SPB-3 1953 Season              Status: Week 10


Current League Champion

SPB3-1952 Champion

Chris Williams
Maumee River Carp


The Carp bested the Arsenal in five games behind strong pithing, holding the Arsenal scoreless for the final 20 innings of the series.

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Joe Dezarlo


Chris Williams

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SPB-3 News that's fit to print

May 2, 2022

1953 Pre-Season prognosis

After many revisions, John Ungashick graces SPB3 with his pre-season prognosis. Thanks John!

February 27, 2022

1953 Usage Rules

All 1953 Managers, I have had a few of you ask about the exact usage rules for the coming 1953 season. So, here they are, and I will try and cover all the bases.

For regular hitters (those .235 or above): They are allowed 110% of their real life PA's. (exception: catchers, they get (115%).

For regular pitchers (those under a 4.50 ERA): They are allowed 115% of the BF's.

For Bonus hitters: They are allowed to double their PA's to a maximum of 400, or they are allowed 110% of real life PA's, whichever figure is higher. (Exception: catchers, they would be allowed 115%).

For Bonus pitchers: They are allowed to double their BF's to 600, or they are allowed 115% of real life BF, whichever is the higher number.

All players, both batters and pitchers must reach 50% on the DMB usage meter by seasons end. **. If they do not attain that mark they will be lost to the team and placed into the appropriate rookie draft.

** Also, this last (above) rule only apply to batters with 50 or more PA's. Batters under that mark do not have to be used, but are encouraged to be. Same goes for pitchers, if they faced less than 50 batters (BF), they also do not have to be used, but are encouraged to be.

NOTE: These usage rules will also go into effect for SPB X when the 1936 season arrives. At that time these rules will be listed on the SPB X web page too, but not until '35 is finished with the W.S.

December 28, 2021

1953 Roster moves

All 1953 Managers, The following players have been released by their teams. Only 1 has stats for 1953, the others are all uncarded players who will return in some future season, usually for very limited play.

E.K. Lakers release: C Bruce Edwards (54), C Darrell Johnson (57), and P Dizzy Trout (57).
Brk. Royal Giants release: 2B Jack Merson, & OF Sam Jethroe (54).
K.C. Blues release: P Bill Bell (55).
R.C. Rugrats release: P Bob Ross (56).
Merson has been placed back into the 53 rookie draft, and the others will show up again in the future season in which they return.

So far, no further trading. That's all for now.

December 23, 2021

1953 Rule changes

Please read the LINKED ARTICLE that outlies the rule changes coming with the 1953 season. These will be incorporated into the Constitution soon.

November 28, 2021

1953 Lottery Results

Results: 2-6-5

Kansas City Blues (Rich Applegate)- 62 Wins (3 Chances)
Brooklyn Royal Giants (Don Rahn)- 64 Wins (2 Chances)
South River Muckdogs (Joe Dezarlo) - 42 Wins (4 Chances)
Indianapolis Clowns (Rick Ryan)- 65 Wins** - (1 Chance)

Muck Dogs automatically get pick 3 since they did not get the 1st 2.

Congrats to Rich on landing the 1st pick.

Joe D. has graciously volunteered to take over Draft Order Preparation and Lotteries for SPB-3

September 3, 2021

1952 Use or Lose

All 1952 Managers, The following player did not meet the minimum usage requirements during the 1952 season. They all return is 1953, and will be in the rookie draft when it is held. I will list them by name, primary position, and '52 team they were formerly on.

Eddie Pellagrini, SS Arsenal
Barney McCosky, OF Arsenal
Brandy Davis, OF Arsenal
Dick Bokelmann, P Alrsenal
Virgil Stallcup, SS Blues
George Lerchen, OF Tigers
Jackie Mayo, OF Larks
Paul Burris, C Hawks
Billy Hitchcock, 2B Hawks

No biggies here, so good job! Also, some of these guys really have hardly any usage in '53.

September 3, 2021

1952 Season Prediction comparisons

Thanks again to John Ungashick for providing us with his look back at the comparison of his 1952 predictions to actual.

September 3, 2021

1953 Upcoming Ballpark changes

They Worcester Grays will leave St. Louis Sportsmans park and move into the the vast Cleveland Municipal Stadium for 1953's home games.

The Lark's home ballpark will transition from Braves Field into County Stadium.

This leaves St. Louis's Sportsmans Park and the Phillies home park Shibe Park (NL version) as the available ballparks

September 3, 2021

1952 Season finished. new Champion crowned!

Congratulations to the Maumee River Carp and Chris Williams for defeating the Arsenal in 5 games. Complete World Series coverage can be found on the World Series Link. Congrats also to Terry on a great season!

March 23, 2021

1952 Pre-Season prognosis

Thanks to John Ungashick for providing his riveting 1952 pre-season prognosis. Thanks John!.

January 14, 2021

1952 Player usage rules

SPB3-1952 will be a transitional season when it comes to player usage, as a final solution is found. With that in mind here are the rules for the 1952 season:

Hitting: Non-bonus hitters: 105% then farmed. Bonus hitters: +100PA
Pitching: Starters: 110% of GS Relievers: 130% of appearances. Same as it has been.

November 13, 2020

1952 call for protected rosters

Now is the time to prepare and send me your protected rosters for 1952, as I am announcing plans for the Rule 5 draft. First off, the draft will be done be email as usual, but with a slightly different twist. Each team will still pick 2 players, but instead of picking 2 at once, we will go through a 2 round draft (The order is on the current file, which I have attached.) Most of us have already done it this way in a couple of other SPB leagues, and it seems to have been a very popular move, so we will go with it as well.

Also, my team the Hoosier Thunderbolts was the only team with more than 38 players. We had 39 players so I had to cut one, and P Ken Johnson has been released, and will be added to the 1952 rookie draft. All other teams had 38 or less players, and are okay with no cuts.

Here is the number of players each team may protect heading while preparing for this draft:

19 Protected Players
Brooklyn Royal Giants (D. Rahn)
Chicago Stampers (S. Lehman)
Schaumburg Hawks (J. Ungashick)
Hoosier Thunderbolts (G. Plunkitt)

20 Protected Players
Indianapolis Clowns (R. Ryan)
DeVilbiss Tigers (M. Murphy)
South River Muckdogs (J. DeZarlo)
Maumee River Carp (C. Williams)
Worcester Grays (H. McElaney)
Rock Island Arsenal (T. Baxter)

21 Protected Players
East Kenosha Larks (D. Lauer)
River City Rugrats (J. Cada)
Goshen Aces (S. Brunner)
Kansas City Blues (R. Applegate)

The deadline for having your protected lists to me will be this coming Sunday 11/15 by 7PM EST. I will then send out the up to date files with protected players in place, and we will begin the draft right away by email. The 1952 rookie draft will be held in January, and I will announce that date in December.

August 10, 2020

1951 End of season reports

As is customary at the end of each season, we bring to you the 1951 OVERUSAGE and USE OR LOSE reports for SPB3-1951.

August 9, 2020

1951 September stats and power rankings posted

The stats and power rankings for September 1951 are now posted. Congratulations go out to Don Rahn (Brooklyn Royal Giants), our American League champion, and to Steve Lehman (Chicago Stampers), our National League Champ, on winning the right to battle in the 1951 SPB World Series. We will have the schedule for the World Series ready file soon and I will send it out to them so that they can get their plans made to play the Series.

Be sure to check out the League leaders for our 1951 season, and see how many of your teams players were among league leaders. Some very nice stats here, both on batting and pitching, with some surprises among the leaders.

I will soon publish the annual Overuse and 50% Players lost reports for you as well. Thanks again guys on a great conclusion to our 1951 season, and good luck to Don & Steve in the World Series.

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….. : )


Nov, 2021

Rule 5 Draft

Jan, 2022

1953 Rookie Draft

Historical Information

Established: 1995
Starting Season: 1927
Seasons: 25
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Trades: 542

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