Friday, June 21, 2024

Willie Mays 2nd HR in 2 Games Rallies NY Giants after Ortiz 3-run HR

David Ortiz's 3-run homer gave 2007 Boston Red Sox a 4-1 lead and chance for a sweep of the 2-game series, but the 1954 New York Giants rallied for three in the fifth and then Willie Mays hit his 2nd homer in two games, a 7th inning game-winner to make it 5-4.

The two teams start 1-1 in our 16-team all-time Boston-New York Division. We have four other all-time divisions, the East, Midwest, West and East, but so much of the history of baseball occurred in New York and Boston that we have one entire division of great teams from just those two cities.

The Boston Red Sox 1946 team with Ted Williams is in 1st due to a 2-0 record and the best run differential, while Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 are also 2-0. Six other teams in the set of all-time cards in the division and four teams still to be created later.

Here is the box score from the game, followed by the standings of all great Boston and New York teams.
Game 1 (HR 11-38)           123     456      789       R  H   E
2007 Boston Red Sox010210001572
1954 New York Giants000200000221
Game 2 (HR 11-58)123456789RHE
1954 New York Giants0100301005110
2007 Boston Red Sox0130000004103

Pos              New York Giants 1954          AB   R  H    BI     Other
LFMonte Irvin8010bb
3BHank Thompson*8200 
CFWillie Mays93432-HR
RFDon Mueller*82322b,w
CRay Katt9022 
DH-benDusty Rhodes*4000 
SSAl Dark7010 
1BWhitey Lockman*7020 
2BDavey Williams6000bb
PPitchers at bat00002-sac
PHBobby Hofman1000 
PosBoston Red Sox 2007ABRHBIOther
CFCoco Crisp#9110 
3BMike Lowell8110sf
DH-1BDavid Ortiz*9133HR
LFManny Ramirez8220 
1B-benKevin Youkilis4020 
2BDustin Pedroia82212-2b,bb
CJason Varitek#7120 
RFJ.D. Drew*80222b
SSJulio Lugo60102-sb,bb
PPitchers at bat3011 
PHJacoby Ellsbury*2100sb
New York Giants 1954         IP     H    R    ER    W     K      Dec
Johnny Antonelli (G1)4.774424L
Hoyt Wilhelm3.300024 
Windy McCall101000 
Sal Maglie (G2)4104403 
Marv Grissom300002W
Jim Hearn200001S
Boston Red Sox 2007IPHRERWKDec
Clay Buchholz (G1)722107W
Jonathan Papelbon100011H
Hideki Okajima100011S
Curt Schilling (G2)4.784415 
Javier Lopez1.300011 
Brendan Donnelly121101L
Manny Delcarmen210001 

Here are the standings in the division so far.
Team                     YearLScoreAllowStars (top 100 players of all time)                            
Boston Red Sox1946201755. Ted WilliamsTex Hughson
Brooklyn Dodgers195520221138. Jackie Robinson, 83. Roy Campanella, 95. Duke Snider
Boston Red Sox2007119763. David OrtizJonathan Papelbon
New York Giants195411792. Willie MaysJohnny Antonelli
New York Yankees19270211221. Babe Ruth & 6. Lou Gehrig
New York Yankees1961025177. Mickey MantleYogi Berra, 60. Whitey Ford
Yet to PlayYearWLScoreAllow 
Boston Braves19140000Johnny Evers*, Bill James
New York Mets1969000022. Tom Seaver, 42. Nolan Ryan
New York Mets19860000Darryl Strawberry*, Dwight Gooden
New York Yankees1939000016. Joe DiMaggioMarius Russo
New York Yankees1998000028. Derek Jeter, 31. Mariano Rivera
New York Yankees20220000Aaron JudgeNestor Cortes
Future TeamsYearWLScoreAllow 
Boston Red Sox1903000021. Cy YoungJimmy Collins
Boston Red Sox1915000036 Tris Speaker, 1 Babe Ruth
Boston Red Sox19860000Wade BoggsRoger Clemens
New York Giants1905000025. Christy MathewsonMike Donlin*

May's HR Breaks Up No-No, But Pedora's Red Sox Win 5-2

 Clay Buchholz allowed only two hits in 7 innings, though one of them was a 2-run Homer by Willie Mays in a game played in his honor.

The Red Sox team that broke the curse of the Bambino in 2007 won 5-2 behind Dustin Pedroia, who had two doubles and made a great defensive play (best possible E-1, CD-5 at second base) to stop a rally by the 1954 New York Giants. 

The game was played in New York in 1954 with pitchers hitting, and Buchholz drove in Pedroia for the first run of the game despite only having the standard pitcher's hitting card that only gets hits on 11-14. 

The second of two games will be at the more hitter friendly Fenway in 2007, so deep drives will go out more easily, and in fact Jason Varitek had a deep drive that would have been out in the second game but not in the deep right center field of the Polo Grounds in 1954.

Both teams also have a better chance to score in the second game because each throws their 4th best pitcher.

In the first game we threw the aces. At this stage the Giants Hoyt Wilhelm could only pitch a few innings, so the starting ace was Johnny Antonelli, whose descendent Jon Antonelli was a college basketball player and the best player I ever played against in pickup ball in Richmond Virginia - though I did actually get to play once with Grant Hill and once with Terry Cummings, so I can't say the best ever.

Here is the set up and scriesheet, which I like to keep in freehand.

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Mays vs. Ortiz in Next Game - And Adding All-Time Greats to Expand Teams

Watching David Ortiz lead a discussion in Birmingham about the MLB game last night at Birmingham's historic stadium in honor of recently departed Willie Mays, we decided on our next Statis-Pro baseball game. 

Using our all-time great Statis-Pro Baseball players sheets, we decided to put Ortiz' Boston Red Sox 2007 champs against Mays' New York Giants 1954 champs. You can play your own free game here.  Both teams are in our "Boston-New York Division" when we created five divisions of 12 all-time great teams ever. As we did with the Value Add Basketball game, we decided to add four teams to each division based on the best players of all-time not yet on a team. The four new teams we added to each division are in italics as the first four teams in each division, then the original 12 teams follow.

Right now we only have cards for the 12 teams not in italics, so just is just planned expansion. 

Next the 2007 Boston Red Sox will travel to 1954 to face the New York Giants, in a game in which pitchers will bat and deep drives only leave the park on a 11-38. The second game will be in 2007 in Fenway with the DH rule and deep drives of 11-58 going out of the park for home runs.

a Boston-New York Division   Year     Top 100 All-Time Players or top 2 players                       
Boston Red Sox190321. Cy Young, Jimmy Collins
Boston Red Sox191536 Tris Speaker, 1 Babe Ruth
Boston Red Sox1986Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens
New York Giants190525. Christy Mathewson, Mike Donlin*
Boston Braves1914Johnny Evers*, Bill James
Boston Braves1914Johnny Evers*, Bill James
Boston Red Sox19465. Ted Williams, Tex Hughson
Boston Red Sox200763. David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon
Brooklyn Dodgers195538. Jackie Robinson, 83. Roy Campanella, 95. Duke Snider
New York Giants19542. Willie Mays, Johnny Antonelli
New York Mets196922. Tom Seaver, 42. Nolan Ryan
New York Mets1986Darryl Strawberry*, Dwight Gooden
New York Yankees19271. Babe Ruth & 6. Lou Gehrig
New York Yankees193916. Joe DiMaggio, Marius Russo
New York Yankees19617. Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, 60. Whitey Ford
New York Yankees199828. Derek Jeter, 31. Mariano Rivera
New York Yankees2022Aaron Judge, Nestor Cortes
a East DivisionYearTop 100 All-Time Players or top 2 players
Cleveland Napoleons190348. Nap Lajoie, Addie Joss
Montreal Expos200277. Vladimir Guerrero, Andres Gallaraga
Pittsburgh Crawfords193335. Josh Gibson, 53. Oscar Charleston
Pittsburgh Pirates196527. Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell*
Cleveland Indians195450. Bob Feller, Bob Lemon
Cleveland Indians199568. Many Ramirez, 98. Jim Thome
Detroit Tigers19094. Ty Cobb, Ed Killian
Detroit Tigers196871. Al Kaline,Denny McLain
Detroit Tigers1984Chet Lemon, Willie Hernandez
Montreal Expos199411. Pedro Martinez, Moises Alou
Philadelphia Athletics191082. Eddie Collins*, Jack Coombs
Philadelphia Athletics192940. Jimmie Foxx, 54. Lefty Grove, 82. Eddie Collins
Philadelphia Phillies198018. Mike Schmidt, 58. Steve Carlton, Pete Rose
Philadelphia Phillies2008Chase Utley*, Cole Hamels
Philadelphia Phillies202294. Bryce Harper, Zack Wheeler
Pittsburgh Pirates190912. Honus Wagner, Babe Adams
a Midwest DivisionYearTop 100 All-Time Players or top 2 players
Chicago Cubs191857. Pete Alexander, Hippo Vaughn
Chicago Cubs196851. Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins
Kansas City Monarchs194641. Satchel Paige, Joe Greene
St. Louis Cardinals2006Albert Pujols, Scott Rolen
Chicago Cubs1907Frank Chance, Carl Lundgren
Chicago Cubs1907Frank Chance, Carl Lundgren
Chicago Cubs192920. Rogers Hornsby, Charlie Root
Chicago White Sox200549. Frank Thomas, Mark Buehrle
Kansas City Royals198543. George Brett, Bret Saberhagen
Milwaukee Braves19573. Hank Aaron, 47. Warren Spahn, 64. Eddie Mathews
Milwaukee Brewers198280. Robin Yount, 84. Paul Molitor, Rollie Fingers
Minnesota Twins1991Kent Hrbek*, Jack Morris
St Louis Browns1922George Sisler*, Urban Shocker
St Louis Cardinals194210. Stan Musial, Mort Cooper
St Louis Cardinals196833. Bob Gibson, 58. Steve Carlton
St Louis Cardinals198269. Ozzie Smith, Lonnie Smith
Toronto Blue Jays199386. Roberto Alomar, 84. Paul Molitor
a South DivisionYearTop 100 All-Time Players or top 2 players
Florida Marlins200359. Miguel Cabrera, Ivan Rodriguez
Texas Rangers199990. Ivan Rodriguez, Juan Gonzalez
Texas Rangers2003Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro*
Washington Senators195970. Harmon Killebrew, Camilo Pascual
Atlanta Braves199514. Greg Maddux, 78. Chipper Jones, 93, John Smoltz
Atlanta Braves199514. Greg Maddux, 78. Chipper Jones, 93, John Smoltz
Baltimore Orioles197019. Frank Robinson, 67. Brooks Robinson, 85. Jim Palmer
Baltimore Orioles198366. Cal Ripken Jr., Mike Boddicker
Cincinnati Reds197520. Johnny Bench, 34. Pete Rose, 37. Joe Morgan
Florida Marlins1997Gary Sheffield, Kevin Brown
Houston Astros199824. Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio
Houston Astros200517. Roger Clemens, Lance Berkman
Houston Astros202272. Justin Verlander, Yordan Alvarez
Tampa Bay Rays2008Evan Longoria, JP Howell
Texas Rangers201197. Adrian Beltre, CJ Williams
Washington Nationals201965. Max Scherzer, Juan Soto
Washington Senators19249. Walter Johnson, Goose Goslin
a West DivisionYearTop 100 All-Time Players or top 2 players
Los Angeles Angels201815. Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani*
San Diego Padres199844. Tony Gwynn, Kevin Brown
San Francisco Giants197173. Willie McCovey, Bobby Bonds
Seattle Mariners199713. Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez
Anaheim Angels2002Garret Anderson* and Troy Percival
Anaheim Angels2002Garret Anderson* and Troy Percival
Arizona Diamondbacks200124. Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Luis Gonzalez
Colorado Rockies2007Todd Helton*, Aaron Cook
Los Angeles Dodgers196332. Sandy Koufax, Frank Howard
Los Angeles Dodgers1988Kirk Gibson*, Orel Hershiser
Los Angeles Dodgers2019-2152. Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts
Oakland A's197255. Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter
Oakland A's198923. Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley
San Diego Padres2022Manny Machado, Yu Darvish
San Francisco Giants20028. Barry Bonds, Kurt Ainsworth
San Francisco Giants2012Buster Posey, Matt Cain
Seattle Mariners200146. Ichiro Suzuki, Freddy Garcia

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

2024 Statis-Pro NL Update Starts with Unexpected Willie Mays Tribute Card

Our blogs annual transition from basketball to baseball was set for today. We culminated earlier with the breakthrough blog producing 300 pdf links to our great men's and women's college basketball teams. Our NL Statis-Pro baseball commissioner provided the update further down in this blog on his great season playing out to transition us to baseball when the news broke that Willie Mays has passed away at 93.  (Our Statis-Pro instructions are here).

We pulled up our 60 all-time Statis-pro teams and went to the 1954 New York Giants and anyone who plays Statis-Pro baseball needs just one look to see why sports commentators tonight are discussing if he was the greatest player of all-time. For those of you who don't know, in Statis-Pro the pitcher tries to keep the action on his own card where batters still sometimes get a walk or single but never an extra base hit. Better pitchers keep it on their cards more often, lesser pitchers allow it on the batters cards more often, meaning about half the time Willie Mays came to the plate the action ended up on this incredible card:

The only weird thing about this card is the B/C on-base running speed that year, because he only stole 8 of 13 bases this first year back from the military. Within two years he was leading the league in steals year after year so would be an A/A for several straight years, but a B/C this year but that is the only thing about his 1954 card that is not incredible.

Make a mistake to Mays and their was a 50-50 chance he reached base, on half of the 64 possible numbers in the base-8 random number from 11 to 88. On the first 11 numbers (11-23) he singled, on the next 7 numbers (24-32) he doubles. 

Then I hit the incredible part - THREE numbers result in triples. I looked through the 60 all-time great teams in our game to see how many other players had three or more triples on their card. There are some reserves with few at bats, then then there were 16 players with three triples but no home runs from the dead ball era. But only nine players have had three triples that high (33-35 or three higher numbers) and I list them below.

All-Time Great TeamBats1b2b3bHRDeepKWHPBOutBAOPS
Melky Cabrera#SFG 2012SN11'-3233-3841-434445-4748-54  55-880.3460.906
Lou Brock*StL 1968LN11'-2728-3233-353637-4142-54545556-880.2790.746
Willie MaysNYG 1954RP11'-2324-3233-3536-4344-46 47-48 51-880.3451.078
Goose Goslin*Was 1924LN11'-2831-3637-4142-4344-46 47-4851-5253-880.3440.937
Eddie Collins*PhA 1910LN11'-3334-3637-414242-44  45-4647-880.3240.800
Rube OldringPhA 1910RN11'-2728-3536-384142-44  4546-880.3080.771
Danny MurphyPhA 1910RN11'-2526-3334-373841-43   44-880.3000.774
Sam Crawford*Det 1909LN11'-2627-3536-384142-44   45-880.3140.817

Notice that only one other player with three triples also has more than one home run number - Goose Goslin of the 1924 Washington Senators, and he has TWO homers. Mays has 3 triples AND one of the greatest home run ranges in the game with 6 home run numbers (36-43 keeping in mind it is base 8 so there is no 39 or 40). Players also get some homers off the three numbers in their DEEP range - and if they are playing a dead ball era game those are almost all caught for deep flies whereas if playing in the live ball era they are almost all homers.

There is simply not other player on our great 60 teams who is both an all-time elite triples hitter AND an all-time elite home run hitter - but Mays is as that's why his OPS was 1.078. His CD-5 (top clutch defensive rating) is an understatement as WAR (wins above replacement) indicates Mays was the top defensive player as well as offensive player in baseball that year - and I'm not sure if that has happened in the past. As this season was all coming off spending two years in the military.

I like playing board games because they let me "see" how good a player was. That 1954 he led the league not only in WAR on offense and defense, but in triples, batting average, OPS, OPS+ and the next year he also led the league with 9 double plays from the outfield - the first of three straight years in which he led the league in double plays which I assume resulted in runners not tagging up to try to advance on fly balls to him later.

We stopped producing statis-pro baseball cards because we don't want to compete with others keeping the game alive with great cards like those you find on Statis-Pro Advanced, so we just provide players in sheet form to get players used to playing the game so they see investing in cards is worth while.

Here are our 2024 Statis-Pro cards in sheet form to get you going if you have yet to play the game, and the following are the results from the NL commission based in Montana who rotates Statis-Pro leagues with me each year (this year I have the AL and he has the NL).

2024 Statis-Pro So Far with 10 Teams Selected to Play

I modified the injury policy. (got tired of so many stars dropping)

I’ll go back to the “what if” policy.  (was doing the 60-day IL)

So, I’m keeping the injured stars in play instead of taking them out. (just using Z plays for injuries)


Statis-Pro National League


NL “East”

Atlanta               20-14   .588      -

Milwaukee       19-15   .559      1

Chicago            17-16   .515      2.5

Philadelphia   16-18   .471      4

Miami                10-23   .303      10


NL “West”

Los Angeles       25-  9    .735      -

Arizona                17-16   .515      7.5

Cincinnati          17-17   .500      8

San Diego          16-18   .471      9

San Francisco 14-19   .424      11



The Dodgers are rolling and the statistics support their winning.  (helps having Kershaw in rotation)

With their healthy stars, it is surprising the Braves are only six games over .500.  (Acuna, Strider)

After their slow start, will the Phillies catch fire at the end of the season?

Who will emerge out of the jumble of wild card teams in the playoffs?

In our inter-league play the NL leads the AL 32-26 so far.


Statis-Pro NL MVP Race

Shohei Ohtani

Mookie Betts

Ozzie Albies


Statis-Pro NL Cy Young Race

Spencer Strider

Zack Wheeler

And here are the leaders so far in Statis-Pro play

Statis-Pro National League      

Statistics—32 games  



Shohei Ohtani, LA          1.153

Mookie Betts, LA             1.086

Ozzie Albies, Atl              1.014

Ketel Marte, Arz               0.997


Batting Average              

Noelvi Marté, Cin            0.362

Bryce Harper, Phl            0.361

Ketel Marte, Arz               0.348

Shohei Ohtani, LA          0.346

Luis Arráez, SD 0.336



Shohei Ohtani, LA          0.731

Mookie Betts, LA             0.691

Patrick Wisdom, Chi     0.689

Ozzie Albies, Atl              0.628


     Stolen Bases              

Ronald Acuña Jr., Atl     22-22

Christian Yelich, Mil      18-26

Corbin Carroll, Arz         14-15


Home Runs      

Patrick Wisdom, Chi     15

Mookie Betts, LA             14

Shohei Ohtani, LA          11

Austin Riley, Atl               10



Shohei Ohtani, LA          37

Austin Riley, Atl               36

Patrick Wisdom, Chi     33

Nick Castellanos, Phl   31


Batting Avg RISP             

Noelvi Marté, Cin            0.4

Shohei Ohtani, LA          0.382

Harper, Phl         0.381


       Two-Out RBI’s          

Shohei Ohtani, LA          14

Nick Castellanos, Phl   13

Marcell Ozuna, Atl         12



Mookie Betts, LA             34

Corbin Carroll, Arz         31

Shohei Ohtani, LA          31


   Total Bases    

Mookie Betts, LA             96

Shohei Ohtani, LA          95

Ketel Marte, Arz               83




Christopher Morel, Chi 63

Max Muncy, LA 53

Nick Castellanos, Phl   47



Shohei Ohtani, LA          13

Noelvi Marté, Cin            13

Orlando Arcia, Atl          11

Jason Heyward, LA        10