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Old 05-14-2013, 09:20 PM   #41
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Sim Series Champions of the 1920's

The team of the decade, the Dixie Dukes. 3 Sim Series Championships in a span of 4 years from 1922 to 1925.
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Notable Accomplishments of the 1920's

Though baseball had yet to see a perfect game or a 50-homerun season through its first 58 years, several notable feats were accomplished in the 1920's. Joey Flowers pitched the SBL's first no-hitter since 1912 in what is widely regarded as the greatest game ever played. Tom Green achieved just the second Triple Crown in baseball history in 1920, though it came in an abbreviated 60-game season following the Civil War.
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1920's: Trade of the Decade

The 1920's ended with a stunner of a trade between Granite Falls and Appaloosa. The Timberjacks managed to land baseball's premier power hitter, Lou Rosewill, from the Arrows just 13 months after he set the single season homerun record for the second time in his career. He finished the decade with an even 200 homeruns, an average of 34 homeruns per 162 games played.
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You bet. Since I see you've only posted 5 times on these forums since you've joined in 2009, I'll take that as a compliment! I'm glad a couple of people are enjoying this. If you have any questions, feedback, or requests, fire away. In a way, I'm writing this for you. Thanks again for reading.
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Where there's a Rosewill, there's a homerun...

As baseball embarked on a new decade, power numbers surged throughout the SBL. Leading the way, legendary homerun hitter Lou Rosewill, who in 1933 became the first player to reach the 300 HR milestone. There would be many more, but his brute strength (6'7, 280 pounds) was the stuff of legends. To this day, many believe Rosewill would've been a dominant power hitter in current times.
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1934: A Season to Remember

1934 marked the beginning of the 5-man pitching rotation. Pitchers were being burned out, and owners wanted to protect their investment. It's no coincidence that the number of 20-game winners plummeted from ten in 1933 to just two (Bayouville's Jerry "Jet" Whittier with 24, and Seaside's Chuck Zanco with 22).

Sam Crowley, a second-year outfielder for the Northgate Knights, made SBL history by becoming the game's first-ever 50-homerun hitter. He also became the sport's first-ever 30-30 man (technically, 50-30) by also stealing 31 bases. His 140 RBI set a new SBL record, breaking Daniel Talmacean's mark of 137 that had stood since 1874. Crowley's 137 runs scored were tied for second all-time, trailing only Lou Maloney's record 141 set in 1875. Not bad for a 21 year old.

Not to be outdone, Irontown Black Sox veteran Butch "Country" Barnes collected 12 hits in his final 22 at-bats to lift his average from .394 to an even .400 to close out the '34 season. In doing so, he was the first player to reach the mythical .400 mark since the legendary Jim Lintz in 1883 (.404), a span of 51 years.

Both Crowley and Barnes earned MVP honors for their respective leagues that season.

The Freeport Patriots capped off the '34 season by sweeping the Fort Dodge Federals for the franchise's first championship since winning the inaugural Sim Series in 1905.

1934 was certainly a season to remember, led by a star in the making and a storied franchise that was back in championship form.
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The... Quadruple Crown?

What would Sam Crowley do for an encore after his record-breaking season? Accomplish something no player has ever done... lead the league in batting average, homeruns, runs batted in, and stolen bases.

The Quadruple Crown.

A .354 average. 43 homers. 114 RBI. 57 steals.

Amazingly, Crowley didn't just lead the Pioneer League in all four categories... he led all of baseball. By his 22nd birthday, Crowley had owned six SBL single-season records:

.633 SLG%
1.078 OPS
398 Total Bases
50 Homeruns
140 RBI
187 Strikeouts

The strikeout record, dubious as it was, happened during his rookie season at the age of 20, when he still managed 24 homeruns, 89 RBI, and a .259 average. And his strikeout numbers dropped from 187 in 1932, to 151 in 1933, to 126 in 1934. With every game, this youngster was only getting better and better.

Sam Crowley was SimNation's next big thing. And nothing was going to stop him...
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Wow - and he's still only 22!!! It will certainly be interesting to see how his career pans out.
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A New Stadium for a New Legend

"The House That Crowley Built."

That was the headline in 1938, when JJ Fritz Field was constructed following another epic season by Northgate slugger Sam Crowley. Thanks to Crowley's second Triple Crown campaign in three seasons (.360 average, 33 HR, 121 RBI), fans were running out of room to watch baseball's greatest player in the cozy confines of Knight Stadium (max capacity 8,100).

So a new ballpark was constructed to hold these boisterous fans. There would be room for some 32,000 Knight faithful. And the ballpark happened to be tailored to Crowley's left handed pull swing.

There was an outcry from opposing teams in the Pioneer League. Fort Dodge's Colt Lincoln, the career leader in homeruns at the time with 388, remarked that he would've had 500 homers if he played in a tailor-made ballpark.

Truth be told, the new stadium was only modestly suited to Crowley's swing. Crowley corner jutted inward from right field at 328 feet, which is close to standard dimensions. But the real stink (literally) came from leftfield, which extended 387 feet down the line, so the stadium could hug the shoreline of Lake Rozier. The lake, especially during the hot summer months, gave a most unpleasant stench to those out in the left field bleachers. These seats were typically the last to get filled on gameday, while Crowley Corner routinely filled up during batting practice to witness their star's prodigious homeruns.

Upon seeing "The Fritz" for the first time, Crowley is said to have quipped, "They better hope I don't start hitting the other way."
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Crowley's Season Cut Short; SBL's 1st Perfecto... Almost

Proving just how important Sam Crowley was to his team, the Northgate Knights led the Pioneer League by 2.5 games at the All-Star break. But when Crowley went down with a neck injury, and then a torn meniscus, the Knights sputtered to a 88-74 finish, 17.0 games out of first place. Despite playing in just 83 games, Crowley still hit a career-best .362 with 23 homeruns and 68 RBI. He had been on track for a career year.

Ben Altamonte, meanwhile, nearly pitched the SimNation Baseball League's first-ever perfect game. Save for two fielding errors, the Dixie Dukes ace was flawless against the Bayouville Barons, facing the minimum 27 hitters while not surrendering a single basehit or base on balls. But perfection would still have to wait for the SBL after its first 67 years.
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Crowley Leads Northgate to Sim Series Title

To say Sam Crowley came back with a vengeance following an injury-shortened 1938 season would be an understatement. Crowley capped off the 1930's with an historic season:

.387 batting average
42 homeruns
147 RBI

He led the Pioneer League in all three categories in earning his third Triple Crown. And whether it was the lefty-friendly dimensions or homefield advantage, Crowley hit .405 with 26 homeruns and 77 RBI in 74 games at The Fritz, while hitting .367 with 16 homers and 70 RBI in 70 road games.

More importantly, Crowley had led Northgate to ts first-ever SBL championship, as the 97-65 Knights beat the Freeport Patriots in five games in the Sim Series. One of the game's all-time greats had just put another feather in his cap.
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1930 - 1939: Birth of a Star, Rebirth of SimNation's Team

As Sam Crowley put his stamp on his decade, he earned the nickname "The Man." And he certainly was. Seven years into a career that started at age 20, Crowley had ammassed 1360 hits (thanks to five 200+ hit seasons), 245 homeruns, 806 RBI, 6 All-Star selections, and 5 MVP Awards.

Without question, the Northgate centerfielder was the player of the decade.

Meanwhile, a towering fireballer from Ft. Loramie was laying claim to best pitcher of the '30s. 6'7" Freeport righthander Milt Winford posted a record of 155-91 from 1931 to 1939, compiling a 2.81 ERA along with 1971 strikeouts. He also appeared in 6 All-Star games while winning the Colonial League's Stormy Boyd award 3 times.

Winford was a big part of the Patriots' success in the 1930's, as Freeport appeared in the Sim Series five times, winning championships in 1934 and 1937. Freeport closed out the decade by playing in four consecutive Sim Series, compiling a record of 414-234 in that span.

It was a decade that would be remembered as much for the birth of a superstar, as the rebirth of a beloved franchise. It was one we'll never forget.
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1930's: Player of the Decade

Player of the 1930's, Sam "The Man" Crowley:
  • 5 MVP Awards
  • 6 All-Star Games in 7 Seasons
  • Single Season Record Holder in 8 SBL Categories
    • .661 Slugging Pct (1939)
    • .1.139 On-Base plus Slugging Pct (1939)
    • 110.2 Value Above Replacement (1939)
    • 398 Total Bases (1934)
    • 50 Homeruns (1934)
    • 147 RBI (1939)
    • 187 Strikeouts (1933)
    • 13.2 Wins Above Replacement (1939)
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1930's: Pitcher of the Decade

Pitcher of the decade, Milt Winford. The Freeport Patriots righty won a league-best 155 games against just 92 losses from 1931 to 1939. He won 3 straight Stormy Boyd awards in 1936 (26-6, 2.26 ERA, 267 K), 1937 (22-9, 2.66 ERA, 267 K), and 1938 (22-11, 2.34 ERA, 296 K).

By the end of the decade, Winford owned three single season records:
  • 0.93 Walks + Hits / IP
  • .197 Opponents AVG
  • .243 Opponents OBP
Ironically, Winford set all three of those records during the 1939 season, when his streak of 3 straight Stormy Boyds was snapped.
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Triple Crowns Rule the '30s

After seeing just two Triple Crowns in the first 59 years of its existence, the SimNation Baseball League saw an astounding five Triple Crowns during the 1930's.

Hank Banning, playing in his first full SBL season, burst upon the scene for the Granite Falls Timberjacks in 1931, when he led the Pioneer League with a .334 average with 39 homeruns and 116 RBI.

Amazingly, Sim City first baseman Willie Evans equaled that feat in the Colonial League the following year, hitting .345 with 38 homeruns and 106 RBI.

After that, it was a Triple Crown trifecta for the great Sam "The Man" Crowley, who led the Pioneer League in batting average, homeruns, and RBI in 1935, 1937, and 1939.
  • 1935: .354, 43 HR, 114 RBI
  • 1937: .360, 33 HR, 121 RBI
  • 1939: .387, 42 HR, 147 RBI
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1930's Hall of Famers: Grover Wood

Though the Civil War cost many players the prime years of their baseball playing careers, a select few still managed induction into the SimNation Hall of Fame in Dullsville:

Grover Wood became the third position player to be inducted into the Hall in 1932. At the time, his 4 Pioneer League MVP awards were a SimNation record. Wood led the league in batting his first four seasons in the league (.348 in 1909, .341 in 1910, .327 in 1911, .364 in 1912). He spent his entire 18-year career with the team that drafted him 5th overall in 1906, the Ft. Dodge Federals.
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1930's Hall of Famers: Bob Roberts

Bob "Meltdown" Roberts was a fan favorite for the 21 seasons he played in Santo Cielo for the Seals. A 9-time All-Star selection, Roberts never won the Stormy Boyd, but he was always among the league's best pitchers. Roberts won 17 games with 219 strikeouts the year before the Civil War, and won 21 games with 185 strikeouts the first year after the War. One can only imagine the numbers "Meltdown" would've put together if not for the war.
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1930's Hall of Famers: Bobby Lambert

A 4-time MVP, Bobby "Nomad" Lambert consistently ranks among the SBL's greatest first baseman of all-time. He led the Colonial League in batting average three times, homeruns three times, and slugging three times. His .341 career average ranked seventh all-time when he retired in 1933.
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1930's: The Ballpark Boom

Baseball had rebuilt itself, literally, in the 1930's. Granite County Stadium was the first new ballpark to be constructed during the decade, and it proved to be good luck for the Timberjacks in 1931 as the team won the Sim Series in 7 games while posting a regular season record of 99-63.

P.T. Curry Stadium was erected in Fort Dodge the following year, and the Federals saw a jump in attendance from 522,000 (dead last in the league) in 1931 to 1,052,000 (2nd in the league) in 1932. The Federals ultimately lost to Bayouville in the Sim Series, the Barons' first title since 1907.

Appaloosa (Arrow Stadium, 1933), Seaside (Jack Lucas Stadium, 1938), and Northgate (JJ Fritz Field, 1938) also enjoyed the ballpark boom of the '30s.

This was a decade that many believe say began the Golden Era of Baseball. The fans certainly would've agreed, enjoying the game in many of the SBL's cathedrals during that time.

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