The Nostalgia League regular season ended with the 1995 Indians and 2005 Indians winning their respective divisions, which under the old playoff format lined them up for a head-to-head best of nine games series to determine the league champion. The IBI's Rick Lamborn recaps the exciting playoff series and also hands out some postseason hardware in the conclusion to this epic nine-part series.
September in the Nostalgia League opened with the 2005 Indians holding a three game lead over the 1920 Indians in the Speaker Division in a race that may go down to the wire. Over in the Boudreau Division the 1995 Indians look to be in control as they hold a 12 game lead with only 22 games to go. The IBI's Rick Lamborn recaps the September pennant race and gets us setup for the playoffs.
August saw several teams eliminated from playoff contention in the Nostalgia League. One team is running away with the Boudreau Division, but first place in the Speaker Division changed places again and it represents the closest race for a division title. History guru Rick Lamborn provides the recap of the month of August in the league and gets us all up to date on some of the noteworthy game outcomes, stats, standings and more.
The Nostalgia League - an 18-team league matching up the greatest Indians teams of all time - continues on. July started out with a no-no and was bookended on July 30th with another no-no. Mike Hargrove's 1995 Indians have built up a comfortable lead in the Boudreau Division, but the Speaker Division changed leaders. Larry Doby and Mike Garcia shined in July, and the IBI's Rick Lamborn shares all the details of what happened over the entire month.
The 18-team Nostalgia League has reached the midpoint of its season. Where do all of the Indians great teams of the past sit as of July 1st? How are former great players and fan favorites doing? Which teams are running away with their division and which teams have been a disappointment so far? The IBI's history guru Rick Lamborn gets us all up to date in this fascinating simulation league!
The Nostalgia League continues on and two months are in the books. As the season moves into June, some teams like the 1995 and 2005 Indians continue to dominate, while the 1968 and 1976 Indians have struggled. Shortstop Lou Bourdreau is setting the league on fire with his hitting, Vic Wertz and Rocky Colavito are showing the power, and Cy Falkenberg has been dominant on the mound. Check it out!
A month is in the books in the IBI's Nostalgia League, a simulated league that pits the 18 greatest Indians' teams against one another over a full 162 game season. Eric Wedge's teams always got off to horrid starts, but not in this simulation as the 2005 Indians lead the Speaker Division and the 2007 Indians lead the Boudreau Division after one month of play. The Rock leads the pack with 15 homers, Albert Belle leads with 31 RBI, Otis Nixon leads with 20 stolen bases, and Luis Tiant leads with 73 strikeouts. Check it all out!
Opening day is always a great day to be alive, and for the Nostalgia League it means the beginning of some exciting matchups in this nine-part series simulating some of the greatest Indians teams of all time against one another over a full 162 game schedule. On opening day in the league 378,815 fans jammed into three parks on the shores of Lake Erie to see 9 games with 18 teams. Luis Tiant squared off against the juggernaut offense of the 1999 Indians, Bob Feller squared off against the 1995 Indians....and more!
Have you ever wondered which Indians' team was the greatest of all-time? IBI contributer Rick Lamborn decided to tackle that topic. To do it, he has compiled 16 of the greatest Indians' teams, and utilizing Out Of The Park Baseball 13's baseball simulation game, he's done just that. Can Bob Feller dominate some of the 90's hitters such as Manny Ramirez and Kenny Lofton? Can Lou Boudreau lead his team to the ultimate prize? Tune into the Nostalgia League to find out...
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