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Driveball Redux (Chicago Gaels tweaks for '55)

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1 hour ago, Matthew24 said:

That would be cool to see. Though i was thinking of seeing how Driveball grew in other countries. And what about Driveball being demonstrated in the Olympics during the 1980s?

 

It'll likely be at the 76 Olympics in Montreal at the earliest or the 84 Olympics in Los Angeles.

 

Again, the World League is likely to still be a thing in this universe, so the Driveball teams in Europe might be extensions of the big time soccer clubs like Manchester United, FC Barcelona or Bayern Munich unless I find better names.

 

Japan on the other hand, will be likely swamped by corporate sponsorships kinda like baseball over there. However, I don't know as yet when the right time will be to introduce the game over there.

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2 hours ago, Matthew24 said:

That would be cool to see. Though i was thinking of seeing how Driveball grew in other countries. And what about Driveball being demonstrated in the Olympics during the 1980s?

Could Be a Possibility, #JustThinking

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I'm just ready for the CDA's inaugural season to finally begin!

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1954 CDA Season

 

The inaugural season of the Continental Driveball Alliance began on the evening of April 2, 1954 at Kezar Stadium. It was there that the Los Angeles Jaguars would suffer their only defeat of the regular season at the hands of the hometown San Francisco Dragons. Both teams would eventually go down different paths as the season wore on.

 

The CDA would introduce the 30 second shot clock to Driveball, along with a four quarter time structure. Sixteen minute quarters making for a 64 minute game, rather than the NDA rule of 35 minute halves for a 70 minute game. Both would prove beneficial towards making games run faster.

 

George Bianchi, formerly of the Cleveland Mad Hatters, joined the Los Angeles Jaguars for what was then the richest contract in a young game that was enjoying rapid growth. He was not alone. Bernie Berman and Corky Liebowitz, both of whom journeymen in the NDA, found greater stability for their careers in the CDA. Berman joined the Washington Commanders, with head coach Jackie Ulrich hoping Berman can bring veteran leadership to DC. Liebowitz, a native of Newark, joined the Rogues, hoping to disprove the New York Heroes, who released him under questionable circumstances.

 

The standout rookie for the CDA is Dallas Metros forward Muggsy Russo. After being cut by the New York Heroes without playing a single minute last year, Russo's stock rose to astronomical levels in Dallas. In his first game at the Cotton Bowl, Russo accounted for the first points in Metros' history, a six point goal that flew past the Marshals' slow-to-react goalie Bert Gilmour.

 

FRONTIER

Los Angeles Jaguars 11-1
Dallas Metros 10-2
Houston Marshals 5-7
Denver Mountaineers 4-8
Kansas City Rustlers 4-8
San Francisco Dragons 3-9

 

COLONIAL

Detroit Roadsters 8-4
Pittsburgh Knights 8-4
Washington Commanders 8-4
New Jersey Rogues 7-5
Minnesota Shockers 3-9
Boston Unicorns 1-11
 

Colonial Wild Card at Forbes Field

Pittsburgh 24 Washington 18

 

Colonial Semifinal at Briggs Stadium

Pittsburgh 30 Detroit 15

 

Frontier Semifinal at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Dallas 27 Los Angeles 18

 

Floyd Cup at the Cotton Bowl

July 10, 1954

Muggsy Russo proved he could hold his own against George Bianchi and the Jaguars, but the Dallas Morning News' beat writer doubted Russo could hold the weight of the Metros' attack all by himself. Another rookie forward, Jim Hummel, lifted the Pittsburgh Knights past Washington and Pittsburgh in the playoffs, but the Driveball prognosticators warned fans that Pittsburgh's attack lacked the depth that Russo was blessed with in Dallas.

 

The Floyd Cup was donated to the CDA by Allen Floyd, a fellow Texas oilman who happened to be a distant cousin of Houston Marshals owner Cotton Leavelle.

 

After Dallas guard Finn O'Bannon was whistled for a defensive foul, Pittsburgh scored first. For most of the first half, it was a back and forth affair with the Knights taking a three point lead at halftime with an over by Irving Shapiro to make it 18-15 in the Knights' favor. In the second half, Dallas made all the right adjustments and shut Pittsburgh out in the third and fourth quarters. Muggsy Russo provided some key assists to Clyde Young and Frankie De Witt to put the game out of reach for Dallas. 27-15 would be the final score, as the Metros hoisted the Floyd Cup in front of the hootin' and hollerin' Dallas faithful.

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1954 NDA Season

 

While the CDA exploded onto the sports scene, the NDA tried as much as they could to soldier on. The NDA sneered at the CDA, and the CDA sneered back. However, with many top NDA players having jumped leagues, some sportswriters predict a collapse of the NDA could be imminent.

 

The Milwaukee Voyagers, who quietly changed the spelling of their name last year, finished 1954 with the best record in their history. Dwight Taylor, a rookie forward who played running back at the University of Wisconsin, led the charge for the Voyagers.

 

The Buffalo Lakers make their second playoff appearance in three seasons, thanks in large part to a generous amount of depth in their attack. Spearheading the Lakers attack is forward Nolan Ruffins, who one year ago, was a quarterback at Purdue University. Unable to make an impression on NFL scouts, Ruffins, like many misfits before him, was grateful for a new life in the relatively young game of Driveball.

 

EAST
New York Heroes 12-2

Buffalo Lakers 11-3

Toronto Titans 5-9

Philadelphia Brawlers 4-10


WEST

Milwaukee Voyagers 9-5

Cleveland Mad Hatters 7-7

Chicago Gaels 6-8

Cincinnati Monarchs 2-12


*Playoff teams in BOLD.

 

East Semifinal at the Polo Grounds

Lakers 36 - Heroes 33

 

Nolan Ruffins recorded two critical assists that helped thrust the Lakers into the Frosty Mug with just 10 minutes left to play. First was an assist to Kenneth Wright to tie the game at 33. The next assist was to Dennis Stephens, who kicked the winning 3 point over to put the game away with just two and a half minutes left.

 

West Semifinal at County Stadium

Voyagers 21 - Mad Hatters 15

 

Dwight Taylor had plenty of help in this game. The Voyager defense proved to be dependable in clutch situations. Milwaukee goalie Vernon Stallings made several key saves to that protected the Voyagers' lead in the first half, but one would-be save was controversially taken away from him. Early in the second half, Vern jumped up to stop a would be over, but a questionable call against his Voyager teammate Archie Ruth set up a tying over by Cleveland forward Bill Frick. With the game tied at 15 apiece, much of the second half was dominated by defense, until Dwight Taylor made an assist to Clint Kelsey to set up the winning six point goal.

 

Frosty Mug at War Memorial Stadium

Voyagers 12 - Lakers 9

 

The 1954 Frosty Mug proved to be another defensive slugfest. The low scoring in this year's championship game was pointed to as a reason for the rival league's adoption of the thirty second shot clock. Vernon Stallings of the Voyagers and Larry Pence of the Lakers were spectacular between the pipes, but there could only be one winner. A late defensive foul called against the Lakers helped set up Dwight Taylor's three point over to win the game for the Voyagers.

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For 1955, the Washington Commanders make some changes to their home and road jerseys:

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C&C Welcome.

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Holy :censored:. The brawlers were so bad they didn't even get a record. (JK, they were 4-10, which was actually better than Cincy. 

 

Also the NDA can save themselves with a new market: The Southeast. (They did consider Orlando as a potential landing spot for the 1950 expansion after all).

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18 hours ago, TargetToad said:

Holy :censored:. The brawlers were so bad they didn't even get a record. (JK, they were 4-10, which was actually better than Cincy. 

 

Also the NDA can save themselves with a new market: The Southeast. (They did consider Orlando as a potential landing spot for the 1950 expansion after all).

 

Fixed the Brawlers record.

 

Southeast could be a possibility, but that'll likely wait. Whenever I've tried to come up with fictional leagues over the years, I usually have 1966 as the first year of any teams in the Deep South. Especially since that was when the Braves, Dolphins and Falcons established themselves over there in real life.

 

Also, there's still a chance Philadelphia can keep the A's from leaving, but I might need more info on the groups that were trying to buy the team before Arnold Johnson swooped in.

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16 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

 

Fixed the Brawlers record.

 

Southeast could be a possibility, but that'll likely wait. Whenever I've tried to come up with fictional leagues over the years, I usually have 1966 as the first year of any teams in the Deep South. Especially since that was when the Braves, Dolphins and Falcons established themselves over there in real life.

 

Also, there's still a chance Philadelphia can keep the A's from leaving, but I might need more info on the groups that were trying to buy the team before Arnold Johnson swooped in.

 

This excerpt from the Philadelphia A's history article on Wikipedia should give a good idea:

 

"However, on October 17, Roy Mack suddenly announced that the A's had been sold to a Philadelphia-based group headed by auto dealer John Crisconi. The deal was to be approved at an American League owners' meeting on October 28. It looked headed for approval when rumors (reportedly planted by the Yankees) cropped up that the Crisconi group was underfinanced, and Johnson collared Roy Mack at Roy's home to persuade him that his original deal was better in the long run. On October 28, the sale to the Crisconi group came up one vote short of the five needed for approval, with Roy Mack voting against the deal he'd just negotiated."

 

Emphasis in bold. Convince Roy Mack to sell the team to John Crisconi and you'll have the A's in Philadelphia past 1954.

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The washington commanders jerseys are a dramatic improvement. They really do look very good now and are among the best jerseys in the league

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AUTO DEALER BUYS A'S, VOWS TO KEEP TEAM IN PHILADELPHIA

 

Fears of Philadelphia's American League team deserting the City of Brotherly Love were all but vaporized last week. The sale of the Athletics from the Mack family to local automobile dealer John Crisconi was approved by six of the eight American League owners with Connie Mack's son Roy and Baltimore Orioles co-owner Clarence Miles being the key swing votes. Attendance and on-field performance for the A's had been deteriorating since the club's halcyon days with players like Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Grove. As the years went on, it was becoming more and more evident that Connie Mack's better days as manager and owner of the franchise were behind him.

 

Crisconi will have a tough road ahead of him, with the National League Phillies being four years removed from a season in which outfielder Richie Ashburn led the Phils to a two game lead over the Brooklyn Dodgers to grab the NL pennant. Shibe Park, home to both of Philadelphia's baseball teams, is an aging facility and the city is scrambling to woo both teams with a more modern replacement. Apart from the Phillies, the NFL Eagles and NDA Brawlers have each surpassed the A's at the gate. Television, which the Mack family was reluctant to enter, could be a new revenue stream for the A's under Crisconi's ownership. At this moment, the Phillies are in negotiations with KYW-TV. The A's meanwhile are in talks with WCAU.

 

The Sporting News; November 1, 1954

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With the A's staying in Philadelphia, the Rustlers of the CDA get to keep Kansas City all to themselves, at least for another year or two.

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Wait, didn't the A's move from Philadelphia to Kansas City in real life?

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1 hour ago, JH42XCC said:

Wait, didn't the A's move from Philadelphia to Kansas City in real life?

 

Yeah they did but now things could play out differently for MLB.

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3 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

With the A's staying in Philadelphia, the Rustlers of the CDA get to keep Kansas City all to themselves, at least for another year or two.

You're not goimg to wait for the Chiefs to move there in the 1960s?

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5 minutes ago, TargetToad said:

You're not goimg to wait for the Chiefs to move there in the 1960s?

 

Don't worry. The Chiefs will be part of this universe as scheduled.

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FLORIDA METROPOLIS THE NEXT FRONTIER FOR AN UPSTART SPORT

 

In 1954, the National Driveball Alliance saw a slight decrease in revenue thanks to the sudden arrival of the Continental circuit. Generous television revenue from the American Broadcasting Company has all but guaranteed the CDA will be a thorn on the NDA's side for the time being. The CDA's boast of twelve clubs stretching coast to coast caught the NDA by surprise. Now, the older circuit, founded in 1948, finds itself playing catch-up.

 

This March, the National Driveball Alliance will stage a pre-season exhibition game between the Boston Unicorns and Chicago Gaels at Miami's Burdine Stadium, normally home to the annual Orange Bowl game. Not only will this serve as Florida's first taste of the fastest growing sport in America, but it will also serve as a test to gauge whether Miami could be capable of supporting an NDA club. Rumors indicate Miami could be granted a Driveball team as early as 1958.

 

Today, the Blue Devils of Duke University face the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Burdine for the 21st edition of the famed college football bowl game.

 

The New York Times

January 1, 1955

 

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Don't know what to be more excited about...Driveball coming to Miami or the NDA (Gaels) vs. CDA (Unicorns) interleague game being played there.

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Interleague Preseason Game

 

March 19, 1955

Burdine Stadium

Miami, FL

 

Boston Unicorns (CDA)

vs

Chicago Gaels (NDA)

 

Miami's first taste of Driveball came in the form of a preseason game played on the Saturday after St Patrick's Day. The Boston Unicorns and Chicago Gaels were welcomed with open arms as they trotted onto the field of Burdine Stadium. The game would be played mostly under CDA rules with the Unicorns acting as the home team, with four quarters, six tackles per possession and the 30 second shot clock. The Gaels found it hard to adjust at first, making several mental mistakes that handed the first half to the Unicorns. With Boston up 18-9 to start the second half, the Gaels tried to rally back with rookie center Butch Dorfman orchestrating a new look Chicago attack. Rookie forward Allen McCoy added an over to extend the Unicorns' lead 21-15 after three quarters. Chicago kept fighting back with a six point goal by Marty Ravenscroft to tie the game, but Boston would regain the lead with an over from Fred Hughes. Second year Unicorn defender Otto Hirsch made a key stop to protect Boston's 24-21 lead with just five seconds left, preserving Boston's win.

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