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Driveball Redux (1951 NDA Season; Heroes bring the Mug to Manhattan!)

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Here's how a typical Driveball field can be measured within the boundaries of an American Football field...

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340 feet long by 160 feet wide. The football end zones are out of bounds in Driveball, mainly to allow room for the six point nets, which are derived from Gaelic football. The extra space can also allow for more room for any additional structural support for the outer posts, which are derived from Aussie Rules.

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Those who would like to join the rules committee are more than welcome to bring in ideas on how the field can be marked in the future, particularly where team or sponsor logos can be painted, or areas that could use a splash of team colors. For at least this year and maybe the first decade, the fields will likely be plain like you see above.

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1948 Season

 

The National Driveball Alliance made its official debut on April 24, 1948 at the Polo Grounds. It was there that the New York Heroes trotted out onto the field in front of a crowd of about 11,000 fans. Those who bought tickets were more than curious about what they were going to see. The opponent that day were the Montreal Voyageurs, but with so little fanfare, there was no way of knowing who would be the better team that day. The inaugural bounce off was won by the Voyageurs, who marched down the field and drew first blood. The first points in NDA history came from a 3 point over scored by Montreal forward Pierre LeStrange. Five minutes later, the Heroes' Corky Liebowitz fist balled the first six point goal, giving New York a three point lead. From that point on, the Heroes scored an additional 22 unanswered points. In the second half, the Voyageurs fought back with a rally of their own, but in the end, the Heroes would be the heroes of the day. 44-29 was the final score, with the Heroes winning on their home field.

 

After beating the Albany Trappers at the Polo Grounds the following week, the Heroes went on a three game losing streak, bowing out to Brooklyn, Toronto and Buffalo. Staring at elimination from the postseason right in the face, the Heroes knew they had to beat Montreal at Delorimier Stadium to stay in the running for a Frosty Mug berth. After escaping Montreal victorious, the Heroes won the last two games on their schedule, making a clean sweep of Albany and splitting their regular season series with Brooklyn.

 

In Cleveland, the Mad Hatters turned out to be a huge hit despite most of the city's attention focused on the Indians clinching the American League pennant and the Browns' continued dominance of the AAFC. Forward Art Tempest led the NDA in scoring, averaging ten overs per game, while goalie Seymour "Big Cat" Lawrence led the league in points allowed. But they weren't without help. An opportunistic defense led by fullback Homer Hitchcock and a solid midfield with Butch Witkowski and Leo Rothstein at the wings, the Mad Hatters lost only once the entire regular season. That lone setback came in a heartbreaker at Cleveland Municipal Stadium on May 15 against a mediocre Voyageur squad, compounded with Hitchcock's ejection early in the first half for breaking the nose of Montreal forward Gaston Lapointe.

 

After winning their first game against the Brooklyn Coasters, it was all downhill from there for the Albany Trappers. They would ultimately finish 1948 with a 1-9 record and a mountain of debt. Joe Van Allen was forced to put the franchise for sale, but nobody was interested. The Trappers players spent the last three weeks of the season without being paid, and as a result, at least half of the Trapper squad refused to board the train to Montreal for what proved to be their final game against the Voyageurs. Under an overcast sky on June 26, Montreal was forced to send some of their bench warmers to Albany's bench for both teams to have enough players for a game that turned out to be a low scoring blowout at Delorimier. Full Forward Jean-Luc Fournier fist-balled the last six points to nail Albany's coffin, helping his Voyageurs beat the Trappers 26 to 4.

 

Two weeks later, the Albany Trappers folded. During the fall and winter months, the NDA will conduct a dispersal draft and will open bidding for an expansion team to keep the circuit even at eight teams.

 

Eastern Division

New York Heroes 6-4

Brooklyn Coasters 5-5

Montreal Voyageurs 4-6

Albany Trappers 1-9

 

Western Division

Cleveland Mad Hatters 9-1

Toronto Titans 8-2

Buffalo Lakers 4-6

Chicago Gaels 2-8

 

POSTSEASON

New York Heroes defeated the Brooklyn Coasters 41 to 31 at the Polo Grounds to claim the Eastern crown. Meanwhile, the West was won in Cleveland by the Mad Hatters, who were given their biggest test of the season against the Titans. Ernie Ward of Toronto and Cleveland's Homer Hitchcock exchanged words throughout the game, but the refs managed to keep the game calm at a time when fights were a common occurrence during most NDA games.

 

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1948 FROSTY MUG

Cleveland Municipal Stadium

July 10, 1948

 

By virtue of their higher win total, the Mad Hatters were more than happy to host the first ever Frosty Mug in Cleveland. Over 27,000 showed up to Cleveland Municipal Stadium, making it the highest single game attendance for the NDA this year. The Mad Hatters struck first with a six point goal, but it took the Heroes' attackers a minute or two to even the score. The game would turn out to be a gritty slugfest with the Big Cat not allowing too many New York scores. On the attack, the Mad Hatters amassed six behinds and nine overs to lead 36 to 22 with 17 minutes left to play. With the Heroes chipping away at Cleveland's lead, one big save was all the Mad Hatters needed to win. Down 36-32 with time running out, the Heroes needed a six point goal to win the game. After the Mad Hatters were whistled for a defensive foul, Heroes right wing Jack Sawicki inbounded the ball at Cleveland's quarter line with Corky Liebowitz making the catch for New York. Pursued by Cleveland halfback Bob Horvath, Liebowitz was forced to throw the ball too soon, and the pass intended for Abner Matthews was broken up by the Mad Hatters' seldom used nickelback George Bianchi. Seventy minutes of drama ended with the Mad Hatters clinching the very first Frosty Mug in front of the Cleveland faithful.

 

Final score:

Cleveland Mad Hatters 36

New York Heroes 32


MVP:

Big Cat Lawrence and George Bianchi

(Both with the Mad Hatters)

 

 

1949 EXPANSION COMMITTEE NOW OPEN

If you would like to join the NDA's expansion committee to replace the Albany Trappers for 1949, all you need is...

 

Name

Age (18 or older)

Personal Bio

Case for or against a particular city

Any rule changes you'd like to see (Optional)

 

The expansion committee is now open!

 

Here are the markets being considered...

 

Baltimore, Maryland
Boston, Massachusetts

Detroit, Michigan

Cincinnati, Ohio

Hamilton, Ontario

Indianapolis, Indiana

Kansas City, Missouri

Louisville, Kentucky

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota

Ottawa, Ontario

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

St Louis, Missouri

Washington, DC

 

 

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Here's my Expansion Council profile! Let me know if I need to make any changes: 

 

Name: Nicholas Thomas

Age: 33

Personal Bio: Born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia, Thomas was a standout flanker for the West Virginia Mountaineers football team from 1934-1936 before a knee injury derailed his playing career. He instead graduated in 1938 with a degree in business and took over his father's coal company. He married hotel heiress Lydia Jones in 1941 and the couple currently has two children. Thomas may no longer be the athlete he was in his youth, but his love for sports still hasn't diminished, and has just gotten into Driveball. 

 

Although Thomas would like to see a team in nearby Pittsburgh one day, he casts his vote for Cincinnati as while a Driveball team would face stiff competition from the Reds of MLB, there are no other major professional sports teams there currently and it would create an intrastate rivalry with the Mad Hatters.

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Yours is perfectly fine.

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1948 Offseason

 

Dispersal Draft

 

During the 1948-49 offseason, the National Driveball Alliance conducted a dispersal draft in which the surviving teams could select players from the Albany Trappers, who folded after winning only one game in the entire '48 campaign. Each team was given three dispersal picks with which they could select from the 35 former Trappers. Only 21 men would hear their name called while the rest would become free agents.

 

ROUND ONE

Chicago Gaels: Joseph Howard (Attacker)

Buffalo Lakers: Wayne Butler (Defender)
Montreal Voyageurs: William Price (Attacker)

Brooklyn Coasters: John Anderson (Midfielder)

New York Heroes: Eugene Walker (Goalie)

Toronto Titans: Ralph Stewart (Midfielder)

Cleveland Mad Hatters: Carl Spunkmeyer (Attacker)

 

ROUND TWO

Chicago Gaels: Horace Abramowicz (Midfielder)

Buffalo Lakers: Jimmy Van Allen (Midfielder)

Montreal Voyageurs: Alfred Ratzenberger (Defender)

Brooklyn Coasters: Luigi Pagnozzi (Defender)

New York Heroes: Conrad Sarkisian (Midfielder)

Toronto Titans: Dino Perini (Attacker)
Cleveland Mad Hatters: Chuck LeClair (Midfield)

 

ROUND THREE
Chicago Gaels: Dale Scribner (Defender)
Buffalo Lakers: Chet Lounsbery (Attacker)
Montreal Voyageurs: Bernie Berman (Midfield)
Brooklyn Coasters: Walt Smith (Goalie)
New York Heroes: Earl Patterson (Defender)
Toronto Titans: Cliff Van Der Meer (Defender)
Cleveland Mad Hatters: Peter De Groot (Defender)

 

1949 Expansion

After the dispersal draft is complete, the NDA's financing committee will be vetting four potential owners:

 

Sylvester Hoffman

Age: 44
Residence: Chestnut Hill, MA

Desired Market: Boston, MA

Available Facilities: Braves Field, Fenway Park, Alumni Stadium and Harvard Stadium

The Braves won the National League pennant, but that didn't stop the team from continuing to bleed money, which they have since the team's 1914 miracle season. Hoffman, head of a textile company based in Chestnut Hill, may have to wait and see if Lou Perini decides to concede Beantown to the Red Sox before making a serious push to bring Driveball to New England.

 

Milhaus Schubert

Age: 50

Residence: Milwaukee, WI

Desired Market: Milwaukee, WI

Available Facilities: Borchert Field

Mr Schubert is the oldest of the men bidding to fill the void left by the now-defunct Albany Trappers. However, his bid could hit a snag as Borchert Field is cramped, too small and crumbling. At the moment, the city and county are debating whether to take a leap of faith and build a stadium big enough to lure an MLB team to the market.

 

Emil Spikes

Age: 47

Residence: Detroit

Desired Market: Detroit, MI

Available Facilities: Briggs Stadium

Mr Spikes, a real estate guy, will have an uphill battle to help Driveball catch on in the Motor City. The Red Wings have played exceptionally well in the NHL at the moment. The Tigers are three years removed from a World Series win, but the Lions can't seem to get out of their own way.

 

Benjamin Franklin "Frankie" Alexander

Age: 46

Residence: Cincinnati, OH

Desired Market: Cincinnati, OH

Mr. Alexander's construction companies have served Cincinnati since his great grandfather P. Henry Alexander founded the firm in the 1880's. Inheriting the company from his father during World War II, Frankie has already begun to break ground on new suburbs planned to be built up the road from Cincinnati proper and across the bridge in Northern Kentucky.

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Yay drive ball is back 

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1 hour ago, thegreenmonster said:

Yay drive ball is back 

 

Thanks.

 

BTW, which city would you like to see replace Albany for 1949?

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So far, that makes Cincinnati and Boston tied with one vote each.

 

Here are some changes Brooklyn is making to their look for 1949:

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C&C Welcome.

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Name: Stanislovas Sulzias

Age (18 or older): 56

Personal Bio: Sulzias escaped from the Lithuanian SSR with his family to work as a Carpenter is Ottawa. Sulzias has seen pictures of Driveball is newspapers, and loves the premise of it.

Case for or against a particular city: As a resident of Ottawa, Sulzias believes that the city is more than ready to host a team, with the city's only team at the moment being the CFL's Rough Riders. The city already has stadium available to use, and fan support should definitely be there.

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I really like the direction this is heading in. I love the designs, but if I had to give one critique, the Mad Hatters' secondary is a little bit blocky and pixely (that being said their main logo is great). 

 

Great job so far, will be following this for sure. 

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The defending Frosty Mug champion Mad Hatters make subtle adjustments to the logo worn on the jerseys, while the primary is used mainly on pennants.

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The wishbone "C" is based on the one used at the time on the Indians' caps.

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And here's a championship banner if you guys want one.

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C&C Welcome.

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Expansion votes so far...

 

Cincinnati - 1

Boston - 1

Ottawa (write in) - 1

 

Voting is open till Tuesday at 8PM Eastern.

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I'll vote for Cincinnati.                                                                   

 

Edit: Can I have a Chicago Gaels sig?

 

 

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22 minutes ago, Ipapterotes said:

I'll vote for Cincinnati.                                                                   

 

Edit: Can I have a Chicago Gaels sig?

 

 

 

Here you go!

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Expansion vote total:

Cincinnati: 2

Boston: 1

Ottawa: 1

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Out of the four cities listed earlier, Cincinnati appears to be the most ready to support a new franchise. I'll vote for Cincy.

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9 minutes ago, Griff 3man said:

Out of the four cities listed earlier, Cincinnati appears to be the most ready to support a new franchise. I'll vote for Cincy.

 

With that, we now have...

 

Cincinnati - 3

Boston - 1

Ottawa - 1

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Name: Michael Harris

Age (18 or older): 38

Personal Bio: Born and raised in Ottawa. Harris is a enthusiastic fan of Driveball after playing in his youth. Now a real estate business owner.

Case for or against a particular city: Ottawa is a sporting city. Despite losing the NHL Senators a decade ago, Ottawa still have success with the Rough Riders. Already with a great stadium to use (Lansdowne Park), Harris will stop at nothing to see a Driveball team in his hometown.

 

(Hope this is good?)

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@Matthew24 Perfectly fine.

 

Cincinnati - 3

Ottawa - 2

Boston - 1

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