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1924 Classic Past Season with transaction and lineups available now!

1924: Surprise for Gotham

by Steve Ehresman

When the 1924 baseball season began, the odds-on favorites to return to the World Series were Miller Huggins’ Yankees and John McGraw’s Giants, both located in the baseball capital of the world, New York City. For three consecutive seasons, these Gotham dynasties had clashed in the post-season. Further, each team entered 1924 with virtually the same talent that had allowed them to vanquish their opponents in the preceding years.

What could go wrong?

For the Giants, the answer was stout resistance by Brooklyn and Pittsburgh. For the Yankees, the answer was superb play by a talented Washington team. Whereas McGraw’s Giants survived the challenge to capture the National League flag, Huggins’ defending American League champions, the Yankees, succumbed to the rival Senators.

As the 1920s began to roar, baseball produced its share of dynamic performers, heroes whose grit would not have been out of place in the baseball novels of Zane Grey. Indeed, the 1920s was a decade of larger-than-life baseball legends

In the National League, Rogers Hornsby, despite the dismal performance of his St. Louis team, captured his fifth batting title with an other-worldly .424 average, while banging out 43 doubles, 14 triples, and 25 home runs. In the Senior Circuit, “The Rajah” was nonpareil.

The New York Giants, who edged out Brooklyn by 1 ½ games and Pittsburgh by 3 games, featured outstanding hitting by George Kelly (.324, 136 RBI), Frankie Frisch (.328), Travis Jackson (.302), and Ross Youngs (.355). On the mound, Jack Bentley (16-5, 3.78), Virgil Barnes (16-10, 3.07), and Art Nehf (14-4, 3.66) were reliable starters.

Despite the prowess of the Giants, the Robins, led by Jack Fournier (27 HR, 116 RBI), Zack Wheat (.375), and Dazzy Vance (28-6, 2.16), and the Pirates, paced by Max Carey (49 SB), Rabbit Maranville (20 3B), Kiki Cuyler (.354, 32 SB), Pie Traynor (24 SB), and Mort Cooper (20-14, 3.28), would keep the pressure on the Giants all season.

In addition to the pennant race provided by this trio of outstanding ball clubs, the National League boasted of stars like Ed Roush (.348, 21 3B), Carl Mays (20-9, 3.15), Gabby Hartnett (16 HR), Jim Bottomley (.316), and Cy Williams (24 HR), all of whom contributed to this Golden Age of American Sports.

Above all the rest stood Babe Ruth, enjoying one of his greatest seasons, as he led the American League in batting (.378) home runs (46), and RBI (142) in an effort to turn back the challenge posed by Goose Goslin’s (.344, 30 2B, 17 3B, 12 HR, 129 RBI) and Walter Johnson’s (23-7, 2.72) resolute Senators. Despite the Babe’s historic bating and Herb Pennock’s ace pitching (21-9, 2.83), the Nationals captured the pennant by a slender two-game margin.

Fans outside New York or Washington were entertained by the exploits of Ty Cobb (.338, 23 SB), Harry Heilman (.348, 113 RBI), George Sisler (.305), Baby Doll Jacobson (.318, 19 HR), Ken Williams (.324, 18 HR, 20 SB), Bing Miller (.342), Al Simmons (.308), Tris Speaker (.344), Charlie Jamieson (.359, 21 SB), Eddie Collins (.349, 42 SB), Harry Hooper (.328), and Bib Falk (.352), names that resonate with baseball fans to this day.

In a spirited 7-game World Series, the Washington Senators of player-manager Bucky Harris dispatched the New York Giants of John McGraw and on October 10, 1924 and stood alone atop the baseball world. The Gotham dynasties had been displaced by a new powerhouse.

Diamond Mind is excited to bring you this slice of American sporting history. Our season comes complete with the great pennant races, the powerful hitters, the rising stars, and the stalwart veterans that made 1924 and outstanding year for baseball. In fact, we give you everything you need for a realistic replay. Everything, that is, except bathtub gin, flappers, and gangsters.


The 1924 Classic Past Season database contains everything you need to play games using teams and players from the 1924 season -- a full set of ratings and statistics for every player who appeared in the big leagues that year, plus team rosters, manager profiles, ballpark ratings, transactions, and league schedules. Statistics include official batting, pitching and fielding totals for all batters and pitchers.

 

  • David Pyke

1970 Deluxe Past Season with transaction and lineups available now!

1970: Baseball Enters a New Decade

by Steve Ehresman

 As the United States moved into the post-Woodstock era, the Vietnam War continued to rage, bitterly dividing the nation, but the Apollo 13 crew made it home safely, showing American ingenuity at its best. The psychedelic 1960s had come to an end, and America stood on the threshold of a roller coaster decade no one could have predicted. Although challenges lay ahead, the American people, like the Apollo 13 crew, possessed “the right stuff,” meeting the unknown with courage and hope.

As it always has in troubled times, baseball remained a steady, calming influence, “a bridge over troubled waters.” The 1970 season itself was a bridge between decades, as the Baltimore Orioles asserted their dominance, winning a World Series title to compensate for their loss to the New York Mets in 1969, and the Cincinnati Reds fired on all cylinders, providing fans with a preview of the Big Red Machine.

The MVP of the American League, Boog Powell of the Baltimore Orioles (35 home runs, 114 RBI, .297), and the MVP of the National League, Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds (45 home runs, 148 RBI, .293), reflected the excellence of their respective teams. Bench’s 1970 season may be the greatest by a catcher in major league history, as he led the National League in both home runs and RBI.

These all-star performances were joined by Frank Howard (44 home runs, 126 RBI), Alex Johnson (.329), and Bert Campaneris (42 SB) of the Junior Circuit and Rico Carty (.366) and Bobby Tolan (57 SB) of the Senor Circuit to give fans a season of superlatives, truly "one for the ages."

On the mound, Dave McNally and Jim Perry (24 wins), Diego Segui (2.56 ERA), Sam McDowell (304 SO), and Ron Perranoski (34 SV) set the pace in the American League. Their counterparts in the National League, Bob Gibson and Gaylord Perry (23 wins), Tom Seaver (2.82 ERA, 283 SO), and Wayne Granger (35 SV) put up equally admirable numbers in the National League.

The 1970 major league season entertained and thrilled, giving Americans a chance to catch their collective breath before the coming decade, in which a political scandal, an oil embargo, and a hostage crisis would rock the nation. Through it all, baseball produced Hall of Fame stars and legendary dynasties that made their own headlines and printed their names indelibly in our nation’s history.

Diamond Mind has the 1970 season ready to ship, complete with everything you need to celebrate the Baltimore Orioles and to prepare for the Big Red Machine. With DMB, you can manage powerhouse teams just like Earl Weaver and Sparky Anderson. Maybe you can even rewrite history.


The 1970 Deluxe Past Season database contains everything you need to play games using teams and players from the 1970 season -- a full set of ratings and statistics for every player who appeared in the big leagues that year, plus team rosters, manager profiles, ballpark ratings, transactions, and league schedules. Statistics include official batting, pitching and fielding totals with left/right splits for all batters and pitchers.

  • David Pyke

2016 Season Database Update

In late December, we discovered a number of small discrepancies between the player stats for some players and the final stats release from our data supplier. An updated copy of the 2016 Season Database is now available for download from the Diamond Mind website. (Please refer to the Scope of Changes note on the 2016 Season Database Changes web page for details.)

2016 Season Database Changes

All customers who have purchased the 2016 Season Database so far have been sent a notification email that includes information about the update and a new link to allow you to download a copy of the updated season. If you have not received the update notification, you can contact us directly at dmb_info@imaginesports.com

To check if your copy of the 2016 Season Database is up to date, have a look in the Notes tab of the Organizer window with your installed copy of the 2016 season as the active database. If the date of the "2016 Updates" note is 12/22/2016 or later then you have the most up to date version.

In addition, we have released a season update patch that will allow you to update your already installed copy of the 2016 season. The update patch is not a complete copy of the 2016 season database. It is a program that applies the corrections to an already installed copy of the 2016 season without disturbing the work you may have already done to your team rosters and league structure. Instructions on using the 2016 season update patch and the link to download it can be found on the 2016 Season Database Changes web page. 

We apologize for these errors and for the inconvenience.

Updated: 2/1/2017

  • David Pyke

2016 Annual Season Database available now!

2016: The Curse Is Broken

by Steve Ehresman

Decades from today, when old-time baseball fans gather, they will still be discussing the remarkable 2016 MLB season. For the Chicago Cubs, 2016 was the year the franchise overcame the goat, the black cat, and Steve Bartman to capture their first World Series in 108 years. No more hoodoo. No more superstition. No more--excuse the expression--scapegoats. Finally, the Cubs were real, and their fans came on down to Wrigley Field to party like it was 1908.

Beyond the media buzz surrounding the Cubs, the 2016 season demonstrated that MLB itself is in great shape going forward. Young stars have taken over the game, playing dominant roles, as baseball pushes toward the front of the line to reclaim its crown as America’s favorite professional sport.

In 2016, a cast of players under the age of 25, like Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa, Michael Fulmer (ROY), Francisco Lindor, Rougned Odor, Gary Sanchez, and Mike Trout (MVP) of the American League, along with Kris Bryant (MVP), Bryce Harper, Gregory Polanco, Corey Seager (ROY), Dansby Swanson, Noah Syndergaard, Trea Turner, and Christian Yelich of the National League, all displayed the potential for all-star careers.

Sadly, when the 2017 season dawns, the Miami Marlins will be without one of their brightest young stars. The death of Jose Fernandez has denied us the privilege of watching a potential Hall of Fame career unfold. Baseball will continue, but we all will be poorer for his loss.

Along with its budding young stars, Major League Baseball relied on a cast of proven hitters to propel it forward. Sluggers Mark Trumbo, Nolan Arenado, and Chris Carter excelled in home runs. Superb second basemen Jose Altuve and D.J. LeMahaieu captured batting titles. David Ortiz, Edwin Encarnacion, and Nolan Arenado set the pace for runs batted in. Jonathan Villar and Rajai Davis were the Robin Hoods of the base paths. Charlie Blackmon, Khris Davis, Brian Dozier, Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rizzo, Jean Segura, and Joey Votto joined them near the top of the record boards throughout the 2016 season.

Rick Porcello (A.L. Cy Young) and Max Scherzer (N.L. Cy Young) provided excellent pitching throughout the season, while aces like Kyle Hendricks, Korey Kluber, Jon Lester, and Justin Verlander gave baseball fans no shortage of superb pitchers to cheer. Closers like Zach Britton, Aroldis Chapman, Jeurys Familia, and Andrew Miller showed how bullpens can re-define baseball, especially in October.

The World Series was the highlight of the 2016 season, moving beyond the sports pages to capture the headlines of major newspapers. The Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs, storied franchises joined by their years of frustration without a championship, met in a Fall Classic for the ages: a nail-biting, seven-game struggle from which only one long-suffering city could emerge a champion. Overcoming a 3-1 deficit and surviving one of the greatest World Series finales ever played, the Chicago Cubs clawed their way to baseball’s ultimate championship.

Diamond Mind has never been more pleased to present its customers with an historic season, complete with young stars, superb veterans, and a chance to replay what may be the most famous World Series in history. Match wits with Terry Francona or Joe Maddon any time you wish. With DMB, you can be at the helm when one of baseball’s great franchises overcomes its championship drought.

 

The 2016 Annual Season Database is Available Now!

 

Note: Two new ballpark image files have been added for the 2016 season, Rogers Centre (new full dirt infield) and Marlins Park (new outfield dimensions). These image files are available for free download from our Park Images page.

  • Jim Wheeler

Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale


Diamond Mind's Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sale

Save 20% on the purchase of all regularly priced DMB Version 11 products between Friday, November 25th and Monday, November 28th. 

Includes all Classic and Deluxe Past seasons, Greatest Teams collections, Greatest Players collections and the Diamond Mind Baseball - Version 11 game.

All sale items will be specially priced in the online store.

Start saving now!


Sale runs from 12:01am EST, November 25, 2016, until 11:59pm PST, November 28, 2016.
Sale prices cannot be combined with any other discounts.
No returns or refunds are allowed on sale items.

  • Jim Wheeler