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 The Bill Virdon Retro Fantasy League
Our longest season will start up for the fifth time in mid-October and run until March 2021.  It is a lot of fun, a great history lesson, a way to support the field, and get your baseball fix all winter on the website as games run nightly for 22+ weeks.  Ask for more info at the field and own your own classic team and set of Hall of Fame players next winter.  Draft and coach your team to the pennant and win the annual prize package!!   

Rules and Rosters 2020/2021

Rules for the 2020/2021 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 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 American league teams will switch to picking months and the National league teams will pick the years.  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.

General Advice:
In year four, we switched to separate drafts for the AL and NL with players in each draft who played primarily in those leagues during their career (with one or two exceptions).

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.  

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 my team 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                 league standings in 2018/2019   
NL                                      AL                           NL                                   AL                       NL                        AL

Dodgers                           White Sox               Giants                            Yankees                Giants                    Yankees
Cardinals                         Tigers                      Cardinals                       Indians                  Dodgers                 Tigers
Pirates                             Red Sox                   Cubs                              Senators                Cardinals               Browns
Cubs                                Yankees                   Pirates                           Athletics                Reds                      Red Sox
Giants                              Senators                  Dodgers                         Tigers                    Pirates                   Senators
Phillies                            Athletics                  Reds                                Red Sox               Phillies                  White Sox
Braves                             Browns                    Braves                             Browns                Braves                   Indians
Reds                                Indians                    Phillies                            White Sox            Cubs                      Athletics
               World Series                                           World Series                                             World Series
White Sox defeat Dodgers 4 - 3                     Yankees defeat Giants 4 - 2                       Giants defeat Yankees 4 - 3
          Manager of the Year                                 Manager of the Year                                 Manager of the Year
Shelton (Dodgers)   13-5-4                             Burnell (Red Sox)   16-4-2                        Shelton (Dodgers) 16-5-1
          Executive of the Year                                Executive of the Year                               Executive of the Year
Zarechi (Browns)   338 bonus runs                Mulbery (Indians)   393 bonus runs          R. Smith (Giants) 378 bonus runs

  Babe Ruth (Cardinals) 157 br                Mel Ott (Braves) 127 br                   Lou Gehrig (Phillies) 157 br
AL MVP  Goose Goslin (Yankees) 95 br               Lou Gehrig (Athletics) 168 br          Babe Ruth (White Sox) 139 br  
NL Cy Young Lefty Grove (Reds) 13 wins           Earl Whitehill (Reds) 13 wins          Carl Hubbell (Pirates) 12 wins
AL Cy Young  G. Alexander (Browns) 14 wins     Lefty Grove (White Sox)
13 wins    G. Alexander (Yankees) 12 wins

 league standings in 2019/2020
NL                                       AL
Giants                               Yankees
Cubs                                 Senators
Braves                               Browns
Reds                                  Tigers
Cardinals                           Red Sox
Pirates                               Athletics
Dodgers                            Indians
Phillies                             White Sox
                 World Series 
Yankees defeat Giants 4 - 3
                  Manager of the Year
Eisenhour (Cardinals)   16-4-2
                  Executive of the Year
Ginocchio (Braves)        401 bonus runs

NL MVP   Rogers Hornsby (Cardinals) 114 br
AL MVP   Babe Ruth (Athletics)   127 br
NL Cy Young   Burleigh Grimes (Phillies) 9 wins
AL Cy Young   Lefty Grove (Tigers)
15 wins

2020/2021 Draft Order 
AL   1 White Sox   2 Indians   3 Athletics   4 Red Sox   5 Tigers   6 Browns   7 Senators   8 Yankees
NL   1 Phillies   2 Dodgers   3 Pirates   4 Cardinals   5 Reds   6 Braves   7 Cubs  8 Giants

2020/2021 Owner list
Philadelphia Athletics (The Mortimore/Gebhardt Family)
Cleveland Indians (The Gumersell/Voss Family)
Chicago White Sox (George Romano)
Washington Senators (B. Smith Family)
Boston Red Sox (Bryson Family)
St. Louis Browns (The St. Louis Browns Historical Society)
Detroit Tigers (The Williams Family)
New York Yankees (The Walker Family)
Chicago Cubs (The Sowers Family)
Boston Braves (Rob Ginocchio)
Philadelphia Phillies (The Brayman Family)
Pittsburgh Pirates (Virdon/Elsenratt Family)
Cincinnati Reds (The Wade Family)
St. Louis Cardinals (The Eisenhour Family)
Brooklyn Dodgers (Dale Shelton)
New York Giants (R. Smith Family)

Player Groups 2020/2021
National League
#1 Rogers Hornsby   Hack Wilson   Johnny Mize   Ernie Lombardi   Honus Wagner (CARDINALS)
#2 Paul Waner   Edd Roush   Billy Herman   Pee Wee Reese   Monte Irvin (DODGERS)
#3 Gabby Hartnett   Bill Terry   Stan Musial   Dave Bancroft   Richie Ashburn (CUBS)
#4 Pie Traynor   Lloyd Waner   Enos Slaughter   Ross Youngs   Duke Snider (BRAVES)
#5 Frankie Frisch   Joe Medwick   Zack Wheat   Jackie Robinson   Ralph Kiner (PIRATES)
#6 Jim Bottomley   Rabbit Maranville   Arky Vaughan   Al Lopez   Leo Durocher (REDS)
#7 Kiki Cuyler   High Pockets Kelly   Max Carey   Chick Hafey   Red Schoendienst (GIANTS)
#8 Mel Ott   Chuck Klein   Travis Jackson   Freddie Lindstrom   Roy Campanella (PHILLIES)
American League
#1 Babe Ruth   Earl Combs   Ted Williams   Lou Boudreau   Nellie Fox (WHITE SOX)
#2 Lou Gehrig   George Sisler   Joe Sewell   Harry Hooper   Mickey Mantle (TIGERS)
#3 Al Simmons   Sam Rice   Eddie Collins   Yogi Berra   Sam Crawford (RED SOX)
#4 Goose Goslin   Heinie Manush   Bobby Doerr   Phil Rizzuto   Shoeless Joe Jackson (ATHLETICS)
#5 Jimmie Foxx   Tony Lazzeri   Hank Greenberg   Joe Gordon   Larry Doby (BROWNS)
#6 Charlie Gehringer   Bill Dickey   Luke Appling   Bucky Harris   Ray Schalk (YANKEES)
#7 Earl Averill   Joe Cronin   Tris Speaker   Rick Ferrell   George Kell (SENATORS)
#8 Harry Heilmann   Joe DiMaggio   Ty Cobb   Mickey Cochrane   Home Run Baker (INDIANS)

Pitcher Pairs 2020/2021
National League
#1 Burleigh Grimes   Paul Derringer (GIANTS)
#2 Bobo Newsom   Robin Roberts (PHILLIES)
#3 Grover Alexander   Carl Mays (BRAVES)
#4 Dizzy Dean   Wilbur Cooper (PIRATES)
#5 Jesse Haines   Jack Quinn (DODGERS)
#6 Waite Hoyt   Warren Spahn (CUBS)
#7 Dazzy Vance   Eppa Rixey (CARDINALS)
#8 Carl Hubbell  Freddie Fitzsimmons (REDS)
American League
#1 Lefty Grove   Bob Lemon (INDIANS)
#2 Lefty Gomez   Early Wynn (TIGERS)
#3 Red Faber   Ted Lyons (SENATORS)
#4 Earl Whitehill   Hooks Dauss (WHITE SOX)
#5 Bob Feller   Hal Newhouser (BROWNS)
#6 Stan Coveleski   Mel Harder (RED SOX)
#7 Walter Johnson   Herb Pennock (ATHLETICS)
#8 Red Ruffing   Sad Sam Jones (YANKEES)