Saturday, June 29, 2024

RIP Orlando Cepeda - his debut pushes back Gerrit Cole vs 1914 Boston Braves


RIP Orlando Cepeda. It looks like our next Statis-Pro game will feature the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals, who will start Bob Gibson with his 1.12 ERA and then the No. 4 Starter Steve Carlton.

We had planned on our next game being Gerrit Cole and the 2022 Yankees against the 1914 Boston Braves and MVP Johnny Evers - the MVP that year with one home run and 31 sacrifice bunts :-). Evers was part of the Chicago Cubs famous double play combo until coming to Boston to deliver a world series sweep. New York Giant fans moaned in this poem about the three turning would be singles into double plays in a "Tinker to Evers to Chance" poem:

These are the saddest of possible words:
"Tinker to Evers to Chance."
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,*
Making a Giant hit into a double-(play)-
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
"Tinker to Evers to Chance

We will play them because of the passing of the great Orlando Cepeda. Here is his card in the year the pitchers were so dominant that MLB then lowered the mound.

Ten years before this season when no one could hit in the entire league, he keas the league with 38 doubles as a rookie, then a few years later led the league with 46 homers. He twice led the league in being hit by pitch (14 and 12) and this season was hit 9 times.

Line-up      St. Louis 1968
LFLou Brock*
3BMike Shannon
CFCurt Flood
RFRoger Maris*
1BOrlando Cepeda
2BJulian Javier
CTim McCarver*
DH-benDal Maxvill
SSDick Schofield#
 Pitcher bats 1968
gm1Bob Gibson
gm2Steve Carlton

No comments:

Post a Comment