|Batting leadoff for the "40s": Tommy Harper,|
here shown playing out of position
|Batting second: jack-of-all-trades |
|Batting third: Joe Torre, catching |
(and maybe even managing)
While many of the players who dominate memories of the baseball 60s were born in the thirties, it somehow seemed more compelling to start with those who were born in the following decade. We can always go backward in time later.
|Batting fourth: Willie Stargell|
We’ll just start calling these guys “the 40s.” (They’ll be followed by the “41s”, etc., all the way up to the "49s"--and don't call 'em the "49ers", please!!) Going by playing time and availability at positions as the criteria for the hitters, and by games started, saves, and ERA+ for the pitchers, here’s the roster. (There are a few more than 25 names here, and that’s on purpose. The names in parentheses are the backups.)
|Batting fifth: Ron Santo|
C—Joe Torre (Elrod Hendricks)
1B—Joe Pepitone (Danny Cater, Tommy McCraw)
2B—Glenn Beckert (Chico Salmon)
SS—Denis Menke (Gene Alley)
LF—Willie Stargell (Len Gabrielson)
RF—Tommy Harper (Roger Repoz, Bob Chance, Brant Alyea)
SP—Mickey Lolich, Luis Tiant, Jim Maloney, Bill Hands, Dick Ellsworth
RP—Jack Aker, Frank Linzy, Ramon Hernandez, Tom Timmerman
|Batting sixth: Willie Davis|
|Batting seventh: Denis Menke, |
a 60's SS with some pop
This squad is pretty darned interesting. One big break is the presence of Cesar Tovar, who can pretty much play anywhere and be a solid #2 hitter in the lineup—meaning that you can rest other players or swap things around here and there for some platoon advantages. The rest of the bench is pretty weak, but depending on who you keep (I’d be going with Hendricks, Cater, Beckert, Salmon, Repoz, Chance and Alyea) you’d at least have some home run pop sitting around.
2. Tovar 2b
3. Torre c
4. Stargell lf
5. Santo 3b
6. Davis cf
7. Menke ss
8. Pepitone/Cater 1b
This is a solid little lineup, with a nice trio in the middle of the order and a shortstop (Menke) with some actual pop in his bat. The BBBA run estimator projects 765 runs out of this lineup, which isn’t too shabby by 1960s standards. This is a team that can utilize both speed and power as part of its offensive equation.
|#1 in the rotation: Mickey Lolich,|
King of the Wheels
The CCQ (clubhouse chemistry quotient) is low, however: Joe Pep, 3-Dog, Tommy (Mini-Me) Harper and the often dyspeptic Ron Santo are going to need to be policed by Pops Stargell and Joe Torre. Whoever manages this team (and one can surmise that it might be Torre) will need to keep a firm hand with Joe Pep, who could sulk with the best of ‘em…
|#1a: El Tiante, never without a light|
even if he'd been lit up...
Other pitchers born in 1940 with more than 100 GS: Ray Sadecki, Tony Cloninger, Jim Hannan.
Other players born in 1940 with more than 1500 PA: Larry Brown, John Bateman, Paul Popovich, Tom Satriano, Jackie Hernandez, Ron Brand.