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1919 FINAL

The tightly contested pennant races presaged in the first half of the season did not materialize in the second. In the Dominion Association, Glasgow, shut out of the post-season since 1892, held the whip hand after the all-star break. The offense ranked first in the DA with a .288 batting average and featured the hard-hitting double-play combination of Mike Allen (.329, 3 HR, 87 RBI) at shortstop and Joseph Roskilly (.316, 3 HR, 81 RBI) at second base. The Gaelic mound corps was rather less formidable, but still received solid performances from Eric "Scissors" Morris (22-11, 2.76 ERA) and "Uncle" Chris Ledrew (18-10, 3.04 ERA). Hull, runners-up at the halfway point, relied on the hitting of home-run leader Kane Jones (.307, 11 HR, 58 RBI) and William Watson (.333, 5 HR, 69 RBI) and the pitching of Ewan Eaves (20-16, 2.92 ERA), but fell off the pace in August when they lost three-straight games at home to Glasgow in the midst of a seven-game losing skid that effectively knocked them out of the competition. Bristol fared even worse, losing eleven of fourteen after the resumption of play and dropping from third place to eighth. Second-year outfielder Arthur Everest (.323, 3 HR, 45 RBI) led the Docker offense until a strained hamstring sidelined him for most of September, and wily veteran William Revell (20-17, 2.48 ERA) shouldered the bulk of the pitching duties. Stoke, languishing in ninth place at the all-star break, climbed the ladder swiftly once play resumed in the second half. Allan "Big Stick" Milborn (24-14, 2.06 ERA), the incumbent outstanding pitcher in the DA, put in another award-worthy performance on the mound, leading the loop in both victories and ERA. Aside from Jim Bonnar (.311, 3 HR, 54 RBI) and Durkin Wiscar (.300, 6 HR, 58 RBI), however, the offense was inconsistent, and the Potters' last chance to gain on the Gaelics faded when they dropped five of six games to the leaders in September. Kensington went from tenth place to third largely on the strength of a solid defense and the slugging of Paul Harber (.306, 8 HR, 53 RBI) and Michael Mabbett (.273, 8 HR, 76 RBI). Manchester finished in the first division after sprinting to the wire with a 20-8 record after 1 September. Dylan Cottingham (.331, 4 HR, 71 RBI) powered the Miller offense, while Eddie Littleton (20-10, 2.60 ERA) had a career year on the mound. Belfast's Robert Crober (.339, 1 HR, 76 RBI) captured the batting crown, as Leicester star Patrick Stay (.315, 1 HR, 38 RBI) spent ten weeks on the DL with various ailments and ended up with the worst batting mark of his illustrious career. Glasgow glided to the finish line without any serious competition, but will go into the post-season minus their number two starter, Ledrew, who injured his elbow in mid-September.

The story was much the same in the Empire League. Liverpool, behind Dublin by a half-game at the all-star break, took charge after play resumed in July. Ken Drummond (27-9, 2.61 ERA) had the kind of season pitchers dream of, and went 14-3 in the second half to carry the team. Michael Parkins (20-10, 2.24 ERA) was on his way to his best year ever when an inflamed shoulder took him out of action in the first week of September. At the plate, Craig Watt (.300, 1 HR, 71 RBI) and John Bell (.317, 3 HR, 68 RBI) spearheaded an offense that scored 624 runs, second-most in the League. Dublin tried to keep pace with Liverpool but fell behind in August and dropped three out four games at Liverpool at the end of the month. John "Kingfish" Pynchon (11-2, 21 SV, 1.99 ERA) made sixty-two trips in from the bullpen during the year and was a big reason why the Shamrocks went 41-22 in one-run games, far and away the best mark in the BA. The surge in hitting that swept the majors, however, seemed to have passed Dublin, and Sean Bryson (.294, 8 HR, 64 RBI) was at the forefront of an offense that collectively hit .259, ninth-best in the EL. Bradford climbed into the third spot -- their best finish since 1907 -- on the strength of their pitching staff, led by William Bent (20-14, 2.71 ERA) and Luc Martin (15-8, 2.42 ERA). At the plate, number three hitter catcher Phil D'Aeth (.312, 6 HR, 61 RBI) set the table for cleanup man and home-run king Robert Ducker (.284, 16 HR, 85 RBI). Martin, however, missed the last month of play with a torn shoulder muscle, and the Badgers could make no headway in the pennant chase without him. Portsmouth received sterling individual performances from outfielder Robert Butlin (.306, 5 HR, 60 RBI) and starter George Joscelyn (23-14, 2.54 ERA), and finished the season with a flurry, winning twenty of their last twenty-eight contests to wind up in fourth place. Birmingham boasted the two best hitters in the League -- infielder Bob Groulx (.330, 0 HR, 75 RBI) and catcher Callum Jones (.327, 1 HR, 85 RBI) -- as well as two twenty-game winners -- Shamus Scanlan (21-7, 1.91 ERA) and George Moberley (21-12, 2.51 ERA). For the Blue Sox, however, the sum was less than the parts, and nagging injuries to key players kept the team from rising higher than a fifth-place tie. In early September, as Liverpool recovered from the shock of losing their number two starter, Parkins, they suffered a further blow when their number four man, Logan Venning (12-6, 2.35 ERA), also succumbed to a season-ending shoulder injury. The Argonauts, therefore, will enter the post-season with half of their starting rotation on the sidelines.

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1919 CUP FINALS SERIES: LIVERPOOL v. GLASGOW

Glasgow stunned the 20,169 fans crowded into Liverpool's Salthouse Park for the opening game of the Cup Finals by scoring five times in the first inning off starter Ken Drummond. The first five Gaelic batters reached base, two on errors by first baseman Christopher Armstrong (.317, 2 HR, 51 RBI), and a third Armstrong miscue in the inning let in the final run. The Argonauts got on the board in the third on a Derek Finnemore (.288, 0 HR, 7 RBI) home run, and Armstrong tried to make amends for his horrible fielding by hitting three doubles, but "Scissors" Morris scattered eleven hits on the way to an 8-3 victory. Glasgow took a 2-0 lead in game two against Argonaut southpaw Nick Fernyhough (16-15, 3.09 ERA), but the home team took the lead in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded triple off the bat of catcher Cass Savory (.266, 4 HR, 48 RBI). Liverpool added another run in the fifth and four more in the eighth, highlighted by Finnemore's three-run triple, knocking out Gaelic starter Daniel Redknapp (15-7, 2.67 ERA), and Liverpool evened up the series with an 8-3 win. It was Morris versus Drummond again in game three at Merchant City Park, and again Glasgow got on the board early against Drummond, scoring twice in the first and adding three more in the third. The Glaswegians were leading 6-0 when Liverpool finally dented the scoreboard on Tom Inkster's (.346, 0 HR, 9 RBI) three-run homer. It was not enough, however, as Morris went the distance for a 7-3 triumph. Leadoff man Richard Netherway (.301, 2 HR, 56 RBI) had four hits for Glasgow, and Mike Allen had four RBI. It was a pitchers' duel in game four, as Redknapp and Fernyhough each baffled opposing batters for eight innings. In the bottom of the ninth, with both teams scoreless, Joseph Roskilly led off with a base hit and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Craig Watt then booted a Steve Fellers (.286, 1 HR, 16 RBI) ground ball that put runners on the corners for Patrick Stoker (.285, 1 HR, 35 RBI), who grounded the first pitch through the left side of the drawn-in infield for a base hit to score the winning run. Liverpool broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning of game five with a Savory solo homer, and the Argonauts, behind the clutch pitching of Danny Pankhurst (8-5, 2.30 ERA), emerged with a 6-2 victory. Savory and John Bell ended the day with three hits each, and Finnemore scored three runs at the top of the Liverpool order. Drummond and Morris matched up for the third time back in Liverpool, and once again the Gaelics manhandled Drummond, scoring three times in the first two innings and adding two more tallies in the fourth. Liverpool closed the gap with three runs in the sixth, with Drummond helping his own cause by slapping an RBI-single, but Glasgow responded with four runs in the top of the seventh, and Morris held the home team scoreless the rest of the way for a complete-game 9-3 series clincher. Glasgow had three triples on the day, including one by catcher Sebastian Meadmore (.306, 0 HR, 57 RBI), who finished with three hits. Netherway finished with a .320 average and seven RBI for the series, but the star was "Scissors" Morris, whose three wins and 2.77 ERA gave the Glaswegins their first BA Cup since 1890.

THE MINORS

Belfast's youngsters, the Bolton Rovers, returned to postseason play after an eighteen-year absence by winning the Northern Conference title, but they met defeat in a four-game Second Tier Championship series at the hands of the Oldham Athletics, Westminster's farm club and winners of the Southern Conference for the second time in three years.

The Cork Green Sox had better luck than their parent club, the Dublin Shamrocks, in winning the Britannia Conference title, and they went on to defeat the Gloucester Buffs, Kensington's farmhands who were making their very first post-season appearance, in four games to capture the Third Tier crown.

ALLIANCE LEADERS

Empire League
Hitting
BA: .330 Bob Groulx, Birmingham
HR: 16 Robert Ducker, Bradford
RBI: 86 Gannon McAfee, London
R: 93 Robert Ducker, Bradford; Craig Watt, Liverpool
SB: 62 Paul Boddington, London
Pitching
W: 27 Ken Drummond, Liverpool
L: 23 Carl "Beans" Kidner, Birmingham; Alastair Moorhouse, Edinburgh
K: 174 Carl "Beans" Kidner, Birmingham
ERA: 1.91 Shamus Scanlan, Birmingham
SV: 21 John "Kingfish" Pynchon, Dublin

Pynchon's twenty-one saves was one short of the BA record set by Samuel Orlebar in 1915 when he was with Camberwell.

Dominion Association
Hitting
BA: .339 Robert Crober, Belfast
HR: 11 Kane Jones, Hull
RBI: 87 Mike Allen, Glasgow
R: 102 Marc Roberts, Kensington
SB: 79 Paul Harber, Kensington
Pitching
W: 24 Allan "Big Stick" Milborn, Stoke
L: 21 David Barwell, Lambeth/Manchester; Bastiaan Jurgens, Lambeth
K: 145 Eric "Scissors" Morris, Glasgow
ERA: 2.06 Allan "Big Stick" Milborn, Stoke
SV: 15 Derek "Slappy" Fuller, Belfast

Roberts became the first DA player to break the century mark in runs scored since Gabriel Tatchell did it in 1914.
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1919-20 OFF-SEASON

AWARDS

Empire League
Hitter: Robert Ducker, Bradford (.284, 16 HR, 85 RBI, 93 R, 17 3B, 45 SB, .334 OBP, .467 SLG)
Pitcher: Ken Drummond, Liverpool (27-9, 2.61 ERA, 331.2 IP, 152 K, 1.20 WHIP, .238 OAVG)
Manager: Jeremy Gregory, Liverpool (94-60, 1st place)
Rookie: Tony Chetwynd, Bradford (16-13, 2.34 ERA, 288 IP, 91 K, 1.25 WHIP)

Dominion Association
Hitter: Robert Crober, Belfast (.339, 1 HR, 76 RBI, 101 R, 22 3B, 51 SB, .417 OBP, .463 SLG)
Pitcher: Allan "Big Stick" Milborn, Stoke (24-14, 2.06 ERA, 341 IP, 133 K, 1.14 WHIP, .236 OAVG)
Manager: Matt Arnett, Glasgow (88-66, 1st place)
Rookie: Curran Newmarch, Glasgow (.349, 3 HR, 65 RBI, 60 R, .384 OBP, .482 SLG)

Newmarch put up impressive numbers in only eighty-five games, as his playing time was limited by two trips to the DL totalling nine weeks.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

When William "Gaffer" Love announced his retirement after the close of the 1914 season, there was no question that he would be standing in Clappersgate five years later, accepting his induction to the Hall of Fame. Love, who spent his entire twenty-one-year career with Leeds, finished with 3,624 hits and holds the career records for hits, runs, RBI, at-bats, singles, doubles, stolen bases, and walks. A true giant of the game, he was named the DA's outstanding hitter a record six times and won the batting titles in 1897 and 1899. A seventeen-time selection to the all-star squad, he appeared in seven Cup Finals Series, where he had fifty-three hits and a .294 average and carried home the MVP trophies in 1901 and 1907.

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The venerable William Revell, still going strong at age forty for the Bristol Dockers, recorded his 300th win when he defeated Kensington on 19 May. Later in the season, Westminster ace "Gorgeous" Henry Pitchforth repeated the feat when he beat Edinburgh 9-2 on 2 September for his 300th victory. Roger Britten's base hit in the seventh inning of the 3 August contest against Dublin delighted the hometown Nottingham crowd, as it marked Britten's 3000th career hit. The Forester first baseman later passed Ed Densmore into second-place on the all-time hits list behind recent Hall of Fame inductee "Gaffer" Love. Stoke outfielder Conor Noblett had seven RBI on three hits, including a two-run homer, in a 22-3 win over Bristol on 28 July.

ALLIANCE NEWS

Attendance was up throughout the BA, although the Spanish flu epidemic still kept crowds below their pre-war levels. That was enough, though, to prompt Hull's management to announce the construction of a new ballpark for the 1920 season. The optimistic mood was buoyed by plans to celebrate the Alliance's fiftieth anniversary. Special ceremonies to mark the occasion will be held in all the BA ballparks on opening day, and an old-timers' game, pitting former stars from the EL and DA, will be held prior to the All-Star Game.

The Rules Subcommittee announced the first major rule change since the adoption of the foul-strike rule when it ruled that the spitball and other "trick" pitches would no longer be tolerated. Not only was the practice of loading the ball with spit,, tobacco juice, licorice, slippery elm, and other substances decried as unsanitary, but batters complained that the discolored and damaged balls were difficult to see in late afternoon games. Umpires have now been instructed to remove such balls from play.

On the eve of spring training, doctors gave Glasgow starter "Uncle" Chris Ledrew the bad news: medical science had done all that it could to treat the elbow injury he suffered at the end of the 1919 season, and it wasn't enough to permit him to return to the diamond. An eighteen-game winner last year, Ledrew, had accumulated a 54-43 record in a Gaelics uniform. Dublin relief ace John "Kingfish" Pynchon tore a shoulder muscle in a spring game on 13 March and will miss the first half of the season.

WESTMINSTER NEWS

A disappointing season turned disastrous as Westminster lost their two best players to serious injuries late in the season. On 13 September, in a game at Camberwell, Aidan "Tido" Mabley left the game in the fifth inning complaining of pain in his left elbow. A post-game examination confirmed the team's worst fears: he had ruptured a ligament, and, as a result, will likely sit out all of next year. Ten days later, in a 23 September game against the Whitecaps at home, Devin Mabson, trying to beat out an infield hit, collided with Camberwell first baseman Greg Helton and landed awkwardly on his right knee. He was carried from the field in a stretcher, and doctors diagnosed it as a fractured kneecap. The outfielder will be on crutches for seven months at least, which means he'll miss the beginning of the 1920 season.

The loss of Mabley and Mabson provided a cruel coda to the 1919 season. Earlier in the year, left hander Christopher O'Shinnick, in his eleventh start, went down with an elbow ailment that required surgery, which put him on the shelf for the remainder of the campaign. That began a rash of injuries, big and small, that ravaged the Peers, preventing them from sustaining any forward momentum and necessitating a raid on the team's minor-league talent, whether or not they were ready for the big leagues. There were, nevertheless, some pleasant surprises. Infielders Tim Savill, Nick Ilett, and Jonathan Henn performed well in their limited time on the big club, and no doubt will compete for full-time jobs in spring training. Savill and Henn, in particular, ascended rapidly through the ranks, having been signed to their first professional contracts in the spring and moving up from the Third Tier through the Second Tier to the majors in one year. American right hander Jerry Parker made the same quick trip from the amateur ranks to the big leagues and performed creditably in a spot starter role, going 7-6 with a 3.97 ERA. Meanwhile, rookie Robert Nethersole took over the main catching duties after veteran Jonathan Wallace's batting average slipped below .200 and responded with a .260 mark in sixty-one games while throwing out forty-six per cent of baserunners attempting to steal on him. All in all, the season to come is one that Westminster fans will greet with a mixture of hope and trepidation.
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EMPIRE LEAGUE

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Decade record: 729-810, .474 (18 of 24)
Best finish: 1916 (92-62, 2nd place)
Worst finish: 1911 (59-95, 12th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: 1 (1911)
Market size: 13 (1910-11), 14 (1912), 15 (1913), 16 (1914), 17 (1915-19)
Attendance: 3,348,945 (14 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: 1 - Bob Groulx (1915)
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Bob Groulx (1913-19): .304, 7 HR, 449 RBI
Best pitcher: Shamus Scanlan (1910-19): 189-151, 2.25 ERA

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Decade record: 765-774, .497 (9t of 24)
Best finish: 1919 (85-69, 3rd place)
Worst finish: 1916 (56-98, 12th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: 1 (1916)
Market size: 7 (1910-16), 6 (1917-19)
Attendance: 3,130,413 (20 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: 1 - Robert Ducker (1919)
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Michael Fowles (1910-18): .295, 28 HR, 503 RBI
Best pitcher: William Bent (1910-19): 153-124, 2.78 ERA

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Decade record: 816-723, .530 (5 of 24)
Best finish: 1918 (86-68, 2nd place)
Worst finish: 1911 (68-86, 9th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: none
Market size: 11 (1910-15), 10 (1916-18), 9 (1919)
Attendance: 3,299,350 (15 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: 3 - Leo Vellenoweth (1913), Henry Stockill (1914, 1917)
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Henry Stockill (1910-19): .302, 38 HR, 603 RBI
Best pitcher: George Bell (1912-19): 134-106, 2.59 ERA

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Decade record: 681-858, .442 (23 of 24)
Best finish: 1919 (86-68, 2nd place)
Worst finish: 1914 (56-97, 12th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: 2 (1914-15)
Market size: 8 (1910-15), 7 (1916-18), 6 (1919)
Attendance: 3,086,079 (21 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Eddie Yates (1911-19): .277, 31 HR, 399 RBI
Best pitcher: Leo Hollingsworth (1910-15): 98-91, 2.54 ERA
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EMPIRE LEAGUE (cont.)

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Decade record: 725-814, .471 (19 of 24)
Best finish: 1915 (87-67, 3rd place)
Worst finish: 1919 (62-92, 12th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: 3 (1910, 1918-19)
Market size: 8 (1910-12, 1918-19), 9 (1913-17)
Attendance: 2,755,446 (23 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Logan Bisset (1912-19): .290, 20 HR, 429 RBI
Best pitcher: Dylan McAbee (1913-18): 76-60, 2.69 ERA

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Decade record: 899-640, .584 (2 of 24)
Best finish: 1918 (102-52, 1st place)
Worst finish: 1916 (80-74, 6th place)
Pennants: 2 (1918-19)
BA Cups: 1 (1918)
Wooden spoons: none
Market size: 19 (1910-15), 18 (1916), 17 (1917), 16 (1918-19)
Attendance: 4,464,789 (4 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: 3 - Kirby Edmands (1910), Jacob Smith (1911), Craig Watt (1918)
Outstanding Pitcher awards: 2 - Wilford Johnstone (1913), Ken Drummond (1919)
Best hitter: Jacob Smith (1910-19): .280, 10 HR, 419 RBI
Best pitcher: Declan "Poet" MacHutchin (1910-17): 111-66, 2.44 ERA

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Decade record: 763-776, .496 (12 of 24)
Best finish: 1918 (83-71, 3rd place)
Worst finish: 1914 (67-86, 10th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: none
Market size: 20
Attendance: 3,235,768 (16 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: 1 - Gregory Thomas (1916)
Outstanding Pitcher awards: 2 - Arthur Nancekevell (1917-18)
Best hitter: Gregory Thomas (1913-19): .301, 22 HR, 361 RBI
Best pitcher: Arthur Nancekevell (1910-19): 191-142, 2.50

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Decade record: 698-841, .454 (21 of 24)
Best finish: 1917 (76-78, 7th place)
Worst finish: 1911 (61-93, 11th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: none
Market size: 7 (1910-15), 6 (1916-18), 5 (1919)
Attendance: 2,682,163 (24 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Jordan Cattermole (1911-19): .281, 37 HR, 544 RBI
Best pitcher: Jack Ballinger (1910-19): 141-137, 2.45 ERA
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Decade record: 765-774, .497 (9t of 24)
Best finish: 1914 (84-69, 2nd place)
Worst finish: 1917 (67-87, 11th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: none
Market size: 7 (1910-13), 6 (1914-17), 5 (1918-19)
Attendance: 3,198,155 (18 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: 1 - Kevin Metcalfe (1912)
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Roger Britten (1910-19): .279, 16 HR, 539 RBI
Best pitcher: Adam "Twilight" Perkins (1910-19): 170-142, 2.35 ERA

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Decade record: 753-786, .489 (13t of 24)
Best finish: 1910 (81-73, 3rd place)
Worst finish: 1917 (55-99, 12th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: 1 (1917)
Market size: 6 (1910-16), 5 (1917-19)
Attendance: 3,176,556 (19 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Blair Mitchell (1916-19): .292, 8 HR, 217 RBI
Best pitcher: Connor MacGibbon (1910-19): 132-142, 2.53 ERA

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Decade record: 673-866, .437 (24 of 24)
Best finish: 1910 (78-76, 4th place)
Worst finish: 1913 (54-100, 12th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: 2 (1912-13)
Market size: 6 (1910-15), 5 (1916-19)
Attendance: 2,862,678 (22 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Simon Mayers (1915-19): .289, 14 HR, 196 RBI
Best pitcher: Ivar "Hush" de Leeuw (1910-19): 132-126, 2.53 ERA

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Decade record: 967-572, .628 (1 of 24)
Best finish: 1914 (114-39, 1st place)
Worst finish: 1918 (71-83, 8th place)
Pennants: 8 (1910-17)
BA Cups: 3 (1913-15)
Wooden spoons: none
Market size: 8 (1910-16, 7 (1917-19)
Attendance: 6,549,618 (1 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: 6 - Henry Pitchforth (1910, 1914), Ian Harker (1911, 1915), Andrew Kirbishly (1912), Aidan Mabley (1916)
Best hitter: Mike Tarrant (1912-19): .292, 12 HR, 457 RBI
Best pitcher: "Gorgeous" Henry Pitchforth (1910-19): 219-126, 2.50 ERA
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DOMINION ASSOCIATION

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Decade record: 804-735, .522 (7 of 24)
Best finish: 1917 (89-65, 2nd place)
Worst finish: 1915 (72-82, 9th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: none
Market size: 10 (1910-15), 9 (1916-7), 8 (1918-19)
Attendance: 4,232,112 (8 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: 2 - Robert Crober (1917, 1919)
Outstanding Pitcher awards: 1 - Gerald Longworth (1917)
Best hitter: Robert Crober (1914-19): .323, 6 HR, 460 RBI
Best pitcher: Gerald "Monk" Longworth (1910-19): 202-130, 2.48 ERA

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Decade record: 713-826, .463 (20 of 24)
Best finish: 1918 (80-74, 5th place)
Worst finish: 1917 (56-98, 12th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: 1 (1917)
Market size: 9 (1910-16), 8 (1917-18), 7 (1919)
Attendance: 3,564,701 (11 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Jonathan Wickenden (1913-19): .302, 15 HR, 320 RBI
Best pitcher: William Revell (1913-19): 120-105, 2.56 ERA

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Decade record: 780-759, .507 (8 of 24)
Best finish: 1919 (88-66, 1st place)
Worst finish: 1910 (67-87, 11th place)
Pennants: 1 (1919)
BA Cups: 1 (1919)
Wooden spoons: none
Market size: 15 (1910-11), 16 (1912), 17 (1913), 18 (1914), 19 (1915-19)
Attendance: 4,357,707 (5 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Sebastian Meadmore (1915-19): .295, 2 HR, 247 RBI
Best pitcher: Ethan Broun (1910-19): 110-106, 2.90 ERA

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Decade record: 753-786, .489 (13t of 24)
Best finish: 1913 (88-66, 1st place)
Worst finish: 1910 (61-93, 12th place)
Pennants: 1 (1913)
BA Cups: none
Wooden spoons: 1 (1910)
Market size: 7 (1910-16), 6 (1917-19)
Attendance: 4,260,907 (7 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Malone Ardrossan (1911-15): .276, 6 HR, 193 RBI
Best pitcher: Ewan Eaves (1915-19): 99-83, 2.22 ERA
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Decade record: 752-787, .489 (15 of 24)
Best finish: 1916 (82-72, 3rd place)
Worst finish: 1911 (71-83, 11th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: none
Market size: 12 (1910-16), 11 (1917-19)
Attendance: 4,214,492 (9 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: 1 - Jayden Copestake (1918)
Outstanding Pitcher awards: 1 - Ryan MacChrystal (1910)
Best hitter: Jayden Copestake (1914-19): .308, 4 HR, 432 RBI
Best pitcher: Charlie Megginson (1913-17): 87-69, 2.38 ERA

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Decade record: 764-775, .496 (11 of 24)
Best finish: 1915 (85-69, 3rd place)
Worst finish: 1911 (69-85, 12th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: 1 (1911)
Market size: 8 (1910-18), 7 (1919)
Attendance: 3,549,853 (12 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: 1 - Gabriel Tatchell (1914)
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Gabriel Tatchell (1913-18): .313, 9 HR, 313 RBI
Best pitcher: John D'Aeth (1910-19): 130-132, 2.83 ERA

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Decade record: 687-852, .446 (22 of 24)
Best finish: 1911 (80-74, 4th place)
Worst finish: 1912 (62-92, 12th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: 4 (1912-13, 1916, 1918*)
Market size: 12 (1910-12), 11 (1913-17), 10 (1918-19)
Attendance: 3,202,404 (17 of 24)

*shared with Sheffield

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Mike Powell (1910-15): .298, 4 HR, 347 RBI
Best pitcher: John Hayward (1912-17): 86-83, 2.97 ERA

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Decade record: 820-719, .533 (4 of 24)
Best finish: 1917 (94-60, 1st place)
Worst finish: 1914 (71-82, 10th place)
Pennants: 4 (1912, 1915, 1917-18)
BA Cups: 2 (1912, 1917)
Wooden spoons: none
Market size: 11 (1910-16), 10 (1917), 9 (1918-19)
Attendance: 5,065,160 (3 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: 2 - William Love (1913), Henry Baul (1915)
Outstanding Pitcher awards: 4 - Callum McGreal (1911), Ron Gamble (1912, 1915-16)
Best hitter: Henry Baul (1912-19): .285, 25 HR, 468 RBI
Best pitcher: Ron "Snuffy" Gamble (1910-19): 169-132, 2.08 ERA
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Decade record: 858-681, .558 (3 of 24)
Best finish: 1910 (95-59, 1st place)
Worst finish: 1919 (70-84, 12th place)
Pennants: 3 (1910-11, 1916)
BA Cups: 3 (1910-11, 1916)
Wooden spoons: 1 (1919)
Market size: 6 (1910-15), 5 (1916-19)
Attendance: 5,114,728 (2 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: 4 - Patrick Stay (1910-13, 1916)
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Patrick Stay (1910-19): .358, 18 HR, 563 RBI
Best pitcher: Matthew Montgomerie (1910-19): 150-93, 2.53 ERA

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Decade record: 740-799, .481 (17 of 24)
Best finish: 1910 (88-66, 2nd place)
Worst finish: 1915 (55-99, 12th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: 2 (1914-15)
Market size: 18 (1910-15), 17 (1916), 16 (1917), 15 (1918), 14 (1919)
Attendance: 3,423,178 (13 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: none
Best hitter: Arthur Johnson (1914-19): .307, 25 HR, 351 RBI
Best pitcher: Eddie Littleton (1910-19): 140-152, 2.97 ERA

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Decade record: 751-788, .488 (16 of 24)
Best finish: 1912 (81-73, 4th place)
Worst finish: 1918 (68-86, 11th place)
Pennants: none
Wooden spoons: 1 (1918*)
Market size: 12 (1910-12), 13 (1913), 14 (1914, 1917-19), 15 (1915-16)
Attendance: 3,934,326 (10 of 24)

*shared with Lambeth

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: 1 - John Findlay (1914)
Best hitter: Donagh Hankinson (1910-19): .291, 14 HR, 537 RBI
Best pitcher: John "Hush" Findlay (1910-19): 175-138, 2.56 ERA

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Decade record: 812-727, .528 (6 of 24)
Best finish: 1914 (92-61, 1st place)
Worst finish: 1916 (71-83, 10th place)
Pennants: 1 (1914)
BA Cups: none
Wooden spoons: none
Market size: 6 (1910-16), 5 (1917-19)
Attendance: 4,297,741 (6 of 24)

Outstanding Hitter awards: none
Outstanding Pitcher awards: 3 - Murray Abernethy (1913), Allan Milborn (1918-19)
Best hitter: Alf Garlick (1910-17): .306, 8 HR,
Best pitcher: Murray Abernethy (1910-17): 114-91, 2.61 ERA, 385 RBI
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SPECIAL REPORT: THE BASEBALL ALLIANCE HALF-CENTURY TEAM, 1870-1919

The British Baseball Writers and Authors Association (BBBWAA) conducted a poll and announced their choices for the best players at each position during the first fifty years of Baseball Alliance competition (* indicates player is in the Hall of Fame).

Empire League

C: Robert Burman,* Liverpool (1871-85), Islington (1885-87)
1B: Robin Broughton, Liverpool (1899-1905), Bradford (1906-09), London (1909-11), Birmingham (1912), Glasgow (1912-13)
2B: Bill Younger, Salford (1899-1917)
3B: Roger Britten, Nottingham (1900-present)
SS: Bill Llewellyn,* Edinburgh (1894-1912)
LF: Doug Burman,* Dublin (1894-1904), Westminster (1905-08), Birmingham (1909-11)
CF: Bryan Conway, Birmingham (1892-1912, 1916)
RF: Logan "Sugar" MacLay, Edinburgh (1891-1902), Sheffield (1903-07)

LHP: Ben George,* Lambeth (1881-82), Newcastle (1882-91), Leeds (1892-97)
RHP: William Isaacs,* Westminster (1885-1900)
Reliever: Toomey "Lumpy" Munroe, Portsmouth (1903-17), Dublin (1917-18)

Manager: Eric Bellairs, Westminster (1900-present)

Dominion Association

C: Christopher Mytton,* Glasgow (1884-1901)
1B: Dougal Mabbitt, Stoke (1898-1915)
2B: Charlie "Wagon Tongue" Shield,* Glasgow (1872-87)
3B: Harry Kerry, Manchester (1875-87), Leeds (1887-88), Lambeth (1887-88, 1890-91)
SS: Patrick Allmark,* Lambeth (1893-1910)
LF: Donagh Hankinson, Sheffield (1907-19), Hull (1919-present)
CF: Liam Walsh, Kensington (1894-1905), London (1905-06), Edinburgh (1906-09), Hull (1909-11)
RF: William "Gaffer" Love,* Leeds (1894-1914)

LHP: George Carrudders,* Islington (1877-95)
RHP: Aaron "Fatty" Trethewey,* Sheffield (1879-96)
Reliever: Kyle "Sunshine" Eden, Dublin (1905-07), Glasgow (1908-16), Edinburgh (1917-18), Leicester (1918)

Manager: Albert Francombe, Manchester (1870-79, 1884-88), Glasgow (1883)

Batter of the Half-Century: William "Gaffer" Love
Pitcher of the Half-Century: George Carrudders

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1920 MID-SEASON

As the Versailles Treaty brought lasting peace to the world and the influenza epidemic abated, Baseball Commissioner Sir Radcliffe Baloneigh, Bart. vowed to make major league baseball "fit for heroes." Liverpool took up the challenge in earnest, and looked ready to make a claim on their third-straight EL pennant. Tom Inkster, getting his first chance at a starting role as the Argos' shortstop, responded with a .324 batting average to lead the team, while outfielder Logan Bisset, acquired from Edinburgh in the off-season, hit .311 until he fractured his hand in early July. Liverpool's pitching, however, was spotty. Ken Drummond helmed the staff, as usual, and was the early leader in the ERA derby with a 2.05 mark, but Nick Fernyhough, who won twenty-five games for the Argonauts two years ago, saw his ERA balloon to 3.90, although he still managed an 11-6 record. Liverpool established themselves in first place early and held onto the top spot until stalling in June with a 10-16 mark. Camberwell surged at the same time, going 14-7 in the month and taking over the top spot on the eve of the all-star break. The Whitecaps were led by the torrid hitting of Greg Helton, who punished League pitching at a .422 tempo. That was enough to compensate for a pitching staff that, with a combined 3.83 ERA, ranked eleventh in the loop. Birmingham's pitchers somehow managed to avoid the offensive onslaught that was affecting the rest of the BA, as they paced the League with a staff ERA of 2.99. Shamus Scanlan won sixteen of his twenty decisions, and George "Pepper" Moberley went 8-3 despite missing the first month of the season with an elbow injury. At the plate, the Blue Sox relied on Bob Groulx, the two-time batting champ who compiled a .326 average in the first half. London competed with Liverpool in the early going before falling back in the pack. Pitching ace Arthur Nancekevell continued to shine, putting up a 13-6 record at the top of the Bulldog rotation, while sophomore third sacker Matthew Atholl hit .353 and drove in fifty-three runs to spearhead the offense. Newcastle, ninth-place finishers in 1919, surprised observers by staying competitive throughout the first half. The Greys had thee regulars in the lineup hitting over .300, topped by infielder Evan Drinkwater's .360. On the hill, rookie right hander Daniel Dibble made an impressive showing with his 11-5 record and 3.23 ERA. Portsmouth left fielder Robert Butlin added over one hundred points to his .306 average of 1919 by going into the all-star break with a .416 mark, second only to Helton in the batting race, but his contributions were offset by a generally weak lineup and a shallow mound corps that could not overcome the slump suffered by staff ace George Joscelyn, who slipped from 23-14 last season to 8-13 in 1920.

The story was much the same in the DA. Reigning cup holders Glasgow, like their counterparts Liverpool in the EL, jumped out to an early lead in the pennant race and held onto the top spot through the first two months of play. Veteran catcher Sebastian Meadmore led the Gaelic attack with his .344 batting average, and infielder Joseph Roskilly contributed with a .330 mark and forty-five RBI. The pitching staff was buoyed by the right-left combination of Eric "Scissors" Morris and Daniel Redknapp, who together accounted for twenty-three of Glasgow's thirty-eight wins. The Glaswegians, however, stumbled in June, dropping fifteen of twenty-four games, including three of four at home against Islington, to fall into third place. Islington, looking to end a fifteen-year pennant drought, rose to the top despite losing their best hitter, Jayden Copestake, to a season-ending injury in the year's third game. Catcher Henry Hugh took over the hitting duties, and his .303 average led a balanced attack that ranked third in the Association. Pitcher Wayne Helmer, who had a relatively undistinguished career until he suddenly broke out with a 21-14 mark in 1919, continued his remarkable turnaround with a 13-2 record and 2.92 ERA in 1920. He was joined at the top of the rotation by Albert Harker, who went 10-6 with a 2.24 ERA in the early going. Sheffield slipped into second place by taking two of three at home against Glasgow in the last week of the first half. The lineup featured three regulars in .300 territory, including Zeke Duff, whose .338 average led the team while his seventeen triples and eight home runs topped the DA. Right handers John Findlay and John D'Aeth both ended the first half with thirteen wins, and together boosted the pitching staff to a combined 3.14 ERA, fourth in the DA. Leicester's Patrick Stay spent another four weeks on the sidelines with various ailments, and fans are starting to call him "Hospital" Stay as a result of his constant trips to the DL. In his place, catcher Nicky Voyce topped the Leopards with a .346 average, second only to Lambeth second baseman Griff Sproston's .349. Apart from third-year pitcher George "Bird Dog" Fountain and his 12-5 record, however, the pitching staff was a train wreck, with the team's 3.56 ERA second only to Bristol's 3.64 at the bottom of the DA. Kensington's .287 team batting average was the best in the circuit, with center fielder Shane Scales leading the way with a .334 mark. Scales, however, wrenched his knee on the eve of the all-star break and will be lost to the team until August. Toby Gulledge and Ewan Eaves were at the forefront of the Knights' pitching staff, compiling a 25-14 mark between them and contributing to the team's third-best ERA of 3.17. The remainder of the staff, though, was decimated by injuries, and outfielder Michael Mabbett had two extended trips to the DL, missing over seven weeks of action in total. Belfast finished the first half of the schedule strong, winning seven of their final nine contests to move into a virtual fourth-place tie. A meager offense, led by third-year right fielder Edmund Jowett, was offset by a solid pitching staff that combined for a 3.03 ERA, the best mark in the Association. Gerald "Monk" Longworth was joined by Jon Jonson, acquired in January from Islington. Together, they gave the Unions twenty-one of their forty-four victories.

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The All-Star Game returned to Newcastle after a thirty-year absence, and the 17,424 fans assembled at Albertson Field saw the visiting Dominions put three runs on the board in the first inning off Empire starter Arthur Nancekevell. The Dominions added another run in the second when catcher Nicky Voyce scored on a base hit by Belfast's Joseph Smith. Nottingham third baseman Logan "Mutt" Cuthbertson put the Empires on the board in the third with a solo home run, but the score was 6-2 in the sixth when the home team closed the gap with a three-run rally, keyed by Bob Groulx's two-run triple. The Dominions, however, came right back with two runs in their half of the seventh, capped by Voyce's run-scoring single, and the visitors hung on for a 9-6 victory. Voyce, with three hits and two RBI, was named the game's most valuable player.
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1920 FINAL

Four teams battled for the crown in the Empire League. Camberwell, perched precariously atop the standings at the all-star break, featured a potent offense headed by Greg Helton (.368, 7 HR, 85 RBI) and Bill Riley (.309, 2 HR, 75 RBI) that ranked second in the EL with a .289 team batting average. George Bell (20-14, 3.77 ERA) helmed the staff while winning twenty games for the third consecutive season, and William Renshaw (8-4, 15 SV, 3.21 ERA) made fifty-four trips in from the bullpen, helping the Whitecaps to a 29-15 mark in one-run contests. Camberwell started out slowly in the second half, playing .500 ball and dropping out of first place until finally turning things around with a 10-4 stretch in the second half of August. Birmingham split a four-game set with the Whitecaps in the immediate aftermath of the midsummer hiatus and then went on a 9-3 tear that put them at the head of the League table. Bob Groulx (.327, 3 HR, 82 RBI) and Bob Normore (.310, 2 HR, 35 RBI) ignited the Blue Sox attack, while Shamus Scanlan (26-12, 2.69 ERA) had a career year on the mound, leading the EL in wins and WHIP, while George "Pepper" Moberley (19-8, 2.76 ERA) rebounded from an early-season elbow injury to go 11-5 in the second half. Liverpool made a run at the lead in August, winning five of seven games from Camberwell and vying with Birmingham for the top spot. The reigning pennant winners showcased a strong lineup, with shortstop Tom Inkster (.340, 8 HR, 78 RBI) and first baseman Christopher Armstrong (.328, 4 HR, 78 RBI) leading the way. When Inkster went down with a severely strained hamstring in late August, however, the team slumped, and the pitching leaders Ken Drummond (18-18, 2.89 ERA) and Nick Fernyhough (18-14, 3.37 ERA) fell off their performances from 1919. Newcastle picked up the pace in September just as Liverpool was dropping in the standings. Evan Drinkwater (.359, 6 HR, 78 RBI), splitting his time between first and second bases, was at the forefront of an offense that featured three regulars hitting over .300 and that combined for a .286 average. The Greys' main strength, however, was their pitching staff, which led the BA with a 2.93 ERA. Sophomore hurler Michael Playne (18-15, 2.98 ERA) topped the rotation, while James Murchie (16-13, 3.03 ERA), claimed off waivers from Dublin in June, went 14-8 for his new team. Camberwell dropped three games of a four-game set at Birmingham in the second week of September, but recovered to finish 12-8 while the Blue Sox only managed to go 9-9 the rest of the way. The Whitecaps then fought off the surging Greys to clinch their first pennant on the final weekend of the regular season, although they will be going into the Cup Finals Series without their regular center fielder, Paul Watson (.272, 0 HR, 62 RBI), who broke his kneecap on the first day of October. Westminster, vexed by injuries all year, played well in the second half behind sophomore infielder Tim Savill (.328, 8 HR, 91 RBI), while Lenny "Razzle Dazzle" Toll (23-17, 3.08 ERA) took over the top spot in the rotation in the absence of Aidan "Tido" Mabley (1-4, 5.62 ERA), who made a late-season appearance after spending most of the year on the DL. London boasted seven regulars hitting over .300, including team leader Matthew Atholl (.338, 9 HR, 98 RBI), and topped the League with a .292 team batting average, but the team had trouble scoring runs, and the pitching staff, aside from ace Arthur Nancekevell (22-11, 2.55 ERA) was unable to compensate.

It was a three-way contest in the DA, as Sheffield, Glasgow, and Belfast wrestled for the premier position. Belfast, behind an Association-leading pitching staff that featured Gerald "Monk" Longworth (17-14, 3.09 ERA) and Jon Jonson (13-7, 2.49 ERA), swept a four-game series from Islington at the start of the second half, knocking the Owls out of first place and putting the Unions squarely in the middle of the pennant chase. Outfielder Edmund Jowett (.325, 4 HR, 62 RBI) led the attack, but Joseph Smith (.357, 0 HR, 35 RBI) had two extended stays on the DL, which severely limited his effectiveness. Sheffield had trouble getting started again after the all-star break, but then began an eleven-game winning streak at the end of July that put them in the Association's driver's seat. John "Hush" Findlay (25-7, 2.03 ERA) defied the Alliance-wide trend toward more offense by leading the majors in ERA. John D'Aeth (18-11, 3.77 ERA) performed well in the number two slot in the rotation until he suffered a broken elbow at the end of August that ended his season. At the plate, Zeke Duff (.355, 11 HR, 97 RBI) captured the DA batting crown, while switch-hitting catcher Pat Clough (.303, 6 HR, 83 RBI) helped to boost the team's average to .281, fourth in the circuit. Glasgow, looking to win back-to-back pennants for the first time, ranked first in team batting average and second in runs scored. Second-year right fielder Curran Newmarch (.353, 10 HR, 69 RBI) led the attack despite missing all of May with a strained arm, while shortstop Joseph Roskilly (.340, 4 HR, 102 RBI), hitting in the fifth spot, led the Gaelics in RBI. On the hill, Eric "Scissors" Morris (23-14, 3.06 ERA) helmed the staff, while Callum Gray (4-3, 19 SV, 1.97 ERA) was nearly unhittable out of the bullpen. Sheffield pulled away from the pack in August by virtue of their 21-6 record in the month, but when D'Aeth went on the DL the Steelers' momentum stalled, and Belfast again challenged the leaders, even though they had lost their own number two hurler, Jonson, in early August to a torn muscle. The two teams met for a three-game series in mid-September, with Sheffield dropping two games while also learning that starting second baseman Robert Bartelot (.295, 4 HR, 48 RBI) would miss the rest of the season with a broken finger. Sheffield, however, bravely fought back from adversity, winning five of their remaining nine games while Belfast went 4-8, including a four-game sweep by Hull at home that clinched the pennant for Sheffield. With the title in hand, however, Sheffield suffered a major setback when Findlay, in his final start before the post-season, injured his elbow and will likely miss the Cup Finals Series. Lambeth managed to do a lot with a little, as their offense and pitching were both in the lower half of the Association lists, but a solid defense and strong performances from Fallon Eade (20-15, 3.19 ERA) on the hill and Griff Sproston (.307, 7 HR, 75 RBI) at the plate lifted the Lambs to fourth place, their best finish since 1914. Islington plunged all the way to fifth place after leading the DA in the first half. A rash of injuries devastated the club, although John Bell (.337, 3 HR, 66 RBI) and Sean Bryson (.312, 7 HR, 63 RBI) gave Owl fans hope for 1921.

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1920 CUP FINALS SERIES: CAMBERWELL v. SHEFFIELD

Although the pennant winners looked evenly matched on paper, Sheffield went into the post-season without their two best pitchers, which gave Camberwell the edge in the eyes of the punters. Sean Alker (17-17, 3.19 ERA) was left to handle the pitching duties for the Steelers, and the Whitecaps greeted him with two runs in the opening frame of the opening contest. The home team was leading 4-1 when Sheffield staged a two-run rally in the fifth keyed by the first of Dave Mask's (.262, 0 HR, 31 RBI) two triples on the day. George Bell still held a one-run lead until the eighth, when Daniel Wonnacott (.298, 5 HR, 64 RBI) led off the inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly. The score stayed deadlocked at four apiece until the tenth inning, when relief pitcher William Renshaw led off the inning with a double, moved to third on an error, and then scored when Steeler reliever George Barse (7-3, 10 SV, 2.54 ERA) made an ill-advised pickoff throw to first that sailed into the grandstand. Greg Helton had three hits and an RBI for the winners. Camberwell's Michael Hastings (12-5, 2.17 ERA) and Sheffield's Athelney Musselwhite (2-4, 3.97 ERA) faced off in game two, but Musselwhite left the game in the third with a strained shoulder. Whitecap second baseman Eric Wilfred (.313, 0 HR, 47 RBI) broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh with an RBI-single, and Quinlan Innes (6-5, 6 SV, 2.12 ERA) held the Steelers scoreless the rest of the way to preserve a 2-1 victory. Zeke Duff had three base hits and scored a run in a losing cause. A battered Sheffield team returned home for game three and received a much-needed pitching performance from Michael "Foghorn" Martin (3-3, 3.91 ERA), who gave up five runs but left the game in the eighth still leading 8-5, courtesy of Andrew Limbrick's (.250, 4 HR, 37 RBI) two-run homer in the second and Dave Anderson's (.284, 3 HR, 64 RBI) three hits. This time Barse wrapped up the game, giving up only a harmless run in the ninth to save the 8-6 victory. Bell and Alker were locked in a tight contest in game four, with the teams tied at 2-2 in the ninth. In the top of the stanza, Henry Stockill (.299, 2 HR, 65 RBI) came up with the bases loaded and one out. He hit a grounder through the middle of the diamond, and two runs crossed the plate. That was enough for Innes, who pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the save as the Whitecaps won 4-2. Musselwhite returned for Sheffield to start game five against Hastings. It was 3-3 in the top of the ninth when Barse came in to pitch for the Steelers. The Whitecaps scored twice on a Wilfred RBI-single and a throwing error by right fielder Duff. Camberwell added another tally in the ninth, and Renshaw came on with men at the corners and two outs. Charlie Gare (.260, 4 HR, 66 RBI) lofted a fly ball to deep right-center that center fielder Bohannon Craufurd (.391, 0 HR, 1 RBI) snagged at the wall for the final out, and Camberwell lifted the BA Cup for the first time. Right fielder Josh MacBrayne (.284, 1 HR, 31 RBI) finished with a .429 batting average and a .667 slugging percentage to take home the MVP trophy.

THE MINORS

The West Bromwich Oaks captured their first Southern Conference championship since 1892, and the Dublin youngsters went on to defeat the Bolton Rovers, repeat winners of the Northern Conference from the Belfast system, in a three-game sweep for the Second Tier title.

Dublin's AA farm club, the Cork Green Sox, also captured their conference crown, but they had less luck in the finals, losing in four games to Westminster's affiliate, the Hackney Mudlarks, in the Second Tier championship series.

ALLIANCE LEADERS

Empire League
Hitting
BA: .389 Robert Butlin, Portsmouth
HR: 13 Robert Ducker, Bradford
RBI: 106 Robert Ducker, Bradford
R: 109 Murtagh Chedgey, Dublin
SB: 45 Murtagh Chedgey, Dublin
Pitching
W: 26 Shamus Scanlan, Birmingham
L: 21 Billy Dutton, Nottingham; Alastair Moorhouse, Edinburgh
K: 148 Carl "Beans" Kidner, Birmingham
ERA: 2.55 Arthur Nancekevell, London
SV: 15 William Renshaw, Camberwell

Butlin missed over eight weeks of the season with injuries, but still had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title. Ducker's 106 was the most RBI in the EL since Robin Broughton's 108 for Liverpool in 1902.

Dominion Association
Hitting
BA: .355 Zeke Duff, Sheffield
HR: 11 Zeke Duff, Sheffield
RBI: 107 Nicky Voyce, Leicester
R: 111 Zeke Duff, Sheffield
SB: 47 Paul Harber, Kensington
Pitching
W: 25 John "Hush" Findlay, Sheffield
L: 22 Bill "Ace" Redding, Islington
K: 152 Allan "Big Stick" Milborn, Stoke
ERA: 2.03 John "Hush" Findlay, Sheffield
SV: 19 Callum Gray, Glasgow

Duff missed the triple crown by ten RBI and finished behind both Voyce and Joseph Roskilly of Glasgow, who accumulated 102. Voyce and Roskilly were the first DA hitters to break the century mark in RBI since Stephen "Jerky" Benstead did it in 1912.
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1920-21 OFF-SEASON

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Empire League
Hitter: Robert Butlin, Portsmouth (.389, 7 HR, 57 RBI, 84 R, 23 2B, 77 BB, .474 OBP, .528 SLG)
Pitcher: Shamus Scanlan, Birmingham (26-12, 2.69 ERA, 341.1 IP, 136 K, 39 BB, 1.09 WHIP, .256 OAVG)
Manager: Arthur Lawry, Camberwell (89-65, 1st place)
Rookie: Daniel Dibble, Newcastle/Camberwell (17-13, 3.65 ERA, 290.2 IP, 74 K, 1.48 WHIP, .283 OAVG)

Dominion Association
Hitter: Zeke Duff, Sheffield (.355, 11 HR, 97 RBI, 111 R, 34 3B, 16 SB, .419 OBP, .556 SLG)
Pitcher: John "Hush" Findlay, Sheffield (25-7, 2.03 ERA, 318.2 IP, 100 K, 1.16 WHIP, .231 OAVG, 5 SHO)
Manager: Natanael Serr, Lambeth (82-72, 4th place)
Rookie: Bill Cavender, Manchester (.362, 2 HR, 69 RBI, 56 R, 24 2B, .486 SLG)

In a year when the hitters dominated, it made no sense to give the EL rookie award to a pitcher like Dibble, especially when Portsmouth center fielder George Arden (.337, 5 HR, 69 RBI), who finished fifth in the League batting race, was available. Serr's award was the capstone to a long career, as the Lambeth skipper retired at the end of the season after managing the Lambs since 1899. He guided the team to their only pennants in 1902-03 and was also named manager of the year in 1902. Duff's thirty-four triples were the most in the majors since 1900.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Dougal Mabbitt was the only member selected for the Hall of Fame's class of 1920. The left handed first baseman played his entire career in a Stoke uniform, starting in 1898 and retiring in 1915. In between, he garnered two outstanding hitter awards in 1901 and 1906, winning the batting titles in both of those years, and accumulated 2,324 hits while maintaining a .306 average. Mabbitt was selected for ten All-Star squads, and led the DA in RBI three times.

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Bristol right hander Mike Kelley didn't have a very auspicious rookie year, going 11-20 with a 4.03 ERA, but for one day he was unhittable, as he pitched the BA's only no hitter on 8 September against Kensington. Kelley faced the minimum twenty-seven batters, as the only baserunner, Shane Scales, who drew a walk in the first inning, was rubbed out in a double-play. In a 2 October game against Bristol, Sheffield hurler Brad Hathaway, pitching in relief of an injured "Hush" Findlay, capped off his twenty-year career with his 300th victory. That total, however, is dwarfed by his 341 losses, the legacy of pitching for too many bad Manchester and Sheffield teams. London slugger Matthew Athol established a major-league standard by hitting fifty-three doubles, shattering the old record of forty-four set by William Eames in 1894. Nottingham legend Roger Britten stole his 842nd base in a 5 September game against Dublin. That tied him for the all-time lead with Hall of Famer William "Gaffer" Love. Britten, used sparingly by the Foresters in the final month of the season, made one attempt to break the record, but was unsuccessful, and he announced his retirement at the end of the year. Henry Baul, who was traded mid-season from Leeds to Edinburgh, set an unusual mark when he played in 155 games.

ALLIANCE NEWS

Alliance owners meeting in Brighton in December had reason to feel pleased about the recently concluded season. Attendance exceeded five million for the Empire League and six million for the Dominion Association, a thirty-five percent increase over 1919 and only slightly below the twelve million fans that attended games in 1913, the last full season before the war. The end of the Great War and the flu epidemic, of course, played a big part in the rebound, but owners were also pleased with the return of hitting to the big leagues. Changes to the pitching rules had the unanticipated effect of boosting batting averages around the BA, with the EL average shooting up nineteen points to .281 while the DA posted a more modest gain of nine points to .278. Although ERAs made a similar jump, few were offering condolences to the beleaguered pitchers, and apart from those who lamented the decline of "scientific baseball," most fans welcomed the new style of play.

Leicester and Liverpool will be moving into new ballparks for the 1921 season, while London, Leeds, and Newcastle will enlarge their home fields. That continues a trend that started in the wake of the war and accelerated with the recent economic recovery.

Pitcher Dennehy Nobles, who was traded by Edinburgh to Hull in mid-season and who ended up with an embarrassing 12-23 record, was returned to Edinburgh in a baffling off-season deal that brought Blair Mitchell to the Kings. Mitchell, who hit .327 and started 137 games in the outfield for the Chieftans, will be joining Vic Arkell, who hit .346, in the Hull outfield. It's anybody's guess what Nobles will be doing. Hull further bolstered their outfield when they acquired Logan Bisset, who hit .306 despite missing eight weeks with a broken hand, from Liverpool in exchange for lefty reliever Eddie "Death to Flying Things" Sidford.

The spring training news will now constitute a separate section of the off-season report.

WESTMINSTER NEWS

A late surge boosted the Peers into a fifth-place tie with London, their best showing since winning the pennant in 1917. That pleased team owner Jamie Redlaw, who had expected his club to play .500 ball. Switch-hitting infielder Tim Savill won a spot in the lineup during spring training, which made it necessary to shift Mike Tarrant from third base to second and Boland MacHutcheon into a utility role, but the changes were worth it, as Savill won the team's triple crown with a .328 average, 8 HR, and 91 RBI. Center fielder Greg Schmidt came off a three-year run of disappointing performances by hitting .304, and Robert Widdows, forced into a platoon situation in the outfield, still managed to finish with a .304 average. Devin Mabson crushed the ball at a .324 pace, but he spent over nine weeks on the disabled list. On the mound, "Razzle Dazzle" Toll did a creditable job at the top of the rotation in place of the injured "Tido" Mabley, while southpaw Christopher O'Shinnick stayed healthy all year and responded with twenty-two wins, the second time in his career he reached the twenty-win mark.

Manager Eric Bellairs's efforts to get more lumber in the lineup, however, had the effect of diluting the team's fielding, which ended up near the bottom of the EL. That has been a concern for some time -- no Peer position player has won a gold glove since Tarrant, MacHutcheon and Brian Jones did it in 1917. Promising youngster Nick Ilett filled in due to injuries to Jones and Tarrant and backed up Logan Arnatt at shortstop, but it became quite evident he needed a great deal more work before he could become a regular infielder. There are high hopes for slick-fielding center fielder Sammy Rymour, who hit .282 in a limited role, but Bellairs has been reluctant to put him into the lineup, preferring to stick with the veterans while giving Rymour more time to improve his overall game. MacHutcheon, squeezed out of the infield by the influx of youngsters, was sent to Leeds on the eve of opening day for minor-league pitcher Adam Malloch. The fans were not happy.

SPRING TRAINING 1921

The early betting line had Newcastle breaking their forty-three-year pennant drought in the Empire League, topping Portsmouth and Liverpool for the title. In the Dominion Association, Leicester was the favorite in a tight race over Lambeth, Islington, and Leeds.

Belfast second baseman Joseph Smith, who broke a rib in August, 1920 after returning from a broken rib he suffered earlier in the season, will miss the first two months of the 1921 season with a torn thumb ligament.

Dublin and Islington won the spring derbies in their respective circuits, with Dublin, at 18-6, possessing the best record in the majors.

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1921 MID-SEASON

Tight contests characterized the pennant races on both sides of the BA. In the Empire League, Westminster, bolstered by an offense that hit at a .305 pace, second-best in the League, charged out of the gates with a 19-4 record in April. Devin Mabson led the team with a .358 average, and sophomore catcher Oscar Adams chipped in with 68 RBI. The pitching staff, however, lost Christopher O'Shinnick and "Gorgeous" Henry Pitchforth to injuries, and the team hit a brick wall in May, losing eighteen of twenty-eight and falling back in the pack. Defending BA champs Camberwell rose through the ranks to take Westminster's place at the top of the standings. First baseman Greg Helton's .384 average led the EL, and outfielder Henry Stockill was not far behind with his .379 mark. Altogether, the Whitecaps batted a League-best .312, which went a long way to covering for the deficiencies in the mound corps. Michael Hastings led the EL with a 2.50 ERA, but staff ace George Bell missed four weeks with a strained hamstring and was ineffective on his return. Camberwell addressed some of their pitching woes when they picked up veteran hurler George Joscelyn off waivers from Leeds, but his 10-5 record was not enough to stop the team's slide in early July, when they lost six of nine games and dropped out of first place. Portsmouth, an eighth-place finisher last year, kept up a steady pace throughout the first half before hitting the accelerator in the last two weeks, going 11-2 and moving into the top spot on the next-to-last day before the all-star break. Robert Dicks, a .255 hitter over three seasons from 1918 to 1920, exploded with a .339 mark to lead the Neptunes, while third baseman Kerrin Cattenach, limited by injuries in previous years, showed what he could do when he was healthy by hitting .333. On the hill, Connor MacGibbon, in his fourteenth season, dominated opposing hitters as never before and compiled a 16-6 record. Bradford put pressure on Camberwell through June, with third-year starter Tony Chetwynd leading the way with his 16-4 record and 2.70 ERA. At the plate, Robert Ducker continued to terrorize EL pitchers by hitting fourteen home runs and driving in 73 runs, while sophomore left fielder Blair MacKintosh topped the team with a .368 average. A 2-9 skid going into the break, however, put the brakes on the Badger advance and pushed them into fourth place. London, after an uninspired start, caught fire in June, going 17-8 in the month and moving up into fifth place. Veteran hurler Jim Meneses won thirteen of his twenty decisions and led a staff that compiled a 3.50 ERA, second only to Birmingham's 3.30, but Arthur Nancekevell, at forty-one, finally started showing the effects of age by dropping to a 7-12 mark. Third-year outfielder Paul Boddington powered the offense with his .356 average, although Matthew Atholl, after hitting .338 in 1920, dropped to a disappointing .297 in the first half of the current campaign.

Glasgow, after a slow start, put together a nine-game winning streak in late April and climbed to the top of the standings in the DA. The Gaelics, runners up in 1920, received strong performances from Sebastian Meadmore and Curran Newmarch, who both carried .372 averages into the midsummer hiatus, while Newmarch's ten return-trippers led the Association. The pitching duties were carried by Eric "Scissors" Morris and Andrew Holland, who was obtained from Islington in an off-season deal. Together, the two right handers combined for a 25-13 record. Southpaw Daniel Redknapp contributed an 11-6 record, but a torn shoulder muscle suffered in early July will likely sideline him for the remainder of the season. Manchester shadowed the Glaswegians for much of the first half and emerged into first place in June, relying on the one-two punch of left fielder Arthur Johnson, whose.387 batting average topped the DA, and shortstop Dylan Cottingham, not far behind at .376. Rookie right hander Justin Potter provided the spark for the pitching staff, putting together an 11-3 record and a 2.48 ERA in the early going. In the week leading up to the break, the Millers dropped two of three games at Glasgow and dropped back into the second position, with Lambeth closing fast. The Lambs climbed the ladder in June, going 18-6 in the month and finishing in third place. The team's .314 batting average, just a fraction behind Belfast, was largely the cause. Griff Sproston's .358 average set the tempo for the offense, although the second baseman will miss the All-Star Game with a strained oblique muscle. David Causton led the staff with a 14-5 record, but the pitching was otherwise inconsistent. Belfast challenged Glasgow early in the season before a mediocre June pushed them back in the standings. Lucas Lew headed an Association-leading lineup that featured five .300 hitters, including American rookie Isaiah Brigman, who posted a .329 average. Journeyman hurler Sean Jobe led the rotation with an 11-4 mark, but Gerald "Monk" Longworth put up a disappointing 9-8 mark before a sore ankle took him out of action in early July. Hull, coming off an eighth-place finish last year, got a boost from new acquisition Blair Mitchell, whose .354 average topped the lineup. The offense, however, lacked depth, and the pitching staff, aside from ace Ewan Eaves and his 10-7 record, received a pummeling from opposing batters. Defending champs Sheffield had a promising start, but the team went into a tailspin in May and never quite recovered. Second sacker Robert Bartelot led the team with a .349 average until a back injury in early July put him on the bench -- he'll probably return to the lineup in August. Meanwhile, Zeke Duff, the defending DA outstanding hitter, dropped thirty-seven points off his 1920 average and slumped to a .318 mark. John "Hush" Findlay, after compiling an award-winning 25-7 record last season, lost eleven of nineteen decisions and posted a frightening 4.99 ERA.

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Islington played host to their third All-Star Game, and 28,570 spectators flocked to Wakeling Stadium for the event. The visiting Empires put three runs on the board in the first two innings off Leicester starter George "Bird Dog" Fountain, but the home team countered with a three-run rally in the bottom of the second, capped off with a solo homer off the bat of Lambeth outfielder John Cogan, and took the lead with a single tally in the bottom of the fourth. Batting against Leeds reliever Vince Moore in the eighth, Whitecap slugger Greg Helton hit a two-out homer into the right field stands. That was followed by an Oscar Adams double and a two-run shot by Liverpool's Finley Badman, which put the Empires back up by a pair. The Dominions came right back in the bottom half of the stanza with two runs, keyed by Hull catcher Dave Leven's run-scoring triple. The game stayed tied at six apiece after nine innings, and the teams started digging into their benches for players. In the eleventh, Nottingham pitcher Allen "The Bull" Reynolds led off against Manchester right hander Justin "Eagle Eye" Potter and lifted a 1-2 pitch into the bleachers in deep right-center field. Reynolds then held the Dominions scoreless in the bottom of the inning to pick up the 7-6 victory for the Empires. The sports writers, many of whom must have left the game early, gave the MVP trophy to Badman for his pinch-hit, two-run dinger.
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1921 FINAL

As batting averages continued to skyrocket throughout the BA, Portsmouth and Camberwell battled to the wire in an exciting EL pennant race. The Neptunes, ranked second in the League with a .301 team batting average, featured Kerrin Cattenach (.343, 11 HR, 71 RBI) and Robert Butlin (.341, 9 HR, 86 RBI), who went on a tear in the second half after hitting only .314 at the all-star break. On the mound, Connor MacGibbon (24-11, 3.01 ERA) reached the twenty-win mark for the first time in his fourteen-year career. He was backed up by second-year right hander Alexander Ferguson (17-11, 3.38 ERA). Portsmouth came out strong at the start of the second half, winning six straight and thirteen of sixteen to put some distance between themselves and second-place Camberwell. The Whitecaps were the only team that hit better than the Neptunes, and Greg Helton (.384, 7 HR, 96 RBI) hit better than anyone else in the League. He was joined in the lineup by four other regulars who finished in .300 territory, including Henry Stockill (.342, 3 HR, 66 RBI) and Callum Sim (.334, 7 HR, 74 RBI), a young second baseman obtained from Lambeth in the off-season. Camberwell's pitching staff, however, was a decidedly mixed bag. Chris Coe (17-18, 3.72 ERA) shouldered most of the pitching duties, but the team tried nine different pitchers in the starting role during the campaign. The Whitecaps slumped in the aftermath of the All-Star Game, giving Westminster the chance to take over the second slot. The Peers had an up-and-down season, starting strong in April before stalling in May and then picking up the pace again in July. Third baseman Tim Savill (.342, 1 HR, 72 RBI) and outfielder Devin Mabson (.340, 13 HR, 93 RBI) led the formidable Westminster attack, while lefty hurler Aidan "Tido" Mabley (26-15, 3.53 ERA) returned to form after missing most of last season with an arm injury. When the Peers stumbled in August, Camberwell took the opportunity to reclaim second place. By that point, however, Portsmouth had built a substantial lead, and the Whitecaps went into the final two weeks of the regular season trailing by six-and-a-half games. Portsmouth, however, suddenly collapsed, dropping seven games in a row while Camberwell won the same number, which put the Whitecaps on top by a half-game with a week to play. Ferguson shut out Westminster to end the Neptune losing streak and boost Portsmouth into a tie with Camberwell, and then the Whitecaps got swept at home in their final four-game series to lowly Nottingham while the Neps split against Salford, thus salvaging the season and bringing the EL pennant to Portsmouth for the first time. Newcastle, led by first baseman Evan Drinkwater (.305, 7 HR, 89 RBI), rose from ninth place at the halfway point to claim fourth place, but injuries left the pitching staff in a shambles. Bradford's Robert Ducker (.269, 25 HR, 112 RBI) smashed the single-season home run mark of 21 that had stood for thirty-two years, but the rest of the team struggled at the plate, and the Badgers, in fourth place at the all-star break, sank to sixth.

Glasgow and Manchester were neck-and-neck for much of the DA pennant race. The Gaelic mound corps led the Association with a 3.29 ERA. Eric "Scissors" Morris (23-13, 3.04 ERA) stood atop the rotation while John Mounfield (13-5, 2.41 ERA) captured the ERA title despite shuttling back-and-forth from the minors all season. Callum Gray (12-8, 11 SV, 2.56 ERA) provided effective relief, making forty-nine trips in from the bullpen. At the plate, Curran Newmarch (.374, 14 HR, 74 RBI) was having a terrific year until recurring back spasms put him in hospital at the tail end of the season. Four other regulars hit over .300, including infielders Joseph Roskilly (.339, 1 HR, 57 RBI) and Mike Allen (.327, 4 HR, 93 RBI). Manchester boasted a lineup that included batting champion Arthur Johnson (.382, 7 HR, 87 RBI) and rookie Beattie Vittery (.330, 11 HR, 76 RBI). Justin "Eagle Eye" Potter (12-3, 2.58 ERA) was having an award-worthy year in his maiden season until a ruptured ligament suffered on 21 July put him out of action. Without him, the Millers stalled, then crumbled, losing nineteen of twenty-eight games after the start of September and dropping to third place. Lambeth took over the second spot, buoyed by the hitting of RBI-leader Evan Land (.336, 14 HR, 105 RBI) and the pitching of David Causton (21-13, 4.46 ERA). The Lambs, however, merely tread water in the second half, playing three games over .500 after the all-star break, and a once-tight pennant race became a rout as Glasgow finished seven lengths ahead of their nearest competition. No team in the DA hit better than Belfast's .305 average, and the Unions, ignoring the political turmoil surrounding them, received strong performances from Edmund Jowett (.345, 5 HR, 80 RBI) and Robert Crober (.341, 7 HR, 82 RBI) at the plate and Sean Jobe (17-7, 3.51 ERA) on the mound. Jobe, however, suffered an elbow injury in mid-September that threatens to keep him out of action until the middle of 1922, and the Unions limped home to fourth place. Bristol finished in fifth after garnering the DA's wooden spoon last year. Arthur Everest (.351, 11 HR, 80 RBI) and Cuban import Anastasio Areyano (.316, 1 HR, 53 RBI) helped to lift the Dockers out of the Association cellar, while Henry "Hacker" Bodenham (20-13, 4.18 ERA) went from being a twenty-game loser to a twenty-game winner. Kensington shot up from tenth place at the all-star break to sixth on the strength of a DA-best 42 wins in the second-half. Outfielder Mark Rodmell (.323, 4 HR, 84 RBI) added twenty-nine points to his 1920 batting average while racing to thirty-four triples, and Ewan Vanner (18-15, 3.64 ERA) went 11-5 in the second half to lead the pitching staff. Reigning DA champs Sheffield suffered a near-total collapse, plunging all the way to eleventh place. Zeke Duff (.314, 12 HR, 91 RBI) dropped from his .355 average of last year, and John "Hush" Findlay (16-21, 4.34 ERA) went from leading the Association in wins in 1920 to leading it in losses in 1921.

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1921 CUP FINALS SERIES: PORTSMOUTH v. GLASGOW

For the first time since 1908, the Cup Finals Series opened at the home of the DA pennant winner. Glasgow struck first, scoring three times in the bottom of the third, with Mike Allen driving home the final tally with a triple. The score stood at 4-0 in the top of the eighth when Kerrin Cattenach came to the plate with two runners on base and two outs. He drove a 1-1 "Scissors" Morris fastball into the stands in left for a three-run homer to put Portsmouth on the board. In the bottom of the stanza, though, Glasgow came back when Steve Osburn (.280, 1 HR, 34 RBI) hit a single with the bases loaded that drove in two runs against Connor MacGibbon. 6-3 was the final score as Glasgow drew first blood. Catcher Sebastian Meadmore (.328, 0 HR, 68 RBI) had three hits for the home side. Cattenach hit his second homer in as many days in the second inning of game two as Portsmouth went out to a 3-0 lead. The Gaelics got two of those runs back in the bottom of the frame, and then took the lead with a pair in the third. A ninth-inning rally produced only one run for the Neptunes, and the Gaelics, behind a ten-hitter by Daniel Redknapp (11-6, 3.20 ERA), won the contest by a final of 7-4. Allen had three hits, including a triple, for the winners, while leadoff man Ryan MacIlvain (.324, 7 HR, 62 RBI) had three safeties in a losing effort. In Portsmouth for game three, the home team went with MacGibbon again on the mound to face Neil Copeland (4-6, 3.94 ERA). In the opening stanza, Neptune center fielder George Arden (.304, 10 HR, 51 RBI) dropped a hit behind second base that scored a run. That turned out to be all the scoring for the day, as MacGibbon was superb, scattering four hits en route to a 1-0 shutout. Down 3-0 in the fifth inning of game four, Glasgow finally got on the board with a three-run outburst that started with Neil "Cannon Ball" Hallworth's (.309, 7 HR, 74 RBI) two-run triple off Ferguson. In the bottom of the frame, however, Portsmouth recaptured the lead on Arden's two-out RBI-triple. Ferguson held the visitors scoreless the rest of the way and prevailed over Morris by the score of 4-3. Osburn had three base hits for the Glaswegians. Finn "Pea Soup" Patchett (17-18, 3.88 ERA) took the mound for the Neps in game five, and Glasgow greeted the right hander by scoring three runs in the first two innings. But Patchett settled down after that, and it was 3-1 in the seventh when catcher Robert Dicks (.314, 3 HR, 57 RBI) led off the inning with a solo homer off Redknapp. Two batters later, MacIlvain did the same thing to tie it up. In the bottom of the ninth, with runners on the corners and two outs, Butlin hit a line drive into left field for the game-winning RBI as the Neps completed their comeback by the score of 4-3. Glasgow returned home needing a win, so they called on "Scissors." Portsmouth roughed up Morris for three runs in the first, sparked by Scott Rymer's (.263, 6 HR, 25 RBI) RBI-triple. Glasgow got two of those back in their half of the inning as the first four batters got hits off MacGibbon. The home team took the lead with two more runs in the second, and added three more runs before it was all over as the Gaelics evened the series with a 7-3 victory. Norbert Flanders (.424, 3 HR, 12 RBI), playing left field in the place of the injured Curran Newmarch, had three hits for the home squad. The Cup Finals had its first game seven since 1912. Glasgow broke open a 1-1 tie in the third on run-scoring doubles by Meadmore and Allen. It was 4-1 in the eighth when Portsmouth staged a late rally against Redknapp, but the Neps only managed a single run, which the Gaelics matched in the bottom of the eighth. Portsmouth put a runner on with one out in the ninth, but Dicks hit into a game-ending double-play, and the Gaelics captured their second BA Cup in three years. Steve Osburn batted .414 at the top of the Gaelic order while driving in seven runs and scoring six times, a performance that earned him the MVP honors.

THE MINORS

The Preston Wasps, representing the Newcastle organization, won their third Northern Conference title in five years and went on to defeat the Huddersfield Bens, Leicester's affiliate, in a three-game sweep to take their third AAA championship.

The Colchester Gunners made their first post-season appearance in eighteen years when the Nottingham youngsters won the Britannia Conference crown, but they fell in five games to the Ipswich Unicorns, Sheffield's third-stringers, in the Third Tier championship series.

ALLIANCE LEADERS

Empire League
Hitting
BA: .384 Greg Helton, Camberwell
HR: 25 Robert Ducker, Bradford
RBI: 112 Robert Ducker, Bradford
R: 110 Brian Jones, Westminster
SB: 30 Christian Chapuis, Bradford; Joey Holden, Salford
Pitching
W: 26 Aidan "Tido" Mabley, Westminster
L: 28 Alexander Hepburn, Salford
K: 143 Carl "Beans" Kidner, Birmingham
ERA: 2.50 Tony Chetwynd, Bradford
SV: 13 five pitchers

Ducker had ten more home runs than his nearest competitor, Marmaduke "The Great" Taylor of Salford. Left-handed first baseman Helton hit .406 against right-handed pitchers. You'd have to go back to 1876, when the schedule was only eighty-four games long, to find a season where the League leader stole fewer than thirty bases.

Dominion Association
Hitting
BA: .382 Arthur Johnson, Manchester
HR: 14 three players
RBI: 105 Evan Land, Lambeth
R: 109 Beattie Vittery, Manchester
SB: 52 Patrick Gahan, Stoke
Pitching
W: 23 Eric "Scissors" Morris, Glasgow
L: 21 three pitchers
K: 134 Allan "Big Stick" Milborn, Stoke; Eric "Scissors" Morris, Glasgow
ERA: 2.41 John Mounfield, Glasgow
SV: 15 Torcan O'Finan, Manchester

Mounfield started the season in triple-A Dundee and did not pitch with the big club until early June, and was then sent down and recalled three more times. He was on the Glasgow roster on 31 August but was inexplicably left off the team's playoff roster.
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1921-22 OFF-SEASON

AWARDS

Empire League
Hitter: Greg Helton, Camberwell (.384, 7 HR, 96 RBI, 76 R, 37 2B, .432 OBP, .522 SLG)
Pitcher: Connor MacGibbon, Portsmouth (24-11, 3.01 ERA, 323.1 IP, 91 K, 1.18 WHIP, .261 OAVG, 4 SHO)
Manager: Michael Knifton, Portsmouth (88-66, 1st place)
Rookie: Rusty Johns, Salford (.350, 7 HR, 58 RBI, 60 R, 13 SB, .508 SLG)

Dominion Association
Hitter: Arthur Johnson, Manchester (.382, 7 HR, 87 RBI, 101 R, 37 2B, 85 BB, 16 K, .466 OBP, .549 SLG)
Pitcher: Eric "Scissors" Morris, Glasgow (23-13, 3.04 ERA, 340.2 IP, 134 K, 1.25 WHIP, .281 OAVG)
Manager: Fionn Kersan, Lambeth (84-70, 2nd place)
Rookie: Beattie Vittery, Manchester Millers (.330, 11 HR, 76 RBI, 109 R, 17 3B, 37 SB, .394 OBP, .496 SLG)

For the second year in a row, Lambeth's skipper won the managerial award, and for the second year in a row, he was not around to accept it. Kersan was promoted from bench coach after the retirement of longtime manager Natanael Serr, but his contract was not renewed at the end of the season. He later signed on as bench coach for Nottingham, thus ending his one-year experiment as a manager. Johns signed a contract with Salford on the morning of the season opener and was in a Bees' uniform for the game in the afternoon, thus skipping the minor leagues entirely. So did Vittery, who won the starting center field position for Manchester in spring training.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

A special committee voted to induct three more members to the BA Hall of Fame. Michael Devyr was a slick-fielding second baseman who played his entire sixteen-year career with Bradford. An eight-time gold glove winner at his position, he was also voted the EL outstanding hitter twice despite never winning a batting title. An astute hitter with a thorough knowledge of the strike zone, Devyr led the League in walks six times and in OBP thrice and helped Bradford to a Cup championship in 1906, when he was named as the Finals Series MVP. Right hander Brody Leshane started his career with Camberwell in 1890 and won the rookie of the year award, but he spent the majority of his career with Hull, who acquired him in advance of the 1892 season. A three-time winner of the outstanding pitcher award with the Kings, he helped his team to pennants in 1898 and 1899. Leshane retired in 1904 with a 222-163 record. Carlton Radford played his first major-league game with Hull in 1896 and retired seventeen years and 2,568 hits later in 1913. A versatile fielder who played all four infield positions, he won two gold gloves at first base. The fleet Radford led the DA in stolen bases twice and finished his career with 805 thefts, third-highest total in BA history, and a career batting average of .294.

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On 26 August, London ace Arthur Nancekevell beat Edinburgh in a complete-game 8-2 victory. It was his thirteenth victory of the season, but, more importantly, it was his 388th career triumph, which moved him past the legendary George Carrudders into first place on the all-time list. Nancekevell, who broke in with the Bulldogs in 1901, has not slowed down despite turning forty-two in October, and he told reporters he has no plans any time soon for retirement. Leeds had a disappointing year, but two of their pitching stars reached milestones in 1921. On 14 September, Ron "Snuffy" Gamble defeated Glasgow 4-3 for his 300th career victory. Earlier in the season, Jake Bain recorded his 2,500th strikeout on 16 July, becoming the fifth pitcher in BA history to reach that plateau. After twenty seasons in the big leagues, Bristol pitcher William Revell hung up his spikes. With a career record of 319-269, he's assured of getting a summons from the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in five years.

ALLIANCE NEWS

Kensington and Edinburgh are the latest clubs to announce plans for new ballparks in the coming season.

Liverpool bolstered their pitching staff with the acquisition of Luc Martin from Bradford in exchange for Cass Savory. Martin is coming off a 21-16 season with the Badgers, while Savory has been used mainly as a backup catcher for the Argonauts over the past two seasons. Martin had Bradford's second-highest contract, but Badger management assured fans that monetary considerations were not a motivating factor for the trade. The Argonauts also signed free agent reliever Elliott Mabbett to a two-year deal worth $20,976.

WESTMINSTER NEWS

The final standings showed Westminster only three games behind League leader Portsmouth, but the race wasn't really that close and the Peers never posed a serious challenge to the Neptunes in the stretch drive. Nevertheless there was reason for optimism as the team improved by two games and two places on the ladder over their finish in 1920. Tim Savill is emerging as one of the BA's premier players. Not only did his .342 average lead the team, but his fielding at third base improved to the point that he won the gold glove at that position. Manager Eric Bellairs slotted him in the number five spot in the lineup for much of the season, but after Mike Tarrant was sidelined with a concussion Savill moved up to third and responded well. Devin Mabson also played well and, more importantly, managed to avoid a trip to the disabled list for the first time since coming to the majors in 1914. "Tido" Mabley's twenty-six wins quelled any doubts that he was recovered from the elbow injury that sidelined him for most of the 1920 season.

There are, however, some problems on the horizon. "Gorgeous" Henry Pitchforth went down with an inflamed shoulder in late April and didn't return to the mound until August. In his absence, the team had trouble finding a fourth starter. Twenty-three-year old rookie Michael Corfield was rushed up from the minors, but it soon became evident that he was not ready for the majors. Jerry Parker, who is in his third year with the club but who has yet to deliver on the promise that he showed in the minors, moved between the rotation and the bullpen all season. Danny Smith got a shot at breaking into the rotation with three starts, but despite a 1-0 record his 4.68 ERA demonstrated that he needed more seasoning before he could take his place on a major-league pitching staff.

On the eve of spring training, the Peers made two big moves, trading minor league pitcher Bert Woolston to Edinburgh for second baseman Richard Wombwell, who hit .326 in 121 games last year for the Chieftans, and sending fourth outfielder Flanagan Flegg to Leeds for left-handed-hitting shortstop Keenan Coultman, who hit .289 in limited service for the Ironsides. Both acquisitions are twenty-two and have bright futures predicted for them. Those deals made backup infielders Nick Ilett and Sean Jacobs expendable, and they were shipped off to Islington and Newcastle respectively for prospects.

SPRING TRAINING 1922

The punters were placing their bets on Westminster to take the Empire League title in a close contest over Camberwell and Liverpool, while they could not pick a favorite among Leicester, Manchester, and Leeds in the Dominion Association race.

Young right hander Paul "Sweetbreads" Radcliffe, who looked ready to take a spot in the Camberwell rotation this year after going 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts last year, will have to look to 1923 for his big break instead, as he tore a tendon in his elbow in a 13 March warmup game and will be out of commission for eight months. Hull reliever Diarmid "Rifle" Savill, acquired in mid-1921 from Islington to beef up the Kings' bullpen, will likewise miss the entire season with a stretched elbow ligament. John "Kingfish" Pynchon, the ace of the Dublin bullpen who compiled a 10-10 record and thirteen saves in eighty-two games for the Shamrocks, was felled by the wave of elbow ailments sweeping the BA's spring training camps. Doctors hold out little hope of him returning to his pitching duties this season. Birmingham's best reliever, Tommy "Scoops" Plemmons, tore his rotator cuff in a 24 March game and will be in rehabilitation for the next thirteen months. The Blue Sox also lost Carl "Beans" Kidner, yet another victim of the plague of injuries befalling players with colorful nicknames. The right-handed starter, who led the EL in both strikeouts and walks the last three seasons, hurt his shoulder and will be out at least six months. Finally, the most prominent casualty of spring training was Ron "Snuffy" Gamble, the Leeds hurler who won his 300th game last year, came down with a sore elbow that team officials confirmed will keep him sidelined for the entire season. It is the first major injury for the veteran right hander since a shoulder injury kept him out of most of the 1911 campaign.

Newcastle emerged from the pre-season carnage with the BA's best record at 18-6. Sheffield bested the competition in the DA with a 16-8 mark.
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A dominant performance by Newcastle in the EL pennant race suddenly became a close contest as the first half drew to a close. The Greys, building on a fourth-place finish last year, won sixteen of twenty-four games in April, and then tore through the schedule in May by going 20-8, including one span where they won thirteen of fourteen games. The offense, ranked second in the League with a .305 team average, was powered by third baseman Sean Jacobs, obtained from Westminster in the pre-season, and shortstop John Schute, both of whom hit over .350. Newcastle's pitching staff was no less impressive, as Michael Playne, who spent most of 1921 in hospital with a strained muscle, showed that he was fully recovered by going 15-5 with a 2.93 ERA. The Greys threatened to run away from their rivals, but the team faltered in June, going 8-16 after 12 June and seeing an eight-game lead dwindle to a single game over Westminster. The Peers batted .315 as a club, and boasted the top two hitters in the League in Devin Mabson, batting .425, and Tim Savill, hitting at a .395 pace. If the lineup could collect hits in bunches, though, the team's pitching staff could give them up just as fast, and the Peers could not gain any momentum in the race until June, and a 10-1 spurt leading up to the all-star break lifted Westminster into second place. Liverpool kept up a steady pressure on Newcastle but could not dislodge the leaders from their top perch. The duo of Ken Drummond and Nick Fernyhough collected twenty-one wins and were the cornerstone of a pitching staff that led the League with a 3.02 ERA. At the plate, second-year backstop Finley Badman topped the team with a .364 average, but the team received a blow when shortstop Tom Inkster hurt his elbow in a 2 July game that will keep him out for the rest of the month. The Argos dropped five of seven games without Inkster in the lineup, including a double-header sweep on the road at Edinburgh. The Chieftans parlayed a strong June performance into a spot in fourth-place, just three-and-a-half games behind Newcastle. Unlike their rivals ahead of them on the ladder, Edinburgh relied on their sharp pitching, highlighted by the work of Bert Woolston, a career minor-leaguer at Westminster given a chance to start after an off-season move north of the border, and Declan "General" Williams, another reclamation project brought over from Glasgow. Together, Woolston and Williams went 27-10, with Woolston winning seven straight decisions leading up to the break. Reigning champions Portsmouth saw hitting star Robert Butlin suffer a season-ending back injury in June. Without him in the lineup, the Neptunes plunged to a .282 team average, second-worst in the EL, despite the efforts of left fielder George Arden, who hit .373 for the first half. Meanwhile, last year's outstanding pitcher, Connor MacGibbon, could only manage a 9-9 record before being sidelined by an elbow injury on the eve of the midsummer hiatus.

In the Dominion Association, Manchester, sporting the BA's highest team payroll, led for much of the way behind the hitting of Arthur Johnson and the right-left pitching tandem of Paul Deakin and Ciaran Galloway. The Greys went 36-16 in the first two months, but a rash of injuries that swept through the team and put Nicky Ferns, Bill Cavender, and Leon Smaridge on the DL stalled Manchester's forward progress. That gave defending Cup holders Glasgow a chance to move into first place. The Gaelics stayed just a step behind the Greys, relying on a pitching staff that included three hurlers with double digit win totals, including John Mounfield with a 14-5 record and a fine 2.84 ERA. The offense was spearheaded by Curran Newmarch, who anchored a lineup that was second-best in the loop with an Association-leading .397 average and triple-crown totals in home runs and RBI. Sebastian Meadmore and Mike Allen contributed to the torrid attack with averages north of .350. Bristol started fast but got sidetracked when they fell into a ten-game losing skein in May. Dockers fans couldn't complain very much about the offense, which featured Arthur Everest's .347 average, but the pitching was a problem. To bolster the mound corps, the team picked up thirty-five-year old George Bell when Camberwell put him on waivers in late June, and he responded by going 3-1 with his new team, which may portend a better second half for the Dockers, who won seven of their last eight games before the break and passed Leicester into third place. The Leopards, who hit .307 overall, possessed the best offense in the DA. Patrick Stay hit .422 but spent seven weeks on the DL, as is his wont, so the hitting duties were shouldered by infielders Evan Capstick and Michael Leavers. But as good as the Leopards were at the plate, that's how bad they were on the mound. George "Bird Dog" Fountain, an eighteen-game winner last year, struggled at 9-11, and Eddie Littleton, the number two starter, finished the first half with a 7-10 record and a monstrous 5.12 ERA. Belfast played at a steady .500 pace, which was good enough for fourth place. Robert Crober trailed only Newmarch in the batting race with his .389 average, while right-handed starter Charley "Gibby" Taylor, obtained in the middle of last season from Dublin, was on track to have his best season since 1918, when was named rookie of the year. Lambeth fell from second place in 1921 to sixth as a result of a general hitting slump and injuries to the pitching staff. Third baseman Evan Land led the Lambs with a .321 average until a knee injury in the last game before the break slowed him down. He'll likely return to action in August, which does not bode well for Lambeth in the meantime.

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Considering the explosion of offense that has swamped the BA's pitchers over the last two years, the 27,645 fans who gathered at Liverpool's new Merseyside Park couldn't be faulted for expecting a high-scoring All-Star Game, yet it was the pitching that ended up grabbing the spotlight in the midsummer classic. The home team Empires struck first in the opening frame when Birmingham outfielder Richard Nottage hit a double off Glasgow starter Daniel Redknapp that scored Newcastle's Evan Drinkwater. The Dominion all-stars tied it up in the fifth on consecutive doubles by Hull's William Watson and Stoke's Colin Carylyon against Grey right hander Michael Playne. That was all the scoring until the top of the tenth inning, when the visitors put three runs on the board against Nottingham ace Billy Dutton. Manchester righty Paul Deakin came on to shut out the home side in the bottom of the frame and preserve the 4-1 Dominion victory. Watson accounted for three of the Dominions' eight hits and scored a run, a performance which earned him the game's MVP laurels.
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1922 FINAL

It was a thrilling conclusion to the DA pennant race, as Glasgow and Manchester battled to the finish, and when it was all over, it wasn't all over at all. Glasgow came out of the all-star break with a slim one-game lead over Manchester. The Gaelics, with Curran Newmarch (.373, 18 HR, 96 RBI) and RBI-leader Mik Allen (.347, 7 HR, 122 RBI) in the vanguard, had four regulars in their lineup batting over .340 and a DA-best .301 team batting average. The mound corps, meanwhile, was equally impressive. Danile Redknapp (22-15, 2.95 ERA) and John Mounfield (18-14, 3.14 ERA) led a staff that was able to resist the wave of offense that washed over the BA, and the mid-season addition of Dominique Meyer (12-4, 3.53 ERA) from Westminster helped to keep the Gaelics in contention despite dropping three out of four games to Manchester in the immediate aftermath of the all-star break. Manchester ranked a close second to Glasgow in both team batting average and ERA, but the Millers scored more runs. Switch-hitting outfielder Arthur Johnson (.341, 11 HR, 101 RBI) led the attack, with infielder Bill Cavender (.326, 3 HR, 57 RBI) providing support despite missing seven weeks in the middle of the season due to a strained muscle. The pitching staff boasted two twenty-game winners in lefties David Barwell (20-7, 3.24 ERA) and Ciaran Galloway (20-13, 4.02 ERA), while sophomore right-hander Paul Deakin (15-9, 2.83 ERA) topped the rotation. The Millers grabbed the lead from Glasgow after the resumption of play, but then fell into a slump at the end of July, dropping five of six to Stoke and Bristol, cutting their lead to a single game. After that, the two rivals matched each other step-for-step down the stretch drive. When the teams split a four-game series at Manchester, the Millers had built up a one-and-a-half game cushion, but Glasgow weren't through. From 16-26 September, the Glaswegians won eight of ten contests. On 25 September, Glasgow beat Islington at home while Manchester fell at Leeds, which created a tie for first place with three games left to play. The Gaelics and Millers swept their remaining schedules, which necessitated the first playoff since 1874, when Manchester defeated Sheffield for the DA flag. Glasgow won the coin toss, and 28,064 fans packed Merchant City Park to see which of these evenly matched foes (they split their season series 7-7) would carry off the pennant. Gaelic starter Mounfield had trouble early, giving up two runs in the third and a home run to Lanny Pretty (.292, 7 HR, 58 RBI) in the third. Manchester southpaw Darwell, in contrast, was superb, holding the home team to three hits and one run before yielding the ball in the eighth to reliever David Quigley (13-9, 18 SV, 3.10 ERA), who shut down the Gaelics the rest of the way to preserve the 4-1 victory and give Manchester their first pennant since 1884. Sheffield climbed the ladder in September to finish in a distant third place, getting solid performances from Dave Anderson (.365, 6 HR, 51 RBI) and Sean Alker (21-18, 3.64 ERA).

In the EL, Newcastle and Westminster were locked in a tight contest for the League lead at the end of the first half. Newcastle's offense was powered by the hitting of Evan Drinkwater (.327, 8 HR, 114 RBI) and Greg Menard (.303, 15 HR, 87 RBI), while Michael Playne (24-10, 3.41 ERA) put in an award-worthy performance on the mound. In contrast to the balanced approach of Newcastle, Westminster relied almost entirely on their offense, which punished opposing pitchers at a BA-best .314 tempo. Devin Mabson (.409, 12 HR, 83 RBI) led the way, although he spent five weeks on the DL and did not qualify for the batting title. Rookie outfielder Oscar Forrest (.359, 5 HR, 77 RBI) was the team's official leader, while Tim Savill (.348, 4 HR, 109 RBI) continued his torrid hitting. On the mound, Aidan "Tido" Mabley (22-12, 3.82 ERA) had another fine season, and freshman right hander Dave Sledge (17-13, 3.77 ERA) provided crucial support after Christopher O'Shinnick (5-4, 3.34 ERA) went down with a season-ending shoulder injury. When the two teams met for a late-July four-game series in Newcastle, the Greys had increased their lead to two-and-a-half games. Westminster, however, took three games, and the Millers faded after that, winning only twelve games in August while the Peers went on a rampage, winning twenty-one of thirty contests and establishing a firm grip on first place. Liverpool, a close second at the break, had trouble getting out of the gate in the second half and played catch-up thereafter. Argonaut ace Ken Drummond (24-15, 2.75 ERA) carried off the ERA and strikeout titles while helming a staff that combined for a League-leading 3.20 ERA. The Liverpudlian lineup boasted six .300 hitters in the everyday lineup, including left fielder Christopher Armstrong (.354, 7 HR, 77 RBI) and second-year catcher Finley Badman (.345, 16 HR, 103 RBI). Bradford climbed over Newcastle to finish in third place, and their eighty-seven wins was their best showing since their Cup-winning campaign of 1906. Badger starter Tony Chetwynd (21-10, 3.24 ERA) is establishing himself as one of the premier pitchers in the EL, while John Corke (22-13, 3.25 ERA), claimed off waivers after his career foundered in Stoke, made the most of his second chance with Bradford. At the plate, the slugging of Robert Ducker (.308, 16 HR, 118 RBI) was complemented by the speed of Christian Chapuis (.290, 13 HR, 86 RBI), who defied recent trends by nicking fifty-one bases. Birmingham outfielder Richard Nottage (.377, 12 HR, 80 HR), won the batting title in his fourth year as a major leaguer, and Shamus Scanlan (22-15, 3.05 ERA), still going strong at age thirty-six, led the pitching staff, but the Blue Sox, despite a strong second half, ultimately could not climb out of the hole they had dug for themselves in the first half of the season. Portsmouth's George Arden (.376, 23 HR, 125) led the League in RBI and came tantalizingly close to capturing the triple crown, but Connor MacGibbon (9-10, 3.45 ERA) was unable to duplicate his award-winning performance of last season, and the defending champs fell to sixth place.

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1922 FINAL: WESTMINSTER v. MANCHESTER

In the third post-season meeting between these two clubs, Westminster star "Tido" Mabley was sent out to start against Paul Deakin at Manchester's Albertson Field. Neither pitcher would survive the bloodbath that followed, as the two squads combined for twenty-five runs and thirty-five hits in Manchester's 15-10 victory. Miller first baseman George Kirkman (.328, 4 HR, 52 RBI) had three hits and four RBI, while teammate Nicky Ferns (.317, 2 HR, 75 RBI) collected four hits as every Manchester position player finished the day with at least one hit, while Oscar Forrest had four hits at the top of the Westminster lineup. The Peers were leading 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth in game two when first baseman Brian Jones (.311, 9 HR, 89 RBI) let a potential double-play grounder go through his legs. That error led to two Manchester runs, which tied the game and sent it into extra frames. In the top of the tenth, however, second baseman Bill Cavender returned the favor, booting a ball that resulted in a two-run inning for the visitors. Jerry Parker (17-9, 4.07 ERA) closed the lid in the bottom of the inning to preserve his complete-game 6-4 victory. Shortstop Logan Arnatt (.264, 3 HR, 27 RBI) had three hits for the winners. Rookie David Sledge started for Westminster in game three, but Manchester was laying in wait for him. In the third inning, leading 2-1, the Millers sent twelve batters to the plate and scored eight times on seven hits, two walks, and an error. Two-run doubles by Arthur Johnson and pitcher Justin "Eagle Eye" Potter (3-0, 2.10 ERA) were the highlights of the outburst, and the Millers won a laugher 14-1. Sophomore center fielder Beattie Vittery (.285, 12 HR, 85 RBI) had four hits, including a leadoff homer in the first inning, and Kirkman added three hits and a home run of his own for the visitors. The next day, Westminster shook off this drubbing and took a 7-5 lead into the ninth when Manchester again staged some late-inning heroics. Four consecutive singles to start the inning pushed one run across the plate against reliever Pete "Earache" McDonald (4-3, 10 SV, 2.76 ERA), and a Johnson sacrifice fly tied the game. In the bottom of the eleventh, the Peers loaded the bases against Miller bullpen ace David Quigley (13-9, 18 SV, 3.10 ERA), and Tim Savill punched a base hit through the drawn-in infield to score the game-winner. Pretty went five-for-six in a losing cause, while Savill collected five hits and Jones contributed three hits, including a home run, for the winning side. The Peers greeted Manchester starter Barwell with four runs in the opening stanza of game five, but the Millers chipped away at the lead. In the ninth, pinch-hitter David Sorrell (.167, 0 HR, 1 RBI) came on with two runners on base and two outs and hit a 2-0 Parker fastball 390 feet into the right field stands to put the visitors ahead 5-4. Quigley came on to pitch the ninth, but the Manchester defense suddenly collapsed. Errors by shortstop Dylan Cottingham (.314, 0 HR, 57 RBI) and backup catcher Callum Jones (.294, 1 HR, 31 RBI) let in one run, and Savill then delivered his second game-winning hit in as many days with a line drive into right field. Back in Manchester for game six, and the Millers erased a 2-1 deficit in the fifth inning by scoring four runs on a pair of two-run triples by Ferns and Lanny Pretty against Mabley. "Eagle Eye" Potter, meanwhile, held the Peers to six hits and struck out four en route to a complete-game 7-2 triumph. It all came down to game seven, and the Peers looked like they were in command, leading 4-1 after six innings. In the seventh, however, Manchester struck back, scoring five times on Parker, with Kirkman's bases-loaded triple doing the most damage. The home team added two more runs in the eighth, and Manchester walked away with an 8-4 victory and the BA Cup. Pretty ended the series with fourteen hits and a .519 average, but it was Kirkman, with fourteen hits, including two triples and a home run, ten RBI, and a .710 slugging percentage, who carried off the MVP trophy. Peer pitching contributed to the Manchester triumph with a combined 7.29 ERA.

THE MINORS

The West Bromwich Oaks and the Oldham Athletics needed a one-game playoff to determine which would take the Southern Conference title, and it was Dublin's Oaks who came out on top. They then fell to the Preston Wasps, Newcastle's farm team and repeat winners of the Northern Conference, in a three-game Second Tier championship series.

Manchester's third stringers, the Derby Lancers, emulated their parent club's success by capturing the Third Tier crown, defeating the Hartlepool Harts, Glasgow's affiliate, in a four-game set.

ALLIANCE LEADERS

Empire League
Hitting
BA: .377 Richard Nottage, Birmingham
HR: 24 Marmaduke "The Great" Taylor
RBI: 125 George Arden, Portsmouth
R: 114 Evan Drinkwater, Newcastle; Oscar Forrest, Westminster
SB: 51 Christian Chapuis, Bradford
Pitching
W: 25 Bert Woolston, Edinburgh
L: 24 Ivar "Hush" de Leeuw, Salford
K: 142 Ken Drummond, Liverpool
ERA: 2.75 Ken Drummond, Liverpool
SV: 17 Jeff Silander, Bradford

Arden was one home run short of the League lead and a point behind Nottage in the batting race. Drummond, with twenty-four wins, fell just shy of winning the pitching triple crown.

Dominion Association
Hitting
BA: .404 Patrick Stay, Leicester
HR: 18 Curran Newmarch, Glasgow
RBI: 122 Mike Allen, Glasgow
R: 119 Richard Netherway, Glasgow; Beattie Vittery, Manchester
SB: 47 Paul Harber, Glasgow
Pitching
W: 22 Allan "Big Stick" Milborn, Stoke; Daniel Redknapp, Glasgow
L: 21 Bill Deering, Leicester; Loman Newcomb, Islington
K: 157 Allan "Big Stick" Milborn, Stoke
ERA: 2.68 Danny Pankhurst, Leeds
SV: 22 Eamonn Peasnall, Kensington

Stay stayed out of the hospital long enough to qualify for the batting championship, his sixth. Newmarch was the only hitter to appear in the top five in each of the triple crown categories.
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1922-23 OFF-SEASON

AWARDS

Empire League
Hitter: George Arden, Portsmouth (.376, 23 HR, 125 RBI, 105 R, 18 SB, .417 OBP, .596 SLG)
Pitcher: Ken Drummond, Liverpool (24-15, 2.75 ERA, 343.2 IP, 142 K, 1.23 WHIP, .259 OAVG)
Manager: Eric Bellairs, Westminster (93-61, 1st place)
Rookie: Benedict Durand, Dublin (.335, 17 HR, 108 RBI, 80 R, 37 2B, 77 BB, .417 OBP, .547 SLG)

Dominion Association
Hitter: Curran Newmarch, Glasgow (.373, 18 HR, 96 RBI, 105 R, 14 SB, .454 OBP, .559 SLG)
Pitcher: Daniel Redknapp, Glasgow (22-15, 2.95 ERA, 320 IP, 83 K, 1.26 WHIP, .271 OAVG)
Manager: George Shufflebottom, Manchester (97-58, 1st place)
Rookie: William Netherway, Lambeth (.319, 12 HR, 109 RBI, 96 R, 37 2B, 23 SB, .374 OBP, .497 SLG)

There were those who were disappointed in the failure of batting champion Patrick Stay, who hit .404 for Leicester, to win the DA's outstanding hitter award. But apart from the forty-two games that Stay missed because of injuries, he had a rather unproductive .404 season, driving in only forty-nine runs and registering a .513 slugging percentage, a distant second behind Newmarch.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

It was a festive day in bucolic Clappersgate as two more members gained entry into the Hall of Fame. Bryan Conway started his career in Birmingham in 1892 and played his last game there in 1916. In between, he accumulated 2,999 hits and a .314 career average. The EL's outstanding hitter in 1903 and a seven-time gold glover in the outfield, Conway was a leader on the Blue Sox squads that won seven pennants and five BA Cups between 1896 and 1903. He compiled a .423 average in post-season play and was named the Cup Finals MVP in 1899 and 1903. Conway got his last base hit in 1912 but stayed on with Birmingham until 1917, looking in vain for that final hit that would have made him the fourth man to reach the 3,000-hit plateau. Left hander Declan "Poet" MacHutchin came up with Manchester in 1898 and spent time with Leicester and Liverpool before retiring in 1917 with 346 victories and a 2.39 ERA. Named the DA's outstanding pitcher in 1905 while with the Leopards, he won twenty or more games eleven times and was named to six all-star squads.

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London pitcher Arthur Nancekevell, who last year broke the record for most victories, became the charter member of the 400-win society with a 10-3 complete-game win over London on 18 May. Two pitchers became members of the 300-win club in 1922. Ivar "Hush" de Leeuw, the Dutch right hander who has been the mainstay of the Salford rotation since 1902, recorded his milestone victory in a 23 September game against Camberwell. It was the highlight of an otherwise forgettable season in which de Leeuw went 10-24 for the tenth-place Bees. One week later, Birmingham ace Shamus Scanlan recorded his 300th victory of his career and 22nd of the season with an 8-6 win over London. Portsmouth's George Arden became the first hitter in twenty-eight years to hit three home runs in a single game. He did it on 2 September in a game against Nottingham. Hull accomplished something no other team had done: they lost 105 games.

ALLIANCE NEWS

Westminster started construction of a new ballpark, to be completed in time for the 1923 home opener.

Robert Butlin, the Portsmouth outfielder who won the EL outstanding hitter award in 1920 and who had a .324 batting average over six seasons with the Neptunes, retired from baseball after doctors informed him that a back injury he received in June would not permit him to return to action. Liverpool, seeking to boost their offense, signed rookie free agent Michael Jarrom to a three-year contract worth $8,035 per year. Dublin rewarded rookie of the year Benedict Durand with a one-way ticket to Islington. The right fielder was exchanged for catcher Henry Hugh. Leicester dealt fan favorite Stephen "Jerky" Benstead to Belfast for relief pitcher Chris Waddell. Benstead is a career .305 hitter, but he sat out almost all of the 1923 season due to declining skills.

WESTMINSTER NEWS

The Peers had plenty of time to reflect on their season as they took the long train ride home after dropping the decisive seventh game of the Cup Finals Series at Manchester. There was no reason to be disappointed in the team's offense. Rookie Oscar Forrest, signed to a minor-league contract at the beginning of 1921, won a starting outfield job in spring training and played brilliantly, finishing with a .359 batting average and scoring 114 runs. Devin Mabson hit .409 but fell thirty-three plate appearances short of qualifying for the batting title. His twelve home runs, however, still led the team. Tim Savill, with a .348 average, continued his hot hitting while capturing his second consecutive gold glove award at third base.

No, the offense wasn't the problem. The pitching, in contrast, was a time bomb just waiting to explode, as evidenced by the staff's poor performance in the post-season. "Tido" Mabley put together a 22-12 record, but his 3.82 ERA was troubling. Jerry Parker, who moved up to the second spot in the rotation after Christopher O'Shinnick's injury, was the beneficiary of Westminster's overwhelming offense, as he won seventeen games despite a 4.07 ERA. And Lenny Toll went 18-9 even though opposing batters hit him at a .307 tempo and smacked twenty-three home runs against him. Granted, it was a dismal year all around for pitchers in the BA, but Westminster were lucky that they could go so far while running on only one cylinder.

As the team greeted their loyal fans at Euston Station, one member of the club was notably absent. Legendary pitcher "Gorgeous" Henry Pitchforth, the man for whom ladies' day was invented, left the team in Manchester and travelled alone back to his home in Sandbach, Cheshire, where he announced his retirement from the game. The handwriting was on the wall this season for Pitchforth when he was moved into a spot starter role, losing his place in the regular rotation for the first time since he arrived in the big leagues in 1906. Used in the stretch drive while the regulars rested for the post-season, he received a cruel drubbing at the hands of Bradford on 20 September, giving up eight runs and eleven hits in six-and-one-third innings, which helped push his ERA to 7.14 for the year. After that game, team officials reportedly hinted to Pitchforth that they would release him after the Cup Finals Series, so the right hander decided instead to take the dignified route and retire. That leaves reliever Murrough Ariss as the sole active player remaining from the teams that won ten-straight pennants from 1908 to 1917. Pitchforth compiled a 328-192 career mark, and will certainly enter the Hall of Fame when his turn arrives in 1927.

SPRING TRAINING 1923

Renowned author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle interpreted a series of spirit medium's knocks as a sign that Newcastle would win the EL pennant, outclassing London and Westminster, while Glasgow would return to the post-season, winning the DA flag in a tight race against Manchester.

George Arden was the first casualty of the spring. The reigning outstanding hitter in the EL, Arden sustained a fractured fibula in a 9 March game against Nottingham and will likely miss the first half of the season. Manchester reliever David Quigley, who saved eighteen games for the Cup winners in 1922, will spend the entire season on the DL with a torn ligament in his left arm. Gary O'Hennessy, who started sixty-one games in the outfield for Leicester last season and was expected to compete for a starting job this year after hitting .337 in 1922, will instead sit out the next five months with a foot injury. Stoke outfielder Durkin Wiscar, who hit .314 last year for the Potters, broke his elbow on 16 March, and that ruled out his playing for the team in 1923. Sheffield catcher Adam Rowde started 140 games behind the plate in his rookie campaign last year, but he'll miss the first four months of his sophomore season with a broken elbow. Joe Crook, who went 17-10 at the top of the Leeds rotation, will be out until at least July with a torn shoulder muscle.

Camberwell topped the spring competition with an 18-6 record, while Belfast, at 16-8, had the best mark among their DA counterparts.
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1923 MID-SEASON

As the DA closed shop in preparation for the All-Star Game, only one thing was certain: no one could be certain who would win the pennant. In a confused scramble for first place, the top six teams were separated by a mere two games. Sheffield, behind ten-game winners Bill Norris and Sean Alker and slugging shortstop Dave Anderson, built an early lead only to see it evaporate in May. The Steelers, though, came back to post a 15-10 record in June to contend with Islington, but then lost four games of a seven-game home-and-home series to Glasgow on the eve of the all-star break, which halted their momentum. Islington, an eleventh-place finisher last year, shot up into first place in May on the back of fifth-year catcher Henry Shrimpton, whose .371 average led the DA, and a host of sluggers who punished opposing pitchers at a .305 pace, tops in the Association. On the mound, however, there wasn't much support for staff ace Albert Harker, and the Owls hit a 5-12 patch leading up to the all-star break that pushed them down to fifth place. Pitcher Ewan Vanner guided Kensington to the head of the table with a 12-6 record, while Dylan MacQueen provided the power at the plate with a .338 batting average. Allan "Big Stick" Milborn, the right hander at the top of the Stoke rotation, was the secret to the Potters' success. The two-time DA outstanding pitcher mowed down the opposition, winning seventeen of his twenty decisions and posting a meager 2.02 ERA. Stoke jumped into a first-place tie with Kensington when they went 9-4 in the two weeks leading up to the midsummer break. Patrick Stay spent a typical five weeks on the sidelines with various ailments, but Leicester found a way to win without him, as pitchers Bill Deering and George "Bird Dog" Fountain combined for twenty-three wins and headed a staff with a 3.11 ERA, second-best in the Association. The once-formidable Glasgow offense suffered a collective slump, dropping all the way to the bottom of the DA list with a .268 team batting average, but the Gaelic pitching staff, led by Dominique Meyer and boosted by the 5 June acquisition of Lenny "Razzle Dazzle" Toll, who went 7-1 in nine starts for his new team, kept the Glaswegians in the pennant hunt. Reigning Cup champs Manchester had a DA-best 2.98 team ERA and the Association's second-best batting average, but inexplicably could not put all that talent together to win ball games. Dylan Cottingham and Arthur Johnson led the team at the plate, but the Millers were crippled by the loss of bullpen specialist David Quigley, injured in spring training and lost for the season. Without his steady presence in the late innings, Manchester went a miserable 6-21 in one-run games.

The situation was only slightly less complicated in the Empire League, where the top six teams were separated by four-and-a-half games. Salford, coming off a tenth-place finish in 1922, was the League's improbable leader in the early going. Young outfielder Rusty Johns, in his third year, sparked the offense with a .340 average, but a hot April was followed by a lackluster May, and even a 17-9 spurt in June could only boost the pitching-poor Bees into the fifth position. Newcastle picked up where Salford left off, establishing a solid grasp on first place with a 19-9 record in May. Infielders John Schute and Evan Drinkwater powered the team at the plate, while the four starters in the Greys' rotation each recorded at least ten wins by the all-star break. The team's hopes for their first pennant in forty-eight years, however, were dashed when they slumped in mid-June, going 9-18 after 14 June and dropping all the way to sixth place. Overtaking the Greys were Liverpool, who started slowly but picked up steam in June just as Newcastle were faltering. Outfielder Zach Desjardins, a career .296 hitter in three previous seasons, catapulted into the upper levels of EL hitters with a .366 average, while catcher Finley Badman led the League in both home runs and RBI. On the hill, Nick Fernyhough tamed the opposition on his way to a League-leading 16-3 record, while Ken Drummond led all EL starters with his 2.54 ERA that went along with his 12-9 won-lost mark. Birmingham challenged both Newcastle and Liverpool in June, winning eighteen of twenty-six contests in the month. Bob Groulx, who won the EL batting titles in 1915 and 1919, topped the League with a .368 average, while third-year right fielder Kane Simpson came into his own with a .358 average. On the mound, Shamus Scanlan continued his leadership of the team, posting a 13-7 mark at the halfway point. Defending champions Westminster maintained their mastery over opposing pitchers, hitting their offerings at a .303 pace. George Mawer, who saw limited action with the club in his maiden season last year, won the starting second baseman's job in spring training and responded with a .341 average. The pitching staff, helmed by Aidan "Tido" Mabley, remained suspect, although rookie southpaw Charles McGahey won a spot in the rotation at the expense of Lenny Toll with a 6-2 record and a 2.74 ERA. After a slow start, the Peers climbed their way into contention in June and passed Birmingham into second place by winning five of their last seven games before the all-star break. Nottingham charged out of the gates in April, winning twelve of nineteen contests before playing .500 ball for most of the remainder of the first half. The Foresters boasted a League-best 3.39 team ERA, with Samuel "Pal" Buttery, a converted reliever, topping the staff with a10-7 record and 3.13 ERA. At the plate, five regulars hit over .300, including first baseman Benjamin Anstruther, who topped the list with a .339 average.

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The All-Star Game returned to Glasgow after a thirty-four-year hiatus, and the 29,553 fans in attendance at Merchant City Park saw a tightly fought contest. Lambeth slugger William Netherway led off the bottom of the first inning against Shamus Scanlan with towering fly ball that cleared the fence in right-center field. Scanlan got that run back in the second inning when his sacrifice fly scored Newcastle's John Schute from third to tie the score. It stayed that way until the top of the fifth inning. With Kensington reliever Eamonn Peasnall on the mound for the Dominions, Nottingham outfielder Orren Skeeles smacked a 1-1 pitch into the seats, followed two batters later by Finley Badman, who deposited an 0-1 Peasnall curve ball into the left field bleachers. Eight Empire pitchers combined to limit the Dominion all-stars to seven hits as the visitors finished the day on the winning end of a 3-1 score. Badman, who had two hits in three trips to the plate, garnered the MVP trophy.
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1923 FINAL

The race for the EL pennant came down to the final week of the season, as Liverpool and Westminster battled for the title. In a year when the hitters continued their domination, Liverpool relied on their pitching to keep them in contention. The Argonaut pitching staff, featuring a trio of twenty-game winners -- Nick Fernyhough (22-8, 2.67 ERA), Ken Drummond (20-11, 2.66 ERA), and Dwayne Scott (21-17, 3.18 ERA) -- registered a League-leading 3.26 ERA. The offense, meanwhile, ranked only sixth in team batting average but still scored the third-most runs in the EL. Canadian import Zach Desjardins (.328, 11 HR, 90 RBI) led the attack, while catcher Finley Badman (.327, 18 HR, 103 RBI) won the League's RBI title. Liverpool was slow coming out of the all-star break, which provided an opening for Westminster to grab the top spot. The Peers once again put together a hitting juggernaut that topped the .300 mark as a team. Six regulars hit over .300, including second baseman George Mawer (.327, 4 HR, 81 RBI) and first baseman Brian Jones (.321, 11 HR, 66 RBI). Aidan "Tido" Mabley (19-17, 3.87 ERA) topped the rotation until his bloated ERA finally forced manager Eric Bellairs to consign him to the bullpen at the end of the season. Jerry Parker (14-7, 3.25 ERA) and Christopher O'Shinnick (16-8, 3.71 ERA) pitched well in his place. Westminster cooled down in August just as Liverpool heated up again, and the Argonauts recaptured first place at the end of the month when they embarked on a seven-game winning streak. The Peers came within a game of first place in the last week of the season, but Liverpool finished the season by winning their last five games and clinched the pennant in the next-to-last game of the campaign, despite an injury to Badman that will keep him out of the Cup Finals Series. Thirty-seven-year old hurler Shamus Scanlan (23-11, 3.35 ERA) put together one of his best performances in a long and storied career, as Birmingham tried to keep up with the League leaders. Kane Simpson (.359, 8 HR, 71 RBI) and Bob Groulx (.339, 3 HR, 79 RBI) paced the offense, while Thomas Aherne (.312, 13 HR, 64 RBI), who filled a utility infielder role all season, still managed to lead the club in return-trippers. Nottingham moved into third place in the last week of the season, as Birmingham dropped their final five games. For the Foresters, it was their best performance since finishing as runners-up in the 1914 campaign, and they got a lot of help from unexpected sources. Samuel "Pal" Buttery (21-12, 3.37 ERA) led the pitching staff in his first year as a member of the starting rotation, while outfielder Orren Skeeles (.341, 12 HR, 78 RBI) carried the offense in his rookie season. Strong starting pitching provided by the Scottish duo of Alexander Ferguson (20-13, 4.11 ERA) and Stephen MacPherson (20-13, 3.87 ERA) propelled Portsmouth from seventh place at the all-star break to fifth place at the conclusion of the schedule, although a below-average offense dragged down the Neptunes and prevented them from overtaking Birmingham. Salford ended a string of twelve-straight second-division finishes by winning seventy-nine games, their highest total since 1905. Marmaduke "The Great" Taylor (.320, 19 HR, 99 RIB) won his second consecutive League home run crown, while Rusty Johns (.355, 10 HR, 78 RBI), at only twenty-three, rapidly established himself as one of the circuit's premier hitters.

As the second half got underway, Glasgow emerged from the confused situation at the top of the Dominion Association as the team to beat. Dominique Meyer (24-14, 3.03 ERA) provided solid pitching at the top of the Gaelic rotation, while Eric "Scissors" Morris (12-6, 3.22 ERA) recovered from an inflamed shoulder that shut him down for the first three months of the season to steady the team in the second half. Meanwhile, last year's outstanding pitcher Daniel Redknapp (13-18, 3.50 ERA) was maddeningly inconsistent, and ended up being relegated to the bullpen. The attack was powered by catcher Sebastian Meadmore (.350, 1 HR, 55 RBI) and third baseman Richard Stowe (.308, 11 HR, 80 RBI). The Gaelics were sluggish at the top of the second half, but then caught fire in August, winning twenty of twenty-seven games and vaulting over Stoke and Sheffield into first place. Stoke punched above their weight class all season, guided by the brilliant performance of Allan "Big Stick" Milborn (25-12, 2.51 ERA), who captured the DA's pitching triple crown. The Potters, though, sorely missed hitting star Durkin Wiscar, who broke his elbow in spring training and missed the entire season. Without him, the team batting average dipped to .274, eleventh in the Association, and Stoke drifted down to fourth place. Sheffield's attack was sparked by shortstop Dave Anderson (.376, 13 HR, 107 RBI), who won both the Association batting and RBI titles. On the mound, twenty-seven-year old rookie Bill Norris (20-10, 3.19 ERA) ably filled in after injuries limited veteran John "Hush" Findlay (8-4, 3.25 ERA) to only sixteen starts. Kensington rebounded from an eighth-place finish in 1922 to capture third place behind the pitching of starter Richard "Lucky" Hobbes (20-11, 3.26 ERA) and reliever Eamonn Peasnall (7-4, 19 SV, 2.59 ERA). Injuries to key players, including starting shortstop Dylan MacQueen (.319, 0 HR, 59 RBI), hindered the Knights in the stretch drive. Defending champs Manchester continued having trouble winning close contests, as they finished with a 19-31 record in one-run games. Albert Coultrip (.302, 11 HR, 89 RBI), in his first season as a starter, and George Kirkman (.332, 11 HR, 75 RBI) boosted the team batting average to .292, second in the Association, but apart from Paul Deakin (17-10, 3.31 ERA) the starting pitching was unreliable. Glasgow won three games in a four-game series against Sheffield in the second week of September, which ended the only serious challenge to the Gaelics' pennant ambitions, and the team skated to the title on top of a six-game bulge. Starting shortstop Mike Allen (.284, 2 HR, 54 RBI) won't accompany the team to the post-season, however, as a strained muscle will keep him on the sidelines for the Finals.

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1923 CUP FINALS SERIES: LIVERPOOL v. GLASGOW

Glasgow made their fifth trip to the post-season, and for the fourth time faced Liverpool in the Finals. The Gaelics ambushed Argonaut starter Nick Fernyhough with a three-run first inning, sparked by back-to-back doubles off the bats of William Hebron (.315, 0 HR, 86 RBI) and Niall Borman (.301, 3 HR, 61 RBI), and led 4-1 when the home team took their turn at bat in the third inning. After two outs, the Argos recorded five straight singles and pushed four runs across the plate against Glasgow righty Dominique Meyer. A solo homer in the fifth by "Slippery" John Mildren (.279, 9 HR, 47 RBI) put Liverpool ahead, but the visitors tied it in the seventh. A Michael Bligh (.288, 9 HR, 58 RBI) RBI-double in the eighth had the Argos back in the lead, and Dan Rumbolt (4-10, 7 SV, 2.29 ERA) pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the 7-6 Liverpool victory. Game two saw a classic pitchers' duel between two of the game's best: Ken Drummond of Liverpool and "Scissors" Morris of Glasgow. The contest was scoreless until the top of the ninth, when Richard Stowe drove a two-out single into right field to drive in Richard Netherwey (.251, 1 HR, 48 RBI) with the game's only run, as Glasgow squeaked by with a 1-0 triumph. Stowe ended the day with four hits, while Craig Watt had three hits in a losing effort. The offense returned in game three as the teams brought the Series to Scotland. Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Glasgow staged a three-run rally ignited by a Sean Bryson (.260, 4 HR, 21 RBI) two-run homer. In the top of the tenth, however, "Tacky" Fraser MacInnes (.332, 4 HR, 32 RBI) returned the favor with a two-run shot of his own, and Liverpool hung on for an 8-6 win. Archie MacPheeters (.260, 2 HR, 24 RBI) collected two hits and three RBI for the victors. Liverpool built up a 3-0 lead in game four before Glasgow evened the score with a three-run fourth that featured a run-scoring triple by Joseph Roskilly (.287, 6 HR, 84 RBI). In the sixth, the home team added a pair of runs, which was enough for Morris, who pitched a complete game 5-3 victory. In the fifth inning of game five, Liverpool broke open a close 1-0 contest with five runs, highlighted by a three-run homer off the bat of Doug Craggs (.167, 0 HR, 8 RBI). The Argonauts chased Gaelic starter Daniel Redknapp (13-18, 3.50 ERA) with a single tally in the next inning, but two successive Glasgow relievers could not stanch the bloodletting, and Liverpool waltzed away with a 12-2 win. Craggs, subbing for an injured Reggie McVeigh (.274, 2 HR, 26 RBI), finished with four hits and four RBI. The scene shifted to Liverpool for game six, and this time Glasgow would turn the tables on the Argos, scoring five runs in the fourth frame on four consecutive doubles off Fernyhough. The Gaelics kept up the punishment until the final out, winning 11-3, extending the Series to a seventh game for the third-straight year. Glasgow scored first in the final tilt, pushing two runs across against Drummond in the third inning. The home team got one of those runs back in the fourth, but Morris held Liverpool scoreless the rest of the way en route to a masterful 2-1 complete-game Cup-clinching triumph. "Scissors" Morris cut up the competition with three wins and a miniscule 0.81 ERA to walk (not run) away with the MVP trophy.

THE MINORS

Glasgow's triple-A affiliate, the Dundee Claymores, emulated their parent club by capturing the regular season championship in the Northern Conference, but fell in four games to the Oldham Athletics, Westminster's farm club, in the Second Tier title series.

Liverpool's third-stringers, the Oxford Browns, won their first Albion Conference crown since 1903, but they were no match for the York Whitecoats of the Birmingham organization, who defeated the Browns in a three-game sweep for the Third Tier championship.

ALLIANCE LEADERS

Empire League
Hitting
BA: .372 John Schute, Newcastle
HR: 19 Marmaduke "The Great" Taylor, Salford
RBI: 103 Finley Badman, Liverpool
R: 114 Evan Drinkwater, Newcastle
SB: 51 Les Sedgwick, Birmingham
Pitching
W: 23 Shamus Scanlan, Birmingham
L: 21 William Bent, Bradford
K: 129 Shamus Scanlan, Birmingham
ERA: 2.65 Max Cranfield, London
SV: 21 Alexander Bubb, Portsmouth

Bubb's twenty-one saves tied him for third place on the leaders' board, one behind Eamonn Peasnall and Samuel Orlebar.

Dominion Association
Hitting
BA: .376 Dave Anderson, Sheffield
HR: 17 William Willday, Kensington/Leicester
RBI: 107 Dave Anderson, Sheffield
R: 124 Dave Anderson, Sheffield
SB: 36 Bob Tims, Belfast
Pitching
W: 25 Allan "Big Stick" Milborn, Stoke
L: 22 Ciaran Galloway, Manchester; "Smooth" Vince Perkins, Islington
K: 150 Allan "Big Stick" Milborn, Stoke
ERA: 2.51 Allan "Big Stick" Milborn, Stoke
SV: 19 Eamonn Peasnall, Kensington

Anderson's 124 runs was the most scored in the BA since 1896, when Hall of Famer Owen Rising crossed the plate 125 times.
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