25
December

Happy Holidays from The APBA Blog!

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I want to wish everyone in the APBA community a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

I celebrate my friendships I have with so many of you.  I am grateful for the tight-knit community that we have.

Enjoy the holidays this year. Merry Christmas to everyone!

Tom

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23
December

Monster Card Monday: 1981 George Vukovich

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George Vukovich hadn’t quite gotten his feet wet in the majors in the early ‘80s with Philadelphia but he did manage to come out with a pretty decent monster card in the strike-shortened 1981 season. 

For the year, he went 10 for 26 with a homerun and 4 rbis.  He also contributed a walk and a stolen base for the Phils.

Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1981 Totals 20 2 27 26 5 10 0 0 1 4 1 1 0 .385 .407 .500
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/22/2013.

 

Vuk gets a single 1 for his one homer in 27 plate appearances.  He does get a 10 to go with his 11 for his one steal though. 

For his .385 batting average, Vukovich gets plenty of 7s on his card.  After the 1, 11 and 10, he gets six 7s plus three 8s and two nines.  APBA placed an 8 at 61 and a 9 at 42. 

Fun numbers:  51-7, 61-8, 62-9

Interestingly for all his great numbers, Vuk still gets unfortunate results like 13-32 and 45-40 due to having just one 14. 

If you’re wondering, George is not the brother of pitcher Pete Vukovich.  He has a local connection to me, though.  He played for Southern Illinois University, a frequent opponent of my favorite Illini baseball team and is a fellow alumnus of Illini head coach Dan Hartleb who also attended SIU (though a few years later).   

Scott Fennessy might note his hometown, too. 

After 1981, Vukovich evolved into a adequate if not spectacular backup outfielder for four more years for the Phillies and the Indians. 

Note:  This week, Terrible Card Tuesday is going to take a break for the holidays.  I do have a pretty fun Weird Wednesday card lined up so we’ll see about that.  That might wait a week too. 

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21
December

1905 Chicago Cubs replay update: McIntire stuns Cubs

by Scott Fennessy

8/12/1905
Chicago, IL

It’s game two of this series and I have high hopes for today as Mordecai Brown faces John McIntire of the Dodgers. McIntire is one of only two C starters in the game and combined with a horrible defense and an improving but still terrible lineup has one of the worst set of pitching stats in all of baseball. That said, John is actually having a good season at the plate with a .230 average, six doubles and one stolen base. Otherwise John is probably not long for baseball if he continues to pitch like this.

The bums look like they may get a first inning rally started when Jimmy Sheckard, easily the best hitter on the team ripped a deep fly to left field that would have been a homer if Jimmy Slagle had not made a great leaping grab. Instead it’s back to the field as the Cubs come to bat in the bottom of the first.

Billy Maloney has made some adjustments at the plate, and he takes McIntire’s second pitch of the game into the corner in right, and is into third with a stand up triple, his 11th of the year. Johnny Evers then gets a sac fly to Harry Lumley in right and the home team has a 1-0 lead, and the outcome I hoped for looks to be underway. Unfortunately Frank Chance’s single and stolen base are wasted as McIntire grinds out the inning with just one run allowed.

And the latest in a never ending river of lineup changes sees one that has worked very well of late when Charlie Malay comes to the plate with one out and gets a single on Brown’s third pitch and steals second easily. Teams have learned they can run at will on John O’Neill, but Brown looks shaky so far even though it’s early. Malay has been a great surprise, as he does not have a great hitters card, but has been hitting in the .290 range since becoming a starter and provides some much needed speed. Tom Owens, who has been awful all year slips a weak single through the middle and Malay scores to tie the game. Brown, clearly rattled does settle down and ends the inning with no more runs allowed.

DocgesslerMcIntire gets a rare perfect inning and the Dodgers come to hit in the top of the third. It is McIntire himself with a double to start the inning. O’Neill comes to the mound to try and settle down a normally solid pitcher, but Harry Gessler (right) draws a walk and the runners move to second and third with only one out on a ground out. Lumley then puts a charge into one, and Maloney is in pretty deep center when he gets this and McIntire scores the lead run. Brown toughens up a bit and ends the inning, but it is going to be a long day from my spot in the press box. In the bottom half of the frame Maloney’s second hit of the day is wasted as McIntire gets the next two hitters to end the inning with the visitors on top 2-1.

The Dodgers continue to pepper away at Brown as Malay gets his second single and steal to start the inning and moved to third on a ground out. He then scores on Hall’s sac fly and suddenly Brooklyn is starting to pull away. The crowd is going eerily quiet at this point.

Nothing happens again until the top of the 8th when the wheels finally fall off the wagon for the struggling Brown. Gessler rips a solid double down the left field line to lead off the inning, and scores on Sheckard’s solid single to center. Lumley then hits a perfect hit and run single to put runners on the corners. After a tough start for Harry, things have started to turn around and he is now nearing the .250 mark. Charlie Batch, another underperformer gets a rare extra base hit with a solid double to right that puts two more in and sends Brown to the showers. It is a mixed reaction for Mordecai as the fans know he has been solid this year, but their frustration at being blown away by the worst team in baseball is duly noted. Jeff Pfeffer comes in to try and stop the rally.

After getting Malay out Owens hits one that Chance cannot handle and runners are on the corners. Pfeffer fools Hall with a 0-2 changeup and he hits what looks like an inning ending double play, but Owens comes in hard and Hall is able to beat the relay on the fielder’s choice, with Batch scoring the 7th run of the day. Lew Ritter gets blown away to end the inning, but this one is clearly over with the Dodgers on top 7-1.

McIntire has been on cruise control all day and gets a scare with one out in the 8th when Pfeffer, whom was brought in because he is a good hitter rips one deep to left center, but this hits high off the wall, and Sheckard plays the carom well and Jeff has to settle for a double. McIntire then gets the next two hitters and the inning is over before it began.

Pfeffer gets a quick first out in the 9th but Gessler gets his second extra base hit of the day with a scorcher down the first base line. Frank Schulte gives pursuit, but he’s in with a triple. After Sheckard, and with the currently red hot Malay, Gessler has been one of the few offensive weapons for the Dodgers this year. Sheckard then gets a sac fly to Maloney in center and one out later the inning ends 8-1 Dodgers.

A now tiring McIntire completes the excellent performance with a scoreless ninth, but the Cubs did make him work as Chance and Slagle draw walks, but this was clearly McIntires best game of his career at this point. The final is in 8-1 Brooklyn in a stunner. Given the way both pitchers worked today you had to wonder who was the A starter and who was the C today?

McIntire allowed just 5 hits today, and after Maloney’s single in the 3rd, retired 11 straight batters through the middle of the game and for a change pitching was the key to a Dodger victory. Unfortunately the Cubs never had a chance and need to hope that the Cardinals can find a way to stop the Giants.

Around the horn: Pitching has been the story around Fen Baseball lately. Cy Young throws his 4th career 1 hitter and beats the Tigers 4-1. Charlie Case out-dueled Tully Sparks as Sparks loses despite throwing a 3 hitter. Is this payback for his perfect game earlier in the season when Irv Young of the Braves lost allowing just 1 run on three hits? In the battle for the basement of the AL the Browns swept the Senators in a double header. “Handsome Harry” Howell throws a three hit shutout. In game two Jack Powell throws a two hit shutout, taking a no hitter into the 7th inning. Had he gotten the no hitter it would have been the third no hitter by a B starter. Powell himself was the first B pitcher to do this in 1901. I believe this is the first time a team has been shut out in a double header for me, and easily the worst effort in a twin bill. And finally congratulations to Braves outfielder Virgin Cannell. After being given a spot start for the struggling “Cozy” Dolan he did so well he finally was given the starting position outright after several good games. In his first game as a “starter” he went 4-4 with an RBI.

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21
December

2013 APBA by the Numbers: Miscellaneous Mish-Mash

Jake_Elmore_June_2013This is the final segment in the “2013 APBA by the Numbers” series breaking down the ratings and numbers from the newly-released disk.  Today, I’ll wrap up with some miscellaneous lists.  It’ll be a fun mish-mash of anything that didn’t fit into the Pitching, the Fielding or the Hitting segments I did earlier. 

I’ll start with Speed distribution.  I broke down the numbers of those rated (F)ast and (S)low.  Slow wins by a landslide primarily because of slow rated pitchers and designated hitters, I assume. 

Speed Rating Distribution
F 251
S 545

 

Speaking of speed, here are the players who were rated slow base runners yet still managed to receive a 15-11. 

Player Speed Rating Result # at 15
Corey Brown (S) 11
Eury Perez (S) 11
Jeff Kobernus (S) 11

 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, these players managed to steal the most bases without getting either a 10 or an 11 in the first column.  Keep in mind, it’s possible they could get a 14*. 

Player Most steals with no first column 10 or 11
Brandon Barnes 11
Chris Denorfia 11

 

Still on the speed topic here, these are the pitchers who know how to run the base paths.  They were rated (F)ast. 

Pitchers rated (F)ast
Chris Archer
Esmil Rogers
Tim Hudson
Jeff Samardzija
Edwin Jackson
Aroldis Chapman
Jason Marquis
Jordan Zimmermann
Jair Jurrjens
J.C. Ramirez
Cesar Jimenez
Jose Contreras
Sean O’Sullivan
Eric Surkamp
Heath Hembree

 

Houston Astro Jake Elmore (pictured at top) wins the award for being the most versatile fielder.  He played every position in 2013.  Note he actually played every position including all outfield spots and this was done over the course of the whole season not in one game ala Jose Oquendo. 

Fielding Rating at…  P C 1B 2B 3B SS OF
Jake Elmore 1 5 2 7 3 7 1

 

Elmore was joined by 14 other players who played the four infield positions (1B, 2B, SS, 3B). 

Fielding Rating at…  1B 2B 3B SS
Ryan Flaherty 3 7 4 7
Jake Elmore 2 7 3 7
Adam Rosales 3 7 3 7
D.J. Lemahieu 2 9 4 6
Michael Young 3 6 3 6
Ed Lucas 3 7 4 7
Yuniesky Betancourt 3 7 3 6
Justin Turner 2 7 4 7
Jordy Mercer 2 7 3 8
Joaquin Arias 3 7 4 8
Pedro Ciriaco 2 7 3 8
Brendan Harris 3 7 3 7
Nick Green 3 7 3 7
Chris Valaika 2 7 3 7
Brandon Inge 3 7 5 6

 

Elmore shows up here too, of course.  These were the players who went above and beyond and took the mound for their team.  All were graded as a D pitcher.  Skip Schumaker gets a MG grade of 2*.  I assume it’s because he appeared in two games.

Non-pitchers who received a grade Grade 
John McDonald  (1* P-1)(X)
Ryan Raburn  (1* P-1)(X)
Jake Elmore  (1* P-1)
Jamey Carroll  (1* P-1)
Sam Fuld  (1* P-1)
David Murphy  (1* P-1)(X)
Skip Schumaker  (2* P-1)(W)
Anthony Recker  (1* P-1)(W)
Alberto Gonzalez  (1* P-1)
Casper Wells  (1* P-1)(W)
Josh Harrison  (1* P-1)
Rob Johnson  (1* P-1)(X)

 

These were the J-4 players who batted the most.  My guess it’s simply a case of low number of games but a high number of at-bats per game. 

Player Most At Bats for player with a J4 rating
Ryan Braun 225
Derek Dietrich 215
Curtis Granderson 214
Jonathan Villar 210
Ruben Tejada 208

 

Now for something really trivial… the players in the 2013 set with the longest names…

Longest Names # of characters
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 20
Christian Bethancourt 20
Francisco Rodriguez 18
Yuniesky Betancourt 18
Arquimedes Caminero 18

 

…and shortest names. 

Shortest Names # of characters
Jon Jay 6
Sam Fuld 7
Ed Lucas 7
Ian Krol 7
C.C. Lee 7
Chaz Roe 7
Pete Orr 7

 

Other bits of trivia:

  • there were 70 players with a J-0 rating.
  • Oriole reliever Jim Johnson received a B*YZ grade despite leading the majors with 50 saves. He had a 2.94 ERA in 70 1/3 innings pitched.
  • 32 players who played just one game in 2013 will receive a card.

Overall, the offensive rating of the cards seemed a bit tempered.  While there were seven hitters who received five power numbers, there weren’t any players who warranted any crazy monster cards that we’ve seen in the past.  There were some potential terrible cards (see Ramon Hernandez’ thirteen 24s on his limited card).

Maybe this is wishful thinking on my part (hitting is down on my Twin City Thunderchickens) but it will be a pitchers’ year no doubt.   

If you haven’t already, check out the rest of the 2013 APBA by the Numbers series.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this series!! 

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20
December

Flashback Friday: Video of 1993 IAL All-Star Game weekend

Flashback Friday is taking a break this week from Scott Veatch’s Vault.  Why?  Something fantastic just fell into my lap that I couldn’t resist sharing it and it definitely fits the Flashback Friday bill. 

My friend Tedd Mallasch (a former manager of the Illowa APBA League and former writer of this blog) posted this video on YouTube.  The video, taken mostly by me, was recorded twenty years ago at the 1993 Illowa APBA League All-Star Game.  I had almost forgotten I had recorded this but when I watched the video, it all came back to me. 

Yes, it’s grainy, sometimes out of focus, not to mention shaky but boy, it brought back memories.  The 1993 IAL All-Star Game weekend took place at my apartment that my wife and I lived at the time.  This was when I was working as a caretaker at a church and lived in the upstairs apartment.  Needless to say, jokes were made that if any manager needed divine intervention, I could show them the way to the church sanctuary. 

There is so much history to this video.  There’s even footage of our league’s managers using APBA for DOS which had just been released.  For a year or so, the IAL allowed computer APBA if both managers agreed.  At the 1:00 and 11:17 mark in the video, you can see footage of our managers almost futile attempt playing APBA for DOS. 

Manager Chuck Lucas is quite the ham in this video and really makes this production worth watching.  At the 3:00 mark, he announces the Chicago Division lineup card by card.  He can also be seen humorously questioning his division manager’s judgment at the 8:35 mark. 

Yes, that’s me on the right at the 10:10 mark.  “Let’s go team!”  Someone else must have taken over the camera duties for a while.  Nice hair, huh? 

The division managers for the 1993 All-Star Game were Rob Taylor for Chicago Division (writing his secret strategies down on the paper plate) and Tom Reisdorph for the Iowa Division.  I couldn’t even tell you who won the All-Star Game and quite honestly, I don’t care.  I just see eight guys having the time of their lives. 

A very poignant moment is seeing the father-son duo of Mike and Marcus Bunch playing late-night APBA side-by-side at the 13:26 mark.  Marcus must have been around 12 years old at the time and was assisting Mike with his team.  He was a bit of smart aleck back then (see his antics at the 7:25 mark).  He’s turned out just fine, by the way.  He’s been a full-fledged member of our league for years and his team just won 102 games this past season.

I have no idea how Tedd got a hold of this video but this is an important part of our league history.  I appreciate that we get to see it after all these years. 

Thanks, Tedd!

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19
December

APBA Fan Profile: Joe Passiatore, Orlando APBA Association Powerhouse

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The Orlando APBA Association (seven teams, FTF, MG), entering its 27th season, is guaranteed a new champion in 2014. That’s because Joe Passiatore, who has won the last six OAPBA titles in a row, is stepping down to pay more attention to his legal work, as well as undergo a medical procedure on one of his knees. OAPBA managers are sad to see Joe depart the league, but excited about the prospects of someone else finally capturing an OAPBA championship.

Joe, along with three other Orlando area APBA gamers, founded the Orlando APBA Association (OAPBA) in 1988. Since then, Joe has been the dominant force in the league, with a total of 12 league championships.

"The 2013 championship was the toughest of all of them," said Joe, whose Platoon had a 44-36 record, second in the Ernie Harwell Division, six games behind Dave Larson’s Tazmanian Devils, who had the league’s best record (50-30).  Enroute to his sixth straight crown, Joe knocked off Marc Bostrom’s Road Warriors three games to one in the league’s Play-In Series, swept Larson’s Taz Devils four games to none in the semi-finals and edged Walt Taylor’s Whatevers (48-32) in seven games in the World Series. "I was just hoping to make the playoffs," said Joe. "The sixth championship in a row was a surprise, and an unexpected bonus."

Joe’s management style has consistently been to seize an early lead, shut off the opposition’s running game, employ a strong defense, rely on speed to complement whatever power hitters are in the lineup, and lean on his bullpen to keep a lead. That approach has led to the following results:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         • A lifetime regular season record of 1039-789, .568

• A playoff record of 35-13, .729

• A World Series record of 53-36, .596

• A combined record of 1127-838, .573

• Twelve OAPBA championships

"I am already going through some withdrawal pains by not putting a team together for 2014, but know it’s best that I take a break," Joe said. In the meantime, OAPBA managers are poring over the records to prepare for a Feb. 8, 2014 draft and a new champion. Based on Joe Passiatore’s success, it could rightfully be called the Passiatore Trophy.

Year W L Pct Playoffs W L WS W L
1988 29 31 0.483  - 0 0 Did not appear 0 0
1989 38 34 0.528  - 0 0 lost to Metros 2 4
1990 46 27 0.630  - 0 0 beat Highlanders 4 2
1991 39 34 0.534  - 0 0 Did not appear 0 0
1992 46 27 0.630  - 0 0 Did not appear 0 0
1993 45 35 0.563  - 0 0 beat Highlanders 4 2
1994 43 37 0.538  - 0 0 Beat Metros 4 1
1995 43 37 0.538  - 0 0 Did not appear 0 0
1996 39 41 0.488  - 0 0 Did not appear 0 0
1997 47 35 0.573  - 0 0 Beat Beefers 4 2
1998 56 25 0.691 beat Bombers 4 1 Lost to Highlanders 1 4
1999 47 33 0.588 beat Taz Devils 4 2 Lost to Highlanders 3 4
2000 48 36 0.571  - 0 0 Did not appear 0 0
2001 51 33 0.607 Beat Monsters 4 2 Beat Taz Devils 4 3
2002 40 44 0.476  - 0 0 Did not appear 0 0
2003 0 0 0.000   0 0   0 0
2004 0 0 0.000   0 0   0 0
2005 0 0 0.000   0 0   0 0
2006 39 45 0.464  - 0 0 Did not appear 0 0
2007 46 38 0.548  - 0 0 lost to Whatevers 3 4
2008 47 37 0.560  - 0 0 Beat Whatevers 4 1
2009 56 30 0.651 Beat Taz Devils 4 1 Beat Beefers 4 1
2010 54 30 0.643 Beat Turfbeaters 4 3 Beat Whatevers 4 2
2011 48 32 0.600 Beat Gang 4 1 Beat Taz Devils 4 1
2012 48 32 0.600 Beat Road War 4 2 Beat Beefers 4 2
2013 44 36 0.550 Beat Road War 3 1 Beat Whatevers 4 3
        Beat Taz Devils 4 0      
Total 1039 789 0.568   35 13   53 36

Ed note: Thanks to Rod Caborn for writing this!  After hearing about Joe’s sixth straight championship, I thought he would make a good subject for an APBA Fan Profile.  Rod did me one better and wrote it himself.

Joe’s dynasty is quite impressive.  I’m sure he’ll be quite missed in OAPBA and I hope he’ll find time in the future to roll dem bones again with the boys.  -TN

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19
December

2013 APBA by the Numbers: Hitting

558px-Chris_Davis_on_August_10,_2011This is Part 3 of my “2013 APBA by the Numbers” series.  So far, I’ve already broken down the newly released disk by pitching and by fielding

Now let’s have some fun and look at the offense.  I’ll look at who’s the best (and maybe the worst) at some of the big APBA result numbers.

Let’s start with…

Power

Who had the most extra-base hit numbers? 

Player Most Power Numbers (0-6)
Chris Davis 5
Danny Valencia 5
Carlos Gonzalez 5
Hanley Ramirez 5
Khris Davis 5
Brett Hayes 5
Moises Sierra 5

 

But what about the longball?  Chris Davis is among the leaders of this crew. 

Player Most single column 1s
Chris Davis 2
Zach Britton 2
Adam Dunn 2
Ryan Raburn 2
Miguel Cabrera 2
Alfonso Soriano 2
Brandon Moss 2
Raul Ibanez 2
Franklin Gutierrez 2
Nelson Cruz 2
Jeff Baker 2
Edwin Encarnacion 2
Evan Gattis 2
Donnie Murphy 2
Carlos Gonzalez 2
Hanley Ramirez 2
Khris Davis 2
Pedro Alvarez 2
Scott Hairston 2
Brandon Laird 2
Carlos Peguero 2

 

Just for kicks, I thought I’d search for players with two single column 5s.  Yes, attention-getter Chris Davis is on this list too. 

Player Hitters with Two 5s
Chris Davis 2
Danny Valencia 2
David Ortiz 2
Evan Longoria 2
Colby Rasmus 2
Paul Goldschmidt 2
Brian McCann 2
Corey Dickerson 2
Juan Francisco 2
Darin Ruf 2
Wilson Ramos 2
Josmil Pinto 2
Brennan Boesch 2
Ramon Hernandez 2
Rick Ankiel 2

 

Getting on base

These players had the most hit numbers in the first column. 

Player Most hit numbers (1-11)
Matt Carson 15
Zach Britton 14
Quintin Berry 14
Josh Tomlin 13

 

…and if I filter for just players with 400 at-bats or more, these come up. 

Player Most hit numbers (1-11) min. 400 ab
Torii Hunter 12
Omar Infante 12
Yadier Molina 12
Chris Johnson 12
Michael Cuddyer 12
Freddie Freeman 12
Adrian Beltre 12
Miguel Cabrera 12

 

These hitters are the best at getting on-base. 

Player Most on-base numbers (1-11, 14, 42)
Matt Carson 18
Quintin Berry 16
Zack Greinke 16
Miguel Cabrera 16
Mike Trout 16
Shin-Soo Choo 16
Joey Votto 16

 

The players who get the frequent free pass.

Player Most 14s 
George Kottaras 7
Joey Votto 6
Chris Iannetta 6
Yasmani Grandal 6
Zach Lutz 6

 

Six players might need to wear extra protection at the plate.

Player Hitters with two 42s
Ezequiel Carrera 2
Max Stassi 2
Johnny Monell 2
Jermaine Curtis 2
Nick Green 2
J.C. Boscan 2

 

Baserunning

Those with the most single column 11s.  Billy Hamilton adds an extra 10 to his four 11s by the way. 

Player Most 11s
Quintin Berry 7
Matt Carson 6
Billy Hamilton 4
Everth Cabrera 3
Tony Campana 3

 

Get the H&R booklet out when these guys are up.

Player Hitters with three 31s
Derek Jeter 3
Placido Polanco 3
Jeff Keppinger 3
Juan Pierre 3
Joe Mauer 3
Ichiro Suzuki 3

 

Not-so-nice numbers

Most 13s?  Well, a lot of pitchers have twenty or so 13s on their card.  If we filter the search to those with 400 plus at-bats, these are the big whiffers of 2013. 

Player Most 13s min 400 ab
Chris Carter 11
Mike Napoli 10
Dan Uggla 10

 

Count these guys lucky, I guess.

Player Lowest BA with 55-7
Miguel Tejada .288
Salvador Perez .292
Adrian Gonzalez .293

 

These hitters weren’t so lucky.  They had the most homers without getting a 1 at 66.

Player Most HR with no single col. 1
Alex Rios 18
Brandon Phillips 18
Eric Hosmer 17
Jason Kipnis 17
Torii Hunter 17
Alejandro De Aza 17
Justin Morneau 17
Andrelton Simmons 17

On the flipside, pitcher Jason Grilli got a 66-1 without hitting a homer at all.  Error?

These guys are the rally killers, plain and simple.

Player Most 24s
Ramon Hernandez 13
Brian Wilson 12
Jenrry Mejia 11
Danny Worth 11
Josh Wilson 11

If you’re wondering, David Freese and Matt Holliday lead full-timers with five 24s each.

I’m going to do one more Miscellaneous “by the Numbers”.  That one tends to be a catch-all and almost anything goes. 

You can see all the articles the 2013 APBA by the Numbers series here

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18
December

League Profile: North American Professional Baseball League

imageIt’s been a while since we got a League Profile.  John ‘Stats’ Wilson sends us one for his league, the North American Professional Baseball League.  Definitely, check out the NAPBL website… lots of stuff to read especially in the newsletters section. 

The North American Professional Baseball League is indeed northern.  They are based primarily in the upper Midwest and Canada. 

Info on the NAPBL:

League

Does your league play…Geographic

League Name

North American Pro Baseball League (NAPBL)

League Website http://www.napbl.net/
Contact Person STATS Wilson
Sport Baseball
# of teams 16
Year of inception 1979
Basic/Master/Computer/ Combination Computer
Does your league play…

with modifications?

Geographically, where is your league located?

Ohio, Canada, CT,WI,NY,CO

More info on the NAPBL:

The NAPBL was started in 1979 as a 16 team basic game with innovation league. 12 years ago we switched over to BBW 5.5 and have a core set of managers with over 30 years in the league. I’ve started in 1979 as a back up and got my team in 1980 and 35 seasons later i’m celebrating my 4th year as commissioner.

thanks for writing, John!  Keep us updated!

If you want to brag about your league, we’re listening!  Tell us all about the league you are in and we’ll post a profile about it.  In the meantime, read about other leagues who have written in.

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18
December

Weird Card Wednesday: 1963 Gerald ‘Slim’ Kindall

Every week, one of you readers gives me a reason to keep Weird Card Wednesday alive.  This time it was Tom Zuppa who emailed me with a card with an issue I hadn’t seen before. 

Tom Z. emailed a scan of his Gerald ‘Slim’ Kindall’s original 1963 card.  Here’s the front of Kindall’s card:

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While he may be a possible candidate for Terrible Tuesday, there isn’t anything too odd about it. 

But now take a look at the back of Kindall’s card:

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Wow, something went wrong at the print shop. 

My two thoughts when saw this:

1.  Given that APBA prints thousands of cards a year, I’m actually surprised this doesn’t happen more often.

2.  If this happened to Slim Kindall in the 1963 set, I’m wondering how many others in the ‘63 set were maligned in a similar way.

thanks Tom Zuppa!!

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17
December

Terrible Card Tuesday: 1965 Willie Crawford

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Another odd card from Scott Veach.  It’s Willie Crawford from his second year in baseball with the Dodgers.

Eighteen-year old Crawford hit only .148 in 27 at-bats in 1965.  Without even looking it up, I can tell he was a pinch runner.  He was used in 52 games and scored 10 runs.  No extra base hits for Willie.  Just four hits and two walks and two steals. 

Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1965 Totals 52 3 29 27 10 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 8 .148 .207 .148
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/16/2013.

 

Not an impressive card for Willie Crawford with hit numbers 8-8-9-9-11-11 and a non-hit number at 44, a 14.  What struck me as very odd was his 51-17.  He got a 13 at 53, the usual home for the error number. 

Ugly numbers:  44-14, 31-17, 66-8

Crawford totaled only 47 at-bats in his first four years but then went on to have a relatively successful 14 year career.  He had a lifetime .268 batting average but in his prime he hovered around .280-.290.  He never hit for much power but was a versatile outfielder and had some speed. 

Thanks to Scott!

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