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1944 BVL World Series

New York are champs again -- but was it a sweep?

NEW YORK -- Time destroys details which fogs the memory with a vagueness unworthy of remembering. No argument about that, my friends. Just look the at previous five BVL World Series that ended 4-0. Can you say all were palm-sweating dramatic? Nope: one club won all the games and the other lost all the games. Where's the drama in that?

Well, there's the 1944 sweep by New York over Indianapolis. This was a different kind of sweep, beyond kissing your sister and not Ms. Monroe. There has to be a name that describes a series producing the standard for (1) the longest scoreless game, and (2) the longest game, period. Mind you, these two ballgames ended the same way, with the potential walk-off home run falling short.

In Game 1, folks will forget (1) Indianapolis starter Clayton Kershaw pitching a no-hitter into the 9th before Jason Kipnis spoils the historic bid with a clean single, and (2) the costly error by their centerfielder, Lorenzo Cain, a 12th-inning blunder leading to the game's only run, unearned.

And no one will remember what inning New York pencils RF Carlos Gonzalez into the game (the 10th). A wise decision. In the home 12, Cargo robs PH Luis Valbuena and Cube nation of a victorius, 2-out, 3-run home-run finish.

Game 2 proves even better. After the early explosion by both clubs, the 3-3 game in the fifth remains that way until the 17th inning. Both clubs have early chances to go ahead or to win. Jackie Bradley Jr.'s solo blast silences the home folks and Brian Dozier's potential 2-out, 2-run walk-off ballpark homer dies against the wall in left field.

The number 30 will also lose significance with time. That's the total number of innings pitched by the New York bullpen. They allow not a single run. In fact, the Cubes are held scoreless after the third inning as they were in G3, won by the New Yorkers, 4-3.

Indianapolis will forget the 10-0 loss in G4, PH Matt Harvey's homer, Michael Brantley's lonely single, and how their glorious season -- and 18-0 start -- could end on such a sore note. Fortunately, time heals all wounds.
BVL WORLD SERIES
Year
Champ
Chump
Result
1903
Mighty Diamonds Joe Foys
4-3
1904
Brooklyn Bruisers Mighty Diamonds
4-2
1905
Mighty Diamonds New England Titans
4-1
1906
Mighty Diamonds New England Titans
4-1
1907
Mighty Diamonds New England Titans
4-2
1908
Mighty Diamonds New England Titans
4-0
1909
Joe Foys Mighty Diamonds
4-2
1910
Brooklyn Bruisers Wisconsin Whispers
4-1
1911
Mighty Diamonds New England Titans
4-2
1914
Mighty Diamonds Joe Foys
4-3
1915
Mighty Diamonds Joe Foys
4-1
1916
Joe Foys Mighty Diamonds
4-3
1917
Mighty Diamonds Wisconsin Whispers
4-0
1918
Brooklyn Bruisers Mighty Diamonds
4-1
1919
Brooklyn Bruisers Joe Foys
4-3
1920
Mighty Diamonds Brooklyn Bruisers
4-2
1921
New England Titans Mighty Diamonds
4-3
1922
Joe Foys Brooklyn Bruisers
4-3
1923
Joe Foys Indianapolis Cubes
4-2
1924
Joe Foys New England Titans
4-3
1925
Moisture Joe Foys
4-1
1926
Brooklyn Bruisers Joe Foys
4-3
1927
Indianapolis Cubes Mighty Hawks
4-2
1928
Joe Foys Battery Cannons
4-0
1929
Joe Foys Battery Cannons
4-3
1930
Joe Foys New York Knights
4-1
1931
Indianapolis Cubes New York Knights
4-3
1932
Joe Foys Banksville Bulldogs
4-3
1933
Indianapolis Cubes New York Knights
4-3
1934
New York Knights Indianapolis Cubes
4-2
1935
Brooklyn Bruisers New York Knights
4-3
1936
Tampico Stogies LES Con-men
4-0
1937
New York Knights Banksville Bulldogs
4-1
1938
Banksville Bulldogs LES Con-men
4-2
1939
Banksville Bulldogs Homestead Greys
4-3
1940
Indianapolis Cubes New York Knights
4-2
1941
Homestead Greys Banksville Bulldogs
4-3
1942
New York Knights Indianapolis Cubes
4-3
1943
Indianapolis Cubes Banksville Bulldogs
4-0
1944 New York Knights Indianapolis Cubes
4-0

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