Monday, January 17, 2022
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Two teams have gotten into the Semi-Finals, The Little Joes (1966) and Oliva's Army (1968). Today we will feature four games that to establish their opponents, and eliminate four teams
Round 2 - Elimination Games. Winners get a chance to face losers of yesterdays Winners Round. Losers will be eliminated.
|Bench No Drips 1969 (0-1)||0 - 3 - 1|
|Charlie's Hustlers 1964 (0-1)||4 - 7 - 0|
|W: Ray Culp (1-0)||L Stan Bahnsen (0-1)|
In our first elimination matchup Ray Culp pitches a Shutout and Charlie's Hustlers remain alive. Bench No Drips are eliminated with a tournament record of (0-2)
|Team Mad Hits 1968 (0-1)||6 - 10 - 1|
|Team Torre 1962 (2-1)||5 - 7 - 1|
|W: Dick Hughes (1-0)||L: Jack Curtis (1-1)|
HR: Lee May, 68 (1) Rod Carew 68 2 (2)
Team Mad Hits get a pair of Home Runs from Rod Carew and pick up a 6-5 victory to eliminate Team Torre.
|Charlie's Hustlers 1964 (1-1)||6 - 10 - 2|
|Team Davey J 1967 (1-1)||5 - 7 - 1|
|W: Gary Peters (1-1)||L: Jim Nash (1-1)|
HR: Jimmie Hall 64 (1), Tommie Agee 67
|Team Mad Hits 1968 (1-1)||2 - 6 - 1|
|Team Boog 1963 (3-2)||5 - 9 - 3|
|W - Al Jackson (3-0)||L - Tom Seaver (0 - 2)|
|HR: Tom Thresh 63 (2)|
|Team Boog 1963 (4-2)|
|Oliva's Army 1965 (2-0)|
|Charlie's Huslers 1964 (2-1)|
|Little Joes 1966 (2-0)|
Saturday, January 15, 2022
We have reached the Major Bracket of the tournament.
The Bracket features 8 teams that will engage in a double elimination tournament to narrow the field to four teams that advance to SemiFinals. Here are the Major Bracket Day 1 Results:
|Team Boog 1963 (2-1)||3 - 11 - 0|
|Charlie's Hustlers 1964 (0-0)||1 - 10 - 2|
|W: Al Jackson (2-0)||L: Gary Peters (0-1)|
HR: Fred Whitfield 63 (1), Ed Charles 63 (1),
|Team Torre 1962 (2-0)||2 - 5 - 1|
|Little Joes 1966 (0-0)||3 - 12 - 3|
|W: Frank Linzy (1-0)||L; Don Schwall (1-1)|
HR:Tony Perez 66 (1), Ron Swoboda 66 (1)
|Team Davey J 1967 (0-0)||4 - 9 - 3|
|Team Mad Hits Carew 1968 (0-0)||1 - 8 - 1|
|W Jim Nash (1-0)||L: Tom Seaver (0-1)|
|HR: George Scott 67 (1)|
|Bench No Drips 1969 (0-0)||0 - 5 - 2|
|Oliva's Army 1965 (0-0)||1 - 6 - 0|
|W: Wally Bunker (1-0)||L: Jerry Koosman (0-1)|
Round 2 Winners Bracket
|Team Boog 1963 (3-1)||1 - 10 - 3|
|Oliva's Army 1965 (1-0)||4 - 12 - 3|
|W: Bill McCool (1-0)||L: Dean Chance (1-2)|
HR: Tony Conigliaro 65 (1), Mike Brumley 65 (1)
|Team Davey J (1-0)||2 - 6 - 1|
|Little Joes 1966 (1-0)||6 - 7 - 0|
|W: Marcenio Lopez (1-0)||L: Woody Fryman (0-1)|
HR: Tony Perez 66 (2), Curt Blefary 66 (1), Sonny Jackson 67 (1)
|Bench No Drips 1969 (0-1)||Stan Bahnsen (0-0)|
|Charlie's Hustlers 1964 (0-1)||Ray Culp (0-0)|
|Team Mad Hits 1968 (0-1)||Dick Hughes (0-0)|
|Team Torre 1962 (2-1)||Jack Curtis (1-0)|
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Today's we have 3 Games that will determine which two teams advance form the Bush Bracket to play in the 8 team Major Bracket.
Game 1 Features both of yesterdays winners. The victor advances
|(1-0) Team Torre 1962||3 - 7 - 2|
|(1-0) Santo's Squad 1961||2 - 5 - 0|
|W: Jack Curtis (1-0)||L: Dick Stigman (0-1)|
HR: Floyd Robinson 62 (1), Joe Torre 62 (1)
|(0-1) McCovey Stretchers 1960||2 - 6 - 3|
|(0-1) Team Boog 1963||5 -10 -1|
|W: Al Jackson (1-0)||L: Jim O'Toole (0-1)|
|HR: Tom Tresh 63 (1)|
|(1-1) Team Boog 1963||5 - 8 - 2|
|(1-1) Santo's Squad 1961||4 - 5 - 1|
|W: Dean Chance (1-1)||L: Chuck Estrada (1-1)|
|HR: Manny Jimenenez 63 (2)|
|2||1966T||the Little Joes|
|6||1967T||Team Davey J|
|Bench No Drips|
|Team Mad Hits|
Monday, January 10, 2022
Ten teams is a funky number to deal with when hosting a tournament. At some point the math works out to having a game between 3 teams - which doesn't work for baseball.
For purposes of the Phungo TASRC 1960s tourney we will have Two Brackets, A Major Bracket and a Bush Bracket. The Bush Bracket is a mini 4 team tourney to advance two qualifiers into the Major Bracket.
Today we will open the tournament with the first round of the Bush Bracket: The pairings are as follows:
|(10) 1961 Santo's Squad||Chuck Estrada|
|(7) 1963 Team Boog||Dean Chance|
|(9) 1960 McCovey Stretchers||Jim Perry|
|(8) 1962 Team Torre||Don Schwall|
Three HOF Captains and Orioles Fan Favorite Boog Powell. Pitching matchups likely favor Team Boog with Dean Chance and Team Stretch with Jim Perry. Lets see what happened:
|(10) 1961 Santo's Squad||4 - 7 - 0|
|(7) 1963 Team Boog 1963||2 - 4 - 1|
|W: Chuck Estrada 61 (1-0)||L: Dean Chance 60 (0-1)|
HR: Jim Gentile 61 (1), Tommy Davis 61 (1)
The first Home Run in the Rookie Cup Tourney goes to First Baseman Jim Gentile. Fellow Oriole Chuck Estrada tosses a 4 Hitter to earn the victory. Tommy Davis (Dodgers) chips in with a 2nd Home Run as Santo's Squad (1-0) to get the first victory in Rookie Cup Tournament (RCT) history.
1961 Topps #559 Jim Gentile
|(9) 1960 McCovey Stretchers||1 - 8 - 1|
|(8) 1962 Team Torre||5 - 12 - 2|
|W: Don Schwall 62 (1-0)||L: Jim Perry 60 (0-1)|
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Since 1959 Topps has named 63 All-Star Rookie Cup Teams. The first 10 of the teams were honored in the 1960-1969 Topps Sets.
These teams have featured Hall of Famers, Stars, World Series heroes, One year wonders, defaults and everything in between. From Willie McCovey to Woody Fryman to Wander Franco.
I have always wondered which of these teams was the best, worst, and had the most impact.
But how does one determine the Best Rookie Cup Team.
I could simply give you charts of the best team by WAR, All-Star Appearances, or Championships.
For the 1960s these tables would appear like this:
But what does this really tell you? Unless you know that Willie McCovey was a member of the 1960* Squad, then you would be reminded he never won a World Series.
But what is the fun in all these tables and numbers?
How does one determine the best Rookie Cup team form the 1960s in a fun way?
Yes we had Phungo HQ have put together a tournament to determine the best Topps All-Star Rookie Team from the 1960s.
Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting the tournament results. The tournament should run around 25 games over 3 weeks.
To give each team a personality we have given each team a name and a captain. Here are the seedings for the tournament:
I will get more into game play below but basically games will be decided in a variety of statistical categories with WAR being the most dominant vector. The above seeds are based off a combination of each teams collective WAR for the rookie cup season and the teams career WAR.
10 is an odd number of teams to run a tournament, so the format is is a bit convoluted. Basically we will have a pair of Double Elimination tourneys that will get us to the top 4 teams who will play a pair of Best of 3 Semi-Finals. The two winners will compete in a Best of 5 Final. May the best team Win
A brief description of the teams
1960 the Stretchers Captained by Willie McCovey Seed 10
Strengths: Much Better Career Numbers than Seasonal Numbers
Weaknesses: Very Poor Rookie Cup Season numbers, team Speed, defense
Notables: McCovey, Jim Perry, Bob Allison Ron Fairly
1961 Santo's Squad Captain by Ron Santo Seed 9
Strengths: Lifetime Power
Weaknesses: Pitching, Season Speed
Notables: Santo, Frank Howard, Ron Hansen
1962 Team Torre Captained by Joe Torre Seed 8
Strengths: Season Batting
Notables: Torre, Billy Williams, Don Schwall
1963 Team Boog Captained by Boog Powell Seed 7
Strengths: Season Power
Weaknesses: Speed, Career Power
Notables: Boog, Ed Charles, Dean Chance
1964 Charlies Hustlers Captained by Pete Rose Seed 1
Strengths: Season WAR, Pitching
Weaknesses: Power Hitting
Notables: Rose, Gary Peters, Rusty Staub, Tommy Harper
1965 Oliva's Army Captained by Tony Oliva Seed 4
Strengths: Season Hitting
Weaknesses: Career Pitching
Notables: Tony Oliva, Dick Allen, Bert Campaneris, Rico Carty
1966 Little Joes Captained by Joe Morgan Seed 2
Strengths: Speed, Lifetime Power
Weaknesses: Career Pitching
Notables: Morgan, Tony Perez, Rico Petrocelli, Frank Linzy
1967 Team Davey J Captained by Davey Johnson Seed 6
Strengths: Defense, Season Speed,
Weaknesses: Lifetime Power
Notables: Davey Johnson, Tommie Agee, George Scott, Jim Nash, Woody Fryman
1968 Mad Hits Captained by Rod Carew Seed 3
Weaknesses: Season Hitting (everybody but Carew)
Notables: Carew, Tom Seaver, Rick Monday, Reggie Smith, Lee May Dick Hughes
1969 No Drips Captained by Johnny Bench Seed 5
Strengths: Fielding, Pitching
Weaknesses: Season Powe
Notables: Bench, Jerry Koosman, Stan Bahnsen, Bobby Bonds, Del Unser
Okay enough set up, Tomorrow we will move on to actual games!
If you really want to know more about the key vectors used to determine game outcomes click here.
*NOTE - The All-Star Rookie Cup is recognized on cardboard the year AFTER the award was won. ie: the 1959 Rookie Cup Team is on 1960 Topps Cards. For purposes of my discussions I typically refer to a team in the year of the card not the award - so the latter of the two years.
Sources and Links
TCDB - Topps Rookie Cup List by FASportsCards