Nolan Ryan

Each IBC franchise is forced to cut two of its top eight pitchers by innings, and in the case of West Metro I recall being torn between keeping Nolan Ryan (3.16, 134 IP) and Jim McGlothlen (3.54, 208 IP).  For quality, they were pretty similar, and since the Maroons were sort of light on innings — with only three other starters over 200 IP — I looked long and hard at McGlothlen.  But the tug to roster Ryan, the future hall-of-famer, was too great to resist.


In his career, Nolan Ryan tossed seven no-hitters.  The first two of them came in a memorable 1973 (the season I am thinking will come next in my replays).  Anyway, his career is off to a flying start in IBC action, in that he no-hit the Cedar Rapids Saints in a 6-0 win yesterday.  As mentioned previously, my involvement in the games is mostly just fiddling with the lineups a bit, after which I let Hal (the computer manager) take over.  But after quick-playing the first six innings, I enjoy manually watching the last few innings… and in this case, seeing a no-hitter was in progress really got me involved as a spectator.  The “rules” of my endeavor let me make a single defensive substitution for the team that is ahead, so I immediately subbed Tommie Agee (a ‘2’) for Ron Swoboda (a ‘4’) in right.  Another sub-par defender, Cleon Jones, was still out in left, but rules-are-rules and I just had to hope there wouldn’t be a LF-X result.  Nothing all that memorable to report in getting those last three outs, but it definitely helped my heart rate when Len Gabrielson bounced into a DP (erasing a lead-off walk in the 8th inning).  Assuming I can handle the HTML within Sandvox, I will put the box score on a page of this blog.

Here is a link to the Strat-O-Matic league file after 22 weeks of play, and the current standings. With three weeks left in the season, the Falcons and Knights are now in a virtual tie for the lead, with Ames and Iowa City also still very much in the chase.  Davenport has been the hottest in the league at 7-3, while Dubuque (3-7) continues to be the IBC doormat.  I find it fascinating that the Golden Eagles can be this bad, given they are tops in homers, but then I see their pitching is by far the worst so it’s not exactly a case for Ripley’s. 


9/08/68 Iowa Baseball Confederacy        Won   Lost    Pct     GB
Council Bluffs Falcons (A’s-Giants)      84     61    .579     —
Davenport Knights (Tigers-Cards)         85     62    .578     - 
Ames Little Cyclones (Orioles-Pirates)   82     63    .566    2.0
Iowa City Regals (Red Sox-Phillies)      80     64    .556    3.5 
Sioux City Crusaders (Indians-Reds)      77     71    .520    8.5 
Cedar Rapids Saints (Twins-Dodgers)      73     72    .503   11.0

Des Moines Scarlets (Yankees-Cubs)       70     77    .476   15.0
West Metro Maroons (Angels-Mets)         64     81    .441   20.0
Waterloo Sailors (White Sox-Braves)      62     85    .422   23.0
Dubuque Golden Eagles (Senators-Astros)  52     93    .359   32.0

That’s all for this week. 

© John Kisner 2019