SPB-3 1951 Season              Status: Playing April


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The Maumee River Carp defeated the Worcerster Grays in 6 games. Although the Carp won the series, choosing an MVP was more difficult. Their lineup spread the wealth around. Dobson did win two games, and Phil Rizzuto led Carp batters with a .423 batting average and 8 rbi. But no Carp player was as consequential as the Grays’ Bobby Doerr, whose hits were always big, damaging, and consequential. He hit .318 with four home runs and 13 rbi and thus deserves the series MVP

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February 28, 2020

1951 Pre-Season Prognosis

Thanks to John Ungashick for penning his much loved 1951 Pre-Season Prognosis. Thanks John!

December 13, 2019

1951 Protected roster numbers

Now that the date has been set for January 4th, and with Christmas and New Year's just around the corner as well, it is best to get the Rule V draft over with before all the busyness begins. So, with that being said, I am setting this coming Saturday, December 14th as the date to have your protected roster for the 1951 season to me, so that I can set up the draft to started on Sunday. The entire R5 draft will be by email.

I have attached the latest set of 1951 files with all rosters being up to date. Here are the numbers of players each SPB III team can protect:

19 Players
Maumee River Carp (C. Williams)
Hoosier Thunderbolts (G. Plunkitt)
Brooklyn Royal Giants (D. Rahn)
Worcester Grays (H. McElaney)

20 Players
Rock Island Arsenal (T. Baxter)
Chicago Stampers (S. Lehman)
Schaumburg Hawks (J. Ungashick)
Goshen Aces (S. Brunner)
Kansas City Blues (R. Applegate)
DeVilbiss Tigers (M. Murphy)

21 Players
River City Rugrats (J. Cada)
South River Muckdogs (J. DeZarlo)
East Kenosha Larks (D. Lauer)
Indianapolis Clowns (R. Ryan)

I know it is pretty short notice, but with the draft being on 1/4, and the holidays just ahead, it is best to get this completed while we can. Send me your protected player lists ASAP, and if they should all arrive before Saturday deadline (12/14, 7PM EST) I will get the draft grid set up and send the email so we can move on the draft. Thanks guys. Good luck.

August 20, 2019

1950 End of year reports

According to Commish Plunkitt, some great jobs on most teams for theis overusage. Click on the link for OVERUSE REPORT and USE OR LOSE REPORT.

August 20, 2019

1950 End of year Comparisons

Linked is my annual comparison of actual and expected wins against my preseason prognosis. The actual versus expected wins was very close with the National League right on except that the Grays and Arsenal should have tied for the lead whereas the Grays eked out a three game win over the Arsenal. In the American League, the Larks modestly overachieved and snuck into fifth whereas the Muck Dogs and Rugrats underachieved and fell in the final standings. However, someone (i.e. me) must have been on drugs when preparing the preseason prognosis as it bore little resemblance to the actual or expected results. I had the Giants as odds on favorites in the AL and even though they won 99 games it was only good enough for third place. I did mention in the preseason writeup that the Carp's ultimate success or lack thereof would hinge on the pitching staff and they were sensational, especially ace reliever Jim Konstanty. The offense was also pretty good. The Thunderbolts hung in there all year long, finishing only one game out and they also had some great pitching performances, especially from Hal Newhouser who looked just like the wartime ace he had been in 1944 and 1945. The Muck Dogs were picked for a solid second place but fell all the way to sixth.

In the NL I did pick the Grays to win the pennant in a runaway but they squeaked in by just three games. The Arsenal was picked for fifth and the Blues for third but they switched places. Maybe I need to rethink my forecasting module for future years! Good luck to the Carp and Grays in the World Series!

August 17, 2019

1950 Final stats and Power Rankings posted

All SPB III - 1950 Managers, All week # 4 reports are in the races are decided. Both were very close, with 3 teams in contention in each league. But in the American League Chris Williams' Maumee River Carp won the pennant winning 102 games, the best mark of 1950. In the National League Hugh McElaney's Worcester Grays won 90 games to take the pennant. So it will be the Carp versus the Grays in the 1950 World Series!

Both leagues were tight, and the final standings in the A.L. saw Gary Plunkitt's Hoosier Thunderbolts take down 101 wins, in a real rush for the pennant, but they fell 1 game short, even with the second best record in the league. Finishing a close third was Don Rahn's Brooklyn Royal Giants (last years World Series champions). The N.L. had Terry Baxters Rock Island Arsenal win 2nd place, finishing just 3 games behind the N.L. champion Grays. And Steve Lehman's Chicago Stampers came in 3rd place, just 5 games off the pace. Some very good seasons from several teams. Congratulations to all managers for doing a decent job all year long!

I will have the Use or Lose and the Overuse reports out soon. Also, the 1950 World Series files will be coming up shortly as well.

March 8, 2019

1950 Pre-Season Prognosis

Thanks to John Ungashick, for his in-depth analysis of each team in his Pre-Season prognosis for SPB-3 1950. Thanks John!

November 24, 2018

1950 Call for Protected rosters

It is now time to set up and send your teams protected lists for the coming 1950 Rule 5 draft to me. I will set the due date for rule 5 protected lists being received by me as no later than Sunday, November 25th. You can send your protected rosters in beginning today 11/15, and continuing through the deadline of 11/25.

Here is the list of players each team must protect:

19 Protects - Brooklyn Royal Giants (D. Rahn), Hoosier Thunderbolts (G. Plunkitt), Chicago Stampers (S. Lehman), & DeVilbuss Tigers (M.Murphy).

20 Protects - Schaumburg Hawks (J. Ungashick), Indianapolis Clowns (R. Ryan), Worcester Grays (H. McElaney), Rock Island Arsenal (T. Baxter), South River Muckdogs (J. DeZarlo), & River City Rugrats (J. Cada).

21 Protects - East Kenosha Larks (D. Lauer), Goshen Aces (S. Brunner), Maumee River Carp (C. Williams), & Kansas City Blues (R. Applegate).

Once all protected lists are determined I will send out updated 1950 files, via email, to all managers with unprotected players listed as farmed. At the same time an accompanying email will also include the listing of teams in the Rule 5 order with 2 selections to be made by each team, as their turn arrives. The first team is then up for his picks ASAP. Each manager will select his 2 picks, and then hit "reply to all". The next listed manager then makes his picks. As always all teams are limited to 4 player loses before their rosters are "frozen" for the balance of the R5 draft. The picks will continue until the final manager has made his R5 selections. I expect managers to make their picks in a timely manner, and if there is a problem in keeping the draft moving, managers can send me a list to use. We should take no more than 3-4 days to complete this short email draft.

As for trading, there can be normal trading up until the protected lists have all arrived. Once the protected lists are all in, only protected players may be traded until the email Rule 5 draft is complete. Then of course, normal trading for all players will resume.

Finally, the 1950 rookie draft will be held on one of the following January Saturdays. The dates are 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, & 1/26. Send me your top TWO choices for the draft, and I will set the actual date for the rookie draft. Send your rookie draft date choices to me no later than Wednesday, November 28th.

September 12, 2018

1950 Lottery Results

Winning Lottery number was 9-2-2

Congratulations to Dave Lauer for finally getting some luck in one of these lotteries!!!! Draft Order Attached.

East Kenosha Larks (Dave Lauer)
Maumee River Carp (Chris Williams)
Kansas City Blues (Rich Applegate)
Goshen Aces (Steve Brunner)

Tough shakes Steve B. That’s just the way the ball bounces sometimes….. : )

September 6, 2018

1949 Champion Crowned!

Our 1949 World Series has concluded as manager Don Rahn's Royal Giants sweep the Chicago Stampers in a series that proved Rahn has not lost his touch after all. This was Don second consecutive World Series win, and came after winning their 4th A.L. pennant in a row.

August 21, 2018

1949 End of Season reports

Enclosed are the links to the annual end of season USE OR LOSE and OVERUSAGE reports for the 1949 season. Enjoy!

August 21, 2018

1949 Comparisons to predictions

Putting his money where his mouth is, John Ungashick has penned his 1949 Comparisons to see how his pre-season predictions worked out. Great stuff John!

August 21, 2018

1949 Final stats posted

The stats and power rankings for the final month of 1949 are now posted.

Don Rahn has captured his 4th pennant in a row, including the 1946 pennant when he was in the N.L., with his Brooklyn Royal Giants. Once again he has outdistanced my Hoosier Thunderbolts for the title, as the T'Bolts have also been the runner up over these four years of Brooklyn championships. This time was by far the biggest distance between the two teams as he won by 13 full games. In 1946 it was 2 games, in 1947, 6 games, and in 1948, again by two games. Hats off to Don! He has had my number every year!

In the N.L., the Chicago Stampers of Steve Lehman have taken the pennant this year. But that was not decided until the final weekly series when Chicago took on the second place (at the time) Schaumburg Hawks of John Ungashick. Chicago took it to Schaumburg by besting them 6 of the 7 games, which allowed the DeVilbiss Tigers of Mike Murphy to slip into second place when the final bell rang. Talk about a tough pill to swallow! Poor John.

So the 1949 World Series will soon begin with the Royal Giants being the favored team by the Vegas bookies.

This is based on the Royal Giants 106-48 record, as opposed to the Stampers record of 88-66 season mark. But in a short series, any team can get hot and score an upset, as we have often seen in SPB W.S. history.

As for the seasons offensive leaders in the A.L. slugger Ralph Kiner scored first in so many categories, that there is little reason to doubt he will be the exclusive 1949 A.L. MVP with his .373 B.A., his .495 OBP, and that amazing .831 Slugging Avg. The reason for that is the mind boggling 70 HR's, and 197 RBI to back up this claim! Kiner also led with 201 hits, and 152 runs scored. Wow, what a year!! The East Kenosha Lions Bobby Thomson led with 39 doubles, and the River City Rugrats featured the triples leader in speedster Bob Dillinger who hit 18 three-baggers. Dillinger also captured the SB lead with a mere 13, as it shows the A.L. was just sitting back waiting for the hitters to lead the way.

In the N.L., another huge reason for their pennant was the great season put forth from 2B Jackie Robinson, sure to be N.L. MVP as he also led the N.L. with a .352 batting average, (barely beating out fellow teammate Carl Furillo by a single point!). Jackie, like Kiner, also captured the league OBP with a .439 mark, and even took the slugging crown at .531. He also led his league in doubles with 38, runs (114), hits (206), and SB (33). Another whew! The combo of Robinson and Furillo were just too much for the other teams to overtake when it comes to Stamper Stars. The Stampers Furillo led the league with 10 triples and drove in 131 runners to win that title as well. Rock Islands second year star Larry Doby edged out Schaumburgs Hank Sauer for the HR crown 34 to 32. There were many good pitchers in the A.L. Larry Jansen of the Royal Giants fashioned a 21-8 mark to tie Hoosier's Hal Newhouser, also a 21 game winner (21-12). The South River Muckdogs also had a pair of 20 game winners in Harry Brecheen (20-12), and Virgil Trucks (20-13). Nineteen game winners featured 3 players, Brooklyn's Dick Fowler (19-6), Hoosier's Ken Heintzleman (19-8), and the Maumee River Carps Bob Lemon at 19-12. East Kenosha Lions hurler Ned Garver at 2.32, edged South River V. Trucks (2.35) for the ERA crown. South Rivers Don Newcombe took a slight lead in whiffs over Maumee's B. Lemon, taking the strikeout crown 146-140. The River City Rugrats featured the leagues top reliever as Bobby Hogue led with 17 saves in only 31 appearances. Quite a feat there, as well.

In the N.L., there were no 20 game winners, as the Stampers Howie Fox (19-8), edged out the Tigers Mel Parnell, who fashioned an 18-9 record, for the top winners. The ERA battle featured 3 outstanding marks, with the top one belonging to the Indianapolis Clowns Gerry Staley who fashioned a nice 2.06 mark. Others with great ERA's this season were the Stampers ace H. Fox at 2.29, and the Tigers M. Parnell at 2.32. The Rock Island Arsenal's Tommy Byrne led with 136 strikeouts. The Clowns G. Staley tied up with the Tigers Joe Page, both recording 19 saves to lead the N.L. firemen.

So be sure to check out the leader boards to see where your favorites finished. There are just a ton of good performers out there this season. Many of whom did not lead their leagues in any catagory. Check out all the stats. It is one of the rewarding things about playing the games in SPB. Enjoy! And once again congratulations to Don Rahn and Steve Lehman for their championship seasons of 1949.

Oh, last but not least, thanks to Chris Williams for another great year serving as our SPB III League Statistician, and for already preparing the W.S. file.


Mar.1, 2020

April MPs due

Mar.20, 2020

April stats due

Power Rankings

  1)  Royal Giants (1)
  1)  Thunderbolts (3)
  3)  Carp (1)
  4)  Grays (4)
  5)  Arsenal (5)
  6)  Stampers (5)
  7)  Hawks (7)
  8)  Aces (8)
  9)  Blues (9)
  9)  Larks (11)
  11)  Muck Dogs (10)
  12)  Rugrats (13)
  13)  Tigers (11)
  14)  Clowns (14)

1950 1st rd draft order

1) Lakers-W.Ford
2) Carp-J.Jensen
3) Blues-J.Adcock
4) Aces-C.Carrasquel
5) Muckdogs-J.Piersall
6) Rugrats-L.Burdette
7) Arsenal-V.Law
8) Grays-G.Bell
9) Clowns-D.O'Connell

Historical Information

Established: 1995
Starting Season: 1927
Seasons: 23
Games: 24794
Trades: 497

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