APBA’s Black Friday sale: What did YOU get?

So what did you all get during the APBA Company’s Black Friday Sale?  Tom Zuppa has a running thread on Facebook with quite a lot of responses already. 

apba_2272_8796533Me?  I was with family over the holiday.  While my wife and daughter were shopping at the brick-and-mortar stores, I simply used my phone to place an order for the only purchase I made Friday.  Geoff Giordano will be happy to hear that I took the plunge and ordered the APBA Football Game

For now, I just ordered the Football Game.  It does come with four teams (2013 Denver, Seattle, Florida State and Auburn).  That should be enough to give it a test ride.  If I enjoy it, I expect to be placing an order for some past teams ranging from the late 60s to the mid 80s. 

Time for me to re-watch Geoff’s unpackaging video of the game on YouTube again. 

Did anyone else take advantage of the 25% discount on Friday??

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Happy Thanksgiving from The APBA Blog!

I want to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving this year. 

This blog has done a lot to bring me closer to people who enjoy the game of APBA and share the love of sports and its history.  Not only that, you have all broadened my scope of how I can enjoy the game of APBA. 

For that I am thankful. 

Enjoy your turkey.

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NY teams doing well in Brando’s 1938 replay

John Brandeberry sent me the standings for the 1938 replay he’s currently doing.  It looks like both New York teams are doing quite well.

American League


National League


Hang tough, Cubbies! 

Sounds like Brando might make the trip back to Illinois from Montana for our Illowa APBA League draft weekend in early 2015 as long as we plan it out ahead of time (hint hint, guys!). 

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APBA offering Black Friday Deals

apbalogoIf you are looking to purchase any APBA products, this Friday would be the time to do it.  The APBA Game Company is offering a Black Friday Deal.  All products are 25% off.

According to their latest newsletter:

Place an online order on any in-stock product this Friday, November 28th between 12:01 am and 11:59 pm, and receive 25% off the price of each product.

Note that this discount doesn’t apply to the following pre-order items: the 2014 baseball disk, 2014 baseball card set and the 2013 college football playoff set. The discount also will not apply to the Los Angeles Golf Course as it is already at a discounted price.

The Black Friday Deal takes effect on online orders only and only on Friday.  There will not be anyone to answer the phones on Friday. 

So if you haven’t upgraded to the newest boards yet or if there is a season you are looking to buy, check out the APBA online store

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Terrible Card Tuesday: 1984 Jeff Kunkel


Even before Jeff Kunkel came up in 1984, he was going to be the player the Rangers were going to build their franchise around.  So much so that he was drafted highly in the Illowa APBA League rookie draft…fortunately not by me. 

Alas despite the media hype, Kunkel was pretty much a bust.  Not only did he bat just .204 in 142 at-bats in 1984 but he collected only 49 at-bats in the next three years combined.   It can’t be said that didn’t get his shot in ‘84.  Of his 50 games, 43 were started at shortstop. 

1984 Totals 50 150 142 13 29 2 3 3 7 4 2 35 .204 .218 .324
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/25/2014.


Kunkel was like a all-field no-hit shortstop, except for the all-field part.  He was rated a SS-6 by APBA.  He didn’t get much power with two zeros but if you did get into the second column, there were thirteen ones sitting out there (lots of 2s and no singles either!). 

For a up and coming prospect, you had to really had like Kunkel to draft him.  His hit numbers weren’t too plentiful.  After the two zeros, he just had a 15-11 added to the 8-8-8-9-9 combination.  A 51 roll would get you a nasty 23. 

Kunkel also only had one 14 too leading to some unwanted surprise results like 13-13, 35-13 and 31-39.

Ugly numbers: 33-8, 31-39, 51-23

Kunkel did get in one solid year for the Rangers.  In 1989, he played in 108 games and batted .270 with 21 doubles and 8 homers.

Jeff is also son of 1960s AL pitcher Bill Kunkel.

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Monster Card Monday: 1984 Don Mattingly

Don mattingly 84

Don Mattingly makes his second showing on Monster Monday.  I featured his 1985 card in September.  I’ve never been a advocate of Donnie Baseball for the Hall of Fame but looking at his stats again, he makes a good case.  He put a string of very good years together. 

The season of 1984 was Mattingly’s first real outstanding year with the Yankees.  He led the AL in hitting with a .343 batting average.  He banged 207 hits, 44 of them doubles. 

This was the first year that Mattingly showed some power too.  He hit 23 dingers for the Yanks.  His 110 rbis in ‘84 was the first in four straight years with 100 plus. 


1984 Totals 153 662 603 91 207 44 2 23 110 1 41 33 .343 .381 .537
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Generated 11/24/2014.


Let’s start with the 1B-5.  We don’t see too many first baseman sluggers with the top fielding rating. 

Mattingly’s 1984 card isn’t as tasty as his 1985 card but I’d still happily bat it anywhere in my lineup.  He has power numbers 1-5-6-6.  He batted well enough to warrant three sevens (good for a 15-7) AND four 8s.  His last 9 is at 64. 

Ever the contact hitter, Don Mattingly only has one 13 at 56.  He is also rated an OF-2 for his 19 games in the outfield. 

Fun numbers: 15-7, 64-9, 1B-5

Miscellaneous notes

APBA cardmakers placed the 12 result number at the 12 in the 1984 card set.  Instead of putting the 25 on an untaken number, they put it at 52 and moved the 27 to 23. 

If you look closely, the result numbers on Mattingly’s card on this particular set are slightly offset.  They are a little lower than the black dice roll numbers.  This is not true for all the players’ cards in the set.  In fact, Ryne Sandberg’s 1984 card numbers (seen here) are offset a bit higher. 

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1961 BBW replay: Slugout between KC and Minnesota


I have to give Kansas City credit.  They didn’t give up after Minnesota scored 23 runs including a 12-run fifth inning.  They did however, go through nine pitchers in this 26-15 battle in my 1961 APBA BBW replay.  Unfortunately, this is one day when the computer played both teams.  Currently, I’m managing the Orioles now but I just happened to notice the linescore in League Manager. 


Not surprisingly, Harmon Killebrew had five rbis for the Twins.  However, an unknown (to me, at least) Ted Lepcio had seven ribbies on three homers. 

Here is the full boxscore of the game.

Poor leadoff man Zoilo Versalles.  He’s still hitting just .208 after going 4 for 7 for the day.

The Twins may be on my short list of teams to manage next!

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League Profile: College Hill Gamer Guys

baseballIt’s nice to get a new league update from a new league.  Marc Sillivan emails The APBA Blog about The College Hill Gamer Guys.  Based in Texarkana, Arkansas (anywhere around you, Ken Heard?), these guys have played since 1985. 

As with many of us, life got in the way and the league was put on hold.  Lately though, they all rekindled their interest in APBA and have started it up again. 

Info on the CHGG:

League Name

College Hill Gamer Guys

Contact Person Marc Sillivan
Sport Baseball
# of teams 12
Year of inception 1985
Basic/Master/Computer/ Combination Basic Game
Does your league play… with modifications
Geographically, where is your league located? Texarkana, Arkansas


More info on the College Hill Gamer Guys from Marc:

We have been playing table top baseball league for years with modifications to rules and teams. We stopped for several years and re-kindled the league for the past 4 years. You simply miss it when you don’t play it.

We hope to hear more from you all, Marc!


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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2014 OAPBA Yearbook released

Lately, Rod Caborn has been busy putting together the yearbook for the Orlando APBA Association.  It’s finally done and it’s quite a production.  According to Rod it’s 72 pages of “everything you would ever want to know about the league”. 


In it, you’ll find this year’s OAPBA wrap-up, stats, records, analysis not to mention photos of the managers.  It’s things like this that help inspire other leagues to help instill and restore tradition in their own leagues. 

You can download the 2014 OAPBA Yearbook here. Give it time to load… it’s a big ‘un.  

Nice job, Rod!

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Terrible Card Tuesday: 1956 Gino Cimoli


While visiting Jim Saska’s place after the Chicagoland APBA Tournament, I spotted this 1956 Gino Cimoli card.  Cimoli was a first-year player with the Dodgers at the time and had a pretty rough start.

Looking at Cimoli’s stats, the first thing that popped out at me was his usage.  He was used in 73 games but only accumulated 38 plate appearances.  I checked his 1956 game log and sure enough, he was brought in as a pinch runner 12 times. 

When Gino did bat in 1956 though, he wasn’t too successful.  He was 4 for 36 for a .111 average.  He doubled once and stole one base with one walk. 

1956 Totals 73 4 38 36 3 4 1 0 0 4 1 1 8 .111 .135 .139
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Generated 11/18/2014.


Cimoli is another one of those batters that makes it easy to make an APBA card.  That is, he has exactly 36 plate appearances, one for each result number on the card.  He hit one double so he received one 6.  He stole one base so he gets one 11. 

Cimoli struck out eight times and received six 13s.  We all know that strikeouts can occur via strikeout ratings as well as the 12 with a runner on second base so this might give some clue on how APBA rates 13s with batters. 

Ugly numbers:  55-16, 11-8, 25-40

“They set all the records and we won the game.”

Gino Cimoli after World Series Game 7 in 1960

Gino Cimoli did go on to have a pretty decent 10-year career with the Dodgers, Athletics as well as four other teams.  He made the All-Star team in 1957 and led the league with 15 triples in 1962.  Cimoli was on the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates team that defeated the New York Yankees in seven games. 

Gino Cimoli’s bio on SABR

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