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1946 BVL World Series

The Rat's return to series ruined by New Yorkers

NEW YORK -- By hosting the 1946 World Series, the New York Knights accomplished the impossible. They had trailed Indianapolis by 5 games with 6 left in the regular season — all against the Cubes. A win by the Indy boys would send them to their fifth straight World Series. That never happened. The Knights completed the Mouse Trap Massacre by winning all six games.

Toronto’s entry into the fall classic was equally improbable. They had lost their No. 1 horse, Cory Kluber, to a career-ending injury early in the year. Yet, the determined club showed grit to rally behind their fallen star and win the American flag, stunning LES in a thrilling one-game playoff.

In the Yogi series against the Cubes, Toronto took the opener. Matters got worse for the city of Indianapolis. Before the Game 2 start, the Cubes forfeited the series after they refused to pay $25 for next year’s cards, declaring they were abandoning the franchise. A shocking and sad ending.

Monarchs boss Andrew 'The Rat' Villalba Sr. exhibted poise and road the chaos in stride, celebrating his first World Series appearance in 22 years. He hailed a cab home with his hair wet with champagne.

A Max effort
New York penciled in Max Scherzer as their opening game starter. As per usual, he was untouchable and carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning. His 3-run blast in the 2nd highlighted the complete-game performance. The Knights rolled, 8-3.

Toronto’s Brett Gardner clubbed a 2-run homer in the 8th to break a 3-3 tie in Game 2. But the Monarchs, by then, had flown too close to the sun. Josh Reddick tied the game for the Knights in their half of the frame with a 2-run shot of his own and pinch-hitter Lorenzo Cain’s walk-off RBI hit concluded the 6-5 victory for Andrew Goldberg’s club.

A broken team, Toronto returned home. High emotions showered the Monarchs club but such emotion doesn’t drive in runners from scoring position nor get you the needed outs. The bats of Joey Votto, Aaron Judge erupted in Game 3; the duo evenly split four home runs.

Game 4 was played despite the predetermined outcome. The fans cheered Clayton Kershaw on, who appeared in the 9th in relief with an exhausted arm and shattered heart. The Knights showed the lefty no mercy and tacked on a pair of runs for the 6-3 clinching victory.

Owners Goldberg and Villalba proved their gentlemen titles afterward with a handshake.

And so, it ends.

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

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