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Updated 11/26/2008

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Rich Moyer, MN

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Event History
1991    Mike Ryan      21
1992    John Brandeberry        9
1993    Mike Ellsworth      16
1994    Randy Cox      16
1996    Jon Diminnie      11
1997    Henry Richardson        8
1998    Harry Flawd III        9
1999    Randy Cox     18
2000    Carl Coscia     20
2001    Mike Hazel     24
2002    Ken Samuel     20
2003    Gordon Elgart     18
2004    Chris Palermo     22
2005     Harry Flawd     19
2006    Mark Giddings     36
2007    Harry Flawd     40
2008     Rich Moyer     42

Rank  Name               From  Last  Total
  1.  Rich Moyer          MN    08     70
  2.  Harry Flawd         PA    07     66
  3.  Chris Palermo       NY    04     47
  4.  Bill Beckman        SC    08     40
  5.  Mark Giddings       NY    06     40
  6.  Randy Cox           SC    05     28
  7.  Ken Samuel          VA    02     28
  8.  Devin Flawd         PA    07     22
  9.  John Welage         OH    08     20
 10.  Gordon Elgart       CA    03     20
 11.  Mike Hazel          SC    01     20
 12.  Carl Coscia         DC    00     20
 13.  Ilan Woll           CT    06     16
 14.  Henry Richardson    VA    00     14
 15.  Bob Menzel          VT    08     12
 16.  John Tighe          NJ    05     12
 17.  Ken Richards        SC    04     12
 18.  John Emery          SC    02     12
 19.  Jared Scarborough   IL    01     12
 20.  James Terry         NJ    07      9
 21.  Roderick Lee        CA    08      8
 22.  Brian Stone         NY    06      8
 23.  Dave Gantt          SC    05      8
 24.  Greg Schmittgens    KS    04      8
 25.  Bob Jamelli         PA    03      8
 26.  Ralph Gleaton       SC    01      8
 27.  Steve Vance         MI    05      6
 28.  Pete Putnam         PA    04      6
 29.  Michael Destro      NJ    02      6
 30.  Greg Berry          VA    01      6
 31.  Ben Goldstein       SC    99      6
 32.  Darren Velez        NY    00      4
 33.  Terry Coleman       BC    99      4
 34.  Andy Lewis          DE    08      3
 35.  John Coussis        IL    07      3
 36.  Greg Berry          VA    05      2
 37.  Dan Dolan Sr        NJ    04      2
 38.  Joe Haardt          VA    03      2
 39.  Bill Cleary         MD    99      1

2008 Laurelists                                            Repeating Laurelists:

Bill Beckman, SC

John Welage, OH

Bob Menzel, VT

Roderick Lee, CA

Andy Lewis, DE

Past Winners

Randy Cox, SC
1994, 1999

Jon Diminnie, TN

Henry Richardson, VA

Harry Flawd ,PA
1998, 2005, 2007

Carl Coscia, DC

Mike Hazel, SC

Ken Samuel, VA

Gordon Elgart, CA

Chris Palermo, NY

Mark Giddings, NY

Terry Coleman feels a homer coming on ...

Andy Lewis' Red Sox take on Mike Lam's Orioles.

The Nation's Pastime ...

For the third consecutive year, the Superstar Baseball tournament established a new attendance record. 42 managers drafted a team and played more than 200 games. The coaches have established a friendly rivalry and sports is as much a topic of discourse as games. There is even the possibility of a few lost wagers, right Dennis?

Using the quality points system, Andy Lewis finished first, followed by Mike Lam and John Welage. Rounding out the 8 playoff-eligible spots were Bob Menzel, Bill Beckman, Marshall Collins, Rich Moyer and Roderick Lee.

Just missing playoff eligibility were James Terry, Ilan Woll and Harry Flawd, who'd sported an impressive 11-1 record.

The second year of the new system -- where players earn points for playing games, but then, are sorted by winning percentage -- worked to help and hurt players. Harry Flawd, who benefited from the system last year (when a playoff-eligible team went on a massive losing streak, qualifying Harry for the playoffs), was the victim this year, as he didn't earn enough points to qualify (not wishing to tarnish his record).

The eight teams were sorted, with the final order: 1) Beckman (Indians) -- for the second year in a row, 2) Moyer (Giants), 3) Lewis (Red Sox), 4) Lee (Astros), 5) Menzel (Red Sox), 6) Welage (Reds).

In the first game of the playoffs, Welage's Reds took on Lewis' Red Sox. The Reds used a 6-run 4th inning, inspired by George Foster's homerun, to upset the Sox 9-7. Jim Maloney went the distance (as Welage rested his bullpen. The only threat came in the 5th, when the Sox scored 4 runs to cut the lead to 6-5, but the Reds added three more runs in the top of the 6th, to take a commanding 9-5 lead.

In the next game, Menzel's Red Sox took on Lee's Astros. The game was scoreless for the first four innings, as Roger Clemens and Nolan Ryan faced off. In the top of the 4th, Ryan tired, and was replaced by Mike Hampton, which backfired for the 'Stros. Hampton, also tired, gave up three runs in the 5th and two more in the 6th to stake the Sox to a 5-0 lead. Clemens coasted to a 6-2 win, allowing solo runs in the 6th and 8th innings. The Astros manager learned what most ball fans already knew -- always better to take your chances with a tired Nolan Ryan, than a Mike Hampton in any condition!

In the first semi-final, Beckman's Indians proved they belonged in the top spot, as Bob Feller pitched no-hit ball for 7 2/3 innints, ending up with a 3-hitter and 14 strikeouts. Barry Larkin broke up the no-hitter, but the Reds were unable to put a run on the board, falling 8-0 to the Tribe. Jim Thome's 3-run homer and Al Rosen's 2-run shot led the Indians' attack.

In the second semi-final, Gaylord Perry of the Giants also pitched a shutout over the Red Sox. Willie Mays led off the Giants' first at-bat with a monster homer and the Giants never looked back, beating the Sox impressively 12-0. The Sox used five pitchers; none of whom proved exceptionally effective, as the Giants racked up 17 hits and five walks.

This led to a final game between the top two teams, but it was anti-climactic, as the Indians were no competition for the Giants who continued their torrid offensive display with 16 hits and 11 walks, en route to a 14-5 win. Rich Moyer, who has led three teams to the SSB tournament playoffs (and two to the World Series) walked away with his first championship, and in so doing doubled his wood by leading the St Paul Rejects to victory in the Team TRournment as well.

The regular season was not without several offensive displays (which may or may not be investigated in a future steroid investigation). Beckman's Indians beat up on their counterparts, managed by Carrie Lewis, 17-2; and later, beat up on Boston (managed by Bob Menzel), 16-4. In his last regular season game, Beckman faced off against Moyer's Giants, possibly portending the future, as Moyer triumphed 14-12, avenging an earlier 13-4 defeat.

Pete Staab's Reds, in back-to-back games, lost games late. In one game against Moyer's Giants, the Reds scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th to take an 8-6 lead, only to give up 2 more in the bottom of the 9th. In the top of the 10th, they scored 4 runs, but gave up 5 in the bottom of the frame to lose 13-12. In the next game, against the Mets, trailing 5-3, the Reds scored 5 in the top of the 9th to take an 8-5 lead, only to give up 4 in the bottom of the inning to fall 9-8.

The Giants always seemed involved in large-scoring games, falling earlier in the year to Marshall Collins' Braves, 17-14 ("paging George Mitchell"). In 17 games, the Giants scored 9+ runs in 10 games (and allowed 9+ runs in five games).

Jordan Flawd led his late Negro Leaguers over Max Jamelli's Blue Jays, by a 17-3 score, as well.

The bright spots for the pitching fans were few and far between: The Orioles and Yankees faced off with Mike Cuellar taking on Ron Guidry in a pitchers' duel for the ages. Guidry pitched a 1-hitter, allowing only a solo home run to Orioles' catcher Chris Hoiles, but he still ended up on the losing end, as Cuellar tossed a no-hitter, winning 1-0.

Randy Cox's updated team charts make it all possible.

Bill Beckman and Rich Moyer in the Indians-Giants Final.
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