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Driveball Redux (1963 NDA/CDA results)

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Name: George Brown

Age (18 or older): 33

Occupation: Owner of a small liquor store in the borough of Richmond.

Hometown: Richmond, New York City, New York

Case for Mickey O'Hare and a team in Boston: Boston has the perfect sports setup for a team to be there. Fenway could also be converted into a great driveball field. It would also create rivalries with the Titans, Brawlers, and Heroes.

 

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Updated Tally

Milwaukee - 2

Houston - 2

Boston - 2

Minnesota - 1

Los Angeles - 1

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October 20, 1951

 

CBS, who carried the Frosty Mug this past summer, unveiled its new "eye" logo, designed by William Golden.

The network will broadcast the championship game for next season.

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For 1952, the Buffalo Lakers are making some radical changes to their look...

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C&C Welcome.

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Ladies and gentlemen, it's official!

 

The Montreal Voyageurs have been sold to Wolfgang Herzog of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

For the 1952 season, the Montreal Voyageurs will move to Milwaukee and officially become the Milwaukee Voyageurs. The new colors are based on the corporate colors of Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson.

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As for Boston and Houston, they will each be granted expansion teams in the NDA unless they prefer to join a rival league being proposed by Spencer Holbrook of Los Angeles.

 

C&C Welcome.

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I really like Milwaukee's colors and simple M logo. I can't say I'd support a team from Wisconsin... but good job none the less!

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12 minutes ago, Section30 said:

I really like Milwaukee's colors and simple M logo. I can't say I'd support a team from Wisconsin... but good job none the less!

 

Thanks.

 

The Twin Cities are still in the running for a team, whether an expansion franchise in the NDA or in a rival league in maybe a year or two.

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STADIUM NEWS...

 

For 1952, the newly arrived Milwaukee Voyageurs will play at State Fair Park, on the field normally used for the Green Bay Packers' home-away-from-home games. 13 years earlier at this same venue, the Pack shut out the New York Football Giants 27-0 on their way to a fifth NFL world championship...

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For 1953, the Voyageurs will move into Milwaukee County Stadium. As of this year, the primary tenant of the new facility is set to be the Brewers of the American Association, but that might change should the Braves or Browns of MLB attempt to relocate to the area.

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All Voyageur games, home and away, will be televised by WTMJ-TV.

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Since you're all about authentic tv logos here (nice touch, BTW), here's one to help you represent Milwaukee properly.

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Love the uniforms.  I'll never complain about a Harley themed Milwaukee team.

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1952 NDA Preview

 

For the 1952 season, CBS will pay $30,000 carry the all of the New York Heroes' games, home and away, to fans coast-to-coast for the full season. CBS has also committed to broadcasting the 1952 Frosty Mug for a nationwide audience.

 

WBEN-TV in Buffalo and WROC in Rochester have each signed a TV contract with the Buffalo Lakers.

 

In the past year, advertisers have began to warm up to buying ads during Driveball telecasts. The most generous sponsorship dollars came from The Coca-Cola Company and RJ Reynolds, the latter coming at a time when cigarette ads were more widespread.

 

Starting next year, plastic helmets manufactured by Riddell for the National Football League, will be phased into the National Driveball Alliance.

 

The businessmen across America that were snubbed in favor of new Milwaukee Voyageurs owner Wolfgang Herzog are reaching out to Spencer Holbrook in Los Angeles about the possibility of forming a rival league which could start as early as 1954. For NDA Commissioner Tobias Irwin, the pressure is on to expand the league.

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I'm really liking this series so far. My only question is why the Voyageurs didn't change their name once they moved to Milwaukee.

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19 minutes ago, RightGuard said:

I'm really liking this series so far. My only question is why the Voyageurs didn't change their name once they moved to Milwaukee.

In honor of Pere Marquette and his voyages in Wisconsin...

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3 hours ago, MBurmy said:

In honor of Pere Marquette and his voyages in Wisconsin...

 

That is correct.

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1952 NDA Season

 

1952 marked the fifth season of the National Driveball Alliance, a milestone that helped the game disprove skeptics who didn't think the game would last more than two years. So far in the five years since the NDA first arrived on the scene, attendance has grown thanks to the curiosity factor that still surrounds the game. Despite still being a fairly new medium, television has worked wonders in generating interest in Driveball across the United States and Canada.


With WBEN being the only TV station in Buffalo at the time, the Lakers somehow managed to pick up airtime, which will prove critical to their survival in that market. A local Pepsi-Cola bottling branch and a selection of banks that would later make up the Marine Midland financial conglomerate are among the Lakers' corporate sponsors. Another sponsor is Rich Products, a local food company.

 

The biggest story of the 1952 appeared to be Milwaukee welcoming the Voyageurs with open arms. In their new home, the Voyageurs welcomed their new geographic arch rival Chicago Gaels to State Fair Park on April 5, 1952. Rookie forward Donald Hardwick scored the Voyageurs' first points in Milwaukee, a three point over in the first five minutes of the game, which the Voyageurs would go on to win 15 to 13. The winning over in that game came off the foot of fellow forward Kendall O'Connor, acquired from the Heroes in an offseason trade. The Gaels would go on to reclaim the Western Division crown while the Voyageurs managed to stay at .500 and win six more games.

 

Despite missing the postseason, the Voyageurs set a new NDA attendance record, averaging 30,000 to each home game even though the Dairy Bowl at State Fair Park is only temporary. Next year, the Voyageurs will move into the larger County Stadium, with the city's main goal of attracting an MLB team well within reach.

 

EAST

Philadelphia Brawlers 11-3

Buffalo Lakers 7-7

New York Heroes 4-10

Toronto Titans 1-13

 

WEST
Chicago Gaels 11-3

Cleveland Mad Hatters 10-4

Milwaukee Voyageurs 7-7

Cincinnati Monarchs 5-9

 

1952 NDA Playoffs

 

Eastern Division Championship at Franklin Field

Jimmy Pendleton guided the Brawlers' attack against a Lakers squad that many feel wasn't supposed to be there. It seemed anticlimactic for the Brawlers to curb stomp the Lakers, rather than see the Brawlers outwit the hated Heroes, or "Zeroes" if you're a Philly fan. Fullback Norm Griffith was supposed to be the Lakers' last line of defense, but Pendleton ran around and through him to account for most of Philly's scoring. Of course, Pendelton had plenty of backup. Lloyd Richardson and Horatio Trout, both acquired from Cincinnati, solidified a Brawler defense that was besieged by injury last season. Del Putnam and Andy Sharpsteen made several key blocks to open lanes for Pendelton to score at will.

 

FINAL SCORE:

Brawlers 36 - Lakers 9

 

Western Division Championship at Soldier Field

Chicago was once again the site of another Western Division showdown. The Gaels got on the board first. Corky Liebowitz and Bernie Berman, both of whom left for dead by their former teams, helped keep the tackle count low to set up a six point goal by Mel Dreyfuss. Nobody would have predicted that score would be the only six pointer the Gaels would record the entire game. The usually reliable Homer Hitchcock took an elbow to the jaw from Berman on that play and had to leave the game. In the regular season, Gaels coach Luke Duffy had moved Berman from midfield to attack to better utilize his blocking ability on scoring situations. Mad Hatters coach Lyle Waring moved George Bianchi from halfback to fullback with team doctors discouraging Hitchcock from returning to the field.

 

Cleveland goalie Big Cat Lawrence, fully healed from a scary ankle sprain in last year's Frosty Mug loss to New York, returned to the starting lineup 5 weeks into the 1952 season. His backup Les Waldron faced harsh criticism from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which blamed Waldron for the Hatters' 1-3 start. The Big Cat was slightly slower with his reflexes, but he knew he could count on George Bianchi, Wendell Peters and rookie halfback Alex Montague to turn Gaels attackers away.

 

Cleveland hung tough well into the second half. Down 12-3 early in the 2nd half, the Mad Hatters needed a six pointer to hang on. They would get a huge lift when Chicago defender Lou Darby was whistled for a defensive foul, setting up the six pointer which came off the foot of Art Tempest. On the ensuing possession, Montague intercepted a pass intended for Dreyfuss on the Mad Hatters' quarter line. That set up the score that ultimately won the game for the Hatters, a six pointer fist balled by Milt Riley with four and a half minutes to go.

 

The Mad Hatters took the lead 15-12, but needed to make an important defensive stand to advance to their third Frosty Mug appearance. With Chicago down to their final tackle and having barely crossed Cleveland's quarter line, Mel Dreyfuss fired a desperation pass to Corky Liebowitz to set up a possible six pointer, but it was not meant to be. Bianchi, who made a huge play to help the Hatters win the first Mug in 1948, came through again for Cleveland in 1952.

 

FINAL SCORE:

Mad Hatters 15 - Gaels 12

 

Fifth Frosty Mug

Franklin Field

Philadelphia, PA

TV: CBS

 

The two best teams in Driveball convened at Franklin Field, where the Brawlers' faithful would be at full throat. Halfway through the first half, Jimmy Pendelton would put the Brawlers on the board first with a three point over. But it took the Mad Hatters only a minute to connect with Milt Riley to tie the game. From then on, Cleveland took charge and refused to let up. Towards the end of the first and well into the second half, the Mad Hatters scored three additional goals to pull away 21 to 3. Philly responded with two goals of their own to pull within six. With the Hatters up 21-15 late in the game, Pendelton and George Bianchi were both ejected for fighting. Now it was up to the sidekicks to wear the capes in this game. Andy Sharpsteen kicked a six pointer to tie the game with just five minutes to go, but the Hatters still had plenty of time for one last score. Once Art Tempest got a hold of the ball, he would kick the game winning over to give Cleveland its second Frosty Mug, making them the NDA's first official dynasty.

 

Mad Hatters 24 - Brawlers 21

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Told ya Milwaukee would be a PERFECT Driveball city...here's to County Stadium and the Voyageurs' future ahead!

Ready to hear about that rival league too...

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Man, we were so close to getting another West title. Here's to next year, Gaels.

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1952-53 NDA Offseason

 

The National Driveball Alliance at long last had gained a bit of respect from the same sportswriters who were skeptical of its viability just a few years earlier. Just as the Cleveland Mad Hatters became the first NDA team to win the Frosty Mug more than once. Trouble for the NDA loomed in a federal courtroom, where the patents for the game held by Chicago Gaels owner Cubby Dempsey were terminated by a judge who determined the patents were made for anti-competitive purposes.

 

Now, the door has cracked wide open to rival leagues to try to challenge the NDA. One such league is propping up thanks to Hollywood attorney Spencer Holbrook and Houston oilman Cotton Leavelle. The rival league, which does not have a name yet, hopes to take the field with ten or twelve teams split into two divisions, starting in the spring and summer of 1954.

 

Prospective rival league owners

 

Cotton Leavelle: Oil man with a desire for a team in Houston.

 

Spencer Holbrook: General counsel for Walt Disney Productions. Wants a team in Los Angeles.

 

Mickey O'Hare: Wants a team in Boston.

 

Jonas Goldman: 62 years old. Owner of a real estate firm based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the moment, Pittsburgh is home to the NFL Steelers and MLB Pirates.

 

Nelson Shore: 53 years old. Owner of an insurance firm based in Hartford, Connecticut. Head of a prospective ownership group looking to bring an NDA franchise to New England, albeit based in Hartford rather than Boston.

 

Jesse Lindholm: 36 years old. Heir to his family's wheat fortune in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The city is currently home to the NBA Lakers.

 

Russell Darby: 63 years old. Automobile tycoon based in Detroit, Michigan. The city is currently home to the NHL Red Wings, MLB Tigers and NFL Lions.

 

Irwin MacPhail: 49 years old. Investment broker from Newark, New Jersey, with a desire to field a second Driveball team in the tri-state area to appease disenfranchised Brooklyn Coaster fans. Both of them.

 

Pappy Maynard: 64 years old. Movie theatre owner with four locations in Denver, Colorado.

 

Humberto Ricci: 46 years old. Head of a winemaking family based in Sacramento, California.

 

Buzz Fitzsimmons: 34 years old. Billionaire socialite in San Francisco, California.

 

Eddie Sangster: 42 years old. Scrap metal tycoon based in Oakland, California.

 

Andrew Sorensen: 44 years old. Lumber tycoon based in Seattle, Washington

 

Howard Poindexter: 70 years old. Retired Naval officer, based in San Diego, California.

 

Jacob Lieber: 52 years old. Grocery store magnate based in Washington, DC.

 

Bubba W Sherman: 50 years old. Barbecue restaurateur based in Kansas City, MO.

 

Obadiah "Obie" Coolidge: 38 years old. Dr Pepper franchisee based in Dallas, Texas.

 

Harold Patrick Kingsley: 32 years old. Heir to his family's beer and soda pop fortunes, based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

Rupert Trebilcox: 50 years old. Seafood restaurateur based in Portland, Oregon

 

Kenneth Olszewski: 46 years old. Meat processing tycoon based in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

If you would like to join the Rival League Committee, all you need is:

Name:

Age: (Must be 18 or older):

Occupation:
Favorite NDA Team (Optional):

Bio:

League name idea:

Alignment ideas:

Rule change ideas (Optional):

 

The committee is now open thru August 27, 2018 at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific.

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Name: Frank Templeton

Age: 46

Occupation: Executive with Wachovia Bank & Trust
Favorite NDA Team: None (as of yet)

Bio: Originally working as a clerk in his father's High Point, NC, general store, Templeton was able to work his way into becoming a top executive with one of the Southeast's largest banks. His career, however, didn't deter him from pursuing hobbies, such as his interest for exciting new creations in the world of sports. One day he hopes to bring a driveball team to Charlotte, but for now he's content with helping the sport expand to the rest of the continent.

League name idea: Western Driveball League

Alignment ideas: 2 divisions, Northern and Southern

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Name: Anders Lindberg

Age: 53

Occupation: Upper mid-west rail road company owner.

Favorite NDA Team: Philadelphia Brawlers

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. Anders is highly invested in growing interest in Driveball in local communities in the Midwest.

League Name Idea: Major League Driveball (MLD)

Alignment Ideas: 4 Divisions; North, East, South, and West

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For 1953, the Cincinnati Monarchs make a few changes to their look.

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