Game Day Winners: ’61 Yanks, ’05 Giants, ’69 Padres, HOF Pilots, ’16 Cubs


A great time was had this past Saturday as eleven CT SABR members played vintage teams in the timeless BB sim game, Strat-O-Matic.


In attendance were Larry Howard, Joe Runde, Alan Cohen, Tom and Matt Monitto, David Wilk, Gary Gold, Stan Dziurgot, Steve Krevisky, Jon Daly and Karl Cicitto.


Here are the game summaries….


The seventh game of the 2016 WS was replayed — without the late season acquisitions Chapman and Crisp – and the simulation conjured thrills. Indians starter Corey Kluber went eight innings and give up two runs.  The Cubs started Kyle Kendrick. The Tribe took a 4-2 lead into the ninth whereupon Cody Allen came in to close the game out and promptly gave up a two run home run to tie the game.  The managers agreed that the ninth would be the last inning no matter the score. The Indians came up to bat hoping to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. With two runners on base and two outs, rookie Tyler Naquin blasted a three run homer to win the game and send the crowd home (mostly) happy.

-David Wilk


The ‘61 Yanks out-slugged the ‘38 Yanks 7-4 as Ford kept some of the 1938 mainstays off balance. He fanned Bill Dickey twice. Homering for the 1961 squad were John Blanchard, Mickey Mantle, and Bobby Richardson. Joe DiMaggio took Ford downtown with Henrich on base to tie the game at 3-3. Otherwise, the ‘38 team found runs hard to produce. They scored their first when Gehrig grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and none out. For the ‘61 squad, Kubek was injured in the fourth, and while the Yankee infield was compromised as Boyer moved to short and Gardner came in to play third, neither missed a play. Richardson at second proved a virtuoso, turning three tough plays into outs, including the pivotal Gehrig double play. Arroyo pitched the seventh and eighth in relief of Ford, fanning three to record the six-out save. WP: Ford; LP: Ruffing

–Joe Runde



Padre hurler Clay Kirby had a red letter day on the mound and at the plate as the Friars thrashed the Expos at Jarry Park, 10 – 1.  Kirby registered a complete game, allowing 4 hits.  Aided by two double plays and a strong armed backstop, Kirby faced just 30 batters, retiring 11 in a row at one point.  Kirby singled in the second and ninth and homered in the eighth, notching a 3-for-5 day with the war club.

The Padres drove Montreal’s  Jerry Robertson to the showers in the second inning with 4 runs on 6 hits, capped by Chris Cannizzaro’s 3-run homer.  CC also helped by snuffing an attempted Expo rally in the first, nailing leadoff man Ty Cline on a steal attempt.

The Gomez men drubbed relievers McGinn, Reed and Jaster.  17 Padre hits included homers by Kirby, Cannizzaro and Ollie Brown.  Kirby scattered 4 singles and 3 walks.  The Expo batters would have been shut out if not for Ron Fairly’s solo blast in the 6th.

–Karl Cicitto



In a match between two of the earliest World Series contenders, right fielder George Browne proved an unlikely hero, hitting a home run and driving in all three New York runs as the 1905 Giants defeated the 1906 Cubs 3-2.
Christy Mathewson out dueled Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown on his home diamond, as the Polo Grounds crowd saw both starting pitchers go the distance. Brown gave up five hits to Mathewson’s seven, but Browne’s two hits proved decisive.
Browne’s two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the second opened the scoring. The Cubs got a run back in the next half-inning when Harry Steinfeldt singled, stole second and scored on Frank Schulte’s single, then tied the game in the sixth when Jimmy Slagle drove in Johnny Kling. But Browne’s single to score Bill Dahlen in the bottom of the seventh supplied the deciding run.

–Matt Monitto



Before this Hall of Fame All-Stars matchup, the question was if the pitching battle between Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax or the power-loaded lineups would prove decisive. While Koufax took an early edge, the opposing batters claimed victory in the end, as Koufax’s HOF-Pilots lost to the HOF-Browns 7-5.
The Pilots knocked Gibson out of the game after three innings, scoring five runs over the first third of the game to take a 5-2 lead. Stan Musial drove in three of those runs on a triple and double, and ended the game a home run short of the cycle.

However, the Browns fought back, scoring a run in the fourth on a Cool Papa Bell single, then knotting the score in the seventh. After Juan Marichal relieved Koufax with two on, Roberto Clemente hit a fly ball just out of reach of Reggie Jackson for a game-tying double. The Browns would score two more runs on a Bell sacrifice fly and an Orlando Cepeda single before Old Hoss Radbourn closed the game. Rollie Fingers was credited with the win, throwing two innings of relief, while Marichal took the loss.

Despite the star-filled lineups, a two-run Josh Gibson home run to open the scoring for the Browns was the only four-bagger of the game.

–Matt Monitto





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