Rod’s Replay Insider: Keeping daily standings

Maintaining an accurate record of the daily won-lost standings is a must.

For keeping basic W-L standings and percentages, I record my standings in a simple 11 x 8 inch college ruled notebook, on a day-by-day basis, For a regular eight-team replay, you will need around 30-40 pages to record a season.

Record the standings in pencil because, when you make an error (and you will make an error somewhere along the way), you can go back and find and correct the error.


Prior to starting a replay, I record the date for each “day” of my replay. I leave the number of spaces below the date blank (usually eight spaces, one for each team), so that I so I can fill them after each game.

For purposes of speed and convenience, I play each of my “series” in three or four-game sets. After I complete each game, I first record the score on the game-by-game scoresheet and then update the team’s won-lost record in the daily standings.

Then, and only then, do I figure out the winning and losing pitcher and all the rest.

It’s not foolproof, but it works 99% of the time.

To summarize: first record the score and then update the standings.

Next: Which box score system to use?

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Scott Fennessy’s 1903 replay: Bucs take 2-0 edge into Pittsburgh

Ed_DohenyOctober 7, 1903

Boston, MA

After a hard fought game one the teams take the field for game two of this series. Today’s game features Ed Doehny (BYW) against Tom Hughes (AY). The Red Sox are hoping to take advantage of Doehny’s lack of control while Pittsburgh hopes to string together enough hits to get the win.

Although the Pirates go down without scoring in the first inning, it’s Hughes struggling with control as he walked two to load the bases with one out, but struck out Bill Bransfield to end the inning. Meanwhile Pat Dougherty, who took a LOT of heat from his manager after being cut down at second to end yesterday’s game leads off with a rocket to right field for a single and steals second easily. Chick Stahl walks, and Jimmy Collins hits one right at the shortstop and they turn two as Dougherty moves to third. John Freeman, who had an awesome year rips a single to left that scores Dougherty, and Jimmy Sebring’s throw home gets by Ed Phelps and Freeman pulls into second.

The bad throw was big as Freddy Parent hits a single to center and Freeman scores. Hobe Ferris pops up to Tom Leach and the inning ends 2-0 Boston leading.

The score was still 2-0 when Honus Wagner hits a grounder between Ferris and LaChance on the right side for a single. Moving to second with two out Claude Ritchey rips a double to right and Wagner scores. Considering how unspectacular a year he had, he has been a big surprise for the Pirates so far. Tom Leach hits a single to center that scores Ritchey and the game is now tied. Bransfield fans to end the inning.

That was still the score as the Red Sox came to bat in the bottom of the 5th inning. Dougherty gets his second hit of the day with another single. On second with one out Collins walks and they were still there with two out when Parent rips a double the opposite way and both score. The inning ends with Boston back on top 4-2.

The visitors get that right back though as Bransfield draws a leadoff walk. Phelps lays down a perfect sac bunt, but this reporter is steamed as it was from a 66. Instead of a triple it’s a sac bunt! Sebring drills a double to center that scores Bransfield. Ginger Beaumont slices one into the right field corner that rattles around and Sebring scores on a triple that ties the game. Wagner gets his second hit of the game with a booming double to the left center gap, and as the inning ends it is now 5-4 Pirates.

That was how the game ended, as the Red Sox got some hits during the final three innings, but could not move them around the bases. This series now heads to Pittsburgh, and the Pirates have a big lead and their best pitcher on the hill.

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Tournament Organizer Roundtable #1: Tournament origins


Players compete at the November ’15 Chicagoland APBA Tournament

APBA competitive tournaments have been around for years. The APBA Game Company has held them since the 1970’s. The core concept of a tournament is simple. You get APBA fans together in one location and each has a team. Through a designated fashion, a series of games ensues and the last player and team who meets the criteria of the tournament championship, wins it all.

For one reason or another, APBA tournaments have had a resurgence especially in the Midwest. The last five years have seen many regional tournaments spring up in addition to the one held at the national convention. Each has its own local flavor which only adds to the fun and excitement.

The APBA Tournament Roundtable 

The original idea of my project was simple. I would contact a few people responsible for organizing APBA tournaments and ask them for their reflections and thoughts on particular topics related to their experiences.

I’ll be honest. The scope of the project exploded on me. The responses I received from each of the organizers I contacted exceeded my expectations. I was overwhelmed by both the amount and the sincerity of the content submitted by everyone. Silly me, I initially thought I could squeeze all the responses into one article. With all the quality content I’ve gotten, I’m going to have to break it out into a few segments. That’s good news for you all though because I’m sure you’re going to enjoy this series of articles.

So who participated in this virtual roundtable? A total of nine APBA players who have organized tournaments took part.  Here they are:

Skeet Carr of the APBA Game Company and organizer of the national APBA Game Convention Tournament
unnamed (2)  John Cochrane, organizer of the Robert Henry Memorial Tournament held in Philadelphia

 Ron Emch
Ron Emch, organizer of the Glass City APBA Baseball Tournament held in Toledo, Ohio
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Jim Fraasch
, editor of Jim’s APBA Barn and current organizer of the Neil Ess Memorial Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament going on its fifth tournament next spring
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Geoff Giordano, editor of the APBA Football Club and organizer of the APBA Football Club Tournament held in 2013 at the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
Jim Saska, co-founder of the Chicagoland World Series APBA Tournament
Ken Schulz, organizer of the Linda B Schulz Memorial APBA Baseball Tournament based in Pittsburgh
Doug Schuyler
, co-founder of the Chicagoland World Series APBA Tournament which is going on its sixth APBA Baseball Tournament next summer
Rich Zawadzki, founder of the popular Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament


On to Question #1

I can tell you, that’s quite a group. As you’ll see in the upcoming series of questions, each of these guys have a true love of APBA, sports, and the camaraderie the game brings to us. For the first segment of the roundtable, the first question that I asked each of them is simple…

“What was the original impetus to organize your particular tournament?”


…and here are their answers:

Skeet Carr – APBA Game Company National Tournament

“The first APBA Convention was held in 1973. Tournaments were held at the convention and seemed to go over very well.

Pete Simonelli ran almost all of the early tournaments.”


John Cochrane – Robert Henry Memorial Tournament

“The Robert Henry Memorial Tournament came about in a peculiar way, which in turn defined it as the peculiar tournament that it is.

Starting in 2011, Brian Cavanaugh of the Bridesburg unit of the Philadelphia Boys and Girls Club had begun, at the invitation of the Game Company, to bring a vanload of his summer campers to the annual APBA convention in Lancaster. Brian has played the game all his life, and has used it as an activity at the BGC summer camp for some time. In 2011 the kids played a satellite division of their own which was not a part of the main convention tournament. They were a joy to have as our guests at the tournament, and were invited back the next year and placed in the main draw.

That 2012 convention was, by the time it happened, known to be the last Lancaster convention. In 2013 the conventions would move, as the game company already had, to Georgia. The 2012 tournament was, IMHO, the most fun in which I have ever participated, and the presence of the BGC kids, and their adult leader Brian Cavanaugh (against whom I played two of the most exciting games of APBA either of us has ever played) was the reason it was so great. The kids were the highlight of the weekend in terms of the energy they brought.

I was sitting around with Brian and another good friend, David Small, after the group play was over, when Brian lamented that the move of the convention to Georgia would end the ability of the kids to attend. A day trip from Philly to Lancaster for 9 or 10 kids is one thing; getting them to Georgia is, both in terms of logistics and cost, a bridge too far. David asked if a separate tourney for the kids could not be inaugurated in the Philly area to replace the experience. At this point I did what I often do to get myself in trouble; I opened my mouth, and turned to Brian and told him that if he could give us a weekend date in the summer of 2013, I’d get a venue, raise the needed funds, and gather enough of my APBA friends to give the kids a good one-day tournament that he could reach. He later sent me some workable dates, and, with a lot of help (most notably from 1) Hall of Famer Pete Simonelli, who has done most of the successful recruiting, and secured for us the right to attach the late Hall of Famer Bob Henry’s name to it, 2) my better half, Rebecca Peterson, who has handled all the facilities matters, and 3) APBA Games President John Herson, in more ways than I can recount), I kept up my end of the bargain.

I figured it might be a one off. Silly me. By lunch in the first year, the adult APBA players that Pete and I had recruited were telling me, not asking me, that it had to become an annual thing. We’ve done it three years now, expanding the number of kids to as many as 20 after the first year.”


Ron Emch – Glass City APBA Baseball Tournament

“It was definitely seeing all the other tournaments that were springing up and being held. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the first Minneapolis tourney. On the heels of that was the Greater Michigan one, and then the Pittsburgh one. My feeling was it would be great to have a tourney every month. There is nothing like getting together with like-minded folks and enjoying doing something we all love to do.

Between the 3 I’ve mentioned and Chicagoland, I saw an opportunity to hold one in Toledo.  I felt it would have a good chance to be successful because of its location. Pretty centrally located between Chicago, Greater Michigan and Pittsburgh. So I found a date/month between all the others and said let’s do this.”


Jim Fraasch – Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament

“Our Twin Cities APBA Tournament came about because of Bruce Tyler organizing an “APBA” lunch back in 2013.  He posted a thread on the APBA Between the Lines forum, for anyone interested in meeting for lunch at O’Gara’s in St. Paul.  Bruce is a long-time APBA player, dating back to 1961/1962.  He and 2 other friends, Leroy Arnoldi and Neil Ess, all classmates, formed their own face-to-face league back in 1962.

This league would survive High School, college, careers, moves, etc.  For anyone reading the APBA Journal, back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, you would have stumbled upon a few “Letters to the Editor” about their league from Bruce Tyler.  The league is still going today.  So part of the lunch group at O’Gara’s that Saturday in October of 2013, was Bruce Tyler, Leroy Arnoldi and Neil Ess.  Also present, were Darrell Skogen (APBA player since around 1960, and owner of several APBA Journal replays himself), Kevin Cluff (the much appreciated moderator for the APBA Between The Lines Delphi forum) and myself.  6 of us met for the first time at O’Gara’s.  After some general APBA talk, and sharing a few stories, we talked about hosting a local tournament.  The Chicagoland tournament was just held (Doug Schuyler and Jim Saska) and we thought why not us?  The wheels were in motion, and after laying down some rules for the tournament, we had our plan.

While we did not expect a big turnout for our first tournament, we were very encouraged to end up with 13 guys for our first tourney.  We have since hosted 2 a year, and will continue to have 2 a year, always the first Saturday in April and the first Saturday in October.  Easy to remember.  23 attended our 4th tourney.  With the sudden passing of Neil Ess after our 1st tourney in 2014, we have since named our tourney in honor of Neil Ess.”


Geoff Giordano – APBA Football Club Tournament

unnamed“As is common knowledge in the APBA community, there hadn’t been an official football component to the annual APBA convention, at least in the 2000s. Eric Naftaly had told me about a few football tournaments he’d participated in, and I believe Ted Knorr also passed along some similar details, if I’m recalling correctly. I recall putting out feelers on the Delphi Forums around mid-2012 in regards to interest in a football-only competition. While APBA’s baseball game is, of course, the bread and butter of the company, football has a hard-core group of fans — many of whom weren’t attending the official tournament in Lancaster. The only football being played at the APBA events was a traditional Sunday morning game between Greg Wells and Gilles Thibault.

Fortunately, Francis Rose and his team organized a last, unofficial APBA tournament in Lancaster in 2012. I loaded my car with football games from various eras and attended that tourney — my first — to get acquainted with the APBA community in person and get a sense of how the tournament ran. The rush of camaraderie was a significant factor in the “I want to do this, too” decision. John Cochrane, Skeet Carr, Veryl Lincoln, Randy Coryer, Frank Welsh, Bill Blair and so many others were instantly welcoming they further solidified the idea. At the Lancaster tourney, I met up with Jack Beckman, a fan of the APBA Football Club’s Facebook page; he wanted a quick primer on the football game during the Friday night welcoming session. A football tourney seemed a logical way to increase understanding and enjoyment of the game. Lastly, I’d also seen the schedules of the early tournaments of the ‘70s, featuring presentations around the competition.

With so many facets surrounding the APBA football game, in terms of face-to-face vs. solitaire play as well as the intricacies of leagues, a football-only tournament seemed an ideal place to share success stories from those who embrace the game beyond an occasional contest. In no small way, a football tourney serves as a marketing device for the game — particularly for those put off by the length of a game. And with the option to integrate a football tourney with other sports on occasion — we featured the soccer game at our event — participants experienced in the nuances of one or more games could help answer others’ questions in person.”


Jim Saska – Chicagoland World Series APBA Tournament

“Doug Schuyler had made a post on Delphi Forums asking for some support in starting an APBA tournament in the Chicago area about two and a half years ago.  I had hosted a number of small in-home tournaments with friends over the years, so the idea of holding a local regional tournament held a lot of intrigue for me.

I contacted Doug and making a long story short, worked together to set up our first tournament known as the “Chicagoland World Series tournament”.


Ken Schulz – Linda B Schulz Memorial APBA Baseball Tournament

“The Linda B Schulz Memorial APBA Baseball Tournament was first going to be titled The Steel City APBA Tournament however when my mom passed away unexpectedly in March 2015 my brothers and I decided it was a great idea to rename it in her honor.  She was never an APBA player however she loved hosting our friends when we were growing up.  She was thrilled when we reformed the Lakeview APBA Baseball League in 2014 after a 4 year hiatus.

The idea to have a Pittsburgh tournament came from seeing the Michigan tournament getting started by Pastor Rich.”


Doug Schuyler – Chicagoland World Series APBA Tournament

“It is just great to find other folks who play the game.  Before Facebook, I thought there were more people that had walked on the moon than had played APBA!  You say APBA to some people and they look at your cross eyed.  One of the kids I coached (He was originally from Pennsylvania) played the game…not even sure how it came up in conversation but once you find someone, they are like your soul mate!  I played mostly solitaire for 30-40 years so to play against others and strategize is really fun.

Jim Saska and I had a game one time where I think we made a total of 6 or 7 managerial moves in one half inning….”Put him on!  Who’s up next? I’m going to the pen!”  It was a real chess match and one of the reasons you play the game.  Just like the original ad says…”Think you can manage in the big leagues????”  I was 10 years old on the bus to summer camp reading the ad in the sporting news with the Bruce Sutter card and I think Pete Rose and the cards just spoke to me!  Strat-o-matic cards look like a parking ticket.  The APBA cards are just so cool, magical and spiritual….they just speak to YOU!”


Rich Zawadzki – Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament

“The APBA Baseball Facebook Group has contributed to the start and organization of many of these regional tournaments; but especially the Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament (GMABT).

Dominick Provisiero’s “Roll Call” in which those in the group list their town and state showed that there were several players in the Greater Michigan area; however, it was through the group when found out about and took part in the APBA Chicagoland World Series (held of the 2nd Saturday of November) in 2013 organized by Doug Schuyler and Jim Saska, that I began to seriously entertain the possibility of organizing a tourney here in Michigan.”

There’s more to come!

Thanks to all the gentlemen that are participating! There’s a lot more coming in future articles.  Stay tuned for the next segment!

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Rod Caborn hits another homer with OAPBA’s 2015 Yearbook

imageRegular readers know Rod Caborn from his Replay Insider write-ups.  Others may have seen his regular updates on his league, the Orlando APBA Association (OAPBA). 

Rod obviously has a gift for writing and presentation as his 30-page 2015 OAPBA Yearbook is not only a great read but beautifully designed. 

The 2015 OAPBA Yearbook details the league’s past season including stats, standings and stories featuring Jonathan Stilwell’s Otters dominant title win

Take a full look at this year’s 2015 OAPBA Yearbook

It’s a great inspiration for other leagues out there.  Great job, Rod! 

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Monster Card Monday: 1930 Gabby Hartnett


Sgt. Dan Velderrain delivers a nice Monster Monday card in 1930 Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs. 

Double ones?  Check. 

15-7?  Check. 

Top fielding?  Check. 

No 24s?  Well, no one’s perfect. 

Hartnett fit in perfectly with the Chicago lineup in 1930.  That year, he added some protection for Hack Wilson, Riggs Stephenson and Charlie Grimm as he batted a nifty .339 with 37 homers and 123 rbis. 

1930 Totals 141 577 508 84 172 31 3 37 123 0 55 62 .339 .404 .630
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Generated 12/7/2015.


Unless you just love steal numbers (or despise 24s), Hartnett’s 1930 card has everything else going for it.  He has nice power with 1-1-6-6 numbers.  His overall hit numbers are what current catchers can only dream about:


He also has four 14s which only add to his overall offense.  Hartnett is slow but his top fielding (Catcher-9) more than makes up for that. 

Fun numbers:  15-7, 26-14, C-9

I encourage baseball history buffs to read Hartnett’s bio on SABR. Lots of good info including how he got the nickname “Old Tomato Face”. 

Thanks Sgt. Dan!!

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Scott Fennessy’s 1903 Replay: Pittsburgh takes game 1 of World Series

October 6, 1903

Boston, MA

This year’s World Series features two teams that took completely different paths to October. The Red Sox dominated from opening day on and were never challenged, and the Pirates who started off slow and had to endure a grueling battle with the Giants that was not over until game 139 of a 140 game season.

Today’s game features Cy Young, the reigning Pitcher of the Year against Charles Phillippe, who is the Scrooge of all pitching, allowing just 25 walks in nearly 400 innings this year. All right APBA fans, the time for talk is over and time for rolling to begin!

Jimmy Sebring steps into the batter’s box, and works Young for a lead off walk. Moving to second on Ginger Beaumont’s ground out Honus Wagner rips Young’s 2-1 breaking ball deep to right center field! This one bounces off the warning track and bounces off the wall. Sebring scores and Wagner gets an RBI double and the Pirates take the lead. Young gets the next two hitters and the Buccos have a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of the inning.

Phillippe strikes out the side in the bottom of the first, which is a bit of a surprise, as he was not all that overpowering during the season, despite the Y on his card. Neither team scored again for a while, but the roles seemed reverse of what I expected. The Pirates were punching hits here and there with no scoring, and the Red Sox were being shut down. Freddy Parent got the first hit with a one out double in the 5th and scored on an error and a wild pitch to tie the game.

The Red Sox finally grab the lead when light hitting Candy LaChance, who struggled badly this year slips a grounder just under Tommy Leach’s glove at third for a single and moves to second on a “swinging bunt” by Young. Pat Dougherty hits a hard grounder that Claude Ritchey tries to turn a double play on, but Young comes in surprisingly hard and the throw is off the mark and runners are on the corners after the fielder’s choice.

Chick Stahl hits a fly to deep right field that Clarke tracks down, but has no chance on getting the runner at home, so the lead is now 2-1 Boston. Jimmy Collins rips a double into the left center gap for an RBI double and scores on an error to make the lead 4-1 when the inning ended.

That was still the score when Young appears to be tiring in the 8th inning. Beaumont draws his second walk of the day and with the hit and run called for Wagner rips one the opposite way and runners are on the corners. Wagner eventually steals second and Clarke gets a juicy pitch and bangs it off the wall in center field and both runners score. Young eventually gets out of the inning, but it is now just 4-3 Red Sox.

So a tired Young takes the mound in the top of the ninth, needing just three outs for the win, but Ed Phelps reaches on an error. Phelps is pretty slow, and any ground ball kills the rally, so Hans Lobert, who had sat on the bench all year gets sent in as a pinch runner as he is the only player on the bench with an F rating. Lobert’s off with the pitch and moves to second on a ground out to Hobe Ferris at second, so the Pirates are down to their final out and Jimmy Sebring delivers the clutch single to center and Lobert slides just under Lou Criger’s tag and this game is tied! Boston gets out of the inning, but after going scoreless in the bottom of the inning and we go to extra innings.

Lafayette Winham is now in for Phillippe, but Young stays in, and we get to the 12th inning. Clarke hits a smash into the left field corner for a lead off double, and Collins gets the bullpen in action. Claude Ritchey hits another drive off the wall in center field and the Pirates take the lead on back to back doubles. Tom Leach hits a single that just gets over a leaping Freddy Parent and another run scores.

Collins finally pulls Young and Norwood Gibson comes in and gets the final two outs. Winham looks like he wants to take the loss as he walks Criger to start the inning and grooves a fastball that LaChance rips into the right field corner for a double, and Criger being slow has to hold at third thanks to a solid throw from Clarke. The pitcher Gibson is up, so Collins calls in Charles Farrell, who hit .291 in a reserve role and he hits a scorcher right at Ritchey who doubles up LaChance at second, but Criger can’t score.

Pat Dougherty then hits a bullet to left field, and Criger scores, but either he missed a sign or assumed the throw would be going home, because Sebring’s throw goes to second and he is out by a mile, and the game is over! A furious Jimmy Collins is waiting at the top of the dugout steps and despite Pat’s fine regular season, he is getting an earful.

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Rod’s Replay Insider: Recording game scores

Recording the score of each game seems obvious. But you need to have a well- organized system that will enable you go far beyond simply keeping scores.

Once you get rolling you will want insights into each team’s performances. Home and away? Extra-inning games? One-run games? How many shutouts has a team notched? How many times have they been shut out?

The very first stat you need to record when completing a game is writing down who won and who lost. Sounds basic, but it’s the very first thing I do when I complete a game.

Using an idea borrowed from the accounting profession, I use a black pen to note positive accomplishments (wins) and a red pen to note negative accomplishments (losses). The color coding allows you to see, at a glance, if a team is on a winning roll or falling into a losing streak. clip_image002

The attached illustrates a game-by-game scoresheet. The greyed-in area for April 18 indicates no game was played on that date, which influences pitching rotations. You can easily pick out extra inning games. At the bottom, you can get a preview of how each “month” is totaled (which we’ll explore down the road). Also, you can make notes on your scoresheet. The St. Louis Browns, as you can see, opened my 1911 A.L. replay with seven straight losses, which is easy to visualize on the game-by-game scoresheet.

Next: Keeping daily standings.

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Weird Card Wednesday: 2014 Ehire Adrianza


This 2014 card is from Justin Wray. 

The card is not much to look at but Ehire Adrianza is doing pretty well to be playing three infield positions at the age of 85. 

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Coming soon: Tournament Organizer Roundtable

IMG_9919While Eric Berg, Dave Rueck, Thomas Fulton and I are preparing for next April’s Prairieland tournament here in Champaign, I started to think, “What does it take to run a successful APBA tournament?”  With all of the fantastic tournaments that have been held recently, we want to make sure the Prairieland tournament hold its own in terms of awesomeness.

Then, in talking to Jim Fraasch of the Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament, I had the idea of virtually talking to all of the tournament organizers and getting their thoughts and reflections on putting a tournament together.  This I how my new project got started.  I’m calling it the Tournament Organizer Roundtable

I’m still in the middle of the project now but the response so far has been overwhelming.  A total of eight APBA fans who have organized APBA tournaments are participating.  I’m even working with Skeet Carr from the APBA Game Company.  In less than a week since I proposed the idea to them, I’ve already received written content from six of the tournament organizers.  Obviously, they are all anxious to tell their story.  Their input has been detailed and includes anecdotes, tips and even photos.  Each person has have an important, unique story to tell. 

I’m really looking forward to putting this all together so you all can read it.  Stay tuned. 

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Terrible Card Tuesday: 1981 Rick Auerbach


Rick Auerbach began his career in 1971 with Milwaukee two years after they took it over from the failed Seattle Pilots franchise.  Appropriately, he ended it Seattle with the Mariners in 1981. I’d like to say he made a huge difference with either team but that just isn’t true.  Rick batted .203 with the Brewers and an even lower .155 in 1981 with the M’s. 

Rick Auerbach’s main purpose through his career was as a utility infielder.  That he did well.  While his main position was shortstop, he was called on to play second  and third when the need arose.  In his swan song for the Mariners, he went 12 for 84 with 3 doubles and a homer with one stolen base. 

1981 Totals 38 96 84 12 13 3 0 1 6 1 4 15 .155 .200 .226
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Generated 12/1/2015.


Unlike yesterday’s Monster Card George Sisler who has 12 on base chances against an A pitcher, Auerbach suffers only four and two of them are 14s. 

Ugly numbers:  33-8, 25-39, 51-22

Question for anyone out there… is Rick related to basketball legend Red Auerbach?  I’m not finding anything but Rick did play basketball in college. 

thanks to Howie Mooney for the suggestion!

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