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Turkey Stearnes Memorial Baseball League (1979)

Off-Season Schedule

12-15 7 pm PT Deadline to drop to at most 28
12-17 7pm PT supplemental draft (5 rounds)-must have room on your roster
12-17 7:15 pm PT free agency turned on
12-19 7:15 pm PT deadline for player/pitcher conversions
12-21 early morning season starts
Times are approximate and subject to change with my work schedule and baby duties, but I’ll try to stick to it.

Please check your rosters for accuracy.

Turkey Stearnes

Norman “Turkey” Stearnes
Negro Leagues legend Satchel Paige called Turkey Stearnes “one of the greatest hitters we ever had. He was as good as Josh [Gibson]. He was as good as anybody who ever played ball”.

Off the field, Norman Thomas “Turkey” Stearnes had a quiet, unassuming personality. Teammate Paul Stevens recalled “[he was] very quiet. About all he would say were ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – he was never a fellow to pop off.”

But Stearnes was far from reserved on the ball field.

Born May 8, 1901, in Nashville, Stearnes was a five-tool player and five time All-Star selection to the Negro Leagues East-West All-Star Classic. He is said to have earned the nickname “Turkey” because of the unusual way he ran, which resembled that of a turkey, with his arms flapping. However, Stearnes himself claimed it was because he had a potbelly as a child.

Regardless of how the nickname came about, Stearnes was widely recognized as one of the game’s all-time great players during his career. Negro Leaguer Jim Canada, who played against Stearnes said: “He hit the ball nine miles. He was a show, people would go to see him play.”

Stearnes could win games with both his arms and his legs. A swift center fielder who excelled on the bases, Stearnes led the Negro National League in batting average twice and is credited with 129 stolen bases.

"That man could hit the ball as far as anybody," Cool Papa Bell said. "And he was one of our best all-around players. He could field, he could hit, he could run. He had plenty of power."

As with many Negro League stars, Stearnes played for a variety of teams during his career, including the Chicago American Giants – with whom he won the Negro Southern League pennant in 1932 and the Negro National League pennant in 1933. It was during his time with the American Giants that Stearnes was selected to play in the first East-West All-Star Game, where he received more votes than any other outfielder.

Negro Leaguer Jimmie Crutchfield described his former teammate as a "quicky-jerky sort of guy who could hit the ball a mile. Turkey had a batting stance that you'd swear couldn't let anybody hit a baseball at all. He'd stand up there looking like he was off balance. But, it was natural for him to stand that way, and you couldn't criticize him for it when he was hitting everything they threw at him!"

Stearnes passed away on Sept. 4, 1979. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000.


1978 World Series Champions-Oakland A's

1978 Oakland A's
Congratulations to the 1978 Oakland A's.

The 1978 World Series saw two original franchises with differing histories of success. The Oakland A's had won 3 pennants but not taken home any World Series trophies, the St. Louis Cardinals had won 12 titles since the leagues' inception in 1931. Oakland got off to a hot start at home winning the first two games of the series, spearheaded by their offense which allowed them to win 7-6 and 9-2. Gene Tenace and Reggie Jackson both homered twice for Oakland. But in St. Louis in games 3 and 4 the Oakland woes away from home continued, their bats went soft and St. Louis pitchers shut down the A's offense allowing only 2 runs each game. Bake McBride had 5 hits during that span from the lead off spot for the Cardinals, and starting pitchers Mike Prolly and Bob Forsch would not allow the A's offense to get started. Things looked doubtful for the A's heading into game 5 as the Cardinals prepared to make an incredible comeback. The A's sent 20 game winner Mike Caldwell to the hill for the final game in St. Louis after acquiring the lefty in a blockbuster trade with San Diego in the off-season, allowing only 6 hits and 1 run in a 6-1 victory. The teams headed back to Oakland for the remainder of the season, the road win and return to home breathing new life into the A's. A 13-3 victory saw Oakland 3B Sal Bando get his swing back at home after going 0-11 in St. Louis, smashing 2 HR's and a double and driving in 5. The Oakland owner is still locked in his office weeping uncontrollably.

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WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

P. Kelly, Red Sox .4505 HR10 RBI
G. Matthews, Rangers .4503 HR11 RBI
G. Foster, Giants .3753 HR10 RBI
C. Johnson, White Sox .5792 HR7 RBI
D. Parker, Cubs .5002 HR7 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

R. Wilfong, Expos 3 for 21 (.143)
R. Garr, Brewers 0 for 17 (.000)
R. Yount, Brewers 2 for 19 (.105)
B. Downing, White Sox 5 for 21 (.238)
T. Armas, Blue Jays 3 for 19 (.158)

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D. Kingman, Giants 68
W. Stargell, Pirates 57
J. Spencer, Padres 55
C. Summers, Cubs 50
P. Kelly, Red Sox 50

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J. Richard, Astros 226
N. Ryan, Mets 199
T. Seaver, Mets 147
J. Eichelberger, Padres 145
B. Sutter, Cubs 137
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1/20/2022 Ballpark Dimension - SetupRitzCards2
It's interesting to see all of the different strategies.

I think it's relatively easy to see in hindsight, which doesn't help you here. But I think you'll find that you often draft similar players in your leagues... Check your season-long ranks in average and slugging. If you tend to rank higher in Average, go with Big Disadvantage. If higher in Slugging, go with Big Advantage.

That said, I've found average to be expensive in drafts and slugging to be cheap. And no matter how much a league values dW, it's undervalued.

My teams always end up pretty high in D plays and SLG/OPS and pretty low in AVE. So I want Big Boost everywhere. Home run or bust on offense with good defense. Try to win 3-1.

Lots of good players disagree, though!
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