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

2014Colorby Rod Caborn

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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16
December

2013 APBA by the Numbers: Fielding

Manny_Machado_8-10-2012This is the second of my 5th annual “2013 By the Numbers”.  I recently posted the first segment of the series centered around pitching.  Now, let’s take a look at the fielding of the newly released disk. 

Let’s start with the best at each position. 

 

The Best of the Catchers

Yadier Molina, Joe Mauer and Matt Wieters are among the ample number of those rated Catcher-9 in the 2013 set. 

Catchers Fielding Rating
Matt Wieters 9
Joe Mauer 9
Ryan Hanigan 9
A.J. Ellis 9
Yadier Molina 9
Drew Butera 9

 

The Best of the Firstbasemen

Veterans Helton, Teixeira, and Morneau retain their 1B-5s

Firstbasemen Fielding Rating
Eric Hosmer 5
Carlos Pena 5
Lyle Overbay 5
James Loney 5
Paul Goldschmidt 5
Todd Helton 5
Adrian Gonzalez 5
Justin Morneau 5
Mark Teixeira 5

 

The Best of the Secondbasemen

Again, it was a large class for the 2B-9s.  I remember seasons when there were just one or two. 

Secondbasemen Fielding Rating
Alexi Casilla 9
Dustin Pedroia 9
Brian Dozier 9
Ben Zobrist 9
Darwin Barney 9
D.J. Lemahieu 9
Mark Ellis 9

 

The Best of the Thirdbasemen

For third base and shortstop though, it was slim pickings for top fielding ratings.  Each position could claim just one player each.  From what I was reading from APBA fans, it wasn’t too much of a surprise who got the superior ratings. 

Thirdbasemen Fielding Rating
Manny Machado 6

 

The Best of the Shortstops

Shortstops Fielding Rating
Andrelton Simmons 10

 

If I’m not mistaken, Scott Rolen was given the last 3B-6 by APBA.

Fielding Rating Distribution

Here’s a quick run-through of fielding rating distribution for each position.  All players are included in this datasets including players who have secondary positions listed.

Out of all the positions, catcher seems to have the most perfect bell curve. There are 36 above average and 36 below average.

Catchers Distribution
Catcher-9 6
Catcher-8 30
Catcher-7 44
Catcher-6 29
Catcher-5 7

 

Now theoretically, 1B-3 is considered Fielding Two.  The high number of 1B-2s can be attributed to a fair amount of designated hitters who get that rating by virtue of playing that position in the past.

Firstbasemen Distribution
1B-5 9
1B-4 21
1B-3 69
1B-2 76

 

Noteworthy: all the secondbasemen rated 5 were not rated there as their first position.

Secondbasemen Distribution
2B-9 7
2B-8 21
2B-7 80
2B-6 36
2B-5 8

 

Unlike catcher, thirdbasemen have the most imperfect bell curve.  In fact, it’s more like a slope.  This isn’t unusual; this is how they’ve been distributed for years. 

Personally, I see a big perception gap between 3B-4 (a good and acceptable fielder) and 3B-3 (the bottom of the barrel).  Time to (re-)introduce the 3B-2?

Thirdbasemen Distribution
3B-6 1
3B-5 8
3B-4 52
3B-3 99

 

Like the secondbasemen, there were no SS-6 who had that position listed as their primary position. 

Shortstops Distribution
SS-10 1
SS-9 12
SS-8 51
SS-7 37
SS-6 18

 

The OF-1 were also plentiful due to allocation to designated hitters.

Outfielders Distribution
OF-3 53
OF-2 127
OF-1 118

 

Miscellaneous Master Game Ratings

A few other ratings pertaining to fielding need tending to.  First up, here are the highest rated MG arm ratings among outfielders. 

Outfielder Highest Arm
Yasiel Puig 38
Rick Ankiel 38

 

Also, here are the catchers with the highest MG Th ratings.  It’s worth noting that all four listed are C-9.

Catcher Highest Th rating
Joe Mauer 6
Ryan Hanigan 6
A.J. Ellis 6
Yadier Molina 6

 

You can find all articles in the 2013 By the numbers series posted here.  I’ll be working on the Offense portion of this series in the next couple of days.  That one is a lot of fun to do and hopefully to read.  Keep an eye out for that.

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16
December

Monster Card Monday: 1930 Hack Wilson

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Two weeks ago when I featured 1930 Chuck Klein as Monster Card of the week, Steve Coe commented on Facebook that “I like hack wilsons 1930 card better”.  I thought, “Well, I’ll show him, I’ll post the time I did Hack’s 1930 card.” 

As it turns out, I never did one on Hack Wilson so the eggs’ on my face.  I featured him on an article I did about me helping my friend Brando with his 1930 replay but I never posted an article about him on a Monday.  So here it is. Thanks to Steve for indirectly suggesting Hack.

Any baseball history fan worth his salt knows about Hack Wilson.  Hack is of course best known for holding the single season NL record for homeruns until the steroid era with 56 and for still holding the record for rbis with 190. 

In 1930, he joined the the rest of the National League hit parade.  He batted .356 with 208 hits in 155 games and 709 plate appearances. Unlike most of today’s sluggers, he struck out less than he walked (84 to 105). 

 

Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1930 Totals 155 709 585 146 208 35 6 56 191 3 105 84 .356 .454 .723
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/15/2013.

 

I agree with Steve Coe’s sentiment.  While it doesn’t have a gaudy 51-7 like Klein, Wilson’s 1930 card is one of the best.  With power numbers of 1-1-5-5-6, it’s one of the most powerful hitting cards of all time.  What puts it over the top is that Wilson did this playing almost every game. 

Wilson’s also has hit numbers 7-7-8-8-8-9-9.  APBA put the last 9 at 61 and placed 14s at 42 and 64 which would be the “normal” progression.  Speaking of 14s, Wilson’s 1930 card has five of them (and only three 13s). 

Fun numbers:  22-5, 44-6, 61-9

Okay, this is me being difficult.  Last week, I featured Roger Maris’ 1961 card and today, I started thinking about the two.  Both were sluggers who played 12 seasons, both had one career season that put them on the map.  Wilson hit significantly better than Maris (.307 to .260) but that could easily be attributed to the eras they played.  Looking at their overall stats, they are comparable.  Wilson has a slight edge in rbis though Maris was a superior fielder.  Yet, Wilson is in the Hall of Fame and Maris is not. 

Discuss.

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15
December

2013 APBA by numbers: Pitching

Los Angeles Dodgers at Baltimore Orioles April 19, 2013This is the 5th annual “By the Numbers” series I’ve done.  Back in 2009, I began poring over the numbers and breaking down the season set when the disk came out.  I’ve expanded the series over the years and had a lot of fun doing it. 

Each time I do it, I break it down into three or four separate articles.  Usually, I devote an article each to Pitching, Fielding, Hitting and one last one to Miscellaneous data which doesn’t get covered by the other categories (hint:  that one tend to be the fun one).   

Today, I’ll start with Pitching but before I begin, I’ll post this chart which converts Master Game grades to Basic Game grades.  This seems to be popular as not everyone has played the Master Game.  FYI, a while back, APBA moved the grade system one point back (i.e. a 5 used to be D, a 10 used to be a C etc). 

This is now the current system.

MG Grade Basic Grade
1-4 D
5-9 C
10-14 B
15-19 A
20-24 A&C
>24 A&B

Now I’ll be getting to the fun stuff…

The Best of the Starters

Pitcher Highest Graded Starters
Clayton Kershaw 19
Clay Buchholz 18
Jose Fernandez 18
Jarred Cosart 17
Max Scherzer 16
Anibal Sanchez 16
Danny Duffy 16
James Paxton 16
Matt Moore 16
Zack Greinke 16
Tanner Roark 16

 

I was going to stop at 17 but I couldn’t resist putting former University of Illinois hurler Tanner Roark up there.  Go Illini!!

The Best of the Relievers

Pitcher Highest Graded Relievers
Kevin Siegrist 29
Jesse Crain 27
Koji Uehara 24
Greg Holland 24
Neal Cotts 24

 

Siegrist was oh so close to hitting that coveted 30 grade with his 0.45 ERA in 40 innings pitched for the Cardinals.

Not only was Kershaw the highest graded starter but he was the only starter with a unique grade.  He was the only starter with a MG grade of 19 and was the only pitcher with a MG grade all to himself.  Among relievers, there were three unique MG grades.  Of course, Siegrist (MG 29) and Crain (MG 27) were two of them.  Alex Torres and his MG grade of 21 was other.

What were the most common MG grades?  Among starters, there were 48 Grade 4 pitchers followed by 32 Grade 3 pitchers.  Among relievers though, the Grade 1* pitchers were the most common with 69.  Second among relievers were 4* with 69. 

Grade Distribution

Let’s look at the grades from a basic game perspective.  As usual, D pitchers continue to prevail in frequency.   Here’s the breakdown for both starters and relievers:

Basic Game Grade for Starters Distribution
D 128
C 86
B 64
A 14

 

Basic Game Grade for Relievers Distribution
D* 149
C* 124
B* 90
A* 60

 

Note there are 43 pitchers with split grades which are counted in both tabulations above.  Among those pitchers, Tyler Thornburg fared the best with a 14 (16*) or a B (A*) grade. 

Who had the highest ERA for a A or better pitcher?  That award goes to Matt Moore with a 3.29 ERA. Max Scherzer comes in second with a 2.90 ERA.  The lowest ERA for a Grade D pitcher?  That would be Chris Rusin, a MG Grade 4 pitcher with 3.93 ERA. 

Strikeout and Control Letter Distribution

I’ll end by displaying the distribution of the Xs, Ys, Ws and Zs.  First the control letters. The Ws really win out purely because of the many D*W pitchers who didn’t put in much time on the mound. 

Control letter Distribution
W 219
Z 95

 

Now the strikeout letters.  Seems to be an upswing in the Xs and XYs in the past two years. 

Strikeout Letter Distribution
Y 175
X 121
XY 91

 

Keep in mind, the K, R and double Z is still a mystery to us until we get the cards in our hands.

I’ll be touching on the Fielding data next.  Keep an eye out for a By the Numbers article in the next couple days. 

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13
December

Flashback Friday: 1941 Season Card Notice

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From Scott Veatch’s Vault, I bring you APBA card notice for the 1941 season. 

Of the history of this document, Scott says:

“…if I remember correctly this flyer was included with the new card notice for the 1976 season. The 1949 season came out with the 1973 cards, the 1930 season came out with the 1974 cards, the master came out with the 1975 season cards — and then 1941 with the 1976 cards.”

Like other brochure formats, APBA followed the formula that worked.  Focus on the big headlines then detail the team-by-team highlights.  In ‘41, Ted Williams breaking .400 barrier was big news and so was Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hit streak.  Apparently, so was Mickey Owen’s dropped third strike in the World Series.  Ironic since that was an impossibility in the APBA’s basic game. 

The 1941 races were quite different in each league.  APBA made that clear in their headers. 

While the NL race was a nail-biter:

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The Yankees ran away with it:

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Even in 1977, the prices were enough to make a modern man cry.  You could get the full season set for $10.00. 

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Two years later, XBs were released for the 1941 set. 

You can see the full 1941 card notice for the 1941 season here.

Personally, the 1941 set was the second of the past that I bought after the 1949 season.  When I think of 1941, I always think of Dodger outfielder and 1941 batting champion Pete Reiser with his hard style of playing.  That came at a cost for Reiser since he missed so many games due to injury over the course of his career.  

Thanks Scott for sharing your collection of APBA material.  You can see everything we’ve posted so far from Scott Veatch’s Vault here.

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