Holiday season now underway, it seems fitting that the
Jimmy Carter Invitational has also began.
The tournament consists of the best team for each franchise from 1976 to
1980, in a best 2 out of 3 format. The
tournament is single elimination with seeding based upon winning percentage in
the regular season. All ties for seeding
were broken by win differential.
President Carter was known for many things. But to keep the theme of this tournament (as I attempt to do with all of them) non-political, I think it is best to remember our 39th President for his humanitarian and charitable works.
As tournament director, Jimmy Carter has stated that he believes the love of APBA baseball should be extended to persons in every station of society. This includes all walks of life from celebrities, entertainers, and super heroes to athletes and world leaders (both our world and beyond). He intends to use his newly appointed position to spread the love we all share for this game beyond the traditional bounds. May God have mercy on us all.
PLAINS, GA - Any good humanitarian knows that charity begins at home and with family. Jimmy requested that I assist in recruiting his brother Billy as an APBA player. I tried to fit in with brother Billy’s band of good old boys as we take in an outdoor APBA tournament, but I’m not sure it worked. It’s hard to be a redneck, if you have no-neck. While I’m not sure Billy was an immediate APBA convert, he seemed please he could drink beer while watching the dice roll. I do feel confident he will make an appearance or two later in the tournament.
The Indians tried to rally in the 9th. Tommy Smith’s pinch hit double led off the inning. Larvell “Sugar Bear” Blanks bunted Smith to third, and the Indians had the tying run only 90 feet away with 1 out. Kuiper drew the only walk of the night off Parrott, putting runners on the corners. Rick Manning struck out looking for the second time in the game and Rico Carty’s ground ball to Julio Cruz ended the
threat. Mike Parrott finished the night allowing only
2 hits and the walk to Kuiper, while striking out 4 as he completed the shutout
and collected the win. Dobson took the
hard luck loss, allowing only 4 hits over 7 innings of work. Cleveland
SEATTLE- As the teams moved back across the country to the west coast, Indians fans were comforted by the fact that Dennis Eckersley (B-XY) would be handed the ball in Game 2 and that the Mariners did not have another pitcher above a D grade in the rotation for the remainder of the series.
In the top of the 1st, a two out rally with singles from Manning, Carty and Hendrick put the Tribe on the board first. But
answered in the bottom half with two of their own to take the lead, 2-1. Seattle Cleveland
roared back with 3 runs in the 4th, but again answered with a pair of runs to knot
things up 4-4. Seattle
Rick Manning singled and stole second base in the top of the 5th, and Rico Carty drove him home to put Cleveland back on top. They added two more in the 7th on singles by Manning, Hendrick,
and Powell as they pulled ahead
The Mariners scored in the 9th on a double from Tom Paciorek and a pinch hit single from Larry Milbourne, but it was too little too late as Cleveland evened the series and would return back to Cleveland for the finale.
|Charlie Spikes & Chops|
The wheels fell off for
in the 5th. Things started
harmless enough with two ground outs by Blanks and Kuiper. Manning followed with a solo home run to
break the tie and Seattle ’s
confidence. Carty, Hendrick, Seattle , Powell and Fosse
all followed with 5 consecutive singles, scoring 3 more runs. Charlie Spikes added 2 more with a double to
the gap, and by the time the smoke cleared, the Indians were up 9-3. Both teams reached the seats in the 8th. Leon Roberts smacked a solo home run for Bell Seattle and Rico Carty hit a two run blast for to finish the
scoring out, as the Indians advance to meet the 1979 Milwaukee Brewers in Round
1 with the 11-4 win. Cleveland
|Otto Velez pair of 3-run homers|
power the Jays over the Twins
Rod Carew led off the game for the Twins with a triple and scored on a ground out by Lyman Bostock. Not to be outdone, Blue Jay lead off man Damaso Garcia connected on his own triple and scored on a base hit by John Mayberry. With runners at first and third, Velez connected on an 11-5 home run putting the Jays up 4-1.
The Twins get 2 runs back in the second as Wynegar doubles home Disco Dan Ford and scores on a Bob Randall base hit. But Velez struck again with a 66-1 with Alfredo Griffin and Al Woods on base to put
ahead 7-3. Toronto
Ernie Whitt busted a 2 run homer in the 3rd to give the Blue Jays all of the runs they would need. Dave Stieb allows the 4
runs over 8 innings. Jerry Garvin closes
in the 9th and the Jays advance into Round 1 of the tournament to
face the 1977 Texas Rangers who boast 2 Hall of Fame pitchers (Perry and
Blyleven) in their starting rotation. Minnesota