Monday, December 14, 2015

The teams: Fordham Flashes

The roster for the Fordham Flashes, home park 1924 Polo Grounds:

The lineup

C: (see below)
1B: Jim Bottomley
2B: George Kelly
3B: Fred Lindstrom
SS: Dave Bancroft
LF: Joe Medwick
CF: Chick Hafey
RF: Ross Youngs

P1: Burleigh Grimes; P2: Jesse Haines

The bench: Hank Gowdy (C), Heinie Groh (IF), Andy High (IF), Irish Meusel (OF), Jimmy O'Connell (OF), Billy Southworth (OF), Frank Snyder (C), Specs Toporcer (IF)

The pitchers: Virgil Barnes, Jack Bentley, Wayland Dean, Claude Jonnard, Hugh McQuillan, Art Nehf, Rosy Ryan, Mule Watson

Also eligible from the 1924 Giants: pitchers Harry Baldwin, Walt Huntzinger and Ernie Maun. Ineligible: the 1924 cards of Frank Frisch, Travis Jackson, George Kelly, Fred Lindstrom, Bill Terry, Hack Wilson and Ross Youngs.

Thoughts: No Hall of Fame catcher fit the theme (teammates of Frank Frisch), but Hank Gowdy and Frank Snyder don't figure to be handicaps to the Flashes compared to the other backstops. I had to add two infielders from other 1924 teams to fill out the bench. Andy High was on the Dodgers in 1924, Specs Toporcer on the Cardinals; both played with Frisch in St. Louis. Kelly's defense makes him probably the weakest second baseman in the league, but Lindstrom might be the best third baseman (Brooks Robinson hit under .240 in 1969).

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