Round of 16 action in our All-Time Yankees Fantasy Showdown is under way and the teams in the Ruth region didn’t disappoint.
For the uninitiated, we’re using Out of the Park Baseball 21 to stage a simulated tournament between the Yankees’ best teams to see who reigns supreme. You can check out summaries of other first-round action here, here, and here.
Let’s get to it.
(1) 1927 vs. (4) 1951
It took seven games for the legendary “Murderer’s Row” team of 1927 to defeat their close cousins, 1926, in the first round of our fantasy tournament. Similarly, the fourth-seeded 1951 squad, which featured a soon-to-retire Joe DiMaggio and a rookie Mickey Mantle, went the distance against 1956’s team before prevailing.
In this second-round matchup, 1951 got off to a quick start, winning Game One 5-3 on the back of a three-RBI game from the Yankee Clipper. Game Two was a pitcher’s duel between Eddie Lopat and Waite Hoyt, with 1927 edging their ’51 counterparts 2-1. From there, “Murderer’s Row” won the next two games to take a 3-1 series lead. Down but not out, Allie Reynolds and Joe Ostrowski threw a combined one-hit shutout to stave off elimination for ’51.