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In the ninth season of their existence, the Topeka Sizzlers finally reached the promised land of a United States Retro League (“USRL”) Championship.  After winning 109 games during the regular season, and storming to the Eastern Division title by twelve games, Topeka beat the Unadilla Cyclone in five games to advance to the World Series.  In the Series, Topeka met up with the red hot Minneapolis Millers, and although Minneapolis proved to be a tough foe, Topeka again managed a five game series victory to celebrate their first title.  All season long Topeka had been led by their pitching staff, which included Cy Young Award winner Phil Niekro, fellow 24 game winner Frank Tanana, and bullpen ace Rollie Fingers.  But, in the World Series, the Sizzlers used a different approach as their offense stepped up to lead them to the crown.  As a team, the Sizzlers hit an impressive .322 in the series, and World Series MVP Dave Winfield hit an incredible .611, with 1 HR, 5 RBIs, and 3 SBs.
The Sizzlers improved dramatically during the 1976 season, as they won a surprising 105 games, and tied for the Eastern Division title.  During the Season, the Sizzlers were led by their pitching.  Frank Tanana and rookie Mark Fidrych each had 18 wins, and Doyle Alexander won 17 against only 5 losses, and pitched the second No Hitter in Sizzlers history.  Rollie Fingers had a team record 36 saves.  On offense, the Sizzlers were again led by Lou Brock who hit .312 with 101 steals.
In their seventh season in the USRL, the Topeka Sizzlers finally reached the promised land of the post season.  The Sizzlers compiled a 89-73 record, which was good enough for third place in the USRL's Eastern Division, and the final playoff spot.  Although that playoff appearance ended in a disappointing 4-1 series loss to the Death Valley Drivers, the future looks bright for the young Sizzlers.  The Sizzlers were led offensively by third baseman Ron Cey, who hit .295 with 36 home runs and 119 RBI's.  Cey was the first ever Sizzler player to be named a first team All Star, and won a Silver Slugger Award.  On the base paths, Lou Brock and Derrell Thomas wreaked havoc, finishing with 105 and 76 stolen bases respectively.
During the 1974, the Sizzlers took another big step forward, improving their win total by a whopping 29 victories, which was good for a 92-70 record, and a fourth place finish in the USRL's ultra tough Eastern Division.  Again, the team was led offensively by Lou Brock, who hit .302 and stole a league record 157 bases.  Also leading the Sizzlers was emerging star Steve Garvey, who led the league in RBI's with 114, and veteran hurler Jim Rooker, who finished 22-9 with a 2.60 E.R.A.
In the 1973 season the Sizzlers took a step back to respectability, improving upon their 1972 marks by 18 games, and finishing with a 63-99 record.  Lou Brock was again the Sizzlers' leading offensive force, and again finished with 119 stolen bases and a .307 batting average. The 1973 season was also a big one for Topeka management as they added promising youngsters Dave Winfield, Ron Cey, Gene Garber, Gorman Thomas and Jose Cruz to their roster.
The Sizzlers entered the 1972 season with virtually no chance at a post season berth, and those expectations were met as they compiled a league worst 45-117 record, their worst season to date.  There were very few bright spots, but team captain Lou Brock once again broke the 100 stolen base plateau with 102 steals, and hit .293.  Meanwhile, other than the emergence of Rollie Fingers as the team's closer (13 saves), there was little to boast about in the pitching department.
The 1971 season was a disappointing one for Topeka.  High hopes after a 13 game improvement in 1970 quickly faded as the Sizzlers fizzled, and finished with a league worst record of 59-103.  Once again, the offense was led by Lou Brock, who hit .305 with 203 hits, 97 runs, and 107 stolen bases.  The pitching staff was anchored by Doyle Alexander who finished 5-6 with a 2.47 E.R.A. in his rookie campaign.
In their second year in the league, the Sizzlers were one of the real surprise teams as they increased their win total by 13, finishing 75-87.  The team's improvement was keyed by the acquisition of Lou Brock who hit .323 with 220 hits, 119 runs, 20 home runs, and a whopping 148 stolen bases.  Adding further spark to the Sizzlers' offense was Joe Foy who also arrived in the Brock trade, and stole 53 bases while hitting .251 for the year.  The pitching staff was led by reliever Pete Richert, who finished the season with a 1.30 E.R.A. and 35 saves in 37 opportunities.
In their inaugural season, the Topeka Sizzlers compiled a record of 62-100, tied for the best record among all expansion teams.  The Sizzlers were led offensively by Steve Hovley, who hit .275, and collected 24 stolen bases.  The team's pitching star was Denny Lemaster, who finished 12-11 with a 2.41 E.R.A., and pitched a No Hitter against the Madison Cheese Sox.