The Sports Bookie interviews The APBA Blog

imageEarlier this week, I had a pleasant hour-long discussion on the phone with Bob D’Angelo.  Bob is a sports journalist who also writes about sports books and memorabilia on his blog The Sports Bookie. 

The topic?  APBA and The APBA Blog. 

Today, as a result of the interview, Bob posted an article about APBA.  Bob has had the pleasure of playing the APBA Baseball Game so he knew the nuances of the game. 

Thanks to Bob for the opportunity for the interview!  It was great talking about APBA and baseball with him.  APBA fans should stop on by Bob’s blog, The Sports Bookie, and check it out! 

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John Kalous recaps the 2016 National APBA Convention!

apbalogo1I met John Kalous for the first time at the Prairieland APBA Tournament in April.  He and I talked a bit about the upcoming APBA National Convention so I knew he was planning to attend.  We touched base again last week and he agreed to provide APBA Blog readers a wrap-up of the convention which took place last weekend. 

Without further ado, here’s John Kalous’ recap of his experience at this year’s convention. -Tom 

2016 marked my 13th straight National APBA Convention, and every year the Convention keeps getting better. Back in 2004, my first Convention, I arrived on Friday evening, just in time to check in, enjoy the Friday night dinner and the tournament rules discussion. These days, I come in on Thursday afternoon to have a chance to reunite with all my friends….Friday is now packed with lots of things to do (APBA GO, Trip to APBA HQ, Home Run Derby, Q&A with APBA owner John Herson, watching the hockey tournament semi-finals and finals, watching the football tournament semi-finals and finals, Friday night dinner and the tournament rules discussion).

We were formally introduced to APBA GO this year. APBA GO is the basic game on the computer. It’s due to be released in a few weeks. I had the opportunity to play a few games and was fairly impressed. The game play is smooth and you still get the cards/dice feel. We used 2015 teams, and played opponents head-to-head. My understanding is that there will be a micromanager if you wish to play solo, but we did not test that this past weekend. This seems to be a great opportunity for league players to play games head-to-head even if they live in different parts of the country. However, we did not see a "league play" feature this weekend.

For the third straight year, I participated in the APBA Home Run Derby. I believe we had 34 participants this year. For those that haven’t played the Home Run Derby, it’s a great head-to-head game. You roll the dice on the players’ card and look at the Home Run Derby Chart, which is on the back of the playing field that comes with the APBA baseball game. 1’s are always home runs. 30’s and 31’s and 12 are homers for most right handed hitters, while 32’s, 31’s and 35 are homer for the lefties. 13’s and 14’s are re-rolls. So the strategy in picking a player to use is a guy with lots of power who walks a lot or strikes out a lot. I used 1936 Lou Gehrig. I also used Lou in the inaugural Home Run Derby in 2014, where we lost in the finals to 1953 Ted Williams (after beating someone else who had 1953 Ted Williams in the semi-finals). This year Lou lost in the first round to 1950 Ted Williams, 15-12. I had an 11-3 lead after four innings, but then went ice cold with the dice and only had one homer the rest of the game. My opponent, Chuck Walker, proceeded to lose in the next round. 1998 Mark McGwire, under the skillful watch of Convention newcomer Ken Wyks won the Derby this year, out homering 2001 Barry Bonds! The prize for winning….a full size Louisville Slugger bat engraved with your name on it, which is probably the best prize APBA offers all weekend.

For the first time, APBA offered a football tournament at the Convention. Four coaches participated using the 2015 conference championship teams. Ray Dunlop (2015 Broncos) lost to Greg Wells (2015 Patriots) on Thursday night, while Greg Barath (2015 Panthers) easily dispatched Mike Harlow (2015 Packers). The finals were played on Friday afternoon and Greg Wells led New England to victory!

Also for the first time APBA offered a hockey tournament, with the semi-finals and finals played at the Convention. This was an 8-team tournament coordinated by Steve Skoff. The first round games were played head-to-head, or via Skype or Facetime over the first few months of the year. The finals came down to Chuck Sorce and his 79-80 New York Islanders against the high powered offense of Steve Skoff’s 83-84 Edmonton Oilers. True to form the Oilers won game one 7-1. But the Islanders struck back and took game two, 6-5 in overtime. That set up the deciding Game Three in which Steve Skoff got the overtime winner from, no, not Gretzsky, Kurri, Messier or any of the other great scorers on that team, but from fourth line player Don Jackson! What an exciting series! This is the second straight year that I have come away from the Convention very impressed with the APBA Hockey game. Instead of watching the Hockey Tournament at next year’s Convention, I plan to play in the tournament as I purchased the game and the 15-16 cardset (Go Blues!).

One of my favorite things to do at the annual Convention is to visit the APBA store. Normally, we mill around the APBA warehouse, where all the cards and games are stored, or hang out in the main lobby area and peruse owner John Herson’s sports library (it is vast! I thought I had a lot of sports books, but John’s library puts mine to shame!) Usually I buy one or two items and this year was no exception as I picked up the Hockey Game and the 2015-16 hockey cards. I wanted to pick up the 1978 baseball season, but alas, they are currently out of stock.

After dinner on Friday is the presentation of the newest APBA Hall of Famers. This year, Greg Wells was the emcee and he welcomed in Ray Dunlop, Greg Barath, and John Herson. Ray submitted many articles on baseball and football to the APBA Journal through the years and he has become a football ambassador. Last year he led a discussion on the football game. From the basics of how to play the game to more advanced options that he has developed over the years. Greg Barath is another football ambassador who has developed and shared many innovations for the football game with the APBA community. He has a website (oguard62.com) and you can also follow him on Twitter (@OGuard62) as he posts results of his many replays. John Herson has owned the APBA Game Company for a number of years and probably saved it from bankruptcy. He has expanded the number of products APBA produces and has made the National Convention much more than just a baseball tournament. Having had the pleasure of meeting all three of these gentlemen and seeing their work over the years, I don’t think we could have asked for a better HOF class.

Of course, the main event of the Convention is the baseball tournament on Saturday. 50 teams participated in this year’s tournament. As I did at the Prairieland Tournament, I brought the 2015 Houston Astros. Unfortunately, I did not roll well for them at this event and finished a disappointing 4-6, losing one game to the 1962 Mets and barely avoiding getting swept by them. I almost always lose to the 62 Mets. I think this is the third time I’ve lost to them….and I once lost to the 1969 Seattle Pilots in the APBA tournament (the same guy, Michael Davidson, brings a crappy team to the tournament every year). Of course, the eventual division winner, Greg Wells and the 1990 Oakland A’s also lost one game to the 1962 Mets, so I can take some solace in that fact.

The eight division winners were:

John Cody – 2005 Houston Astros (I’ve used this team a few times and didn’t do well with them)

Chuck Sorce – 1961 New York Yankees

Roy Langhans – 1985 St. Louis Cardinals (another team I’ve brought a few times, lost in tiebreakers for the division title at least once)

Nick Braccia – 1957 New York Yankees

Bill Blair – 1970 Baltimore Orioles

Greg Wells – 1990 Oakland Athletics

Jack Dolan – 1970 Baltimore Orioles

Steve Ryan – 1998 Atlanta Braves

John Cody, Roy Langhans, Greg Wells and Steve Ryan advanced to the semi-finals on Sunday. Steve Ryan dispatched Greg Wells in two games to advance to the finals. Langhans barely beat out John Cody, 2 games to 1 for the other spot. I must say John Cody was hilarious rolling for the Astros. Before almost every roll he is talking to his cards, exhorting them to do great things, or singing to them (BE-G-O, BE-G-O, I almost felt like I was in the Astrodome or Minute Maid Park!) Langhans then bested Ryan for the title. Roy has been to, I believe, every APBA Convention, going all the way back to the first one in 1973. This was his first championship in all those years! He’s a truly classy guy and I was very happy to see him finally come out on top!

All in all another great Convention! John Herson has dubbed the Convention a "family reunion", and in a lot of way he is right. It is great to see many of the same faces from year to year, and to welcome new ones. I’m already looking forward to next years event!

Many thanks to John Kalous for his comprehensive summary of the National APBA Convention.  Congratulations to tournament winners Steve Skoff, Greg Wells, and Roy Langhans! 

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Weird Card Wednesday: 1924 William Bell



Can someone give Tom Fulton the “411” on KC Monarch right-hander William Bell’s 1924 card? 

In addition to the strange anomaly at 11, Bell also has two 33s which is somewhat out of the ordinary.  Two 31s though!

thanks, Tom!

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Illowa APBA League get together for dice and fun

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While the APBA National Convention was in full swing in Alpharetta, GA, the Illowa APBA League held its 2016 Spring convention in Moline, Illinois.  The IAL is a 10-team league which uses the basic APBA baseball game and has been around since 1975. 

Our spring convention convenes simply for the purpose of playing APBA.  No All-Star games.  No draft.  No playoffs or World Series.  And we did just that.  Some of us got in upwards of thirty regular season games. 

Most of us entered the weekend having already played 48 games for the 2016 season so with the weekend, this puts us at almost the halfway mark.   I wish I could say I improved on my 19-29 record but I really didn’t.  I can thank Dan Bunch who is making the jump to having his own team now (congrats, Dan!) for that.  Dan was still co-managing his old team as his Rattlesnakes defeated my Twin City Thunderchickens five games to one. 

After that, my Thunderchickens managed to go .500 for the rest of the weekend.  I can break down the weekend into three trends. 

Rattlesnakes: The Dearth of Offense

As noted, my series with the Rattlesnakes was the key one for my team.  My dice were cold coming into the weekend.  For the six game weekend, the Thunderchickens only scored eleven runs.  We wasted some good pitching performances including two by Jeremy Hellickson (CY) who gave up just three runs in 15 innings and didn’t get a win to show for it. 

Molly Putts: Late inning heroics

The Thunderchickens got into a groove against Don Smith’s Molly Putts Marauders.  After losing the first two, our bats exploded and we started scoring runs.  It got ridiculous in game 3 when we won 18-3 which included 10 straight hits.   Don did the math and discovered that for the 6-game series, the Thunderchickens scored 28 runs in the 7th inning or later.  Don emphasized that I didn’t even bat in the ninth in some of those games. 

ial 2016 spring-7981Bombers:  Pitching, Pitching and more pitching

My series against commish Mike Bunch didn’t start out well when we got shut out by Tim Hudson (CR).  By game 2 though, our pitching got into gear.  Francisco Liriano pitched a no-hitter into the ninth inning.  We won 2-1.  The arms kept us in it as we shut out the Bombers in the next two games thanks to gems by Jon Niese and Jeremy Hellickson who got his due.  The Bombers scored four runs in the last four games. 

My record for the weekend?  I haven’t done my stats yet but if I am correct, I went 13-17.  I don’t think I had the worst record so maybe a last place standing is not in the cards for once. 

As always, win or lose, a fun time was had.  The All-Star weekend will scheduled sometime this fall. 

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Monster Card Monday: 2006 Albert Pujols


Perhaps remembering my fondness for my former firstbaseman for the Twin City Thunderchickens, Rodney Woodward suggested 2006 Albert Pujols for this Monday’s column. 

In ‘06, Albert hit .331 with 49 homers, 119 runs and 137 rbis for the Cardinals.  He led the league in slugging (.671) and OPS (1.102).  He even managed to steal seven bases. 

It was a big year for Pujols as he led the Cardinals to a division victory and eventual World Series win over the Tigers.  In all, he had 15 hits, including three homers in 2006 postseason play. 

2006 Totals 143 634 535 119 177 33 1 49 137 7 92 50 .331 .431 .671
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/27/2016.


I’ll be honest, I remember this card and thought it was a little weak for Pujols’ actual stats.  If I calculate what it will hit quick and dirty like, it should hit around .309. 

As a firstbaseman, this card gets some advantages such as the 46-41 and the 53-20 which are usually favorable results.  Regardless, APBA could have given Pujols a 55-7 and still gotten realistic results. 

Regardless, you can’t argue with power numbers like 1-1-0-0-0 especially when it is backed up with a 1B-5 fielding rating and a Fast base running rating. 

Fun numbers:  44-0, 11-1, 46-41

I looked at my Illowa APBA League stats for Pujols from 2006 at they are eerily similar to his real life stats (other than his batting average which is to be expected in a pitching rich league like ours).  Albert hit .296 with 49 homers, drove in 126 runs, and scored 118.  He also walked 92 times and hit 28 doubles. 

thanks, Rodney!

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New York Mets making up some games in 1966


I managed to get a few games in for my 1966 NL replay.  It’s slow going but I never meant this to be a race.  I’m finishing up May 8th, 1966.  The day is important because of two reasons.  One, it’s the last day Orlando Cepeda plays for the Giants.  He’ll get traded to the Cardinals that night. 

Also, the Cubs and the Mets had a doubleheader. While that doesn’t seem like a big deal, the Mets are in dire need of making up games.  As you can see by the standings (which even include the doubleheader), they have only played 18 games compared to 25 by LA, Houston, San Fran or Atlanta.  Leaderboards are fun to look at but they are not as relevant when the Mets have played 3/4 of the games of many of the other teams.  I’m playing the as-played schedule of 1966 and If I had to guess, it must have been a rainy year in New York. 

As you can see, the Cubs and Cardinals are leading the NL with 14 losses.  Fortunately, the Cubs have a few more wins.  The biggest surprise so far are the Mets themselves who are holding their own with a .500 record.  Aside from the Cubs, they were worst team in the NL. 


Pittsburgh manager Harry Walker must know what he is doing.  He’s batting 3B Bob Bailey eighth in the lineup but Beetle keeps producing.  He’s now leading the NL in hitting with a .418 average.  Not only that, he is pacing the league in slugging, OBP, and rbis.  Walker ain’t going to mess with that strategy. 

Jim Lefebvre is a surprise homerun leader at the start with seven dingers.  Speaking of surprises, check out Cub SS Don Kessinger and his nifty .350 mark!  I ain’t cheating for him, I promise!! 


It’s tough to pick a top pitcher right now but to be sure, it’s a Dodger.  It’s most likely either Don Sutton (6-0, 2.25 ERA, 52 K in 48 IP) or Sandy Koufax (4-1, 1.73 ERA, 55 K in 52 IP).  The Dodgers lead the NL in ERA with a miniscule 2.16 ERA.  Second place Pittsburgh (3.36) isn’t even close. 

By the way, see the problems that New York’s schedule is giving me?  Very limited Tug McGraw has pitched two straight shutouts and he qualifies for the top ten list by virtue of the Mets only playing 18 games. 

One change I’ve made in my scorekeeping method is that implemented conditional formatting in my Excel master spreadsheet so that if total pitching stats and total team hitting stats don’t match, I’m greeted with a nasty red numbers. 

Like this:


That tells me I need to go back to my last game and re-check my stats.  Give Rod Caborn a little credit.  His Replay Insider column always emphasizes confirming stats after each game. 

With the acquisition of Cepeda, I don’t know how long the Cubs can keep down the Cardinals.  St Louis has needed a firstbaseman in a bad way and this may be what they need to move up in the standings. 

Go Cubs!

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Which pitchers were rated A&C or higher in successive years?

mathewsonFueled by the recent article, A (not yet) comprehensive list of A&C and A&B starters through history, Pastor Rich Zawadzki came up with yet another idea.  Rich, who put together the data for that piece, wondered which starting pitchers throughout history have put together successive seasons of A&C or better grades.

As with the first list, this is not comprehensive but a great start!  Not surprisingly, the deadball era dominates the list.  Eight pitchers accomplished the feat before 1920.  Both Cy Young (1901-1903) and Grover Cleveland Alexander (1915-1917) were rated A&C three years in a row.  Just as impressively,  Christy Mathewson was awarded an A&C or better grade in successive years on two separate occasions (1904-1905 and 1908-1909). 

Cy Young
1901 (A&C)
1902 (A&C)
1903 (A&C)

Christy Mathewson
1904 (A&C)
1905 (A&B)

Rube Waddell
1904 (A&C)
1905 (A&C)

Mordecai Brown
1908 (A&C)
1909 (A&C)

Red Camnitz
1908 (A&C)
1909 (A&C) Original GTOP

Christy Mathewson
1908 (A&C)
1909 (A&C)

Ed Walsh
1908 (A&B)
1909 (A&C)

Grover Cleveland Alexander
1915 (A&C)
1916 (A&C)
1917 (A&C)

Lefty Grove
1930 (A&C)
1931 (A&C)

Hal Newhouser
1944 (A&C)
1945 (A&C)

Sandy Koufax
1963 (A&C) Original GTOP
1964 (A&C)

Greg Maddux
1994 (A&C)
1995 (A&C)

Pedro Martinez
1999 (A&C)
2000 (A&C)

Jake Arrieta ??
2015 (A&C)
2016 (???)

As with the comprehensive A&C and A&B list, if you know of others, let me know.  I can add them. Scott Fennessy may know of a few more, I’m sure. 

While I am a Cubs fan, it was Rich’s idea to add Jake Arrieta to provoke some discussion (and probably to jinx the Cubs).  My two cents?  I’m a little surprised there weren’t more in the pitching-rich era of the 1960s.  No, Juan Marichal?

thanks to Pastor Rich!!

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Scott Fennessy’s 1902 World Series: Pirates win series in wild outing

Tannehill_JesseOctober 17, 1902

Pittsburgh, PA

The A’s continued to stave off elimination after a solid pitching performance by Eddie Plank in game 5, but despite winning two of three at home, the mood on the train to Pittsburgh was one of pessimism as the biggest weakness on the team was pitching after their big two lefties. Bert Husting was very hittable, and their only B starter is a J-4, so he cannot start this game.

Today’s game features Bert Husting, a CW vs. Jesse Tannehill, a very talented AYZ who is also a great hitter in what looks like a total mismatch, and it was in game 3 in Philly. The A’s need to get off to a good start, and that’s just what they do. Tullos Hartsel rips a towering homer off of Tannehill with one out in the top of the inning and the visitors jump out to a quick 1-0 lead as Tannehill settles down as quickly as the outburst began.

The Pirates reacted far differently than what you would expect after the top of the inning. Instead of looking down, they looked angry and vengeful, and they exploded on Husting instantly. Tommy Leach hits a one hop smash that bounces off of Lafayette Cross’ glove at third, and the throw pulls Jasper Davis off the bag to keep the ball from going into the stands and Leach is on via an error.

Beaumont hits a grounder to second, but Leach was off with the pitch, so there was only one play for Danny Murphy, and that was to first for the out. Honus Wagner then hits a single to left center field for an RBI single. Fred Clarke hits a fly ball to right for out number two, but Husting loses his control and issues a 5 pitch walk to Bill Bransfield and John O’Connor, who had struggled all season comes through again, and slams a 2-2 fastball into the right center gap for an RBI triple and suddenly the lead has moved to the home team 3-1 Pittsburgh. As expected Connie Mack has the bullpen up already, but Lefty Davis grounds out to end the inning.

The A’s have kept their hitting ways as Lafayette Cross hits a floater over Wagner’s head into left for a single, and Mack calls for the hit and run. Ossee Shreckengost gets a slider that stays flat and “Shreck” drills it over Davis’ head in left field for an RBI double. Murphy moves the runner to third with one out and Monte Cross hits one just deep enough into center for the slow footed Philadelphia catcher to score the tying run. Husting stays in the game and grounds out to end the inning.

Mack would instantly regret this choice as Claude Ritchey hits a single up the middle and steals second shortly afterward. This was a bit of a surprise to Shreckengost and Husting as Ritchey only had 16 for the season. Tannehill gets a hanging curve and this is ripped into the left center gap, but Hartsel rushes over and cuts it off and holds Tannehill to a single, but Ritchey scores the go ahead run, and the bullpen is back up again. Leach grounds out and Tannehill moves to second with two outs, but the Pirates are not done yet. Beaumont hits an RBI single to center and a disgusted Mack comes to the mound and Husting is done for the day.

In comes Odie Porter, a CW. The way the Pirates have been swinging the bat he does not want to use his best option, and for now he gets away with it. Although Porter walked Wagner on 4 pitches he gets out of the inning with no further damage and the score is now 5-3 Pittsburgh.

Tannehill finally settles down and the A’s go quickly in the top of the third. Porter walked Lefty Davis, but surprised this reporter with a quiet outing as neither team scored in the fourth inning either. Tannehill had retired 10 hitters in a row before walking light hitting shortstop Monte Cross, but pinch hitter Mike Powers’ towering fly ball was caught at the left field warning track to end the inning. Relief pitcher Fred Mitchell, a C hurler is called upon to keep the Pirates hitters in check.

Mitchell gets a solid 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the 5th inning, but his teammates cannot help in the top of the 6th as Tannehill has really found his groove. After getting two quick outs in the bottom of the inning he loses Tannehill on a borderline pitch and walks Leach in a 10 pitch classic, and Beaumont slaps a single the opposite way into left field for an RBI single to give the Pirates a 6-3 lead. Mack comes in with the quick hook and throws a wrench in Clarke’s game by bringing in in Clarence Quinn, a DZ in hopes of regaining the strike zone, and Wagner pops up to end the inning.

Tannehill continues to cruise, and has now retired 18 of the last 19 hitters as the Pirates cling to a two run lead in the bottom of the 7th inning. Bill Bransfield gets a one out single to center and tries to steal second. O’Connor rips what looks like a certain single when Monte Cross makes a great diving stop and fires to first for the out. Bransfield has to stay at second as Cross makes his second amazing play of this series. Lefty Davis walks, but Claude Ritchey grounds out to end the inning.

Just when it looks like the Pirates have the game won the A’s make their comeback. After getting two quick outs, Dave Fultz hits a single to left and steals second base easily. Hartsel hits what was almost his second homer of the day, but it hits high off the wall for an RBI double and the lead is cut to just one run. Unfortunately powerhouse Jasper Davis, who has not done as well as hoped for this series grounds out to end the rally. Pitcher Howard Wilson, a B pitcher, the best remaining in the bullpen is called in to keep the team close in the bottom of the 8th.

Wilson gets the pitcher out, and some in attendance were somewhat surprised he was not pinch hit for, but Tannehill has been great all year and Clarke wants to see if he can go the distance with a 2 run lead in the top of the ninth. He grounds out to Davis at first, and Tommy Leach, who has never been a star, but always a threat for .300 and decent power rips Wilson’s third pitch of the at bat for a crucial home run. The lead is back to two as the inning ends shortly afterwards.

Ralph Seybold, the MLB homer king hits a fly ball to deep center field, but Ginger Beaumont makes a great running play for out number one and the anticipation builds. Lafayette Cross hits a single to right and the tying run is at the plate. Ossee Shreckengost hits a grounder just past a diving Tommy Leach to put runners on first and third. Ed Dohney immediately gets up in the bullpen, and it looks like he may be needed as Danny Murphy hits a left to right that scores Cross, and runners are on first and second base.

Clarke trots in from right field to stall for Doheny, but the umpire chases him back to his position after a brief chat as Monte Cross is due up. Cross is not much of a hitter, but Connie Mack has already used up his best pinch hitters, so Cross will have to make due. Monte rips a bullet towards the hole, but Wagner makes a great backhanded grab, throws to second for one, Ritchey makes the throw towards first with Murphy practically in his face and Bransfield gets the relay just in time for a double play, and the Pirates have won the World Series!

The Pirates all mash together just in front of first base as the A’s walk off the field. When interviewed afterwards Connie Mack grudgingly congratulated the Pirates and wished he had used Jud Castro as a pinch hitter in the 5th as he had more power and perhaps the fly ball that Powers hit would have been a home run instead.

And Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who now have baseball’s first Dynasty! They have now won three in a row. While I won’t be getting to 1904 for a while, we do know the Giants won my 1905 replay, so the most they can win is 4. Ginger Beaumont is named MVP for the series.

OK, so now you finally get the answer to the question I always dodge while doing this replay. “What is the next season you have planned?” Well I had originally had 1904 on tap, the Cubs playoff run last year really got me excited, so I am putting the way back machine away, as I cannot go further back in time anyway, and cranking the time machine all the way forward. I am doing 2015. That’s right folks, “Mr. Deadball” is doing a season in the 21st century!

Can I do better than Joe Maddon? We’ll find out. I have a lot of things to do, but I plan on having a full Cubs update as I did in 1905.

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Rod’s Replay Insider: Organizing a binder notebook to help you manage your replay

IMG_0851Keeping your key information in one place is one way to better organize your replay.

Start with an all-encompassing three-ring D binder book. There are lots of different sizes, but I use a one-and-a-half inch binder book.

The D-ring specification may sound picky, but when you start going back and forth through the pages, you find that there is a considerable difference between C-ring and D-ring binder books. D-ring binder books allow easier back-and-forth flipping through pages. They are at any Office Depot or Staples or any office supply store.

Use tabs to organize the sections in your binder book.  My binder book includes the following tabbed sections:

  • Team vs. team results (each team’s W-L against other teams)
  • Pitching rotation on a day-by-day basis
  • Month by month results (W-L, home, away, total)
  • Transactions (dates, special notes on when deals occurred)
  • Injuries and ejections (who was injured, when, how long, circumstances)
  • Real life (actual statistical information relevant to your replay)

Your binder book can incorporate whatever information is most important or most interesting to you. Which information is, of course, is a personal choice. The point is to afford the information you will consult on the most frequently consulted basis a place to reside and provide you with an easy means of finding it.

Next: What sections to keep inside your Replay binder book?

Read all of Rod’s Replay Insider articles!

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Prolific APBA documenter Rod Caborn is at it again with 1911 AL replay summary

Many of you have been following along with Rod Caborn’s excellent series of replay guidelines and tips entitled Rod’s Replay Insider.  For those interested in conducting a full replay, his series is a great introduction to how to do it well. 

Well, Rod just sent me a good example of his fruits of his labor.  It’s the 1911 AL Yearbook from his replay. 


True to Rod’s style, his 1911 AL Yearbook is not lacking in detail with a full 105 pages documenting Ty Cobb’s MVP season and Joe Wood’s Cy Young performance. It is full of stats, highlights and even photos of the players of the day.  If there is a Pulitzer Prize for APBA, Rod has it wrapped up.

Rod says:

“Have been busy completing my 1911 American League replay and 1911 World Series. The complete report is attached in the attached PDF…105 pages long, which is way more information than anyone will want to read, but it illustrates just how much stuff one can extract from statistics if one wants to put in the work.

Next up will be 1912…I’ve become hooked on the 1910s, which I was knew only in an incomplete fashion prior to plowing through 1911 (you have already kindly published the 1911 National League yearbook).

Have come up with lots of new blog info while doing the replay. These things are always an education and you bump into all kinds of time-saving ways to get replays done and still keep everything organized and accurate along the way.”

Between Rod and Scott Fennessy who is replaying almost all of 1900 decade, they’ll have the the first two decades covered before we know it. 

Rod has many more Replay Insiders on the way.  In fact, I think I’ll be posting one soon. 

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