The 1934 Negro League will be featured in a new game by Life is Sport Games . Former greats like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Cool Papa Bell come to life in the game titled 'Crack of the Bat Baseball'. The game is now live in a Kickstarter campaign that just launched on August 5th. The campaign runs until September 19th. The initial goal was low and the game has already funded and is working to meet its first stretch goal. Go to the 1934 Negro League -COTB Baseball campaign for more info on the game.
I'm doing a quick replay of an alternate NLCS for 1973. I'm playing Pittsburgh and Cincinnati instead of the Reds and Mets. The replay is using Pine Tar Baseball. You can get the P & P Reds and Pirates and then d/l the rule set for PTB.
Game 1 Pirates @ Reds 3 4 R H E Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 7 1 Reds 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 -- 4 9 0
Pittsburgh Clines 0 for 4 Cash 0 for 4 Oliver 1 for 4, 1 run Stargell 2 for 4, 2B, 1 run Sanguillen 1 for 4, 1 run Robertson 2 for 4, 2B x 2, 2 rbi's Hebner 0 for 3, BB Maxwill 2 for 3 Briles 0 for 1, SH May 0 for 1
Reds Rose 0 for 3, BB, 1 run Morgan 3 for 4, 2B x 2, 1 run Tolan 1 for 4, ROE, 2B, 1 rbi Bench 1 for 4, 1 run, 1 rbi Perez 2 for 4, 2B x 2, 1 run, 1 rbi Concepcion 0 for 3, BB Menke 0 for 3, BB Geronimo 2 for 4, 2B, 1 rbi Billingham 0 for 3 Kosco 0 for 1
Winning pitcher - Billingham Losing pitcher - Briles Save - Hall Stolen Base - none Caught Stealing - Morgan
Replay time - 23 minutes
Game 2 Pirates @ Reds 4 6 R H E Pirates 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 9 0 Reds 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 -- 6 8 0 Box Score
Pittsburgh Cash 1 for 5 Oliver 0 for 3, BB Sanguillen 1 for 4, 1 run Robertson 2 for 3, HR, BB, 1 run, 1 rbi Zisk 1 for 4, 2B, 1 rbi Hebner 1 for 4, 3B, 1 run Stennett 2 for 4, 1 run, 1 rbi May 1 for 4 Moose 0 for 0, SH x 2, 1 rbi Rooker 0 for 1 Clines 0 for 1
Reds Rose 0 for 3, HBP Morgan 2 for 4, HR, 1 run, 1 rbi Driessen 1 for 3, BB, 1 run, 1 rbi Perez 2 for 4, 2B, 1 run, 1 rbi Bench 0 for 3, BB, 1 run Kosco 1 for 3, BB, 1 run, 3 rbi Stahl 1 for 4 Chaney 0 for 4 Grimsley 1 for 3, 1 run
Winning pitcher - Grimsley Losing pitcher - Moose Save - Borbon Stolen Base - none Caught Stealing - none
Game changing play - Koscos 3 run blast in the bottom of the 4th.
The series now moves to Pittsburgh where hopefully the Pirates can avoid the sweep.
Pittsburgh Clines 0 for 4 Cash 0 for 4 Oliver 1 for 4 Stargell 2 for 4, HR, 1 run, 1 rbi Sanguillen 0 for 4, ROE Robertson 1 for 4 Hebner 1 for 2, BB Maxwill 0 for 3, BB Ellis 0 for 2 Zisk 0 for 1 Stennett 0 for 1
Reds Rose 1 for 3, ROE, 2B, 1 run Morgan 2 for 4, 2B, 1 run Tolan 0 for 3, SF, 1 rbi Bench 1 for 4, 1 rbi Perez 0 for 4 Concepcion 1 for 4 Menke 1 for 3, 2B, BB Geronimo 0 for 4 Gullett 1 for 3
Winning pitcher - Gullett - complete game Losing pitcher - Ellis Save - None Stolen Base - Morgan, Concepcion, Oliver Caught Stealing - none Replay time - 22 minutes
Keys to the game: The Pirates had a chance to take control of the game in the bottom of the 4th. Gullett struck out Maxvill with the bases loaded to end the threat. The Reds pushed across the winning run in the top of the 6th. Rose led off with a double and advanced to 3rd on Morgan's fly out to right. He then tagged and scored on Tolan's sac fly to Center. The Reds sweep the series but every game was close.
As the title says, which Cardinals teams was the best one out of the 12 times that St. Louis won the World Series? I'm leaving the 1886 St Louis Browns off the list as the WS format was so different in the 1800's.
Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 (PTB), designed by James Formo, is a fun and fast paced dice and card game for 1 or 2 players that brings the 1973 baseball season to life. Ninety percent of plays are resolved in 1 die roll and no play takes more than 2 rolls. A game of Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 can be played in about 18-30 minutes.
The 1973 season is the 4th season being released for Pine tar Baseball. Previous seasons include; 2014, 1884 and 1889. The 1973 season is an intriguing one. Five teams all finished within just 5 games of one another for the NL East title. A replay using Pine Tar Baseball could see any one of those teams taking the division.
Then 1973 was the year that Hank Aaron finished the season just 2 home runs shy of Babe Ruth's record. Aaron would break Ruth's record in April of the following year. Using PTB gives you the opportunity to replay Hank Aaron's historic chase of Base Ruth's all time home run record.
Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 will feature all 24 teams from 1973. Each team has a roster made up of 27 players. There will be stats for 648 players with a chance to increase this amount through stretch goals. This is why reward levels are higher for 1973 than they were for the 1884 season. More teams, along with larger rosters makes for over twice as many player stats.
Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 will roll out a new 'base on balls/strike out' pitcher rating that makes pitcher performances more unique. Other features include base stealing, errors, sacrifice bunts, and squeeze plays. Players will perform just as they did in real life.
Pitcher Splits in PTB 1973 include home/away splits and an additional split for when a starting pitcher faces the lineup for the 3rd time through the batting order. I believe that the 3rd time through the batting order split is unique to the Pine Tar Baseball game. This split makes pitchers perform as they did in real life. Some pitchers tend to get stronger as the game progresses, while other pitchers hit a wall around the start of the 6th inning.
Having home/away splits available gives a greater likelihood that teams home and away records stay true to real life. This may not play out in a single series but would be seen over the course of a season replay.
Pictured above is a sample of pitcher ratings for Jack Billingham, Ross Grimsley, and Don Gullett from the 1973 season for the Pine Tar Baseball (PTB) game. More modern seasons such as 1973, feature home/away pitching splits, as well as splits for when a starting pitcher faces the batting order the 3rd time in the game. This distinguishes those types of pitchers that get in a groove the deeper they pitch into a game, from pitchers that hit a wall after the 6th inning.
Beginning with the release of the 1897 and 1973 seasons, a new base on balls/ strike out (BB/SO) rating is being introduced into PTB. This will add another layer of uniqueness to pitcher ratings, along with their already individual balk and wild pitch values.
The picture shown below features 3 position players from the 1973 Pittsburgh Pirates.
Today I 'carded' Hank Aaron's stats for the 1973 edition of Pine Tar. Aaron hit 40 home runs in 465 plate appearances during 1973. That works out to a whopping homer every 11.6 PA's. He had 392 at bats making his homer to at bat ratio a 9.8. He would play one more season and then play his final two seasons in Milwaukee where I got a chance to see him play as a Brewer.
Hank is a class act and every now and then he makes an appearance in Milwaukee when the Brewers are holding an honorary function. Like the time they dedicated a statue to Bob Uecker. The place where Aaron's last home run landed is marked with a plague in Miller Park's parking lot. The parking lot is located where County Stadium once stood back in the day.