BLEARY-EYED UPDATE: My usual Friday post with game results will be up Saturday morning this time, because a) I’m finishing another writing project and b) There were a crapload of double-headers to play. You also may have noticed the all-star roster size below magically grow to 33. Rennie Stennett and Leroy Stanton were added after much public pressure.
As I threatened last week, I’ll be staging a best-of-three All-Star Series as soon as I hit July 7th in my schedule (a few weeks from now, give or take house duties), but wanted to give everyone plenty of time to enter the big Funky All-Star Contest, open to all readers of this blog, including their families, friends and pets. The winner will receive two groovilicious CDs of old school and nu skool funk tunes, compiled by yours truly in his secret tuneage laboratory.
Contestants have until the eve of the all-star series to enter by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
They’re easier than you can ever imagine.
1. Pick the winning team of the 2-out-of-3 series.
2. Submit the combined final R-H-E totals for the two teams. Example: NL beats AL 5-12-1 to 3-7-0 in game one. NL beats AL 12-17-0 to 9-14-1 in game two. Combined totals would be 29-50-2 for the series.
Winner must pick the correct winning league, and the closest combined totals. Piece of freakin’ cake, right?
Due to the actual ’77 game being played in Yankee Stadium, the AL will enjoy home field advantage:
Game 1: Tiger Stadium, Detroit
Game 2: Candlestick Park, San Francisco
Game 3 (if necessary): Exhibition Stadium, Toronto
33-MAN ALL-STAR ROSTERS
(Games 1 and 2 starting pitchers marked)
ATLANTA: Jeff Burroughs
CHICAGO: Bruce Sutter, Bobby Murcer
CINCINNATI: Johnny Bench, George Foster, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose, Tom Seaver (2)
HOUSTON: J. R. Richard, Bob Watson
MONTREAL: Gary Carter, Ellis Valentine
LOS ANGELES: Reggie Smith, Steve Garvey, Burt Hooton
NEW YORK: Jerry Koosman
PHILADELPHIA: Greg Luzinski, Mike Schmidt, Bake McBride, Gene Garber, Steve Carlton
PITTSBURGH: Dave Parker, Bill Robinson, Rennie Stennett, John Candelaria (1), Goose Gossage
ST. LOUIS: Keith Hernandez, Ted Simmons, Garry Templeton
SAN DIEGO: George Hendrick, Gene Tenace
SAN FRANCISCO: Willie McCovey, Gary Lavelle
BALTIMORE: Ken Singleton, Jim Palmer (1), Rudy May
BOSTON: Jim Rice, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Bill Campbell
CALIFORNIA: Bobby Bonds, Frank Tanana (2)
CHICAGO: Oscar Gamble
CLEVELAND: Andre Thornton
DETROIT: Ron LeFlore
KANSAS CITY: George Brett, Dennis Leonard, Al Cowens, Hal McRae
MILWAUKEE: Robin Yount, Don Money
MINNESOTA: Rod Carew, Larry Hisle, Lyman Bostock
NEW YORK: Thurman Munson, Willie Randolph, Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry
OAKLAND: Mitchell Page
SEATTLE: Leroy Stanton, Vicente Romo
TEXAS: Gaylord Perry, Bert Blyleven, Mike Hargrove, Toby Harrah
TORONTO: Pete Vuckovich
Good luck everyone!