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by Cy Kosis
Freelance Sports Reporter At-Large

Mel OttSeries 1 is over, and there are 40 more series to go -- ain't it grand how long the season is? Sure it's a long way to the green at the other end of summer, but let's take a moment to chronicle the players who started the season like a house a'fire! How many of these names will be talked about all season long? Which will fade from memory before the All Star Break? Let's see . . .

Mel Ott has put the Union League on notice that he must be reckoned with. Master Melvin has torn the hide off the ball, and has sprinted to the Union League lead in Batting Average (.533), On Base Average (..632), Slugging Average (.1.267), Hits (8), Home Runs (3-tied), RC/27 (48.8), RC (12.7), Isolated Power (..733), Total Average (.3.286), Total Bases (19), OBA+SLG (1.898), Secondary Average (1.000-tied), AB per HR (5.0) and all the Total Base plus Walk & etc lists. Whew! Mel is the royalty of his Kansas City Monarchs team. Kaoru Betto of the Tokyo Giants* leads the Union League in Runs Batted In (9), Cleveland Spider third baseman Al Rosen leads in Home Runs (3-tied) and Extra-Base Hits (5), and Hideki Matsui of Tokyo leads in Extra-Base Hits (5-tied) and Doubles (4-tied).

Ted WilliamsOver in that other league, the Legends League, there's a bit more diversity atop the batting leaders, but the talk of the series has to be Ted Williams of the Saint Louis Stars. The Splendid Splinter has opened the season with home runs in each of the first four games -- including a 2-homer game. Williams leads the Legends League in Slugging Average (1.400), Runs Batted In (8), Home Runs (5), Extra-Base Hits (5), AB per HR (3.0), and like Ott, Ted leads all the Total Bases plus Walk & etc lists. He's got his home run stroke groovin'!

First baseman Dan Brouthers of the Chicago Cubs leads the Legends League in Batting Average (.467) and Stolen Bases (3-tied), Houston Colt .45 left fielder Barry Bonds paces the league in On Base Average (.550), Ross Barnes of the Boston Red Sox leads in Hits (9), and Ed Delahanty of Pittsburgh tops the list in Runs Scored (6).

Boston Red CapsOn the mound it's too early to single out any pitcher, but not a staff. The pitching corps of the Union League's Boston Red Caps have come out of the first series with a 1.95 ERA, 3 Quality Starts, 2 Complete Games, 1 Shutout and 2 Wins. They also lead the Union League in Least Hits Allowed (29), OPS (.565) & IPAVG (.224),. The pitching friendly expanses of Braves Field certainly had an influence on these stats, and the Red Caps staff will have to prove themselves out on the road as well -- even in divisional rival park, American League Park I in Washington.

The San Francisco Seals hit a rough spot here, and bring up the bottom of the Union League in ERA (5.40), but they also lead the league in K's (30). The Saint Louis Cardinals have allowed the fewest Walks (7), and the New York Yankees haven't allowed a home run yet.

Pittsburgh PiratesSailing away with the ERA lead in the Legends League is the unbeaten staff of the Pittsburgh Pirates (2.25), who also lead in Least Hits Allowed (23-tied), Saves (2-tied) and Least Runs Alloed (9). The Brooklyn Dodger staff tops the charts in K's (38), helped out by a Sandy Koufax 13 K shutout performance. The Oakland A's staff has allowed the fewest Free Passes (8). But at this point we should also take a moment to highlight the horrible start the Mudville Nine (6.75, 9 HRA, 36 IP) and the Saint Louis Stars (6.09) have had. Lett's wish them well on the road back to respectability.

Oh! talking about respectable . . . Oakland has commited only a single error so far, and that's the fewest number of any team in both leagues.

OK, I'll leave you with some leader lists, just for the fun of it.


--------Batting average------- ------On-base percentage------ ------Slugging percentage-----

Ott KCU .533 Ott KCU .632 Williams,T SLL 1.400
Betto TGU .500 Bonds,Ba 45L .550 Ott KCU 1.267
Terry,B KCU .471 Gibson,K DTU .529 Rosen CSU 1.000
Smith,Red WNU .467 Smith,Red WNU .529 Wagner,H BOL .933
Brouthers CCL .467 Betto TGU .529 Musial NYL .882
Dandridge CCL .462 Brouthers CCL .529 Giles,G 45L .842
McGraw,J CRL .444 Kelley,J MNL .526 DeMoss 45L .824
Moore,D 45L .444 Oh MNL .500 Matsui,H TGU .824
Barnes,R RSL .429 Terry,B KCU .500 Slaughter OAL .800
Gibson,K DTU .429 Dandridge CCL .500 Goslin SLU .800


-------------Hits------------- -------------Runs------------- --------Runs batted in--------

Mattingly NYU 10 Delahanty,E PPL 6 Betto TGU 9
Barnes,R RSL 9 Giles,G 45L 6 Ott KCU 8
Ott KCU 8 Doyle WNU 5 Williams,T SLL 8
Betto TGU 8 Williams,T SLL 5 Wright,WB BOL 7
Terry,B KCU 8 Brouthers CCL 5 Foxx RSL 7
McGraw,J CRL 8 Klesko OAL 5 Greenberg WSU 6
Moore,D 45L 8 Musial NYL 5 Hornsby PPL 6
Torre SFU 8 Rosen CSU 5 Wagner,H BOL 6
DiMaggio,J SFU 8 Yonamine TGU 5 Rodriguez,I MNL 6
Frisch SFU 8 Kelley,J MNL 5 DeMoss 45L 6


-------------Doubles----------- ------------Triples----------- -----------Homeruns-----------

Mattingly NYU 5 DeMoss 45L 3 Williams,T SLL 5
Matsui,H TGU 4 Greenberg WSU 2 Ott KCU 3
Brett DTU 3 Appling DTU 2 Rosen CSU 3
Hornsby PPL 3 Hernandez,K BJL 1 Kiner WNU 2
Bagwell BDL 3 Young BWU 1 Robinson,B NYU 2
Terry,B KCU 3 Combs NYU 1 Ruth DTU 2
Wright,WB BOL 3 Williams,Be SLU 1 Thomas,F CRL 2
Averill CSU 2 Averill CSU 1 Goslin SLU 2
Wheat BDL 2 Boudreau CSU 1 Hamilton CRL 2
Allen,D WSU 2 Johnson,HR NEU 1 Kelley,J MNL 2


--------Extra base hits------- ---------Stolen bases--------- -------Steal percentage-------

Mattingly NYU 6 Donlin WSU 4-2 Doyle WNU 1.000
Williams,T SLL 5 Morgan,J RSL 3-1 Duffy RCU 1.000
Rosen CSU 5 Gardner,J 45L 3-1 Gibson,K DTU 1.000
Matsui,H TGU 5 Brouthers CCL 3-1 Molitor BJL 1.000
Ott KCU 4 Charleston 45L 3-2 Speaker RSL 1.000
Wagner,H BOL 4 Doyle WNU 2-0 DeMoss 45L 1.000
DeMoss 45L 4 Duffy RCU 2-0 Moore,D 45L 1.000
Wright,WB BOL 4 Gibson,K DTU 2-0 Aaron SLU 1.000
Giles,G 45L 4 Molitor BJL 2-0 Alomar BJL 1.000
Slaughter OAL 4 Speaker RSL 2-0 Appling DTU 1.000


------------Walks------------ -------Intentional walks------ ----------Strikeouts----------

Bonds,Ba 45L 9 Ruth DTU 2 McGraw,J CRL 7
Ruth DTU 5 Bonds,Ba 45L 2 McGriff BJL 6
Thome BDL 5 Yount DTU 1 McCovey DTU 6
Jackson,R OAL 5 Garcia,C SFU 1 Delahanty,E PPL 6
Walker,L MNL 5 Mathewson SFU 1 Thome BDL 6
Yastrzemski KCU 5 Beckwith CRL 1 Baker,F MNL 6
Hartnett PPL 4 Dandridge CCL 1 Foxx RSL 6
Gehrig SLL 4 Hartnett PPL 1 Slaughter OAL 6
Thomas,F CRL 4 Gibson,K DTU 1 Frisch SFU 6
Anson BWU 4 Jeter MNL 1 Heilmann NYL 5

DMB pitching leaders -- All players in database
Regular season

------Earned run average------ ----------Strikeouts---------- -------------Walks------------

Glavine RCU 0.00 Partlow NYU 19 Bond NYL 9
Palmer BOL 0.00 Koufax BDL 13 Feller PPL 8
Feller PPL 0.00 Seaver BDL 12 Righetti NYU 7
Nichols RCU 0.00 Garcia,C SFU 12 Stieb BJL 7
Kaneda TGU 0.00 Redding NYL 12 Pierce SFU 6
Koufax BDL 0.00 Lemon,B SLU 11 Coveleski PPL 6
Seaver BDL 0.00 Williams,SJ SFU 11 Lyons,T CRL 6
Lary DTU 0.00 Johnson,R PPL 10 Overall WSU 6
Salazar WSU 0.00 Feller PPL 10 Grove BOL 6
Lavelle BJL 0.00 Spahn NYU 10 Glavine RCU 6


-------------Wins------------- ------Winning percentage------ ------Average run support-----

Spahn NYU 2-0 Spahn NYU 1.000 Inao MNL 13.0
Partlow NYU 2-0 Partlow NYU 1.000 Clarkson 45L 11.0
Kudo SFU 2-0 Kudo SFU 1.000 Coveleski PPL 10.0
Abernathy CSU 1-0 Abernathy CSU 1.000 Grove BOL 10.0
Brown,K RSL 1-0 Brown,K RSL 1.000 Saberhagen WNU 9.0
Cooper,Wi RSL 1-0 Cooper,Wi RSL 1.000 Suzuki,K TGU 9.0
Derringer SLU 1-0 Derringer SLU 1.000 Keefe 45L 9.0
Donovan,D OAL 1-0 Donovan,D OAL 1.000 Brown,M KCU 8.0
Eckersley RSL 1-0 Eckersley RSL 1.000 Donovan,D OAL 8.0
Eichhorn BWU 1-0 Eichhorn BWU 1.000 Moore,M(P) MNL 8.0


------Save Opportunities------ -------------Saves------------ --------Save percentage-------

Gossage WSU 3 Eckersley RSL 2 Eckersley RSL 1.000
Face CCL 2 Face CCL 2 Face CCL 1.000
Righetti NYU 2 Percival PPL 2 Percival PPL 1.000
Smith,D KCU 2 Smith,D KCU 2 Smith,D KCU 1.000
McDuffie NEU 2 Aguilera WNU 1 Aguilera WNU 1.000
Kudo SFU 2 Bedrosian BWU 1 Bedrosian BWU 1.000
Eckersley RSL 2 Brewer,J SFU 1 Hoffman SLL 1.000
Percival PPL 2 Garber SFU 1 Olson SLU 1.000
Jones,D OAL 1 Hoffman SLL 1 Quisenberry OAL 1.000
Lee,T KCU 1 Kaat NYU 1 Rivera NEU 1.000


-------------Holds------------ ----------Blown saves--------- -----Blown save percentage----

Tekulve SLL 2 Righetti NYU 2 Righetti NYU 1.000
Foster,W PPL 1 Kudo SFU 2 Kudo SFU 1.000
Sasaki,K TGU 1 Gossage WSU 2 Candelaria NEU 1.000
Candelaria NEU 1 Candelaria NEU 1 Howe SLL 1.000
Groom OAL 1 Howe SLL 1 Jones,D OAL 1.000
Veres NYU 1 Jones,D OAL 1 Lee,T KCU 1.000
Hooton BDL 1 Lee,T KCU 1 Lyle BDL 1.000
Jones,T WNU 1 Lyle BDL 1 McDonald,B KCU 1.000
Smoltz RSL 1 McDonald,B KCU 1 Nen MNL 1.000
Nen MNL 1 Ono TGU 1.000





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