SPB-2 1972 Season              Status: Week 23


Current League Champion

SPB1-1971 Champion

Steve Lehman
Seattle Totems


Seattle wins again, and Steve Lehman becomes only the second SPB manager to win 3 straight Championships in two different leagues, besting the South River Gladiators in 6 games. Wilbur Wood 2-0, 0.53 ERA was names series MVP.

SPB-2 League Officers


Mike See


Gary Plunkitt


John Ungashick

Beat Writer

John Ungashick

SPB-2 News that's fit to print

November 4, 2020

New manager for start of 1972

Steve Ehresman has relinquished the Tippecanoe Voyageurs franchise. Taking his place will be SPB manager Marc Hollingsworth, who will rename the team to the Oceanlake Seals, and will be keeping Metropolitan Stadium. Welcome aboard Marc!

October 23, 2020

1972 Pre-Season prognosis

Linked is the 1972 Pre-Season prognosis. As quoted by John Ungashick: "This is a bit early but with the Pandemic I have nothing else to do! With the new rules, trades are allowed until halfway through the season and this report is based on the current rosters. A few teams have some "holes" that could be filled but it's unlikely they would acquire a player that would seriously change the dynamic of the various pennant races as three of the divisions seem a lock with only the NL West competitive. Read em and weep!" Thanks John!

September 8, 2020

1972 Rules Reminder

Remember, there are NO BONUS Players anymore, so if you are planning your usage, please account for this. ALL players will get a 10% bonus in 1972 (due to the 1972 Players strike wiping out games) so you can go to 110% on the usage meter (PA’s and Batters Faced), at which point that player will be farmed for the rest of the season. We will be rolling with 27 Man rosters this year for each series, so you’ll have a little more flexibility as well.

September 5, 2020

1972 Ballbark Change

Ron Peterson and his Colts have vacated the Astrodome in the middle of the night on Mayflower trucks for the "friendlier" confines of Comiskey Park.

That leaves the Astrodome, KC Royals Stadium, Oakland Coliseum and Three Rivers Stadium as the available parks.

July 24, 2020

1972 Rule 5 and Roster reminder

Before we begin, I want to announce that myself, in coordination with the league rules committee, has made a slight change to the new Rule 5 Format. We will still cut down to 27, and we will still draft 3 players, but WE WILL NOT have each team drafting 3 players at once. The Rule 5 draft will ALWAYS now look exactly like the Re-allocation draft did in post-1961 Leagues. 3 Rounds, 1 pick per team per round in reverse order of the standing and playoffs.

Bottom line with this was: With protecting 27 players now, allowing teams to pick 3 at a time was going to render the end of the Rule 5 nearly worthless, at least in terms of accomplishing its goal, which is to help team fill holes they might have. So it has been officially changed for ALL post 1961 leagues from here forward.

The Trade Deadline and deadline for 27 man roster submissions will be Sunday August 2nd at 9pm EST. All trading will be frozen at that time and until after the completion of the Rule 5 draft.

Cutting down to 27 will be easy for some, and more difficult for others. Some may not even have 27, and if not, I would encourage you to make a deal to get to that number. I imagine this is going to generate some interesting trades, and player shifting. That is just fine. Goal here is to balance the rosters and make sure you have more quality rosters as well, so if you have players that can’t keep (and remember, once you cut them, THEY DO NOT COME BACK TO YOUR ROSTER AFTER THE DRAFT, even if they are not taken) and they can help another teams needs, trade away!

ALL TEAMS PROTECT 27, no matter the record.

The Rule 5 draft will then commence via email the week of August 3rd.

July 12, 2020

1972 Stadium Changes

The Fairfax Colts abandon the Astrodome and move into the friendlier confines of Comiskey Park

The Kansas City Barons are blowing up KC Municipal and moving to a new park on the river. They will call it Riverfront Stadium.

Dave Lauer's East Kenosha Lions have left Comiskey park and will now call Milwaukee's County Stadium home.

That leaves now what are (4) available parks. KC Municipal (Royals Stadium beginning in 1973), Oakland Coliseum, Astrodome and Three Rivers Stadium.

July 9, 2020

1972 Positional losses

The linked text file contains the positional losses for the 1972 database.

July 9, 2020

1972 Schedule Notes

SPB-2 Commish Mike See has put together some schedule notes to outline the dates and guidelines for the upcoming season, which will be the first with weekly play.

July 7, 2020

1971 Champions....threepeat!

Thanks to Steve and Joe for playing this series so quickly, and much congratulations goes out the Steve Lehman for his 3rd straight SPB-2 World Championship. First manager to also 3-peat in two different leagues. Amazing Feat for sure since it has never happened in 28 years prior (That said, you still need 2 more to match the all time SPB record of 5 straight World Series titles by yours truly in SPB-60 from 1953-57,

Also, my congrats go out to Joe Dezarlo for putting up a fine battle in this series against a very formidable team and franchise. I have a feeling Joe’s Gladiators are going to be a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the 1970’s.

July 3, 2020

1972 Draft Lottery results

Illinois Evening Pick 3 Lottery Numbers were: 2-7-0

1. NY Mets (Don Rahn) – 57 Wins (3 Chances)
2. Montreal Royals (Stan Barkun) – 51 + 4 Wins (4 Chances)
3. LA Angels (Don Zminda)– 62 Wins - (2 Chances)
4. East Kenosha Lions (Dave Lauer)– 63 Wins (1 Chance)

Congrats to Don Rahn for landing the top pick! Could we see Michael Jack in a Mets Uni? We shall see……

July 2, 2020

1971 End of year reports

As is customary....and for the last time in SPB-2, I present to you the 1971 USE OR LOSE and OVERUSAGE reports.

June 27, 2019

Upcoming 1972 Changes. Trading freeze and Contraction

If you have read my end of season email, you likely noticed that I put a freeze on ALL trades until after the completion of the 1971 World Series.

Here is the reason why.

With the new rules we will be implementing for the 1972 season, one of the most difficult parts of these changes is that we needed to contract (2) of our existing teams. It’s the great thing about having such a strong league of managers…..but in this case, made it a bit more difficult for me.

The two teams being Contracted are the Hudson Valley Renegades of Sean Comerford (manager with the least league seniority) and the Milwaukie Pilots of long time SPBer Marc Hollingsworth, who after discussing via phone, is voluntarily giving up his franchise for now.

Both the these managers are of course excellent, and this was a very difficult thing for me to do, but it is very much in the long term best interests of our leagues to do this. Both managers leave in great standing and will be #1 and #2 on the wait list for the next available. franchises. My hope is that both will be back with us soon. Thanks for both Sean and Marc for their time and effort put into SPB-2.


That leaves us in a pace where we have never been. At the conclusion of the 1971 World Series, before we begin ANY trading, we will be holding the first ever CONTRACTION DRAFT.

This draft will be held in reverse order of the 1971 standings, it will not include ANY penalties and will be based on standings only. It will be a 2 round, 40 player email draft, where ANY of the carded players from the Pilots and Renegades being available) with any remaining players being made available in the Rule 5 (Free Agent) draft later in the off season. CONTRACTION DRAFT PICKS CAN NOT BE TRADED.

There are some pretty darn good players on these two franchises, so it is going to have a significant impact on the younger teams in our league.

Also, if order to put each of our leagues on a more balcned schedule so that John and I can act as league stats for weekly play, we will be moving up the Rookie Draft and season start dates for SPB-2 by 2 month, The rookie draft will now be in September, and the Season will start Nov 1 (instead of Draft in November and Jan 1 start).

I will be sending out another announcement about the timing of this email draft at the completion of the 1971 World Series. Once this draft takes place, trading will begin.

Please email me should you have any questions, and thanks.

May 22, 2020

1971 September stats posted

The stats and power rankings for September 1972 are now posted.

In the NL, their the battle for the wild card slots remained. In the NL West, with the defending Champion Seattle Totems having long ago clinched the division, it came down to the Wild Card race. And what looked like a cake walk into the Wild Card for the Portland Beavers turned fierce battle with the RED HOT Winter Harbor Seals, who went 8-2 over their final 10 games. Only a extra inning win in the Beavers second to last game of the season over the KC Barons, prevented the Seals from forcing a 1 game Wild Card Play-in Game for all the marbles. The Frankfort Clinched the #1 Wild Card sport, whole Rich Applegate’s Barons slide into the #2 slot.

In the NL East, the Tippecanoe Voyageurs clinched long ago and had a firm grip on the #2 Divisional playoff slot.

Your National 7 game Playoff matchups will be:

Series 1 – The Seattle Totems #1 (Steve Lehman) VS #4 Portland Beavers (Rich Applegate)
Series 2 – The Tippecanoe Voyageurs #2 (Steve Ehresman) VS Frankfort Fortress #3 (Gary Plunkitt)

Congrats to Steve L, Steve E, Gary and Rich for making the playoffs!


In the AL East, the South River Gladiators, who had been behind most of the season, barely squeaked out the division title by 1 game for the Evanston Elephants. The Elephants still made the playoffs however as the #2 Wild Card. Congrats to both Joe D and John U!

In the AL West, my Hot Rods had clinched long ago, but the Thud Ridge Wild Weasels used a late season surge to surpass the Elephants for the top Wild Card Seed.

Your American 7 game Playoff matchups will be:

Series 1 – The Route 66 Hot Rods #1 (Mike See) VS #4 Evanston Elephants (John Ungashick)
Series 2 – The South River Gladiators #2 (Joe Dezarlo) VS Thud Ridge Wild Weasels #3 (Terry Baxter)

Congrats to Me, Joe D, Terry and John U for making the playoffs!

December 28, 2019

1971 Pre-Season Prognosis

Thanks always to John Ungaschick for his award-winning and honest as a southern gentleman synopsis of the upcoming 1971 season. Thanks John!

December 22, 2019

1971 Last team name change

With his move to a new home, Rick Ryan has also decided to relocate his Mulberry Marauders to their new home as well, and are now the Speedway Sparkplugs.

October 7, 2019

1971 Stadium Changes

Here are the Stadium changes for the 1971 Season:

The Route 66 Hot Rods have vacated Yankee Stadium and have moved into Veterans Stadium.
The Data City Schema Busters have claimed Yankee Stadium, and have relinquished Fulton County Stadium

Fulton County Stadium and the Oakland Coliseum are the two available parks.

September 23, 2019

1971 - Call for Protected roster

It is that time of year again as we head into 1971. Time for the 1971 Rule V Draft, which means I need your cutdowns soon. We will begin the draft the week of Sept 30th via email, so I need your protected list to me no later than Sunday Sept 29th at 6pm PST. So you have about 2 weeks to make trades. The new data base was sent in the previous email.

Here are the amounts that each team can protect:

21 Players Protected
Los Angeles Angels
Nanoose Bay Sox
Kansas City Barons
Milwaukie Pilots
Montreal Royals

20 Players Protected
Thud Ridge Wild Weasels
Hudson Valley Renegades
Mulberry Marauders
Evanston Elephants
Tippacanoe Voyageurs
Salzburg Bishops
Frankfort Fortress
Data City Schema Busters
East Kenosha Lions
West Warwick Monarchs
Winter Harbor Seals
Fairfax Colts

19 Players Protected
South River Gladiators
Portland Beavers
New York Mets
Route 66 Hot Rods
Seattle Totems

Your protected lists are due soon, and the deadline is Sunday (September 29th at 6pm PST) They should be received by me no later than 6:00P.M. PST. At that time, ALL ROSTERS WILL BE FROZEN AND NO TRADES MAY BE MADE UNTIL THE RULE V DRAFT IS COMPLETED.

Please send me an MP with your cutdowns, along with a list via email of protected, unprotected and uncarded players

July 15, 2019

1971 - Wild Card official

We will be adding two Wild Card per conference for the 1971 Season.

In addition to switch to Best of 7 format for both main playoff series in each conference, in the event of a Wild Card Tie, the following would apply:

There would be a best of 3 series to determine the winner, with best H2H record getting Home field. If that’s tied, better run differential get home field.

In the event of a 3 way tie for a spot, the team with the highest run differential will be automatically put into the 3 game playoff, with the lower two teams playing a 1-game play in game, with better H2H record hosting, or best run differential.

In the event of a 4 way tie for a spot, the Highest Run differential will play the lowest in a one game play in game, and two middle teams would also play a 1 game play in game to get to the best of 3.

Hopefully that covers almost all the bases. Really looking forward to these changes. Going to make for some very exciting playoff races!!!!


@ Oct 25th, 2020

MP"s due

Nov. 1, 2020

Season starts

Historical Information

Established: 1992
Starting Season: 1944
Seasons: 28
Games: 35174
Trades: 1114

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April 07, 2021