20
August

No APBA cards were damaged in this production

Done deal, Tom Zuppa.  As per Tom Z’s challenge, I participated in the #alsicebucketchallenge. 

 

Needed a shower anyway. 

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20
August

Weird Card Wednesday: 1999 J.R. Phillips

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At first glance, J.R. Phillips’ 1999 card looked to be a Terrible Tuesday contender but how could I do that with his power numbers 1-5-6-6?  My general rule of thumb is if a card has characteristics of a Monster Card AND a Terrible Card, it probably belongs in Weird Wednesday.  So be it. 

But the strangest aspect of J.R. Phillips’ 1999 card is his 31-17.  It’s becoming more commonplace for APBA to relocate the error number to someplace other than 53 these past few years.  However, this card was published in 1999.  Pitchers excepted, I don’t remember APBA doing that too often back then.

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1999 Totals 25 40 39 5 9 4 0 2 4 0 0 13 .231 .250 .487
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/20/2014.

 

Phillips also has no 14s but rather one 42 (for his one HBP) at 45. 

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19
August

Terrible Card Tuesday: 1982 Bill Fahey

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Maybe journeyman catcher Bill Fahey thought a return to his hometown of Detroit would bring his bat to life.  After playing for three teams in eight years in the majors, he was purchased by the Tigers in 1981. 

While he did bat .254 in 1981, his average plummeted to .149 (10 for 67) in the next year.  Not only that, he didn’t even get a free pass. 

He DID score seven times in 1982 which seems like a lot considering his ten hits (like I said, zero walks and no HBP… not sure how many times he reached on errors). 

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1982 Totals 28 68 67 7 10 2 0 0 4 1 0 5 .149 .147 .179
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/19/2014.

 

Fahey did hit two doubles and for that, he gets a 66-6.  An oddity for this card, Fahey receives a 15-10 for his stolen base despite his slow rating. 

Of course there are no 14s on this Bill Fahey card.  meaning that if he’s facing an A pitcher, the 66 and 15 are his only ways on base (not counting the 53-18).

Ugly numbers:  25-38, 31-13, 51-13

If I were desperate for a run and my options were limited, I might consider a sacrifice squeeze with this card.  Fahey’s two 13s make a pretty decent choice to do that. 

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18
August

Monster Card Monday: 1976 Joe Morgan

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1964 Joe Morgan may not have a hit in my Monster vs Terribles series but a lot changes in twelve years and a different venue.  Pastor Rich Zawadzki suggested 1976 Joe Morgan APBA card for Monster Monday.  A fan of the 70s, I remember this one well.  It’s one of my favorites with a perfect blend of speed, power, on-base not to mention awesome fielding. 

In 1976, Little Joe led the NL in OBP (.444) and slugging percentage (.576) while stealing 60 bases and hitting 27 homers for the Cincinnati Reds.  Primarily batting third for the Big Red Machine, he hit the century mark in both runs (113) and rbis (111).

Morgan also had a very impressive 114/41 walk to strikeout ratio in 1976

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1976 Totals 141 599 472 113 151 30 5 27 111 60 114 41 .320 .444 .576
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/18/2014.

 

Joe Morgan’s 1976 card has formidable power numbers at 1-4-5-6.  But really makes this card stand out is its ability to get on base.  Morgan has seven 14s!.  Not only that, five of them are 14*. 

It’s amazing enough that he has thirteen on-base chances against a Grade A pitcher.  Counting his four power numbers plus his 15-11, he has ten chances to get to SECOND base. 

All this and he is a two-bee-nine.

Fun Numbers:  24-14, 61-14, 2B-9

1976 Morgan was given two 31s but strangely, the second one was placed at 21 and he was given a 63-32 instead. 

thanks, Rich!

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18
August

Gary Brown’s Red Wings win it all in Bridesburg APBA League

redwingsBrian Cavanaugh sends me a postseason wrap-up for the Bridesburg APBA League

Hard to believe that the league has just finished it’s 5th season of play. I was just hoping that the game would catch on, I never thought it would grow into what it has become. I owe all of the leagues success to the kids who play.

Final Standings

Rose Division

Lightning … 32-8

Senators … 30-10

Kings … 21-19

Wolverines … 20-20

Bears … 7-33

Schmidt Division

Eastern State Convicts … 29-11

Rainbow Ninjas … 21-19

Rockets … 15-25

Nasty Nates … 4-36

Ashburn Division

Red Wings …31-9

Vermont St. … 10-30

Wink’s … 8-32

Black Hawks … 7-33

Burrell Division

Tiggers … 25-15

Rat Pack … 24-16

Blue Clawges … 16-24

Warriors … 5-35

Playoffs

Round 1 

Lightning over Rainbow Ninjas

Red Wings over Kings

Convicts over Rat Pack

Tiggers over Senators

Round 2

Lightning over Tiggers

Red Wings over Convicts

Championship Game

Red Wings over Lightning

Congratulations to league Champion Gary Brown and his Red Wings!!

For the 5th straight year, my Senators, despite a 18 game mid season winning streak, were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Special thanks to Gary for keeping track of the teams and standings!!

Thanks for the update, Brian!  Nice going, everyone!!   -Tom

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14
August

1905 replay update: Indians beat Giants in hard fought game 1

200px-Nap_Lajoie_1913by Scott Fennessy

New York, NY
10/10/1905

Here we are. After 1 year and 5 months of games we have reached the big stage. Game one is going to be an interesting battle as Indians workhorse Addie Joss (33-14) who pitched 453.1 innings goes for the Tribe in game one against Christy Mathewson (37-8) who racked up 417.1 of his own innings. Both pitchers won the Pitcher Of The Year honors. The Giants also have MVP Mike Donlin and the Indians counter with Harry Bay and Napoleon Lajoie who finished 2nd and 3rd for the batting title.

This one was everything thought it would be. Two great hurlers who shut down the offense as neither team had scored after six innings. In fact, the Indians had only managed 3 hits, two of them doubles by Cotton Turner and Jay Clarke and for the Giants only one hit, a two out triple by George Browne in the 4th inning.

The Indians get their chance in the 7th inning as Bill Dahlen boots a grounder by George Stovall. Stovall had moved to second with one out when Bill Bradley, who after coming back from another of his endless string of DL trips hit the ball hard the last two weeks of the season rips a double to deep right field that scores Stovall for the first run of the day. Given Joss’ performance today this could be enough. Mathewson stops the rally cold, but the inning ends 1-0 Indians.

Cleveland gets another run in the 8th as Lajoie hits a single up the box and calls for the hit and run. Elmer Flick, who had a down year, but still was 7th in the AL in slugging percentage and 8th in doubles. He hits one deep down the left field line and this one hits high off the wall. Sam Mertes plays the ball well, but Flick pulls into second with a stand up double and Lajoie scores an insurance run.

That was enough for Joss as he continued his domination over the final two innings. The Indians win a nail biter 2-0. Joss allowed just two hits. Mathewson looked good too, but the tribe managed enough hits to pick up the big victory.

Around the horn: An interesting note regarding Jay Clarke of the Indians. Once after he had just gotten married asked Lajoie for a day off to be with the new bride and Lajoie said no. So he goes to warm up Joss for the start of the game and puts his finger up so that the pitch breaks his finger. As he walks to the dugout with his hand bleeding badly he asks “can I go home now?” The two never did well together again.

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13
August

Urbana Locomotives ready to clinch in Boys of Summer APBA League

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A few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure my Urbana Locomotives could get much better but they have.  My Boys of Summer APBA League team have really pushed the envelope in the past three series.  In that time, they have gone 15-3 including a 6-0 drubbing of commissioner Shawn Baier’s Traverse City Panthers.  In that series, Loco hurlers kept the Panthers scoreless in 32 straight innings in that series. 

After that win streak, the Locos now boast an 88-47 record as we head into the homestretch of this season.  Amazingly, we don’t have the best winning percentage.  Bill Gillam’s South Shore Fighting Imps have a 93-42 record in the AL East.  That said, among the three divisions, Urbana may clinch first place before anyone.  Right now, we are 25 games games above second place NL East Hannibal Caveman managed by Randy Woolley and our magic number is hanging at just three games. 

I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a team effort.  Every player has contributed in some way.  There have been a few players who have been extremely consistent throughout the year though. 

Adrian Beltre has won too many BoS Players of the Week for me to count and is heading towards an MVP candidacy.  He leads the entire league in batting (.354), rbis (a terrific 121, that’s 22 above the next highest), runs (89) and hits (181).  It’s getting a little late in the season for him to capture the Triple Crown without a big surge but he is still third in the league with 33. 

Beltre will face some competition from Miguel Cabrera from the Buffalo Yankees for MVP.  Miggy leads in homers with 40 and also paces the league in slugging.

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On the mound, David Price is doing just as fantastic as Beltre.  He leads all BoS pitchers with a 19-3 record as well as with his 2.34 ERA.  Allowing just 5.4 hits per 9 innings, he also paces the league with 10 complete games and six shutouts. 

There have been a couple of unnoticed players on the Locomotives.  Catcher Carlos Ruiz is under the minimum at-bat requirement (304) but he is batting .375 with a slugging percentage of .655. 

And this one I just can’t figure out… Colby Lewis who is Grade 9 (Grade C) starter has done everything in his power to make sure his manager doesn’t take him out of the rotation.  He’s gone 10-1 with a 1.90 ERA.  Sadly, his time is almost up as APBA’s Advanced Injury Management (AIM) is telling me his RUse is almost down to 0%.  It’s been a good ride, Colby. 

As we head into the homestretch, the Boys of Summer League managers are calling on our reserves.  We are now able to expand our rosters to 40.  I’m looking at my team status report and we’re looking pretty good.  Aside from Lewis, most players are pretty rested.  It will be nice to have an extra bat on the bench or a glove to bring in during the late innings though.

Good luck to my fellow BoS managers in the homestretch!   

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13
August

Weird Card Wednesday: Chuck Norris?

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Ok, before anyone asks, it’s obviously a joke. 

Scott Fennessy passed this on to me a while ago.  Apparently, it’s been making the rounds of the Internet. 

What, no speed numbers for Chuck?

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12
August

Terrible Card Tuesday: 1967 Billy Cowan

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You might have read about Billy “Bill” Cowan in the update by Mel Maricic on his 1967 replay posted on Sunday.  Cowan has started to make a name for himself, at least in Mel’s replay.  Namely, Cowan already has three homers in limited play. 

Well, Mel showed me Cowan’s card.  Now I’m more impressed.  In ‘67, Cowan batted just .153 for the Phillies in 59 at-bats.  He hit three dingers, walked four times and stole a base.  I began to think that Cowan was used as a pinch-runner by the Phillies as he scored 11 runs.  Checking his game log, I see that I’m right.  Nine times. 

Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1967 Totals 34 16 66 59 11 9 0 0 3 6 1 4 14 .153 .203 .305
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/12/2014.

 

To be fair, Billy Cowan does have the ability to punch it.  He has a 66-1 and an 11-0.  Should you get to his second column, you still have a good shot for a homerun.  Cowan has 23 second column 1s.  If you don’t, he only has 11’s to cover the balance. 

After that though, it’s slim pickings in the offensive category for 1967 Billy Cowan’s APBA card.  He has hit numbers 8-8-9-9 giving him a 15-14 and a 25-40. 

Ugly numbers:  31-13, 51-13, 44-9

Billy Cowan banged out 40 homeruns in his 8-year career but almost half of them (19) came during his 1964 campaign when he was the starting centerfielder for the Cubs. 

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11
August

Having trouble accessing Steve’s APBA Card Computer? This might help

I’ve seen reports of some APBA fans having some trouble accessing Steve’s APBA Card Computer so I thought I’d pass on a quick tip to help fix it.  I’ve encountered a Java error and so did a fellow manager in the IAL.  It’s a quick fix and once implemented, it’s taken care of. 

If you get this error:

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or this one:

Your security settings have blocked a self-signed application from running

This is what you can do:

  1. Go to the Java Control Panel (On Windows Click Start –> Control Panel then Java)
  2. Click on the Security tab
  3. Click on the Edit Site List button
  4. Click Add in the Exception Site List window
  5. Click in the empty field under the Location field to enter the URL of Steve’s web page (I put in “http://www.jrat.net/steve/compuduck/cardcomp/” (without quotes) and it worked)
    Also, it’s a good idea to make sure you are running an up-to-date version of Java. 
    As I said, this seemed to work fine for me.  Steve, if you read this and have other suggestions, feel free to chime in. 
    By the way, thanks Steve!  Great tool! 

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