Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The teams: Ortonville Orators

The Orators will play in Sportsman's Park, 1924, and have the Browns as their filler team.

The lineup:

C: Jim O'Roarke
1B: Dan Brouthers
2B: Billy Herman
3B: Travis Jackson
SS: Pee Wee Reese
LF: Heinie Manush
CF: Richie Ashburn
RF: Kiki Cuyler

P1: Fergie Jenkins, P2: Don Sutton

The bench: Baby Doll Jacobson (OF), Marty McManus (IF), Norm McMillan (IF), Harry Rice (IF), Hank Severeid (C), Jack Tobin (OF), Ken Williams (OF)

The pitchers: Bill Bayne, Dave Danforth, Dixie Davis, Ray Kolp, Hub Pruett, Urban Shocker, Elam Vangilder, Ernie Wingard

Also eligible: Herschel Bennet (OF), Pat Collins (C), Joe Evans (OF), Wally Gerber (IF), George Grant (P), George Lyons (P), Rony Regp (C), Gene Robertson (IF), Syl Simon (IF). Ineligible: George Sisler.

Thoughts: Bill James once described the 1987 Cardinals as "Jack Clark and seven leadoff hitters." This team is Dan Brouthers and seven leadoff hitters, and Brouthers isn't that slow and doesn't have Clark's power. Good defense, good OPBs. The outfield is juggled from the draw. Shocker is the No. 3 starter, and Danforth is the likely closer. This, to my eyes, is the best of the HOF teams.

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