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The 1970's A Decade Of Change In Major League Baseball

Unlike most of my other dynasties, this will be more of an overall MLB type thing in which the whole league is followed on a weekly basis. In my opinion 1970's baseball was just about as good as you can get, with those ugly stadiums and hideous astroturf fields somehow making the game much more exciting than it had been in the pitching heavy 1960's. And let's not forget the uniforms, which were quite colorful compared to traditional baseball garb. This dynasty was/is inspired by Dan Epstein's great book and blog entitled Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball And America In The Swinging 70's
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As the 1970 regular season approached, Major League Baseball was already in the midst of turmoil, with players rebelling, managers getting canned, franchises attempting to move, and of course Denny McClain gambling and shooting off his mouth, here's just a few of the things that second year commissioner Bowie Kuhn had to deal with:

Bankrupt Pilots Sold To Milwaukee Car Dealer

Following a four absence, Major League Baseball is coming back to Milwaukee. The sale of the Seattle Pilots to a group headed by Milwauke car dealer Allan H. "Bud" Selig is expected to be finalized today when Federal Bankruptcy Referee Sidney C. Volinn signs the final papers to transfer the Seattle franchise to Milwaukee. The final sale price of the American League club was said to be 10.8 Million dollars. The Pilots move brings baseball back to this city on a full time basis for the first time since the Braves absconded to Atlanta after the 1965 season.
The Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club Inc. was organized in July of 1965 for the purpose of returning Major League Baseball to Milwaukee. The group applied unsuccessfully for American and National League franchises in 1965.
Following the 1968 season, the Brewers applied for a National League expansion franchise and was again turned down. "Milwaukee has everything here ready to go," Fred Haney, vice president of the California Angels and a former Milwaukee Braves manager said last year. "I personally would like to see Milwaukee in the American League. The city will give us more stability."
Haney's wish, and the hopes of Wisconsin's baseball fans, was answered late Tuesday night when Volinn approved the sale of the Pilots to Milwaukee.
The team's move also necessitated at least two schedule changes. An April 15th game with the Royals has been made part of a twi-night doubleheader on July 3rd, and an April 17th game against the White Sox will be played on April 18th as part of a twin bill. Another change according to Selig, will be to have the Brewers play all day games during the month of April.
The team returns to baseball one of the American Association's best known names- The Brewers. It originally derives from the fact that Milwaukee is known as the brewing capitol of America. Schlitz, Pabst, and Miller, all are brewed in Milwaukee, along with several other lesser known national and regional beers.
Wisconsin, naturally, leads the country in beer consumption with every man woman and child downing 27.2 gallons a year according to statistics. Season tickets for Brewers games went on sale at Milwaukee County Stadium this morning. Single game tickets for the first two games of the season - April 7th and 8th will go on sale at the stadium Friday morning.

Tigers McClain Suspended For Gambling

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Commissioner Bowie Kuhn Wednesday suspended Tigers pitcher Denny McClain until July 1st because of his involvement with bookmaking activities in Flint, Mi. The decision deprives the Tigers of their star right hander's services for less than half of the 1970 Major League season. The reaction to Kuhn's decision was generally a huge sigh of relief in the Detroit camp where Manager Mayo Smith and the rest of the Tigers seemed prepared to face the entire season without their star righty. "Just a half a years suspension," mused Bill Freehan, McClain's batterymate and one of his critics. "It sounds as if he almost did something wrong. Its better than we anticipated."

The Curt Flood Case

Traded to the Phillies in October as part of a seven player deal in which Dick Allen went to the Cardinals, CF Curt Flood refused to report to Philadelphia and voluntarily "retired" instead. Then back on Christmas Eve 1969, Flood sent a letter to commissioner Bowie Kuhn saying that he objected to being treated as property "bought and sold irrespective to my wishes." He then asked that he be made a free agent, Kuhn then sent his own letter, flatly denying the request. Then on January 16th, Flood dropped the other shoe, formally filing his suit to challenge baseball's reserve clause- an area that the game's brass feel is vital to the sport. The civil suit filed in Federal Court charged that baseball is a monopoly which places players in a state of peonage and involuntary servitude.
On March 4th, Flood lost the first round when a Federal Judge refused to make him a free agent, but then three weeks later that same Judge, Irvin Ben Cooper, granted the outfielder's application for an early trial despite strong opposition from nine attorneys for baseball's establishment. Finally, just a few days ago, Judge Cooper set Flood's trial date for May 18th.
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Friday April 3rd, 1970

Red Sox, Twins Picked To Win

By Jack Hand
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If anybody is going to beat the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East it'll be the Boston Red Sox, If anybody is going to top the Minnesota Twins in the American League West, it will be the Oakland A's.
It says here the Red Sox will do the job on the Orioles, although they finished fourth, 28 games back in 1969, but Minnesota will stagger past Oakland in the West only to be ambushed by the Red Sox in the pennant playoff. Each division shapes up as a two team race. Detroit appears demoralized by the whole Denny McClain affair. Washington can cause trouble. The New York Yankees still lack long ball punch and Cleveland just doesn't have it. Behind Minnesota and Oakland in the West, Kansas City, Chicago, and California figure to scramble for the crumbs with Milwaukee in the rear.
In the two division system, each team plays each of the other five teams in it's division 18 times and each of the six in the other division 12 times. The Twins fattened up on the West last season and should do it again. Jim Lonborg appears back on the beam. The addition of Gary Peters from the White Sox seems to have given the Red Sox a solid pitching base that includes Ray Culp and Mike Nagy. George Scott had an outstanding spring and Carl Yastrzemski had one of his best exhibition seasons. Catching appears to be Boston's chief problem now that Luis Alvarado has fitted into the infield at third base. Here's the way the two divisions look from here:
East
1. Boston Red Sox
2. Baltimore Orioles
3. Washington Senators
4. Detroit Tigers
5. New York Yankees
6. Cleveland Indians
West
1. Minnesota Twins
2. Oakland A's
3. Kansas City Royals
4. Chicago White Sox
5. California Angels
6. Milwaukee Brewers
How can you pick against the Orioles, a team that finished 18 games in front of Detroit last year? Just go back a year. Detroit had won the 1968 pennant by 12 games and had polished off the St. Louis Cardinals in a seven game World Series. The Tigers appeared just as unbeatable last spring as the Orioles today. The Orioles have a solid lineup from top to bottom with fine power in Boog Powell, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, and Paul Blair. Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally, Jim Palmer, and Tom Phoebus are tough pitchers to crack. A rookie has to be a new Ty Cobb to break into the lineup. Still, the possibility exists for the defending World Champions to go down. Boston is hungry. With a new manager Eddie Kasko at the helm to create a new spirit of togetherness on a club that feuded with Dick Williams last year, they could recapture the spark of 1967. Much depends on Alvarado, a hotshot shortstop in the minors but now a third baseman. If he makes it, Scott can remain at first where he prefers to play. Rico Petrocelli and Mike Andrews form a fine second short combo, and the outfield of Yaz, Reggie Smith, and Tony Conigliaro is second to none.
Ted Williams worked miracles with his Washington club last year, finishing only four games behind the Yankees. With hitters like Frank Howard, Ken McMullen, and Mike Epstein to carry the load, the Senators could sneak into third place. The McClain case, and a subsequent article by Bill Freehan, who wrote of dissension in the clubhouse, may have wrecked the Tigers. Mickey Lolich must carry a heavy load. The lineup still is solid with Willie Horton, Al Kaline, Jim Northrup, Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash, and Freehan to swing the bat. Who can replace McClain's 16 wins? The answer is easy - nobody.
Ralph Houk hopes to get more zing in the batting order with Curt Blefary in right field and Danny Cater at first. Rookie catcher Thurman Munson must come through big, and Bobby Murcer must have a big year or Mel Stottlemyre, Fritz Peterson, and Stan Bahnson must struggle along without any big innings. Ken Harrelson's loss was a big blow to the Cleveland club even if Dean Chance comes back to help Sam McDowell.
The Twins floundered through spring training, losing nine in a row at one stage. Harmon Killebrew, bothered by a chronic knee condition, was slow coming around. Bill Rigney is counting on Luis Tiant to step in there with Jim Kaat, Jim Perry, and Dave Boswell while the Killer and Tony Oliva do the heavy bombing. Oakland might just be ready to make it's move...The A's gave the Twins a scare last year until the very end. The addition of Don Mincher and Felipe Alou plus the holdover power of Reggie Jackson and Rick Monday should keep them in most games.
Kansas City surprised a lot of people last year, and Charlie Metro will be cracking the whip to get the most out of the players he personally picked as scouting director in the expansion draft. The White Sox are short on pitching and the Angels are weak at the bat. The three should finish in a pack with third, fourth, and fifth up for grabs.
And the Seattle Pilots? They won't even be in the league this season. Milwaukee's Brewers will have to be satisfied with dreams of the future.
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Saturday April 4th, 1970

Reds, N.Y. Mets Picked To Win Division Flags

By Jack Hand
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Maybe the amazin' Mets will fall flat on their faces. Maybe Gil Hodges will lose his magic. Maybe Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman won't win at least 40 games. Maybe, but don't bet on it. After eating chalk with the St. Louis Cardinals last spring, this observer has caught the Met religion. The amazin'sdid the convincing last September and October and there appears to be no reason to abandon ship despite a so-so record in spring training. The Mets have bolstered their one weak spot in the infield with Joe Foy at third base. They picked up an experienced lefty in Ray Sadecki. And they will have the full season services of big Donn Clendenon. After beating off the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals- to say nothing of the Phillies and Expos- they must take on the best in the West before they make the World Series again.
The best in the West can be any one of five teams. We exclude only San Diego from the race. Despite a pitching problem that still exists, the raw power in the Cincinnati Reds' order suggests they will outslug Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Here's the way it looks from here in the two divisions:
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1. New York Mets
2. Chicago Cubs
3. St. Louis Cardinals
4. Pittsburgh Pirates
5. Philadelphia Phillies
6. Montreal Expos
West
1. Cincinnati Reds
2. Atlanta Braves
3. Houston Astros
4. San Francisco Giants
5. Los Angeles Dodgers
6. San Diego Padres
The Pirates have been getting a big play from the sports writers in Florida who have been awed by that steady batting order and the fine early form of Bob Veale, Bob Moose, and Dock Ellis. If things work out for Danny Murtaugh, and if Bill Mazeroski and Gene Alley can stand up for a full season, they might do the big job.
But it is hard to overlook the Cubs, who stayed neck and neck with the Mets until faltering late and ending the season 10 games back. The big reason why we're putting them second is a shortage of starting pitchers behind Ferguson Jenkins, Bill Hands, and Ken Holtzman. The Cubs have a strong but thin line of regulars. Injuries to Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, Don Kessinger, Glenn Beckert, or Billy Williams could be disastrous. For a starter they are already in trouble with Randy Hundley on the injured list.
Getting back to the Mets for a moment, there is no reason to believe that Nolan Ryan may be ready to step up right behind Seaver, Koosman, and Gary Gentry to make a formidable staff. Seaver and Koosman of course are the keys. If Tommie Agee doesn't hit 40 homers, and Cleon Jones doesn't hit .300, the addition of the speedy Foy and long ball Clendenon could take up the slack.
St. Louis is a muddled situation because of the illness of Mike Shannon. Red Schoendienst has been trying Joe Torre, Phil Gagliano, and Richie Allen at third base. Ted Simmons, the rookie who is supposed to be the No. 1 catcher is still in the Army. The bullpen is in trouble without Joe Hoerner. Allen's big bat is going to be a big help, and the pitching trio of Bob Gibson, Steve carlton, and Nelson Briles is rough.
The Phillies are rebuilding with kids, installing Larry Bowa at short and Denny Doyle at second in the middle of the infield. They are short one outfielder. Tim McCarver must bounce back strong if they are to get good catching. Much depends on comebacks by Chris Short and Jim Bunning in the pitching department. Montreal is in over it's head, and will probably take a step back from last year's 71-91 mark.
In the West, the booming bats of the Reds will have to make up for pitching shortages although they hope ex-Angel Jim McGlothlin and rookie Wayne Simpson will come to the aid of Gary Nolan, Jim Merritt, and Jim Maloney. Sparky Anderson is gambling on rookie shortstop Dave Concepcion but has Woody Woodward to fall back on in case of trouble. The loss of Ron Reed was a body blow to the Braves, taking away a 17 game winner for an indefinite period...That puts an extra heavy load on Phil Niekro, George Stone, Pat Jarvis, and ex-Oakland Athletic Jim Nash. The Braves are a solid club and could take the division with another solid season from Hank Aaron.
Many regard the Astros as the sleeper in the field. That pitching staff led by Larry Dierker, Don Wilson, Tom Griffin, and Denny LeMaster fanned an incredible 1,209 batters last year. The addition of Joe Pepitone has to help. The Giants' Japanese junket may turn out to have been an expensive break in spring training routine. However Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry on the mound, and Willie McCovey, Willie Mays, and Bobby Bonds at the plate are going to keep them in the thick of it.
The Dodgers are another club that could blow up a storm if kids like Bill Buckner and possibly Steve Garvey come through. Much depends on Willie Davis in center and the ability of Maury Wills to play steadily. San Diego should move up a few lengths but it's difficult seeing them getting out of the cellar.
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Monday April 6th, 1970

Two Baseball Openers Set Today

By Jack Hand
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President Nixon, Seattle, Denny McLain, and Curt Flood will be among the missing when the big league baseball season opens Monday and Tuesday before crowds expected to total 330,000.
After a winter of player discontent, threats of lawsuits and shocking revelations, the owners hope the return of the athletes to the playing field will provide the needed spring tonic. About 18 rookies will spice the opening lineups.
President Nixon will not be on hand for the Presidential opener in Washington Monday because of political problems that also forced Vice President Spiro Agnew to decline the starting assignment. Instead, 22 year old David Eisenhower, the President's son in law and grandson of the late President Eisenhower will throw out the first ball before the Senators play the Detroit Tigers.
Seattle, of course, has been replaced by the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League after a series of injunction and bankruptcy proceedings. McLain, suspended Commissioner Bowie Kuhn because of an association with alleged bookmakers won't be available to work for Detroit until July 1st. Flood's challenge to baseball's reserve clause is due to begin in court on May 18th. In the meantime the star centerfielder remains in retirement, having refused to accept his trade from St. Louis to Philadelphia.
The only two games today are at Washington and Cincinnati. All of the other teams except the St. Louis Cardinals will open Tuesday. The Cards, National League favorites in Vegas, play their first game Wednesday in Montreal.
Mickey Lolich, an 18 game winner will draw the Detroit assignment that normally would have fallen to McLain. He will oppose Dick Bosman, who won 21 for the Senators in 1969. About 45,000 are expected to turn out to see what Ted Williams has produced in this second year as manager. Dave Nelson, former Cleveland Indian 2B is the new face in the Washington lineup. Detroit will field Cesar Gutierrez ex-San Francisco Giant at shortstop, and former Red Sox Dalton Jones at third base.
Cincinnati counts on 29,000 at Crosley Field for the special opener against Montreal. The Reds new park will not be ready until at least the end of June. Jim Merritt, the lefty who, fortunately for him, broke his right arm instead of his left when he fell off a roof chasing his kid's kite, will open for Cincinnati. The Reds will have two rookies in the lineup, SS Dave Concepcion and LF Bernie Carbo. Montreal's starting pitcher will be Carl Morton, a 26 year old rookie from Kansas City.
Tuesday's program will be topped by Milwaukee's return to the majors as the new home of the old Seattle Pilots, now known as the Brewers. They will send Marty Pattin against the California Angels' Rudy May in a game expected to draw 30,000 at County Stadium despite the delay in a final decision on the Seattle franchise.
In other American League games on Tuesday, the defending champion Baltimore Orioles will be at Cleveland with Jim Palmer facing Sam McDowell before 30,000. The Indians count on rookie Ted Ford in a revamped outfield that will include new corners Ted Uhlaender from Minnesota and Vada Pinson from St. Louis. Graig Nettles, another ex-Twin will be at third.
Boston will open against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium with Ray Culp, an 18 game winner a year ago facing off with Fritz Peterson, the Yanks 22 game winner. John Ellis may be on first base and Thurman Munson catching for the Yanks with Danny Cater at third and Curt Blefery in right field. The Red Sox main changes will be a rookie, Luis Alvarado at third base and young Jerry Moses catching.
Minnesota, 1969 winners in the American West, will be at Chicago, where Jim Perry, an 18 game winner, will tangle with Tommy John. Rookie Paul Powell may open for the twins in center and rookie John Matias may be at first for the White Sox who will have ex-Red Sox Syd O'Brien at second.
Oakland will send Jim "Catfish" Hunter against the Royals at Kansas City where Bob Johnson is due to work for the home side. The A's will show Don Mincher at first, Felipe Alou in left, and Frank Fernandez at catcher. Amos Otis, ex-Met will be in center for Kansas City with Luis Alcaraz at second.
The defending National League champion New York Mets open with Tom Seaver, the 26 game and Cy Young Award winning ace going against Bob Veale at Pittsburgh. Joe Foy at third base is the only new Met in the lineup.
Atlanta plans to pitch Pat Jarvis against Pat Dobson, former Tiger at San Diego in a night game. The Padres will use two rookies, Dave campbell at second and Jerry Morales in the outfield.
Steve Garvey and Bil Buckner give the Los Angeles Dodgers some rookie sparkle for a home night opener against Cincinnati. Claude Osteen will pitch for the Dodgers and probably Gary Nolan for the Reds who fly west immediately after Monday's home game.
Two of the top pitchers in the league meet at San Francisco where it will be Larry Dierker, Houston's 18 game winner against Gaylord Perry who won 18 and fired a no hitter for the Giants.
The new look Phillies will have Chris Short on the mound at home against 16 game winner Ferguson Jenkins of the pennant minded Chicago Cubs. Rookies Larry Bowa will be at short and Denny Doyle at second for Philadelphia.
When the Cards open at Montreal Wednesday their pitcher will be Bob Gibson. Eight new Managers will make their bows. In the National it will be Frank Lucchesi in Philadelphia, Danny Murtaugh at Pittsburgh, and Sparky Anderson at Cincinnati. In the American it will be Eddie Kasko at Boston, Dave Bristol at Milwaukee, Bill Rigney at Minnesota, John McNamara at Oakland, and Charlie metro at Kansas City.
According to Las Vegas odds, the Cards are 7-2 favorites in the National and the Orioles 9-5 in the American. The baseball writers' poll picked Baltimore and Oakland in the American's two divisions and the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati in the National.
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Hello baseball fans! This is Curt Gowdy here reminding you that Baseball's Game Of The Week on NBC is back once again for our 4th season beginning with a great match-up on Saturday April 18th between the National League Western Division Champion San Francisco Giants and the powerful upstarts, the Cincinnati Reds with their new skipper Sparky Anderson. We have a great season planned for you and I along with Tony Kubek hope to have you aboard every Saturday afternoon.

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Tuesday April 7th, 1970

Merritt, Weather Freeze Expos Bats
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Senators Finally Prevail In Home Opener

On a day in which the temperature ranged from 5 below zero to the low 40's depending who you want to believe, Cincinnati Reds hurler Jim Merritt proved that his arm was just fine, as he mowed down the visiting Expos in brilliant fashion, holding them to just four hits and two walks while striking out seven in a complete game 1-0 shutout victory in the last ever opening day at Cincinnati's Crosley Field. The game's lone run came in the fourth inning, when with none on and two out, 1B Lee May got a hold of a first pitch fastball from Montreal's Carl Morton and hammered it way over the wall in left field, giving Merritt all he would need to secure the ballgame.

Bosman Shines In 2-0 Senators Win
A Nixon and an Eisenhower graced the Washington rooting section. Ted Williams barked encouragement from the dugout and a micro skirted cutie hugged Frank Howard at home plate. With that kind of support how could the Senators do anything but win? On a bitter cold day here in the Nation's Capital, the Washington Senators, behind a tremendous pitching performance from starter Dick Bosman, blanked the visiting Detroit Tigers 2-0 in the traditional American League opener in front of 45,015 chilled spectators here at R.F.K. Stadium. Handed an early 2-0 lead courtesy of a monstrous two run homer by Frank Howard, which prompted a curvy cutie to congratulate him in her own special way, SP Dick Bosman quickly went to work, dominating the Tigers into the 9th inning, where a one out walk to Bill Freehan followed by a Ken Szotkiewicz single prompted manager Williams to go to reliever Darold Knowles, who needed just two pitches to induce a game ending double play out of Tigers great Al Kaline. Win the win, the Senators snapped a seven game losing streak on opening day.
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I want some of those magic beans that Jack Hand must have taken when he picked the Red Sox over the Orioles.
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I want some of those magic beans that Jack Hand must have taken when he picked the Red Sox over the Orioles.
HaHa, tell me about it. I think that because he got burned the year before, he sort of went out on a limb, unfortunately he chose the wrong league!
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Wednesday April, 8th, 1970

Mets Make History By Winning Opener

Pittsburgh(AP) Donn Clendenon's two run double was the key blow in an eight run 10th inning for the defending National League champion New York Mets who went on to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates by the score of 10-2 for their first ever opening day victory. A crowd of 34,249, the largest in 22 years, turned out to witness the final opener in old Forbes Field. The Pirates are expected to move into their new state of the art park, Three Rivers Stadium, later this year.

Brewers Prevail In First Ever Game

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Back to back 7th inning RBI singles from Ted Savage and Danny Walton proved to be the difference, as the Milwaukee Brewers battled back from a 3-0 first inning deficit to win their first ever American League contest, defeating the California Angels by the score of 6-5. A rollicking of 36,107 were on hand for the event.

Giants Stop Astros On Mays Homer In 9th

San Francisco- Thanks to a huge day from third sacker Jim Ray Hart who went 3 for 4 with 2 home runs including a game tying solo shot in the 8th, the defending Western Division champion Giants were able to overcome a poor performance by SP Gaylord Perry to go into the 9th inning tied at 7-7. In the 9th, the Giants quickly put an end to things in dramatic fashion, when following a leadoff single by Ken Henderson, CF Willie Mays stepped to the plate and lined a two run game winning home run over the wall in left field, as San Francisco stunned the visiting Houston Astros 9-7 in front of a huge crowd of nearly 40,000 here at cold and rainy Candlestick Park.

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If anyone is curious as to the format, here's what I've just decided on:

1. First off, each and every Monday there will be a new edition of The Sporting News which will have all of the week's highlights, big news, and transactions.

2. Secondly, every Saturday beginning on April 11th there will be a "Game Of The Week" following the exact schedule from real life. Each game will be done in a "broadcast" style inning by inning.

3. Finally, following every month, there will be a division by division review of the past month's play that will be more team centric as opposed the TSN's more player friendly approach.

Hopefully you guys like it, it should be fun!
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If anyone is curious as to the format, here's what I've just decided on:

1. First off, each and every Monday there will be a new edition of The Sporting News which will have all of the week's highlights, big news, and transactions.

2. Secondly, every Saturday beginning on April 11th there will be a "Game Of The Week" following the exact schedule from real life. Each game will be done in a "broadcast" style inning by inning.

3. Finally, following every month, there will be a division by division review of the past month's play that will be more team centric as opposed the TSN's more player friendly approach.

Hopefully you guys like it, it should be fun!
I like it already.........
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Monday April 13th, 1970

This Week's Transactions

Monday April 6th:
The California Angels have released infielder Chuck Cottier

The Montreal Expos have purchased catcher Jack Hiatt from the San Francisco Giants

The Kansas City Royals have released pitcher Orlando Pena.

The Expos have purchased 1B Tom Robson from the New York Mets

The Washington Senators have released shortstop Zoilo Versalles

Released by the Minnesota Twins earlier in the day, relief pitcher Darrell "Bucky Brandon has been signed by the White Sox.

Tuesday April 7th:
The California Angels have released pitcher Jack Fisher

The Baltimore Orioles have released 2B Larry Milbourne

Wednesday April 8th:
In compensation for Curt Flood's refusal to report, the Cardinals have sent CF Willie Montanez and P Jim Browning to the Phillies to complete the deal.

The Detroit Tigers have released SS Ton Tresh

The Montreal Expos have signed recently released pitcher Ken Johnson to a deal. Johnson last pitched for the Cubs in 1969

Thursday April 9th:
The Orioles have purchased catcher Jimmie Schaffer from the Dodgers for cash.

Friday April 10th:
The Phillies have sent 1B Ron Allen, brother of Richie, to the New York mets for a player to be named later.

Sunday April 12th:
The Chicago Cubs have released pitcher Jesus Hernaiz

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Some very interesting story lines in the news... I will assume you have written a few of those yourself? I loved the comment by Hoyt Wilhelm, that the next 1000 would be easier...

Tough break for Stevie Renko on his 1st no hitter bid. I out away.... ouch. Believe it or not, in RL the Expos got their 1st no hitter out of the way much sooner, Bill Stoneman did the deed in 1969.
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Some very interesting story lines in the news... I will assume you have written a few of those yourself? I loved the comment by Hoyt Wilhelm, that the next 1000 would be easier...

Tough break for Stevie Renko on his 1st no hitter bid. I out away.... ouch. Believe it or not, in RL the Expos got their 1st no hitter out of the way much sooner, Bill Stoneman did the deed in 1969.
Yes, you'll see several news articles as the season goes on that I throw in there. As for Renko, I was stunned when I looked at it. At first I though that they took him out of the game with one out to go! Then I saw the injury. Like you said just bad luck.
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Sports Presents
The MLB Game Of The Week
Saturday April 18th, 1970
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Live From Crosley Field In Cincinnati

Good afternoon baseball fans and welcome to the Major League Baseball Game Of The Week, brought to you by the National Broadcasting Company. In today's game, we'll have the 11-2 Cincinnati Reds up against the defending National League Western division champion San Francisco Giants who sit at 4-9. Here's today's starting lineups:
Cincinnati Reds
1. Bobby Tolan CF
2. Pete Rose RF
3. Bernie Carbo LF
4. Tony Perez 3B
5. Johnny Bench C
6. Jimmy Stewart 2B
7. Woody Woodward 1B
8. Darrel Chaney SS
9. Wayne Simpson P

San Francisco Giants
1. Ken Henderson LF
2. Willie Mays CF
3. Willie McCovey 1B
4. Bobby Bonds RF
5. Dick Dietz C
6. Ron Hunt 2B
7. Jim Ray Hart 3B
8. Tito Fuentes SS
9. Rich Robertson P

First Inning
Henderson and Mays both single to start the game. The game is then halted as Mays is congratulated for connecting on his 3,000th hit. Once play resumes, Henderson and Mays pull off a double steal. McCovey and Bonds both strikeout. Dietz doubles down the right field line scoring Henderson, Mays is thrown out at the plate.
Giants 1 Reds 0

Tolan doubles to right. Rose reaches on an infield single. Carbo walks to load the bases. Perez strikes out. Bench strikes out. Stewart pops out to short.
Giants 1 Reds 0

Second Inning
Hunt doubles to right center. Hart flies out to center, Hunt tags. Fuentes singles to left scoring Hunt. Robertson sacrifices Fuentes to 2nd. Henderson flies out to center.
Giants 2 Reds 0

Woodward grounds out to third. Chaney fans. Simpson flies out to left.
Giants 2 Reds 0

Third Inning
Mays flies out to left. McCovey flies out to right. Bonds strikes out for the second time ending the inning.
Giants 2 Reds 0

Tolan strikes out. Rose and then Carbo both ground out to McCovey. Robertson has now retired nine straight Reds.
Giants 2 Reds 0

Fourth Inning
Dietz flies out to left. Hunt is hit by a pitch. Hart singles through the hole at short. Fuentes reaches first on a fielder's choice. Robertson grounds out to short.
Giants 2 Reds 0

Perez strikes out. Bench lines a single to center. Stewart doubles to the gap in right center, Bench cruises home. Woodward grounds back to the pitcher. Chaney is intentionally walked. Simpson pops out to first.
Giants 2 Reds 1

Fifth Inning
Henderson grounds out to center. Mays strikes out. McCovey singles to left. Bonds grounds out to short.
Giants 2 Reds 1

Tolan walks to start the inning. Rose slaps a single to right. Carbo walks, loading the bases. Perez flies out to deep right, scoring Tolan. Bench safe at first on a fielder's choice. Stewart flies out to center.
Giants 2 Reds 2

Sixth Inning
Dietz flies out to left. Hunt single to center. Hart strikes out looking. Fuentes singles, Hunt pedals to third. Robertson retired on a fielder's choice at second.
Giants 2 Reds 2

Woodward grounds out to third. Chaney walks. Simpson bunts Chaney to second. Tolan walks. Rose singles the opposite way to left, scoring Chaney. Carbo walks to load the bases for the third straight time. Perez finally makes Robertson pay, ripping a single to right center that scores both Tolan and Rose. Robertson replaced on the mound by Ron Bryant. Bench grounds out softly to second.
Reds 5 Giants 2

Seventh Inning

Henderson grounds out to second. Mays grounds out to short. McCovey strikes out to end the inning.
Reds 5 Giants 2

Stewart hit by a pitch. Woodward safe at first on a fielder's choice to short. Chaney strikes out. Simpson walks. Tolan grounds out unassisted to McCovey.
Reds 5 Giants 2

Eighth Inning
Bonds leads off with a crisp single to center, his first hit of the day. Dietz grounds into a double play, shortstop to first. Hunt ends the frame on a ground out to second.
Reds 5 Giants 2

Mike Davison replaces Bryant on the mound. Jim Gosger takes over in center for Mays. Rose flies out to center. Carbo grounds out to short. Perez grounds out to first.
Reds 5 Giants 2

Ninth Inning
Hart grounds out to second. Fuentes grounds out to short. Gosger grounds out to first, ending the game.
Reds 5 Giants 2

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Monday April 20th, 1970

This Week's Transactions

Monday April 13th:
The Phillies have signed veteran free agent SS Ruben Amaro, placing him in Triple A Eugene.

The New York Yankees have placed pitcher Mike Kekich on the disabled list with a sore elbow, he'll be out about three weeks.

The Cincinnati Reds have released veteran pitchers Al Jackson and Camilo Pascual.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed 36 year old pitcher Camilo Pascual.

The Kansas City Royals have purchased 29 year old catcher John Sullivan from the Baltimore Orioles.

Wednesday April 15th:
The Milwaukee Brewers have released 19 year old infielder Fernando Gonzalez.

Friday April 17th:
The California Angels have purchased 31 year old SS Ray Oyler from the Oakland A's for cash.

The Padres will be without SS Tommy Dean for 3 weeks due to sore ribs

Cincinnati Reds hurler Jim Maloney has been placed on the disabled list, and could miss the season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Bill Singer has been hospitalized with Hepatitis, he could miss as much as three months.

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Good stuff so far.......

Ron Hunt getting hit by a pitch in the Game of the Week? What are the chances of that?

What was it about Ron Hunt that he was a magnet for the baseball?
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