CWS summer tournament a rousing success

By Scott Fennessy

To quote the legendary Harry Cary “Hello Everybody…”

I wanted to have a more in depth report, but was not quite able to get as much info as possible, but I will make do with what I can. The top two teams in each division after all teams played each other once each.

After the round robin round the two top teams in each division were:

Thomas Division:

Bill Lilley 1968 Tigers

Matthew Pike 1998 Yankees

Abreu Division:

Clark Eichman 1975 Pirates

Craig Christian 1989 A’s

Banks Division:

Jim Welch 2002 A’s

Dick Butler 1969 Orioles

Bryant Division:

William Blair 1970 Orioles

Dave Rueck 1927 Yankees

Elite 8:

Bill’s 68 Tigers defeated Clark’s 75 Pirates 10-9

Matthew’s Yankees defeated Craig’s A’s 8-3

Jim’s 02 A’s defeated William’s 70 Orioles 5-1

Dick’s 69 Orioles defeated Dave’s 27 Yankees 7-2

Final 4: Bill’s 68 Tigers come from behind with a clutch homer off Rivera and win in extra innings 7-6

Jim’s 02 A’s beat Dick’s 69 Orioles 6-2

Finals: Bill and his 68 Tigers hold off Jim’s 02 A’s in a thrilling 3-0 finish.

Congratulations to Bill on his championship victory. Remember Bill, the crown weighs heavy. Additionally a tip of the cap to Jim on getting to the finals, and to all the teams that made it to the elimination rounds.

Tom and Jim, while I had a terrific time, it was not the same without you. And a special thanks to Doug for running the show as only he can! Let’s all remember how much work went into this for him. And last but not least Dennis Eckersley. (clean version) Dang you and your A rating! Gary Carter and the Hawk come up short again!!

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Bill Lilley takes 1968 Tigers to the CWS tourney title… again!


The results are back and I’ve been reading the Facebook APBA Baseball group’s updates on this past weekend’s Chicagoland World Series Tournament in Grayslake, Illinois. It’s a little bittersweet since I couldn’t make it and it looked like everyone had such a great time.  I have to admit, I’m a little jealous. 


First of all, congrats to Bill Lilley (above left) who took it all with… the 1968 Tigers!  Yes, for the second year in a row the ‘68 Tigers won it all at the Chicago Tourney.  Bill won the championship by defeating Jim Welch’s 2002 Oakland A’s.  Jim (above right) has been the bridesmaid twice now as two tournaments ago, his Giants lost in the finals.  Still, nice work, Jim! 

I’m sure Scott Fennessy will be chiming in about his participation in this latest tournament.  I did get a nice message from Craig Christian with a great story playing Scott. 

“Well I finished up at 5-2. Won my division outright on my last game which was a nail-biter!! Was playing a real tournament veteran. He had the 81 Expos will Bill Gullickson pitching. (B yz) and I had Mike Moore (A y). I took a 4-0 lead with a big inning capped by a Dave Parker 3 run jack!! Was feeling pretty good until Montreal came back with two 2 run innings to tie. So we go to extras with Montreal having the hammer. Rickey Henderson leads off the tenth with a double column Jack!! Will that be enough with Eck on the mound for his second inning of work?? After two quick outs here come the Expos. Terry Francona singles to left followed by Andre "Hawk" Dawson laces a single to right moving Francona to third and then Dawson steals second moving the winning run one hit away to winning the division!!

Up comes Warren Cromartie with either a 22 or 44, I was to nervous to remember, and it is a 7. Scott being a veteran says we need to check the book! Turns out to be a fly out to end the game.

I was bounced in the first round by the 98 Yankees 8-3 by an up and coming teenager which was cool by me. Great to see a young guy loving this game!!

Nothing really stands out with my team other then winning 5 straight after losing my first. Lots of close games where the combination of Honeycutt and Eckersley were stellar. Only swatted 5 Hr’s which was disappointing but I can’t complain.

As always a great time with a well organized tournament thanks to Doug and being in the company with all the APBA addicts like myself!! Can’t wait until the next one!!”


William Blair and Eric Berg share a quiet moment

I’d love to hear more stories from the tourney.  Doug, it sounds like everyone had a great time.  Great work! 

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When the cat is away…

Keep Calm and roll 66s mugAs of Monday, I may be out of contact for a couple weeks as I will be on a family vacation.  I may check in if I find a wireless access point now and then.  For now though, I’m leaving capable Scott Fennessy in charge of The APBA Blog.  I already have a few of his articles scheduled to post for the next few weeks but he may post a few more. 

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the Chicagoland World Series Tournament tomorrow.  Risking the wrath of Doug Schuyler, I had to make that decision for multiple reasons and let Doug know earlier this month.  I just had too much on plate.  I really am disappointed I couldn’t make it. I was looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend.  I’ll be rooting for Scott and his 1981 Montreal Expos. 

However, I did order up a few prizes for the tournament and had them sent to Doug.  Hope you enjoy them! 

Good luck, Scott.  Don’t burn the place down! 

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Terrible Card Tuesday: 1966 Nate Colbert


In the 60s and 70s, Nate Colbert was a three time All-Star slugging first baseman who played six years for the San Diego Padres.  Between 1969 and 1973 he averaged 30 homers a season for the Pads. 

But all good things had to climb out of the slime. In this case, Colbert began his career with the Houston Astros.  He got in 19 games in 1966 but only came to the plate seven times.  Nate struck out four times but got nary a hit. 

He did score three times as a result of being used as a pinch runner. 

1966 Totals 19 0 7 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/21/2015.


Despite hitting .000, Nate Colbert’s 1966 card is slightly better than your typical American League pitcher’s card.  He gets hit numbers 7-8-8-9-9 plus one 14. 

Colbert did not have to put on a glove in competitive play until 1968.  All his appearances before that were in pinch hitting and pinch running roles.  In 1968, his primary position was outfield.  It wasn’t until his breakout season in 1969 when he focused his efforts on  playing first base.  Nevertheless, Colbert is rated as a 1B-2.  He is appropriately rated as a Fast runner since his only positive offensive value came from his base running. 

Who out there knows the trivia question associated to Nate Colbert? 

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Monster Card Monday: 1957 Willie Mays

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I did a Willie Mays card not too long ago but when Robert Hutchings posted this on Facebook a couple days ago, I couldn’t resist. 

This is Mays’ 1957 reprint card and it is quite fun to look at.  Mays hit .333 with 35 homeruns and 26 doubles but he also had 20 triples that year.  He scored 112 runs and stole 38 bases.  He led the league in slugging with a .626 mark for the 6th place Giants. 


1957 Totals 152 669 585 112 195 26 20 35 97 38 77 62 .333 .408 .626
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Generated 7/20/2015.


I just keep looking at that 11-2.  The 33-5 and 22-5 are pretty nice too.  He has a 44-8 but keep in mind Mays’ 38 steals entitled him to a 15-11 and a 25-11. 

With four 14s, one of them lands on 26.  Sweet. 

Fun numbers: 11-2, 22-5, 26-14

And of course, Mays is Fast and an OF-3. 

thanks, Robert!

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Pirates lead as 1903 NL replay nears end

Ginger_Beaumontby Scott Fennessy

The drama that is the upper division of the National League is in full force. The Giants had a BXYW starter in the rotation that until about a week ago went unnoticed as a J-4. I like to think of it as John McGraw twisting the rules to his advantage. For those that do not know it the defender’s interference rule came into existence because his days as a third baseman where he would routinely block, trip, and even outright grab players finally became too much, so this is not out of his realm. The replacement was a D starter. One would think that the second place Pirates would get a huge lift, but then they got busted with a BXW starter, also a J-4 at the same time. Fortunately the Pirates had a CZ replacement.

That said, the D has pitched more like a B and the C has pitched to grade, but fortunately for Pittsburgh, they have moved into first just as the month ended. This is their first time leading the league since 1901. The bottom half is truly horrible and would get crushed by almost every AL team.

Pittsburgh Pirates (74-40)

The hitting rich Pirates have started to round out beautifully. Ginger Beaumont is hitting .318 with 35 steals. Honus Wagner had a monster month and due largely to his still active 13 game hitting streak is now at .308 he is well atop the leaders in doubles and triples and has 34 SB. Teammate and team captain Fred Clarke is well on pace to win the league MVP. He leads all of baseball with an impressive .347 average and is in the top 3 in doubles, triples and home runs.

Third baseman Tom Leach struggled badly early, then got hurt and has started to hit more to norm and is now up to .255 with 4 HR.

The pitching has really been solid, despite the loss of Lafayette Winham to the bullpen. Sam Leever has 26 wins with a 2.88 ERA and .92WHIP. Charles “Deacon” Phillippe has pitched more like a demon this year. He has allowed just 23 walks in 324 innings and struck out 122. He has 28 victories and a 2.58 ERA with a .83 WHIP.

New York Giants (74-41)

The Giants have been so strong all year that one has to forget other than the first month of the year they have been the team to beat, so John McGraw must really be steaming as his team has just dropped into second as the month ended.

First baseman Dan McGann is hitting .291 with 45 stolen bases. Catcher Roger Bresnahan is hitting .312 with 42 steals. The two titans of the rotation carry most of the weight. Christy Mathewson is hitting .288 as a hitter and is 27-11 with a 2.37 ERA, a .84 WHIP and 251 strikeouts on the mound. Joe McGinnity is 26-11 with a 2.73 ERA and .89 WHIP.

Outfielder George Browne went 4-5 against the Pirates as Joe McGinnity tosses a 3 hit gem. Christy Mathewson had a great month. He went 8.1 no hit innings against the Cubs and in his next start in Boston threw a three hitter, and repeated the performance in Philadelphia.

Chicago Cubs (67-46)

Reality has set in and they have dropped into third and are in danger of being caught by the Reds before the season ends. While Johnny Kling is struggling most of the lineup is doing ok. Frank Chance is hitting .309 leads all of baseball with 60 walks and 72 stolen bases. Outfielder Jimmy Slagle is hitting .290 with 58 walks and 37 steals. Jake Weimer leads the staff with a 27-9 record and a 2.71 ERA.

Joe Tinker went 4-5 against the Braves in the opening game of the series, and Bob Wicker temporarily ended his slump and tossed a 1 hitter in game 2.

Jake Weimer 3 hit the Dodgers on the 21st. Frank Chance decimated the Giants for 4 hits, 5 RBI and 2 steals in a 8-6 thriller.

Cincinnati Reds (61-51)

This is a team on fire right now. Early season struggles have been eliminated and really can do almost everything. They have pretty good power, great contact hitting and speed and the pitching is really coming around.

Jim Seymour is hitting .313 with 11 triples, 15 homers and 27 steals. Mike Donlin is hitting .307 with 13 homers and 24 steals. Harry Steinfeldt is hitting .280 with 7 home runs. John Sutthoff has 24 wins and a 2.35 ERA.

Steinfeld was a one man wrecking crew as the Reds crushed the Cardinals 10-1. He went 6 for 6 with a triple and a homer, 5 RBI, and two steals. Donlin went 4-5 the next day. Bob Ewing had a great day in the finale hurling a 3 hitter, and going 4-4 with 3 RBI as a hitter. Seymour also went 4-5, only missing the home run for the cycle.

Ewing followed up his great performance with a 3 hitter against the Dodgers, but surrendered the only run of the game with one out in the bottom of the 9th.

Brooklyn Dodgers (48-63)

This team is really pretty average, but because the upper division is so strong they don’t fare well against them. Jimmy Sheckard has seen his average plummet to .275, but he has 8 home runs and 56 steals. Jack Doyle is the unknown superstar. The sole remaining member of the defunct Hartford Dark Blues he comes to the park and means business. Hitting .318 with 43 steals he is the igniter on offense.

Hugie Hearne has been inserted into the lineup and is hitting .277. Oscar Jones has 15 wins, a 2.97 ERA and 1.07 WHIP for a team that plays terrible defense and has limited offense.

Boston Braves (42-66)

It’s been a tough summer in Boston this year. Other than Duff Cooley (.289) and Fred Tenney (.292) nobody is above the .230 mark. John Malarkey leads the staff with 16 victories and is in the top 10 in K per 9 innings.

Philadelphia Phillies (39-66)

Why this team is underperforming so badly is a mystery. They should be in 4th place based on the cards, but they are really struggling to hit the dice well. Roy Thomas is hitting .281 at the top of the order, John Titus is hitting .288 and William Gleason is hitting .294. Unfortunately nobody on the pitching staff stands out.

St. Louis Cardinals (41-75)

As I mentioned in my AL recap, it has been a truly awful season in St. Louis. While the Browns have been bad, the Cardinals have been absolutely terrible. I never thought I would see a redbird team with the worst record in the NL and second worst over all.

Pat Donovan is hitting .312 with 34 stolen bases, and John Farrell has overcome a bad first half and is finally over .250. Once it was obvious they were not going anywhere Leon DeMontreville moved into the lineup and is hitting .262 and providing some pop at the top of the lineup. Mordecai Brown, who is a great pitcher on an awful team has a 2.83 ERA and a .99 WHIP and almost 4 strikeouts per 9 innings, but only 12 wins.

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The APBA Blog Events page is up!

chicagolandIt’s about time I got around doing this.  With the prevalence of APBA tournaments in the past few years, I thought it would nice to have a one stop shop to find them listed. 

What I’ve done

I’ve  installed a calendar plugin so that we can view all APBA related tournaments and events in a list view or calendar view.  You can click on each event for for more information about that event. 

You can see The APBA Blog Events page here.  As an example, here is the Chicagoland APBA Tournament event page.

What this is intended for

  • Any APBA competitive tournament which is open to the public
  • Any APBA related event of significance to APBA players. 

I’m still working on some of the formatting and design issues but it seems to be working fine.  The calendar allows each event to feature the date, time and description of the event.  It even incorporates Google Maps to pinpoint where the event takes place. 

If anyone has suggestions how this could be used better or encounters any bugs in the plugin, leave a comment below.  Also, I encourage tournament organizers to make sure my information is correct and up to date. 

And of course, if anyone is organizing any future tournaments, please let me know.

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Resource to help in evaluating MicroManagers for APBA Baseball for Windows


The Boys of Summer Online APBA League is on the cusp of beginning its 3rd year based on the 2014 season.  The BoS managers, which uses the current version of APBA Baseball for Windows, have drafted and now are getting their rosters, lineups and rotations assembled. 

Part of this process includes choosing a MicroManager (or two) for the away games.  That’s where this website comes in pretty handy.  For one, you can download MicroManagers in addition to the ones that come with APBA Baseball. 

Just as important, this site does an incredible job of describing how exactly each MicroManager makes its decisions.  Each MM has rules that it follows during the process of the baseball game.  It’s important to know what they are so you’re not surprised when he pinch hits for your slugger who has two homers in the game.  Or if he gives the hook to your starting pitcher who’s pitching a gem in the seventh inning. 

Admittedly, some MMs are programmed for Advanced Injury Management (AIM) and others are not.  They are categorized as such.  For those who want a full, in-depth look in how each MicroManager behaves, click on the “Info” link.  For most MMs, there is a full description including what type of APBA game they are best suited for (replay, draft). 

As for me, I’m stubbornly sticking with Duke Robinson IV.  After reading his description, perhaps I should reconsider…

The most significant change is that this manager does not consider a rotation or starting pitchers. All unbenched and available pitchers may be used in relief. If you wish to bench a pitcher or keep him from relieving, you must bench him with your franchise files or lineups.


If used for draft rosters, Robinson IV will not always make the wisest move vis-a-vis "APBA ball". He will, for example, use a closer with a lower grade over another closer because of a higher save total and will bring in a lower graded reliever over a higher grade starter or reliever. Grade, in other words, is not always considered. It is this "looseness" for either replay usage or draft competition that one must think about when deciding to use the program for either type of those games.

Duke IV brought me to the postseason one year and to the cellar the next.  Looks like he has a quick hook for now. 

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1903 AL replay enters homestretch

bill dinneenby Scott Fennessy

As the dog days of August have come to a close the teams in the junior circuit scramble for position in their attempt to finish second. While Boston has yet to clinch anything it’s pretty obvious that they are going to the post season.


Boston Red Sox 76-36

While player-manager Jimmy Collins has had a down year by his standards he has done well in building a huge lead despite the 6-7-8 spots hitting 50 points or more below their actual averages.

Pat Dougherty (.295 38 SB 109 Runs scored) is 2nd in hitting, 1st in hits and challenging teammate John Freeman for the league MVP. Freeman (.278 14 HR 84 RBI) is 1st in slugging pct. and 2nd in OPS. He and Dougherty are first and second in runs scored as well as triples.

Freddy Parent is 8th doubles and 9th in triples. Garland Stahl is in the top 10 in triples while in a reserve role.

Freeman has had a tremendous month and has now taken the lead in home runs from teammate Hobe Ferris. Ferris is struggling offensively as when he is not hitting homers, he is not hitting much else and is limping along at a .212 clip. If he ever starts to hit like he should this could be a very scary lineup.

Cy Young and Bill Dinneen are having almost identical seasons and are first and second in victories and are battling for POY honors. Young (27-10 1.97 ERA .72 WHIP) leads the league in ERA and WHIP.

Dinneen 3-hit the Senators in DC early in the month, and two starts later 1-hits the Indians in Cleveland. Young threw a three hitter against the A’s in Philadelphia and last week took a no hitter into the ninth against the White Sox in Chicago, but with two outs ran out of gas and finished with a three-hitter.

Cleveland Indians (66-47)

Napoleon Lajoie’s squad continues to play well, but just cannot come up with the winning combinations against Boston.

Harry Bay (.291 48 SB) is once again coming on strong in the second half and is 4th in the AL in average. Should he win would be the first two time batting champion. Elmer Flick (.276) and Lajoie (.278) are also in the top ten. Flick is flashing solid power despite only having one home run. He is sixth in the league in doubles and third in triples. Charlie Hickman is third in the AL in HR with 10 and despite a slump in mid-August is hitting .270.

Third baseman Bill Bradley had an awful first half, and has finally started to show signs of life. He is still well off of his actual season numbers, but if he continues to hit like he did in august the tribe may have a chance. However, the 7 and 8 spots in the lineup are basically giving their opponents three easy innings a game and this has to change quickly.

Earl Moore (28-14 2.04 ERA .88 WHIP) continues to shine. Earl threw a two hitter against the White Sox and followed that up with a three hitter against the Yankees in their recent home stand. Along with team mate Addie Joss (20-17 2.82 ERA) are among the leaders in most of the categories for pitching, and Moore is arguably the only pitcher outside of Boston that can match up with Cy Young.

Detroit Tigers (58-51)

The Tigers took a long time to come alive, but while the hitting has underperformed, they have improved. Billy Lush and Lewis McAllister are among the leaders in batting average, and while injuries have suddenly weakened their chances they continue to be supported by one of the better rotations in the league.

Bill Donovan (21-16 2.39 ERA .95 WHIP) and George Mullin (20-16 2.34 ERA .94 WHIP) are the backbone of the team. Mullin is also having another good year with the bat, hitting .235 with a homer and two steals.

Frank Kitson three hit the Browns in St. Louis on the second of the month. And in one of the more exciting finishes of the season the Tigers were losing to the Red Sox 1-0 with two out in the bottom of the ninth and rallied for a 2-1 victory.

New York Yankees (55-50)

The Yankees have had a solid season so far, but after realizing I had a J-4 starter in the rotation things went slightly downhill. Fortunately they still have a C to move in, and I don’t expect much more of a drop, but the offense other than Willie Keeler and Norman Elberfeld has been very lackluster. Keeler and Elberfeld are both hitting .286 and Norman is in the top 10 in doubles. Dave Fultz has struggled, but once on base has been great, as evidenced by being second in the AL in steals with 44.

John Chesbro (19-16 2.70 ERA .94 WHIP) is the ace of the staff. Calvin Griffith 3 hits the Senators on the 7th in DC.

Philadelphia A’s (54-58)

While this team has clearly underperformed, there have been some bright spots. Jasper Davis (.291 8 HR 76 RBI 35 SB) Ralph Seybold (.273 6 HR 62 RBI) have provided most of the offense. Albert Daly despite only playing 38 games is seriously over performing his awful card and actually has 12 triples in just 125 at bats, good enough for the top 10.

Oliver Pickering who has lost his starting job did have a great moment recently when he got a rare start hit for the cycle against the Red Sox. Seybold went 4-5 with a three run homer against the Browns a couple days later, and in the series finale Davis and Daly both racked up 4 hits while Waddell struck out 10 hitters, and the final four hitters in succession as a reminder how good this team should be.

Eddie Plank and Rube Waddell have been truly solid this year, but not much help from the rest of the staff has hurt them late in games. Both pitchers are almost identical in their results with 21 wins, and ERA’s just over 3, but Waddell has been mowing the lawn lately with an already new AL record of 274 strikeouts and averaging 7.73 K’s per game.

In what was Plank’s best all-around game of the year he allowed just 5 hits in a 12 inning complete game in Detroit, and to top it off hit the game winning homer.

Chicago White Sox (51-61)

The pale hose have really struggled, this season. Ed Green is hitting .309 and is among the leaders in most power categories. Fielder Jones is hitting .274. Guy White has 19 victories with a 2.38 ERA and an extremely impressive .79 WHIP.

St. Louis Browns (47-64)

While the summer in St. Louis has not been a lot of fun, the Browns have had a little to be excited for down this final stretch. Second baseman Bennie Bowcock was inserted into the lineup after they were unofficially eliminated and is hitting .306 with 4 home runs. First baseman/Outfielder “Honest John” Anderson has 43 steals. While the top half of the lineup has shown improvement, the bottom 4 are really awful.

If the offense had any kind of output this team would actually be middle of the pack. So while the staff as a whole is hurting John Sudhoff is having a good year. He has 16 wins and an ERA of 2.65.

Washington Senators (37-75)

Easily the worst team in baseball. James Ryan is the “Star” of this really inept team, hitting .238 with 7 HR and 7 steals. Wyatt Lee has a 3.43 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP with 162 strikeouts, but has only 12 wins to show for it.

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Neil Ess Memorial Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament IV set for October 3rd

Mark your calendar!  Jim Fraasch just sent out this press release!

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Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

The date has been announced for the 4th semi-annual Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament:

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 – 8:30am start time (arrive starting at 8:00am, play will begin no later than 8:35am)

Our tournament was named in honor of Neil Ess, an APBA Baseball player since 1961. He attended our first TCABT in April of 2014. He passed away suddenly while on a fishing trip in July of 2014. Neil Ess, Bruce Tyler and Leroy Arnoldi had played in their own APBA Baseball league together since 1962. Bruce and Leroy have managed to keep the league going, now in its 53rd season.


Version of game:

Basic game utilizing the most recent set of game boards (issued by APBA in 2013 – year is noted on back of booklet, and it is the larger sized booklet). We will supply enough sets of boards for use at the tournament, just in case you do not own the current set. You just need to bring your team.

The Unusual Play Card and Error Distribution Card will be used (the versions printed in various issues of the APBA Journal – copies of the cards will be supplied at the tournament – in easy to read format).

All “Advanced” basic game rules found on the APBA boards will be used. Any variation to these rules will be listed in this document.

We have also added a new rule regarding errors by “Fielding One” 2B, SS and 3B with the bases empty only. This is detailed in the “Fielding” section of the rules.

Team Selection:

You may select any team covering the seasons 1901 to current, from Major League Baseball, issued by APBA Game Co. This includes the various GTOP, any version of release (single column teams, etc). Former champions EXCLUDED (TCABT-I: 1927 Yankees, TCABT-II: 1954 Giants, TCABT-III: 1902 Pirates).

Roster size is limited to 20 players. You must supply the roster sheet of the team you are bringing. If team issued contains more than 20 players, you must identify which 20 players you are including. No XC’s issued by APBA are not allowed. XB’s are allowed, as long as the roster size remains 20 (please note there are usage restrictions on J4 players with fewer than 100 plate appearances, noted in the “Misc rules”).

Once the field of teams is complete (once a team is selected, it is no longer available), divisions will be randomly selected for division play.

Method used for the selection of teams:

1. We are using a “Beginning Team Selection Date” of Saturday, August 1st. This means, as of 12:00am (CST) on Saturday, August 1st, you may begin selecting your tournament team by submitting via email to Jim Fraasch using this email address: , listing your top 3 choices, ranked 1 thru 3. I will not select my team until at least 1 entrant has already selected their team.

2. Order of your team selection is determined by the email I receive in my inbox, by timestamp, starting at 12:00am, on Saturday, August 1st. We will accept new entrants for the October 3rd tournament up until midnight on Saturday, September 12th. The first 16 entrants are automatically in. After September 12th, no new entrants will be accepted (unless we need to get to a number divisible by 4).

3. We are requiring a number of entrants which is divisible by 4 for this tournament. For example, if we get to 16 entrants, the 17th, 18th and 19th potential participants are on stand-by until we get to 20, etc. The main reason for this requirement is we are eliminating “byes” from our division schedule, as well as going to a 9-game division play schedule, playing 3-game series vs the 3 other teams in your division. Of course, we are hoping to get as many entrants as possible. We will do everything we can to find enough entrants without needing to turn someone away.

4. For the 1st selection email received, I will assign the #1 team on that person’s list to them. I will then move on to the 2nd team selection email received, and select the #1 team from that person’s list, as long as that team has not already been selected. If that person’s #1 team has already been selected, I will move down to team #2 on their list, etc, until they have a team selected. As each team is selected, I will post this information on the BTL thread for the tournament and reply to the person letting them know what team they ended up with.

5. We wanted to announce the tournament first, and then give people a chance to research what team they wanted to bring, and give everyone a chance to get their team choice in. Any team selection email received before the August 1st date, will be replied to saying it was sent too early. But at 12:00am (CST), on Saturday, August 1st, the selection emails will be processed in order that they are received.

6. I will not select my team until at least 1 other entrant has already selected their team.

Division Play:

Division play will consist of 9 games. We will be playing 3-game series vs each team in your division.

4 teams will advance to bracket play (best of 3 series) if we have 3 or 4 divisions. If we have more than 4 divisions, then 8 teams will advance by using wild-cards to get to 8 teams. If 2 or more teams are tied for the bracket play spot, the tie-breaker is as follows:

1. Head-to-head record vs team you are tied with.

2. Run differential in all games played.

3. Fewest runs allowed in all games played.

4. A coin flip.


Unless the original roster for your selected team contains 6 pitchers, you must have at least 7 pitchers (at least 4 qualified starting pitchers and at least 3 relief pitchers) selected on your roster.

DH will be used for ALL games.

When you are pairing down one of the larger size APBA rosters (26 man rosters for example with the XB’s), you must include at minimum each of the “starting” players listed on the roster sheet (for positions C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF – and if a DH is on the roster, the starting DH) from that team’s roster.


For division play only, a 4-man pitching rotation is required. You may select any 4 of the “starting pitchers” from the lineup sheet. For example, if the team has 5 “non asterisk” pitchers on the lineup sheet, you can select your 4-man rotation from any of those 5 starting pitchers, and place them in any order.

Once bracket play begins, where each series is a best-of-three, you may use a new 3-man rotation. This 3-man rotation begins new at the beginning of each best-of-three series.

No pitcher can be a starting pitcher if they have only a * – they can only be used as a relief pitcher.

Split-grade pitchers may be considered a starting pitcher, using their starting pitcher grade if used as a starter. The split grade pitchers still need to appear in the list of available Starting Pitchers on the APBA issued team lineup sheet (no asterisk on the lineup sheet).

All “Advanced” pitching rules as described on boards will be used.

A starting pitcher must pitch at least the first 5 innings of the game, unless his grade has been reduced prior to completing 5 innings.

Relief pitchers with an *, may pitch only 2 innings (6 outs) per game.

Relief pitchers who have a “split grade” or no *, may pitch 3 innings per game (9 outs) per game.

If, in a game, you run out of pitchers, the last pitcher in the game is reduced to a straight D, unless he is already a D, once he reaches the maximum innings pitched for a reliever.

The RvsR and LvsL, grade advancement for the relief pitcher entering a game in mid-inning, follows the advanced board rule, and only applies to the first batter they face, if they are from the same side.

Any game entering the 11th inning of play, ALL pitchers become a straight grade “D”, with no control ratings, in effort to speed up the games to complete play. In other words, do not hold back those strong relievers since by the 11th inning, they become a “D”.

Any pitcher may be used as a pinch-runner (provided they have not already been used as a pitcher). Using them as a pinch-runner, means they are not able to pitch that game.

No pitcher can ever be used to hit.


Optional fielding rules as described on the game boards are being used.

A player needing to play “out of position”, that is he does not have that position listed on his card, will play that position with the lowest rating for that position.

A player cannot start at a position not listed on their card, unless due to injuries, your team no longer has a player available at a position.


This rule helps to limit the errors made by Fielding One SS, 3B and 2B when the bases are empty, to help provide for more realistic fielding results and reward those top notch infielders.

When Bases are Empty, and while still using the Random Error Card, if PRN# 18 (vs SS – a 9 or 10), #19 (vs 3B – a 5 or 6) or #20 (vs 2B – an 8 or 9) occur when the team in the field has a Fielding One player at that position, the player currently rolling dice for the hitting team, re-rolls the “White” die, and will refer to our new custom chart (this new result chart will be provided for each table at the tournament for quick reference).



(use after Random Error Card re-roll, if necessary)

on PRN 18, 19 & 20 vs Fielding One players at those positions








1,2,3 = error, E6;     4,5,6 = ground out, 6-3




1,2 = error, E6;     3,4,5,6 = ground out, 6-3








1,2,3 = error, E5;     4,5,6 = ground out, 5-3




1,2 = error, E5;     3,4,5,6 = ground out, 5-3








1,2,3 = error, E4;     4,5,6 = ground out, 4-3




1,2 = error, E4;     3,4,5,6 = ground out, 4-3



(note – ignore the 2-out* result for 3B, fielding one)



Base running:

Optional base running rules as described on the game boards are being used.

No limit to sacrifice attempts.

The following rules pertain to Hit&Run use:

– A player with 2 or more “31’s” on their card – UNLIMITED USE (no limit on the team or per player)

– There is a “team” limit of only 1 H&R by a player with 1 “31” on their card.

– A player with no 31’s on their card may not Hit&Run.


A player is only injured for the remainder of the game, without regard to their J-rating. With only 20-man rosters, we feel this is the fairest way possible to handle injuries.

Misc. Rules

J4 rated players are only eligible for a starting lineup position if they had at minimum, 100 Plate Appearances. If a J4 rated player has fewer than 100 Plate Appearances, they may still pinch-hit. A J4 rated player with fewer than 100 PA’s may not enter a game to pinch-hit until the starting position player has had at least 2 PA’s in that game.

There are exceptions to this rule:

If during a game, an injury or ejection occurs meaning you lose a starting position player during the game, a J4 with fewer than 100 PA’s may enter the game before the starting position player has at least 2 PA’s.

If a manager brings a team which was issued pre-1974, and contains no J rating, we will supply a roster for that team with the calculated J ratings for that team.

The DH is used for ALL games.

Home field is determined by rolling the dice. High number is home team. After home team is determined for the 1st game, just alternate home team for each following game.

In bracket play, best-of-three series, same method is used. Roll the dice for 1st game, high roll is home for that game. Then alternate home/away after the first game. However, if a division winner is playing a division wild-card in bracket play, the division winner is home team for game 1 and a possible game 3.

Dice can be rolled in a box, a dice tower, or on the table.

Both die need to be re-rolled if either 1 or both die fall from the table, or if 1 or both die are not completely flat when they come to rest on the surface being rolled on (table, box or dice tower).

Bring your own beverages. We will go “pot-luck” for food, so plan to bring something to share, snacks, desserts, whatever.

Plan on scoring your own games using whatever score sheet you prefer (both managers will score the game).

Any omissions in this rules document will be added prior to the tournament date, and emailed out to each of the participants.

Tournament Contact and address:

Please contact me if you have any questions about the Neil Ess Memorial Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament: Jim Fraasch (). My cell# is: 952-807-3206.

Darrell Skogen is the gracious host of the Neil Ess Memorial Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament – IV. Darrell’s address is:

9575 Glacier Lane

Maple Grove, MN 55369

*** October 3rd, 2015 ***

*** Saturday ***

*** From 8:30am till finish ***

PREVIOUS Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament CHAMPIONS


Saturday, April 5th, 2014

KEVIN CLUFF (1927 Yankees) defeated Jim Fraasch (1973 Reds), 2 games to 0


Saturday, October 4th, 2014

LEROY ARNOLDI (1954 Giants) defeated Bruce Tyler (1930 Cardinals), 2 games to 1


Saturday, April 4th, 2015

ANDY BARTEL (1902 Pirates) defeated Eric Berg (1919 White Sox), 2 games to 0


Saturday, October 3rd, 2015:


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