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Old 05-20-2015, 11:14 AM   #1
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"Those are our boys!" (The Story of the Manningham Mallards)

Intro, Part 1

Baseball. The grand old game. First it captured our interest. Then it captured our hearts. Ultimately, it captured our devotion.

Baseball fans all across the country recall with pristine clarity the heroes of their youth. Those sultans of the swing. Masterful purveyors of the pitch. Names that ring with lore, names that take us back, recalling vividly their mighty feats, as if we had just witnessed them yesterday. Names that leave us longing for the “good ‘ole days” when this game was more innocent. Names like Oscar Riggs, Tom Wilton, Cub Stonestreet, Heinie Collins, and Martin San Juan. “No one today can hit like Wilton could.” “Do you remember how fast Stonestreet threw? He threw faster than the 20th Century Special Express."

The citizens of Manningham, in the great midwestern state of Westmoreland, know a thing or two of this love for our national pastime. Folks in this fine city have a special place in their hearts for their local heroes, a place seated right next to, or perhaps even in front of their own loved ones. This town (though it is by no means simply a town) reveres its beloved ball club. The Manningham Mallards are part of the very fiber of this great city. One can’t help but wonder if this city would still be Manningham if it were not for the Mallards. Certainly a city cannot owe its existence to a baseball team, but perhaps a part of its soul has been derived from its ball club.

The story you will find in the following pages is the story of a city and a ball club. It could be called the story of a ravenous love affair. A love affair between a city and its team. A love affair a million men, women, and children have with twenty-five young men. A love affair between a baseball team and the city it calls home. A love affair that began years ago, before the advent of high speed rail, zeppelin travel, airborne aircraft carriers, wrist radios, or wireless fax newspaper delivery. The Mallards made their plea years ago for the affections of the citizens of Manningham, the citizens of Manningham embraced those pleas, and the love they share endures to our very day here in 1947.

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Intro, Part 2

The first professional baseball league was known as the National Base Ball Association. Eight "base ball clubs" came together in 1865, forming a loose union based on the premise of paying players in order to secure the pinnacle of talent. The league struggled for early favor in the public eye, many skeptical of those who would accept payment in order to play the beloved game of base ball, as it was known then (hereafter in this text we will call it baseball, as it is known today). Eventually the quality of play began to win over fans, and the league started to flourish. But then the very fear of baseball fans across the country was realized as the lure of even richer paydays grabbed hold of some players, and some games began to be determined not by which team played better on that day, but which team was more heavily "incentivized" to lose by the bookies. Fans became more and more disgusted by the dishonesty prevalent in the league, and stayed away in great numbers. The NBBA was founded on the principles of fair play, good honest competition, and a fevered nationwide passion for this still relatively new bat and ball game, but like so often with things that are good, unscrupulous parties saw an opportunity for an easy payday, and the NBBA was not set up in a way that could easily combat that. In September 1870, the NBBA quietly closed its doors.

But base ball fans would not be without a professional league for long. Nathaniel Wycombe, owner of the Wycombe Sporting Goods company based in Metro City, had already begun efforts to form another professional league by the time the NBBA started teetering on the brink of extinction. In 1871, just months after the NBBA closed its doors, his efforts came to fruition, and the Continental League began play. One of the teams beginning play in the Continental League was the Manningham Mallards. The Mallards were formed by Abe Jacoby, owner of the Jacoby Lumber Company in Manningham, after Jacoby had been approached by his good friend Wycombe about plans for the league.


Abe Jacoby

The eight trailblazing teams of the new Continental League were:

* Bay City Seals
* Capital City Capitals
* Gateway City Terriers
* Metro City Metros
* Manningham Mallards
* Morley City Millers
* Riverdale Redbirds
* Tinseltown Aces

The CL experienced immediate success. Despite the heartbreak resulting from the failure of the NBBA, the appetites of baseball fans across the country had become almost insatiable. Fans flocked in droves to see old favorites from the NBBA and up-and-comers newly discovered.

Among the early heroes of Manningham youths in those days were 1B John Wilton (1884-1890), SS Jeremiah Armstrong (1899-1920), P Dave Freeman (1873-1886), and P Pedro Mercado (1871-1884).

Meanwhile, some other forward-thinking gentlemen believed that enough room existed in the hearts of baseball fans across the country for multiple professional leagues and began putting the pieces in place for a new league to compete with the CL. In the summer of 1873, that vision became reality when the Federal League began play.

Eight teams had agreed to join that new burgeoning league, representing seven cities that did not have teams in the CL along with another team in Metro City. The teams coming together to form the Federal League were the:

* Metro City Mutuals
* Tremont Colonials
* Tottington Centennials
* Magnolia City Marshalls
* Sun Valley Copperheads
* Cascadia City Klondikes
* St. Charles Bears
* Coconut Bay Pelicans

Both leagues existed side-by-side for a few years, competing for a shared pool of players, each league attempting to prove it was the higher quality league. But because there was no direct play between the leagues, such attempts were nothing more than pure speculation, boasts of fans from each league, or grandiose proclamations by sportswriters. Nothing tangible could be used to back up those claims.

All that changed though in 1890, when the leagues agreed to a series between the champions of each league. The new series would determine on the field which league was truly better, at least for that particular year. The Championship Series would occur following the completion of each league's seasons, and the two champions would play for a newly created trophy known as the Barnesworth Cup.

The two major leagues continued to operate separately, but in 1901 talks began occurring between representatives from both leagues about joining ranks. In the fall of 1902, an agreement was reached, and in 1903 the Monumental League was formed, with all members of the Continental League and Federal League joining. The two leagues would continue to play primarily within their own ranks, though the teams would cross league lines for a home and away series against each team in the other league once each season. At the end of each season the winner of each league continued to play each other for the Barnesworth Cup.


The sixteen teams that came together to form the Monumental League are the same sixteen teams still battling for the Barnesworth Cup today.

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Dynasty Background/Setup

This dynasty is fictional, alternate-history focused, but that alternate history is broader than baseball. We pick up the story of the Monumental League in 1947, but it is not the 1947 we know in OTL (our timeline). The USA is not the same as OTL USA. Some of the cities we know do not exist in this timeline. The Great War occurred from 1914 - 1918, and the technology progression resulting from it, along with the absence of The Great Depression and World War II, have led to a world that has some similarities to ours, but many differences as well. You might say this is a bit of a Utopian perspective. It may feel a bit like OTL sporting world today in a 1947 time period. A deeper look at the world as it exists here will be included in the scope of the dynasty. We'll take a look at other sports in this world, as well as aspects of the non-sports world.

One other important note - from a progression standpoint, in a sense the dynasty will occur in real time. One day in this dynasty equals one day in OTL.

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Manningham Mallards Trophy Room

Barnesworth Cups: None
Continental League Pennants: None

Record Book
Career G: Jermiah Rogers, 2899
Career AB: Jermiah Rogers, 11,315
Career BA (minimum 3000 PA): John Wilton, .412
Career Hits: Jermiah Rogers, 3360
Career 2B: Jermiah Armstrong, 549
Career 3B: Abe Love, 78
Career HR: Jermiah Armstrong, 377
Career RBI: Jermiah Armstrong, 1536
Career R: Jermiah Rogers, 1528
Career SB: Ed Becton, 400
Career BB: Jermiah Rogers, 934

Career W: Jocko Soto, 206
Career L: Jocko Soto, 262
Career ERA: Pat Murphy, 2.70
Career IP: Jocko Soto, 4421.2
Career GS: Jocko Soto, 564
Career CG: Jocko Soto, 199
Career SO: Jocko Soto, 37
Career K: Jocko Soto, 3402
Career Saves: Jim Johns, 285

Mallards in the Hall of Fame
Jermiah Rogers (elected in 1938)
Jocko Soto (elected in 1945)

Award Winners (CL Outstanding Hitter)
Jermiah Armstrong, 1913 (.331/.394/.556, 30 HR, 119 RBI)
Jermiah Rogers, 1918 (.328/.406/.487, 21 HR, 95 RBI)
Cristian Nicoli, 1935 (.330/.413/.547, 28 HR, 86 RBI)
Al Lone, 1944 (.334/.417/.541, 27 HR, 106 RBI)
Al Lone, 1945 (.321/.386/.491, 25 HR, 92 RBI)

Kid Goebel Award Winners (CL Outstanding Pitcher)
Dick Dwyer, 1923 (22-7, 1.88 ERA, 306 IP, 264 K)

CL Rookie of the Year Winners
Santiago Badillo, 1904
Bug Hopkins, 1922
Al Lone, 1938
Tom Jillson, 1940
Packy Babcock, 1944

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A good beginning, Dobber - an interesting premise and nicely written. I'll be looking forward to following and seeing how it unfolds.
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Recap of the 1946 Season

The 1946 season saw the Manningham Mallards come up just short once again in the Continental League race. The Mallards finished with a record of 80-74, 5 games back of the pennant-winning, and bitter rivals, Morley City Millers.

1B Al Lone led the league in HR and RBI, with 28 and 100 respectively. He also led the league in hits with 176. Lone played in his 7th All-Star Game, and followed up his 1945 CL Most Outstanding Hitter Award winning season with a 3rd place finish in the voting in 1946.


On the mound, Tom Field finished 3rd in the CL with 18 wins, compiling a record of 18-11 with a 3.49 ERA. Tom Jillson, won 17 games against 11 losses and a 3rd place finish in the Kid Goebel Award voting. Willis Raymon chipped in with a record of 16-12 and a 3.48 ERA.

The Barnesworth Cup Championship Series saw the Sun Valley Copperheads sweep the Morley City Millers 4 games to 0.

Final Standings
Continental League




Federal League



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One other important note - from a progression standpoint, in a sense the dynasty will occur in real time. One day in this dynasty equals one day in OTL.
Just to clarify... OTL=Our True Life?

Very well written and I love fictional premises and stories. I'll be following, and thank you for sharing with us!
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Just to clarify... OTL=Our True Life?

Very well written and I love fictional premises and stories. I'll be following, and thank you for sharing with us!
OTL = Our Timeline

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1947 Preview

The CSC Baseball Tonight 1947 Preview Show has written off the Mallards this season, predicting them to finish last in the Continental League race.

CL Predicted Standings
1. Riverdale Redbirds
2. Morley City Millers
3. Capital City Capitals
4. Bay City Seals
5. Metro City Metros
6. Gateway City Keystones
7. Tinseltown Aces
8. Manningham Mallards

FL Predicted Standings
1. Sun Valley Copperheads
2. Coconut Bay Pelicans
3. Tremont Colonials
4. Cascadia City Klondikes
5. Metro City Mutuals
6. Tottington Centennials
7. Magnolia City Marshalls
8. St. Charles Bears

New Players:
SP Tom Gould (Free agent) - went 18-14 last year for Capital City.
MR Fred White (Free agent) - went 2-1, 5 saves last year for Metro City Metros.
SP Heinie Wiley (Free agent) - 11-19, 4.43 ERA last year for Tottington.
C Vic Martz (Trade with St. Charles) - Hit .241 in 66 games last year.

Players Lost:
SP Tom Jillson (Free agent - signed with Coconut Bay)
SP Antonio Reyes (Trade with St. Charles)
C Ed Carter (Free agent - unsigned)

Expected Lineup:
C - Vic Martz
1B - Al Lone
2B - Yadier Hernandez
SS - Jimmy Lincoln/Noodles Jobe
3B - Dave Golden
LF - Tommy Patterson/Manuel Rivera
CF - Zenas Stewart
RF - Jim Jaye/William Smith

Rotation
Willis Raymon
Tom Field
Tom Gould
Heinie Wiley

Bullpen
Fred White
Al Byrd
Al Hamby
Ed Niswonger

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[Editor’s Note: We pick up the story of the 1947 season on May 26, 1947. The Mallards are sitting at 22-29 on the season, currently 7th in the Continental League race.]

05/26/1947
Mallards Fall 7-6 to Aces
Story by Billy Brockman

The Mallards dropped their third straight game last night, losing 7-6 to the Tinseltown Aces in twelve innings in the second game of their three game set.

Tinseltown started the scoring in the bottom of the third inning. Tom Petty got things going for the Aces by hitting a double off of Mallards starter Tom Gould to start the inning. He moved to third base on the sacrifice bunt by Tommy Ortiz, and then scored when Hugo Duarte grounded to short and Manningham shortstop Jimmy Lincoln threw to first for the out.

The Mallards came back with two runs in the top of the fourth to briefly take the lead. Jimmy Lincoln singled with two outs, followed by a single by right fielder Cy Kemp, moving Lincoln to third. Noodles Jobe, playing third base, singled to bring Lincoln home, and Kemp moved to third on the hit, and then continued home to score on the relay throw.

Tinseltown scored one run in the bottom of the fourth to even the score at 2-2, followed by two from Tinseltown. The Aces then added two more runs in the six and two in the seventh to give Tinseltown a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth inning.

The Mallards scored a run in the top of the ninth inning when Yadier Hernandez scored on an Al Lone double after singling himself.

Tinseltown won the game in the bottom of the twelfth inning when catcher Ed Brady scored on a Lew Hendricks single off of Mallards pitcher Fred White. Brady reached first by singling off of White and then moving to third when Manningham center fielder Zenas Stewart dropped Joe Highsmith’s routine fly ball.

White took the loss, dropping his record to 1-1. Lew Kunert picked up the win for Tinseltown after pitching 3 2/3 innings of shut out baseball. Kunert’s record now stands at 3-2.

Tom Gould started for Manningham, lasting seven innings but giving up six runs on eight hits and walking seven batters. Gould’s ERA now stands at 5.09 after thirteen starts.

On the offensive side, highlights were 1B Al Lone, who contributed four hits, including his 11th home run, and four RBI, while Noodles Jobe batted 3-4 with two RBI.

Noodles Jobe

The Mallards and Aces wrap up their three game set tonight when Tom Gould will start again for Manningham, while Mathieu Robert (1-6) gets the ball for Tinseltown.

Scores Elsewhere
Riverdale 2, Metro City Metros 1
Gateway City 8, Morley City 3
Bay City 7, Capital City 2
Metro City Mutuals 3, Tottington 2
Magnolia City 3, Sun Valley 2
St. Charles 7, Coconut Bay 5
Tremont 5, Cascadia City 1

Mallard Notes
- Lone’s four RBI moved his league-leading total to 44 on the season, while his 11 home runs still lead the league as well.
- Earlier in the day, Manningham traded 2B Winfield Newman and minor league pitcher Ed Westfall to the Bay City Seals for starting pitcher Al Weir. The thirty-four year old Canadian has a record of 6-4 this season, with a 4.86 ERA. Newman is batting .286 on the season, in 7 at bats.
- Also earlier in the day, Monumental League President Carmine Pastore announced that Manningham’s Tom Field and Tinseltown’s Tub Corbin were each suspended six games for their roles in the brawl during yesterday’s game. The brawl ensued when Corbin charged the mound after being hit by a Field pitch and quickly escalated when both benches cleared.
- Finally, Al Lone has been named Continental League Player of the Week. He batted .360 with three home runs and eight RBI on the week.

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05/27/1947
Tinseltown Aces the Mallards Again
Story by Billy Brockman

The Mallards dropped their third straight to Tinseltown, and fourth straight overall, when the Aces trumped our boys last night 3-2. Mathieu Robert picked up the win with a complete game, improving his record to 2-6, while Tom Gould took the loss, falling to 3-6 on the season.

Tinseltown scored all of its runs, all the runs it needed, in the bottom of the first inning, on a 3-run home run by center fielder Benny Flores, his fourth of the season. The home run shot, which barely cleared the left field wall, also scored Hugo Duarte and Kitty Bryall.

Manningham would score one in the top of the sixth on a solo home run by center fielder Manuel Rivera, his third of the season. The Mallards added another run in the top of the ninth when Yadier Hernandez scored on a single by right fielder William Smith.

Manuel Rivera

The Mallards finished with six hits overall.

Tom Gould lasted 4 1/3 innings in the start, giving up three runs on 2 hits, walking five and striking out three. Al Byrd pitched 3 2/3 innings of shutout ball, giving up five hits while striking out one and walking three.

The Mallards need to ensure they are up to date on penicillin shots as they travel to Morley City to take on the Millers in a three game series starting tonight. Willis Raymon (6-6) takes the mound for Manningham, while the left-hander, Packy Babcock (5-6) takes the ball for Morley City. Morley City is currently 26-26 on the season, good for fourth in the CL, 8 games behind league-leading Bay City.

Scores Elsewhere
Metro City Metros 9, Riverdale 0
Gateway City 5, Morley City 2
Capital City 4, Bay City 2
Tottington 10, Metro City Mutuals 0
Sun Valley 14, Magnolia City 2
St. Charles 2, Coconut Bay 1
Tremont 7, Cascadia City 4

Mallard Notes
- Newly acquired Al Weir is 6-5 on the season, with a 2.59 ERA. The 34 year old is from Richville, British Columbia, Canada, and is in his fifteenth full big league season. The journeyman starting pitcher has also played for Tinseltown, Coconut Bay, the Metro City Metros, Bay City, and the Metro City Mutuals. He finished second in the voting for the 1933 Continental League Rookie of the Year Award, and finished third in the voting for the 1939 Kid Goebel Award as the Most Outstanding Pitcher Award in the Continental League while playing for Coconut Bay. He appeared in his only All-Star Game that season as well. He won the 1945 Gold Glove with the Mutuals.

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Dynasty Background/Setup

This dynasty is fictional, alternate-history focused, but that alternate history is broader than baseball. We pick up the story of the Monumental League in 1947, but it is not the 1947 we know in OTL (our timeline). The USA is not the same as OTL USA. Some of the cities we know do not exist in this timeline. The Great War occurred from 1914 - 1918, and the technology progression resulting from it, along with the absence of The Great Depression and World War II, have led to a world that has some similarities to ours, but many differences as well. You might say this is a bit of a Utopian perspective. It may feel a bit like OTL sporting world today in a 1947 time period. A deeper look at the world as it exists here will be included in the scope of the dynasty. We'll take a look at other sports in this world, as well as aspects of the non-sports world.

One other important note - from a progression standpoint, in a sense the dynasty will occur in real time. One day in this dynasty equals one day in OTL.
Fine premise... very good writing... this looks like a well-done dynasty league... good start... looking forward to following it.

Hope you don't mind if I borrow some of your good devices and presentation methods.
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Fine premise... very good writing... this looks like a well-done dynasty league... good start... looking forward to following it.

Hope you don't mind if I borrow some of your good devices and presentation methods.
Thanks so much EC! Yours is one of the dynasties that has inspired mine, so borrow all you like!
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05/28/1947
Mallards Beat Millers With Big 9th Inning
Story by Billy Brockman

A trip to hated rival Morley City was just what the Manningham Mallards needed to get back on the positive side of the scoreboard as the Mallards beat the Millers 3-1 last night at Swankberg Stadium. Willis Raymon pitched eight strong innings, giving up the one run, for the win, to run his record to 7-6 on the season thus far. Packy Babcock went the distance in defeat for Morley City, giving up three runs on five hits. His record fell to 5-7 on the season.

Morley City scored its only run in the bottom of the 1st inning. Miller shortstop Fred Mathewson doubled with one out, moved to third on a grounder to second base by Phil Neal, and Bid Gibson knocked Mathewson in on a grounder to short.

Babcock held Manningham scoreless until the top of the ninth. After Noodles Jobe struck out, Tommy Patterson pinch hit for Raymon and singled. Manager Newt Brown brought in Jim Jaye to pinch run. Left fielder Manuel Rivera then walked to move Jaye to second. Second baseman Yadier Hernandez flew out to right for the second out of the inning. Center fielder Zenas Stewart strolled to the plate next and singled, scoring Jaye to tie the game at 1-1. Al Lone then walked to load the bases. William Smith, playing right field, then singled, scoring both Rivera and Stewart with what turned out to be the winning runs.



Al Hamby pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his third save.

Raymon pitched eight innings, giving up three hits, walking three, and striking out six. He threw 99 pitches, with 62 of them for strikes. Babcock pitched a complete game in the loss, giving up five hits, walking two, striking out six, and giving up three earned runs.

Game Two of the series between the bitter rivals tonight will see Tom Field (3-7, 3.01) take the mound for the Mallards, and Jim Kinnon (5-3, 4.00) will pitch for Morley City.

Other Scores
Riverdale 5, Tinseltown 3
Metro City Metros 3, Capital City 2
Bay City 2, Gateway City 0
Coconut Bay 8, Tottington 1
Magnolia City 4, Tremont 3
St. Charles 1, Cascadia City 0
Sun Valley 3, Metro City Mutuals 0

Mallard Notes
- Smith’s RBIs were his 13th and 14th of the season.
- Zenas Stewart knocked in his 26th run of the season.
- Manningham finds itself 11 games behind league-leading Bay City.

Monumental League Notes
- Syl Garland picked up his 10th win against three losses in the Sun Valley win over the Mutuals.
- Right fielder Al Smith hit two home runs, his 4th and 5th of the season, for Coconut Bay.
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5/29/1947
Mallards Win Second in a Row Against Morley City
Story by Billy Brockman

Manningham Mallards bats were lively last night as the Mallards defeated Morley City for the second night in a row, winning by a score of 5-3.

Manningham jumped out to an early lead, led by lead-off hitter Jim Jaye, who singled to left field to start off the game. Jaye attempted to steal 2nd base, and when Millers catcher Sam Harris threw the ball into center field, Jaye continued safely to 3rd base. Al Lone hit into a 4-3 fielder’s choice, scoring Jaye on the play.

The Mallards scored three more runs in the top of the second, starting with Dave Golden’s single and Vic Martz walking to put runners on first and second. Jaye doubled into right center, scoring both Golden and Martz on the play. Yadier Hernandez followed up Jaye’s two bagger with a one of his own, scoring Jaye and running the lead to 4-0.

Morley City scored a run in the sixth inning, and then nearly capped a Miller comeback. Down 5-1 by the time the bottom of the ninth started, Morley City came out swinging. Bid Gibson led off the inning with a single to center field. Jim Ledet then doubled into the left field gap, moving Gibson to second base. Mallards pitcher Al Byrd then struck out both Phil Neal and Sam Harris, setting up the showdown with Phil Rumph. On a 3-2 count, Rumph singled to right field, scoring both Gibson and Ledet. But Byrd induced pinch hitter Jose Velazquez to hit a dribbler back to the mound, and he threw Velazquez out at first to shut the door on the rally.

Tom Field, pitching while appealing his recent suspension, picked up the win, pitching 7.1 innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 unearned run, striking out 6, and walking 2. His record moves to 4-7. Al Byrd pitched 1.2 innings in relief, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out two. Jim Kinnon picked up the loss, falling to 5-4 on the season. Kinnon pitched eight innings, giving up eight hits and 5 runs.

On the offensive side, Jaye went 2-5 with 2 RBI, while Zenas Stewart went 2-4.

Game Three of the three game series takes place tonight in Morley City. Taking the mound will be new Mallard Al Weir (6-5) for Manningham and Jimmy Mayes (5-4) for Morley City.

Other Scores
Tinseltown 4, Riverdale 3
Metro City Metros 3, Capital City 2
Bay City 6, Gateway City 4
Tottington 11, Coconut Bay 2
Tremont 2, Magnolia City 1
St. Charles 7, Cascadia City 0
Metro City Mutuals 2, Sun Valley 1

Notes from Around the ML
- Bay City’s Pony Kunishige hit two home runs in their win against Gateway City. He now has 10 on the season.
- The Coconut Bay Pelicans traded 32-year-old first baseman Fred Dixon and 21-year-old minor league shortstop Al Wyatt to the Gateway City Keystones in return for 31 year old outfielder Alcides Colon. Dixon is batting .294 with 2 home runs and 11 RBI on the season thus far, while Colon is hitting .273 with no home runs and seven RBI.

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5/30/1947
Big First Inning Too Much for Mallards to Overcome
Story by Billy Brockman

Morley City jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning, and it was all the offense the Millers would need as they defeated the Mallards last night, 3-2.

Manningham’s newly acquired Al Weir took the bump for the Mallards, and apparently nerves got the better of him in the first inning before he settled down after that. But the damage was done, and Manningham could not mount a big enough comeback.

After striking out Fred Mathewson, the first batter he would face as a Mallard, Weir then proceeded to give up singles to Phil Neal and Bid Gibson, followed by a double to Jose Velazquez, scoring Neal. He then got Jim Ledet to pop up to shortstop Jimmy Lincoln, but then Elias Kennedy singled, scoring both Gibson and Velazquez. Weir then walked Yale Sullivan and gave up a single to Ed Beil, loading the bases. Jimmy Mayes stepped up, and hit a long fly ball to deep center. Fortunately for Weir and the Mallards, it was not deep enough, and Zenas Stewart caught it for the third out of the inning.

Manningham managed to get one run back in the top of the second inning. Third baseman Dave Golden was hit by a Jimmy Mayes pitch, and then Cy Kemp doubled to score Golden from first.

The Mallards got another run back in the 6th inning, thanks to a leadoff double from Yadier Hernandez and then a single by Al Lone to score Hernandez.

The Mallards could not really mount another threat the rest of the game. Jim Jaye led off the eighth inning with a single, but was erased when Hernandez grounded into a double play.

Right fielder Cy Kemp went 3 for 4 for the Mallards, while Lone went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Jimmy Mayes picked up the win for Morley City, pitching a complete game, giving up eight hits, two runs, striking out seven, and walking one. He ups his record to 6-4.

Al Weir, in his debut, takes the loss for Manningham, dropping his record to 6-6. He pitched six innings, giving up nine hits, three runs, while striking out three and walking two.

The Mallards return home to face the Bay City Seals tonight at Jacoby Stadium. Tom Gould (4-5, 4.70) starts for Manningham, while Ed Totten (0-1, 7.56) will toe the rubber for the Seals, who are currently 36-19 and leading the Continental League.

Other Games Around the ML
Riverdale 5, Tinseltown 2
Capital City 5, Metro City Metros 3
Gateway City 7, Bay City 5
Coconut Bay 5, Tottington 2
Tremont 4, Magnolia City 1
St. Charles 7, Cascadia City 4
Sun Valley 3, Metro City Mutuals 2

Mallard Notes
- Tonight will also see the recognition of the new MBA Champion Manningham Majestics. The players, along with coach Chris Brown, will be introduced at the pitcher's mound before the game, and Coach Brown will throw out the first pitch.
- Cy Kemp is a feel good story in this disappointing season so far. The 34-year-old saw action in Manningham way back in 1937, appearing in 13 games, starting 9, but did not see time with the big club again until he appeared in six games last season. Thus far this season, in easily his most playing time, he is batting .245 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 38 games.


League News
- Sun Valley sent RF Al Tesfai and minor league SP Pat Simmons to the Metro City Metros in exchange for C Bernie Suarez. Tesfai is batting .302 on the season, with 2 home runs and 6 RBI. Suarez is batting .288 with 7 home runs. Suarez finished second in the 1940 Rookie of the Year race, and was an All-Star in 1942.
- Sun Valley picked up another catcher yesterday also, as they acquired Jim Musgrove from Cascade City in return for SS Rupe Soto and minor league RF Jim Turpin. Musgrove is batting .237 on the year, with 8 home runs and 31 RBI. Soto is hitting .243 with one home run and thirteen RBI.
- The St. Charles Bears have won 5 games in a row, bringing their record to 26-29, good for 6th place in the Federal League.
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5/31/1947
Eighth Inning Rally Propels Mallards Past Seals
Story by Billy Brockman

On a night when the Manningham Majestics were honored at the ball park, the Mallards had their own majestic night after five run eighth inning leads to a win over Bay City last night.

Down 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth, the Mallards took the lead and held on in the top of the ninth to defeat league-leading Bay City. Yadier Hernandez led off the inning with a single. He moved to third base on a double from Al Lone. Zenas Stewart flew out to center field, deep enough to score Hernandez with the tying run. Jim Logel came up next to pinch hit for SS Jimmy Lincoln, and singled, moving Lone to third. Seals pitcher Ed Totten then uncorked a wild pitch, scoring Lone with the go-ahead run and allowing Logel to move up to second base. Cy Kemp then walked, and he was followed by Jim Louis, who tripled, scoring both Logel and Kemp. Vic Martz then stepped up and also tripled, scoring Louis, which capped the scoring for both teams.

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Ed Niswonger came in to pitch the ninth inning and lured the Seals into going out 1-2-3.

Tom Gould started for Manningham, and picked up a no-decision for his 7 innings of work. Gould surrendered five hits, three runs, struck out nine, and walked two. Al Byrd pitched the eighth inning, picking up the win to run his record to 7-3.

Ed Totten pitched 7.1 innings for Bay City, giving up 7 runs on 12 hits. Totten struck out one and walked three. His record falls to 0-2.

Hernandez knocked three hits in four at bats to help lead the way for the Mallards offensively. Lone and Louis both picked up two hits each as well.

Mallard Notes
- Al Lone ripped off two doubles in the game. His batting average jumped above .300, finishing at .301 after the game.
- Stewart and Louis both picked up 2 RBI.
- Tonight’s game sees Dave Kellie (6-6, .290) going for Bay City, while Willis Raymon (7-6, 4.70) goes for Manningham.

Scores Around the ML
Riverdale 3, Morley City 2
Capital City 7, Gateway City 0
Tinseltown 6, Metro City Metros 4
Sun Valley 16, Tremont 1
Coconut Bay 7, Metro City Mutuals 2
Tottington 5, Cascadia City 4
St. Charles 3, Magnolia City 2

League Notes
- Sun Valley 1B Phil Chester knocked two home runs in the Sun Valley-Tremont game, picking up five RBI.
- Ruddy Rosado pitched a shutout for Capital City.
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6/1/1947
Mallards Fall Victim to Great Pitching Effort
Story by Billy Brockman

Bay City starting pitcher Dave Kellie pitched a tremendous game, and the Mallards struggled to put anything together, falling victim to Kellie and the Seals this afternoon, 3-1.

Bay City scored one run in the top of the second inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Pony Kunishige delivered a single with one out, and after Josh Brown struck out for the second out, Ed King singled, moving Kunishige to second. Jim Howard then stepped up and knocked a single, scoring Kunishige.

The Seals added another run in the top of the 4th inning. Ed Giovannucci led of the inning by walking. After Kunishige flew out to John Jaye in left, Brown hit a tough grounder to Dave Golden at third, and Golden’s only play was at first, throwing out Brown, but Giovannucci moved to second. King then walked, followed by a walk to Howard to load the bases. Pitcher Dave Kellie then stepped to the plate, and promptly picked up an RBI after being plunked by a Ransom pitch.

The Mallards picked up their only run, in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Cy Kemp hit his 4th home run of the season.

Bay City added one more run in the seventh when Jim Howard hit a home run, his first of the season.

Other than the one inning of wildness, in the 4th inning, Mallards pitcher Willis Raymon pitched a pretty good ball game, going 8 innings, giving up 7 hits, 3 runs, while striking out 7 and walking 4. His record falls to 7-7 on the season.


Meanwhile, Dave Kellie pitched an outstanding game for the Seals, pitching a complete game, giving up five hits, the one run, striking out nine, and walking just one. Kellie’s record moves to 7-6 this year.

Mallard Notes
- Cy Kemp went 1 for 3, with the home run and one RBI. His batting average sits at .232, with four home runs and 17 RBI.
- Tom Field (4-7, 2.80) goes today for Manningham, while Jimmy Milham (7-2, 2.63) goes for Bay City.
- Manningham’s record now sits at 26-31 on the season, while their home record falls to 14-14.

Scores Around the ML
Capital City 7, Gateway City 5
Tinseltown 2, Metro City Metros 0
Riverdale 10, Morley City 0
Sun Valley 13, Tremont 3
Metro City Mutuals 4, Coconut Bay 3
Magnolia City 4, St. Charles 1
Cascadia City 3, Tottington 1

League News
- Al Lamb went 3 for 3 for the Redbirds in Riverdale’s 10-0 win over Morley City. Lamb hit a double and two home runs, with 3 RBI.
- SS Tub Corbin went 4 for 4 for Tinseltown against the Metro City Metros. He hit two solo home runs to go with two singles.
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6/2/1947
Failed Chances Doom Mallards Against Bay City
Story by Billy Brockman

Jumping out to an early 1-0 lead, and racking up 13 hits overall, the Mallards could not capitalize on their chances as they fell to the Seals yesterday afternoon, 6-3.

Cy Kemp led off the bottom of the first with a single off of Jimmy Milham. Yadier Hernandez strolled to the plate next, and singled to center, and when Bay City center fielder Jim Massie threw away the throw into the relay man, Kemp came all the way around to score. After a balk by Milham, Hernandez found himself at third base, but could not move up any further as Zenas Stewart grounded to third and Jimmy Lincoln grounded out to short.

The Seals answered right back in the top of the 2nd inning as Winfield Newman, traded earlier in the week to Bay City from Manningham, tripled, scoring two runs.

The Mallards found themselves with Noodles Jobe on third base, but Kemp struck out to end the inning.

Bay City scored another run in the fourth, and then three in the seventh to put the game away.

Manningham made a bit of a comeback attempt in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two runs on a Kemp bunt for a base hit and then a two-run home run by Al Lone.

The Mallards left 10 men on base, as Milham continually bent but never broke. Milham went six innings for the win, running his record to 8-2. He gave up nine hits, two runs, and struck out five while walking none.

Tom Field took the loss for Manningham as his record dropped to 4-8. He pitched 6.1 innings, giving up 10 hits, six runs, five earned, while walking five and striking out just one. Ed Niswonger came on in relief, pitching 2.2 innings of shutout ball.

Kemp went 3 for 5, scoring two runs, while Lone went 3 for 4, with the home run and 2 RBI. On the flip side, Zenas Stewart went 0 for 4, with 2 strikeouts and left four Mallard runners on base.


Scores Around the ML
Gateway City 7, Capital City 3
Morley City 2, Riverdale 1
Tinseltown 3, Metro City Metros 2
St. Charles 8, Magnolia City 3
Sun Valley 13, Tremont 3
Metro City Mutuals 4, Coconut Bay 0
Cascadia City 8, Tottington 3

League News
- Skyrocket Mahley pitched a shutout for the Mutuals, giving up eight hits, striking out eight, and walking one.
- CF Tom McNabb went 4 for 4 for Cascadia City in their win over Tottington. Three of his hits were doubles.
- Jimmy Mayes ran his record to 7-4 for Morley City as he pitched a complete game, giving up one run on seven hits.
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