The Nation's Pastime ...
Terry Coleman and Jacob Hebner
Roderick Lee and Rick Byrens
Changes abounded in 2012. The main one was a new GM, who was
quickly replaced by an even newer GM! Filling in due to illness,
Harry Flawd, Bill Beckman, and Terry Coleman took the reigns
of the tournament at the 11th hour, made some tweaks, and ran
a pretty smooth offering all things considered. It was decided
that we would use only World Series teams from 1920 on, so the
draft saw many players taking either their favorite teams, or
trying to get that team that just quite couldn't get over the
There were two heats with an 8-game season in each to determine
the playoff teams. Some familiar faces made the cut, with Bill
Beckman and his 1948 Indians, Harry Flawd and his 2007 Red Sox,
Terry Coleman with the 1927 Yankees, Roderick Lee and the 1963
Dodgers, Tim Rogers with the pitching heavy 2005 Astros, Jack
Beckman's 1945 Tigers, Kolbe DiGiulio's 1995 Braves, and Steve
Munchak's 1998 Yankees.
Tim topped Terry 3-2 in a nail biter. Harry defeated Jack
6-0 behind Josh Beckett who could still pitch in 2007. Roderick
beat Kolbe and Bill downed Steve in the other first round game.
The semifinals had Bill topple Roderick on one side as Harry
defeated Tim on the other, to set up a very familiar Final. Harry
and Bill have met the last four years somewhere along the line
in the playoffs and Harry had his number, winning all previous
encounters on his way to four titles. But Bill had more than
a little baseball in his past and remained resolute in pursuit
of a SSB title.
The Final was a best-of-three series. It started with Dice
K vs Lemon. The Red Sox jumped out to a big 3-run lead in the
1st on a Big Papi HR, but the Indians moved ahead for good in
the bottom of the 3rd, with Doby connecting on a 3-run shot.
They tacked on 2 in the 4th and 2 in the 7th to easily beat the
Sox 8-6, and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Game #2 had Bearden vs Schilling in Fenway as gaming's most
famous ballplayer took the hill for the Sox. Boston took a 2-0
lead, and Schilling made it 3-1 when he drove in Ortiz with a
single. The Indians tied it in the 7th with four hits, but in
the bottom of the ninth, Ortiz singled, Lugo advanced him with
a groundout, and pinch hitter Eric Hinske doubled him home to
tie the series.
The deciding Game 3 was even better with the Indians jumping
out to a 2-0 lead behind Lou Boudreau's triple in the third.
They tacked on runs in the fifth and sixth. The Red Sox scored
in the eighth to make it 4-1. Manny Ramirez led off the ninth
with a single, Ortiz made one of his few outs, and Youkilis hit
into a fielder's choice. One out away from Beckman finally getting
that ring! But then Drew singled, and Varitek walked, and all
of a sudden it was bases loaded with Coco Crisp at the bat. A
roll of 18 would provide a walkoff grandslam. Bill can't bare
to look as Harry rolls a 21.... and ends the game with the Indians
victorious. Bob Feller tossed the complete game, with Boudreau
and Doby leading the way at the plate. Fellar was 6-0 during
the tournament. An old school guy, Feller went the distance in
all six games. The Indians were led at the plate by catcher Jim
Hegan who went 9 for 15 in the playoffs including 3-3 in the
Jack Beckman and Christin Kolstad
The co-GMs meet to determine the title.