HALL OF CHAMPIONS
PAYING HOMAGE TO OUR PAST
2007 INDIANS 8-9-1
***Fighting against tough odds, our first league champion had to participate against stronger, older competition in the Springfield Parks league along with the Athletics and Phillies in our initial year. They went on to capture the World Series winning 3 games and tying one over the four game tourney. The final game featured a 3 to 2 win over the Athletics and included two double plays and a triple play.
2008 METS 15-4
***In our first year of exclusive play the Mets ran out to an early lead in the National league finishing 10-4 in the regular season. They handed the AL champion Royals their only loss in the regular season before entering what would be a tough NL playoff set. After posting three victories they had to hold off a tough Braves team 2-1 to advance to the Championship game against the AL winning Royals. The Championship game featured a strong pitching duel. All the game's runs were scored in the second inning when the Mets scored 5 and the Royals scored 3. The final out came with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth for the Royals.
2009 DODGERS 13-4-2
***In moving to Price Cutter Park, the competition stiffened with added teams. The Dodgers jockeyed with the Rockies for the NL lead most of the season finishing with the league's best record at 10-3-1 in the regular season. The playoffs started "rocky" at best after the upstart Cardinals handed the Dodgers an early defeat, but they rebounded with two wins and an improbable comeback from a 10 run deficit to tie the Rockies in the final NL playoff game and earn a trip to meet the AL champion Tigers for the title. The title game was once again a pitchers' duel with only a single run scored in the first three innings. The Tigers scored twice in the top of the 4th to briefly take the lead, but the Dodgers responded with a pair of runs themselves. They then held off the Tigers in the fifth to preserve a 3-2 victory.
2010 White Sox 15-4
***The 2010 Majors included eight teams and the White Sox battled most of the season for control of the AL with the Twins. In the preliminary round of the World Series, the White Sox won their first two contests before being upset by the Orioles. This set up a head-to-head match with the Twins to decide a trip to the title game. They defeated the Twins 5-2 to move on to the final against the NL winning Giants. After giving up a run in the top of the first, the White Sox plated 4 with two outs in their side of the frame. From then on good pitching and defense prevailed for both teams. Each scored only one more time and the Giants stranded the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth giving the White Sox a 5-2 win and the title.
2011 Colt 45's 11-7-1
***The 2011 Majors once again featured 8 teams in our first ever "retro season". The Colt 45's were early leaders in the NL until late in the regular season when they were edged in a tie-breaker by the Cardinals for the #1 seed. After two big wins over the Expos and Padres, they lost a tough head-to-head game against the Cards in the World Series. They then put up a shutout of the Padres to advance to the title game against the AL champion Senators. Once again a pitchers' duel had the game at only 2-1 going into the fifth inning. There the Colt's plated 5 runs to put the game out of reach, reverting to the final 2-1 score and earning their title.
2012 RANGERS 17-2
The Majors went to single division play in 2012 with six teams competing. The Rangers dominated play from start to end of the regular season going 12-2. They entered as the top seed in pool play where they met and easily defeated the 4,5, & 6 seeds before inching past the third seeded Red Sox 6-5. An improbable foe waited in the final when the sixth seeded Diamond Backs used a 3-1 pool play record to earn the other spot. The game opened scoreless until the D Backs scored 3 in the top of the 2nd. The Rangers responded with 5 in the bottom of the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd to gain a 7-3 advantage. From there they held the Diamond Backs scoreless and won the title, tying the best record in league history in the process.
2009 ORIOLES 10-6-2
***In the initial year of the Senior league, the balance between the two teams was evident all season long. This culminated in the best of seven World Series where the Orioles jumped out to a 2-0 advantage before surrendering games 3 & 4 to the Padres. After eeking out a tough game 5 win, the Orioles broke loose in a game 6 blowout earning our first ever Senior title.
2010 ROCKIES 11-3-3
***The second Senior season was marked by growth to 5 teams. After battling all season with the Mets and Red Sox, the Rockies earned the top seed entering the World Series. There they survived a tough set of 4 games with a 2-1-1 record losing to the upstart Cardinals and tying the Rangers, but getting two key wins against their primary rivals. They then entered the Championship Game as visitors against a tough Mets team. In a back and forth affair, the game ended regulation tied 3-3. In extra innings each team scored a pair in the 6th and then the Rockies added two in the 7th before holding the Mets to only one. The final score 7-6.
2011 YANKEES 12-6-1
***The Yankees started the 2011 season by getting blown out in the season's first game by the Braves. From there they battled with three other teams for 1st to 4th all season finishing 2nd in the regular season. In the World Series they went 3-1 posting the best record in pool play with three 1-run wins over the Dodgers, Indians, and Braves and an extra inning loss to the Browns. They met the top seed Dodgers in the final and quickly fell behind 4 runs in the top of the first. Capitalizing on some mistakes they rallied back with 5 in the bottom of the first. From there good pitching held the Dodgers to 1 run and the Yankees added 2 in the third and one in the 4th to win 8-5 and capture the title.
2012 RAYS 11-6-2
***The 2012 Senior season featured five teams and the Rays spent a good portion of the season hovering around the .500 mark before finishing on a 3-1-1 run to secure the second seed entering the World Series. In the Series they opened with a loss against the Athletics before going on a run of three decisive victories against the Nationals, Astros, & Tigers, outscoring the opposition 33-1. The Championship opened with the third seeded Nats taking a 1-0 lead before the Rays pulled ahead 2-1. A Nationals rally put them up 5-2 in the third, but the Rays responded with 3 of their own to tie the game. In the bottom of the 4th, the Rays added two and then held the Nats to earn the title with a 7-5 victory.
2011 REDS 9-5-4
***In the first year of the Minors the two teams competed in a 14 game season that saw the Reds go 6-4-4 against the rival Royals. They then began a best-of-5 World Series in which the Reds started with a game one blowout before losing game 2. They then put up an impressive win in game 3 before the Royals pushed back in game 4. The Reds grabbed an early lead and then had to hold off a late charge by the Royals who came back from a 6-1 deficit to close to 6-4 leaving the tying runs in scoring position when the last out was made and the title went to the Reds.
2012 CUBS 16-2-1
***The second year of the Minors saw expansion to 5 teams. The Cubs opened their season with a loss versus the Angels but would only lose one more game the entire regular season. In the World Series the Cubs opened by rallying from behind to beat the Angels and winning a tough 2-0 pitcher's duel with the Rockies. Their next two wins were easier before moving on to the Championship game against the Mariners. The Cubs plated two in the bottom of the first before the pitching settled down and the Mariners scored a single run in the third. In the bottom of the third the Cubs rallied for 5 runs opening a 7-1 lead. They then held the Mariners in the top of the 4th to close out the game on margin and capture the title.
FALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
MAJORS: 2008 INDIANS 2009 BEES 2010 SANDGNATS 2011 IRONPIGS
SENIORS: 2009 NATURALS 2010 DEFENDERS 2011 MUDCATS
MINORS: 2011 MUDHENS 2012 NATURALS
OPENING DAY GUESTS
2008 Bill Virdon, CF & Manager, '60 World Champion
2009 John Mayberry, All-Star 1B
2010 Joe Azcue, All-Star Catcher
2011 Jack Clark, All-Star 1B/OF
2011 Jerry Lumpe, All-Star 2B, '58 World Champion
2011 Jerry Buchek, Infielder, '64 World Champion
2012 Willie Wilson, All-Star CF, '85 World Champion
IVAN GARNICA --- ONE OF TWO PLAYERS TO WIN THREE TITLES IN THE MAJORS WITH THE 2007 INDIANS, 2010 WHITE SOX, & 2012 RANGERS
BAYLOR BARNES --- WON THREE CONSECUTIVE TITLES IN THE MAJORS BEING A MEMBER OF THE 2008 METS, 2009 DODGERS, AND THE 2010 WHITE SOX.
DANTE STEVENS--- ONLY PLAYER TO WIN BOTH THE SENIOR WORLD SERIES (ROCKIES) AND THE MAJORS WORLD SERIES (WHITE SOX) IN THE SAME YEAR (2010).
PLAYERS WITH 2 TITLES IN THE MAJORS
JACE WARING 2007/2009 --- BADEN GROVES 2011/2012
MASON TWITTY 2009/2010 --- GRANT VENABLE 2009/2010
ROMAN THOMAS 2009/2010 --- DANTE STEVENS 2008/2010
ANDREW KAUFFMAN 2009/2010 --- ANDY MORGAN 2009/2010
ALEC JACKSON 2007/2011 --- MCKINLEY GROVES 2011/2012
BEN-SOLOMAN WELLS 2008/2012
PLAYERS WITH 2 TITLES IN THE SENIORS
WOLFIE STARRICK 2010/2012 --- ZACH KINTNER 2010/2012
MATT DINGMAN 2009/2012
PLAYERS WITH 2 TITLES IN THE MINORS
KIETH GOINGS 2011/2012 --- ISAIAH KING 2011/2012
JORDAN KING 2011/2012
2011 POWER DERBY WINNERS
11 & UNDER (RILEY GATTEN, ATHLETICS 1ST, ETHAN HARTMAN, ATHLETICS 2ND)
14 & UNDER (CEAN SMITH, ANGELS 1ST, MILES WILLIAMS, CARDINALS 2ND)
18 & UNDER (KYLE THURSTON, INDIANS 1ST, EVAN FLOWERS, YANKEES 2ND)
2012 POWER DERBY WINNERS
MINORS (SPENCER JURGENSMEYER, INDIANS 1ST, ISAAC DAIGLE, ROCKIES 2ND)
MAJORS (JASON GOOD, RED SOX 1ST, CONNOR LARKIN, RANGERS 2ND)
SENIORS (EVAN FLOWERS, TIGERS 1ST, JOSIAH RANGEL, NATIONALS 2ND)
COACH TOM KAUFFMAN --- WON CONSECUTIVE SUMMER TITLES IN THE MAJORS WITH THE 2009 DODGERS AND THE 2010 WHITE SOX AND WON A SENIOR TITLE WITH THE 2012 RAYS
COACH CHUCK VENABLE --- WON CONSECUTIVE SUMMER TITLES IN THE MAJORS WITH THE 2009 DODGERS AND 2010 WHITE SOX.
COACH JEF WELLS --- WON TWO MAJORS TITLES WITH THE 2008 METS AND THE 2012 RANGERS
COACH MATT GOINGS--- HAS WON CONSECUTIVE TITLES IN THE MINORS WITH THE 2011 REDS & 2012 CUBS