Some felt their best regular starter was veteran catcher Gabby Hartnett, who was a winner wherever he went, acquiring eight world series rings with three teams. Traded from the New York Archers to the Chicago Balance in 1929, Hartnett served largely as a defensive backup for Jimmie Foxx until being traded to the Goats for Jumbo Brown and Johnny McCarthy. Back as a regular starter, Hartnett hit .331, slugged .497 and won a great glove in 1936. Others felt their best player was first baseman Hank Greenberg, who won the MVP trophy in 1935 when he hit .351 with 31 HR's, 119 RBI's and 137 runs scored. Though the offense was no murderer's row, it had depth. Smooth-fielding second baseman Billy Herman's arrival in 1934 from the Detroit Crabs coincided with the team's rise to prominence. Pepper Martin was one of the better hitting third basemen around, andd some felt Ben Chapman's glovework in center field--which brought him four great glove awards--was key to the team's success. But the team's most famous player was Dizzy Dean, the first pitcher to win the MVP trophy since Walter Johnson in 1909, for his astonishing 1936 season when he went 26-2 with a 2.52 ERA. Dean went 96-42 with a 3.02 ERA during their championship season and highlighted a superb rotation. Tommy Bridges (81-45, 3.71), Schoolboy Rowe (67-41, 3.70), Larry French (47-21, 3.64) and Cliff Melton (41-16, 3.11) gave opponents plenty to think about.

Teams Ranked by Aggregate Won-Loss Record (1920-1939)
Chicago Bulls (AL) 1528-1273, .546 - 4 pennants, 4 world series
Chicago Balance (NL) 1485-1316, .530 - 5 pennants, 5 world series
Philadelphia Goats (NL) 1471-1330, .525 - 5 pennants, 3 world series
St. Louis Fish (NL) 1461-1339, .522 - 3 pennants, 1 world series
Washington Virgins (AL) 1418-1382, .506 - 2 pennants, 1 world series
Detroit Crabs (AL) 1402-1399, .501 - 4 pennants, 1 world series
New York Archers (NL) 1386-1414, .495 - 6 pennants, 2 world series
Philadelphia Lions (AL) 1385-1415, .495 - 3 pennants, 1 world series
Cincinatti Scorpions (NL) (1366-1434, .488)
Boston Rams (AL) (1364-1436, .487) - 1 pennant
Brooklyn Twins (AL) (1304-1496, .466) - 6 pennants, 2 world series
Pittsburgh Waterbearers (NL) 1252-1548, .447 -1 pennant

American League Winners
1920 - *Detroit Crabs (83-57) RF 712 RA 576
1921 - *Chicago Bulls (87-53) RF 842 RA 681
1922 - *Washington Virgins (86-54) RF 724 RA 607
1923 - *Chicago Bulls (85-55) RF 748 RA 632
1924 - Philadelphia Lions (84-56) RF 789 RA 699
1925 - *Chicago Bulls (90-50) RF 800 RA 644
1926 - Detroit Crabs (78-62) RF 753 RA 681
1927 - Detroit Crabs (90-51) RF 770 RA 630
1928 - Detroit Crabs (91-49) RF 822 RA 628
1929 - *Chicago Bulls (92-48) RF 841 RA 616
1930 - Brooklyn Twins (78-62) RF 799 RA 713
1931 - Brooklyn Twins (79-61) RF 696 RA 658
1932 - Brooklyn Twins (85-55) RF 736 RA 555
1933 - Brooklyn Twins (76-64) RF 634 RA 519
1934 - Boston Rams (87-53) RF 717 RA 592
1935 - Washington Virgins (83-57) RF 749 RA 672
1936 - *Philadelphia Lions (83-57) RF 876 RA 809
1937 - Philadelphia Lions (83-57) RF 855 RA 651
1938 - *Brooklyn Twins (76-64) RF 661 RA 651
1939 - *Brooklyn Twins (78-62) RF 717 RA 685

National League Winners
1920 - New York Archers (86-54) RF 716 RA 530
1921 - Pittsburgh Waterbearers (89-51) RF 799 RA 598
1922 - New York Archers (77-63) RF 769 RA 646
1923 - New York Archers (87-53) RF 791 RA 623
1924 - *New York Archers (78-62) RF 695 RA 604
1925 - New York Archers (80-60) RF 826 RA 721
1926 - *New York Archers (87-53) RF 739 RA 572
1927 - *Chicago Balance (85-55) RF 750 RA 628
1928 - *Chicago Balance (88-52) RF 843 RA 669
1929 - St. Louis Fish (91-49) RF 798 RA 656
1930 - *Chicago Balance (85-55) RF 969 RA 823
1931 - *Chicago Balance (86-54) RF 774 RA 590
1932 - *Chicago Balance (102-38) RF 931 RA 550
1933 - *St. Louis Fish (81-59) RF 635 RA 554
1934 - *Philadelphia Goats (86-54) RF 723 RA 540
1935 - *Philadelphia Goats (87-54) RF 816 RA 576
1936 - Philadelphia Goats (90-50) RF 862 RA 650
1937 - *Philadelphia Goats (96-44) RF 828 RA 580
1938 - Philadelphia Goats (88-52) RF 752 RA 609
1939 - St. Louis Fish (87-53) RF 741 RA 563

American League MVP's
1920 Rogers Hornsby, Chicago Bulls (.356, 15 HRs, 92 RBIs)
1921 Rogers Hornsby, Chicago Bulls (.400, 18 HRs, 121 RBIs)
1922 Harry Heilmann, Philadelphia Lions (.426, 22 HRs, 118 RBIs)
1923 Rogers Hornsby, Chicago Bulls (.352, 25 HRs, 99 RBIs)
1924 Rogers Hornsby, Chicago Bulls (.371, 24 HRs, 124 RBIs)
1925 Jim Bottomley, Chicago Bulls (.355, 27 HRs, 142 RBIs)
1926 Paul Waner, Boston Rams (.350, 6 HRs, 83 RBIs)
1927 Hack Wilson, Chicago Bulls (.330, 31 HRs, 130 RBIs)
1928 Babe Herman, Detroit Crabs (.354, 26 HRs, 101 RBIs)
1929 Babe Herman, Detroit Crabs (.397, 25 HRs, 121 RBIs)
1930 Al Simmons, Brooklyn Twins (.359, 31 HRs, 134 RBIs)
1931 Earl Averill, Brooklyn Twins (.328, 28 HRs, 111 RBIs)
1932 Earl Averill, Brooklyn Twins (.321, 21 HRs, 84 RBIs)
1933 Earl Averill, Brooklyn Twins (.324, 22 HRs, 94 RBIs)
1934 Ripper Collins, Boston Red Sox (.337, 24 HRs, 122 RBIs)
1935 Bill Dickey, Brooklyn Twins (.357, 21 HRs, 109 RBIs)
1936 Hal Trosky Sr., Philadelphia Lions (.347, 37 HRs, 163 RBIs)
1937 Harlond Clift, Philadelphia Lions (.338, 31 HRs, 132 RBIs)
1938 Hal Trosky Sr., Philadelphia Lions (.315, 31 HRs, 134 RBIs)
1939 Ted Williams, Washington Virgins (.360, 25 HRs, 94 RBIs)

National League MVP's
1920 Babe Ruth, Pittsburgh Waterbearers (.411, 26 HRs, 104 RBIs)
1921 Babe Ruth, Pittsburgh Waterberarers (.384 48 HRs, 137 RBIs)
1922 Tris Speaker, New York Archers (.388, 7 HRs, 106 RBIs)
1923 Babe Ruth, Pittsburgh Waterbearers (.352, 31 HRs, 108 RBIs)
1924 Babe Ruth, Pittsburgh Waterbearers (.317, 35 HRs, 80 RBIs)
1925 Babe Ruth, Philadelphia Goats (.381, 43 HRs, 110 RBIs)
1926 Lou Gehrig, Chicago Balance (.339, 19 HRs, 98 RBIs)
1927 Lou Gehrig, Chicago Balance (.369, 38 HRs, 130 RBIs)
1928 Lou Gehrig, Chicago Balance (.352, 46 HRs, 128 RBIs)
1929 Mel Ott, St. Louis Fish (.338, 43 HRs, 147 RBIs)
1930 Lou Gehrig, Chicago Balance (.364, 39 HRs, 142 RBIs)
1931 Lou Gehrig, Chicago Balance (.376, 33 HRs, 86 RBIs)
1932 Jimmie Foxx, Chicago Balance (.351, 50 HRs, 158 RBIs)
1933 Jimmie Foxx, Chicago Balance (.341, 35 HRs, 84 RBIs)
1934 Jimmie Foxx, Chicago Balance (.340, 34 HRs, 107 RBIs)
1935 Hank Greenberg, Philadelphia Goats (.351, 31 HRs, 119 RBIs)
1936 Dizzy Dean, Philadelphia Goats (26-2, 2.52 ERA, 160 Ks)
1937 Joe DiMaggio, New York Archers (.384, 29 HRs, 129 RBIs)
1938 Johnny Mize, Philadelphia Goats (.388, 31 HRs, 94 RBIs)
1939 Joe DiMaggio, New York Archers (.351, 26 HRs, 98 RBIs)
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1940-1959: War and Integration

Notable Teams:

While America watched the events in Europe and the Far East with growing worry, the St. Louis Fish won three straight national league titles from 1939 to 1941, winning the World Series in 1941 after coming up short twice. Perhaps their strongest everyday player was Hall-of-Fame-bound Arky Vaughan who had emerged as the dominant shortstop in the league after winning the rookie of the year in 1932. He won two great gloves for his fielding, hit .308 during their championship years and led the league with 111 runs scored in 1940. Also outstanding were Tommy Henrich and Mel Ott in the outfield, who averaged 23 homers and 95 RBI's apiece from 1939 to 1941. An outstanding fielder, Henrich won two Great Gloves in left field and three in right, and acquired the nickname "the Clutch" for his performance in the 1941 World Series. The veteran Ott had also won three great gloves in right field earlier in his career, and remained a potent bat in the lineup though his best year had come in 1929, when he was selected as the most valuable player in the NL after driving in a 147 runs. As a veteran he had an outstanding batting eye, leading the league in walks four times. The Fish had depth as well as stars, with players like Babe Phelps at catcher, Red Rolfe at third base, and Joe Kuhel at first base. The last was acquired from the Detroit Crabs as the final piece in a championship team in 1939 in return for Eddie Joost, Hal Wagner, Preacher Roe and Don Lang. The Fish had depth in their rotation as well, with Mort Cooper (39-26, 3.32), Vern Olsen (36-14, 2.93), Eddie Smith (42-20, 3.10) and Lefty Grove (38-27, 3.54). Grove was finishing up a Hall-of-Fame career during which he won an astounding six NL Pitcher of the Year awards, the last in 1939 when he went 22-9 with a 2.67 ERA. He won 266 games during his career, all of them for the Fish. Vern Olsen was the 1940 Rookie of the year, going 18-5 with a 2.93 ERA. Eddie Smith led the league in ERA with 2.62, and won a league-leading 20 games the following year, while Cooper was a workhorse who averaged over 200 innings per year.

After disastrously trading away Babe Ruth to the Philadelphia Goats for Al Wingo and Alex Metzler, the Pittsburgh Waterbearers went into a long tailspin, with only one winning season between 1925 and 1941. But the war years saw a revival of their fortunes, as they won the national league five times between 1942 and 1947, and pick up their second World Series win in franchise history. Some of their key performers were Wally Judnich, Joe Gordon, Ken Keltner, and Willard Marshall. Centerfielder Judnich followed up his batting title in 1941 by leading the team to the first of its NL titles in his MVP season of 1942, hitting .303 with 22 home runs. Second basemen Joe Gordon contributed with both glove and bat, winning eight great glove awards, leading the league in RBI's twice and runs scored once. They had another excellent fielder in Keltner at third, who won nine great glove awards, and was productive at the plate for his position as well. They also had the veteran Hank Greenberg, who was on his way to the hall of fame and led the league in home runs five times, including three in a row from 1945 to 1947, though he missed most of the previous three seasons. Greenberg had been claimed off waivers from the Philadelphia Goats in 1939. The Waterbearers also had a strong rotation anchored by Tex Hughson (111-61, 3.12), backed up by Joe Dobson (69-52) and Virgil Trucks (56-37, 2.98). Hughson was Pitcher of the Year in 1943 and 1944, and led the league in wins and complete games three times.

In the years immediately following World War II, the Washington Virgins won three American League titles and two world series in four years. Built around two outstanding outfielders--Ted Williams and Joe Dimaggio--the team invited comparison to the New York Archers of the early twenties. The Splendid Splinter was unquestionably the dominant player of the forties, winning an astounding eleven AL MVP awards between 1939 and 1950, missing out only in 1943 when he finished second. He won seven batting titles, led the league in home runs six times, in runs scored seven times, in RBI's twice, and in slugging percentage thirteen times. He terrified enemy pitchers so much they feared to throw strikes, causing him to lead the league in walks twelve times and in on-base percentage an amazing sixteen times. When he retired in 1962, he had racked up the carerr record in on-base percentage (.461), in total bases (5316), and walks (2105), and fell just three short of Babe Ruth's home run record with 538. Joe DiMaggio was overshadowed by the epic feats of Williams, to whom he finished second in the MVP voting three times. But Joltin' Joe was a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer in his own right, who had won three MVP trophies with the New York Archers before being traded to the Virgins for Andy Seminick and Dixie Howell in 1943. DiMaggio won three batting titles, led the league in hits four times, in total bases three times, in RBI's three times. Though his best years were with the Archers, he still hit .303 with 90 home runs between 1946 and 1949, and led the league in homers in '49 with 27. Though Williams and DiMaggio hogged the headlines, there were other fine players on the team. George Kell won three great gloves at third base and two batting titles, hitting .339 in 1949. Luke Appling won three great gloves at shortstop and was generally regarded as the best hitting shortstop in the league, hitting .308 in the Virgins' glory years. Some credited the deal that brought Appling from the Philadelphia Lions for Frank McCormick and Clyde Volmer in 1946 as the catalyst that pushed the Virgins over the top. The following year, they acquired the veteran first baseman Johnny Mize in return for Bill Chamberlain and Duke Snider. Though the two-time MVP and Hall of Famer was past his best by then, he was still a .300 hitter who pounded twenty home runs a year. With such a powerful lineup, the Virgins averaged well over five runs per game. Their pitchers got less press than the hitting line-up, but Johnny Sain (74-39, 3.77), Steve Gromek (38-25, 3.64) and Van Mungo (35-30, 3.74) did their part to keep the team in contention. Sain won a league-leading 24 games in 1948. Though Mungo's Hall of Fame credentials were largely based on his work earlier in his career with the Detroit Crabs, his veteran presence on the mound was an asset after he was added to the team in 1945.

The great Cincinatti Scorpions teams that won six NL pennants and two world series between 1948 and 1954 are chiefly remembered for their role in breaking the color barrier. It is often forgotten that it was actually the Pittsburgh Waterbearers that signed Jackie Robinson in 1947, but he was inexplicably traded to the Scorpions for the veteran outfielder Charlie Keller after winning the batting title in his rookie season with a .328 average. Robinson went on to be a star for the Scorpions, winning an MVP award in 1951, three great gloves at second base, and leading the league in runs scored four times. Impressed by the performance of Robinson, the Scorpions continued to scout the Negro Leagues for talent, signing Roy Campanella in 1948. Campy proved to be the best catcher in the league, winning six great gloves and hitting .292 with 25 home runs per season from 1948 to 1954. In 1949, he won the MVP award, hitting .319 with 28 home runs, astonishing productivity from a catcher. But while Campanella and Robinson gave the Scorpions the national prominence, the most beloved player on the team was probably the veteran outfielder Stan Musial. Stan the Man had won the NL MVP award three consecutive times from 1943 to 1945. While most of his best years came before their championship seasons, he was still a tremendous player, winning his fifth batting title in 1950, and hitting .294 with 20 home runs per season overall. But despite all these stars, some thought the best player on the team was 1946 rookie of the year Ralph Kiner, who was the NL MVP in 1948, when he hit .323, with 27 home runs, drove in a league-leading 126 runs and led the league with a .414 on-base percentage. The powerful left fielder led the league in home runs five times, including four years in a row from 1949 to 1952, and led in RBI's four times. As if those four players weren't enough to terrify enemy teams, they also had Bobby Thompson who performed well for them in both center field and third base, and Vern Stephens at shortstop who was the best hitter in the league at his position with unusual pop for a shortstop. Though overshadowed by the lineup, Their ace was Mike Garcia, who led the league with a 2.50 ERA in 1949, and went 110-59 with a 3.08 ERA during their championship years. He was ably backed up by young Bob Rush (44-35, 3.29) who led the league in ERA in 1951, and Russ Meyer (80-48, 3.65). The Scorpions organization was an innovative one, not only in their hiring of non-white players, but also in their use of quality pitchers in the bullpen. Lefty West (18-8, 25 saves, 2.59 ERA) and Joe Gonzales (30-23, 60 saves, 2.55 ERA) relieved much of the pressure on the starters to complete games.

After being comparatively weak in the thirties and forties, the Chicago teams returned to prominence with a vengeance in the fifties. Between 1951 and 1961, the Chicago Bulls won an astonishing eight AL pennants and five world series. No name is as closely associated with the great Bulls teams of the fifties as that of Willie Mays. The six-time AL MVP excelled in all aspects of the game. He won ten great glove awards in center field, and led in almost every offensive category in some years. Four times he swiped the most bases, six times he led in home runs, four times in runs scored, four times in runs batted in, and six times in slugging percentage. Between 1951 and 1961, Mays hit .312, crushed 317 home runs, stole 232 bases, scored 963 runs and drove in 999. Perhaps no player in history had excelled in every aspect of the game so impressively. But the Bulls' talent did not end with Willie Mays. They also had the great Yogi Berra at catcher. Hitting .287 with 20 HR's per year, he rivaled the productivity of the Scorpions' Campanella. Ken Boyer was the best third baseman in the league both offensively and defensively, winning four great gloves, hitting .310 and averaging 20 home runs and 15 stolen bases per year. He won a batting title hitting .341 in 1955, and four years later captured an MVP award, hitting .323 with 35 HR's and scored a league leading 114 runs. Bill McDougald was widely viewed as the best second baseman in the league, winning four great gloves and hitting .275 with good power for a middle infielder. The Bulls' unquestioned ace starter was the great Curt Simmons (195-77, 2.60) who won five pitcher of the year awards and was selected as MVP in 1951 and 1953. He led the league in wins four times and in ERA six times. His excellence overshadowed his capable compatriots in the rotation, Mickey McDermott (70-51, 3.56), Billy Hoeft (66-34, 3.00) and some of the last great years of the veteran Warren Spahn (76-45, 2.82). Spahn was acquired from the Pittsburgh Waterbearers for four prospects and responded by capturing the NL pitcher of the year award in 1954. Later on Milt Pappas emerged (66-37, 2.76), winning the NL pitcher of the year award in 1960 when he went 18-7 with a 2.33 ERA. With such a potent team, it's no wonder the Bulls went 971-569.

Unwilling to yield the limelight to their cross-town rivals, the Chicago Balance reminded everybody that they had won more world series than any other team. They began another dominant run in 1953, winning eight of the next nine NL titles and five more world series to bring their haul to 17 world championships, nearly a third of all those that had been played. They countered the Bulls brilliant center fielder Mays with a star centerfielder of their own: Mickey Mantle. Mantle won four MVP awards, led the league with 44 home runs in 1956, in walks and on-base percentage five time s and slugging percentage three times, and even once led in stolen bases. During the Balance's nine year run, Mantle hit 257 home runs, had an on-base percentage of .414 and slugging percentage of .537. Nearly as important to the team--and hitting even more home runs (284) in their championship years, was third baseman and 1952 rookie of the year Eddie Mathews. He was voted NL MVP three times. A fine fielder, he won three great gloves, but it was the bat that led the league in RBI's four times, including a career high of 144 in 1953, for which he most famous. Other than Mantle and Mathews, the lineup changed quite a bit from year to year, but slick-fielding Jim Gilliam at 2nd base and speedy Minnie Minoso in left field were important contributors to the team. Gilliam won three great gloves, while Minoso led the league in stolen bases and runs scored twice each. The balance also had a formidable 1-2-3 punch in the starting rotation with Whitey Ford (155-76, 3.11), Johnny Podres (121-68, 3.29), and Robin Roberts (94-54, 3.33). Robin Roberts was the first of them to win the NL Pitcher of the Year Award in 1953, when he went 19-11 with a 2.52 ERA, and led the league in wins four times, but was traded to St. Louis for Roy Siever after a poor season in 1958. Despite Roberts' success, most view Whitey Ford as the staff ace. Hewas the NL pitcher of the year in 1958, when he went 19-6 with a 3.07 ERA. He led the league in wins four consecutive times between 1958 and 1961. Johnny Podres won pitcher of the year twice, in 1956 and 1960, leading the league in ERA both years with 2.77 and 2.76, but was less consistent from year-to year than Ford. The dominance of the Chicago teams--there were five L-train series in six years between 1956 and 1961--began to wear on the rest of the league. Many teams were struggling to make a profit, particularly in the American league.

Teams Ranked by Aggregate Won-Loss Record, 1940-1959
Chicago Bulls AL 1536-1264 (.549) 7 pennants, 5 world series
Pittsburgh Waterbearers NL 1512-1289 (.540) 5 pennants, 1 world series
Philadelphia Lions AL 1490-1311 (.532) 4 pennants, 2 world series
Boston Rams AL 1486-1316 (.530) 4 pennants, 3 world series
Chicago Scales NL 1481-1320 (.529) 6 pennants, 4 world series
Cincinatti Scorpions NL 1478-1322 (.528) 7 pennants, 2 world series
Washington Virgins NL 1434-1367 (.512) 5 pennants, 2 world series
St. Louis Fish NL 1413-1385 (.505) 2 pennants, 1 world series
New York Archers NL 1334-1466 (.476)
Detroit Crabs AL 1312-1488 (.469)
Philadelphia Goats NL 1183-1617 (.423)
Brooklyn-Los Angeles Twins AL 1144-1656 (.409)

American League Winners
1940 Boston Rams* 81-59, RF: 677 RA: 613
1941 Washington Virgins 75-66, RF: 695 RA: 659
1942 Washington Virgins 83-57, RF: 694 RA: 587
1943 Boston Rams* 87-53 RF: 601 RA:506
1944 Philadelphia Lions* 81-59, RF: 656 RA: 562
1945 Boston Rams* 80-60 RF: 629 RA: 503
1946 WashingtonVirgins* 84-56, RF:698 RA:554
1947 Chicago Bulls* 87-53, RF: 695 RA: 553
1948 Washington Virgins 90-50, RF: 788, RA: 613
1949 Washington Virgins* 79-61, RF: 748, RA: 682
1950 Boston Rams 81-59, RF: 724 RA: 651
1951 Chicago Bulls* 94-46, RF: 678 RA: 521
1952 Philadelphia Lions* 82-58, RF: 636 RA: 564
1953 Chicago Bulls* 99-41, RF: 747 RA: 444
1954 Chicago Bulls* 86-54, RF: 673, RA: 519
1955 Philadelphia Lions 85-55, RF: 686 RA: 605
1956 Chicago Bulls 86-54, RF: 767 RA: 555
1957 Chicago Bulls 87-53, RF: 706 RA: 519
1958 Philadelphia Lions 81-59, RF: 660 RA: 596
1959 Chicago Bulls* 98-42, RF: 724 RA: 498

National League Winners
1940 St. Louis Fish 87-53, RF:779 RA: 585
1941 St. Louis Fish* 90-50, RF: 633 RA: 494
1942 Pittsburgh Waterbearers* 87-53, RF: 560 RA: 453
1943 Pittsburgh Waterbearers 93-47, RF: 600 RA: 451
1944 Cincinatti Scorpions 86-54, RF: 685 RA: 523
1945 Pittsburgh Waterbearers 79-61, RF: 614 RA: 534
1946 Pittsburgh Waterbearers 85-56, RF: 609 RA: 492
1947 Pittsburgh Waterbearers 82-58, RF: 683 RA: 586
1948 Cincinatti Scorpions* 88-52, RF: 780 RA: 598
1949 Cincinatti Scorpions 92-48, RF: 731 RA: 546
1950 Cincinatti Scorpions* 78-62, RF: 732 RA: 617
1951 Cincinatti Scorpions 86-54, RF: 685 RA: 522
1952 Cincinatti Scorpions 77-63, RF: 584 RA: 537
1953 Chicago Balance 85-55, RF: 733 RA: 542
1954 Cincinatti Scorpions 82-58, RF: 592 RA: 540
1955 Chicago Balance* 82-58, RF: 694 RA: 540
1956 Chicago Balance* 97-43, RF: 870 RA: 592
1957 Chicago Balance* 85-55, RF: 681 RA: 557
1958 Chicago Balance* 83-57, RF: 681 RA: 553
1959 Chicago Balance 84-56, RF: 721 RA: 578

American League MVP's
1940 Ted Williams, Washington Virgins (.349, 26 HR, 65 RBI)
1941 Ted Williams, Washington Virgins (.362, 29 HR, 102 RBI)
1942 Ted Williams, Washington Virgins (.349, 29 HR, 100 RBI)
1943 Charlie Keller, Washington Virgins (.311, 27HR, 89 RBI)
1944 Ted Williams, Washington Virgins (.340, 19 HR, 65 RBI)
1945 Ted Williams, Washington Virgins (.361, 24 HR, 95 RBI)
1946 Ted Williams, Washington Virgins (.323, 35 HR, 101 RBI)
1947 Ted Williams, Washington Virgins (.349, 28 HR, 94 RBI)
1948 Ted Williams, Washington Virgins (.345, 30 HR, 98 RBI)
1949 Ted Williams, Washington Virgins (.339, 27 HR, 130 RBI)
1950 Ted Williams, Washington Virgins (.333, 35 HR, 99 RBI)
1951 Curt Simmons, Chicago Bulls (25-3, 1.47 ERA, 185 K's)
1952 Al Rosen, Philadelphia Lions (.305, 20 HRs, 86 RBI)
1953 Curt Simmons, Chicago Bulls (27-3, 1.69 ERA, 161 K's)
1954 Willie Mays, Chicago Bulls (.308, 42 HR, 118 RBI)
1955 Willie Mays, Chicago Bulls (.320, 35 HR, 119 RBI)
1956 Willie Mays, Chicago Bulls (.337, 23 HR, 81 RBI)
1957 Willie Mays, Chicago Bulls (.302, 36 HR, 110 RBI)
1958 Frank Robinson, Washington Virgins (.315, 34 HR, 104 RBI)
1959 Ken Boyer, Chicago Bulls (.323, 35 HR, 115 RBI)

National League MVP's
1940 Johnny Mize, Philadelphia Goats (.321, 30 HR, 107 RBI)
1941 Joe Dimaggio, New York Archers (.306, 19 HR, 71 RBI)
1942 Wally Judnich, Pittsburgh Waterbearers (.303, 22 HR, 86 RBI)
1943 Stan Musial, Cincinatti Scorpions (.304, 9 HR, 85 RBI)
1944 Stan Musial, Cincinatti Scorpions (.362, 11 HR, 81 RBI)
1945 Roy Cullenbine, Cincinatti Scorpions (.310, 13 HR, 84 RBI)
1946 Stan Musial, Cincinatti Scorpions (.310, 21 HR, 93 RBI)
1947 Ewell Blackwell, Philadelphia Goats (22-8, 2.19 ERA, 165 K's)
1948 Ralph Kiner, Cincinatti Scorpions (.323, 27 HR, 126 RBI)
1949 Roy Campanella, Cincinatti Scorpions (.319, 28 HR, 90 RBI)
1950 Warren Spahn, Pittsburgh Waterbearers (22-8, 2.35 ERA, 140 K's)
1951 Jackie Robinson, Cincinatti Scorpions (.295, 22 HR, 68 RBI)
1952 Mickey Mantle, Chicago Balance (.299, 25 HR, 104 RBI)
1953 Eddie Mathews, Chicago Balance (.333, 37 HR, 144 RBI)
1954 Eddie Mathews, Chicago Balance (.292, 26 HR, 78 RBI)
1955 Eddie Mathews, Chicago Balance (.277, 37 HR, 105 RBI)
1956 Mickey Mantle, Chicago Balance (.318, 44 HR, 130 RBI)
1957 Mickey Mantle, Chicago Balance (.289, 31 HR, 83 RBI)
1958 Mickey Mantle, Chicago Balance (.313, 36 HR, 96 RBI)
1959 Hank Aaron, Pittsburgh Waterbearers (.354, 35 HR, 111 RBI)
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1960-1979 - Times of Change

When the grip of the Chicago teams on the championships finally released in the early sities, the Philadelphia Goats took advantage in the National League, winning three pennants and two world series between 1962 and 1965. The goats were famed for their potent outfield of Willie McCovey, Curt Flood and Lee Maye. The powerful left fielder McCovey led the league in home runs and slugging percentage three times, and was a disciplined and patient hitter who also led the league in walks four times and on-base percentage twice. He was voted most valuable player twice and during the Goats championships years he hit .311 and averaged over 30 home runs per year. Centerfielder Curt Flood was outstanding defensively, winning six great gloves. In 1964, he won the batting title with a sizzling .337 average and led the league in runs scored. Two other key Goats were glove wizard and 1958 rookie of the year Brooks Robinson at 3rd basem who won eight great glove awards and hit .306. Earl Battey provided veteran leadership for the team at catcher. But for all the accomplishments of McCovey, he was overshadowed by Sandy Koufax, regarded by many as the greatest pitcher of all time. The "Left Hand of God" won an astounding eleven NL pitcher of the year awards in a row from 1961 to 1971, and five most valuable player awards. From 1962 to 1965, he went 68-30 with a 2.11 ERA and 1043 K's in 958 innings. By the time he hung up his spikes at 39, he had racked up an astonishing 3704 strikeouts in 3670 innings, outdistancing the previous recordholder, Walter Johnson, by almost 1000 K's. His 2.56 career ERA was the lowest of any starter since the deadball era. Though largely unnoticed in the shadow of the dominant Koufax, the Goats had an excellent number 2 starter in Jim O'Toole who went 61-36 with a 3.14 ERA and likely would have won the Cy Young Award in 1963, if it hadn't been for his teammate.

The Goats' American League rivals were the Washington Virgins who would dominate that league for much of the 1960's, winning five NL titles and two world series between 1962 and 1969. The offense revolved around rightfielder and 1957 AL rookie of the year, Frank Robinson, who led the league in onbase percentage five times, in slugging percentage four times, in runs scored four times, in runs driven in three times and won two batting titles. He averaged over 25 runs/season during their championship years. Nearly as valuable to the team was versatile Tom Tresh, who won the rookie of the year award in 1962 and helped to ignite their championship run. Though the team moved him back and forth between shortstop and centerfield, he didn't let it distract him from his hitting. His .426 slugging percentage was unusually high for a shortstop. Free-swinging first-baseman Orlando Cepeda led the league in hits three times and RBI's twice and hit a a league-high 30 home runs in 1963. And no discussion of the Virgins' lineup would be complete without mention of the young Joe Morgan at second base. Though his best years would come later in his career, he already had a superb batting eye that led to him leading the league in walks and on base percentage in 1965 and 1966. The Virgins' starting rotation was exceptionally strong and deep with Mickey Lolich (105-65, 2.92), Bob Gibson (86-53, 2.79), Gaylord Perry (62-31, 2.87), Chris Short (67-65, 3.45), and Larry Dierker (46-30, 3.31). Lolich was selected pitcher of the year in 1965, 1967, and 1968. Gibson was acquired from the Pittsburgh Waterbearers after the 1963 season along with Paul Ratiff in exchange for Roger Maris, and was pitcher of the year in 1969, and led the league in wins twice, as did Gaylord Perry.

In the late sixties, the Virgins went into decline and the Philadelphia Lions took over the American League winning four pennants and three world series between 1968 and 1972. Their solid regular lineup was highlighted by third baseman Sal Bando, rightfielder Roberto Clemente, and centerfielder Cleon Jones. Clemente was the player most identified with the Lions, playing his entire twenty year career in Philadelphia. He won five batting titles, the last in 1972, led in slugging average three times and triples nine times. He was a superb defensive outfielder, winning three great gloves and his clutch play earned him two World Series MVP wins, as well as an AL Most Valuable Player Award in 1967. Though he was in his thirties, he still batted .309 during the Lions' great years Bando is best remembered for his sensational MVP season of 1970, when he hit a league-leading 28 home-runs and was second in the league with 93 RBI's. The speedy Cleon Jones was an important component of the team's success as well, leading the league in runs scored in 1968. On the whole, however, the Lions were better known for their deep starting rotation than their hitting, and they started a fashion of pitchers getting their start in the bullpen before moving to the rotation. Both Don Sutton (70-39, 11 saves, 2.80 ERA) and Vida Blue (41-23, 16 saves, 2.29 ERA) got their start in the pen. Their other pitchers included Sam McDowell (34-34, 2.88), Andy Messersmith (57-33, 2.69, and Nelson Briles (59-45, 3.37). Sutton is often credited with sparking the team's success as he was acquired in return for Graig Nettles and Pat H Kelly from the Boston Rams the season before their first pennant. Blue won back-to-back pitching awards in 1971 and 1972, following a reliever of the year award in 1970. Andy Messersmith won the league in wins and ERA (19, 2.57) in 1970, then led in ERA again in 1972 with 2.18. Fireballer Sam McDowell led in strikeouts three times with a career high 260 in 1965. This formidable rotation was a big factor in the team winning 414 games against only 286 losses.

The National League enjoyed a long period of parity from 1964 to 1973, with all six teams winning at least once, no repeat champions, and no team winning twice in the decade. This run was broken by the New York Archers who won three consecutive pennants and two world series from 1974 to 1976. Their best player was likely Johnny Bench who was the league's best catcher in both hitting and fielding, winning five platinum sticks and seven great gloves. The championship started with the arrival of 5-time all-star Ken Singleton from the L.A. twins for Otto Velez and Craig Swan after the 1973 season. He hit in the high .280's in those years, as did second baseman and 4-time all-star Jorge Orta and centerfielder Johnny Grubb. Richie Hebner at third led the league in RBI's in 1974. On the pitching side, their staff was led by the outstanding Steve Carlton (55-31, 2.68). The Archers paid highly in 1973 for Carlton who came from the Philadelphia Goats in exchange for Mike Easler, Jim Essian, Craig Robinson and Rick Stelmaszek and the 7-time all-star did not disappoint, leading the league with 20 wins in 1974. Carlotn was ably backed up by Wilbur Wood (54-27, 31.5), Doug Rau (36-30, 3.54) and Rick Wise (21-24, 3.40). An outstanding relief pitcher in his early years, Wilbur Wood moved to the rotation with great success, winning 20 games in 1974 and 1975. If the Lions grabbed a lead, they rarely surrendered it because of superstar reliever in Masanori Murakami (21-12, 53 saves, 2.08 ERA). The six-time all-star struck out an amazing 326 batters in 251 innings from 1974 to 1976.

The best team in the American League in the mid-to-late seventies was the Detroit Crabs, who won four AL pennants and the 1976 world series. Unlike the Archers, who made canny trades to build their team, the Crabs best players were three young, home-grown talents born within a few days of each other in 1954: Andre Dawson, Willie Randolph, and Jason Thompson. A powerful and disciplined hitter, Thompson led the league in home runs, RBI's, and walks twice each, and runs scored once. The 1976 rookie of the year and six-time all-star at first base hit .292 and averaged 24 home runs and 126 RBI's per year through the 1979 season. The speedy Willy Randolph finished second to Thompson in the rookie of the year balloting in 1976, and was a fine defensive second baseman, winning two great glove awards. He also led the league in stolen bases twice and in runs scored once. Four-time all-star Andre Dawson was widely viewed as the best centerfielder both defensively and offensively. The staff ace, Frank Tanana, was just one year older than those three. Tanana won back-to-back pitcher of the year awards in 1975 and 1976, and was selected the most valuable player both during hte regular season and during the world series in 1976. Overall, he went 72-40, with a 3.26 ERA over five years. Tanana was backed up by Dave Lemonds, a relative veteran who was the pitcher of the year in his outstanding 1977 season, when he went 18-3 with a 2.17 ERA. With an impressive group of young players, one might have expected the Crabs dynasty to last longer than it did, but the pitching lacked depth and year-to-year consistency. And in truth, they were never a dominant team going 90-71 in their best season and a pedestrian 426-375 over the five year period.

For an example of dominance, one could look to the other league, where from 1978 to 1980, the St. Louis Fish went a sizzling 293-187. Their star-studded lineup started with first-baseman Eddie Murray. He was selected for the all-star team six consecutive times from 1977 to 1982, and won Most Valuable Player awards in 1978 and 1982. Steady Eddie hit .309, and averaged 29 home runs, 100 runs scored and 95 runs driven in. On the other side of the infield, the Fish had another great young player in Alan Trammell. Already a four-time all-star at the age of 24, Trammell was highly productive for a shortstop, hitting .289 with some pop and averaging 20 stolen bases per year. In the outfield, the Fish had JimRice and Ruppert Jones. Rice was the 1975 rookie of the year, and by the late seventies was in his prime, capturing the MVP award in 1977, when he won the batting title with a .351 average, crushed 41 home runs, and scored 124 runs. He also led the league in triples, hits, on-base percentage and slugging percentage that year. Though he did not match those heroics in the subsequent years, he was still highly productive hitting .299 with 21 home runs per year. He was an all-star seven times in eight years from 1975 to 1982. Centerfielder Ruppert Jones was less celebrated than Rice, but was an all-star in 1978 and 1979. Young Butch Wynegar at catcher gave them a strong defenisve presence behind the plate, winning great gloves in 1980 and 1982. The pitching staff was strong as well, led by the great J.R. Richard who went 18-9 with a 2.33 ERA and 20-9 with a 2.54 ERA in 1978 and 1979, and was selected as the best pitcher in the NL both years. In a huge blockbuster trade, Richard was sent to the Chicago Bulls along with Dennis Kinney for George Brett, who was sought to replace the productive but aging Eric Soderholm at third base. Brett had won back-to-back AL MVP titles in 1978 and 1979. Though Richard continued to be a dominant pitcher, winning American League MVP titles in 1981 and 1982, but Brett was outstanding for the Fish in 1980, hitting .298 with 20 home runs and leading the league with 114 runs scored. Lost in the glare surrounding Richard's celebrity were the other pitchers of the rotation: Bill Bonham (35-30, 3.73), Jerry Koosman (59-25, 3.80), and Jim Bibby (37-26, 3.79). Still, Koosman led the league in wins in 1978 and 1980, and all three pitchers were all-stars.

Teams Ranked by Aggregate Wins 1960 to 1979
Washington Virgins 1541-1399 (.524) 6 pennants, 2 world series
New York Archers 1536-1404 (.522) 5 pennants, 2 world series
Chicago Scales 1516-1425 (.515) 3 pennants, 1 world series
Detroit Crabs 1512-1430 (.514) 5 pennants, 2 world series
Philadelphia-Anaheim Goats 1495-1446 (.508) - 5 pennants, 3 world series
Chicago Bulls 1488-1452 (.506) - 4 pennants, 3 world series
Philadelphia Lions 1485-1455 (.505) - 4 pennants, 3 world series
St. Louis Fish 1471-1469 (.500) - 4 pennants, 2 world series
Cincinatti Scorpions 1431-1509 (.487) - 2 pennants
Boston Rams 1420-1519 (.483) - 1 pennant, 1 world series
Los Angeles-Houston Twins 1375-1566 (.468)
Pittsburgh Waterbearers 1372-1568 (.467) - 2 pennants, 1 world series

American League Winners
1960 Chicago Bulls - 95-45, RF: 672 RA: 451
1961 Chicago Bulls* - 94-46, RF: 678, RA: 521
1962 Washington Virgins* 88-52, RF: 749, RA: 602
1963 Washington Virgins - 81-59, RF: 680, RA: 583
1964 Chicago Bulls* 83-57, RF: 619, RA: 532
1965 Washington Virgins - 83-57, RF: 595, RA: 475
1966 Detroit Crabs* - 89-51, RF: 682, RA: 519
1967 Washington Virgins - 89-51, RF: 619, RA: 503
1968 Philadelphia Lions* - 81-59, RF: 549, RA: 434
1969 Washington Virgins* - 87-53, RF: 684, RA: 484
1970 Philadelphia Lions* - 79-61, RF: 611, RA: 570
1971 Philadelphia Lions- 80-60, RF: 581, RA: 482
1972 Philadelphia Lions* 91-49, RF: 596, RA: 409
1973 Boston Rams - 92-68, RF: 792, RA: 704
1974 Washington Virgins - 91-69, RF: 640, RA: 631
1975 Detroit Crabs - 85-75 , RF: 676, RA: 633
1976 Detroit Crabs* - 90-71, RF: 751, RA: 640
1977 Detroit Crabs - 88-72, RF: 832, RA: 720
1978 Chicago Bulls* 84-76, RF: 781, RA: 763
1979 Detroit Crabs - 88-72, RF: 892, RA: 783

National League Winners
1960 Chicago Scales* 94-46, RF: 673, RA: 484
1961 Chicago Scales 81-59, RF: 624, RA: 512
1962 Philadelphia Goats 85-55, RF: 606, RA: 540
1963 Philadelphia Goats* 80-61, RF: 588, RA: 532
1964 Cincinatti Scorpions 85-55, RF: 593, RA: 466
1965 Philadelphia Goats* 82-58, RF: 579, RA: 466
1966 New York Archers 85-55, RF: 628, RA: 524
1967 St. Louis Fish* 90-50, RF: 705, RA: 519
1968 Cincinatti Scorpions 85-55, RF: 526, RA: 454
1969 New York Archers 74-66, RF: 609, RA: 561
1970 Chicago Scales 75-65, RF: 685, RA: 584
1971 Philadelphia Goats* 78-62, RF: 493, RA: 399
1972 St. Louis Fish 78-62, RF: 593, RA: 501
1973 Pittsburgh Waterbearers 88-72, RF: 627, RA: 617
1974 New York Archers* 90-70, RF: 668, RA: 629
1975 New York Archers* 95-65, RF: 754, RA: 617
1976 New York Archers 98-62, RF: 652, RA: 564
1977 Pittsburgh Waterbearers* 89-71, RF: 705, RA: 600
1978 St. Louis Fish 95-65, RF: 773, RA: 632
1979 St. Louis Fish* 97-63, RF: 756, RA: 635

American League MVP's
1960 Willie Mays, Chicago Bulls .283, 38 HRs, 96 RBIs
1961 Willie Mays, Chicago Bulls .322, 46 HRs, 132 RBIs
1962 Frank Robinson, Washington Virgins .306, 37 HRs, 96 RBIs
1963 Frank Robinson, Washington Virgins .303, 23 HRs, 96 RBIs
1964 Boog Powell, Chicago Bulls .326, 24 HRs, 88 RBIs
1965 Frank Robinson, Washington Virgins .301, 25 HRs, 86 RBIs
1966 Jim Ray Hart, Detroit Crabs .323, 37HRs, 91 RBIs
1967 Roberto Clemente, Philadelphia Lions .284, 20 HRs, 81 RBIs
1968 Frank Robinson, Washington Virgins.267, 22 HRs, 80 RBIs
1969 Rico Carty, Washington Virgins .354, 20 HRs, 91 RBIs
1970 Sal Bando, Philadelphia Lions, .271, 28 HRs, 93 RBIs
1971 Vida Blue, Philadelphia Lions, 17-7, 2.03 ERA, 202 Ks
1972 Nate Colbert, Philadelphia Lions, .270, 34 HRs, 99 RBIs
1973 Billy L. Williams, Boston Rams, .308, 38 HRs, 110 RBIs
1974 Joe L Morgan, Washington Virgins, .263, 12 HRs, 65 RBIs
1975 Frank Tanana, Detroit Crabs, 20-5, 2.13 ERA, 201 Ks
1976 George Foster, Chicago Bulls, .307, 20 HRs, 101 RBIs
1977 Dave Parker, Los Angeles Twins, .358, 28 HRs, 118 RBIs
1978 George Brett, Chicago Bulls, .318, 16 HRs, 105 RBIs
1979 George Brett, Chicago Bulls, .325, 14 HRs, 97 RBIs

National League MVPs
1960 Hank Aaron, Pittsburgh Waterbearers .301, 40 HRs, 101 RBIs
1961 Willie McCovey, Philadelphia Goats .331, 42 HRs, 81 RBIs
1962 Hank Aaron, Pittsburgh Waterbearers .318, 40 HRs, 1016 RBIs
1963 Sandy Koufax, Philadelphia Goats, 17-9, 1.77 ERA, 270 Ks
1964 Sandy Koufax, Philadelphia Goats 16-9, 2.20 ERA, 290 Ks
1965 Dick Allen, St. Louis Fish .321, 31 HRs, 102 RBIs
1966 Dick Allen, St. Louis Fish .329, 35 HRs, 106 RBIs
1967 Willie Stargell, St. Louis Fish .329, 33 HRs, 122 RBIs
1968 Sandy Koufax, Philadelphia Goats 12-10, 1.63 ERA, 245 Ks
1969 Sandy Koufax, Philadelphia Goats 16-4, 1.61 ERA, 240 Ks
1970 Willie McCovey, Philadelphia Goats .314, 34 HRs, 99 RBIs
1971 Sandy Koufax, Philadelphia Goats 22-5, 1.80 ERA, 238 Ks
1972 Steve Carlton, Philadelphia Goats 18-9, 2.36 ERA, 221 Ks
1973 Nolan Ryan, Pittsburgh Waterbearers, 18-8, 2.39 ERA, 351 Ks
1974 Jon Matlack, Pittsburgh Waterbearers, 17-11, 2.49 ERA, 208 Ks
1975 Dave Kingman, New York Archers, .264, 34 HRs, 99 RBIs
1976 Mike Schmidt, Chicago Balance, .260, 35 HRs, 113 RBIs
1977 Jim Rice, St. Louis Fish, .351, 41 HRs, 107 RBIs
1978 Eddie Murray, St. Louis Fish, .304, 24 HRs, 92 RBIs
1979 Mike Schmidt, Chicago Balance, .268, 38 HRs, 112 RBIs
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1980-1999 A New Sluggers Golden Age

In the late seventies and early eighties, the Chicago Bulls had another series of successful seasons, winning five AL pennants and four world series between 1978 and 1983. In their early years they had a young team with notable rising stars like Lance Parrish and George Brett, with a sprinkly of more experienced leadership, such as Buddy Bell. Six-time all-star catcher Parrish was a steady contributor both at the batt and in the field. averaging 19 home runs per year. Bell was also a six-time all-star and capable of great glove level performance at both second and third base. A steady line drive hitter who led the league in doubles three times, his .285 batting average was also an asset. But the big star in the early years was hall-of-famer third baseman George Brett, who won back-to-back MVP awards in 1978 and 1979. He won the batting title and led the league in total bases both years, also leading in runs scored and RBI's in 1978. Then, seeking to free up second base for another young star Lou Whitaker, they moved Bell to third and shocked the baseball writer by shipping the biggest star to St. Louis for pitchers J.R. Richard and Dennis Kinney. Whitaker would justify the faith they showed in him, being chosen for the all-star game a remarkable fourteen times. He was a versatile player who won five great gloves (one at shortstop) and had good speed remarkable plate discipline for a young player, even leading the league in on-base percentage once. And though many questioned the wisdom of trading away the team's superstar, J.R. Richard proved to be the ace they were looking for, winning four consecutive AL Pitcher of the Year awards to add to his two national league trophies. Over the next four years, he went a remarkable 82-39 with an astounding 2.61 ERA and 991 K's in 1105 innings. He led the league in strikeouts in each of those years, in wins in three of them, and in ERA in two of them. Richards was ably backed up by workhorse and four-time all-star Rick Reuschel (86-62, 3.60), and young stars Britt Burns (64-30, 3.15) and Moose Haas (52-36, 2.85), who gave the team a formidable rotation. Burns was the rookie of the year in 1980, when he went 14-3, with a 2.80 ERA and appeared in the all-star game five times.

The eighties and nineties were not, by and large, a time of dominant dynastic teams. The Bulls continued to be a strong team, but every AL team except the hapless Twins won at least one pennant. The same was largely true of the NL, where all six teams had their years, but the New York Archers managed a dominant run from 1990 to 1996, winning five pennants in seven years. Though theeir lineup was remarkably strong from top to bottom, the player most identified with the dynasty was 1989 rookie of the year, right-fielder Larry Walker. A ten-time all-star won a batting title, hitting .340 in 1996, led the league twice in on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Over their 7-year championship span, walker hit .290, belted 130 HR's and 232 doubles, and stole 185 bases. Another Archer, catcher Ivan Rodriguez was chosen rookie of the year in 1992. He matched Walker's 10 all-star appearances and won the batting title in his rookie season, hitting .311. In additon to being the best hitting atcher in the league, he was an outstanding fielder, winning three great gloves. Another great two-way player for them was Jay Bell, who won five great gloves and four platinum sticks at shortstop First baseman Mo Vaughn led the league in Home Runs and runs scored twice and RBI's three times. After establishing himself as a regular starter in 1993, he averaged 30 home runs and 105 RBIs over the next four years. The youngsters benefited from the veteran leadership of versatile Tony Phillips, who was acquired from the Chicago Bulls in 1985 for Lamarr Hoyt. Phillips played mostly at second base, but had more than 150 games at third, short, and in the outfield for the Archers. Wherever he played, he was a disciplined hitter who fashioned a .366 OBP over seven years and led the league in that category in 1993. The pitching was led by the great Kevin Appier who went 125-57 with a 3.15 ERA. Three times he was the NL pitcher of the year, and he won the MVP award in 1996 when he went an astounding 22-5 with a league-leading 2.84 ERA, the third time in his career that he led the league in wins. Other key pitchers were John Burkett (116-60, 3.33) and Bob Tewksbury (77-66, 3.66). Burkett was a five-time all-star and led the league in ERA with 2.57 in 1992. Tewksbury led the league in ERA in 1990, but had difficulty maintaining that form in his thirties. Overall, the Archers went a sizzling 677-443 over seven years, peaking with an amazing 108-53 season in 1996. But despite all their regular season success, they failed to win the world series that year. Indeed this great team won only one world series in 1992.

Teams Ranked by Aggregate Wins 1980-1999
Cincinatti Scorpions 1778-1424 (.555), 6 pennants, 3 world series
Chicago Bulls 1726-1473 (.540), 8 pennants, 5 world series
Washington Virgins 1674-1527 (.523), 5 pennants, 3 world series
St. Louis Fish 1651-1547 (.516), 3 pennants, 2 world series
Detroit Crabs 1623-1579 (.507), 4 pennants, 2 world series
Anaheim Goats 1605-1595 (.502), 4 pennants
New York Archers 1587-1613 (.496), 5 pennants, 1 world series
Philadelphia Lions 1574-1628 (.492), 2 pennants, 2 world series
Boston Rams 1530-1671 (.478), 1 pennant, 1 world series
Pittsburgh Waterbearers 1529-1672 (.478), 1 pennant, 1 world series
Houston Twins 1475-1725 (.461)
Chicago Scales 1452-1749 (.454), 1 pennant

American League Winners
1980 Chicago Bulls, 105-55, RF: 792, RA: 548
1981 *Chicago Bulls, 93-67, RF:721, RA: 620
1982 *Chicago Bulls, 97-63, RF:709, RA: 572
1983 *Chicago Bulls, 92-68, RF: 784, RA:657
1984 *Philadelphia Lions, 98-62, RF: 765, RA: 627
1985 *Washington Virgins, 102-58, RF: 909, RA: 688
1986 Chicago Bulls, 97-63, RF: 816, RA: 643
1987 Chicago Bulls, 90-70, RF: 842, RA: 736
1988 *Washington Virgins, 96-64, RF: 768, RA: 625
1989 Detroit Crabs, 96-65, RF: 792, RA: 715
1990 *Chicago Bulls, 87-73, RF: 679, RA: 573
1991 *Boston Rams, 93-67, RF: 751, RA: 625
1992 Washington Virgins, 91-70, RF: 724, RA: 695
1993 *Detroit Crabs, 86-75, RF: 913, RA: 795
1994 Detroit Crabs, 95-65, RF: 968, RA: 762
1995 *Chicago Bulls, 96-64, RF: 794, RA: 644
1996 *Washington Virgins, 93-67, RF: 980, RA: 784
1997 Washington Virgins, 92-68, RF: 914, RA: 837
1998 *Philadelphia Lions, 96-64, RF: 921, RA: 753
1999 Detroit Crabs, 87-73, RF: 1031, RA: 904

National League Winners
1980 *St. Louis Fish, 101-59, RF: 814, RA: 618
1981 Philadelphia-Anaheim Goats, 94-66, RF: 638, RA: 527
1982 Cincinatti Scorpions, 92-68, RF: 781, RA: 637
1983 Anaheim Goats, 91-69, RF: 755, RA: 642
1984 Chicago Scales, 93-68, RF: 731, RA: 612
1985 Cincinatti Scorpions, 107-53, RF: 697, RA: 494
1986 *Cincinatti Scorpions, 105-55, RF: 726, RA: 506
1987 *St. Louis Fish, 100-60, RF: 848, RA: 659
1988 Anaheim Goats, 92-68, RF: 690, RA: 557
1989 St. Louis Fish, 92-68, RF: 768, RA: 660
1990 New York Archers, 84-76, RF: 717, RA: 660
1991 Anaheim Goats, 90-70, RF: 730, RA: 565
1992 *New York Archers, 106-54, RF: 772, RA: 537
1993 New York Archers, 102-58, RF: 776, RA: 630
1994 *Cincinatti Scorpions, 101-59, RF: 794, RA: 617
1995 New York Archers, 94-66, RF: 818, RA: 686
1996 New York Archers, 108-52, RF: 886, RA: 647
1997 *Cincinatti Scorpions, 89-71, RF: 752, RA: 642
1998 Cincinatti Scorpions, 89-72, RF: 856, RA: 746
1999 Pittsburgh Waterbearers, 100-60, RF: 857, RA: 652

American League MVP's
1980 J.R. Richard, Chicago Bulls, 22-10, 2.47, 277 K's
1981 J.R. Richard, Chicago Bulls, 21-7, 2.65, 241 K's
1982 Jason D. Thompson, Detroit Crabs, .293, 36 HRs, 118 RBIs
1983 Kent Hrbek, Chicago Bulls.312, 35 HRs, 125 RBIs
1984 Ron Kittle, Detroit Crabs, .292, 48 HRs, 137 RBIs
1985 Cal Ripken, Washington Virgins, .306, 28 HRs, 99 RBIs
1986 Kent Hrbek, Chicago Bulls, .316, 36 HRs, 112 RBIs
1987 Eddie Murray, Chicago Bulls, .319, 33 HRs, 104 RBIs
1988 Orel Hershiser, Washington Virgins, 23-9, 2.54, 151 K's
1989 Kevin Mitchell, Chicago Bulls, .283, 32 HRs, 118 RBIs
1990 Barry Bonds, Detroit Crabs, ..311, 25 HRs, 86 RBIs
1991 Roger Clemens, Philadelphia Lions, 23-8, 2.42 ERA, 241 K's
1992 Frank Thomas,Houston Twins, .300, 27HRs, 108 RBIs
1993 John Olerud, Philadelphia Lions, .339, 37 HRs, 117 RBIs
1994 Barry Bonds, Detroit Crabs, .279, 38 HRs, 116 RBIs
1995 John Smoltz, Chicago Bulls, 16-6, 2.32, 234 K's
1996 Albert Belle, Washington Virgins, .331, 35 HRs, 137 RBIs
1997 Jim Thome, Washington Virgins, .317, 37 HRs, 105 RBIs
1998 Nomar Garciaparra, Philadelphia Lions, .319, 36 HRs, 125 RBIs
1999 Derek Jeter, Detroit Crabs, .342, 25 HRs, 102 RBIs

National League MVP's

1980 Eddie Murray, St. Louis Fish, .329, 31 HRs, 103 RBIs
1981 Mario Soto, Philadelphia Goats, 17-4, 1.80, 251 K's
1982 Jack Clark, Cincinatti Scorpions, .322, 35 HRs, 94 RBIs
1983 Rickey Henderson, Philadelphia Goats, .281, 14 HRs, 60 RBIs
1984 Dwight Gooden, Cincinatti Scorpions, 25-6, 1.75, 275 K's
1985 Jesse Barfield, Cincinatti Scorpions, .322, 37 HRs, 100 RBIs
1986 Dwight Gooden, Cincinatti Scorpions, 26-3, 1.68, 264 K's
1987 Kirby Puckett, St. Louis Fish, .377, 26 HRs, 74 RBIs
1988 Joe Carter, Chicago Scales, .304, 24 HRs, 75 RBIs
1989 Bobby Bonilla, St. Louis Fish, .306, 29 HRs, 109 HRBIs
1990 Will Clark, St. Louis Fish, .314, 30 HRs, 95 RBIs
1991 Bobby Bonilla, St.Louis Fish, .307, 30 HRs, 89 RBIs
1992 Ken Griffey, Jr., Cincinatti Scorpions, .310, 31 HRs, 103 RBIs
1993 Sammy Sosa, Cincinatti Scorpions, .278, 42 HRs, 120 RBIs
1994 Mark McGwire, Chicago Scales, .283, 45 HRs, 104 RBIs
1995 Pedro Martinez, Cincinatti Scorpions, 18-9, 2.97, 291 K's
1996 Kevin Appier, New York Archers, 22-5, 2.84, 217 K's
1997 Kevin Brown, St. Louis Fish, 21-10, 2.39, 245 K's
1998 Magglio Ordonez, Chicago Scales, .328, 40 HRs, 114 RBIs
1999 Pedro Martinez, Cincinatti Scorpions, 17-7, 2.39, 286 K's
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