Bob Wood - UNPRECEDENTED RESULT - Grand Rapids at Newton - JB HURLS NO-HITTER IN SEASON (and career) FINALE!
In the top of the 6th inning, shortstop Danny Shay dropped a 1-out foul ball for an E-6. No worries. In the top of the 7th, Shay muffed a 2-out ground ball, spoiling the perfect game.
In the top of the 9th, Joe Tinker moved from LF to SS while Sam Mertes replaced Shay to play LF. Doc Jordan led off with a ground ball --- to Tinker! One out
Doc Sajdak pinch hit for Ed McNichol .... and bounced out 5-3.
That brought up Bad Bill Dahlen:
* B. DAHLEN facing J. Beeman, T 9th, 2 Outs, Bases Empty, Behind 0-7
Now Beeman comes home with it ... DAHLEN sends it in the air ... deep right center field
BEAUMONT goes over ... FULTZ goes over ... and right fielder FULTZ chases it down
and that's the last out of the game
JB's gem wrapped up the regular season on Fan Appreciation Day in Newton. JB also had three hits, including a double, driving in one run.
GW 0-0-0 LP-Ed McNichol (6-18)
NB 7-16-2 WP-JB Beeman (2-0) NO-HITTER
After the game, JB announced his retirement at the end of the playoffs and will be selling the team to former TCBA'er Joe Elinich, who will move the club to Pittsburgh, where they will be known as the Rebels, and play in Exposition Park. Joe’s previous (future) TCBA experience occurred (will occur) in Yesterday’s 1973 season, when he managed the Alleghenies, another Pittsburgh-based team, to a 2nd place finish (90-72).
Joe Elinich inspecting the new grounds.
Bob Wood – Newton had won six of nine games this season against the Islanders, who had the best record in TCBA.
The series opened on the Island with Carl Lundgren and Rube Waddell squaring off. Rube took a no-hitter into the 4th inning (mark that - 4th inning) when Long Island posted four straight hits to start the scoring, 2-0.
A passed ball in the top of the 5th allowed Newton to score their 2nd run, after Fritz Buelow had singled in the 1st run. Sam Mertes followed with a 2-run 2B to give the Buccs a 4-2 lead.
In the 7th, Roy Thomas singled, making it 4-3. Long Island loaded the bases for Elmer Flick but a GDP ended the inning, and the last Islander chance.
Ginger Beaumont singled home an insurance run in the 8th.
NB 5-8-2 WP-Rube Waddell
LI 3-7-1 LP-Carl Lundgren
Patsy Flaherty and Ernie White gave a LH bias to the 2nd game. A 1st inning E-3 by Dan McGann allowed the Islanders to plate a 2nd run after Flick had delivered a SF. White would need no more today, but it was a sloppy game.
The teams combined for just seven hits .... and seven errors.
NB 1-2-4 LP-Patsy Flaherty
LI 3-5-3 WP-Ernie White
The series switched to Newton as Bob Ewing and Sam Leever took the mound. Both teams plated a 1st inning run but nothing more until Joe Tinker broke the tie in the Bucc 7th with a base hit. A SF padded the lead and an 8th inning run added breathing room
LI 1-5-1 LP-Bob Ewing
NB 4-6-1 WP-Sam Leever
Long Island went oh-for-four stealing bases today - but they had a lot of runners against Rube Waddell.
Newton led 2-0 going into .... the 4th inning ... when the Islanders scored 4 runs.
The 6th inning saw Kid Gleason get spiked by Dave Fultz and removed from the game, but he should be ready for the Islanders tomorrow.
LI 4-11-0 WP-Win Kellum
NB 2-10-1 LP-Rube Waddell
The game was scoreless until .... the 4th inning ... when an E-4 opened the door for a 3-run Islander rally capped by Frank Bowerman's RBI single. Bowerman added an RBI in the 6th inning sparking another error-aided 3 run frame, 6-0.
But, nothing is easy. An E-8 helped Newton score in the 6th, 6-1. The Buccs added another in the 7th, 6-2, but Jimmy Mac McEneaney delivered a SF in the top of the 9th, 7-2.
In the final game at Newton, pitcher Patsy Flaherty singled to make it 7-3. An E-3 by Jimmy Mac helped another run score, 7-4. With 2 on and 1 out, JB Beeman (of no-hit fame) stepped to the plate with a chance to tie the game with a long ball.
JB LINED the ball, but Kid Gleason snagged it, flipped to SS for a game ending LDP.
LI 7-9-2 WP-Doc White
NB 4-9-3 LP-Patsy Flaherty
The series shifted back to Long Island in a do-or-die situation for Newton. The Buccs went with their best, Rube Waddell, on 2 days rest, rather than saving him for tomorrow.
In the bottom of the 1st, Joe Tinker's throw to the plate was late, allowing the 1st run to score for Long Island. A wild pitch in the 3rd plated another Islander, 2-0.
Dave Fultz singled in the 6th inning, cutting the lead to 2-1, but another run scoring wild pitch restored the Islander advantage to 3-1.
Newton threw out two base stealers in the bottom of the 8th to keep it close.
In the 9th, Newton put the tying runs on base, but an aborted hit & run call - caught stealing - ended their season.
NB 1-7-2 LP-Rube Waddell
LI 3-7-0 WP-Carl Lundgren
Congratulations to the Islanders, who, appropriately (with the league's best record) advance to the World Series.
And kudos to Newton, who have shuttered up their stadium (St. Jim's) in preparation for their move to Pittsburgh.
Jim McEneaney – The Bradenton Buckeyes and the Long Islanders were each making their second appearance in the ORIGINS World Series. The Buckeyes had appeared in the inaugural Fall Classic back in 1902 (MLB 1901), falling in seven games to the Turin Mountaineers, while the defending champion Islanders had claimed their first TCBA title last season against the Mexicali Mallards.
Sat. Oct. 8---The Buckeyes’ Dummy Taylor got the opening call against LI’s Bob Ewing, and both hurlers pretty much brought their “A” game to the park. Both pitchers went the distance, combining to allow just a single earned run. Unfortunately, the teams’ defenses were not nearly as sharp. Three BR errors led to a couple of unearned runs, but it was the Long Island runners that did the most damage, swiping four bases while effectively using the H&R to take the opener 3-1.
Sun. Oct. 9---Pitching again dominated as both Jack Harper and Doc White gave their teams a CG effort. But it was White who completely dominated the Buckeye offense, allowing just 6 hits while shutting out Bradenton 5-0. The Isles swiped two more bases, and escaped a scare when Roy Thomas slammed into the CF wall. Thomas had to be removed from the game but did travel with the team to Bradenton’s Schaeffer Park where he hopes to return to the lineup sometime in the coming days.
Tue. Oct. 11---The scene shifts to Bradenton, with the Buckeyes in a 15-inning scoring drought. And things don’t look much better when Kid Gleason slashes a 1st inning double to give the Isles a 2-0 lead. In the top of the 4th, LI starter Carl Lundgren delivers a 2-out single, but then is thrown out on an ill-advised attempt to take 3rd on a Billy Lush single. Could that be a turning point? Sure looks like it! A shaken Lundgren walks the leadoff batter in the home 4th and then yields back to back doubles to Kid Elberfeld and Cy Seymour as BR snaps their 18-inning scoreless streak. LI escapes trouble when Jake Beckley lines into a 4-5 DP to end the threat, and the Isles quickly regain the lead in the 5th, but the momentum seems to have clearly shifted. Bradenton ties the game at 3 after an Islander error, and things have turned ugly for the Isles ever since that 3rd out at third back in the 4th. Bradenton scores three 6th inning runs to take a 6-3 lead, and that’s where it stays…until the 9th. With 1 out Ed Abbaticchio triples; Billy Lush singles him home, and Elmer Flick singles to put runners on the corners. And it’s time for the TCBA’s 2nd all-time saves leader, Woody Wood to come on for the save. Wood led ORIGINS with 24 saves this season, but not today. Jimmy Collins singles to make it 6-5, and Kid Gleason follows with another single as the Islanders tie the score at 6. And from there we head to bonus baseball. In the 10th, George Browne, who’s only playing due to Roy Thomas’ injury, delivers his 3rd hit of the day, driving home what will prove to be the winning run as the Buckeyes find their backs against the wall, down 3 games to none as LI wins 7-6 in 10.
Wed. Oct. 12---Buckeyes remind themselves that it takes just one game at a time, and recall how it was Turin, just three seasons ago, that rallied from 3 games down against these same Buckeyes to claim the first ever ORIGINS crown. And Bradenton went quickly to work on just that, scoring three 1st inning runs, and adding three more in the 5th. The Buckeyes led 7-4 heading into the 9th, but after scoring three 9th inning runs yesterday to send the game into extras, the Isles figured it was time to do the same once again. After two quick outs, PH’er Tom Needham drew a walk….and Woody Wood came on to try nailing down the save. But Roy Thomas also drew a walk, and George Browne came on to bat as a PH’er, representing the tying run. Now that might normally have been drama enough, but here was the play by play…
Islanders manager looking at his scoresheet…. taking pitcher CRONIN out of the game ... George BROWNE is enlisted to hit for him ... bats left. He approves some lumber ... the warrior ... and the beast is within for surely he has the skill.
What the….? Neither Woody nor I have ever seen a description remotely like that. Maybe this would be déjà vu all over again, but the Buckeyes weren’t taking any chances of that happening. Red Ames was summoned from the bullpen, and Woody returned to man third base. Thomas steals second to put the tying run in scoring position, but no miracle ending. Flick lines back to the pitcher and the Buckeyes live to fight another day.
Thur. Oct 13---This one is all Jack Harper as he shuts out Long Island on a CG 2-hitter. Bradenton scores single runs in three early innings, and the series will return to Long Island. Buckeyes win 3-0.
Sat. Oct. 15---Now it’s Long Island that’s sweating the specter of a 3-0 comeback, a scenario that LI has (or is that “will have”?) seen on more than several occasions in over a century of TCBA play. And despite scoring a 1st inning run, Long Island is stunned in the 3rd as Bradenton puts up FIVE runs, downgrading LI starter Bob Ewing and silencing the Islander faithful. Long Island is trailing 6-2 heading into the home 5th when the Islander offense jumps to life. Roy Thomas gets things started with a leadoff walk, then triple-double-walk, and LI has the tying runs on base with 0 out. After a ground out puts the tying runs in scoring position, John Ganzel drills a sinking liner to center that just barely avoids Homer Smoot’s diving effort, and LI has tied the score at 6 apiece. Carl Lundgren comes on in relief to start the 6th, and in the home half, Thomas again leads off with a walk. After a Jimmy Collins single and a Kid Gleason double, the Islanders retake the lead, 8-6 and Lundgren begins his 4th inning of relief with BR still trailing 8-6 in the top of the 9th. With 1 out, Kid Elberfeld singles, bringing Nap Lajoe (whose .402 average led all batters this past season) to the plate.
N. LAJOIE facing C. LUNDGREN, T 9th, 1 Out, Runner on 1st, Behind 6-8. ELBERFELD takes a good lead ... there goes ELBERFELD ... LAJOIE lines one deep to right…. that'll be good for extra bases ... FLICK's after it ... it's off the wall ... and it gets by him. ELBERFELD rounds third ... he'll score ... LAJOIE's heading for third ... they're waving him home….GLEASON's relay ... and he's ... OUT!...on a close play ... his ambition outran his feet…score that a triple ... for the second out.”
Bradenton still had one at bat left, but Cy Seymour grounded to short and LI had their title repeat by an 8-7 final.
In short it was a thrilling series, a fine afternoon between two long time (or is it “soon to be”?) rivals…this time travel thing can be really confusing. Congrats to Woody on a great season and thanks to all the fans (AKA-Gerry) who were in attendance. Long Island definitely relied on their speed this series, stealing 15 bases in 18 attempts.