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 Post subject: Re: Weekly Winners/Prize Cards
PostPosted: June 4th, 2012, 10:13 am 
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Next card for Mickey is that of pitcher Rick Wise

The card shows Wise as a Phillie, coming off what in many ways was his best year as a pro ballplayer. He won 17 games for a last place Phillies squad that lost 95 games. On June 23, Wise threw a no-hitter against the Reds at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium. The final score was 4-0, and Wise drove in three of the four runs with his two-run homer in the fifth and solo home run in the eighth. He's the only player in major league history to throw a no-hitter and hit two home runs in the same ballgame.

However, he is best remembered by some Phillies fans as the player who was traded for future Hall of Famer Steve Carlton. He would post back-to-back 16 win season for the cards, but was traded again (along with Bernie Carbo) to Boston for Reggie Smith. After an injury wiped out most of his '74 season, Wise returned in '75 and helpedlead the Bosox to the AL pennant. Wise led the Red Sox with 19 wins, one more than Tiant's 18 and two more than Lee's 17. At one point, he won nine games in a row as the Red Sox rolled toward the pennant. Wise not only won 19 during the regular season in '75, but also won the clinching game of the League Championship Series, beating the A's 5-3 in Oakland, holding them to six hits and two earned runs over 7 1/3 innings.

In the World Series, Darrell Johnson had Wise start Game Three, but the Big Red Machine got to him the second time through the order. Johnny Bench hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and both Dave Concepcion and Cesar Geronimo homered to lead off the fifth. After Jim Burton took over from Wise, the Red Sox eventually tied the game but the Reds won it in the bottom of the 10th after the controversial Ed Armbrister bunt. Wise had been tagged for five earned runs.

His only other appearance in World Series play got him a win. Wise was the fourth pitcher of the night in Game Six, and held the Reds scoreless (despite a couple of singles) in the top of the 12th. He never had to come out to throw the 13th, thanks to Carlton Fisk's home run leading off the bottom of the 12th.

After a couple more decent seasons in Boston, Wise once again was part of a trade that would net a future Hall-of Famer as he was dealt to the Cleveland Indians in a six player deal that brought Dennis Eckersly to Boston.

*some content pulled from Bill Nowlin's Ray Wise biography at SABR biography project: http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/68070f76


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 Post subject: Re: Weekly Winners/Prize Cards
PostPosted: June 4th, 2012, 10:34 am 
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Andrew Finkle's Rotonut squad won the week and as such, Andrew wins another card. I am going to hold off posting the card for a day (Steve LB's too) to let the two previous cards I just posted (go back and take a look) have a little breathing room. We will post the other two cards tomorrow for Andrew and Steve to see.

Here are the results for the week however. Carlos Gonzalez and Prince Fielder continued to lead this offense, but it was pitching that made the difference this week. James McDonald delivered in a two start week and Heath Bell notched 5 saves to help Andrew win the week:

Team R HR RBI SB AVG W SV ERA WHIP SO TOTAL
Team Rotonut 7.5 9.5 8.0 12.0 12.0 9.0 8.5 12.0 12.0 9.5 100.0
Team Mickey 12.0 12.0 11.5 7.0 9.0 11.0 6.5 7.0 10.0 12.0 98.0
Team Bendar 10.5 9.5 7.0 11.0 5.0 3.0 2.0 11.0 11.0 8.0 78.0
Shoguns Of Harlem 9.0 7.0 10.0 10.0 4.0 3.0 10.0 9.0 2.0 7.0 71.0
Team Steve B 5.5 8.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 1.0 11.5 4.0 9.0 4.0 64.0
Team Trav the Ump 10.5 11.0 11.5 4.0 6.0 3.0 4.0 2.0 3.0 6.0 61.0
Team Whipsaw 7.5 1.0 2.0 9.0 11.0 6.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 5.0 56.5
Team Ryan 5.5 5.5 9.0 4.0 7.0 9.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 9.5 55.5
Saints of Circumstance 3.5 5.5 4.5 7.0 1.0 12.0 1.0 3.0 5.0 11.0 53.5
Team Black Sox 2.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 10.0 9.0 6.5 8.0 4.0 3.0 50.5
Pentavarit 3.5 3.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 6.0 11.5 10.0 8.0 1.0 48.0
Team Southpaw 1.0 3.0 4.5 4.0 2.0 6.0 8.5 6.0 7.0 2.0 44.0

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 Post subject: Re: Weekly Winners/Prize Cards
PostPosted: June 11th, 2012, 11:50 am 
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Nate Oullette was the winner for the week and as such has a card coming to him. I have been traveling (visiting family) and have some catching up to do. I'll try to get caught up.

Saints of Circumstance 12.0 12.0 11.5 2.0 6.0 10.0 7.5 8.0 10.0 7.0 86.0
Team Black Sox 9.5 9.5 8.5 5.0 3.0 2.5 12.0 11.0 11.0 10.5 82.5
Team Trav the Ump 11.0 6.5 11.5 7.5 11.0 6.0 10.0 9.0 7.0 1.0 80.5
Team Mickey 8.0 5.0 6.5 11.0 8.0 6.0 10.0 10.0 12.0 3.0 79.5
Team Rotonut 9.5 3.5 8.5 9.5 9.0 6.0 3.5 12.0 9.0 7.0 77.5
Team Bendar 5.0 9.5 4.0 9.5 7.0 12.0 6.0 3.0 2.0 12.0 70.0
Pentavarit 7.0 11.0 10.0 7.5 10.0 1.0 7.5 1.0 3.0 5.0 63.0
Shoguns Of Harlem 5.0 6.5 3.0 3.0 12.0 10.0 3.5 7.0 6.0 4.0 60.0
Team Southpaw 3.0 3.5 2.0 12.0 5.0 6.0 10.0 4.0 1.0 7.0 53.5
Team Steve B 5.0 8.0 6.5 1.0 2.0 10.0 3.5 5.0 8.0 2.0 51.0
Team Ryan 2.0 1.0 5.0 5.0 1.0 6.0 1.0 6.0 5.0 10.5 42.5
Team Whipsaw 1.0 2.0 1.0 5.0 4.0 2.5 3.5 2.0 4.0 9.0 34.0

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 Post subject: Re: Weekly Winners/Prize Cards
PostPosted: June 20th, 2012, 6:34 pm 
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OK - I am so behind on these winning cards - but here is Steve LeBlanc's card from his weekly win a couple of weeks ago.

Ray Fosse - C Cle/Oak/Sea

Excrpts from Ray Fosse biography by Joseph Wancho at the SABR Biography Project Image

In June 1965 the Cleveland Indians selected Fosse with the 7th pick of baseball's first ever amateur draft. It wasn't until 1970 that Fosse became an everyday player for the Indians. In the early part of 1970, Fosse and Sims platooned at the catcher position. On April 25, Ray was inserted in the starting lineup against Chicago right-handed pitcher Joel Horlen, and was in the starting lineup until July 25, when he had to fulfill an Army Reserve obligation for a weekend. In the first half of 1970, Ray hit .313 with 16 home runs and 45 runs batted in. He hit in 23 consecutive games beginning June 9, the longest AL streak since 1961. Fosse was rewarded with a spot on the American League All Star roster by Baltimore Manager Earl Weaver.

The 1970 All-Star Game was played July 14 at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium. The game was scoreless when Ray replaced the Tigers' Bill Freehan in the bottom of the fifth inning. In the top of the sixth, Fosse singled to right field, was sacrificed to second base by Cleveland teammate Sam McDowell and scored on a hit by Boston's Carl Yastrzemski. After the National League scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the game was deadlocked at 4-4.

In the bottom of the twelfth inning, Pete Rose had singled and was on second base when the Cubs' Jim Hickman singled to centerfield. The Royals' Amos Otis fired the ball home to try to nail Rose. Fosse moved up the third base line three to four feet to catch the throw from Otis when Rose and the baseball seemingly arrived at the same time. Rose crashed into Fosse's left shoulder to score the winning run, knocking the catcher's mitt off his hand and Ray to the ground. It is a play that has been shown numerous times on television ever since and most of you have no doubt seen it many times over.

After the game, x-rays were taken of Ray's shoulder, but revealed nothing was wrong. The Cleveland doctors also could find nothing wrong with the shoulder and figured it was a bad bruise. It was not until the following year that is was discovered Fosse had a fracture and separation of his left shoulder. The inflammation and swelling were such that the fracture did not show up on the original x-rays. Ray kept playing. Fosse still batted .297 after the collision with Rose, but with only two home runs and 16 runs batted in. Fosse was named to The Sporting News All-Star Team, won the Gold Glove Award for catchers in the American League after leading all catchers with 854 putouts, and was second in assists with 70. Fosse also threw out 48 of would-be 88 base stealers.

Fosse was also one of the few bright spots in 1971 for the Indians, who compiled a 60-102 won-loss record, and finished 43 games behind Baltimore. Ray hit .276 for the year, with 12 homers and 62 RBIs. Fosse tore a ligament in his left hand while swinging through on a pitch from the Senators' Denny McClain. Fosse went back to the dugout and could not pick up the helmet that he wore under his catcher's mask. It was a bad break for Fosse. He was voted by the fans to start the All- Star Game in Detroit, but had to sit out because of the injury. Fosse did win his second Gold Glove Award for his defensive excellence.

Ray was traded to Oakland on March 24, 1973, along with shortstop Jack Heidemann, for outfielder George Hendrick and catcher Dave Duncan. Gaylord Perry was shocked by the news. "You've got to be kidding... I don't believe it. But why would we want to trade our quarterback?" Perry asked.

Fosse was thrilled to be going to Oakland, the reigning world champions. In 1973 Oakland won the AL West by six games over Kansas City. Ray played 143 games, the most of his career, and hit.256 with 7 home runs and 52 RBIs. The club featured three 20-game winners in Ken Holtzman, Vida Blue and Jim "Catfish" Hunter. The A's beat Baltimore in the League Championship Series, with Hunter gaining two of the three Oakland victories. Ray scored a run in the deciding game, but it was his defense, throwing out four of five would-be base stealers for the series, where he made his mark

In the World Series, the A's met the New York Mets. Ray was involved in the most controversial play of the series in Game 2 at Oakland. The game was tied in the tenth inning when Bud Harrelson of the Mets tried to score from third on Felix Milan's sacrifice fly to left field. Joe Rudi made a perfect throw to Fosse, and home plate umpire Augie Donatelli ruled that Fosse brushed Harrelson with the glove after taking the throw. Willie Mays was on his knees pleading to Donatelli that Harrelson eluded the tag. "I'm not saying we don't miss a call now and then," said Donatelli, "but I didn't miss that one. I still remember the sight of Mays on his knees arguing that call. Harrelson was out." The Mets did go on to win the game, but the A's won the series, four games to three, coming from behind to win games six and seven at home.

Oakland repeated in the AL West in 1974, this time by five games over Billy Martin's Texas Rangers. Injuries would plague Fosse again. On June 5 in Detroit, a fight broke out in the clubhouse before the game between Reggie Jackson and Bill North. Acting as a peacemaker, Ray got caught in the middle and had surgery in July for a pinched nerve. He did not return to the starting lineup until August 26.

The A's again bested the Orioles in the playoffs to earn their third consecutive AL pennant. In Game Two, Fosse went three-for-four at the plate and one run scored, capped by a three-run home run in the eighth inning in Oakland's 5-0 victory. The A's met the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 World Series and won in five games. Four of the five games had a score of 3-2, with Oakland winning three of these games. Fosse hit a home run in the second inning of Game Five off Dodger starter Don Sutton, but was only two-for-fourteen for the series.

Fosse would return to the Indians in 1976 for a couple years before finishing up with the Milwaukee Brewers.

For his career, Ray Fosse batted .256 with 61 home runs and 324 runs batted in. Out of 723 base stealers, Fosse threw out 286, just under 40%. Fosse had a career fielding percentage of .985. In 1986, Fosse joined the radio booth to provide color commentary for A's games as well as hosting a popular pregame show. At the end of the 2007 season, Ray completed his 22nd season of providing his unique insights to the game of baseball to A's fans in the Bay Area, both on radio and TV.

In 2001, as a celebration of their 100-year anniversary, the Cleveland Indians named their 100 greatest players of all time. The players were selected by a panel of veteran baseball writers, executives and historians. Ray was selected as one of seven catchers to the all-time team.


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Okay - time to finally announce Andrew "Rotonut" Finkle's card for his weekly win.

Cleon Jones - excerpts from biography of Cleon Jones by Fred Worth at the SABR Biography Project http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/b4f5e5c2

There are other great moments in Mets history, like The Buckner Ball and The Grand Slam Single, but surely any listing of the most significant moments in Mets history, particularly of the Mets’ first two decades, would have to include these three. The common thread for these three incidents is Cleon Jones, the first consistent, legitimate offensive threat ever to play for the Mets.

October 16, 1969—Game Five of the World Series. The Mets led three games to one. The powerful Orioles jumped out to a 3-0 lead and the Mets needed to do something to turn the game around. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Dave McNally’s pitch to Cleon Jones hit the dirt and bounced into the Mets dugout. Umpire Lou DiMuro called it a ball. Jones had started toward first believing he was hit by the pitch. DiMuro disagreed until manager Gil Hodges came slowly out of the dugout, showed DiMuro the ball, and pointed at a small smudge of shoe polish. DiMuro sent Jones to first. Donn Clendenon followed with a home run that tightened the game and began the comeback that won the game and the World Series.

October 16, 1969—“Come on down, baby. Come on down.” Those were the words of Cleon Jones as he spoke to Davey Johnson’s fly ball with two outs in the ninth inning of Game Five of the 1969 World Series. No Mets fan will ever forget watching that ball settle into his glove and seeing Jones almost kneel upon catching it. No Mets fan will ever forget the elation showed by Jones as he then raced toward center field to celebrate with lifelong friend Tommie Agee.

September 20, 1973—Going into this game against Pittsburgh, the Mets were in third place, 1 ½ games back of the Pirates. The Mets had scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game, 2-2. The Pirates scored again in the ninth. The Mets answered in the bottom of the inning to force extra innings. In the 13th inning, with the game still tied, Dave Augustine hit a long fly to left. It was well over Jones’s head and would clearly score Richie Zisk from first, if it wasn’t a home run. But the ball hit the corner of the top edge of the wall, bouncing directly to Cleon Jones. He turned and threw to Wayne Garrett, who relayed it to Ron Hodges to nail Zisk at the plate. The Mets went on to win in the bottom of the inning, starting the final surge that led the Mets to the division title, the World Series, and almost another world championship.

Casey Stengel was once quoted as saying that man would walk on the moon before the Mets would win the pennant. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Less than three months later, on October 16, 1969, the Mets became world champions.

Cleon Jones was as big a part of the Mets championship as anyone. He batted .340 with an on-base percentage of .422. He led the team in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, hits, doubles, stolen bases, walks, and even hit by pitches. He was second on the team in RBIs, one behind Agee. He started in the All-Star Game (two singles, reached on an error, and scored twice) and finished seventh in the league Most Valuable Player voting, behind winner Willie McCovey and teammates Tom Seaver and Tommie Agee.

During the first National League Championship Series in history, Jones batted .429 with a homer, two doubles, and four RBIs. The Mets hit .327 overall in the three-game sweep of Atlanta.

In the World Series win over Baltimore, Jones hit only .158, but he was in the thick of things. His foot and his knee live in Mets immortality. He was hit by Dave McNally’s “shoe polish” pitch and scored on Donn Clendenon’s homer, getting the Mets back in the game. And then, in the top of the ninth, he gently coaxed Davey Johnson’s fly ball into his glove, making the Mets the world champions.

No offensive player was more important to the Mets in their first dozen years than Cleon Jones. When Jones left the Mets, he ranked as the leader in many career statistical categories. He was first in extra base hits, hits, RBIs, times reaching base, runs, singles, total bases, and home runs. He was second in at-bats, average (for rate statistics, minimum 1,500 plate appearances), doubles, games, hit by pitches, plate appearances, sacrifice flies and triples. He was third in OPS and stolen bases, fourth in intentional walks, on-base percentage, slugging average, and walks, and sixth in home run percentage.

Even the passage of a third of a century has not erased Jones’s influence on Mets history. He still ranks second in hit by pitches, hits and singles, third in at-bats, plate appearances and sacrifice flies, fourth in games and triples, fifth in times reaching base and runs, sixth in RBIs and total bases, seventh in doubles and extra base hits, and tenth in batting average and intentional walks. His 1969 production still ranks high on the all-time season highs. His .340 batting average remained unchallenged for 30 seasons until John Olerud topped it at .354 in 1998.

It is unlikely anyone will argue Cleon Jones is the best player in New York Mets history. But there is little doubt that he is one of the most important. He was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 1991, the sixth player inducted. He took part in the 2008 closing ceremonies at Shea Stadium , the place he brought to bedlam with his bow in left field in 1969.


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Well - I've been really bad at updating this thread the last few weeks. The end of the school year and a couple trips with the family and voila, I have been AWOL a bit. BUT - we are still keeping track of the winners and here are the two since I posted last.

STANDINGS FOR Previous WEEK
Team R HR RBI SB AVG W SV ERA WHIP SO TOTAL
Team Mickey 10.5 5.0 8.0 3.0 9.0 11.5 10.5 11.0 9.0 9.0 86.5
Team Trav the Ump 7.0 9.5 10.5 10.0 5.0 1.5 7.0 12.0 12.0 1.0 75.5
Team Steve B 8.5 12.0 12.0 6.5 2.0 8.0 7.0 3.0 3.0 8.0 70.0
Team Whipsaw 2.5 3.0 3.0 9.0 10.0 11.5 2.5 10.0 6.0 11.0 68.5
Shoguns Of Harlem 10.5 11.0 10.5 6.5 6.0 4.0 12.0 2.0 1.0 2.5 66.0
Team Rotonut 2.5 7.0 5.0 6.5 4.0 8.0 1.0 9.0 10.0 12.0 65.0
Saints of Circumstance 12.0 9.5 7.0 1.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 4.0 4.0 4.0 64.5
Team Bendar 4.0 7.0 4.0 3.0 12.0 1.5 4.5 8.0 11.0 7.0 62.0
Team Black Sox 6.0 1.5 2.0 12.0 7.0 8.0 10.5 5.0 5.0 2.5 59.5
Team Ryan 8.5 4.0 6.0 6.5 3.0 8.0 2.5 6.0 8.0 5.0 57.5
Team Southpaw 1.0 1.5 1.0 11.0 1.0 4.0 9.0 7.0 7.0 10.0 52.5
Pentavarit 5.0 7.0 9.0 3.0 11.0 4.0 4.5 1.0 2.0 6.0 52.5

STANDINGS FOR CURRENT WEEK ending 7/1
Team R HR RBI SB AVG W SV ERA WHIP SO TOTAL
Team Ryan 11.0 11.5 9.5 7.0 6.0 12.0 4.5 10.0 11.0 12.0 94.5
Team Mickey 7.0 11.5 12.0 11.0 9.0 8.5 10.5 4.0 6.0 10.0 89.5
Team Rotonut 10.0 4.0 11.0 9.0 11.0 4.5 12.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 81.5
Team Southpaw 5.5 4.0 1.0 12.0 1.0 11.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 11.0 71.5
Team Black Sox 8.5 6.0 5.5 7.0 2.0 8.5 10.5 9.0 5.0 3.0 65.0
Team Trav the Ump 8.5 9.0 8.0 10.0 8.0 1.0 4.5 1.0 12.0 2.0 64.0
Team Bendar 3.0 1.5 5.5 4.5 5.0 8.5 4.5 12.0 10.0 9.0 63.5
Pentavarit 12.0 10.0 9.5 2.5 12.0 2.5 1.5 5.0 3.0 4.0 62.0
Saints of Circumstance 5.5 7.0 4.0 7.0 4.0 8.5 4.5 7.0 2.0 8.0 57.5
Team Steve B 1.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 3.0 4.5 7.5 11.0 8.0 6.0 49.0
Team Whipsaw 4.0 1.5 2.0 4.5 10.0 2.5 7.5 3.0 1.0 5.0 41.0
Shoguns Of Harlem 2.0 8.0 7.0 2.5 7.0 6.0 1.5 2.0 4.0 1.0 41.0

So Mickey took home another card the week prior and what do you know - my team decided not to suck for one week and took home the prize last week - giving ME a card.

On top of that Mickey with also take home the monthly card for June as well as the prize for being in the lead at the break most likely.

I also owe Nathan two cards for back to back W's to start the month.

I will try to get all those cards up at some point next week.

Congrats to all the winners.

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Ryan Carey
Central Park Muggers

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