TCBA Yearbook

1971

  INDEX

Seasons
1902  1903  1904
1905  1906  1907 1908  1909  1910

1911  1912  1913
1914  1915  1916 1917  1918  1919

1920

1921  1922  1923
1924  1925  1926 1927  1928  1929

1930  1931  1932
1933  1934  1935 1936  1937  1938
1939

1940  1941  1942
1943  1944  1945 1946  1947  1948
1949

1950  1951  1952
1953  1954  1955 1956  1957  1958
1959

1960  1961  1962
1963  1964  1965 1966  1967  1968
1969

1970  1971  1972
1973  1974  1975 1976  1977  1978
1979

1980  1981  1982
1983  1984  1985 1986  1987  1988
1989 

1990  1991  1992
1993  1994  1995 1996  1997  1998
1999

2000  2001  2002
2003  2004  2005 2006  2007  2008
2009 

2010  2011  2012
2013  2014  2015 2016  2017  2018
2019  

Miscellaneous
Foreword 1
Foreword II
Introduction
The Ad
The Letter
The Test
First Newsletter
Yesterday
Gold
Origins

TCBA Almanac

 

Hackbart Division

 

Shiloh Division

Long Island

106

56

...

Newmarket

94

66

...

Bergen

83

79

23

Wilderness

89

73

6

Hyde Park

79

82

27

Cleveland

76

85

19

South Starrucca

74

88

32

Mimosa

72

90

23

 

Gorney Division

 

Brown Division

Boulder Bluff

88

74

...

Fortney

90

71

...

Bradenton

68

94

20

Gettysburg

88

73

2

Mexicali

67

95

21

Birch Inn

83

79

8

Waukesha

65

97

23

Norfolk

71

91

20

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Comments

Stu McCorkindale - The year 2001 was a momentous one for Barfly fans as the team captured its first ever TCBA championship. The 1922 edition of the club rode a team record batting attack and just enough pitching to the GOLD winner's circle. The YESTERDAY version of the Barflies also had success, winning the Hackbart Division for the first time since 1974 and also setting some new marks for individual accomplishments along the way.

Harmon Killebrew poked 53 homers for the '65 Barflies to beat the team record of 51 shared by teammate Hank Aaron and Bob Horner. Aaron was not to be denied as he added to his all-time mark for home runs and now stands as the team leader with 378 in his ten year career with the club. Aaron also continued to be the Bergen pace setter in stolen base percentage with a .862 mark based on 125 steals in 145 attempts. Finally, Dean Chance set a team record with 26 straight wins - a mark that may also be an all-time TCBA best.

The TCBA Champion 1922 Barflies set several club and individual marks. Bergen combined to hit .324 and score 927 runs, which are new high water marks for a single season. Harry Heilmann became the team's first .400 hitter and bumped Keith Hernandez (.398 in 1980) from the top spot in that category with a .413 average. On the flip side, pitcher Dolf Luque set a new team record for hits allowed with 308 despite winning twenty games for the Barflies.

Hernandez, who holds most of the Barfly career batting records, was a bit disturbed to lose his team batting title to Heilmann. "At least Harry won the league batting title when he set his record. I came in second to Fred Lynn and lost my shot at a .400 average in the last week of the season. Now this is gone too."

But baseball historian James Bill has a different take on the situation. "These records from the retro leagues have more appeal to the baseball purist than many of the marks set in TCBA TODAY. First of all the rules of the game have evolved through the league's history and many of those records could not be replicated today if the season was replayed using current rules."

"For one thing those guys didn't have to deal with AIM or long term injuries. They just showed up to play a seven game series secure in the knowledge if they had a J-0 or J-1 in their pocket they were free to go about business without fear of fatigue or injury."

Bill went on to say, "The one third minimum usage rule is also a factor that nowadays costs players at bats or innings they otherwise did not have to share with teammates. And it's common knowledge that before the salary cap was forced down their throats, TODAY tended to bunch all the best pitching and hitting on a few select teams. Oftentimes the best hitters only saw the best pitchers when they showered together since they were all on the same team."

While some may differ with Bill's viewpoint, it is hard to argue against the success of YESTERDAY and GOLD in terms of balance and realism. With both leagues on the verge of starting new seasons it will be interesting to see if more Bergen milestones go by the boards with the likes of Aaron, Killebrew and Heilmann back on the job.

 

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