Sunday, June 26, 2016

College World Series Contest Final Standings

The College World Series is not over, but this contest is. Nobody picked Arizona to reach the finals and only one person picked Coastal Carolina, but did not pick them to win. So, there is no point in dragging this out any longer.

Here are the final standings: Total (phase 1, phase 2)

The Lost Collector: 10 (7, 3)
Greg Z: 8 (5, 3)
Wilson: 8 (4, 4)
Superduperman: 7 (3, 4)
Need More Cardboard : 7 (2, 5)
Brandon: 7 (3, 4)
Joey: 5 (1, 4)
Play at the Plate: 5 (3, 2)
John: 2 (2, 0)
Jimmy: 2 (2, 0)

So AJ, send me your address when you get a chance and I will get your winnings out to you.

Thanks to all that participated. I am already looking forward to next year.

1959 Topps, Dick Stigman

#142 Dick Stigman

Here is the next card in the line of 1959 Topps Sporting News rookies and it features Dick Stigman. Like the previous three cards from the subset, I sent this card to Dick at the beginning of 2013 and I had it back about a month later.

Dick pitched in the Majors for seven seasons with the Indians, Twins, and Red Sox. He bounced back and fourth from the rotation to the bullpen his entire career, never settling in one spot for too long. In 1962, he lead the American League in winning percentage when he went 12-5 (.706). That year, he started the season in the pen and was 3-2 with 3 saves over the first three months of the season. He was then moved to the rotation and he went 9-3 over 15 starts to finish off the year. His strong finish landed him a starting spot the next season and he stayed in that role the entire season, going 15-15 with 193 strikeouts with a 3.25 ERA.

For Dick's career, he was 46-54 with 16 saves and a 4.03 ERA.

The College World Series Contest results will be up shortly.

Friday, June 24, 2016

1959 Topps, Joe Shipley

#141 Joe Shipley

It has been over a week since I have posted an actual card, so here is the next one in the more recent line of '59 Topps I got signed. This one was signed through the mail in 2013 and it took about nine days to get back to me. It is pretty sad that I consider cards that I got signed in 2013 as recent.

Joe had a short Major League career that spanned parts of four seasons, but just twenty-nine games. All of those games came with the Giants except for three outings with the White Sox in 1963. Over that span, Joe had a 0-1 record with a 5.93 ERA with 35 walks to 23 strikeouts.

Sadly, Joe's only decision came in game twenty-seven for him when he pitched one inning and gave up four unearned runs. Instead of walking one and striking out two in the fourth inning in a game against the Red Sox, strike three for the second out ended up as a passed ball and the runner made it to first. After the second strikeout, which should have been the third out, the next four batters each single driving in the four runs. The White Sox went from a 2-1 lead to a 5-2 deficit en route to a 6-2 loss.

On the college baseball front, Oklahoma State lost today and will play against Arizona again tomorrow. If they lose, The Lost Collector wins the CWS Contest. If they win, it is a three-way tie and we will have to wait for the conclusion of the tournament for the winner. Personally, I hope OSU and TCU win tomorrow to set up an all Big 12 final. But, that is just the Midwesterner in me.

CWS Contest Update

The final four teams are set for the CWS, so the contest is about wrapped up. With Miami and Florida both bowing out in two games, the brackets got busted pretty quickly. Right now, The Lost Collector has the lead. He only obtained three points from the bracket, but the seven phase one points have done him well. If Oklahoma State loses the next two games, he will be the winner. But, if OSU wins games six or seven, we will have an unprecedented three way tie between Need More Cardboard, Superduperman, and anonymous Brandon. If that happens, we will have to wait for the conclusion of the finals to see how many runs are scored, as that is the tie breaker.

Friday, June 17, 2016

College World Series Contest reminder

Just a heads-up, but the College World Series gets under way in twenty-four hours. So, if you have not filled out your bracket, you had better get on it as you are running out of time. As of right now, only four out of the original ten have their bracket completed. And all four of them have Florida advancing to the finals.

1959 Topps, Dan Dobbek

#124 Dan Dobbek

The next card from the '59 Sporting News Rookie subset is that of Senators outfielder, Dan Dobbek. I sent this card to Dan in 2013 and I had it back ten days later.

Dan's Major League career was much shorter then Bennie Daniels from my previous post. Dan career lasted just three seasons and 198 games, all played with the same Senators/Twins franchise. Over those three seasons, he hit .208 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI.

Most of those numbers came during his 1960 season. That year he clubbed 10 dingers and drove in 30. The one down side was that he hit just .218. He did walk 33 times to give him a respectful .316 on-base percentage, though. He followed that season with a .168 average over 125 at-bats the next year in Minnesota and that was the last time he played in the Major Leagues.

Remember- you still have about twenty-four hours to get in on the College World Series contest.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

College World Series Contest, Phase 2

In case you haven't noticed, I've been running a little contest here for the past two weeks that revolves around the College World Series. Ten people have already entered and have a tiny head start. But, it is not too late to get in on the action. There are plenty more points to be earned and no one is even close to locking this thing up yet. So here is all you have to do- fill out a College World Series bracket.

Keep in mind that this bracket is nothing like filling out a March Madness bracket. The reason for that is because of the loser's bracket. But, I am going to try to make this as simple as I can. Here is my homemade bracket. Click on it to hopefully see a bigger view.

Here is a how the bracket breaks down. There are two groups in the bracket- A and B. Each group has six games in it. All you have to do is guess who is going to win each of the games as they advance towards the championship round.

For instance, group A has UC Santa Barbara and Oklahoma St. squaring off in game 1 and Arizona and Miaimi going in game 2. Pick who is going to win each of those games and then those two teams will square off in game 3. The losers of games 1 and 2 will then square off in game 4. Then, the loser in game 3 plays the winner of game 4 in game 5.

At that point, there will be one team left in the group that is 2-0 (winner of game 3) and one that is 2-1 (winner of game 5). Those two teams play in game 6, which is an elimination game. If the 2-0 team loses, they play a game 7 and the winner advances to the championship. If the 2-0 team wins game 6, they go straight to the championship without game 7. BUT, for the sake of this bracket, I am going to count games 6 and 7 as one game. Just pick who you think is going to advance. It doesn't matter how they do it. I call it game 6/7.

After that, you should have a team advancing out of group A. Do the same for group B. Those two teams are your final teams. In the CWS, they play a best of three series for the championship. Pick who you think will win it all and if they will win it in two games or three. Then, for a tie breaker, guess how many runs will be scored in the championship series (the final two or three games).

It might be easier for you to fill it out on paper first. But to enter the contest, leave a comment looking something similar to this.

A2 Miami
A5 Miami
A6/7 Miami

B2 Coastal Carolina
B4 Texas Tech
B5 Texas Tech
B6/7 TCU

TCU over Miami
2 games
9 runs

For the sake of the tie breaker, DO NOT pick a number already chosen by someone else. Even if your teams do not make it to the finals, the tiebreaker will still apply to you in the event of a tie.

If you guess every game right, including how many games will be played in the finals, you can come out with 22 points.

The CWS begins at 3:00 PM, eastern, on Saturday, June 18. So, all entries must be in by that point. If you have any questions at all, feel free to email me at zman40 at hotmail dot com. Or, just ask in the comments.

Here are the standings through Phase 1

The Lost Collector: 7 (correctly picked two #2 seeds)
Superduperman: 3
John Sharp: 2
Joey Dean: 1
Greg Z: 5
Play at the Plate: 3
Jimmy: 2
Need More Cardboard: 2
Wilson: 4
Anonymous Brandon: 3

This thing is anybody's to win. Good luck!

If you think I might have made an error in the scoring, just let me know. I will be happy to look into it.