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Name: Stephen McKenzie

Age: 42

Personal Bio: A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, he is a passionate Driveball fan who owns a large retail chain (McKenzie's) in the Maritime Provinces of Canada.

Case for or against a city: McKenzie's first option is Indianapolis, due to no outdoor major league teams (at the time) and a state with a large population to draw from, in which it has the potential to become the number one game in the state. Since it has been reduced to a tie between Cincinnati and Boston, he has given his vote to Cincinnati as the city seems to be preparing for its Markball franchise and the passion of the potential fans want to bring it to Cincinnati. Unlike Boston, Cincinnati only has one baseball team to compete against while Boston has two baseball teams and a football team.

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Updated expansion vote tally:

Cincinnati - 4

Ottawa - 2

Boston - 1

 

Popular movies for 1948:

The Red Shoes (Eagle-Lion)

Key Largo (Warner Bros)

The Treasure of Sierra Madre (Warner Bros)

Joan of Arc (RKO Radio Pictures)

Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein (Universal)

Melody Time (Walt Disney)

So Dear to My Heart (Walt Disney)

The Three Musketeers (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)

Hamlet (J Arthur Rank)

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Name: Danny Copeland

Age (18 or older): 34

Personal Bio: Copeland was born and raised in Trenton, NJ. He attended nearby Princeton University, where he played college football as a standout fullback in the Tigers' Single-Wing offense. Copeland later graduated with a baccalaureate in Economics, and now currently runs a cheesesteak sandwich shop (Copeland's Steakhouse) in Camden, NJ.

Case for or against a particular city: Copeland votes for Philadelphia to replace the now-defunct Albany Trappers franchise in the NDA. He's become a fan of the sport and would love to see the league establish a presence in the City of Brotherly Love and the Keystone State.

Any rule changes you'd like to see (Optional): Change the handover rule from one tackle to six tackles (similar to rugby league)

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Updated expansion vote tally

Cincinnati - 4

Ottawa - 2

Boston - 1

Philadelphia - 1

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The New York Heroes make a radical change to their look for 1949. Heroes management hopes the futuristic new design will make their uniform stand out more clearly than the drab red, white and blue look of last year. The Heroes retire red in favor of orange, in order to woo former Albany Trapper fans to their side.

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The new Heroes uniforms look pretty good. The only thing I’d do is make sure the lines for the NY are an equal thickness, it looks like the horizontal lines are thinner than the vertical ones.

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1 hour ago, DoctaC said:

The new Heroes uniforms look pretty good. The only thing I’d do is make sure the lines for the NY are an equal thickness, it looks like the horizontal lines are thinner than the vertical ones.

 

Thank you. How do you like the series so far?

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Name: Julian Scott

Age: 67

Personal Bio: Born and raised on a farm in rural North Dakota, Julian wanted to be a part of something bigger. He went to college for business at the University of Minnesota and currently owns a medium-sized convenience store chain, Great Scott's. Great Scott's is headquartered in Mankato, MN, and has locations throughout Minnesota, Iowa, and the Dakotas.

Case for or against a certain city:  Julian believes a professional sports team in St. Paul would give those across the Mississippi to rally around to counter those loyal to the new Minneapolis Lakers.

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Updated expansion tally

 

Cincinnati - 4

Ottawa - 2

Boston - 1

Minneapolis/St Paul - 1

 

Voting closes at 8 Eastern/5 Pacific tonight.

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Name: Anders Lindberg

Age: 47

Personal Bio: Born to Swedish immigrants, Anders grew up on a farm just 45 minutes from the Twin Cities. Uninterested in farming, he went to college at St. Johns University where he learned how to start a business. shortly after he built a small railroad line connecting St. Cloud, where he went to school, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Within ten years he had railroads across the state as well as in North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Case for or against a certain city:  Anders has been a big fan of sports since he was a child playing baseball and hockey with his siblings on the farm. He believes that a team in the Twin cities would be accepted with open arms by the locals who already are deeply invested in teams like the Saints and Millers in baseball and who recently gained the Minneapolis Lakers.

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Updated expansion vote tally


Cincinnati: 4

Boston: 2

Minneapolis/St Paul: 2

Ottawa: 2

Philadelphia: 1

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51 minutes ago, neo_prankster said:

Updated expansion vote tally


Cincinnati: 4

Boston: 2

Minneapolis/St Paul: 2

Philadelphia: 1

Ottawa: 1

What happened to Ottawa? There was two votes before.

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5 minutes ago, Matthew24 said:

What happened to Ottawa? There was two votes before.

 

Fixed.

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September 21, 1948

 

The National Driveball Alliance's expansion committee voted to grant the league's very first expansion franchise to construction magnate Frankie Alexander, who will own and operate the franchise slated to represent Cincinnati, Ohio for 1949. The new club will fill the void left by the Albany Trappers, who ceased operations after finishing 1948 with a 1-9 record.

 

Here is how the divisional alignment will look for next season...

 

Eastern Division

Brooklyn Coasters
Montreal Voyageurs

New York Heroes

Toronto Titans

 

Western Division

Buffalo Lakers

Chicago Gaels

Cleveland Mad Hatters

Cincinnati (Expansion)

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October 1, 1948

 

The Cincinnati Monarchs unveil their new logo and uniforms at a press conference in the hallways of Crosley Field.

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Really liking Cincinnati's look.

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The Monarchs will play at Crosley Field, normally the home of the MLB Reds.

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The Driveball field will be oriented along the first base line. The Monarchs' initial choice of Nippert Stadium ran into roadblocks, with the University of Cincinnati unwilling to let the Monarchs sell beer. At Crosley, the Monarchs will be able to generate revenue from sales of Hudepohl, Schoenling, Burger, John Hauck, Christian Moerlein and other beers from Greater Cincinnati.

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I like the look Cincinnati's got. Regal logo matched with regal colors. Good job!

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1948 EXPANSION DRAFT

Conducted on November 30, 1948 to assist the Cincinnati Monarchs on their entry into the National Driveball Alliance.

 

The Monarchs were allowed to select 24 players from the rosters of the existing NDA teams. A proper college draft will take place during the 1949-50 offseason.

 

GOALIES

Jethro Wynn (New York Heroes)

Carl Felton (Montreal Voyageurs)

Phil Stewart (Toronto Titans)

 

DEFENSE
Ernest Hayden (Buffalo Lakers)

Irving O'Malley (Toronto Titans)

James Beaumont (Cleveland Mad Hatters)

Gerald Codrick (Buffalo Lakers)

Eugene Nelson (Brooklyn Coasters)

Benjamin Wood (Montreal Voyageurs)

Andrew Rogers (New York Heroes)


MIDFIELD
Lloyd Holloway (Montreal Voyageurs)

Allen Thompson (Chicago Gaels)

Vito Philippi (Brooklyn Coasters)

Kerry Hennessy (New York Heroes)

Philip Hughes (Buffalo Lakers)

Daniel Books (Toronto Titans)

Jerry Williams (Cleveland Mad Hatters)


ATTACK

Lou Colonna (Chicago Gaels)

Angelo Falcone (Cleveland Mad Hatters)

Wade Griffith (Brooklyn Coasters)

Oscar Putnam (Buffalo Lakers)

Victor Cox (Toronto Titans)

Raymond Coleman (New York Heroes)

Arthur Ward (Montreal Voyageurs)

 

Losing the most players were the Lakers, Heroes, Voyageurs and Titans, who lost four each. Losing three each were Cleveland and Brooklyn. Save for 2 of their guys getting snatched up in the expansion draft, the Gaels managed to protect much of their roster.

 

MONARCHS' ROOKIE SIGNINGS

Jackie Tyler (Attack)

Douglas Cramer (Defense)

Lou Muffatti (Midfield)

Eric Wolfe (Attack)

Cecil Graham (Attack)

Jack Weber (Defense)

Sylvester Battaglia (Midfield)

Forrest Justice (Defense)

Cliff Simpson (Midfield)

Horatio Trout (Defense)

Oliver O'Brien (Goalie)

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1949 NDA Season

 

Before the season began, the NDA implemented a dramatic rule change. Last year, only one tackle was needed to stop a drive. This year, the NDA implements the rugby league rule of six tackles, which the league hopes can open the game up for more scoring.

 

On April 30, 1949, the expansion Cincinnati Monarchs played the first game of their existence at Crosley Field. Their opponent was the defending world champion Cleveland Mad Hatters, leading to the start of the Ohio Derby. Forward Cecil Graham, a British expatriate, kicked a three point over for the first points in Monarchs history. Cincinnati would upset the Mad Hatters 32-22. After that meeting, injuries would sink the Mad Hatters to second place in the West. Cincinnati meanwhile, would win only three more games, enduring those same old expansion blues.

 

The team hit hardest by injuries were the Toronto Titans. Ernie Ward, the man who felt he had so much to prove, sustained a devastating knee injury against the Voyageurs at Delorimier Stadium. That injury would put the Titans on a tailspin for the remainder of the season. Without their captain, the Titans dropped the next seven games after starting strong at 2-1.

 

With Ernie Ward on injured reserve and the Titans dropping to the basement, that opened the East to a three way tug of war. New York and Montreal had plenty of chances, but in the end, the Brooklyn Coasters bucked the odds and improved from their 5-5 record last year to finish with the best record in the NDA. In a season where the Coasters drew only 5,000 per home game at Ebbets Field, the fans that did show up got to see an exciting attack spearheaded by forward and rookie sensation Chet O'Donnell.

 

Eastern Division

Brooklyn Coasters 8-2

Montreal Voyageurs 5-5

New York Heroes 4-6

Toronto Titans 2-8

 

Western Division

Chicago Gaels 7-3

Cleveland Mad Hatters 5-5

Buffalo Lakers 5-5

Cincinnati Monarchs 4-6

 

1949 Playoffs

 

Brooklyn Coasters 32

Montreal Voyageurs 29

Ebbets Field

July 9, 1949

 

The Coasters entertained the Voyageurs at Ebbets Field. It was on this stage that O'Donnell put on another scoring clinic, but he wasn't alone. The Coasters' top flight midfielders Duane Cannon, Gus McPhail and Buddy Fox made several key blocks to keep the tackle count to a bare minimum on each Coaster drive. Montreal fought back after trailing 24-3 in the first half, but their final drive ended with tackle number six just inches short of the Brooklyn quarter line. Voyageurs midfielder Thierry St Louis tried to wriggle out of the grasp of Coasters nickelback Howie Kowalchuk, but to no avail.

 

Chicago Gaels 44

Cleveland Mad Hatters 41

Soldier Field

July 10, 1949

 

Brady O'Hanlon and Lewis Marshall came through for the Gaels. Marshall amassed seven tackles and two takeaways to keep the game close. However, the real hero of the day for Chicago was full forward Bob Shields, who lit up Mad Hatters fullback Homer Hitchcock to set up O'Hanlon's game winning over with just seconds to play. When the game ended, fans ran on to the field to congratulate the Gaels. Now it was on to Brooklyn for a much bigger prize.

 

1949 Frosty Mug

July 16, 1949

Ebbets Field

 

Hours before the game, the Coasters locker room received some devastating news. The team's owner, Ira Finkelman, couldn't afford to keep losing money. Unless he can find a buyer in Brooklyn, the team would be sold and moved elsewhere. On the field, the Coasters tried to keep a happy face for the crowd as they trotted out from what was normally the Dodgers' tunnel. The crowd at Ebbets Field for this year's Frosty Mug was 10% shorter than what the Mad Hatters drew at last year's championship at the Mistake by the Lake.

 

The few who showed up to cheer the Coasters on tried very hard to fight back tears, as this game could be the last time they would see their beloved team.

 

The Coasters did not allow a single six point goal through much of the game, but Chicago was able to score enough overs to only trail 30-27 with a minute and a half to play. Things were going pretty well for the Coasters, until Howie Kowalchuk was whistled for a defensive foul. That set up Brady O'Hanlon's penalty shot, which resulted in Chicago's lone six point goal in the entire game. That goal also helped clinch the Frosty Mug for the Gaels, and O'Hanlon was named the game's MVP.

 

Final score: Gaels 33 - Coasters 30

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