TCBA Yearbook

1974

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Hackbart Division

 

Gorney Division

Bergen

102

60

...

 

Gettysburg 

83

77

...

Hyde Park

95

64

5.5

 

Fortney

82

80

2

So. Starrucca

72

90

30

 

Ashburn

77

84

6.5

Long Island

71

91

31

 

Bradenton

75

87

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shiloh Division

 

Brown Division

Norwood

99

63

...

 

Norfolk

93

69

...

Mimosa

81

77

16

 

Birch Inn

87

73

5

Florida

80

78

17

 

Houston

81

80

11.5

Endwell

47

115

52

 

Mexicali

62

99

30.5

 

Stu McCorkindale - We started the first season with fifteen managers for the 16 teams and filled the open franchise when veteran TCBA TODAY skipper Al Keefer signed on at the league’s annual meeting in February. But the full house feeling quickly left us as another manager resigned leaving us with a new orphan to be stewarded by the league. The season ended in June with us still short a manager, when I noticed the name of an old APBA friend, Joe Elinich, surface in one of Phil Medon’s columns. Joe liked what he saw of the organization and quickly signed on to begin the 1973 season at the helm of his Pittsburgh Alleghenies.

             1974 Division winners were Jesse Elicker’s Gettysburg team who beat Stu McCorkindale’s Bergen Barflies in the semi-finals, while Dan Warren’s Norfolk Pilots were outlasting Jim Lafargue’s Norwood Naturals. The Pilots went on to sweep the Lightning in the finals to be crowned (in retrospect) the TCBA’s first ever of 22 champions. We award bonus money to the teams that sport league leaders in selected statistical categories and this season Carew - .363; Stargell - 50 HRs; Darrell Evans - 122 RBIs; Seaver - 275 Ks; and Blyleven - with 29 wins and a 1.52 ERA earning extra cash for their teams.

 

Stu McCorkindale - It has been a LONG journey but we finally have a new all-time TCBA home run record. Hank Aaron hit a home run off Fortney’s Chuck Scheib. That was home run number 785 and counting for the long time Bergen slugger!!! And the TCBA has a new name at the top of its all-time home run leader board. According to the Barflies, Aaron has indicated he will retire at the end of the season following a last trip around the league where the Hammer will thank TCBA teams and fans everywhere.

 

Thanks to all for making the past twenty plus seasons possible and a special nod to the GM in the sky who let me hang around long enough to reap what I had sown with the Birmingham Basher.

 

Dan Warren - Led by Bert Blyleven’s 29 wins, 1.52 ERA and an amazing 14 shutouts, the Norfolk Pilots won the David Brown Division with a 93-69 record.  After a somewhat slow start, the turning point was the acquisition of first baseman Norm Cash from Long Island.  Installed as the cleanup hitter against right-handed pitching, Cash powered 15 home runs in 73 games with Norfolk.  Six Pilots had 10 or more homers, as there was no batting standout; Steve Garvey’s .306 topped the Norfolk hitters. 

 

    In the opening playoff series, Norfolk downed the Norwood Naturals 4 games to 2.  Series MVP was pitcher Alan Foster, who turned in two complete game shutouts on the road, his first after Norwood had taken the opener 3-2 in 14 innings for reliever Bob Bolin.  In a pitchers’ series, Al Fitzmorris and a team of 3 including starter & winner Bert Blyleven also had Norfolk shutouts.  Reggie Cleveland won the other Norwood game 5-2.

 

    Meanwhile, Jesse Elicker’s Gettysburg Lightning had upset the favored Bergen Barflies to advance to the League Championship.  The opener saw a great pitching duel between Gettysburg’s Seaver and Norfolk’s Blyleven, with Norfolk winning 1-0 on Norm Cash’s 4th inning home run.  The Pilots jumped on lefty Tommy John for a 7-0 lead in game 2, then held on for an 8-4 win for Alan Foster.  Back at home, the Lightning opened up a 3-0 lead in game 3, only to fall behind on Ed Goodson’s 3-run pinch-homer off Vida Blue as Norfolk went on to a 7-6 win.  A late Gettysburg rally was shut down by Jim Brewer.  Game 4 saw a Seaver-Blyleven rematch, and was almost a replay of game 1.  Bill Buckner’s run in the 1st gave Norfolk a 1-0 lead; in the 9th, Eddie Brinkman smashed a solo HR to make it 2-0 and the Lightning went down in order in the 9th to complete the 4-game Pilot sweep for the 1974 TCBA Yesterday title.

 

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At Home with TCBA Yesterday's 1974 Champ

Dan Warren - Norfolk Pilots

 

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