Note: Dan Warren's Norfolk Pilots defeated Jeff Sajdak's Siouxland Explorers in the World Series.
Stu McCorkindale - It has been a LONG journey but we finally have a new all-time TCBA home run record. Here’s how Ernie saw it – with a little help from yours truly:
H. AARON facing C. SCHEIB, B 6th, 1 Out, Runner on 1st, Ahead 4-3
Now the pitch ... hit toward ZERNIAL in deep left ... he's chasing it down he's at the warning track ... and he watches it sail over the wall ... home run for Hank and two runs score!
Gators 3, Barflies 6
So AARON has his 11th homer ... the Barflies add two more runs ... the score now 6-3 that extends the streak ... he's hit in 9 straight games ... 35 ribbies now for AARON.
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.
Al Keefer – (After Marty Fiehl benched league-leading hitter Tony Oliva in the final series of the season in an attempt to secure the batting crown)…
“Mr. Mays is more than upset to hear that Mr. Oliva had to hide himself on a farm team to try and hold onto his batting lead going into the final series.
All Mr. Mays did to reach the .322 level was go 5 for 5 in game # 1 and 4 for 4 in game #3 to EARN the .332 average and even was 1 for 1 in Game 4 when the rains came. At least Oliva could have showed the guts to have played the final series and let the dice fall as they may than take the easy way out and ride the bench. Who the heck is that manager anyway that slinks away from a challenge??”
TCBA Encyclopedia - Willie Mays ended up winning the Triple Crown, only the third player to do so in TCBA history.
Stu McCorkindale - Mallard Mays claimed his batting triple crown by blasting 51 homers while batting .332. His claim on the triple crown was not absolute as he shared the RBI title with Jim Ray Hart of Newmarket. “Say Hey” also reached base in 40 consecutive games to claim that minor award while Vada Pinson of Waukesha had the longest hitting streak (17 games) and Ron Santo went deep in six straight games to pick up an extra half million Bucks for Bradenton. (Sandy) Koufax continued his mastery of YESTERDAY batters. The Explorer phenom's triple crown amounted to 26 wins with an ERA of 1.55 and 375 strikeouts. Sandy added to the Siouxland bank account with a league best nine straight wins and 35 consecutive shutout innings for a clean sweep of individual pitching honors.
Top team performances are as follows -
Batting Average - .254 by Cleveland; Baltimore bashed 192 home runs and South Starrucca scored 747 runs.
Siouxland continued to dominate the pitching categories with a Team ERA of 2.35 and 1,369 total strikeouts.
Hyde Park led in Fielding Percentage at .988, while Bradenton turned a league high 155 DPs.
Starrucca's Bill White was perfect in the field in 152 consecutive games and parlayed that into an additional honor as the Gold Glove firstbaseman.
Joining him on the Gold Glove team are -
2B - A tie between Jerry Kindall of Kilkenny and Bill Mazeroski or Wilderness.
SS - A "fine" Wine, Bobby of the Islanders.
3B - Who else but Brooks Robinson of Fortney?
LF - Wilderness' Floyd "I'm Not Frank" Robinson
CF - The Pilots' Bill Virdon
RF - When his pitchers actually let someone hit the ball - Roberto Clemente of Siouxland
C - A surprise - Joe Torre of Kilkenny (thank you APBA rating!)
P - Little Al Jackson of Mimosa was the leader in total chances of many pitchers with a 1.000 fielding average.
That's it for this season's bonus money. It should come as no surprise that the Explorers were first on line at the bank to claim $5.5 million in Koufax revenue. Mays brought Mexicali $3.5 million, SS picked up 1.5 thanks mainly to Bill White's glove while WIL, KIL and BRA each won a cool million for double minor award winners.