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1948 BVL World Series

Hawks slay Dogs in 7, Dad Simonds avenged

NEW ENGLAND -- A crime scene in New England is left behind for Dylan Simonds to solve. He takes over the Hawks seven years ago when they were awful, best described as a “32-story building without stairs or elevators.” That doesn’t matter for the 16-year-old, the youngest owner in BVL history. As a child, he witnesses his father’s tears whose teams who are beaten five times in the World Series by the Robert Fermann-led Might Diamonds.

For the young Simonds, the dream of slaying his father’s tormentor, now seven years old, is now in hand.

Arriving to the finals wasn’t simple. New England and Mr. Fermann’s Banksville club had to win their last regular season game. The Dogs beat NYC to win the American flag on a tie-breaker while the Hawks defeat Homestead on the road to clinch the National and host G1 of the World Series. The Greys would host G1 with a win.

Banksville survives the Scrappers in a tough five-game Yogi series.

Despite New England’s dominance during the regular season (5-1), Atlantic City oddsmakers peg the Dogs slight favorites. “The regular is meaningless,” said scribe Slick Rhodes. “You’re a fool to bet money against Mike Trout.”

For Trout, this is his third World Series. He fails to get a ring in 1941 and 1943 and tells close friends nothing matters more than having a BVL World Series ring.

It begins
A ring for Trout appears promising. The Dogs take the first two games on the road and return home for the last scheduled games at the Kennel (before its implosion). Trout thrills the home crowd in G4 when his solo homer ties the game in the 9th. But the home crowds are all disappointed in the end: the visitors win every game, including G5 in which the Dogs blow a 4-2 lead in the 9th.
With the road warrior mentality set to play, the visiting Dogs force a G7 with a 10-3 laugher in G6.

In the dramatic conclusion, Jacob deGrom, whom the Hawks pay heavily to get, throws a complete-game gem for the ages, a 1-0, 12-strikeout performance. And the lone run? That comes without the courtesy of an RBI.
Tim Locastro, the ex-Knight who got hit by more pitches than he had steals (9-7), starts the 7th inning with a double. He ponders a gutsy call. “(Kenta) Maeda wasn’t paying any attention my way,” said Locastro, rubbing the champagne from his eyes. “With no outs, no one was expecting me to steal third. Well, that’s what I was gonna do.”

There goes Locastro, stunning the everyone in the park, bolting for third with all the horsepower his legs can supply. Omar Narvaez’s throw is high and sails into the outfield. Locastro gets up from his slide and trots home to a hero’s welcome.

In the 9th, deGrom allows a leadoff single to Ketel Marte. Up next: the meat of the Banksville order: Trout, Josh Bell and Jorge Soler. deGrom strikes out the first two sides of that meat and retires slugger Soler on a grounder.

“Dad, you’ve been avenged,” cries the young Simonds to the older. The dream is now real.

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
1945
Brick Church Foys Indianapolis Cubes
4-3
1946
New York Knights Toronto Monarchs
4-0
1947
Brick Church Foys LES Con-men
4-3
1948
New England Hawks Banksville Bulldogs
4-3

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