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    Rewriting History: The 1953 St. Louis Browns

    The Browns have become a staple of mediocrity in baseball and to make matters worse for this club was the current owner at this time Bill Veeck, rubbed owners the wrong way with his on field promotional antics and basically was strong armed and prevented from moving the club elsewhere. In dire shape financially and looking to sell, he was approached one day by a man, with a dream to turn around this franchise and keep them in St. Louis.

    "I already have a buyer, some big shot attorney has been checking out this club and wants to go to Baltimore." said Veeck

    The man, facial expression unchanged, wearing a sleek cream colored suit with black dress shirt, no tie, removed his matching hat, and looked sternly at Bill Veeck and said,

    "I want to buy this club from you, but I want you in the picture as a silent partner. I notice the publicity stunts you pull to rattle the owners cages and I like that. But the difference between me and you, is I want to win. And I have the monetary backings to do just that."

    "I want to win," Veeck continued, "it just hasnt worked out like I hoped."

    "Well Hope has walked through the door. Lets make this deal, you walk away for a while, and come back as my silent partner in this. We will turn around this club, and also provide other forms of entertainment to keep people coming back."

    "Son, I like your attitude, lets make this happen."

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    Re: Rewriting History: The 1953 St. Louis Browns

    A ragecage dynasty. Nice! I'll be watching.

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    Will it have any jager bombs?


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    Re: Rewriting History: The 1953 St. Louis Browns

    Goals

    IRL one of the major reasons the team was moved to Baltimore was the sad state of Sportsmans park. Bill Veeck did not have the money to renovate it and bring it up to code. So one goal is to build a new Ballpark.

    Of course another goal is to turn the team into a winner. Im giving myself 5 seasons to make the playoffs.

    Without giving too much of the story away, I have to outduel the Cardinals in attendance.

    Also, to stick it to the Cardinals, acquire a fan favorite that has played for the Cardinals, to draw fans away as well. So to summarize.

    -Build a new stadium **Stadium Completion in 1957**
    -Make the playoffs in 5 years
    -Do better than the Cardinals in Attendance every year **Failed in 1953, Succeeded in 1954, 1955**
    -Acquire a fan favorite that has played for the St. Louis Cardinals **Acquired Stan Musial in 1954**

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    Difficulty: I will be playing on Mogul difficulty.
    Trading: I will role one die to determine how many trades I am allowed per year.
    Budget: Can never go over budget, never into the red ink in cash. I can put however much I want into expenses as long as it never exceeds the budget for that year.

    Trades Allowed

    1953: 2
    1954: 6
    1955: 5
    1956: 4
    1957: 1

    To The Loyal Readers

    Any questions you may have on players that I might not be including, or just something random, I will provide you the info you want. Because after all, this is for your enjoyment too.
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    Team History

    Regular Season Record:
    1953: 64-90 (Tied w/PHA for last)
    1954: 89-65 (3rd Place)
    1955: 82-72 (2nd Place)
    1956: 67-87 (6th Place)

    Award Winners:
    1953: None
    1954: Frank Robinson ROY, RF Gold Glove
    1955: Dick Donovan CY, GG
    1956: None

    Team Records (regular season)
    AVG: George Sisler .420 1922
    HR: Ken Williams 39 1922
    RBI: Ken Williams 155 1922
    SB: Maury Wills 57 1955
    2B: Beau Bell 51 1937
    3B: George Stone/Heine Manush 20 1906/1928
    BB: Lu Blue 126 1929

    W: Urban Shocker 27 1921
    APP: Satchel Paige 85 1953
    SV: Ryne Duren 16 1954
    ERA: Barney Pelty 1.59 1906
    IP: Urban Shocker 348 1922
    K: Rube Waddell 232 1908

    League Awards
    1953:
    AL Cy Young - Bob Feller CLE 19-8 2.78 ERA 255 IP 18 CG
    AL MVP - Mickey Mantle NYY .356 AVG 39 HR 133 RBI (Triple Crown Winner)
    AL ROY - Jim Bunning DET 15-14 2.95 ERA 232 IP 172 K
    NL Cy Young - Robin Roberts PHI 21-9 3.19 ERA 293 IP
    NL MVP - Duke Snider BRO .343 AVG 37 HR 119 RBI
    NL ROY - Jim Greengrass CIN CF .295 AVG 20 HR 76 RBI
    1954:
    AL CY Young - Ed Lopat NYY 22-7 3.09 ERA 259 IP 15 CG
    AL MVP - Mickey Mantle NYY .337 AVG 46 HR 131 RBI
    AL ROY - Frank Robinson SLB .308 11 HR 78 RBI
    NL CY Young - Don Newcombe BRO 19-6 3.53 ERA
    NL MVP - Willie Mays NYG .338 AVG 40 HR 136 RBI
    NL ROY - Joe Cunningham STL .321 13 HR 57 RBI
    1955:
    AL CY Young - Dick Donovan SLB 20-7 3.02 ERA 250 IP 15 CG
    AL MVP - Mickey Mantle NYY .328 AVG 47 HR 155 RBI
    AL ROY - Jim Landis CHW .236 AVG 8 HR 44 RBI
    NL Cy Young - Robin Roberts PHI 19-13 3.18 ERA 283 IP 20 CG
    NL MVP - Willie Mays NYG .371 AVG 37 HR 118 RBI
    NL ROY - Billy Gardner NYG .302 AVG 4 HR 61 RBI
    1956:
    AL Cy Young - Jim Bunning DET 24-5 2.39 ERA 278 IP
    AL MVP - Mickey Mantle NYY .346 AVG 44 HR 139 RBI
    AL ROY - Gaylord Perry CHW 11-7 3.66 ERA 167 IP
    NL Cy Young - Warren Hacker NYG 19-5 2.25 ERA 231 IP
    NL MVP - Willie Mays NYG .375 AVG 49 HR 136 RBI
    NL ROY - Bill Virdon STL .324 AVG 4 HR 44 RBI
    Hall of Fame Electees:

    Class of 1953: Billy Herman 2B, Bill Dickey C, Red Ruffing SP, Al Simmons LF, Dizzy Dean, Chief Bender, Bobby Wallace SS.
    Class of 1954: Joe Cronin SS, Lefty Gomez SP
    Class of 1955: Goose Goslin LF, Gabby Hartnett C, Chuck Klein RF, Earl Averill CF
    Class of 1956: Luke Appling SS, Joe Medwick LF
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    Months go by after the man had his first talk with Mr. Veeck and it took a while to get the approval of the league to award the sale, mainly due to suspicions of the Man. Nobody really knew anything about him, nobody knew how he amassed his wealth. This was because the Man was mainly aloof. He did not go to fancy functions, he did not live in a big city, he lived a simple life. But one thing cannot be questioned and that is his love for the game of baseball.

    Though he knew about the work needed to be done with the club, he did not realize the dire situation of the club and the stadium. First off, the club had very little talent in terms of a farm club. Maybe 1 solid hitter and a pitcher, and a handful of others with above average potential.

    The stadium was worse than the farm system believe it or not. Rusty and loose over hangs, missing seats, wooden seats that are falling apart at the seams. And the clubhouse, the home clubhouse looks more like a visitors clubhouse in most other stadiums, broken sinks, the furnace looks like it has been broken for sometime so there was no heat, and missing showerheads, broken tile. You name it, something was wrong here.

    As the man walked around, he remembered something his father once said, "Billy, you take more pride in building something from the ground up than obtaining something thats in perfect condition. Because then only you can said, it was me that made this what it is."

    The man smiled and walked into his office, he has a lot of work to do.
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    1953 Roster w/stats

    Batting

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    1952 Batting             Team    G   AVG    AB    H  2B  3B  HR   BB    K   SB  CS    R  RBI   SLG   OBP
    Young, Bobby              SLB  149  .247   575  142  15   9   4   56   48    3   3   59   39  .325  .314
    Groth, Johnny             SLB  141  .284   524  149  22   2   4   51   39    2  10   56   51  .357  .348
    Wertz, Vic                SLB  122  .277   415  115  20   3  23   69   64    1   0   68   70  .506  .381
    Courtney, Clint           SLB  119  .286   413  118  24   3   5   39   26    0   2   38   50  .395  .349
    Dyck, Jim                 SLB  122  .269   402  108  22   3  15   50   68    0   4   60   64  .450  .354
    Kryhoski, Dick            SLB  111  .243   342   83  13   1  11   23   42    2   0   38   42  .383  .296
    Lenhardt, Don             SLB   93  .239   297   71  10   2  11   47   44    0   2   41   42  .397  .343
    Elliott, Bob              SLB   98  .228   272   62   6   2  10   36   20    1   0   33   35  .375  .323
    Edwards, Hank             SLB   82  .287   202   58   7   6   6   19   24    0   3   26   29  .470  .348
    Berry, Neil               SLB   73  .228   189   43   4   3   0   22   19    1   3   22   13  .280  .311
    Marion, Marty             SLB   67  .247   186   46  11   0   2   19   17    0   2   16   19  .339  .320
    Miranda, Willy            SLB   77  .211   161   34   4   2   0   16   15    1   0   16    8  .261  .287
    Moss, Les                 SLB   52  .246   118   29   3   0   3   15   13    0   1   11   12  .347  .331
    Pitching
    Code:
    1952 Pitching            Team     IP   ERA    G  GS   W   L  SV    K   BB   R/9
    Pillette, Duane           SLB  205.1  3.59   30  30  10  13   0   62   55 12.14
    Trucks, Virgil            SLB  197.0  3.97   35  29   5  19   1  129   82 12.43
    Cain, Bob                 SLB  170.0  4.13   29  27  12  10   2   70   62 12.23
    Trout, Dizzy              SLB  160.2  3.92   36  19  10  13   2   77   87 14.00
    Paige, Satchel            SLB  138.0  3.07   46   6  12  10  10   91   57 11.28
    Stuart, Marlin            SLB  117.1  4.76   42  11   4   4   2   45   57 13.35
    Brecheen, Harry           SLB  100.1  3.32   25  13   7   5   2   54   28  9.87
    Littlefield, Dick         SLB   94.0  3.54   35   6   2   6   1   66   42 11.78
    White, Hal                SLB   63.1  3.69   41   0   1   8   5   18   39 13.07
    Fox, Howie                SLB   62.0  5.08   13  11   2   7   0   16   26 13.94
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    1953 St. Louis Browns Opening Day Lineup/Rotation/Farm


    Lineup:

    Johnny Groth CF: Acquired from Detroit Last year, an average run of the mill CF
    Bob Elliot LF: A fan favorite near the end of his career, played for the Giants last year as a utility player
    Roy Sievers 1B: A bench player getting a chance to start with decent bat, but not much else.
    Vic Wertz RF: The only All Star on the team, acquired midseason from Detroit last year.
    Clint Courtney C: An average catcher with handling ability in his sophomore season.
    Marty Marion SS: An aging, mediocre SS that would have no business playing anywhere else, but here.
    Jim Dyck 3B: *Snicker* and not at his name, but playing ability.
    Bobby Young 2B: The only difference between him and Marion, is age. Though he is 10 years younger, he sucks in everyway Marion does.

    Bench:

    Les Moss C
    Neil Berry IF
    Chuck Diering OF
    Don Lenhardt OF
    Hank Edwards OF
    Dick Kryhoski IF

    To summarize the bench, Lenhardt and Kryhoski, are ok, power bats, everyone else. Not good.

    Rotation:

    Tizzy Trout: The ace and fan favorite of the team, not much left in the tank at 38 though. Played for Boston in 1952.
    Virgil Trucks: Another aging player at 35, acquired from Detroit, can probably pitch a good season or 2.
    Duane Pillette: The 30 year old youngster is below average.
    Harry Brecheen: 38 Year old Fan Favorite that has pitched for the Cardinals his whole career. He lost his stuff, but has nice command.
    Bob Cain: Mediocre
    Satchel Paige: Nice! One HOFer on the team, but hes 46 , he will be our closer.
    Hal White: Another former Detroit player, jeez.
    Dick Littlefield: Fail
    Marlon Stuart: Do not give this guy PT please.
    Mike Blyzka: Rookie player, might be taking some lumps this year.
    Howie Fox: Descent player, might see his way into the rotation.

    Farm Team:

    I released all of the baggage, and only left those to make 1 full farm club to save a little bit of money. Here is the Roster with potential rating.

    Hal Smith C 85
    Dixie Upright 1B 72
    Marve Breeding 2B 74
    Jim Pyburn 3B (converted) 73
    Willy Miranda SS 56
    Jim Pisoni OF 78
    Lenny Green OF 80
    Tito Francona OF 85

    Bob Turley SP 88
    Don Larson SP 81
    Billy O'Dell SP 83
    Ryne Duren CL 80
    Don Ferrarese RP 82
    Wes Stock RP 82
    Fred Besana RP 85
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    thanks for the 5 star rating, though it might be too early for that.
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    I rolled the dice and the magic number is two. I can only make 2 trades this year. This team isnt very good, but I am going to hold off on making these two trades for now and let the season play through.

    Here are the results of the first sim through May 1st.
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    The Browns Game of the Month

    April 17th 1953: St. Louis @ New York

    Pitchers Allie Reynolds and Virgil Trucks squared off for an old fashioned pitchers duel. It was all goose eggs until the 4th inning when the Browns Roy Seivers and Vic Wertz hit back to back singles to put runners on the corners and Clint Courtney bounced out to send Seivers in as the first run of this contest.

    The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the 7th when the Yankees best hitter Mickey Mantle lead off the inning and crushed a 3-2 offering from Virgil Trucks to tie the game up at 1.

    Both Allie Reynolds and Trucks pitched 8 strong innings and it came down to the immortal Satchel Paige and Tom Morgan to see who would cave first. Both pitched scoreless 9th innings and in the top of the 10th Morgan would hit the leadoff batter Johnny Groth and Vic Wertz would drive him in with a double to seal the deal.

    Satchel pitched the bottom of the 10th to preserve the victory.

    St. Louis wins 2-1 and actually take 2 of 3 against the Titan Yankees.

    May 15, 1953: Boston Red Sox @ St. Louis

    An exciting game to see here filled with excitement and disappointment. The home team held on to the lead all game thanks to a 2 run homer in the 3rd by Neil Berry, and then later in the 7th Chuck Diering singled in two runs to make it 4-1 St. Louis.

    However in the top of the 8th Boston was not going to sit idly by and get beat by these Browns. Billy Goodman started the rally for Boston with 1 out in the 8th by doubling to left field. Jimmy Piersall followed with a single to drive him in, and then George Kell hit a double and all of the sudden it was 4-3, St. Louis. Duane Pillette managed to get out of the inning with the lead intact. But manager Roger Hornsby might have to explain himself later in this game.

    St. Louis couldnt add insurance in the bottom of the 8th inning. But what is shocking, Duane Pillette returned to pitch the 9th inning, even though it was obvious, Boston was catching on to him. Boston played some great small ball, a walk, a sac bunt and then a single, and before we knew it the game was tied. Finally Hornsby took Pillette out of the game and relieved him with Satchel Paige, who got out of the inning, but you cant help but feel St. Louis is down and out.

    In the bottom frame, it was easy as 1-2-3 for St. Louis, so here we go to extra innings. And once again, Boston played small ball after a walk, bunting the runner over to 2nd and though St. Louis intentionally walked Sammy White to have a force out option, Tom Umphlett promptly singled and drove in what appears to be the winning run for Boston.

    Hope is lost, most of the game St. Louis was in control, now we look to lose yet again. Especially when Roy Seivers induced a double play. No runners on two outs. Pack it up folks, its over, wait a minute, Vic Wertz singled to left, we still might have a chance, and now to bat is Bob Elliot, fan fav, behind in the count 1-2, then he takes a curve offering from Marv Grissom, and, and, HOME RUN!!! Walk off!!! The remaining crowd goes nuts!!!
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    Coming off an 11-15 month, Bill sits in his dusty office going through some paperwork. Though he is pleased that the team looks to make a profit this year, its not the kind of profit which would enable him to build a new stadium, let alone renovate the current one. A lot of the veterans are making good coin, but not ridiculously good coin, so trading them wouldnt really help much.

    But there is one player, and unfortunately the best player. Vic Wertz, he is making 71k on an expiring contract. It would help if the Browns traded him now, but it is best to wait until the draft. When the draft comes, Bill can address the problem which he feels is what is causing the team to lose. A shoddy infield corp.

    If there are no able SS or 2B in the draft, it would be best to trade Wertz to get just that.
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    Re: Rewriting History: The 1953 St. Louis Browns

    Here are the results from June 1st...
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    Billy The Man sits in his office, preparing for the Draft in a couple days. He is looking at the numbers of this month and ponders:

    It hasnt been the worst month I have ever seen, going 13-15, which is quite good considering the talent level on this club. One major problem though is our neighbor St. Louis. We have a better standing, yet they are out drawing us in attendance by 2000 fans. I think its time to have a little promotion. But not something that will raise an eyebrow with the other owners yet. I do not want to alert them yet or give them a sense that Bill Veeck is tied to this ballclub somehow. Though after this draft, I may have to call a secret meeting with him.

    One thing for sure, after this draft, its time to get creative.
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    1953 St. Louis Browns Opening Day Lineup/Rotation/Farm


    Lineup:

    Johnny Groth CF: Acquired from Detroit Last year, an average run of the mill CF
    Bob Elliot LF: A fan favorite near the end of his career, played for the Giants last year as a utility player
    Roy Sievers 1B: A bench player getting a chance to start with decent bat, but not much else.
    Vic Wertz RF: The only All Star on the team, acquired midseason from Detroit last year.
    Clint Courtney C: An average catcher with handling ability in his sophomore season.
    Marty Marion SS: An aging, mediocre SS that would have no business playing anywhere else, but here.
    Jim Dyck 3B: *Snicker* and not at his name, but playing ability.
    Bobby Young 2B: The only difference between him and Marion, is age. Though he is 10 years younger, he sucks in everyway Marion does.


    Tizzy Trout: The ace and fan favorite of the team, not much left in the tank at 38 though. Played for Boston in 1952.
    Virgil Trucks: Another aging player at 35, acquired from Detroit, can probably pitch a good season or 2.
    Duane Pillette: The 30 year old youngster is below average.
    Harry Brecheen: 38 Year old Fan Favorite that has pitched for the Cardinals his whole career. He lost his stuff, but has nice command.
    Bob Cain: Mediocre
    Satchel Paige: Nice! One HOFer on the team, but hes 46 , he will be our closer.
    Hal White: Another former Detroit player, jeez.
    Dick Littlefield: Fail
    Marlon Stuart: Do not give this guy PT please.
    Mike Blyzka: Rookie player, might be taking some lumps this year.
    Howie Fox: Descent player, might see his way into the rotation.
    Groth had good years for Detroit in 1949-1950.
    Siever hadn't yet made his move as a power hitter. He was ROY in 1949.
    Wertz had a lot of good years left.
    Marion was one of the great defensive SS, probably was on the downswing in 1953.

    It was Dizzy, not Tizzy, in Trout.
    Virgil Trucks won 20 games in 1953 between the Browns and the White Sox. He still had a couple of no-hitters in him.

    The Browns mad one big trade in 1953. They sent Virgil Trucks and Bob Elliot to the Chisox for Lou Kretlow, Darrell Johnson, and $75,000 on June 13.

    They got SS Willie Miranda from the Yanks on June 12 for cash so that Marty Marion could concentrate on managing.

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