Entirety of Baseball History Replayed
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APBA Baseball Simulation Program Used (other good ones include Strat-O-Matic, Diamond Mind, Replay, Table -- SI used to have some good simulations, too)

16 game per team regular seasons followed by post-season single-elimination Tourney

Played so far (sequence shown): 1960-2005-1917-1977-2006-1954-1964-1911-1949-2007-1914-1976-1969-1993-2008-1959-1918-1966-1958-1912

 

1933: 21st Replay in "Entirety of Baseball History Replayed" Project

16 Game Regular Seasons

Top Half of Teams in Each Organizational Unit Make Single Elimination Tourney

Tourney Wins and Losses, and Playing Statistics, Count in Player and Team Records

Seasons are Played Based on Recency of Release by APBA (must be made 2002 or later for now), not Based on Historical Sequence

Detailed Histories of Prior 20 Seasons Replayed are Found in the Easily Accessible (Find and Click Title) Archives of this Blog -- 430 Team Histories in All, Consisting of approximately 125,000 Words of Text in Total

League Champions (best win-loss record in regular season and Tourney games) are Considered Co-Equal to Tourney Champion

 

1933 Replay Day 1

1933 Replay Day 1 A.L.: CHISOX LOST ON DUSTY RHODES

* Mule Ha(a)s Triple

* Appling Mashes Ol' Apple B8th

Famed Giants slugger, James Lamar "Dusty" Rhodes, was not the first baseball player with the nickname.  There was Robert Barton "Dusty" Rhoads who was a 22-game winner (with a 1.80 ERA!) for the 1906 Cleveland Naps; there Charles Anderson "Dusty" Rhodes who pitched in 26 games (7-11/3.46) for the St. Louis Cardinals 1906-09 -- and then there was John Gordon "Dusty" Rhodes who pitched for the Yankees, Red Sox, and A's 1929-36.  It was this last fellow, Gordon "Dusty" Rhodes, who pitched a five-hitter against the White Sox in the first game of this 1933 replay using the APBA computer game, adding a single, a double, and a run scored in a 5-2 Bosox win.  Gordon's/Dusty's hitting performance in this game wasn't a freak occurrence -- he hit .267 with 15 RBI and six extra base hits in 86 at bats as a pitcher for the Red Sox in actual 1933.  Chicago's Luke Appling smashed a bases loaded double B8th to prevent Gordon/Dusty, who had a no-hitter until Mule Haas' triple B4th, from registering a shutout.

 

1933 Replay Day 1: GEE!  6 RBIs!

* Sugar Sweet to Tigers

* Firpo Starto

Speedy, powerful 5-11/188 Gerry "Gee" Walker hit a 2-out three run homer to put the Tigers ahead of the A's 3-0 B1st -- then added a second upper deck three-run tater B5th!  A's pitcher Merritt "Sugar" Cain was gone before the end of the 3rd in this blowout.  Fred "Firpo" Marberry, a starting pitcher in 1933 after being one of MLB's first great relief pitching specialists in the 1920's, five-hit the A's for an easy victory.  As indicated by Cain's shaky start, the A's pitching staff (4.81 actual era in '33) in 1933 was a shambles aside from Lefty Grove, as Connie Mack had begun to dismantle his 1929-31 dynasty team due in part to poor fan support in Philadelphia and the Great Depression.  Final: Tigers 8, A's 1.  Also, please do not confuse the A's Merritt "Sugar" Cain (53-60/1932-38) with the Chisox-Senators- Browns Bob "Sugar" Cain (37-44/1949-53), or for that matter with Frank "Sugar" Kane of the 1919 Yankees, or Tom "Sugar" Kane of the 1938 Red Sox -- and especially not Jim "Shamus" Kane of the '08 Pirates or Harry "Klondike" Kane of the '05-'06 Phillies -- whose real last name was Cohen, anyhow.

 

1933 Replay Day 1: SCOOP: YANKEES 'BUMPED' OFF IN 10 QUICK INNINGS THANKS TO ME & HADLEY

* Five total bases in 10-inning contest leave offensive fans asking for refund

In an unlikely battle of two-hitters, the Browns' "Bump" Hadley prevailed over the Yankees' great Lefty Gomez thanks to Art "Scoop" Scharein's successful bases loaded squeeze bunt T10th.  Good-field, no-hit 3B Scharein batted only .204 in actual 1933, collecting 26 RBI in 123 games.  Final: Browns 1, Yankees 0. 

 

1933 Replay Day 1: PORTER CARRIES TRIBE

Dick Porter lined a two-out go-ahead double and lined s two-out RBI triple to cap a T9th rally as the Indians defeated the real-world A.L. Champ Washington Nationals (yes, you read that correctly) 4-2.

 

1933 Replay Day 1 N.L.: JERSEY REJOICES AS DODGERS STRIPP WIN AWAY FROM BRAVES IN 13

* 27-YEAR-OLD LESLIE STARS, HAS BRIGHT FUTURE

This Boston-Brooklyn snorefest had 12 hits total in 13 innings.  Poor Ed Brandt entered the B13th with a 3-hitter for the Braves, but Sam Leslie led off with a walk, Al Lopez bruised a one-out single, then Jersey Joe Stripp sliced a walk-off extra base hit down the RF line.   Cleanup man Leslie also singled in the tying run with two out B4th, then nine scoreless innings passed before he scored the next/final tally.  In the next actual year, 1934, Sam batted .332 and drove in 102 runs for the Dodgers in the real world.

 

1933 Replay Day 1: GRABOWSKI GRABS WIN

* Chuck Full of Offense

* Phils Defense Spudders in B9th

Phillie errors by C Spud Davis and SS Dick Bartell allowed the Reds to tie the game B9th, but Chuck Klein (5 for 5 with two doubles, a go-ahead T1st HR and a SB) doubled to open the Phils' 3-run T10th.  Final: Phillies 6, Reds 3, as reliever Reggie Grabowski picked up a win that Ed "It's Time for Mistletoe and" Holley (8IP/3H) should ideally have gotten.

 

1933 Replay Day 1: BUCS TIE GAME ONLY BY GRACE

In this early-season matchup of the actual #1 and #2 N.L. teams, Hughie Critz tripled to put the N.Y. Giants ahead B4th, but the Pirates' 1B Gus Suhr led off the T6th with a three-bagger and scored on a one out sac fly by C Earl Grace.  A two-out Arky Vaughan double T7th was the deciding blow: Pirates 2, Giants 1.

 

1933 Replay Day 1: WARNEKE ALMOST PERFECT

The St. Louis Cardinals would win the real-world World Series in 1934 and the Chicago Cubs had just won the real-world N.L. pennant in 1932, so there were two pretty good teams in this game.  Lon Warneke started for the Cubs, Dizzy Dean for the Cardinals.  Neither team had a hit until the Cubs' Billy Jurges whistled a single into RF off Dean T4th.  Warneke was still perfect when his teammate, PR Stan Hack, outran LF Joe Medwick's throw home on Frank Demaree's go-ahead single T7th -- the only run of the game.  Warneke stayed perfect until Frankie Frisch smashed a triple off the RCF wall B8th to become the only Card baserunner in the game, and he was stranded.  Warneke faced 28 Cardinal batters in the contest, fanning 9 and walking none, while Dean faced 32 Cub batters, fanning seven and walking one: Cubs 1, Cards 0.

      

1933 REPLAY Day 2

1933 Replay Day 2 A.L.: DID YOU EVAR...!?

The actual 55-96 St. Louis Browns (1-1), who managed to edge the powerful Yankees 1-0 on Day 1, suffered a more typical 9-0 loss to Sam Jones (effortless 3-hitter) and the Chicago White Sox (1-1) in Day 2. Evar "Turkey Dinner" (my nickname) Swanson (2-4/BB/2R) led off the B1st with a homer to set the tone for the meal... I mean game.

1933 Replay Day 2: RED SOX STONED!

It's hard to win when you're Stoned, and Detroit (2-0) leadoff man John "Rocky" Stone proved that to the Red Sox.  Rocky went 3 for 4 with a double, a homer, a walk, 4 runs and 3 RBI as the Tigers devoured the Red Sox 11-2, having to spit out many slimy red fabric balls afterwards.  Detroit's Tommy "Partial" (my nickname) Bridges (1-1) fired a two-hitter for the win.

1933 Replay Day 2: CISSELL NO SISSY

* Harley Roars Across Home with 1st Run!!

* Spencer's Gifts to Hildy include Sac Fly, Calling Good Game

* A's Fail their "Orals"

The Indians (2-0) defeated Lefty Grove and the A's (0-2) by a 3-0 margin, as again SS Bill Cissell came up big.  On Opening Day, as you will undoubtedly recall, Cissy led off the T9th with a double and scored the go-ahead run against the Nationals.  In this game Bill singled home the go-ahead run T2nd against the A's great Lefty Grove.  With one out, Harley Boss, Joe Vosmik, and Cissell singled off Grove -- half of the hits they would get in the whole game off Lefty.  Then C Roy Spencer's sac fly made it 2-0.  Oral Hildebrand fired a six-hit shutout against the A's, who are off to a bad start in the 16-game regular season.

1933 Replay Day 2: NATS IN GENERAL NOT VERY GOOD

In this battle of the actual top two A.L. finishers in real 1933, the Yankees (1-1) showed some of their vaunted power as they easily prevailed over Washington.  Babe Ruth was perfect with two doubles and two walks, and Lou Gehrig added a two-run triple as Washington (0-2) was defeated 6-1.  Red Ruffing pitched effectively for the win over Alvin "General" Crowder.

 

1933 Replay Day 2 N.L.: BRAVES LOST ON SNIPE HUNT

*  Hurst First Slam of '33 Replay

* Grabowski Grabs Save

Don Hurst's T6th grand slam was the decisive blow as the Phillies (2-0) won 6-3 for the second straight game, defeating the Boston Braves (0-2).  Phillie Reliever Reggie Grabowski grabbed a save this time; he grabbed the win Day 1.  Philadelphia starter Snipe Hansen posted a remarkably resourceful performance, allowing 13 hits and 4 walks in 7 1/3 innings -- but only 3 runs! 

1933 Replay Day 2: CARROLL "OWNIES" THE PIRATES

* BILL NOT AS SWIFT AS CARROLL IN SWIFT GAME

* MORE JUICE, PLEASE

* FANS COMPLAIN THERE WAS NO TIME TO EVEN FIND THEIR SEATS AND EAT THEIR HOTDOGS

Another low-offense game.  In this one, Dodger (2-0) winning pitcher Ownie Carroll must have had a low pitch count.  Carroll faced 29 Pirate (1-1) batters, two above the minimum, walking none, fanning one, and allowing three singles.   Brooklyn had only six hits -- five singles and a Tony Cuccinello double -- and picked up only one non-intentional walk off Bill Swift.  Brooklyn won 2-0 in another low-scoring game.  Aside from two years during WW2, the National League reached its all-time Lively Ball Era (1921-Current) low in terms of isolated power (i.e., slugging average minus batting average) -- probably a major reason why 1933 was one of the last post-1920 seasons released by APBA.  Most baseball histories indicate that the baseball owners "juiced" the baseball in 1930 (to bring in more fans during the Depression?), realized they had overdone it and deadened it in 1931, put a little juice back in 1932, deadened it again slightly for 1933, then made it approximately lively as it is now in 1934, except for during the war years, when different materials had to be used in the ball -- particularly in the "balata ball" of 1943.  In the two Dodger games so far, a total of five runs have been scored (both teams); same for the Pirates.

1933 Replay Day 2:  PEPPER SPICES UP OFFENSE

* BOTTOMLEY ON TOP IN HRS

Led by #1 & #2 batters Pepper Martin and Ernie Orsatti, the '33 Cardinals (one year before the fabled "Gas House Gang" team) showed big scores could be attained in a 9-4 win over the Reds.  Pepper and Ernie combined for a double, three triples (!), and two walks to kick-start the Cards' offense.  Jim Bottomley hit a 3-run homer for the Reds, and is now the N.L. leader in homers (2) and RBI (5). 

1933 Replay Day 2: BABE OVERPOWERS GIANTS!

* Meal Ticket R(D?)ejected Despite 3-Hitter

* N.Y. Bushwhacked

* Go-ahead Run "Rigged"

The Giants' (0-2) pitchers have allowed just five runs in their two games, but 1933's actual World Series champion is off to a dangerously bad (in a 16 game regular season) start.  In this loss to the Cubs, Carl Hubbell had a one-hitter with two outs T8th but still trailed 2-1 thanks to a "Walking" (my nickname) Woody English free pass, a Babe Herman game-tying triple, and a Riggs Stephenson go-ahead grounder T4th.  A two-out Stephenson walk and a Gabby Hartnett triple added an insurance run T9th, as the "Meal Ticket" pitched a three-hitter but succumbed to Guy Bush's five-hitter.

 

1933 REPLAY DAY 3

1933 Replay Day 3 A.L.: BROWN BEATS BROWNS

* OFFENSIVE BROWN-OUT

The Red Sox' (2-1) Lloyd "Gimpy" Brown pitched a four-hitter against the lowly St. Louis Browns (1-2), who have collected just nine hits and four runs in their three games.  The Bosox had three bases loaded hits plus a bases loaded walk B5th & B6th as they beat St. Louis 6-3.  Winning pitcher, 5'9" "Gimpy", also collected two safeties and scored a run. The Browns' Carl Reynolds made the contest interesting by hitting a two out, three run homer T7th to cut the lead to 5-3, giving him three quarters of the Browns' RBI so far this season.

1933 Replay Day 3:  CRISIS DEEPENS IN WASHINGTON

* MULE STUBBORNLY LEADS SOX OFFENSE AGAIN

* BERRY GOOD FINISH

* UNCLE MILTIE HAS LAST LAUGH

Actual A.L. '33 Champions Washington (0-3) saw their winless streak prolonged with a 2-1 defeat by the actual 6th place White Sox (2-1).  Mule Haas (6-14/3EBH/4RBI YTD) singled and scored the two-out B4th game tying run on a Red Kress single, then followed Evar Swanson's double with his own go-ahead two-bagger B8th.  Sox C Charlie Berry threw out tying run Dave Harris trying to steal 2nd T9th to end the game, a 4-hit win for unheralded Milt Gaston (8-12/4.85 in real 1933).

1933 Replay Day 3: HALE STARTS ABRUPT SCORING STORM

* Schoolboy Brought in to Stop Amazing Rally!

Both the Indians and Tigers had won their first two games by a (both teams combined) 26-5 margin, so this game promised to be interesting.  However, aside from a B1st HR by leadoff man John Stone, his 2nd of the year, the game looked like another low-scoring snorefest with 2 outs T5th and the score still Tigers 1, Indians 0.  P Vic Sorrell was cruising along for the Indians and the great Wes Ferrell was mowing down the Tigers.

Then Odell Hale delivered a three run bases loaded rocket (triple) to deep LCF with two outs T5th -- and the Indians went on to score 15 runs in the next 3 innings, 13 of them with two out: 5 with two out in the T5th, 7 with two out T7th, then a P Ferrell 2-run homer one out T8th as well as an Earl Averill two out RBI double.  Tiger ace reliever Schoolboy Rowe was incredibly inept, allowing 7 hits, a walk, and 6 runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Final blowout score: Indians (3-0) 15, Tigers (2-1) 1!!

1933 Replay Day 3:  HERB-AL REMEDY FOR PINKY

* Ben Big

The A's finished 3rd in real 1933, but have now stumbled to an 0-3 start, having scored only 3 runs in their 3 games.  Ben Chapman led the Yankee (2-1) attack in this 4-2 victory, leading off the game with a double and scoring T1st, singling in a scoring rally T2nd, and delivering a two run go ahead triple in the T4th.  Yankees' starter Johnny Allen was in a lot of trouble, thanks in part to six walks.  He was relieved by 39-year-old Herb Pennock with the bases loaded B7th, and Herb promptly served up a GDP to the dangerous Pinky Higgins.  Remarkably, Pennock picked up the save by facing only seven batters in 2 2/3 innings of work.

1933 Replay Day 3 N.L.: BILLY THE KID DEFEATS UN-WILD BILL H.

* URBANSKI LEGEND

The Braves, who scored a total of four runs in their 1st two games, scored five with two out in the B2nd off the Cardinals' (1-2) Wild Bill Hallahan -- who was not wild (one walk) but perhaps should have been (14 hits/8 runs in 6 IP).  Billy Urbanski's two-run double that was ripped by 1B Rip Collins was the biggest hit of the rally.  Urbanski went on to collect a total of 3 doubles and a single in the Braves' (1-2) 9-5 win over St. Louis.

1933 Replay Day 3: 0-7 JAKE FLOWERS

* Re-Benge

You think the Pirates fans of today have it bad?  Well, they do, but the Phillies went from 1918 to 1948 finishing in the second division every year, usually 7th or 8th in the 8-team N.L. -- except for 1932, when they managed to finish 4th, one game ahead of the 5th place Braves.  Arguably their best pitcher on that team was Ray Benge -- and, in typical Phillies' fashion, he was dealt to the Dodgers after that year.  Benge averaged 11 wins for the Phils for his five years there, then averaged 11 wins for the Dodgers in his next three years.  In this replay game, Benge shut down his ex-teammates with a 5-hitter, while 8-hole-hitting Dodger SS Jake Flowers, who entered the game 0 for 7, was perfect: a bases-loaded game-tying single, a walk, a two-out homer, and a two-out RBI single.  Final: undefeated Dodgers (3-0) 7, Phillies (2-1) 2.

1933 Replay Day 3: GENTLE GIANTS

* Princely performance by Hal Schumacher

* Moore trouble for Reds

The actual '33 World Champion Giants (2-1) finally won, defeating the actual 1933 last place Reds (0-3) by a 4-0 score.  The inoffensive Giants were greatly aided by a CF Johnny Moore three-base error in their two-out, 3-run B7th rally so, to date, they still have scored only 3 earned runs in their 3 games.  Prince Hal Schumacher needed to face only 30 Reds batters to complete his masterful shutout. 

1933 Replay Day 3: MISTAKES DEFINE GAME

* BILLY GOATS

* NOT SO SUHR AT 1ST

* HERMAN MUNSTER

Both 85+ win teams in actual 1933, the Cubs and Pirates played like amateurs in this contest.  Chicago SS Billy Jurges' error led to two Pirate runs B5th as Pittsburgh took a 2-0 lead.  Then a Buc 1B Gus Suhr error (one of Gus' 2 miscues in game) and an atoning Jurges triple played big roles in the Cubs game-tying 2-run comeback T6th.    But with two outs B7th, RF Riggs Stephenson dropped Tony Piet's liner and pinch runner Pep Young scampered home with the go-ahead tally: Pirates 3, Cubs.  In the 9th, the Cubs loaded the bases with no one out...  and small-ball HOFer Billy Herman squeeze-bunted into a rally crushing GDP as the Pirates held on to win.

 

1933 REPLAY DAY 4

1933 Replay Day 4 A.L.:  BOSTON GOOSED

The actual 1933 A.L. Champ Nationals (1-3) broke out of their funk and clobbered the Red Sox (2-2) 10-1.  HOFer Goose Goslin played a role in all four Washington scoring rallies.  Boston P George Pipgras, a member of the famed 1927 Yankees, held the Nats pretty well in check until the 8th, when he was replaced by Ivy Andrews.   Fred Schulte, Buddy Myer, Joe Kuhel, HOFer Heinie Manush, and HOFer Joe Cronin promptly singled off Ivy to start the 4-run T8th, while Myers singled and Kuhel homered in the 3-run T9th. 

1933 Replay Day 4:  SHERIFF MAINTAINS ORDER WITH A LITTLE HELP

* DEPUTY PENNOCK KEEPS TYING RUNNER PENNED UP

The Yankees (3-1) edged the previously undefeated Indians (3-1) 4-3 to move into a tie for 1st place in the A.L. with one quarter of their 16-game regular season over.  The Yanks' Herb Pennock entered with 2-out B9th, Earl Averill at the plate, and the tying run on base -- and fanned Averill for his 2nd save in two games.  Russ "The Sheriff" Van Atta went 8 2/3 innings for the win, plus singled in the go-ahead run T2nd.  However, Bill Dickey's bases loaded single T3rd was also needed to produce the winning margin, as the Tribe scored in the B7th and B8th off a tiring Van Atta.

1933 Replay Day 4: PINKY POWER

* Bull Back to Pen?

The Chicago White Sox (2-2) scored three runs in the T1st off Rube Walberg, but Pinky Higgins smashed a bases loaded double (he was thrown out trying to make it a triple) to tie the game B1st, then Pinky pulled a two-out go-ahead double down the LF line B3rd.  Walberg settled down, but Ed "Bull" Durham was yanked after allowing 10 A's hits in 2 2/3 innings, as the team that average a run in a game in their first three contests finally broke loose: A's (1-3) 7, White Sox 4.

1933 Replay Day 4: G. STRINGS 4 MORE RBI FOR 11 TOTAL

* FISCHER-MAN CRUISE

* WALKER SPRINTING TOWARD ALL-TIME REPLAY RBI MARK

The Tigers (3-1) were involved in their fourth straight one-sided contest: 8-1, 11-2, 1-15, 9-1.  Detroit obviously can score runs, as OF "G." or "Gee" Walker now has more RBI (11) than six of the MLB teams in this replay, including the losing Browns (5 runs in 4 games).  And batting #5 after #3 Charlie Gehringer and #4 Hank Greenberg certainly doesn't hurt Walker's RBI chances.  In this game, Gee had a bases loaded single T1st, a sac fly T3rd, and a two-out two-run triple T7th.  Carl Fischer cruised to the win, allowing 5 hits and no earned runs in 8 innings of work against the lowly Browns. 

1933 Replay Day 4 N.L.: SMART MONEY ON BETTS

* Braves have Big Berger Blast at end of Game

Like the actual 1933 A.L. Champ Nats, the actual '33 W.S. Champ Giants dropped to a 1-3 record, losing 5-1 to the Boston Braves (2-2).  In each of their three losses, New York has scored just one run -- hard to fathom with guys like Mel Ott, Bill Terry, and Lefty O'Doul playing for them.  Huck Betts was the latest hurler to stifle the Giants.  Wally Berger clouted a long three run HR B8th to give Huck a safe lead.

1933 Replay Day 4: LATE STRIPP SHOW IN CHICAGO

* Babe in LF can't stop Fancy Jersey Stripp as Cub Fans Ogle

* Flowers bring(s) the Fancy Stripper home

* They could  GO  ALL  THE  WAY

The Dodgers were ahead by just 2-1 with two out T8th when fancy-fielding 3B Joe Stripp, who had already walked twice in the game, tripled by defensively weak Cub LF Babe Herman, then scored on a SS Jake Flowers infield hit.  The Brooklynites poured it on in the 9th, tallying six more in a T9th that featured a Sam Leslie RBI triple, plus a two-run triple by Stripp -- this time lined into the RF corner, Jersey Joe's 2nd triple in two innings.  Final score: Dodgers (4-0) 9, Cubs (2-2) 2.  The Dodgers' actual record in '33 was a poor 65-88, good for 6th place -- but they seem to have the talent to GO   ALL  THE   WAY

1933 Replay Day 4:  THANK HANK YANK FOR PHILS' WIN

* "Pop" at a Loss

* Spud (GWH) no Dud

* Graboski Grabs 2nd Save

Trailing 6-2 B6th, the never-say-die Phillies (3-1) put together a game-tying rally against the Cardinals (1-3), capped by Hank McCurdy's three run PH homer over the high RF fence in Baker Bowl.  HOF reliever Jesse "Pop" Haines entered to quell the Phils rally, but Dick Bartell singled, Jack Warner walked, and Spud Davis lined a go-ahead single to finish the B6th scoring.  Unheralded Philadelphia relievers Ad Liska and Reggie Grabowski held the Cardinals hitless for the last 3 innings, as Flint Rhem picked up the win.  Phillies 7, Cardinals 6.

1933 Replay Day 4: SWETONIC SWEET TONIC FOR BUCS

* Pirate score runs easy as Pie...

* Benton bent-in after onslaught

Jim Bottomley's two out line single T1st gave the Reds a brief lead, and gave Jim 6 of the Reds' (0-4) 8 RBI year to date.  But the actual 2nd place Pirates (3-1) finally broke loose after scoring only 5 runs in their 1st 3 games, pounding Larry Benton and Red relievers for 20 hits in a 12-1 blowout win.  Pie Traynor had hits in the Bucs' B2nd, B4th, and B6th rallies -- in the B6th his single started the 5-run uprising and his bases loaded single ended it.  But teammate Fred Lindstrom outdid Pie by going 5 for 5, and even winning pitcher Steve Swetonic went 2 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI.  Swetonic scattered 10 hits and a walk, pitching an impressive 9-inning one-run game.

1933 REPLAY DAY 5

1933 Replay Day 5 A.L.: CAIN NOT ABLE

* Sloppy Game?  37 Hits + 19 walks + 34 men left on base

* Bosox Bring out Secret (Weapons) Armada, Freebird with 2 Out B9th: Mel "Armada" Almada, Bernie "Freebird" Friberg (my nicknames)

* Fullerton Full of Luck & Pluck

* Ho dapp for an Ending?

In a game that featured 37 hits and 19 walks, the A's (1-4) overcame a 9-4 deficit to take the lead with two out T9th on an Ed Coleman single... But the Red Sox (3-2) rallied with two out and no one on base B9th (Ph Mel Almada single, SB, PH Bernie Friberg double) to tie the game.  After the offenses rested for almost three innings, Boston revived B12th to score the decisive run on Dusty Cooke's 3rd hit, a Roy Johnson infield hit, a wild pitch by A's reliever Dick Oliver, necessitating an intentional walk to Tom Oliver, then a Johnny Hodapp bases loaded smash (his 4th hit) that turned into a walk-off infield single against the drawn-in infield.

Les "Sugar" Cain started for the A's but was routed after 3 1/3 innings having allowed seven runs.  Boston starter Hank Johnson did relatively better, lasting 7 1/3 innings before he was yanked after yielding seven runs on 10 hits and 8 walks.  Overall, the winning Bosox pitching staff gave up 17 hits and 13 walks in the game.  But the last pitcher left available, bottom-of-the-barrel Curt Fullerton, pitched the best.  Curt served up three scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and just one walk as he picked up the win.  In actual 1933, Curt had an 8.64 ERA in his 25 innings of work.

1933 Replay Day 5 A.L.: POP(E) GREGORY DECREES SOX WIN

*  Victory over Harder Opponent

* Boss Distracted by Success?

*  Berry Bomb

* Wall Receives Vosmik Bombardment

After plenty of recent high-scoring action, following the low-scoring start to this replay, this game reverted to the latter.  The White Sox (3-2) edged the Indians (3-2) by a 2-1 score, creating a three-way tie for third place, with the Red Sox the third 3-2 team.  The top four teams in each league make the single-elimination post-season Tourney.  Tourney games count in league win-loss standings, therefore can determine league championships; and the Tourney champion is considered co-equal in status to a league champion.

In this pitching duel, unsung Paul "Pop" Gregory outpitched Cleveland ace Mel Harder. Gregory was actually 4-11/4.93 in real 1933, fanning just 18 in 17 starts (Pop must have "pitched to contact")!!  But he held the Indians hitless until Harley Boss' B5th single.  In the first play in the T6th, 1B Boss, perhaps still relishing his B5th hit, committed an error that led to the go-ahead Chisox run.  Then  Sox C Charlie Berry and Indian SS Bill Cissell traded homers in the 7th to produce the final 2-1 score.

Joe Vosmik was injured in this game, running into the OF fence, pursuing Appling's T4th double, and will be replaced for the meantime by young 1B Hal Trosky.

1933 Replay Day 5: YANKS WIN 4TH IN ROW

* BABE LEADS WAY IN HIS NEXT-TO-LAST YANKEE SEASON

* BRENNAN SURPRISES TIGERS WITH NEAR-SHUTOUT

* FRASIER KNOCKS OUT SEWELL IN 5TH ROUND

This was an easy 8-1 win for the 1st place Yankees (4-1) over the Tigers (3-2), who are now in a 4-way tie for second in the A.L.  Little-used (in actual 1933: 5-1 with 3 saves) Don Brennan had a shutout until the 9th, while Babe Ruth doubled, singled, drew two walks, and scored 3 runs for the Bronx Bombers.  But the Yankees' 3B Joe Sewell was injured for five games in the 5th when he was hit by a Vic Frasier fastball while attempting a squeeze bunt.  (Sewell, incidentally, fanned only four times in his 524 at bats in actual 1933, an unheard-of feat in modern day baseball with players swinging from their heels.)

1933 Replay Day 5: Washington has Problem in West

* But Uncle Sam Saves Day

The actual 55-win last place Browns (1-4), who already beat the Gehrig/RuthYankees on Opening Day, almost upset the actual 99-win 1st place Senators (2-3) in this close game.  Aided by a three run Bruce Campbell homer and a two run Sammy West blast, St. Louis led 6-3 after 3 innings.  But National C Luke Sewell, brother of Yankee 3B Joe Sewell, tied the game 6-6 with a two out single T5th, then HOFer Heinie Manush tied it again, 7-7 T6th, with another two out single.  There was no more scoring until aging 19-year-veteran, HOF Sam Rice of the Nats, pinch hit and singled in the winning run with two out T9th.  The Brown's Sammy West fell a single short of the cycle in this tough loss.

1933 Replay Day 5 N.L.:  JO-JO NO-NO

* Lon On

* English on Ball

In a battle of teams where scoring a run is major event, Lon Warneke followed up his remarkable Opening Day one-hitter with a four-hitter against the winless Reds (0-5).  The "Arkansas Hummingbird" is the first pitcher to win two games in the replay, and has allowed just five hits and one run in his 18 IP, fanning 14 and walking just 3.  Woody English doubled and scored on a Billy Jurges single to open the B1st, and Woody later provided the game winning sac fly after a costly SS Jo-Jo Morrissey error B7th.  Despite averaging 2.0 runs/game, the Cubs are 3-2.  The losing Reds (0-5) are averaging 1.8 runs/game.

1933 Replay Day 5: GIANTS GET BAKER'S DOZEN

* Kiddo A Go Go

* Vergez Verges on Charging Mound

The Giants (2-3) nearly tripled their scoring total for the year in this 13-6 slugfest win over the Phillies in Baker Bowl.  In 1933, Baker Bowl was a healthy 342' down the LF line, but only 281' to RF -- guarded by a 40' wall topped by a 15' screen!  The screen reportedly was quickly put up in July 1929 by Phillies ownership to prevent Chuck Klein from breaking Ruth's HR record and thus deserving a hefty salary increase!  Chuck in fact then went in a home run swoon after the wall was fortified and ended up a mere 45-6-43-145/.356 (in 1930, he was 59-8-40-170/.386!!).

In this game, Chuck topped the RF screen B3rd for a three-run go-ahead homer, but the Giant's Kiddo Davis hit his own 3-run blast T5th, the 1st of his two home runs in the game, to put the Giants up 5-3.  Giants' 3B Johnny Vergez was a perfect 4 for 4 with a dinger for the Giants, but, perhaps as a consequence, was dinged on the elbow by reliever John Jackson T8th and injured for five days.

1933 Replay Day 5:  Lindy Reaches 7 for 7

* Waner Increasing Performance

* French Pirate Forces Braves to Succumb

After scoring 5 runs in their first two games, the actual 2nd place '33 Pirates (4-1) have scored 19 runs in their last two contests.  Fred Lindstrom, who went 5 for 5 last game, singled and scored the go-ahead run T1st in this one, then also doubled and scored in the second to give him a 7 for 7 run.  But Freddie popped out with two out in the 3rd to end his 7-hit skein.  It was Paul Waner who stepped up to be the Bucs' the hitting star in this game, singling home the lead run B1st, and adding a two-run triple B2nd.  Meanwhile, Larry French won his second game, facing only 31 Braves in a full nine innings of work: Pirates (4-1) 7 (on 17 hits), Braves (2-3) 1.

1933 Replay Day 5: HOLLIS BECOMES SLOPPY

* Dodgers Dizzy from Dean Offerings

* Two Run Double is Just Lip Service

Dizzy Dean fanned 11 Dodgers and added two hits and a run as Brooklyn (4-1) was finally defeated.  SS Leo "the Lip" Durocher drove a liner to deep CF B8th for a two-run double, breaking the game open.  Hollis "Sloppy" Thurston held the Cardinals (2-3) hitless until Joe Medwick's double B4th, but St. Louis picked up 13 hits in the next five frames.

GAME 5 STATISTICS

A.L. STANDINGS (TOP 4 TEAMS MAKE TOURNEY AFTER 16 GAME REGULAR SEASON): NY 4-1, BR/CW/CL/DT 3-2, WN 2-3, PA/SB 1-4

BA: L.APPLING, CW .467

SA: G.WALKER, DT .800

OBP: L.APPLING, CW .579

RC (MVP): D.CRAMER, PA 6.8

RBI: G.WALKER, DT 11

ERP (CYA): M.HARDER, CL 4.4

N.L. STANDINGS (TOP 4 TEAMS MAKE TOURNEY AFTER 16 GAME REGULAR SEASON):  BK/PT 4-1, CC/PH 3-2, BB/NG/SC 2-3, CN 0-5

BA: S.DAVIS, PH .474

SA: C.KLEIN, PH .773

OBP: J.VERGEZ, NG .524

RC (MVP): C.KLEIN 7.5

RBI: J.BOTTOMLEY, CN + J.FLOWERS, BK 6

D: B.URBANSKI, BB 4

BB: W.SCHULMERICH, PH 5

SB: S.HACK, CC 2

W-L: L.FRENCH, PT + L.WARNEKE, CC 2-0

ERP (CYA): L.WARNEKE, CC 5.6

K: D.DEAN, SC 18

 

1933 Replay Day 6 A.L.:  TED LYON DOWN ON JOB?

* Lazzeri Lasers Lead Attack on Lyon

The Bronx Bombers (5-1) won their fifth game in a row, 6-2, and took a game and a half lead in the A.L.  The White Sox' (3-3) Ted Lyon (0-2/8.38) was roughed up for his second straight start.  Tony Lazzeri led the Yankee attack with a homer, a single, and two walks.

1933 Replay Day 6: Indian and Moose Help Defeat Indians!

The Red Sox (4-2) jumped ahead with 3 runs T1st, then barely clung to this lead for a 3-2 win over the Indians, who outhit Boston 11-6.  Reliever Johnny Welch retired dangerous Earl Averill on a ground out with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two out B9th for the narow win.  Roy Johnson's triple and Dale "Moose" Alexander's double were the big hits in the Red Sox' T1st.  Roy was the older brother of the more famous "Indian Bob" Johnson, but Roy was no slouch himself.  He hit .296 in a ten year career as a compact, speedy slugger.  In his rookie year ('29) he led the league with 45 doubles, and also had 14 triples and 10 homers for Detroit as he batted .314 with 128 runs scored. In 1931 he led the A.L. in triples (19) and stole 33 bases.  In 1934, Roy hit .320 for the Red Sox and drove in 119 runs.

1933 Replay Day 6: BURKE'S LAW BROKEN BY WILY FOX

Pete Fox put another obstacle in the way of the actual '33 A.L. champ Washington Nationals (2-4) with his B12th walk-off homer off Nat reliever Bobby Burke.  Burke had pitched four no-hit innings in relief of Alvin Crowder before Fox, who had a chance to size Burke up in his prior at bat, saw his B12th drive carry into the LF seats to improve the Tigers record to 4-2.  Washington PH Sam Rice, who had lined a two-out T9th go-ahead single in the Nats' prior game, an 8-7 win over the Browns, provided an even more critical two out T9th game-tying PH double in this contest -- but all, ultimately, for naught.  Hero Fox had an amazing six doubles in the actual 1934 World Series, and led the actual 1935 Series batters with a .385 BA.

1933 Replay Day 6: BLAEHOLDER LOSES HOLD, DROPS BLAE -- THAT IS, BALL

* Doc Cramer Makes A's Offense Healthy Again

* Cramer Cream of all Players in Replay in Runs Created (10.7)

* Foxx Plays Part in Double-X Rated Comeback

In real-world baseball, Californian George Blaeholder was a pretty solid pitcher for a weak franchise, winning 10-15 games every year from 1928 to 1934 for the St. Louis Browns.  And, consistent with that reputation, George pitched well in his 1st start in this replay, allowing two runs in six innings in a loss to the White Sox.  In this start, George allowed just two hits to the extremely hard-hitting '33 A's -- until red-hot Doc Cramer delivered a two out bases loaded single T6th to put the A's up 4-3.  Never a wild pitcher, George had walked four Philadelphians to set up this rally...  Which ignited the underperforming A's, as they went on to mercilessly crush Blaeholder and several relievers with a 13-3 decision, scoring 12 runs T6th through T8th.  Cramer later homered and finished with 5 RBI in the game, Max "Camera Eye" Bishop was a perfect 3-3 with two walks, Jimmie Foxx had 3 runs and 2 RBI, etc.  A's (2-4) 13, Browns (1-5) 3.

1933 Replay Day 6 N.L.:  Cincy's Bottomley Not Reason Reds are at Bottom of N.L.

* Reds Red-Faced about Fielding

* Cuccinello Purportedly Disdains Singles as "Unmanly"?

While some Sabermetricians question his presence in the HOF, Jim Bottomley looks pretty HOF-ish so far in this replay.  His team, the Reds, are 0-6, but Jim leads the N.L. with 8 RBI -- while the rest of his teammates have a total of 4 RBI.  In the latest Cincinnati loss, Jim's two-out double over the head of RF Danny Taylor gave the Reds an early lead -- but errors by Cincy outfielders Chick Hafey and Harry Rice quickly helped the Dodgers (5-1) to tie the game B2nd.  The Reds are fielding a low-minor-league .951 so far, with almost twice as many errors (11) as the next worst team (6).  Brooklyn's good-fielding, hard-swinging 5-7/160 2B Tony Cuccinello doubled and scored the go-ahead run B3rd, then homered T5th off Paul Derringer.  Each of Tony's five hits in this replay have been for extra bases.  Dodgers (5-1) 7, Reds (0-6) 4

1933 Replay Day 6:  STARR DRUMMED OUT OF GAME

?????         Babe Hurt, Enter Kiki

?????         Winning "9-Inning" Tinning

To open the B1st, the Cubs' (4-2) Woody English provided a broken bat single then Brave SS Billy Urbanski made an error, bringing slugger Babe Herman to the plate.  The wild Ray "Ringo" (my nickname) Starr hit Herman, injuring him for four days.  This brought slumping (1 for 15) cleanup man Riggs Stephenson to the plate, and he avenged his fallen brother by smashing a bases loaded double deep to LCF - and the 8-2 romp was under way.  The injured Herman, who hit like a HOFer (.324 lifetime BA  in real life), was replaced by actual HOFer Kiki Cuyler (.321 actual lifetime BA) who ended up doubling, walking, scoring 2 runs, and driving in 2 runs.  Cub starter Bud "9 Inning" (my nickname) Tinning 5-hit the struggling Braves (2-4) and went 2 for 4 with 2 runs.  Starr, who to get by needed more than just a little help from his friends, lasted just 1 2/3 innings for Boston, allowing 6 runs. 

1933 Replay Day 6: 13th Ending Means Win Not in Cards

* Never-Say-Die Travis Jackson
* Homer Peels off Big Single
* Ghostly End to 13th Disturbs Old Pop

In four of their six games in this replay, the actual '33 World Series Champ Giants have scored just one run. The first three one-run performances by the Giants were losses, but in this game they squeaked by the Cardinals 1-0 in 13 innings. Giant thanks go to great shutout pitching by starter Fat Freddie (real nickname, and being about 5-11/195 myself, I could take it personally) Fitzsimmons and reliever Hi Bell.

Travis Jackson, playing in place of injured cleanup man Johnny Vergez, played an interesting role in this game. In the B8th, Travis singled and was thrown out by C Bob O'Farrell trying to steal. Then, in the B11th, T-Jax (my nickname) led off with a walk -- and was thrown out trying to steal by C Bill Lewis. Undaunted, Jackson singled with one out B13th off starter Tex Carlton, and promptly, and this time successfully, stole second. Blondy Ryan was intentionally walked, then PH Homer Peel smashed a single towards 1B Rip Collins to load the bases. HOFer Pop Haines was brought in to face The Gause Ghost, 5-11/155lb young speedster Jo-Jo Moore, who lined a walk-off bases loaded single into the RCF gap.

1933 Replay Day 6: Paul Waner VIP, Very Important Poison

?????         Graceful Go-Ahead RBI by Earl

?????         Waner Holley Satisfied with T8th Blast

The Pirates (5-1) kept pace with the Dodgers (5-1) by shutting out the Phillies (3-3) by a 4-0 margin.  For the second straight game, HOFer Paul Waner led the Buc attack with 3 RBI.  In this contest, "Big Poison" (as opposed to his HOF younger brother Lloyd Waner, "Little Poison") led off the T2nd with a single and scored the go-ahead run on Earl Grace's two out safety.  Later, Paul connected on an Ed Holley gopher ball for a 3-run HR T8th.  In his first appearance of the year, Hal Smith stifled the Phillies with a three-hitter.

 

1933 REPLAY DAY 7

1933 Replay Day 7 A.L.:  NO REASON TO BE SAD

* Opponents Very Sad to Face Sam

* Jones Double Trouble for Tigers

* Tigers Horse-Whipped

* Where's the Mound? Says Downcast Sam (my fabrication)

The White Sox' (4-3) "Sad (?) Sam" Jones pitched his second straight shutout, following his 3-hit 9-0 win over the Browns, with a 4-hit 4-0 victory over the Tigers (4-3).  Luke Appling was his main accomplice, cranking a 3-run HR after Evar Swanson and Al Simmons singled T3rd.  Just to show his game is well-rounded, pitcher Sam blasted an RBI double off the LCF wall T4th.  This result put the Chisox and Detroit into a tie for 3rd behind the Yankees (5-1) and Red Sox (4-2).  According to some sources, the durable, talented 229-game-winning Sad Sam was also known as "Horsewhips Sam" because of his sharp-breaking curveballs.  Sam reportedly claimed he only looked sad because he wore his hat pulled down low over his eyes.  Some reports indicate that Sad Sam wore his hat so low that his catcher sometimes had to assist him to find the mound. (I just made that last sentence up...)

 

1933 Replay Day 7: YANKEES MAKE JUMBO MISTAKE

* Dusty Gets Sox Offense "Cooke-ing"

* Suitcase Bob Seeds Rallies with his Hits

* Walters Re-Thinks Career Path?

Shades of more recent times, as the Red Sox jumped ahead 8-0 against the Yankees and held on for an 8-5 win -- creating a tie between the two 5-2 teams for 1st place in the A.L.  (In actual '33, Boston finished 7th with 63 wins.)  The Yankees probably regretted starting 295-pound Jumbo Brown, as he lasted less than two innings, allowing six runs.  Dusty Cooke had 3 key hits and "Suitcase" Bob Seeds had two important safeties in the first 3 innings as the Sox took an 8-0 lead by the T3rd.  But by the B6th, the lead was just 8-5 after a bases loaded error by 3B Bucky Walters (who eventually became a 1st class starting pitcher for the Reds, perhaps rethinking his career plans after this flub... my joke).  Bob Kline retired the last four Yankees to save the win for Lefty Weiland.

1933 Replay Day 7:  ORAL GRATIFICATION #2

* Hale Bad News for Browns

* Cissell Whistles Two-run Double over CF Ted Gullic T8th

The Browns (1-6) lost their 6th in a row while the Indians snapped a 3-game losing streak.  In the T8th, 2B Odell "Bad News" Hale tripled into the RF corner, Eddie Morgan walked, and SS Bill Cissell drove a two-run go-ahead double to deep CF.  The red-hot Cissell also singled and scored the game's first run T4th.  Final score: Indians (4-3) 3, Browns (1-6) 1.  Oral Hildebrand (2-0/0.50) has allowed just one run, fanning 11 and walking 3, in winning his first two starts.  Odell might have been "Bad News" to opposing pitchers because of his hard hitting, or to his own pitchers, because he led third-sackers in errors 1934-35, or perhaps just bad news to Joe Cronin, who lined a ball off Hale's head that was turned into a triple play (Source: Baseball Library).

1933 Replay Day 7 N.L.: Schizophrenic Performance for Carroll

May Need Hospitalization to Stabilize (joke)

*  Spud's 1.64 ERA Pitching with Spuds

*  "That's so Ott, isn't it...?" (Believe it or Not, Mel Needs 10 Hits to Get 1st RBI)

*  Dean's 1.65 ERA in 1964 not Completely by Chance

The Giants (4-3) began to creep back into the N.L. picture with their 3rd straight win, a dominating 3-hit shutout by Carl Hubbell, who fanned 10 and walked just one.  Opposing hurler Ownie Carroll of the Dodgers (5-2) retired the first 13 Giant batters in order, but then was hit hard, allowing 9 hits and 5 runs in the next 3 1/3 innings.  HOF slugger Mel Ott finally got his 1st RBI on his 10th hit of the season, a single that brought in Jo-Jo Moore with the first Giant run with 2 out T6th.  This was the only run that the "Meal Ticket", Hubbell, needed.  Carl pitched 309 innings in actual 1933, winning 23 games, and posting an incredible 1.66 ERA.  Aside from Spud Chandler's slightly lower 1.64 ERA in war-season 1943 where the inferior "balata" ball was used, no starting pitcher (154+ IP) registered an ERA as low as Hubbell's during the period from 1920 to 1962.  In reaction to Maris' 61 homers in 1961, conservative forces in MLB decided to raise the strike zone to the top of the batter's shoulders in 1963, and in 1964 Dean Chance posted a 1.65 ERA.

1933 Replay Day 7: G.BUSH LUCKY, PERSERVERING WINNER

* Cuyler Crushes Two Leadoff Homers, One a Walk-Off Blast

* Demaree Leads Fast Break

* Jurges Just Does It Every Time

* Hurst Hurts Cubs

The Cubs (5-2) never trailed the Phillies (3-4) after the B2nd in a game that featured an NBA-like nine ties and lead changes.  Sub CF Kiki Cuyler proved that he was no downgrade from injured Babe Herman by leading off the B3rd with a go-ahead homer, and leading off the B10th with a walk-off homer -- as well as collecting two singles and a walk!  SS Billy Jurges was 4 for 4 with an intentional walk, providing a game-tying single B2nd and a go-ahead single B4th.  RF Frank Demaree, trying to match Cuyler as THE Cub to lead off an inning, had three leadoff hits in his 1st 3 at bats, the last a triple, scoring each time.  Guy Bush perservered through the whole 10 innings for his 2nd win.  The biggest Philadelphia hit was Don Hurst's T8th game-tying homer, which made the score 6-6.  Final: Cubs 7, Phillies 6

1933 Replay Day 7: RED = CONTROL FREAK

*  Chick Flicks Two-Run Triple into RF Corner

*  Jim Sunny Half of Reds Offense

The 0-6 Cincinnati Reds (58-94 in actual 1933) finally won, defeating the nearly as lowly Boston Braves (2-5).  Chick Hafey was the big star, lining a two-out B3rd triple into the RF corner which scored SS Jo-Jo Morrissey (leadoff single) and good-hitting P Red Lucas (walk).  HOFer "Sunny Jim" Bottomley walked with the bases loaded 2-out B5th for his N.L.-leading 9th RBI, as he continues to have driven in more than half the Reds' runs YTD.   Final score: Reds (1-6) 4, Braves (2-5) 1. Pinpoint-control artist Red Lucas was about as far from a modern day pitcher as you can get: in 1933, he started 29 games, completing 21 of them, fanning just 40 batters while walking only 18.  He won 10, loss 16, with a solid 3.40 ERA.  With the fences so distant in Braves Field (359' down the LF line, 364' down the RF line) Red probably didn't have to worry much about gopher balls (he allowed 13 homers all year), so he could just let batters hit the ball.  On "real-world" July 16, 1933, Lucas pitched a 15-inning 1-0 shutout against the eventual World Series Champion Giants.

1933 Replay Day 7: WILD BILL H. FOR REAL

* Winning P Birkover Rolls Over Cardinals, Personally Matching their Hit Total

* Contact Woody for (At) Bats!

The Cardinals' (2-5) Wild Bill Hallahan again lived up to his nickname/legend as he walked the bases loaded to open the T5th, gave up a sac fly to the Pirates' (6-1) Gus Suhr, then re-loaded the sacks with a walk to Pie Traynor to set up Woody Jensen's sac fly.  As if the seven walks Hallahan and his mates allowed weren't enough, the Pirates pounded out 18 hits in this 12-1 laugher.  Winning pitcher Ralph Birkover, who allowed just three hits in 8 IP, collected 3 hits of his own off the woeful St. Louis hurlers.  Jensen drove in 4 runs in his 1st start in the project.  Woody for a long time held a place in real baseball history with his record-setting 696 at bats in 1936.  His record was broken in 1969 -- thanks to 162 game as opposed to 154 game seasons, starting in 1962 -- by Matty Alou with 698.  The record is currently held by the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins (716 in 2007), but if you project Woody's 696 at bats out for 8 more games, he would have gotten about 732 at bats in 1936.  The season must have worn Woody out, though, because while he was just 28 in his record-setting season, he only collected 646 more at bats in his MLB career after 1936.  One secret to Woody's ability to pile up at bats was that he was up at the plate to make contact -- he fanned only 16 times and walked just 19 times in his 696 at bat season!!

Day 7 Statistics  (Ties broken by player/pitcher with fewer PA/IP)

A.L.

BR/NY 5-2, CW/CL/DT 4-3, WN 3-4, PA 2-5, SB 1-6

BA: R.FERRELL, BR .435

RUNS: C.GEHRINGER, DT 7

RBI: G.WALKER, DT 11

H: D.COOKE, BR 14

D: B.WERBER, BR 3

T: O.HALE, CL 2

HR: G.WALKER, DT 2

BB: B.RUTH, NY 9

RC (MVP): D.CRAMER, PA 11.0

K: L.GOMEZ, NY 16

ERP (CYA): S.JONES, BR (2-0) 7.3

N.L.

PT 6-1, BK/CC 5-2, NG 4-3, PH 3-4, BB/SC 2-5, CN 1-6

BA: J.VERGEZ, NG .471

RUNS: A.VAUGHAN, PT 8

RBI: J.BOTTOMLEY, CN 9

HITS: F.LINDSTROM, PT 12

D: W.SCHULMERICH, PH 4

T: J.STRIPP, BK 2

HR: K.CUYLER, CC 2

BB: D.TAYLOR, BK 5

RC (MVP): W.SCHULMERICH, PH 10.3

K: D.DEAN, SC 16

ERP (CYA): L.WARNEKE, CC (2-0) 5.5

 

1933 REPLAY DAY 8

1933 Replay Day 8 A.L.: CHISOX "BERRY" BOSOX

* Sinkerball Extravaganza 

* Ferrell Grounds Three Ferret Killers

* "Pitchers' Best Friends" Abound

This replay game almost tied the all-time real-world record for GDP's in a 9-inning game of 9, set by the Red Sox (6) versus the Angels (3) on May 1, 1966, and tied by the Red Sox (6) versus the Twins (3) on July 18, 1990.  In the replay contest, the Chisox grounded into five rally-killers, while Boston's C Rick Ferrell bounced into three on his own for a two-team total of eight.  But five GDPs did not keep the White Sox from prevailing, thanks mainly to C Charlie Berry, who of course had a GDP, but also ripped a two-run go-ahead triple T2nd and added an RBI single later in the game, a 5-2 victory for the White Sox (5-3) over the Red Sox (5-3).  Luke Appling (.393) had two hits, but also "led" the winning Chisox with two GDPs.  Milt "Alphonse and" Gaston (2-0, my nickname) picked up the win, with a save by Les Tietje. 

1933 Replay Day 8:  INDIANS TRY HARDER AND SUCCEED

* Cronin not crowin' about .441 BA given Nats' plight

As the halfway point of the regular season was reached, the actual 99-win Washington Nationals (3-5) continued to disappoint.  In this game they listlessly bowed to the actual 75-win Indians (5-3) and 23-year-old Mel Harder, who worked all nine innings, 4-1.  Earl Averill (.343) carried the offense, providing a go-ahead triple B1st and ripping a two-run triple B8th to ensure the victory.  SS Joe Cronin had two doubles and a single for the losers, to raise his BA to an A.L. best .441.

1933 Replay Day 8: OUT-FOXXED

* Marcum Down for a Save

* Vic Sorrell Sorry about Gopher Goofs

In a major display of awesome power, Jimmie Foxx hit two-out lead reversing homers against the Tigers in the B3rd and B7th to give him 2HR/5RBI for the day off gopher-ball-prone Vic Sorrell.  Reliever Johnny Marcum relieved less than dominating A's starter "Sugar" Cain and retired eight of the nine batters he faced for the come-from-behind win.  Final: A's (3-5) 6, Tigers (4-4) 4. 

1933 Replay Day 8: YANKS NOT ROUGHING IT WITH RUFFING

* Coffman's Grim Start Puts Browns' Win Chance in Coffin

* Ben Big

The Browns' (1-7) only win was a 1-0 decision on Opening Day against the mighty Bronx Bombers (6-2/1st place in replay).  Their re-match didn't go nearly as well, as Red Ruffing (2-0/1.02) shut them out until two out in the B8th, when they managed a single tally.  Leadoff man Ben Chapman led the Yankee offense with 3 hits and a hit by pitch, as Browns starter Dick Coffman's ERA grew to 8.38.  Final: Yankees (6-2) 7, Browns (1-7) 1.

1933 Replay Day 8 N.L.: JUST ANOTHER STRIPP SHOW

* Some Fans Blame Frankhouse for Upset Stomach After Game

3B Jersey Joe Stripp (.333) had two hits and a walk in this pitcher's duel, including his two-out T6th ground RBI single that produced the game's final score: Dodgers (6-2) 3, Braves (2-6) 2.  Ray Benge improved to 2-0/1.00 with his defeat of Fred Frankhouse (0-2/4.76).  Boston SS Billy Urbanski picked up his MLB-leading 5th double in the losing cause.  

1933 Replay Day 8: JIM SAYS I'LL DO IT "MOSOLF", BUT TAYLOR SAYS I "DOUTHIT" -- AND BILLY SAYS I'LL BE THE "JURGE(S)" OF THAT

* Put One in the Loss Column thanks to Collins

* Dean Dizzy with Lack of Support

* Charlie Root Cause that Cubs Kept in Game

The under-performing St. Louis Cardinals (2-6) again found a way to lose behind the great Dizzy Dean (1-2/1.37), who did everything he could to win, including doubling and scoring the tying run B8th, and allowing just five hits, including Billy Jurges' walk-off double down the RF line B9th.  This winning score was set up by a Cardinal 1B Ripper Collins error that led off the B9th.  (Dizzy actually did lose 18 games in real 1933, despite a nice 3.04 ERA and a remarkable 199:64 K:BB ratio).  Twice before the 9th the Cubs supplied go-ahead runs for P Charlie Root, on Jim Mosolf's two-out double B1st, and Taylor Douthit' two-out double B7th.  The Cubs (6-2) are now one of three N.L. teams with six victories -- the Pirates (6-1) and Dodgers (6-2) the others.

1933 Replay Day 8: CHUCK VS CHICK

*  But Bottom(ley) Line: HR/2RBI/GWH

Chuck Klein had 4 RBI by the B5th, and became at that moment the N.L. leader in hits (13), homers (3), and RBI (10).  But Phillie errors by C Al Todd and RF Klein fed a five run T6th for the Reds.  This uprising featured a two-out two-run single scorched by Chick Hafey (4-5) immediately followed by a two-run go-ahead homer by Jim Bottomley, who re-took the N.L. RBI lead (11) from Klein.  All five runs in the inning were unearned.  Final score: Reds (2-6) 7, Phils (3-5) 5

1933 Replay Day 8: French Dealings Overthrow Prince

* A Little Poison Helps Weaken Giants

Although he left after 8 innings of work with some soreness, Larry French (3-0/1.38) became the first hurler in the '33 replay to win three games, defeating the actual World Series winning '33 Giants for the second time.  Larry also defeated them 2-1 on Opening Day, but this win was a far more decisive 6-2.  Lloyd "Little Poison" Waner pulled a lead-reversing triple into the RF corner B2nd, and SS Arky Vaughan further clarified the situation by hitting a two run homer B3rd off "Prince Hal" Schumacher (who finished 3rd in ERA in MLB, 2.16, in real-world '33).  Final score: Pirates (7-1) 6, Giants (4-4) 2.

1933 REPLAY DAY 9

1933 Replay Day 9 A.L.:  PIPGRAS NO PIPSQUEAK

* HERO OF HUATABAMPO

* ALMADA STEALS HIS WAY INTO FANS' HEARTS

* DUSTY COOK(E)S UP 2-OUT TYING RUN B7TH

* MCMANUS MANLY DRIVE ENDS IT

Entering this game, only two players in the replay had as many as two stolen bases in total, and only one team had as many as three steals in total.  But the Red Sox' Mel Almada, a player born in Huatabampo, Mexico but brought up in L.A., changed all that in this 2-1 pitchers' duel.  Speedy leadoff man Almada reached base four times safely (a hit and 3 walks) and stole three bases in the game, giving him a replay-leading 4 for the season, more than any other team.  Mel's steal B7th set up the tying run, as OF Dusty Cooke singled him home from his new-found perch on second with two out to even the score 1-1.  (This was Cooke's 16th hit of the season, more than any other player in the replay.) Marty McManus won the game with a walk-off bases loaded drive into the gap against reliever Schoolboy Rowe one out B9th.  6'2"/187lb George Pipgras fired a five-hitter for the win.  Final: Red Sox (6-3) 2, Tigers (4-5) 1.  1933 was Almada's rookie season, and he went on to have a fine MLB career, batting .290 with 20 SB's and 85 runs in 1935, hitting .295 with 91 runs in 1937, and posting a .311 BA and 101 runs in 1938.  Hard-hitting 6-1/205lb Dusty Cooke's promising career was shortened by injury.  Dusty was a coach on the 1950 Phillies when they faced the Yankees in the 1950 World Series.

1933 Replay Day 9: CRAMER CREAMS 3-RUN TRIPLE

* Mahaffey of S.C.: "I took care of Mah Half-y of the Business"

CF Doc Cramer continued his sensational replay by rocketing a two-out bases loaded triple to LCF T4th and adding a two-out RBI single T6th.  Thanks to Cramer and P Roy Mahaffey, the A's (4-5) easily defeated the Indians (5-4) 7-2.  Doc now is the MLB leader in RBI (12) in the replay, and also MLB leader in Runs Created (13.2), which is used to determine the Replay MVP in an impartial way.  Cramer played 20 years in real MLB, leading the A.L. seven times in at bats and five times in hits.  Actual 1933 was in fact when Doc hit his zenith (75) in RBI, but he scored as many as 116 runs (1938), and had over 400 putouts in CF three times.  Mahaffey had a 15-4 record for the fabulous 1931 Athletics (107-45).

1933 Replay Day 9:  CROWDER QUIETS N.Y. CROWD

* Alvin Generally Most Effective Versus Yankees

* Winning Pitcher Not Related to Alvin the Chipmunk

* Cronin Gets His (Teammate) Heinie Home with Sac Fly

The actual '33 A.L. Champ Washington Nationals (4-5) moved to just two games out of first with a 5-0 whitewash of the Yankees (6-3) in this 16-game-season replay.  Alvin Crowder allowed Murderer's Row and the other Yankees just three singles and a double, while Heinie Manush drilled a triple CF to open the B2nd off Johnny Allen and Joe Cronin scored Heinie with a sac fly, the only run "General" Crowder, who served in WWI, would need.  The "General" was also known as the "Yankee Killer", a talent which he displayed in this game.

1933 Replay Day 9: CHISOX HAD BY HADLEY

* Ski Scores...

* as Jack Burns "Bull" Move

* Marvelous Merv Follows with Winning Margin Single 

A win for the White Sox (5-4) would have put them in a 3-way tie for 1st, but instead they ended the St. Louis Browns' (2-7) 7-game losing streak: Browns 3, Chisox 1.  Bump Hadley shut out the mighty Yankees, 1-0, on Opening Day for the Browns' other win, and his in-between start was a no-decision in an 8-7 loss to the actual 1933 A.L. Champ Nationals.  In the B1st, Ski Melillo singled and Sammy West doubled.  Then Chicago's Ed "Bull" Durham intentionally walked the dangerous Bruce Campbell to load the bases -- and 1B Jack Burns and 3B Merv Shea provided back to back bases loaded singles to make "Bull" pay.  St. Louis collected 11 hits in the victory, raising their team BA from .186 to .203 -- but they still have only 20 runs in their nine games.

 

1933 Replay Day 9 N.L.: TARZAN WALKS

* Warning: Warneke Totally Dominating N.L.

* Cubs Use English on Ball to Score Only Run

Roy "Tarzan" Parmelee used his blazing fastball to pitch a two-hitter, but also walked seven Cubs in the first four innings.  Woody English's two-out B4th single into RF was both the first hit off Parmelee and the game's only run-producing event.  The Cubs' Lon Warneke (3-0/0.33) continued to overwhelm opponents, having allowed just 11 hits, 3 walks, and one run -- while striking out 24 -- in 27 innings pitched.  Final: Cubs (7-2) 1, Giants (4-5) 0.  The three top teams in the N.L. are now running away from the rest: Pirates (7-1), Cubs (7-2), Dodgers (6-2).  Yet the Giants (4-5) record would, at this moment, be enough to give them the last N.L. seed in the Tourney. 

1933 Replay Day 9: BEN CANTWELL CAN DO WELL

* MOORE PROVIDES MORE THAN BEFORE

* AHEM... RHEM ERA NOW 6.00

In a "battle" of two teams with four-game losing streaks, the Braves (3-6) clearly prevailed, beating the Phillies (3-6) by a 5-0 score.  Cleanup man Randy Moore entered the game with only 3 RBI, but he lofted a T2nd leadoff HR over the 55' fence guarding Baker Bowl's 281' RF line to start the scoring, then added two more RBI with a bases loaded single with no one out T3rd.  Winner Ben Cantwell (2-0/2.12) faced just 31 Phillie batters, allowing three hits and hitting one batter.  Flint Rhem, from Rhems, SC, took the loss.

1933 Replay Day 9: BECK OF TROUBLE FOR BUCS

* Lefty Schaute Shuts Down Hard-Hitting Pirates for Save

The upstart (65 wins in actual 1933) Brooklyn Dodgers (7-2) edged the Pittsburgh Pirates (7-2) by a 3-2 score to create a three-way tie for first in the N.L.  The Cubs (7-2) are the other team in the tie.  Boom-Boom Beck (2-0/1.38) held the .315-hitting Pirates to just 3 hits in 6 innings, then Lefty Schaute finished the game for his 2nd save, as the Pittsburgh team BA dropped to .303.  Boom-Boom also singled in the go-ahead run T3rd, bringing home Joe Stripp, who had doubled.  Hack Wilson and Sam Leslie added RBI hits later in the game for the Bums.  Good-fielding Brooklyn 2B Tony Cuccinello went his first 35 plate appearances without a single (he did bash five extra base hits), but then singled in each of his last three times up in this game. 

1933 Replay Day 9:  PEPPER GIVES REDS UPSET STOMACH

* High Drive Ties Game

* Stout Hitting Puts Cincy Ahead...  

* ...But Fish Hook Snags Loss

* Big Popi Wins Game

In a match of the two last place (2-6) N.L. teams, the Cardinals (3-6, even though they actually finished 82-71) blew a 6-1 lead, and trailed  the Reds (2-7) 7-6 with two out and two on B10th.  But Pepper Martin grounded a single into left for his 4th hit of the game (giving him 15 hits to lead the N.L.) to tie it 7-7, then Ernie Orsatti grounded a walk-off single for his 7th RBI of the year.  Allyn "Fish Hook" Stout, who put the Reds ahead with a long two-out single T10th, was the losing pitcher, while HOFer Pop "Big Popi" (my nickname) Haines was the winner in relief.  In his first appearance of the year, Cincy sub Andy High lined a two-run game tying double T8th to ultimately send the game into extra innings.

1933 REPLAY DAY 10

1933 Replay Day 10 A.L.: MARBERRY R.F.D. (Reigns for Detroit)

* Fox Rocks

* Clint Fears Backlash from Blackash Supporters

The Detroit Tigers (5-5) entered the game with three losses in a row, but defeated the Cleveland Indians (5-5) 4-3 behind Pete Fox and Firpo Marberry (2-0/1.00), putting the two teams in a tie for the last Tourney slot.  Fox roped a two-out two-run bases loaded single down the LF line T1st, and his two-out T8th homer proved to be the winning margin.  Fred Marberry shut out the Indians on three hits for 8 innings, then Detroit decided to give some of its rusty relievers some work B9th.  This almost backfired as the Tribe scored three runs and had the tying run in scoring position when Schoolboy Rowe finally secured the last out for the Tigers.  Cleveland P Clint Brown, of Blackash, PA, pitched reasonably well, but took the loss.

1933 Replay Day 10: DUB DIB HERO!

* Walberg Hits Wall

The A's (5-5) defeated the Yankees (6-4) in the tightly bunched A.L.  Seventh place Washington (4-5) is separated from 1st place Boston (6-3) by only two games.  With Max Bishop's two out bases loaded 3-run T5th double the biggest blow, the A's took a 5-0 lead by the middle of the 5th -- and the Yankees still didn't have a safety off A's starter Rube Walberg.  But that situation was about to change substantially.  An aging Babe Ruth's (.323/7RBI/9*BB so far in '33 replay) two-out triple into the RF corner capped a 5-run Yankee uprising that tied the game 6-6 B7th.  (Ruth had only 437 at bats left in his MLB career after 1933.)  Then, in the T9th with two A's on base and reliever Wilcy Moore on the mound, Dib Williams touched off a game-deciding three run HR to left.  Until this dinger, Williams was 6 for 41 with no extra base hits and one lonely RBI.  Babe Ruth is one of a small group of players who has played in other replays in this project.  The group is small since there is a gap between 1918 and 1949 in the seasons replayed so far.  Babe played in the 1914-17-18 replays, primarily as a pitcher, hurling in 11 games, 58 IP, winning 5, losing one, and posting a 1.56 ERA.

1933 Replay Day 10: BLAH BLAEHOLDER 3-TIME-LOSER

* "The American (League) Dream", Dusty Rhodes, first to 3-0

* Roy Johnson, Part Cherokee, Goes on Warpath

Roy Johnson drove in the Red Sox' first four runs as 1st place Boston (7-3) easily defeated the last place St. Louis Browns (2-8) by 9-4.  Gordon "Dusty" Rhodes became the first A.L. pitcher to win three games, while George Blaeholder became the first 3-game-loser in either league.

1933 Replay Day 10:  MAN OH MANUSH

* Sewell Sews up Win with Perfect Squeeze

*Cronin is Crony in Go-Ahead Manipulations

* Starter Weaver Jacked Up by Russell

Ted Lyons was perfect for nearly half the game against the Nationals (5-5).  But Lyons ended up losing thanks to a 3B Jimmy **** inning-opening error B7th that was followed by a Heinie Manush game-tying hit & run double, Joe Cronin's second hit, and then a perfectly placed, go-ahead bunt base hit down the third base line by C Luke Sewell.  Washington's rubber-armed Jack Russell (2-2/2.53) picked up his fourth decision in relief, taking the win over the lifeless White Sox offense, while starter Monte Weaver got a ND.  The Chisox (5-5), who lost their prior game to the last place Browns, 3-1, lost this one by a similar 2-1 tally.  Amazingly, five of the eight A.L. teams are now tied for second place with a 5-5 record with six games left to play in the 16-game regular season.  The top four teams in each league make the post-season, single-elimination Tourney.  Tourney games count in league standings, and also the Tourney winner is considered co-equal to the league win-loss champions.  The Phillies' Florida spring training home 1955-2003 was called Jack Russell Stadium after the winner of this replay game.  However, that honor had nothing to with his performance in this replay project.

1933 Replay Day 10 N.L.: HEINIE MEINE MEANY MOE TO CHICAGO

* 4 RBI EASY AS PIE(T)

* P "LINE DRIVE" NELSON ADDS TO HIS REPUTATION

* MASKED MARVEL MAY HAVE TROUBLE SEEING PLATE (2IP/4BB)

The Cubs' (7-3) Pat Malone had a no-hitter against the hard-hitting Pirates (8-2/.303) until the T4th -- but Pat still allowed two runs T3rd thanks to a 2B Billy Herman error and his own wildness...  The final score was 12-2 Pirates, as winning P Heinie Meine (2-0/0.60) and Pie Traynor each drove in 3 runs, and leadoff man 2B Tony Piet drove in four.  Meine appropriately lined a two-out two-run single off Chicago's Lynn "Line Drive" Nelson, then Piet ripped a two-run triple into the corner off him.  According to Baseball Library, "Line Drive" was in fact a favorite of a number of batters, and  also did a lot of pinch-hitting as well as pitching, batting .354 in 1937 with 4 homers in 113 at bats, and leading the A.L in pinch hits that year... and, according to BL, he also wrestled professionally as the Masked Marvel!  Can you imagine C.C.Sabathia doing that?  The Yankees might be a tad upset...

1933 Replay Day 10:  CINCY BOOTS GIANTS TOWARDS LAST

* 7-27 (Actual) Derringer Hidden Weapon

* Rice Rises to RBI Occasions

* E = H = W??  (Einstein Says Can't Be)

While somehow clinging on to the last N.L. Tourney seed (4th place), the actual '33 World Champion Giants (4-6) lost their third game in a row and also are only a game out of last place, while being a huge four games out of 1st with six regular season games left to play.  The last place Reds (3-7) won for the third time in their last four games -- and despite having as many errors (2) as hits (2)!  But winner Paul Derringer (1-1/2.52) allowed only three hits, as Cincy pulled out a 2-1 decision.  The big blow was George "Boots" Grantham's leadoff triple B7th which led to the go-ahead run.  Harry Rice had both Red RBIs with a B4th sac fly after a C Gus Mancuso passed ball, and an RBI ground out B7th.  The Reds' "ace" Paul Derringer had an amazing season in real 1933.  He won only 7 games and lost 27, receiving the decision in 34 of his 36 appearances -- yet had a very respectable 3.30 ERA!  On the same staff, Larry Benton went 10-11/3.71, so we can surmise that "Oom Paul's" luck and run support was not good.  No pitcher since the introduction of the cork-centered ball in 1911 has lost as many games in a season as Derringer's 27.

1933 Replay Day 10: FRITZ KNOTHE WAY

* SCHULMERICH SURE MERITS PRAISE FOR FINE HITTING

* CY MOORE PITCHES LIKE CY YOUNG

* UNHAPPY DAY ON PLANET MUNGO... IN THE SUMMERTIME

The Phillies (4-6) broke out of a five game losing streak to defeat Van Lingle Mungo and the Dodgers (7-3) by a 3-1 margin.  Cy Moore pitched a complete game for the winners, allowing just an unearned run, while the more famous and talented Mungo allowed three runs in his six innings of work.  Wes Schulmerich (.371) doubled and Chick Fullis and Fritz Knothe singled to produce the go-ahead run B2nd.  Chuck Klein (.366) pounded his MLB-leading 4th homer with two outs B3rd to provide all the runs that pitcher Moore would need. 

1933 Replay Day 10:  IT'S ALL BETTS OFF

* Grimes' Slippery Save

* Wilson Posts Double Double

* Braves Cowardly with Men on Base

The Cardinals pitchers (Tex Carleton, spitball-throwing Burleigh Grimes) allowed ten walks and nine hits but stranded 15 Braves as St.Louis (4-6) prevailed over Boston (3-7), 6-5.  Meanwhile, the victorious Redbirds were much more efficient, leaving only four men on base.  Jimmie Wilson and Frankie Frisch plagued Braves P Huck Betts in the early innings.  In the B2nd, Frisch singled, stole 2nd, and scored on C Wilson's double off the LCF wall.  Then, in the B4th, consecutive singles by Frisch, Leo Durocher, and Pat Crawford produced the go-ahead run -- and Jimmie Wilson sliced another double, two-run variety this time, down the RF line.  Given that the Braves ultimately scored  a healthy five runs, the blame for the loss could best all be attributed to Betts' 5IP/9H/6R performance.

 

GAME 10 REPLAY STATISTICS

A.L.

A.L.: BR 7-3, NY 6-4, CW/CL/DT/PA/WN 5-5, SB 2-8

BA: CRONIN, WN .450

SA: D.CRAMER, PA .667

OB: M.BISHOP, PA .500

RC (MVP): D.CRAMER 13.3

R: J.FOXX, PA 11

RBI: D.CRAMER, PA 12

H: J.CRONIN, WN 18

D: B.WERBER, BR 5

T: H.MANUSH, WN 3

HR: J.FOXX, PA 3

BB: M.BISHOP, PA 11

SB: M.ALMADA, BR 4

W-L: D.RHODES, BR 3-0

ERA: S.JONES, CW 0.00 (18IP)

ERP (CYA): F.MARBERRY, WN 7.7

SHO: S.JONES, CW 2

K: R.RUFFING, NY 16

 

N.L.

PT 8-2, BK/CC 7-3, NG/PH/SC 4-6, BB/CR 3-7

BA: E.GRACE, PT .448

SA: C.KLEIN, PH .707

OB: W.SCHULMERICH, PH .488

RC (MVP): C.KLEIN 12.1

R: A.VAUGHAN, PT 11

RBI: J.BOTTOMLEY, CN 11

H: P.MARTIN, SC 17

D. W.SCHULMERICH, PH 5

T: A.VAUGHAN, PT 3

HR: C.KLEIN, PH 4

BB: W.ENGLISH, CC 6

SB: SEVERAL 2 FOR 2

W-L: L.WARNEKE, CC & L.FRENCH, PT 3-0

ERA: L.WARNEKE, CC 0.33 (27IP)

ERP (CYA): L.WARNEKE, CC 8.6

SHO: L.WARNEKE,CC 2

K: D.DEAN, SC 24

 

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