The Bill Virdon Retro Fantasy League
Rules and Rosters 2018/2019
Current 2018/2019 owner list
Cincinnati Reds Brett Smith & Family
Brooklyn Dodgers Dale Shelton
Pittsburgh Pirates Bill Virdon & Family
St. Louis Cardinals The Eisenhour Family
Boston Braves Rob Ginocchio
New York Giants Richard Smith & Family
Philadelphia Phillies The Sowers Family
Chicago Cubs The Bewley Family
Cleveland Indians The Buxton and Johnson Families
St. Louis Browns The St. Louis Browns Historical Society
New York Yankees The Mortimore/Gebhardt Family
Detroit Tigers The Stewart Family
Chicago White Sox George Romano
Boston Red Sox The Burnell Family
Washington Senators The Gumersell/Voss Family
Philadelphia Athletics The Walker Family
Rules for the 2018/2019 Season
Commissioner Sillavan will submit seven random dates between the 1st and 31st each week. The American league teams (less the Browns) will each submit a year between 1913 and 1953 each week on one of the seven days (to be assigned). The National league teams (less the Braves, my team) will submit a month (April to September) each of the seven days. The combination will make a complete date in history and from there we will visit box scores. After 11 weeks the National league teams will switch to picking years and the American league teams will pick the months. The season runs 22 weeks total, seven days a week for a total of 154 games (the original MLB season).
There must be at least 6 teams in action in each league or we will move to the next date in the month. If it is the final day of the month we go back to the first of that same month until we reach a day with at least six teams playing in each league. The two remaining teams if not playing will play each other and start with a 0-0 score. The other matchups start with the final score of their game that day. No date will be repeated, so if we fall on a date already used we will skip to the next day. If a double header was played, only stats from the first game played that day count.
Any runs or RBIs by any of the seven players count for one added run.
Any win by a pitcher counts for five bonus runs.
Federal league games played in 1914 & 1915 will count for players on any of those teams.
Final scores and recaps will be listed on the VRFL Scores & Standings page and will show game scores and bonus runs in separate tallies. There will be some ties remember as in past baseball history. Once a team gets a second tie, they will be listed the next day as a win and a loss to keep standings easier to follow. I will list each day the randomly generated date so owners can verify no mistakes have been made. You can see box scores for every date on Baseball Reference.com.
When drafting player groups, you are looking for players who not only have large career totals in wins, RBIs, or runs, but those who supplement certain time periods where your team may be weaker. When picking years, most owners will pick years where their teams had good records to maximize the chance of a good starting score before bonus runs are added. You may also want to pick years where you have the most players in action. You will never know your opponent before the day starts so there is no point in trying to play against a particular team.
There will be an All-star game mid-season featuring league leaders with a date generated in part by the Browns and Braves ownership.
The World Series will take place during the 23rd week with all teams submitting parts of a game date except the two teams competing who will be replaced by the Browns and Braves if necessary.
Prize to Winner is two league stock caps, two custom made D-Bat wood bats (color and size), and a Championship plaque.
league standings in 2016/2017 league standings in 2017/2018
NL AL NL AL
Dodgers White Sox Giants Yankees
Cardinals Tigers Cardinals Indians
Pirates Red Sox Cubs Senators
Cubs Yankees Pirates Athletics
Giants Senators Dodgers Tigers
Phillies Athletics Reds Red Sox
Braves Browns Braves Browns
Reds Indians Phillies White Sox
Position Player Groups for the 2018/2019 Season
#1 Lou Gehrig Luke Appling Joe Sewell Enos Slaughter Honus Wagner Phillies
#2 Babe Ruth Lloyd Waner Joe Medwick Ralph Kiner Monte Irvin White Sox
#3 Mel Ott Hack Wilson Arky Vaughn George Kell Nellie Fox Tigers
#4 Jimmie Foxx Eddie Collins Tris Speaker Joe Jackson Larry Doby Cardinals
#5 Al Simmons Travis Jackson Zack Wheat Lou Boudreau Duke Snider Dodgers
#6 Mickey Cochrane Rabbit Maranville Billy Herman Joe DiMaggio Red Schoendienst Pirates
#7 Goose Goslin Bill Dickey Edd Roush Yogi Berra Phil Rizzuto Athletics
#8 Sam Rice Freddie Lindstrom Max Carey Dave Bancroft Pee Wee Reese Giants
#9 Earl Averill Ty Cobb Rick Ferrell Home Run Baker Ray Schalk Senators
#10 Charlie Gehringer Kiki Cuyler Harry Hooper Jackie Robinson Mickey Mantle Red Sox
#11 Paul Waner Harry Heilmann Chick Hafey Bobby Doerr Roy Campanella Cubs
#12 Jim Bottomley Pie Traynor Hank Greenberg George Sisler Richie Ashburn Indians
#13 Chuck Klein Frankie Frisch Ted Williams Bucky Harris Ross Youngs Browns
#14 Joe Cronin Earl Combs High Pockets Kelly Ernie Lombardi Sam Crawford Yankees
#15 Heinie Manush Bill Terry Al Lopez Stan Musial Leo Durocher Reds
#16 Rogers Hornsby Tony Lazzeri Gabby Hartnett Johnny Mize Joe Gordon Braves
#1 Earl Whitehill Bobo Newsom White Sox
#2 Lefty Grove Warren Spahn Giants
#3 Dazzy Vance Robin Roberts Dodgers
#4 Burleigh Grimes Wilbur Cooper Tigers
#5 Freddie Fitzsimmons Dizzy Dean Senators
#6 Sad Sam Jones Jack Quinn Red Sox
#7 Carl Hubbell Early Wynn Pirates
#8 Grover Alexander Hal Newhouser Yankees
#9 Lefty Gomez Red Faber Cubs
#10 Red Ruffing Waite Hoyt Braves
#11 Paul Derringer Bob Feller Athletics
#12 Mel Harder Hooks Dauss Phillies
#13 Jesse Haines Carl Mays Reds
#14 Herb Pennock Stan Coveleski Browns
#15 Eppa Rixey Ted Lyons Cardinals
#16 Walter Johnson Bob Lemon Indians
2018/2019 Draft Order
1 White Sox 2 Phillies 3 Browns 4 Red Sox 5 Braves 6 Reds 7 Dodgers 8 Pirates
9 Cubs 10 Cardinals 11 Tigers 12 Athletics 13 Senators 14 Indians 15 Giants 16 Yankees