Tabletop games blog features APBA baseball
Rolling Dice Taking Names has a feature article on APBA Baseball. It’s a “look-back-to-yesteryear” piece describing what it was like before fantasy baseball took over the baseball recreation scene.
And yes, I believe I still have a copy of those cardboard playing boards. As for those red discs.. ehhh.
I encourage the author who looks so fondly back at his days at playing this dice game to give it a try again. There are plenty of us who still play it.
Who knows? It might be as fun as you remember it!
APBA Blog’s MCM gets a mention
Many thanks to Chad Osborne who edits the blog 108 Problems But The Stitches Ain’t One. He mentions The APBA Blog’s Monster Card Monday weekly feature in one of his recent posts, Monster Idea Already Taken.
Billed as “Baseball, Life and Other Stuff”, the 108 Problems website covers general baseball issues but Osborne says he was an avid APBA baseball board gamer back in the day.
thanks for the kind words, Chad. I encourage any baseball fans to check out his blog.
July 7 Northern Illinois Vintage Base Ball Tournament
Yesterday, I went to the Northern Illinois Vintage Base Ball Tournament in Wheaton, Illinois where they play baseball by the rules and customs of pre-Civil War era (it’s lots of fun if you have a local vintage base ball team in your era).
I did a write up on the tournament over at Baseball Lingo with photos and even a jerky YouTube video (use a tripod, Tom).
On a whim, I invited fellow APBA fan John Heneghan along since I knew he lives in the area. He couldn’t make it but it turns out he used to play for the DuPage Plowboys, one of the tournament participants. Alas, the Plowboys were too much for my local team, the Vermilion Voles and shut them out.
Despite the near 100-degree weather, it was a fun time (at least I didn’t have to wear the hot uniforms the players did).
Congrats to the organizers on a well-run tournament!
New website: Baseball-Lingo.com
Like I need another blog, right?
I’ve already announced this on FB but I’ll post it here to make it official. Over the weekend, I started up a new blog. It’s called Baseball-Lingo.com and it’s devoted to the jargon, slang and terminology of baseball.
I’ve seen a lot of baseball glossaries with lists of terms and short definitions on the web. My vision is to delve more deeply into each entry, looking into the origins, usages, and history behind the words we use to describe the game we love. You can read the About Page for more detail on what my mission for the website will be.
Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Some useful APBA links (and a side tangent on APBA Google SEO)
Thanks to Paul Dylan who did a preview of the 2011-12 UEFA Championship Soccer teams on his site, One for Five. The two teams, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are available for free download on APBA’s site.
Dylan’s preview includes a simulation match which he details quite well. Very interesting for someone like me who has no idea how one would score a soccer match.
APBA Football fans should check out Greg Barath’s APBA Fan site, Oguard’s Replays. He launched it not too long ago and I plugged it then. He’s really added a lot to it since then. In addition to his replay info, he has info regarding some APBA Football innovations and Excel tools.
Speaking of new cards, APBA has the 2011 Golf Card set ready to go. You can see the list of golfer in the set here.
On a side note, I know everyone has their opinion of the new APBA official website. Personally, it’s not so much how it looks but that the info is getting updated.
The proof is in the pudding for me. When I get my Google News Alerts for the keyword “APBA” and for the first time ever, I’m getting links to the APBA Company’s site, that’s a good thing. I did pass that on to John Herson because I think it’s something he should know.
Give your web person a bonus, John. :)
New APBA fan blog
I just ran across a new site about baseball and APBA I wanted to pass on to everyone. Kenneth Heard is a newspaper reporter and APBA player and he blogs at Love, Life, and APBA Baseball.
Heard writes (and does it well) about baseball history, his 1981 replay, and the current state of Major League Baseball.
Stop by his website and say hi.
New APBA Football Replay website
Greg Barath has just started up a new web site dedicated to displaying the results of his many APBA football replays. A Jets fan, Barath has done replays spanning the 60s, 70s, 80s, and the 00s.
You can view Oguard62’s Replays here. Stop by and say howdy.
Couple o’ APBA News Bits
O.Z. League Looking for Managers
Dom Provisiero says his New York-based O.Z. League is doing its annual search for managers:
New York and vicinity APBA BASEBALL: the O.Z. League, founded in 1983, is conducting its annual search for new members. Anyone from the East Coast that is looking for a fun league to join contact me so we can get you a franchise.
Anyone who is interested should leave a comment here or email Dom directly.
New Web Site for Francis Rose
Francis Rose has a new web site up and running at http://www.66connection.com/. Francis insists this is not a money making venture but rather an interactive “resource for materials”.
Francis has also volunteered his site to put up ads for leagues looking for managers. That’s a gaping void that is now being filled. There’s one up already for the 21st Century Baseball Association.
New APBA blog
I just ran across a new blog called Dice Rolling Games.
Its focus seems to on APBA and the Filsinger wrestling games (honestly, never heard it myself).
Stop on by and say hi.
Cold weather headlines
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With the closing of the Geocities web hosting service, YABL has had to relocate their fine website. You can now find them at http://webspace.webring.com/people/fb/burgda/. Important not only to find out about their league but for another reason. League member and webmaster Doug Burg maintains the APBA Baseball Card 12 List and Publication Data web page. So many times APBA fans ask me if there is a way to identify their APBA cards… to find out what year they are. I always point them to Doug’s APBA Card 12 List page. Very handy.
Not many times can you say that one player remains with the same APBA league team for 19 seasons. Such is the case with Tom Glavine who has played for my Twin Cities Thunderchickens since 1991. Glavine pitched his last game for the Illowa APBA League last Saturday.
He retires with an Illowa win-loss record of 241-195. I posted a tearful farewell to Glavine over at the Illowa APBA League’s web site.
Marc Rinaldi wants us to pass the word about APBA Games’ Facebook page. Be a fan or something.
It might be asking the world but Kindle Nation Daily would like to see some Kindle apps based on APBA, Strat-o-matic etc. I’m not holding my breath.