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1906

1906 RECAP

MLB OFF-SEASON MOVES
The Chicago White Sox did not rest on their World Series championship, as they are likely the most improved club over the off-season. The Sox added 30 year old gold glove shortstop Zach Fitzpatrick (.259,8,60) in a trade with the Athletics and signed 36 year old free agent outfielder Dan Perkins (.312,29,95), who split last season between the Pirates and Reds. The best news for Sox fans is they did this without losing any of the key contributors from their championship squad.

The Yankees added two players in free agency including the top hitter available in 30 year old outfielder Jason Barr (.345,27,104) who was with the Browns a year ago, but they also lost a pair of key player via free agency.

The Cardinals fared the best in the National League, losing a couple of regulars but adding two talents in 30 year old pitcher Luffy Yazid (16-10, 2.34 with A's) and 34 year old free agent shortstop Eric Doerr (.235,17,68) from the Yankees.


NCAA
Another tight season in college baseball as three conferences went down to the wire with 2 of them needing a one-game playoff to determine a champion. The SEC was decided on the final day of the season when Mississippi State clinched it's first conference title with a 1-0 win over LSU while second place Florida was losing to Mississippi. The result game the Bulldogs a 1 game lead on the Gators with Alabama finishing 2 games off the pace. All 3 qualified for the tournament, which for Alabama marked the fourth straight season.

Virginia beat North Carolina in a playoff to claim the ACC crown while Penn State needed 15 innings to beat South Carolina 7-5 and win the Big Eat. The Gamecocks would have to play the following day against Rice, to determine who gets the final wildcard berth. It would go to the Owls after an 8-2 win.

Nebraska-Omaha, College World Series champs in 1904 and losers in the finals a year ago, punched their ticket back to the tournament with a 4th straight Big 8 title. With two of the best pitchers in the game in senior Jason Garrison (24-14, 1.90, 351 k's) and junior David Joint (26-7, 2.12, 276 k's) the Mavericks have to be considered one of the favourites to win this season.


THE TOURNAMENT
The brackets for the 1906 NCAA Tournament were as follows:
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EAST REGION
ACC champ	Virginia Cavaliers		72-55	
IVY champ	Harvard Crimson			69-57
At Large 8	Rice Owls			71-56
At Large 1	Kansas Jayhawks			78-48

SOUTH REGION
SEC champ	Mississippi State Bulldogs	74-52
Big East champ	Penn State Nittany Lions	71-56
At Large 4	Illinois Illini			72-54
At Large 5	Alabama Crimson Tide		72-54

MIDWEST REGION
Big10 champ	Purdue Boilermakers		81-45
Big 8 champ	Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks	79-47
At Large 2	Ohio State Buckeyes		74-52
At Large 7	Washington State Cougars	71-56

WEST REGION
PAC10 champ	Oregon Ducks			73-53
SWC champ	SMU Mustangs			73-53
At Large 3	Florida Gators			73-53
At Large 6	North Carolina Tar Heels	71-56
So much for my Nebraska-Omaha prediction as they went 1-5 in the Midwest Regional and were bounced. Purdue and Kansas were the top teams coming out of the regionals as each went 5-1. Mississippi State, Illinois, Rice, SMU, Ohio State and Oregon also advanced.

Purdue and Kansas survived to meet in the College World Series. Both were making their first championship appearances but the Boilermakers had been to the final four previously. Purdue gave up the second lowest run total in the NCAA this year but were missing one of their key starters with injury. They did still have sophomores Steve Arnold (22-8, 2.15) and Joe Kay (15-11, 2.62) and freshman closer Kevin Montana (0.95, 13 saves) along with offensive catalyst Luis Sanchez (.318,40,97) a power hitting junior outfielder. The Jayhawks were nearly as stingy, allowing the fifth lowest run total in the NCAA and were led by freshman Zack O'Dowd (26-9, 1.92) and sophomore John Polansky (22-10, 2.83). The Kansas offense is more balanced than Purdue's but they will likely be without junior outfielder Mike McMaster (.290,29,78) for at least the start of the series.

Purdue took the first two games, both in extra innings with a 7-6, 13 inning win in the opener followed by a 1-0, 10 inning victory in game two. Kansas battled back to tie the series, winning 3-0 and then 4-3 in yet another extra inning game - this one going 11.

Purdue would strike early with 4 runs in the first inning and cruise to the National Championship with a 7-3 victory in the deciding Game Five.



THE DRAFT
The Pittsburgh Pirates failed to sign first overall pick Andy Green last season but they get another chance this year as they own the top two picks. They once again selected the former Michigan pitcher with their first pick. With the second selection the Pirates took Mississippi State outfielder Juan Garcia (.339,38,93). The third pick was also a holdover from last year as Brooklyn took ex-Indiana Hoosier Zack Cupples, who failed to sign with the Phillies last season.



MAJOR LEAGUE SEASON
Despite losing some key pieces over the off-season and not really dominating in any category, the Philadelphia Athletics somehow managed to go from last place a year ago to winning the American League pennant. It was as much a case of injuries derailing the defending champion Chicago White Sox and the top contender Boston Red Sox as anything the A's did to enable them to claim their first pennant, but Philadelphia does deserve credit for developing some good young talent.

Dave Alonso (.337,16,82), the first pick in the 1902 draft, had a breakout year in his fourth major league season, winning the American League batting title and providing the A's with another strong bat to join first baseman Jesse Booker (.306,19,78). Booker, acquired from the Cardinals in the off-season, did not become a regular until late May when Josh Clardy - who averaged 25 homers and 95 rbi's over his first 5 seasons with Philadelphia, went down with a hip injury.

Lacking much offensive punch (A's were 5th in the AL in runs scored and 7th in homers) their pitching had to be on nearly every game. For the A's, their young prospects came up huge. 22 year old Antonio Martinez (23-6, 2.21) emerged as an ace just a year after being taken 6th overall out of Miami. Matt Simpson (17-12, 3.47) was another 22 year old who had a breakout season after the former 6th round pick was claimed on waivers from the Yankees.

The Boston Braves were also an unlikely pennant winner. The Braves are no longer the highest salaried team in the major leagues as they were when they dominated in the first few years of the league. This Braves club ranks 15th in payroll and, like the Athletics, relies heavily on youth.

Boston's top three starters and closer are all 24 or under including Nate Grimm (20-9, 2.39), the 21st pick of the 1905 draft and closer Nate Wert (24sv, 1.13) who went 17th in the same draft. Bill Gilpin (.333,23,61), who led the club in batting average as well as homeruns is also a product of a rich 1905 draft class for the Braves. Gilpin not only won the NL rookie of the year award but was also selected the loop's Most Valuable Player.



WORLD SERIES
The clubs split the first two games in Philadelphia with the home side winning the first game 2-1 thanks to a walk-off 9th inning homerun from Jesse Booker (.257,19,78) as Martinez outduelled Grimm while the Braves took Game Two 6-4 despite another homerun from Booker.

Boston scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th to stage an improbable Game Three comeback and win 6-5 but the Athletics took the fourth game 5-3 to again even the series.

Game Five needed 13 innings to declare a winner and it was the hometown Braves who won 2-1 to take a 3 games to two lead in the series. The Braves tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and won it in the 13th with a solo homerun from Jesus Castillo (.275,13,48). Starters Martinez and Grimm battled to a stalemate for 9 innings before each gave way to their respective bullpens.

I don't know if we could ask for any more drama in this series after game five but the 6th game certainly provided it. Tied at 5 after 9 innings the score would remain that way until the Braves Bobby England (.285,7,32) hit a bases-loaded infield single with two out in the top of the 12th to put Boston up 6-5. The A's would get out of the inning without further trouble and have runners on first and second with 1 out in the bottom of the 12th but be unable to get the equalizer, giving the World Series to the Boston Braves - their third such title in 4 years.


OTHER NOTES
For the first time a AAA player finished the season with a batting average over .400. Montreal Royals 24 year old first baseman Nick Kellner turned the trick, hitting .401 with 53 homers and 128 rbi's in 136 games to also claim the first triple crown in International League history. Kellner, a second round pick of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1905, played his college ball at Oregon but gave no indication of his future pro success by averaging just .283 in 336 games for the Ducks. He is considered to be the Dodgers top prospect.

Another Dodger prospect had an even more impressive season in the Eastern League. First baseman Mike Bowen won the triple crown with a .410,61,184 season, setting minor league records for homers and rbi's in a season. The 24 year old former Nebraska Cornhusker played just 134 games at Williamsport before being promoted to AA Mobile, where he hit 2 more homers and drove in 13 runs in 17 games with the Bears.

The Tampico Alijadores continue to be the class of the Mexican League as they won their 5th playoff championship in the 6 year history of the league. Despite finishing second to the Mexico City Red Devils in the regular season, Tampico claimed the playoff series in the maximum 7 games.

The Victoria Royals won the Canadian Series after beating the St. Jean Canadians in the finals. Victoria won it's second straight and 4th Western Canada League pennant in six years while St. Jean was a first time winner of the Quebec Provincial League.


Minor league champions were as follows:
Code:

 LEAGUE			CHAMPION		PARENT CLUB
American Association   Louisville Colonels	Bos Red Sox
International League   Baltimore Orioles	Cleveland
Pacific Coast League   Sacramento Solons	Washington
Southern Association   Memphis Chickasaws	Cincinnati
Texas League	       Dallas Rebels		Detroit
Eastern League	       Scranton Red Sox		Bos Red Sox
SALLY League	       Columbia Reds		Cincinnati
Three I League	       Decatur Commodores	Independent
Interstate League      Wilmington Blue Rocks	Independent
West Texas-New Mex L   Pampa Oilers		Independent
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HOCKEY

The Toronto St Patrick's claimed their first ULCHL regular season title thanks to the league's most prolific offense led by veterans Bennett Hillman and Finley Elliott. The St. Pats emerged at the top of a very tight race that saw their playoff opponent not decided until the final day of the regular season. Heading into the final day the 5 time defending Cup champion Maroons were in second place with 41 points, one more than the Montreal Canadiens and 2 up on the Quebec Bulldogs. The Maroons had played their 40 games but the Canadiens and Bulldogs had one game remaining, against each other in Quebec City. A Bulldogs win or tie would give second place to the Maroons based on more victories, but a Canadiens win would vault the Habs past the Maroons and into second place. The game finished 3-1 in Montreal's favour thanks to 2 goals from Canadiens sniper Sailor Hilborn, which gave the Habs a playoff berth and left the Maroons on the outside looking in for the first time in franchise history.

The Maroons did have the league MVP as a now 36 year old Joseph Matheson took the honour for the 4th and final time in his career.


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ULCHL STANDINGS 1906-07
TEAM			GP  W  L  T  PTS
Toronto St Pats		40 21 14  5  47
Montreal Canadiens      40 17 15  8  42
Montreal Maroons        40 18 17  5  41
Quebec Bulldogs		40 16 17  7  39
Ottawa Senators		40 15 18  7  37
Hamilton Tigers		40 12 18 10  34

SCORING LEADERS	     TM     GP   G  A  PTS
JP Rustad	     Ott    40  14 30  44
Finley Elliott       Tor    38  12 29  41    
Mike Obernesser      MonC   40  11 26  37
Sailor Hilborn	     MonC   40  18 18  36
Bennett Hillman	     Tor    36  18 18  36
Serge Champlain	     Que    40  18 17  35
Joseph Matheson	     MonM   40   9 26  35
The Montreal Canadiens were making their 3rd attempt to win a Stanley Cup but, like the previous two, the Habs came up short as they were swept in 2 games by the Toronto St. Pats. The St. Pats won the opener 2-1 and then completed the sweep with a 4-3 victory in Game Two. Bennett Hillman, Toronto's 31 year old winger, was named MVP of the playoffs after being in on every Toronto goal in the series. Hillman had a goal and an assist in the opener including the game winner late in regulation and then scored 2 more while assisting on the other two Toronto markers in Game Two.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Duke fans felt their school had earned a third national title with their third unbeaten season after the Blue Devils improved to 13-0 with a 33-30 win over Northwestern in the Sugar Bowl. The problem for Duke is, unlike in 1902 and 1903 when they were the only unbeaten team, they had company at 13-0 after Michigan won the Western Conference, which included a win over Northwestern, and then ended their season with a third straight Rose Bowl win. Michigan not only won the game but they thumped Pacific Coast Conference champion USC 52-14 as Wolverines quarterback Tommy Rowland won his second straight Rose Bowl MVP award. That was more then enough to convince both the Associated Press and the Coaches Poll to vote Michigan #1.

In other Bowl Games Georgia Tech beat Notre Dame 29-23 in a down year for the 9-4 Irish. After losing two straight Rose Bowls, Cal tried it's hand at the Cotton Bowl and the Bears got thumped again- this time 30-20 by Furman. Army beat Missouri 31-24 in the Orange Bowl, Dartmouth topped Oklahoma 10-3 in the Tangerine Bowl and in the closest bowl game, Georgia nipped Villanova 35-34.


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AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP TWENTY RANKINGS
    SCHOOL		RECORD   COACHES POLL 
 1  Michigan		13-0		 1
 2  Duke		13-0		 2
 3  Georgia Tech	12-1		 3
 4  UCLA		10-2   		 8
 5  Texas Tech		10-2		 9
 6  Army		12-1		 4
 7  Furman		11-2		 5
 8  Georgia		10-3		 7
 9  Ole Miss		 9-3		11
10  Texas Mines		10-2		15
11  USC			10-3		16
12  Dartmouth		12-1		12
13  Minnesota		 9-3		10
14  Grinnell		10-2		14
15  Northwestern	10-3		 6
16  California		10-3		13
17  Oklahoma		10-3		19
18  West Virginia	 9-3		17
19  TCU			 9-3		23
20  LSU			 8-4		21
COLLEGE BASKETBALL

While teams in the Midwest and the East seem to be dominating the final four if there is a power conference in college basketball right now it has to be the Pacific Coast Conference. Six of the PCC's 8 teams earned a berth in this year's NCAA Tournament, by far the most for any one conference. The Western and Southwest Conferences were next with 3 teams qualifying while the largest conference, the 12 team Southern Conference, only sent two teams to the tournament.

I thought we should take a look at the PCC tournament teams for this year's recap. Let's start with California, the defending National Champs who are the only PCC team to make a final four - they have been to two of them. This year the Bears finished second to Washington in the PCC as they dropped their final two conference games (home against Washington and at Washington State) after starting conference play with 5 straight victories. Cal is best known for being coached by Toby Rogers, who won a National Championship with West Virginia before becoming the first coach to win with two different teams last year in his first season out west. Cal usually has a top 10-15 recruiting class and does very well staying in state. 3 players from this year's team made one of the 3 all-conference squads including Dink Cole, a sophomore PF who made the first team. With Cole and freshman Dizzy Jones and Vedro Kennedy, who each was named to the 3rd team, the future looks very bright for the Bears. In the tournament they drew the 4 seed in the Midwest Region. First up was independent Michigan State and it was a very tight game, with Cal winning in overtime as Dink Cole led the way with 16 points while Jones and Kennedy each added 13. Next up was #1 seed Indiana and it wasn't even close. All-American John Lesley had 25 points as the Hoosiers knocked off the Bears 83-58.

Next up is Washington as the Huskies won their first outright PCC title (shared it with Oregon in 1904) after a perfect 7-0 conference record and a team record 27-4 season that saw them ranked 3rd in the nation. Gus Capps, who has coached Washington every season and has not missed the NCAA tournament including Elite Eight berths each of the last two seasons, was named PCC coach of the year this season. Their on-court leader is William Rowe, a senior SF who topped all PCC players by averaging 18.2 ppg this season. Rowe is a Spokane native who was rated in the top five nationally in his recruiting class. He missed half of last season with an injury but otherwise started 102 out of the 104 games he dressed for as a Husky. The Huskies were the number one seed in the West Region and beat Colorado 70-52 in their tournament opener with Rowe leading the way with 25 points. Next up was 4 seed Notre Dame, a strong independent team that was thumped by Washington in a November match-up. The Huskies had a terrible start in this game and trailed 33-20 at the break. They had a much better second half but couldn't make up the deficit and ultimately fell 68-62 in the round of 16. Rowe's career comes to an end with 16 points. Very few western based players end up in the Eastern Basketball League so it will be interesting to see how much he plays professionally.

Soup Buhl's Oregon State Beavers return to the tournament after failing to get a berth a year ago. Coach Buhl has had some great success in Corvallis as the Beavers went undefeated in conference play the first two years of the league and shared a third title two years later. Last season Buhl, a three-time conference coach of the year, went 17-12 and missed the tournament for the first time. There best tournament finish was the elite 8 in 1904-05. Next year might be what they are building for as Oregon State has just one senior, center Chick Coffee, that plays any sort of minutes at all. Junior Guard Tige Polak, who was all-conference this year and a freshman all-american two seasons ago, is their leader. Oregon State gets the 4 seed in the South Region but there stay is very short as they exit with an opening round 78-66 loss to 5 seed Saint Louis. Polak scores 18 while sophomore PG Mickey Moor adds 15 in the loss as Oregon State finishes the season with a 24-7 record.

Stanford finished with a 19-11 record and makes the tournament for the first time in school history. A veteran club, the Indians start a junior and 3 seniors including PG Hal Ritenour who was the PCC player of the year. The future revolves around freshman John Townley, a 6'10" center from El Camino HS in San Francisco, who started every game and averaged 7.2 ppg. Stanford enters the tournament as the 6 seed in the Midwest and promptly gets beat 70-66 by Southwest Conference Champion Oklahoma A&M. Ritenour's college career ends on a down note as he shot just 4-of-13 from the field, and that was the undoing of the Indians as the team was just 32% in shooting in the game, well down from their .457 season shooting percentage.

We have not heard much from USC in this replay and that is because the Trojans have not been very good. There only winning season was a 17 victory showing 3 years ago and they are on to their second coach with Erwin Burns taking the job last year after 4 good seasons at North Carolina, were he coached the Tar Heels to 4 straight tournament bids including 3 appearances in the Elite Eight. This will be USC's first trip to the Big Dance. Senior G Lloyd Roan (11.1 ppg) and junior PF Bill Cahill (11.6), both southern California natives, are the team leaders. They were 18-11 during the season but only 1-6 vs ranked teams so it will likely be a short tournament. And it was, as USC has to go all the way to the East Region as the number 8 seed, and they lose to top seed Utah 65-57 in their tournament debut.

That leaves us with Washington State as the final hope for the conference. The Cougar's went 18-11 and are making their first trip to the tournament. Junior SF Erskine Searle, an Idaho native, is the team's top scorer, averaging 17.0 ppg while fellow junior Jim DuBose, a 6'8" center, doesn't score much but he is very good defensively. Washington State draws the 7 seed in the West Region and Pacific Northwest basketball fans are dreaming of a matchup with Washington in the Regional Final but it doesn't happen for either team. For the Cougars it ends quickly as Bradley, who would win the region, easily disposed of the Cougars by a 73-49 score. Senior Larry Ice led the Cougars with 11 points in the game but his shooting lived up to his name as he was ice cold, going 3-14 from the field.

An honorable mention to UCLA, which is still an independent at this time as they don't join the PCC until 1928. (Technically no one joins until the conference is formed in 1915 but I am using a 1922 league setup to start with and will move teams and conferences around beginning at that time.) Anyway, UCLA also made the 32-team tournament field this year but also exited in the first round, falling to 3 seed Iowa in the West Region 74-65. It was UCLA's second trip to the tournament, as they lost in the first round in 1901-02 as well.

So, as you can see, while the PCC certainly had numbers in this year's tournament, they did not have the results.



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1906-07 CONFERENCE STANDINGS
(T-in 32 team Tournament)
WESTERN      CW CL   W  L
Indiana	-T   12  0  33  1
Illinois -T  11  1  29  4
Iowa	 -T   9  3  25  7
Purdue	      5  7  13 16
Wisconsin     5  7  15 16
Ohio State    5  7  16 13
Michigan      5  7  16 13
Northwestern  4  8  12 17
Minnesota     3  9   9 20
Chicago	      1 11   6 23

IVY GROUP     CW CL   W  L 
Dartmouth -T   8  2  19 11
Princeton      6  4  11 18
Columbia       5  5  16 13
Yale           5  5   9 21
Cornell	       4  6  13 16
Pennsylvania   2  8  10 20

MISSOURI VALLEY CW CL   W  L 
Kansas	   -T	11  1  22 10
Kansas State     9  3  19 11
Missouri	 8  4  20 10
Oklahoma	 6  6  10 19
Nebraska	 4  8   7 23
Drake		 2 10   8 21
Iowa State 	 2 10   7 23

MOUNTAIN STATES  CW CL   W  L
Colorado   -T	  6  2  17 13
Colorado A&M      4  4  12 18
Denver	 	  2  6  14 15

PACIFIC COAST    CW CL   W  L
Washington  -T	  7  0  27  4
Cal	    -T	  5  2  23  8
Oregon State  -T  4  3  24  7
Stanford    -T	  4  3  19 11
Southern Cal  -T  3  4  18 12
Oregon		  3  4  17 13
Washington St  -T 2  5  18 12
Idaho		  0  7   8 21

SOUTHERN	 CW CL   W  L
Kentucky     -T	 11  0  30  6
North Carolina -T 9  2  26  8
Georgia Tech      8  3  17 14
Georgia 	  7  4  15 15
N Carolina State  7  4  18 15
Alabama Poly	  5  6  10 20
Clemson		  4  7  13 17
Alabama		  4  7  11 20
Virginia Tech	  4  7  11 18
Tennessee	  3  8  10 19
Mississippi State 2  9   9 20
Virginia	  2  9   5 25

SOUTHWEST	 CW CL   W  L
Oklahoma A&M  -T  7  3  23  8
Rice	-T	  6  4  18 12
SMU	-T	  5  5  20 11
Baylor		  5  5  14 16
Texas A&M	  5  5  12 17
Texas		  2  8  15 15

TOP INDEPENDENTS	 W  L 
West Virginia	-T	28  3
St John's	-T	28  4
Duquesne	-T	28  5
Bradley		-T	28  6
Holy Cross	-T	27  3
Utah		-T	27  5
Cincinnati	-T	26  7
Notre Dame	-T	25  7
Saint Louis	-T	24  8
TCU		-T	23  7
Saint Joseph's(Pa) -T	23  9
Michigan State	-T	22  8
UCLA		-T	21  9
Western Kentucky	20 11
Mississippi		19 10
New York University	19 11
Wake Forest	-T	19 12
Temple			18 11
LSU		-T	18 13
Utah State		17 12
Maryland		17 12
St Bonaventure		17 12
Butler			17 12
Dayton			17 12
Louisville		17 12
Marquette		17 13
Duke			17 13
Kent State		17 13
Loyola (Ill)		16 13
Vanderbilt		16 13
Tulane			16 13
Connecticut		16 13
CCNY			16 13
Georgetown		16 14
George Washington	15 14
Arizona State		15 14
Boston College		15 14
Army			15 14
Muhlenburg		15 14
Ohio			15 14
Seton Hall		15 14
Brigham Young		15 14
Bradley became the first school to win a second NCAA Tournament as the 1901-02 champs beat Kentucky in the National Title game 54-50 to win another National Title. Outside of Indiana's Hick Johnson, Bradley's John Johnson (no relation) has been the most successful college coach through 6 seasons. The 50 year old New Jersey native has guided his Braves to 4 Final Fours and two National Titles while compiling a 190-38 career record. This season Bradley went 28-6 and were led by second team All-American Stewart Alberts. The senior SF averaged 17.7 ppg but was shut down in the title contest as Kentucky held him to 2-of-10 from the field and 6 points in the game. Instead it was sophomore guard Ted Shute who took over the game, scoring 21 points to lead Bradley to victory after trailing the Wildcats by 3 at the half.

Despite the loss it was a pretty good year for Kentucky and their new head coach Bill Garrett. An assistant first at North Carolina for two seasons and then with Kentucky the last two, the 36 year old took over the head job this year and coached the Wildcats to a Southern Conference title going 11-0 and 30-6 overall. The team leaders were sophomore guard Pug Marvin (13.9 ppg) and senior forward Clement Duquesnoy (16.5 ppg). Kentucky entered the tournament as the 4th seed in the East Region and advances with wins over Texas Christian, Utah and Duquesne before upsetting Indiana 57-51 in the semi-finals.

For the Hoosiers it was their only loss of the season as Indiana won 22 in a row before the loss to Kentucky in the Final Four. The other semi-finalist was also from the Western Conference as Illinois, which was 11-1 in conference play and 29-4 overall, was soundly beaten by Bradley 68-43 in the semis. Stewart Alberts put on a show for the Braves in that game, scoring 27 points and adding 13 rebounds. Despite the ending it was a very productive season for the Fighting Illini, there best yet for a team that like everyone else in the Western Conference has been overshadowed by Indiana. Illinois had a losing record last season, but turned things around this year as Spook Decker, who has led the team all 6 years, was named National Coach of the Year. It will be tough to repeat as their top three scorers are all seniors and will be gone next season.


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			    NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
YR       WINNER         OPPONENT        SCORE   OTHER FINAL FOUR TEAMS
1901-02  BRADLEY	Indiana	        79-64    Holy Cross, Duquesne
1902-03  KENTUCKY       Iowa	        68-59    Indiana, Duquesne
1903-04  WEST VIRGINIA  Indiana         75-71    Bradley, California
1904-05  INDIANA        West Virginia   65-49    Holy Cross, Iowa
1905-06  CALIFORNIA     Cincinnati	68-61    Bradley, West Virginia
1906-07  BRADLEY	Kentucky	54-50    Indiana, Illinois
This year's top recruiting class belongs to Holy Cross. Playing as an independent the Crusaders were 27-3 this season and finished 6th in the polls. The had a disappointing tournament, losing as a 2 seed to #7 Kansas in the opening game of the South Region but they have won at least 20 games every season and made the tournament 5 out of 6 years including a trip to the Final Four two years ago. The prize of their recruit class for next season is point guard Joe Smith, a Buffalo native ranked the #4 recruit in the nation. The All-American averaged over 25 ppg in his high school senior year. Holy Cross also got George Holt, a center from Brooklyn ranked #10 and two other New York State natives ranked in the top 27 in SF Walt Holcombe and SG Charlie Hunt.

Michigan, Bradley, Duquesne and Indiana rounded out the top five recruiting classes. Joining Holy Cross recruit Smith in the top five were Ed DiPasquale - a 6'9" power forward out of Piqua, Ohio who signed with Iowa as the number one recruit. Number two was an Illinois native by the name of Casper Wilson. The PF chose Michigan over several other Western Conference offers. PG Harry Cody out of Kingsport, Tennessee was the #3 ranked prospect and he took an offer from Bradley over Duke and a chance to stay home and play for the Volunteers. Finally after Smith at #4, we have Jonnie Cunningham rounding out the top five. The Seminole, Florida small forward had offers from all the big schools but decided on West Virginia.


PRO BASKETBALL

A shock wave was sent through the Eastern Basketball League in July when word came out that Dick Hauge had decided to leave Wilmington to play for the Bristol Pile Drivers. He was motivated by a previously unheard of sum of money to the tune of close to $3,000 per year for six years. Hauge paid immediate dividends for his new club, leading the Pile Drivers to the top of the East Division by Christmas. However, on December 29th Hauge suffered another knee injury and would miss the rest of the regular season. A year ago he also was injured late in the year and it cost Wilmington a shot at the championship. This time, Hauge would only appear in 26 regular season games but would be back for the playoffs. Without their 7'4" behemoth in the middle Bristol relied on guards Harvy Stevens (18.6 ppg) and Buddy Neville (17.8), who did just enough to allow them to sneak into the playoffs.

New York overcame a slow start to walk away with the East Division and finish first for the third straight season. The Wanderers matched their league leading win total of 43 from last year with virtually the same cast leading the way in PF Ciriaco Ferrer, C Duane Taylor, and guard Jimmy Cunningham. Otho Legg (19.1 ppg) was the one key newcomer, earning a 3rd team all-star nod after being signed from Reading.

For the third year in a row the Camden Electrics finished third in the division and just barely missed the playoffs. Newcomer Orlin Burdick (18.7), who came over from Trenton, led the way for the Electrics along with holdover Rufus Nickerson (17.8). Trenton finished in fourth despite three solid players leading the offense in Chester Lee (20.2 ppg), who was signed from New York, along with Rags Hockett (19.4) and Corky Gipson (18.3). Al Humphry (24.5 ppg) and Jimmy Hurlburt (22.9 ppg, 10.0 apg) both had big years but they lacked a supporting cast and their Paterson Crescents sank to the basement of the East Division. Rookie Jerry Winkler, an All-American out of the University of California, gives the Crescents some hope for the future.

The West Division featured a good playoff race with the Philadelphia Wheelers edging out Pittsburgh for top spot in the Division. The Wheelers division win gave them their first playoff berth in franchise history. PG Bud Towle was a first team all-star and he had plenty of scorers to take advantage of his terrific passing ability including Joe Hubbard (23.1 ppg) and Josef Wettermann (16.5) along with center Pretzel Tully (12.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg).

Willard McNew won his second league MVP award in 4 seasons with the Pittsburgh Homesteaders. He had a solid supporting cast in guards Chubby Aldridge and Roland McGinnis along with center Doc Hummer. The third year Johnstown Johnnies improved to third place and finished at .500 for the first time in franchise history thanks in a big part to the play of rookie of the year Jackie Grindstaff. The SG was selected second overall out of the University of Cincinnati and he led all newcomers with 18. ppg.

Last year's expansion club also had a big improvement as the McKeesport Keys finished just 2 games under .500. Second year center John Banda (23.6 ppg, 13.4 rpg) improved and was joined by first overall draft pick Red Saba (19.2 ppg), a guard who played his college ball at Indiana.

Without their big man Hauge in the middle, the Wilmington Peaches fell all the way to fifth place in the West. Papa Troutman (17.4 ppg, 10.6 rpg) tried to fill Hauge's shoes and did a decent job of it, but Hauge's absence proved just how one dimensional they really were. The Reading Bears went from last to first a year ago but returned to the cellar of the West Division again this year. The Bears lost both their guards as Otho Legg signed with New York and all-star George Green decided not to play this year. Al Margolis, who won rookie of the year last year while averaging over 20 points a game for the Bears, fell apart this season and lost his starting job to fellow second year pro Stan Pasterak, who did not come close to duplicating Margolis' totals from a year ago.

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1906-07 EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS
EAST DIVISION		 W  L   GB
New York Wanderers	43 17   -
Bristol Pile Drivers	32 28  11.0
Camden Electrics	30 30  13.0
Trenton Potters		29 31  14.0
Paterson Crescents	25 35  18.0

WEST DIVISION		 W  L   GB
Philadelphia Wheelers	38 22    -
Pittsburgh Homesteaders 35 25   3.0
Johnstown Johnnies	30 30   8.0
McKeesport Keys		29 31   9.0
Wilmington Peaches	21 39  17.0
Reading Bears		18 42  20.0

SCORING LEADERS    TM    PPG
Dick Hauge	  BRI   27.8
Willard McNew     PIT   26.1
Al Humphry        PAT   24.5
Ciriaco Ferrer    NY    24.1
Caleb O'Neil	  REA   24.0
John Benda	  McK   23.6
Joe Hubbard	  PHI   23.1
Jimmy Hurlburt    PAT   22.9
Chester Lee	  TRE   20.2
Rags Hockett	  TRE   19.4
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1906-07 ALL LEAGUE FIRST TEAM		PPG    RPG  APG  SPG  BKPG
C John Banda		McKeesport	23.6  13.4  2.2  1.0  5.0 
F Willard McNew	        Pittsburgh      26.1  11.1  1.9  1.0  2.6 MVP
F Ciriaco Ferrer	New York        24.1   7.2  1.6  0.4  1.3
G Al Humphry	        Paterson	24.5   5.6  6.8  1.6  0.5
G Bud Towle	        Philadelphia	17.5   7.5 11.2  1.5  0.4
The defending champion Wanderers appeared poised for a repeat after posting the best regular season record and entering the playoffs with everyone healthy and having won 12 of their last 13 games. Perhaps that one loss, which came to the Bristol Pile Drivers, was an omen of how the series would go. The Pile Drivers were still without Dick Hauge, who was close to returning but would not be available for the series. On the final day of the regular season New York beat Bristol by 24 points. Perhaps they should have saved that performance as the Pile Drivers knocked off the Wanderers 113-94 in the semi-final opener behind 22 points from Ed Brayton, the third year pro from Indiana who lost his starting job at center with the signing of Hauge. New York would rebound to win the second game at home but then dropped games three and four on the road and Bristol moved on to the Finals.

The West Series was a Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh battle, and the Homesteadres led by league MVP Willard McNew took a 2-0 series lead by winning a pair of games on the road. The series seemed in the bag as Pittsburgh returned home for games three and four but the Wheelers had other plans. Joe Hubbard exploded for 36 points in Game Three to give Philadelphia life with a 98-89 victory and the following night, after Hubbard scored 25 more and Bud Towle added 20, the series was even as the Wheelers won 102-88. We went back to Philadelphia for game five and the Homesteaders, clearly in shock at the turn of events, fell behind 50-33 at the half. Pittsburgh had a strong 3rd quarter and closed the Philadelphia lead to 5 points but they could not fully recover and the Wheelers held on for an 88-84 victory. Hubbard was again the star of the show with 32 points while McNew had 30 to lead the Homesteaders.

The finals would feature two teams that had never played in the league title series before. It also marked the return of Dick Hauge for Bristol, who had been sidelined since late December with an injury. Hauge showed signs of rust in the opener, scoring just 14 points but getting 12 rebounds. It wasn't enough as Philadelphia won 92-78 behind 25 points from Hubbard and 20 from Josef Wettermann. In Game Two, also played in Philadelphia, Hauge looked closer to his old self and scored 22 points to lead Bristol to a 93-70 win and even the series. Hubbard was again lights out for the Wheelers, scoring a game high 26.

Back in Bristol for game three you could see Hauge was on a mission. The big center shot 13-19 from the field and made all 10 of his free throws for 36 points to go with 12 rebounds in leading the Pile Drivers to a 101-86 win and within 1 game of the championship. Hubbard had 23 to again lead the Wheelers.

The Pile Drivers only led by 3 at the half as Philadelphia put two and sometimes three men on Hauge. The plan didn't work as Hauge took over in the second half, scoring 19 of his game high 27 points after the break and leading Bristol to the championship with a 106-85 victory. Second year pro Ham Creel, out of Dayton, had one of the best games of his young career for Bristol, scoring 23 points. Hubbard again led Philadelphia with 25 but he had a terrible -15 +/- and was a negative in every game of the series.

The playoff MVP went not to Hauge, but instead to his teammate Ed Brayton, who shifted to power forward when Hauge returned for the finals. Brayton averaged 16.1 ppg and 9.0 rpg during the 8 playoff games. For Hauge it marked his third league championship, having won in 1902-03 and 03-04 with Wilmington.


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       EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
01-02   Paterson Crescents defeat Millville Glass Blowers
02-03   Wilmington Peaches defeat Millville Glass Blowers
03-04   Wilmington Peaches defeat Trenton Potters
04-05   Trenton Potters defeat Wilmington Peaches
05-06   New York Wanderers defeat Reading Bears
06-07   Bristol Pile Drivers defeat Philadelphia Wheelers





GOLF

1906 marked a break through for Luther Swartz, 3 more near misses for James Fox and gave us 3 golfers who each earned their second career major. Swartz, after losing the 1904 Masters in a playoff, finally got his Green Jacket at the age of 42. Fox, who always seems to be on the leaderboard but has still only won 2 majors, came close again but finished 3rd in Augusta, 4th in the PGA and 7th in the US Open. Meanwhile, Fritz Hobbs repeated at the PGA joining Thomas Milne and Lord Lovett as two-time major winners after the latter two won at the US and British Opens respectively.


Swartz had a very consistent tournament in Augusta and finished the event as the only golfer under par. He had a 3 stroke lead on Allen Lane and was 4 up on James Fox. The low European tour regular were Liam Hogan of Ireland and England's Lord Lovett, who tied for 8th. It was yet another tournament that Hogan finished in the top ten but has yet to win a major.

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1906 MASTERS LEADERBOARD
NAME	    	NAT  SC  MONEY
Luther Swartz    US  -3   $1,619
Allen Lane	 US  +1    $990
James Fox	 US  +2    $720
Len Tucker	 US  +6    $450
Clay James	 US +10    $360
Scotland's Thomas Milne was the winner in the US Open, held at Inwood Country Club in New York. It marked Milne's second US Open win as he also was the champion in 1898. James Fox was 7th, Lord Lovett finished tied for 13th and Masters winner Luther Swartz finished in a tie for 16th while defending US Open champion Clem Jordan tied for fourth this year.

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1906 US OPEN LEADERBOARD
NAME	    	NAT   SC  MONEY
Thomas Milne    SCO   +12  $1,799
Riley Carter    ENG   +17  $1,100
Clem Jordan      US   +17  $1,100
Burton Campbell ENG   +18   $500
Clint James	 US   +18   $500
Winston Hammonds ENG  +19   $379
BRITISH OPEN
The British Open was held in Ireland and had a lot of familiar names on the leaderboard including the winner, Lord Lovett. Lovett also won the 1903 British Open. Fritz Hobbs, who won the PGA last year and would win it again this year, was second while others in the top ten included former major winners Joseph Power, Matthew Allan, Albert Lichtman and Clem Jordan.

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1906 BRITISH OPEN LEADERBOARD
NAME	    	NAT  SC  MONEY
Lord Lovett     ENG  +12  $1,754
Fritz Hobbs     US   +14  $1,072
Benedict Gleason ENG +15   $780
Gordon Dendy    US   +16   $487
Joseph Power    IRE  +17   $390
Matthew Allan   SCO  +17   $390
ALbert Lichtman GER  +18   $350
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Just as they did in this year's British Open, the PGA Championship at Pelham Country Club was a battle between Fritz Hobbs and Lord Lovett with a 2-time major champ in Frenchy Savard also in the fray. When the dust settled Hobbs had his second straight PGA championship. Five time major champ Calvin Baumgartner was in a group of 5 golfers tied for 6th place.

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1906 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERBOARD
NAME	    	NAT  SC  MONEY
Fritz Hobbs      US  -1  $1,709
Lord Lovett     ENG  +1  $1,045
Frenchy Savard   US  +1  $1,045
James Fox        US  +6   $475
Walt Berry	 US  +6   $475

The list of golfers with at least 2 majors under their belts swelled it's ranks by three this year with Hobbs, Lovett and Milne all joining the exclusive list.
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MAJOR TOURNAMENT WINNERS
Calvin Baumgartner	5
Thomas Milne		2
Lord Lovett		2
Fritz Hobbs		2
Frenchy Savard		2
James Foxx		2
Milo Lawrence		2
Walter Mathis		2
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NCAA

The 1907 season featured a 4-way tie for the final wildcard spot and two conferences that needed an extra game to determine a winner. The conference winners were UCLA, which beat Washington State to claim the Pac 10 title earn the Bruins first-ever tournament bid, and Kansas, which beat Nebraska-Omaha for their first Big 8 title and third straight post-season appearance. Michigan State would claim the final wildcard spot after beating Wake Forest in 10 innings.


THE TOURNAMENT

The brackets for the 1907 NCAA Tournament were as follows:
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EAST REGION
ACC champ	North Carolina Tar Heels	76-50
IVY champ	Harvard Crimson			73-53
At Large 8	Michigan State Spartans		73-55
At Large 1	Wisconsin Badgers		81-45

SOUTH REGION
SEC champ	Ole Miss Rebels			71-55
Big East champ	Notre Dame Fighting Irish	81-45
At Large 4	Washington State Cougars	75-52
At Large 5	Maryland Terrapins		73-54

MIDWEST REGION
Big10 champ	Purdue Boilermakers		82-44
Big 8 champ	Kansas Jayhawks			82-45
At Large 2	Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks	81-46
At Large 7	Dartmouth Indians		73-54

WEST REGION
PAC10 champ	UCLA Bruins			76-51
SWC champ	Texas A&M Aggies		77-49
At Large 3	Illinois Illini			78-48
At Large 6	Virginia Tech Gobblers		73-54
The highlight of the opening round was provided by Virginia Tech sophomore Sean Orlando (20-9, 1.45). The 19 year old threw the first no-hitter in College World Series tournament history to help the Gobblers beat UCLA 2-0 in regional action. It helped propel Virginia Tech to the Elite Eight along with Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Purdue and Nebraska-Omaha. The Big Ten became the first conference to ever place 4 teams in the quarterfinals.

Orlando would throw a 2-hit shutout as Virginia Tech knocked off Nebraska-Omaha 2 games to one in a quarterfinal. Wisconsin advanced with a sweep of Maryland while Purdue did the same to conference rival Illinois. Ole Miss needed two runs in the bottom of the ninth in game three to rally past Michigan State.

Both Big Ten teams came out on the losing end in the semi-finals, meaning Ole Miss and Virginia Tech will each make their first appearance in the College World Series finals.

The Rebels leader was 21 year old senior first baseman Jonathan Cresta (.373,38,112), who finished second in the nation in batting average and third in rbi's. Virginia Tech, which finished third in the ACC this season, relied on a balanced offense and the pitching of Orlando, Jose Cortez (15-8, 2.92) and Chris Beal (14-9, 2.50). In the end the Rebels offense would prove too much for Virginia Tech and Ole Miss took the series 3 games to one.


THE DRAFT

Four of the top ten picks were 22 year old players who were unable to agree to a contract last season and chose to sit out the year and re-enter the draft. Detroit took one of those players in reliever Pat Cerone 9th overall, but the Tigers also had the first overall pick which they used to select Purdue outfielder Leonard Smithers. Pittsburgh was up next and the Pirates drafted former Nebraska-Omaha pitcher Jason Garrison, who was taken 4th by the A's last season but refused to sign.


MAJOR LEAGUE SEASON

After a terrible 1906 season the St Louis Cardinals rebounded with 98 wins and their second National League pennant in 3 years. The Cardinals had the most prolific offense in the National League, with all 8 regulars recording double-digit homerun totals and at least 63 rbi's led by outfielder Bill Vincent (.312,29,101), who would win both the National League rookie of the year and MVP awards. The 23 year old was a second round pick out of Nebraska-Omaha last year. The Cardinals top hurler was also a 23 year old. Former Alabama pitcher Bryan Kleeman (21-4, 3.05) had a breakout year in his second full major league season. Kleeman finished second in the Cy Young voting to the Giants Mike Phaup (21-11, 2.28).

While the Cardinals had little competition for the NL crown, the American League race was a three team affair that went right down to the final day of the season. The Chicago White Sox needed a 7-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians on that last day to finish a game up on Washington and 2 ahead of the Tribe. Ryan Joy (20-10, 2.32) won his fourth AL Cy Young Award for the White Sox while teammate Pete Moreno (.316,43,119) was named MVP after leading the majors in both homers and rbi's.

The Philadelphia Athletics proved their 1906 pennant was a fluke, as they fell to 7th in the American League. They were last in 1905, the year prior to their miracle pennant run.


WORLD SERIES

The Cardinals started the series with a 2-0 victory behind a 2-hit shutout from 25 year old Ernie Shockey (16-12, 2.75) and followed that up with a 5-3 win as Kleeman outduelled Chicago ace Ryan Joy.

A return to Comisky for Game Three did little to help the White Sox as St Louis hammered the home side 7-1. This time it was another of the Cards good young starting pitchers who dominated as 24 year old David Mulholland (12-7, 3.61) tossed a complete game 5-hitter. Chicago pulled out a 4-3 victory in 11 innings the next day to avoid the sweep but Game Five was all St Louis as the Cardinals clinched the Series with a 12-5 victory. Bull Vincent had 2 hits, including a 2-run triple and scored 4 runs in the game while Shockey got his second win of the series.


OTHER NOTES

The Tampico Alijadores run as Mexican League champion came to an end when they lost the Mexican Series in 6 games to the Aguilas de Veracruz. Tampico had the best regular season record and has appeared in all 7 Mexico Series to date, winning 5 of them.

In the Canadian Series it was the Humboldt Giants who prevailed, beating the Drummondville Royals in the full seven games.

Nana Dowell of the Pacific Coast League's San Diego Padres put up an incredible Triple Crown winning season. The 24 year old first baseman destroyed the PCL record book with a 77 homer, 170 rbi season while batting .378. A former Auburn Tiger who hit 108 career college homers, Dowell was an 18th round draft pick of the Braves but never signed by the organization so he joined the independent Padres in 1905.




Minor league champions were as follows:
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 LEAGUE			CHAMPION		PARENT CLUB
American Association   Milwaukee Brewers	Bos Braves
International League   Baltimore Orioles	Cleveland
Pacific Coast League   Seattle Rainiers		Phi Phillies
Southern Association   Mobile Bears		Brooklyn
Texas League	       Shreveport Sports	Chi White Sox
Eastern League	       Wilkes-Barre Barons	Cleveland
SALLY League	       Columbia Reds		Cincinnati
Three I League	       Decatur Commodores	Independent
Interstate League      Wilmington Blue Rocks	Independent
West Texas-New Mex L   Pampa Oilers		Independent
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HOCKEY

The league had a makeover for the 1907-08 campaign. That makeover included a new name, it was now called the National Hockey Association, a new playoff format which invited the top 4 teams and both the semi-finals and finals would be a best of five, and finally the schedule was expanded by 10 games so each club now played 50.

The Ottawa Senators won the regular season title with a new record of 60 points (although it was in 10 more games) and there was a terrific battle for second place between Hamilton and Quebec. But that paled in comparison with the battle for fourth place and the final playoff spot. It ended up going to Toronto over the Montreal Maroons based on the St.Patrick's one more regular season victory. For the first time in league history both Montreal teams would miss the playoffs.

League scoring champ Derek Edur of Quebec won his second career regular season Most Valuable Player award while Montreal's Sailor Hilborn led the league in goals for the second year in a row.


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NHA STANDINGS 1907-08
TEAM			GP  W  L  T  PTS
Ottawa Senators		50 24 14 12  60
Hamilton Tigers		50 21 15 14  56
Quebec Bulldogs		50 23 18  9  55
Toronto St Pats		50 18 22 10  46
Montreal Maroons        50 17 21 12  46
Montreal Canadiens      50 15 28  7  37

SCORING LEADERS	     TM     GP   G  A  PTS
Derek Edur	     Que    50  22 27  49
Sailor Hilborn	     MonC   50  23 24  47
Horace Parenteau     Ham    50  19 26  45
Michael Ranger       Ham    49  22 19  41
Mike Obernesser	     MonC   50   6 34  40
Toronto took the first place Senators the distance in the opening round of the playoffs before the St. Pats ultimately fell short, losing 3 games to two. Meanwhile, Quebec swept Hamilton with ease, winning all 3 games handily. The difference in the finals was a 20 year old second year goaltender by the name of William Winograd. The Salmon Arm, BC native was outstanding leading Quebec past Ottawa 3 games to one. Winograd allowed just 4 goals in the series and shutout Ottawa in Game Three. He was named the playoff MVP but would surprisingly be traded to Hamilton over the summer for another talented youngster - 23 year old center Horace Parenteau, who had finished 3rd in league scoring.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

If Duke fans were upset last year at not being ranked number one, it was nothing compared to what fans of the University of Denver thought about this season. There team went 12-0, but played in the lowly regarded Mountain States Conference. Despite being unbeaten they were not invited to a bowl game, which shows how little the conference is thought of. Denver wound up ranked 8th by the AP and even lower, at #11, in the coaches poll. Meanwhile, Furman also entered New Year's Day unbeaten, but the Paladins lost their chance at title when they fell 35-29 to Texas Tech in the Sugar Bowl.

That win left the Red Raiders at 12-1, which was the same record for both Syracuse and Michigan after the Orange crushed San Francisco 54-21 in the Cotton Bowl and the Wolverines mauled California yet again in the Rose Bowl, winning 43-21. Both polls agreed that Texas Tech's win over previously unbeaten Furman was enough to give the Red Raiders the number 1 ranking, with Syracuse second and Michigan third.

Notre Dame and Army, both 1 loss teams with Army falling to the Irish and Notre Dame losing to Michigan during the season, won their bowl games. Notre Dame beat Georgia easily in the Citrus Bowl by a 56-13 score while Army blanked Kansas 37-0 in the Orange Bowl. In the other two bowl games Kansas State shaded Harvard 28-23 in the Tangerine Bowl while Dartmouth nipped Penn State 21-20 in the Gator Bowl.

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AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP TWENTY RANKINGS
    SCHOOL		RECORD   COACHES POLL 
 1  Texas Tech		12-1		 1
 2  Syracuse		12-1		 2
 3  Michigan		12-1		 3
 4  Notre Dame		11-2		 4
 5  Army		11-2		 5
 6  Furman		12-1		 6
 7  Dartmouth		11-2		16
 8  Denver		12-0		11
 9  Utah		10-2		14
10  California		11-2		 9
11  UCLA		10-2		10
12  Ole Miss		 9-3		13
13  Kansas State	10-3		12
14  Northwestern	10-2		 7
15  SMU			 9-3		30
16  Yale		10-2		54
17  Texas Mines		 9-3		15
18  Fordham		 8-4		20
19  Georgia		 9-4		18
20  Kentucky		 8-4		17	

HISTORY OF NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
1901  Notre Dame
1902  Duke
1903  Duke
1904  Texas Tech
1905  Grinnell
1906  Michigan
1907  Texas Tech

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

After being runners-up a year ago, the Kentucky Wildcats claimed their first National Title with a victory over Bradley in a rematch of the 1906-07 championship game. The Wildcats, who only lost once all season, won the title despite not having a single player make one of the 3 All-American teams. Kentucky did have a couple of Southern Conference all-stars in guard Pug Marvin and forward Ted Morgan, with Morgan finishing among the NCAA leaders in ppg with 18.0.



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1906-07 CONFERENCE STANDINGS
(T-in 32 team Tournament)
WESTERN      CW CL   W  L
Indiana	-T   12  0  31  2
Iowa	 -T   9  3  26  6
Ohio State -T 8  4  22 11
Illinois      7  5  17 13
Wisconsin     5  7  13 17
Purdue        5  7  17 13
Northwestern  4  8  15 14
Chicago       4  8  10 19
Minnesota     3  9  13 16
Michigan      3  9  10 20

IVY GROUP     CW CL   W  L 
Princeton  -T  7  3  18 12
Pennsylvania   5  5  12 17
Columbia       5  5  10 20
Dartmouth      5  5  10 20
Cornell	       5  5   9 20
Yale           3  7   5 24

MISSOURI VALLEY CW CL   W  L 
Missouri   -T	 9  3  18 12
Kansas		 9  3  16 13
Iowa State	 7  5  13 17
Drake		 6  6  13 16
Kansas State     6  6  12 17
Nebraska	 3  9   5 24
Oklahoma	 2 10   8 21

MOUNTAIN STATES  CW CL   W  L
Denver	   -T	  6  2  16 15
Colorado	  4  4  14 15
Colorado A&M      2  6  14 16

PACIFIC COAST    CW CL   W  L
Cal	-T	  7  0  27  4
Washington  -T	  6  1  25  6
Oregon State -T   5  2  27  6
Oregon		  3  4  12 17
Southern Cal	  3  4  13 16
Idaho	   -T	  2  5  18 12
Washington State  1  6  16 13
Stanford	  1  6  10 19

SOUTHERN	 CW CL   W  L
Kentucky     -T	 11  0  36  1
Clemson	     -T	  7  4  22 13
Georgia		  7  4  16 15
Georgia Tech      6  5  15 16
N Carolina State  6  5  17 14
North Carolina    5  6  17 14
Alabama Poly      5  6  10 20
Mississippi State 5  6  10 20
Virginia Tech     4  7  11 18
Tennessee	  4  7  11 18
Virginia	  3  8   7 22
Alabama	 	  3  8  10 20

SOUTHWEST	 CW CL   W  L
Texas A&M   -T	  6  4  15 16
Rice		  6  4  16 13
SMU		  5  5  16 13
Baylor		  5  5  13 16
Oklahoma A&M  -T  4  6  18 12
Texas		  4  6  14 15

TOP INDEPENDENTS	 W  L 
Bradley		-T	33  2
Cincinnati	-T	32  2
Notre Dame	-T	29  4
West Virginia	-T	28  2
Dayton		-T	28  3
Duquesne	-T	27  5
St John's	-T	26  6
Utah		-T	24  7
Saint Louis	-T	23  7
TCU		-T	23  9
St Josephs (Pa)  -T     22  8
New York University  -T 22  9
Holy Cross	-T	22  9
Pittsburgh		20  9
Georgetown		20  9
LSU		-T	20 12
Maryland		19 10
St Bonaventure	-T	19 11
Fordham		-T	19 11
Marquette	-T	19 12
George Washington -T	19 13
Navy			18 11
Wake Forest		17 12
Rutgers			17 12
Duke			17 12
Arizona State		17 13
Vanderbilt		17 13
Montana			16 13
Seton Hall		16 13
UCLA			16 13
Boston College		16 13
Niagara			16 13
St Mary's		16 13
Detroit Mercy		16 13
Harvard			15 14
Kent State		15 14
Western Kentucky	15 14
Utah State		15 14
Mississippi		15 14
Xavier			15 15
Villanova		15 15
Kentucky was the top seed in the East and had a fairly easy time winning the regional. The Wildcats got 27 points from Ted Morgan in a tournament opening win over 8th seeded Princeton, beating the Ivy Group champs 77-69. Next up was a 78-55 win over independent TCU as Pug Marvin scored 16 points while Morgan added 12. The regional final was a rematch with Ohio State, the only team to beat Kentucky this season, but the Wildcats got their revenge with an easy 68-50 victory behind 20 points from Marvin.

In the semi-final game Kentucky would face the always tough Indiana Hoosiers. The Hoosier had a tough road to the final four as they won the Midwest region only after beating St John's by a single point and then Notre Dame in overtime in the regional final. Kentucky proved too much for Indiana to handle in the semi-final game as the Wildcats M&M boys, Marvin and Morgan, combined for 34 points, 8 assists and 12 rebounds in a 61-47 Kentucky victory.

The other semi-final was a dandy, as Bradley edged Cincinnati 89-87 on a last second basket in double overtime from center Zeb Ennis. The senior Ennis, who was a transfer from Holy Cross, led Bradley with 18 points in the game. The player of the game was Evan Trump, a junior transfer shooting guard, who had 30 points for the Bearcats in a losing cause.

The championship game could not compare to Bradley's semi-final contest for excitement as Kentucky built a 14 point lead at the half and went on to win 80-71, a year after losing by 4 to the Braves in the title game. Ted Morgan led the Kentucky offense with 20 points in the win with Pug Marvin adding 14 points to go with 5 assists. Marvin, a junior, would be back for another year in Kentucky but Morgan and PF Wally Woolley were playing their final game as Wildcats.


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			    NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
YR       WINNER         OPPONENT        SCORE   OTHER FINAL FOUR TEAMS
1901-02  BRADLEY	Indiana	        79-64    Holy Cross, Duquesne
1902-03  KENTUCKY       Iowa	        68-59    Indiana, Duquesne
1903-04  WEST VIRGINIA  Indiana         75-71    Bradley, California
1904-05  INDIANA        West Virginia   65-49    Holy Cross, Iowa
1905-06  CALIFORNIA     Cincinnati	68-61    Bradley, West Virginia
1906-07  BRADLEY	Kentucky	54-50    Indiana, Illinois
1907-08  KENTUCKY       Bradley		80-71    Indiana, Cincinnati

PRO BASKETBALL

The Eastern Basketball League grew to 12 teams with the addition of the expansion Troy Trojans. The Trojans had a solid first season, finishing just 4 games under .500 with a 30-34 record as the league scheduled expanded from 60 to 64 games. Troy signed center Willard McNew, a 2-time MVP, away from Pittsburgh and the 28 year old led the Trojans in points (21.4) and rebounds (10.6) per game. They also drafted forward Stewart Albers, who won a National Title with Bradley, and Albers had a strong season scoring 19.4 ppg.

The East Division champions were the Paterson Crescents, who went from last place in the division a year ago to a 48-18 season. Starters Al Humphry and Jimmy Hulbert returned, and both were first team all-stars. Other than those two, the Crescents completely retooled with the additions of Ralph Colangelo (16.6) ppg from Camden and Tinsley Hoekstra (15.8 ppg) from Wilmington as well as the promotion of George Hansen - a seldom used back-up for 4 seasons, to the starting center position. New York finished second with Ciriaco Ferrer (28.3ppg) and Duane Taylor (18.8 ppg, 10.9 rpg) once again leading the way.

Dick Hauge played the entire season but the big center could only lead the Bristol Pile Drivers to a 3rd place finish, 1 spot shy of a playoff berth. Camden signed George Green after the guard sat out last season and he showed no signs of rust, making the first all-star team for the fifth time in his career. The Electrics also had Rufus Nickerson (18.9 ppg) and Orlin Burdick (19.7 ppg) but somehow could only manage to finish in a tie for fourth with Troy. Despite a breakthrough season from second year forward Cy Breese (20.3 ppg), his Trenton Potters finished dead last in the East.

The McKeesport Keys won the West Division thanks to a rapidly improving team led by center John Benda. The 26 year old, a former Kentucky Wildcat, had career highs in ppg (24.1) and rpg (9.3) to make the second all-star team. Benda's former teammate on the 1902-03 National Champion Wildcat team was Barry Rogan, and Rogan (19.8 ppg) also had the best year to date of his professional career. McKeesport's other good young player is 24 year old second year guard Red Saba, who had 18.1 ppg this year, but what really put it all together for the Keys was of PG Blix Fruge away from New York. Fruge, a 26 year old who played his college ball at Boston College, was a back-up for 3 years in the EBL before getting his chance to shine this season. With the Keys he had 9.2 assists per game while also scoring 11.2 ppg giving the club a 4th scoring option and a smart playmaker they had previously lacked.

Pittsburgh took the second playoff spot in the West as Corky Gipson (18.8 ppg) joined the team after previously playing for Trenton. Bubba Gibson (24.7ppg) was the Homesteaders top scorer and he made the first all-star team to help alleviate the loss of of Willard McNew to Troy. Third place Wilmington was going through some changes as they added PF Dietrich Strummer (18.5 ppg) from Paterson and drafted guard William Rowe (16.2 ppg) second overall from the University of Washington.

After reaching the finals last season the Philadelphia Wheelers dropped back to 4th place in the West Division. A big loss was the decision of Joe Hubbard to leave the team and not play this season after scoring 23.1 ppg a year ago. (NOTE - In this era I set the salary cap very low so some players would not resign to mimic other regional pro leagues being around at the time)

The accolades for John Lesley continued as a pro. Drafted first overall by Reading after Lesley was a 3-time first team All-American and won an NCAA championship with Indiana, the 23 year old added the EBL Rookie of the Year Award to his trophy case. Lesley had 21.4 ppg to lead the fifth place Bears. Meanwhile, there was very little to be excited about in Johnstown as the Johnnies finished last in the West.

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1907-08 EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS
EAST DIVISION		 W  L   GB
Paterson Crescents	46 18   -
New York Wanderers	40 24   6.0
Bristol Pile Drivers	34 30  12.0
Troy Trojans		30 34  16.0
Camden Electrics	30 34  16.0
Trenton Potters		20 44  26.0


WEST DIVISION		 W  L   GB
McKeesport Keys		48 16   -
Pittsburgh Homesteaders 42 22   6.0
Wilmington Peaches	25 39  23.0
Philadelphia Wheelers	25 39  23.0
Reading Bears		23 41  25.0
Johnstown Johnnies	21 43  27.0

SCORING LEADERS    TM    PPG
Dick Hauge	  BRI   29.0
Ciriaco Ferrer    NY    28.3
Bubba Gibson	  PIT   24.7
Al Humphry        PAT   24.2
John Benda	  McK   24.1
Jimmy Hurlburt    PAT   22.6
Willard McNew     TRO   21.4
John Lesley	  REA   21.4
Bud Towle	  PHI   20.7
Cy Breese         TRE   20.3
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1907-08 ALL LEAGUE FIRST TEAM		PPG    RPG  APG  SPG  BKPG
C Dick Hauge		Bristol		29.0  13.6  1.8  0.6  4.8 
F Bubba Gibson		Pittsburgh	24.7   9.2  1.3  1.2  0.7
F Al Humphry	        Paterson	24.2   5.2  7.2  1.9  0.9
G Jimmy Hurlbert	Paterson        22.6   6.4 12.9  1.7  0.2 MVP
G George Green		Camden		18.3   7.5  9.4  2.0  0.3
Both rounds of the playoffs were expanded to a best-of-seven format for the 1907-08 season. The two first place clubs prevailed with the Paterson Crescents having a much easier time than the McKeesport Keys. The Crescents beat New York in 5 games while the Keys needed the full seven to eliminate Pittsburgh. The Keys had to overcome a 3 games to 2 deficit with a 111-100 win in Game Six that went to overtime. It was an overtime period complete dominated by the Keys as Center John Benda scored 9 of his game high 31 points in the extra frame. McKeesport then clinched the series with a blowout 110-86 win at home in Game Seven.

McKeesport followed that up with two convincing wins at home to start the finals. The Keys took game one 117-101 despite 36 points from Paterson's Jimmy Hurlburt and won game two by a 118-101 count even though Hurlburt scored 39 that night.

Hurlburt's outstanding play continued in Game Three as he poured in 43 points to give Paterson it's first win of the series, by a 107-98 score, but the Keys went up 3 games to one with a 105-95 win the next night. John Benda had 25 points for McKeesport while Hurlburt again led the Crescents but was limited to 24 points.

Back home for Game Five, McKeesport wrapped up the series as Benda had 29 points and 21 rebounds while forward Barry Rogan chipped in with 27 and guard Red Saba added 20 in a 98-88 victory. Hurlburt scored 21 in a losing cause for Paterson. John Benda, who averaged 23.6 ppg and led the way with 11.6 rebounds per game in the post-season, was named playoff MVP.


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       EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
01-02   Paterson Crescents defeat Millville Glass Blowers
02-03   Wilmington Peaches defeat Millville Glass Blowers
03-04   Wilmington Peaches defeat Trenton Potters
04-05   Trenton Potters defeat Wilmington Peaches
05-06   New York Wanderers defeat Reading Bears
06-07   Bristol Pile Drivers defeat Philadelphia Wheelers
07-08   McKeesport Keys defeat Paterson Crescents

GOLF

The story of 1907 was the season put up by 35 year old Englishman Lord Lovett. Lovett, who had previously won the British Open in both 1903 and last season, added a US Open title to his resume this year. He also finished second in this year's PGA Championship and 7th in the British Open as well as winning two events on the European Tour this season.


41 year old Derek Perkins had never been a factor in a major before but he found some magic in his clubs in April of 1907, winning The Masters despite having never won a tour event prior to this. Interestingly, Perkins older brother Wes, who is now retired, also won a Masters title as he claimed the first event which was held in 1896. They are the first pair of brothers to each win a major. Luther Swartz, last year's winner and seemingly always a contender at Augusta, finished second for the second time in 4 years. Thomas Milne, who would win the British Open this year, also had a strong event.

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1907 MASTERS LEADERBOARD
NAME	    	NAT  SC  MONEY
Derek Perkins    US  -1   $1,619
Luther Swartz	 US  +3    $990
Rhys Holmes	ENG  +4    $720
Thomas Milne    SCO  +4    $720
Oscar Rhoden    ENG  +6    $360
David Holmes	US   +6    $360
US OPEN
Scotland's Thomas Milne, who won the US Open last year, blew a 3 shot lead with 9 holes to play and ended up in a playoff with last year's British Open winner Lord Lovett. Lovett would take the title with a win on the first playoff hole and increase his major win total to 3. James Fox, another two-time major winner, came in third in the event which was held at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.

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1907 US OPEN LEADERBOARD
NAME	    	NAT   SC  MONEY
Lord Lovett     ENG   +16  $1,799
Thomas Milne    SCO   +16  $1,100
James Fox       US    +17   $800
Vince Cummins   US    +19   $500
Morton Moses    US    +19   $500
Liam Hogan      SCO   +19   $500
BRITISH OPEN
After blowing a chance at his third major in the US Open, Scotland's Thomas Milne gets his title with a 2-stroke win in the British Open. Derek Perkins, the surprise winner at Augusta in April, had another terrific payday as he finished second while another former Masters champion in Emil Stanway, who won in 1898, was third. Gordon Dendy, who has yet to win a major but comes close often, came in fourth.

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1907 BRITISH OPEN LEADERBOARD
NAME	    	NAT  SC  MONEY
Thomas Milne    SCO  -10  $1,754
Derek Perkins    US   -8  $1,072
Emil Stanway     US   -7   $780
Gordon Dendy     US   -2   $487
Fritz Hobbs	 US    E   $390
Vince Cummins    US    E   $390
Finn Drysdale   AUS   +1   $350
Lord Lovett	ENG   +4   $292
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Firestone Course in Ohio played host to the 1907 PGA Championship. Scotland's Evan Henderson was the winner, claiming his first major with a two-stroke victory over Lord Lovett. Frenchy Savard, James Fox, Albert Lichtman and Calvin Baumgartner were other familiar names in the top 10.

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1907 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERBOARD
NAME	    	NAT  SC  MONEY
Evan Henderson  SCO  +4  $1,709
Lord Lovett     ENG  +6  $1,045
Frenchy Savard   US  +7   $760
David Holmes     US  +7   $760
James Fox        US  +8   $380
Evan Costello	IRE  +9   $360
ALbert Lichtman GER  +9   $360

Here are the golfers who have won at least two majors. Both Milne and Lovett add to their totals this year.
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MAJOR TOURNAMENT WINNERS
Calvin Baumgartner	5
Thomas Milne		3
Lord Lovett		3
Fritz Hobbs		2
Frenchy Savard		2
James Foxx		2
Milo Lawrence		2
Walter Mathis		2
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1908 RECAP


MLB OFF-SEASON MOVES
A moderately quiet off-season but the Cardinals did upgrade behind the plate as they lost catcher John Hoerner (.202,10,63) to the Red Sox via free agency but they signed Boston's former catcher in 7 time all-star Gabe Ruiz (.277,27,90).

NCAA
Neither of the teams that made the finals last year (champion Ole Miss or runner up Virginia Tech) qualified for this season's tournament but the two losing Final Four teams are back as Purdue won the Big Ten for the fourth straight season and runner-up Wisconsin claimed a wild card berth. The Boilermakers, with 6 tournament appearances in 8 years and one National Championship, are one of the NCAA's most successful teams. This year's club finished at 81-45 and is led by 3 outstanding youngsters in sophomore's Adam Vincent (.283,26,72) and Justin Murphy (.335,33,101) along with freshman Jeff Perret (.335,18,73). Add in senior pitchers Joe Kay (17-12, 3.14) and Steve Arnold (16-14, 2.41) and the Boilermakers are among the favourites in this years tournament.

THE TOURNAMENT
The brackets for the 1908 NCAA Tournament were as follows:
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EAST REGION
ACC champ	Maryland Terrapins		77-49	
IVY champ	Dartmouth Indians		70-56
At Large 8	Georgia Bulldogs		72-54
At Large 1	Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks	80-46

SOUTH REGION
SEC champ	Tennessee Volunteers		78-48
Big East champ	Florida State Seminoles		83-43
At Large 4	Washington State Cougars	73-53
At Large 5	Iowa Hawkeyes			73-53

MIDWEST REGION
Big10 champ	Purdue Boilermakers		81-45
Big 8 champ	Kansas Jayhawks			83-43
At Large 2	Penn State Nittany Lions	79-47
At Large 7	Miam Hurricanes			72-54

WEST REGION
PAC10 champ	UCLA Bruins			79-47
SWC champ	Baylor Bears			82-44
At Large 3	Wisconsin Badgers		78-48
At Large 6	Duke Blue Devils		72-54


So much for Purdue's title hopes as the Boilermakers won just 1 game in the Midwest Regional to end their tournament. Kansas (5-1) and Miami (4-2) came out of the Midwest while wildcards Duke and Wisconsin each went 4-2 to advance in the West Region. 4 wins were good enough for Florida State and Washington State to come out of the South while in the East Georgia and Maryland got through.

Wisconsin would make the final four for the second straight season after sweeping Miami in the quarterfinals. The Badgers would play Kansas in the semi-finals after the Jayhawks swept Duke. The other Final Four matchup pits Georgia against Maryland.

Kansas returned to the College World Series finals for the second time in 3 years after eliminating Wisconsin in one semi-final. Maryland would be their opponent after the Terps knocked off Georgia in 3 games. The Jayhawks are led by a pair of pitchers in junior Zack O'Dowd (20-4, 1.43) and sophomore Mark St. John (17-8, 1.82). Maryland is a slightly more balanced team but lacks star power outside of junior outfielder Bobby Corby (.337,24,83)

It was Corby who stole the series, batting .611 (11-for-18) with 4 homers and 7 rbi's to lead Maryland to a 3 games to one series victory. The finals capped an amazing playoff run for Corby, who batted .391 with 8 homers and 14 rbi's in 16 games.

THE DRAFT
Pittsburgh, Detroit and Brooklyn always seem to be picking high in the draft and 1908 was no exception. The Tigers had the first overall pick and went with Purdue pitcher Steve Arnold, who went 84-42 with 2.41 era in his college career. Pittsburgh took another pitcher second with Georgia's Rob Perez being the Pirates choice despite the fact Perez has missed a lot of time with injury including over half of his draft year.



MAJOR LEAGUE SEASON
For the first time in league history the regular season ended in a tie for first place as the Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox each finished atop the American League with identical 86-68 records. It was a three team race with Cleveland for much of the summer but the Indians had a terrible swoon starting in early September and slid all the way to fifth place.

The two dominant players in the American League race were Pete Moreno (.315,38,117) and Mike Stein (.350,36,102). Stein, a 25 year old Washington outfielder and 1906 rookie of the year, won his first American League batting title while Moreno, a 28 year old White Sox first baseman and 1907 AL MVP, led the majors in homeruns and rbi's.

The White Sox would start a well rested Ryan Joy (20-11,2.34)- the 4 time Cy Young winner, against Washington's ace John Johnson (23-12, 3.26), who was going on just 2 days rest. Tied 1-1 through 5 innings, Moreno broke the contest open with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 6th and the White Sox went on to win their second straight pennant with a 6-1 victory.

There was less drama in the National League as the defending champion Cardinals led most of the way but were caught in late August by a hard charging Cincinnati Reds club. The Reds offense was among the least productive in the league but their pitching was dominant as the club shattered the record for fewest runs allowed in a season. Jerrod Reasons (18-7, 1.89), Jeremy Long (18-9, 2..72) and Mark Brickner (13-12, 2.46) anchored the rotation.


WORLD SERIES
For the second year in a row the American League champion Chicago White Sox were outclassed by their National League opponents in the World Series. Last season the White Sox managed to take one game from St Louis but this year it was even worse as the Cincinnati Reds swept Chicago in four games.

The Reds won the opener 7-4 but it took 13 innings for them to do so after the White Sox had rallied to tie the game at 4 in the bottom of the ninth. Game Two saw the Reds Tony Sanchez (4-4, 1.69), who missed much of the season with shoulder stiffness, toss a complete game 4-hitter in a 2-1 Cincinnati victory. Game Three it was Mark Brickner with the 5-hit shutout as the Reds pitching dominated once again in a 3-0 victory and a day later the series was over when the Reds posted a 5-4 win.


OTHER NOTES
Nana Dowell continues to rewrite the Pacific Coast League record book. A year after an amazing 77 homer, 170 rbi season the San Diego Padres first baseman smacked 81 homers and had 185 rbi's as he led the independent Padres to their first PCL title. So far, no major league club has attempted to purchase the contract of the 25 year old former Auburn Tiger. The Boston Braves did draft Dowell in the 18th round in 1904 but released him before he suited up in a minor league game for the organization.

The Mexico City Red Devils won their second Mexican League title after defeating league powerhouse Tampico 4 games to one in the championship series. The Red Devils also won in 1904. It marks the second straight year the Alijadores lost in the championship series. Tampico has never missed a playoff series and has won five of the 8 years the league has been in existence.

The Humboldt Giants became the first repeat winner of the Canadian Series after they beat Quebec Provincial League champion Drummondville for the second straight year.


Minor league champions were as follows:
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 LEAGUE			CHAMPION		PARENT CLUB
American Association   Toledo Mud Hens		StL Browns
International League   Newark Bears		NY Yankees
Pacific Coast League   San Diego Padres		Independent
Southern Association   Memphis Chickasaws	Cincinnati
Texas League	       Houston Buffaloes	StL Cardinals
Eastern League	       Albany Senators		Pittsburgh
SALLY League	       Augusta Tigers		Detroit
Three I League	       Quincy Gems		Independent
Interstate League      Wilmington Blue Rocks	Independent
West Texas-New Mex L   Abilene Blue Sox		Independent
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1908



HOCKEY

The league was much more balanced now than in it's infancy and the Montreal Canadiens proved that anyone could win by going from last place a year ago to first and then winning their first Stanley Cup. Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton both returned to the playoffs which left defending champion Quebec, as well as the Montreal Maroons, on the outside looking in. However, the margin was ever so slight as Quebec missed fourth place by a single point and the Maroons were just 2 points behind the Bulldogs.

Sailor Hilborn of the Canadiens was named league MVP after scoring a league high 23 goals to mark his third straight season leading in that category. Although, had he not missed 6 games with an injury Quebec's Derek Edur might have surpassed Hilborn's total.

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NHA STANDINGS 1908-09
TEAM			GP  W  L  T  PTS
Montreal Canadiens      50 29 13  8  66
Ottawa Senators		50 23 21  6  52
Toronto St Pats		50 22 21  7  51
Hamilton Tigers		50 19 24  7  45
Quebec Bulldogs		50 19 25  6  44
Montreal Maroons        50 18 26  6  42

SCORING LEADERS	     TM     GP   G  A  PTS
Bennett Hillman      Tor    50  18 35  53
Sailor Hilborn	     MonC   49  23 25  48
Derek Edur	     Que    44  21 25  46
Kyle Reed            MonC   50  14 31  45
Joseph Matheson	     MonM   50  17 25  42
The first place Canadiens dispatched fourth place Hamilton in 4 games in their series before needing the full five to beat the Toronto St. Pats in the finals. The St. Pats played the maximum 10 games as their semi-final with Ottawa also went the distance.

Veteran defenseman Philippe Lelievre was named the playoff MVP after scoring 4 goals and adding 3 assists in the post-season. While it was the Habs first taste of champagne from Lord Stanley's Mug, it was the second Cup win for the much travelled Lelievre, who won one in his time with the Montreal Maroons. He had also previously played for the Toronto St Pats as well.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Another unbeaten season for Denver but no bowl invite. They did get a little more respect in the polls, finishing 3rd in the AP and 5th in the coaches poll. Texas Tech finished number one for the second straight year and third time in the sim after beating Duke (11-2) 30-28 in the Sugar Bowl. The loss dropped Duke out of the top twenty.

West Virginia also finished 12-1 after the Mountaineers beat 11-2 North Carolina 31-27 in the Cotton Bowl. Cal finally got a bowl win, their first since going 0-4 since their 1903 Rose Bowl win over Minnesota, as the Bears finished 11-2 thanks to a 30-23 win over Army in the Citrus Bowl. Wisconsin won in it's first trip to Pasadena, beat UCLA 27-20 in the Rose Bowl. Notre Dame easily handled Penn State 45-20 in the Gator Bowl. Colorado beat Texas Mines 23-13 in the Orange Bowl, and Dartmouth topped Northwestern 20-9 in the Tangerine Bowl.

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AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP TWENTY RANKINGS
    SCHOOL		RECORD   COACHES POLL 
 1  Texas Tech		12-1		 1
 2  West Virginia	12-1		 2
 3  Denver		12-0		 5
 4  California		11-2		 4
 5  Alabama Polytech     9-3		 7
 6  Texas Mines		10-3		17
 7  Minnesota		 9-3		 8
 8  Fordham		10-2		14
 9  Ole Miss		 9-3		 3
10  Northwestern	10-3		15
11  Notre Dame		10-3		 9
12  TCU			 9-3		27
13  Colorado		10-3		11
14  Furman		 9-3		19
15  Wisconsin		10-3		 6
16  North Carolina	11-2		12
17  Army		10-3		10
18  Oklahoma		 9-3		16
19  Georgia		 8-4		18
20  Purdue		 8-4		22	

HISTORY OF NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
1901  Notre Dame
1902  Duke
1903  Duke
1904  Texas Tech
1905  Grinnell
1906  Michigan
1907  Texas Tech
1908  Texas Tech
COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Like everyone else, Ohio State had been overshadowed in the Western Conference by Indiana but in 1908-09 the Buckeyes would break out of that shadow in a big way. Not in the regular season, where Ohio State finished at 7-5 in conference play, good for third place behind Indiana and Northwestern, but rather in the tournament.

At 21-9 on the season the Buckeyes claimed the 5th seed in the Midwest Region and faced Utah (21-9) in their regional opener. Senior forward Jack Groce had 18 points to help carry Ohio State to an 82-74 victory in the opening round and that was followed up by a 4-point win over upset-minded Colorado A&M, which had knocked off the region's top seed Oregon State in their opener. Groce had 14 while fellow senior Frank Tedder added 16 in a 57-43 win over New York University that earned the Buckeyes a trip to the Final Four.

It was a year for upsets as none of the number one seeds advanced. California fell to 4th seeded Iowa in the West Regional Sem-Final, number one seed Indiana lost to #2 Kentucky in the South Final with the 2 seed Holy Cross also prevailing in the East Region. Another senior on the veteran heavy Buckeyes, PG LeGrant Currier, led the way in an 83-73 win over Holy Cross. Currier had 18 points and 9 assists while junior center Ed Piccolo, the only non-senior starter, had a 20 point night.

That set up a showdown with 35-2 Kentucky, the reigning National Champion led by player of the year Pug Marvin, in the title game. Marvin led all scorers with 22 points but the Buckeyes held Kentucky to 35% shooting while hitting on %55 of their shots and won the game 69-59 to claim their first National Title. Center Vincent Parsons scored 14 points while Tedder had 12 and Groce added 10 on a team that would see 7 of it's top 8 minute producers graduating the program.

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1906-07 CONFERENCE STANDINGS
(T-in 32 team Tournament)
WESTERN      CW CL   W  L
Indiana	-T   11  1  28  4
N'thwestern-T 8  4  18 12
Ohio State-T  7  5  26  9
Illinois  -T  6  6  22  9
Purdue	      6  6  16 14
Iowa 	-T    6  6  25  9
Wisconsin     5  7  13 16
Minnesota     4  8   8 21
Michigan      4  8  12 17
Chicago	      3  9   5 24

IVY GROUP     CW CL   W  L 
Pennsylvania-T 9  1  19 11
Dartmouth      6  4  16 13
Cornell	       6  4  15 14
Yale           4  6  15 14
Princeton      3  7  13 16
Columbia       2  8   6 23

MISSOURI VALLEY CW CL   W  L 
Kansas	 -T	 8  4  19 11
Oklahoma	 8  4  15 14
Missouri	 7  5  16 14
Kansas State	 6  6  14 15
Iowa State	 5  7  13 16
Drake		 4  8   8 21
Nebraska	 4  8   8 21

MOUNTAIN STATES  CW CL   W  L
Colorado A&M -T   6  2  18 13
Denver		  3  5  13 17
Colorado	  3  5  14 15

PACIFIC COAST    CW CL   W  L
Cal	-T	  6  1  28  4
Washington  -T	  5  2  24  7
Oregon State -T   4  3  25  5
Oregon		  4  3  17 12
Idaho		  3  4  11 18
Stanford	  3  4  16 14
USC		  2  5  15 15
Washington State  1  6   7 22

SOUTHERN	 CW CL   W  L
Kentucky     -T	 10  1  35  3
Clemson	     -T	  8  3  22 11
Mississippi State 7  4  13 17
Georgia Tech	  7  4  17 13
Tennessee	  6  5  13 18
Georgia		  6  5  12 19
Alabama Poly	  5  6  14 17
Alabama		  5  6  15 15
Virginia	  4  7  11 18
N. Carolina State 4  7  12 18
North Carolina	  3  8  10 20
Virginia Tech	  1 10   2 28

SOUTHWEST	 CW CL   W  L
Oklahoma A&M  -T  6  4  22  9
Baylor		  6  4  12 17
Texas A&M	  5  5  14 16
SMU		  5  5  15 15
Texas		  5  5  16 13
Rice		  3  7   7 23

TOP INDEPENDENTS	 W  L 
Bradley	        -T	30  3
Holy Cross	-T	30  3
West Virginia	-T	27  5
Wake Forest	-T	26  5
Cincinnati	-T	26  5
Dayton		-T	25  8
Saint Louis	-T	24  8
New York University -T	22 10
Duquesne	-T	21  9
Notre Dame     -T       21 10
Utah 	       -T	21 10
TCU	       -T	20 11
Maryland       -T       20 10
Saint Joseph's		19 10
Colgate			19 10
Louisville    -T	19 11
LSU	      -T	19 12
Wyoming	      -T	19 12
Connecticut		18 11
UCLA			18 11
Xavier			18 11
Brigham Young		18 12
St John's      -T	18 12
Michigan State	-T	18 12
Arizona State		18 12
New Mexico A&M		17 12
St Mary's		17 12
Duke			17 12
Army			17 12
Canisius		17 12
Vanderbilt		17 12
Tulane			17 12
Bowling Green		16 13
Santa Clara		16 13
St Bonaventure		16 13
Temple			16 13
Bucknell		15 14
CCNY			15 14
Kent State		15 14
Muhlenburg		15 14
Utah State		15 14
Northern Arizona	15 15
Seton Hall		15 15

Pug Marvin capped off a tremendous college career at Kentucky by being named the National Player of the Year. Marvin helped Kentucky to 3 straight appearances in the National Title Game including a championship in 1907-08. The 6'4" guard was National Freshman of the Year in 1905-06, a second team All-American a year ago and a First Team member this season. The former High School All-American from Buffalo would also be the first pick of the 1909 Eastern Basketball League draft.
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			    NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
YR       WINNER         OPPONENT        SCORE   OTHER FINAL FOUR TEAMS
1901-02  BRADLEY	Indiana	        79-64    Holy Cross, Duquesne
1902-03  KENTUCKY       Iowa	        68-59    Indiana, Duquesne
1903-04  WEST VIRGINIA  Indiana         75-71    Bradley, California
1904-05  INDIANA        West Virginia   65-49    Holy Cross, Iowa
1905-06  CALIFORNIA     Cincinnati	68-61    Bradley, West Virginia
1906-07  BRADLEY	Kentucky	54-50    Indiana, Illinois
1907-08  KENTUCKY       Bradley		80-71    Indiana, Cincinnati
1908-09  OHIO STATE     Kentucky	69-59    Holy Cross, Iowa
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NCAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
1901-02  Dick Hauge	Bradley
1902-03  Willard McNew	West Virginia
1903-04  Al Humphry	West Virginia
1904-05  John Benda	Kentucky
1905-06  Wally Schmidt	Holy Cross
1906-07  Wally Schmidt	Holy Cross
1907-08  Billy Egan	Dayton
1908-09  Pug Marvin	Kentucky

PRO BASKETBALL

Heading into the season the two big stories revolved around a pair of all-stars switching teams. Ciriaco Ferrer, a second team all-star a year ago, left New York to sign with Wilmington while first team all-star Al Humphry went from Paterson to Reading. With last seasons rookie of the year John Lesley already entrenched at small forward, Humphry switched to SG for the Bears. The addition of Humphry, along with power forward Roy Victor from McKeesport, allowed Reading to earn a playoff spot for the first time since reaching the finals 3 years ago.

McKeesport survived the loss of Victor quite easily, as the defending league champs were once again the class of the West Division. John Benda and Red Saba were their team leaders with center Rufus Kingsburgy coming over from Trenton to hep fill the void created when Victor left.

The Ferrer move to Wilmington did not pay off as the Peaches finished tied with Trenton for the worst record in the league despite the fact their new acquisition led the league in points per game as Ferrer averaged 34.5.

The loss of Ferrer was hardly felt in New York as the Wanderers finished first in the East for the fourth time in the past five years. Former North Carolina State star Duane Taylor had a dominant year at center for New York. Taylor led the league in blocked shots while averaging 20.4 ppg and was named both MVP and Defensive Player of the Year for the first time in his career. He also became the first MVP not to make the league first-team all-star squad as Dick Hague continued his stranglehold on the all-star center position. Bennie Lent, who was signed away from Camden, also played a key role for the Wanderers and finished fourth in league scoring. The Troy Trojans, with a balanced attack led by Willard McNew and Stewart Alberts, finished second in the East and made the playoffs in just their second season in the league.

The rookie of the year was Odalis Hernandez of Trenton. The first overall draft pick out of Notre Dame averaged 14.8 ppg and 9.5 rpg.


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1907-08 EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE STANDINGS
EAST DIVISION		 W  L   GB
New York Wanderers	45 19   -
Troy Trojans		44 20   1.0
Bristol Pile Drivers	31 33  14.0
Paterson Crescents	27 37  18.0
Camden Electrics	27 37  18.0
Trenton Potters		22 42  23.0

WEST DIVISION		 W  L   GB
McKeesport Keys		41 23   -
Reading Bears		37 27   4.0
Pittsburgh Homesteaders 35 29   6.0
Johnstown Johnnies	27 27  14.0
Philadelphia Wheelers	26 38  15.0
Wilmington Peaches	22 42  19.0

SCORING LEADERS    TM    PPG
Ciriaco Ferrer    WIL   34.5
Dick Hauge	  BRI   27.3
Jimmy Hurlburt    PAT   24.4
Bennie Lent	  NY    23.1
Corky Gipson	  PIT   22.2
Al Humphry        REA   22.2
Red Seba	  McK   21.7
Cy Breese         TRE   20.9
Duane Taylor	  NY    20.4
Orlin Burdick	  CAM   20.3
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1907-08 ALL LEAGUE FIRST TEAM		PPG    RPG  APG  SPG  BKPG
C Dick Hauge		Bristol		27.3  12.2  1.9  0.4  4.1 
F Corky Gipson		Pittsburgh	22.2   7.3  3.8  1.9  0.8
F Roy Victor		Reading		19.1   7.4  2.5  2.0  0.8
G Al Humphry	        Reading		22.2   6.8  9.4  2.1  1.0
G Jimmy Hurlbert	Paterson        24.4   6.4 11.6  1.9  0.2

MVP Duane Taylor	New York	20.4  10.9  4.6  1.6  4.4
The McKeesport Keys won their second straight EBL title but it took them the maximum 14 games to accomplish the feat, as both their semi-final win over Reading and their title win over New York went the full seven games. The Keys had to come back from a 3 games to one deficit in the semi-finals and trailed New York 3 games to two before rallying to win the title. McKeesport center John Benda, who averaged 17.1 ppg and a playoff leading 11.0 rpg was named the playoff MVP for the second straight year.
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       EASTERN BASKETBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
01-02   Paterson Crescents defeat Millville Glass Blowers
02-03   Wilmington Peaches defeat Millville Glass Blowers
03-04   Wilmington Peaches defeat Trenton Potters
04-05   Trenton Potters defeat Wilmington Peaches
05-06   New York Wanderers defeat Reading Bears
06-07   Bristol Pile Drivers defeat Philadelphia Wheelers
07-08   McKeesport Keys defeat Paterson Crescents
08-09	McKeesport Keys defeat New York Wanderers
GOLF

1908 was the season German born Albert Lichtman finally won his first major. The 33 year old had been in contention a number of times and dominated play on the European Tour the past few seasons but until this year's British Open he had never won a major championship. The question going forward is does this first win open the floodgates for more?

THE MASTERS
The Masters winner hailed from of all places Switzerland. Gael Andress had been a regular on the European Tour for a few years but his first golf trip to North America proved very successful as he won The Masters by 3 strokes over 5-time major winner Calvin Baumgarter. Derek Perkins, last years winner, finished in a tie for 5th while Albert Lichtman was tied for 7th with Canadian Hayden Gallant, another former Masters Champion.

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1908 MASTERS LEADERBOARD
NAME	    	NAT  SC  MONEY
Gael Andress    SWI  +1   $1,619
Cal Baumgartner	 US  +4    $990
Benedict Gleason ENG +6    $720
Mackenzie Smith SCO  +6    $720
Elliot Burton   ENG  +8    $360
Derek Perkins	US   +8    $360
US OPEN
A final round 69 propelled Jackie Adams to his first major title as he won the US Open at Brae Burn. Adams finished with a 1 stroke lead on Vince Cummins and Gordon Dendy, as the 31 year old Dendy had another near miss in his quest for his first major. Just outside the list posted below we had Lord Lovett, James Fox, Derek Perkins and Michael Killoran, an Irishman who has come close several times but never won a major.

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1908 US OPEN LEADERBOARD
NAME	    	NAT   SC  MONEY
Jackie Adams     US    -6  $1,799
Gordon Dendy     US    -5  $1,100
Vince Cummins    US    -5  $1,100
Clem Jordan      US    -4   $500
Luther Swartz    US    -4   $500
Albert Lichtman GER    -3   $379
BRITISH OPEN
Royal Edinburgh was the host of the 13th British Open and also the location Albert Lichtman finally won his first major. The German ran away with the event, finishing with a 5 stroke lead on England's Benedict Gleason. Derek Perkins continued his strong play as he finished tied for 8th with a pair of Spaniards in Roberto Estrada and Luis Campos.

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1908 BRITISH OPEN LEADERBOARD
NAME	    	NAT  SC  MONEY
Albert Lichtman GER   -7  $1,754
Benedict GleasonENG   -2  $1,072
Carlton Andrusiak AUS +1   $780
Thomas Milne    SCO   +1   $780
Henry Rosenbaum ENG   +3   $390
Gus Johnson      US   +3   $390
Walt Berry       US   +3   $390
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Oakmont in Pennsylvania hosted the 1908 PGA Championship which was won by Winston Hammonds. The English golfer finished two strokes up on Liam Hogan, Freeman Belanger and Gordon Dendy. For Hogan and Dendy the near misses without a major continue. Lord Lovett and James Fox were also in contention as was Calvin Baumgarter, who finished tied for 11th.

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1907 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERBOARD
NAME	    	  NAT  SC  MONEY
Winston Hammonds  ENG  +15  $1,709
Liam Hogan        SCO  +17  $1,045
Freeman Belanger   US  +17  $1,045
Gordon Dendy       US  +17  $1,045
Lord Lovett       ENG  +18   $380
James Fox	  US  +19   $360
Carlton Andrusiak AUS +19   $360
Harris Murphy     SCO +19   $360
Clem Jordan       US  +19   $360

Here are the golfers who have won at least two majors. No changes to the list as all four winners this year claimed their first major titles.
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MAJOR TOURNAMENT WINNERS
Calvin Baumgartner	5
Thomas Milne		3
Lord Lovett		3
Fritz Hobbs		2
Frenchy Savard		2
James Foxx		2
Milo Lawrence		2
Walter Mathis		2
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