Monster Card Monday: 1985 Dwight Gooden


This is Dwight Gooden’s 1985 card.  As Rich Zawadski put it, he was the “first A&C starter since 1978 Ron Guidry (1981 Nolan Ryan – Strike) and the last until 1995 Greg Maddux (1994 Maddux – Strike).”

At the ripe age of 20, Doc Gooden had a career year for the Mets.  He went an amazing 24-4 with a microscopic 1.53 ERA with 268 strikeouts (leading the league in all three categories).  He also topped the league with 16 complete games and 276 2/3 innings.  That was good enough for APBA to reward him a grade of AYZ. 


1985 Totals 24 4 .857 1.53 35 35 16 8 276.2 198 51 47 13 69 268
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Generated 3/24/2014.


No doubt, Doc Gooden’s baseball stock was pretty high after the 1985 season.  Cynics will say that his second season in baseball was indeed his “career year” as he never surpassed his ‘85 totals in wins, strikeout, innings, or ERA ever again.  He never actually even reached the 20-win mark. 

Optimists, however, will point out that despite his obstacles, he did go on to pitch 2,800 innings through 16 years with a very respectable 194-112 win-loss record. 

Note that Dwight Gooden wasn’t too bad with the bat in 1985 either.  He had hit numbers 0-7-7-8-8-8-9-9 and even managed two 14s.  For his career, he had seven homeruns at the plate. 

Thanks, Rich!

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1905 Chicago Cubs replay update: Let it rain

by Scott Fennessyrockwell-umpires

Funny when the Beatles sing this phrase it’s a great song. Unfortunately when you hit that 23 with runners on the corners it just ended your game. For me the upside is that there is one less third baseman headed for the trainer’s room. I know it’s a different base situation, but given how many players I have on the DL I really don’t care for the number 23 at present. Sorry Ryno.

I have my own way of doing replays of rain outs, which is to start the game over with the next pitchers in the rotation going provided the game has not gone the minimum distance to be completed.

As I near the end of my 1905 replay I had perhaps one of the rarest streaks possible in APBA. While playing a game between the Browns and the White Sox I got to the second inning when the game was rained out. While I finished the make up without incident, here is a tip of the cap to Fred Pelty of the Browns, who hurls a 5 hitter and picks up his second win of the season.

The next game was a game featuring the hapless Senators and the marginally better Yankees. This was a rare series where the pitching matchups actually favored the Sens. They had a Casey Patten a B starter against Walter Clarkson a D starter. Patten had a no hitter through three and shortstop Joe Cassidy, who has really struggled with the bat this year had a double that was wiped out.

So the next game Washington had another B facing a D and in the 2nd inning, the game was rained out yet again. Once again Cassidy is the victim, having hit his third home run of the season. Needless to say I had to replay the game; sure enough the odds shifted New York’s way and the Senators send out a C pitcher against the Yankees ace Jack Chesbro, an A starter. And of course the Yankees crush the Senators 8-3. And my streak of games rained out ended with 3 of 5 games washed away.

So I ask those of you reading this, how do you handle rained out games? I am sure there are many ways. I look forward to your comments.

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Weird Card Wednesday: 1969 Tommy Harper



What do you get when you have part Monster Card and part Terrible Card?  It’s certainly a candidate for a Weird Card Wednesday.  Scott Veatch found this Tommy Harper card of 1969 which is pretty wild.  I’ve not found one quite like it.  Definitely a card in need of a few asterisks. 

The interesting thing about this odd card is that Harper played a full season in 1969.  He played 148 games with 639 plate appearances for the Seattle Pilots.  Yes, if there was any doubt, he led off for the short-lived expansion team. 

Harper didn’t have much power but he did get on base (94 walks) and once there, he usually didn’t stay there.  He stole 73 bases which led the American League.  His .348 wasn’t bad considering he batted only .235.  

1969 Totals 148 639 537 78 126 10 2 9 41 73 18 94 89 .235 .348 .311
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Kidding aside, Harper’s card is quite good.  His result numbers are just re-arranged because of his speed numbers.  By my count, he has eleven on-base chances against an A pitcher.  That’s pretty good. 

No, his card doesn’t have much power (one zero) and he has to rely on his speed numbers (an incredible 11-11-11-11-10) to get a hit (an 8 and a 9 otherwise) but this man gets on base and then some. 

If his card isn’t strange enough, Harper has six 14s but has a 45-13.

Fun numbers:  31-11, 55-10, 61-14

Ugly numbers:  11-8, 22-14, 45-13

While he isn’t exactly a gloveman, Harper is also quite versatile, playing third, second and the outfield.  He listed as playing 59 games at both 2B and 3B but has a few more innings at third.  APBA made the right call listing 3B first.  Those replayers who wish to play a realistic replay of the Pilots will need to suffer some of Harper’s bad play at second though. 

as always, thanks Scott!

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Terrible Card Tuesday: 2011 Adam Rosales

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Brian Ross recommended this week’s Terrible Card, 2011 Adam Rosales.  It’s so recent, I’m surprised I missed it. 

After a decent year in 2010 for the A’s (.271, 7 HR in 255 AB), Rosales didn’t get much playing time in 2011 and didn’t do much with what he had.  He went 6 for 61 for a .098 batting average though he did hit 2 dingers. 

I’ll give him this much… in the short time he played in ‘11, he played five positions. 

2011 Totals 24 68 61 5 6 0 0 2 8 0 4 13 .098 .162 .197
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Rosales’ 2011 card does get the single column 1 he deserves.  But if he’s facing an A pitcher, that’s his only hit.  He has two 8s and one 9. 

To add insult to injury, he has six 24s to reflect four GIDPs.  And while Rosales did play five positions, APBA didn’t think he played them particularly well.

Ugly Numbers:  44-19, 55-22, 11-8

Rosales hails from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois.  I’m assuming that’s a baseball-rich school since the University of Illinois baseball team (the team I follow intensely) recruits from there a lot.  Currently the Illini have two players from Maine South and I know we have had more in the past.  Looking at Baseball Reference, I see five players from MLB have come from there which I guess is a pretty good record. 

Great suggestion, Brian!

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Monster Card Monday: 1961 Wally Post

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Pastor Rich Zawadski made a pitch for 1961 Wally Post for this week’s Monster Card Monday.  Now here’s a clutch card! 

In limited play, Wally Post hit 16 homers in 282 at-bats for the Cincinnati Reds in 1961.  I didn’t even bother putting his steals down below since he didn’t have any. 


1961 Totals 99 72 306 282 44 83 16 3 20 57 22 61 .294 .346 .585
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Generated 3/17/2014.

With Post’s card it’s pretty one-dimensional.  He’s slow. He’s an OF-1 and doesn’t bat with a particularly great average.  But the power! 

That’s not a slight, mind you.  It’s just a fact.  Keep in mind, that one dimension is pretty amazing.  Not only does Post have five power numbers but he’s Mr. Clutch with three 5s (1-5-5-5-6).  Just make sure you bat a good on-base guy ahead of Wally!

Post does have four 8s to go with his two 9s. 

Fun numbers:  22-5, 44-6

1961 was nearing the end of Post’s career.  By this time, he was 31 and his career would be over by 1964.  His best year was probably 1955 when he slugged 40 homers while hitting .309 and surpassing the century mark in both runs scored and rbis. 

Post never made the All-Star team and only made the MVP top fifteen once, in 1955. 

thanks Rich!

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What are the steal numbers really worth?


Tony DiEgidio has a good question regarding speed numbers:

“I would like to better understand how 10s and 11s are awarded on cards.

I have only played the master Game – perhaps my question is simply answered by how the two results differ in the Basic Game??”

This is a good question coming from someone who only plays the Master Game.  The speed numbers (10 and 11) are handled very differently in the two versions of the game (not to mention BBW which is loosely based on the Master Game). 

I’ll start with the hit values of the two numbers.  As I recall from reading in APBA Journal years ago, the 11 is worth 1.0 hits (in other words it is a hit every time).  The 10 is considered a .8 of a hit.

Now to get to the steal value of the speed numbers… As I understand it, APBA will award an 11 if a player has one steal per 36 plate appearances.  This is similar to a player who will get a first column 1 for hitting one homerun for every 36 plate appearances. 

Take 2013 Hunter Pence for example:

22 SB in 687 PA

22/687* 36 = 1.15 SB per 36 PA

So Hunter Pence is rounded down to one 11 for his APBA card. 

The 10 speed number is a little more complicated.  Depending on the year and the strength of the pitching of the league, the steal value may vary.  Unlike the 11 which is almost always a steal, the 10 garners a steal only with a runner on first, runner on third, and the bases loaded.  APBA experts will dispute this but I’ve heard the steal value of the 10 hover between .25 and .45, sometimes even higher. 

imageAgain, take another case example.  This time let’s play with 2013 Ryan Zimmerman’s numbers:

6 SB in 633 PA

6 / 633 *36 = .34 SB per 36 PA

For that, Zimmerman gets one 10 at 15.  I’ve seen figures getting close to the .5 mark which begs the question, is getting two 10s have the same value as one 11?  I don’t think it’s even close.  An 11 is a steal almost every time (if you’re wondering, it is just a base hit with a runner on third). 

Other notes to consider:

APBA has for a few decades now included 11s in the second column to become more granular with their distribution of their speed numbers.  A player with 1 or 2 steals may find a couple 11 in the second column much to the dismay of the roller. 

Finally, Ted mentioned he was a Master Game player.  I haven’t played the MG in a while but the version I have really punished those players who relied on their speed.  Vince Coleman and Rickey Henderson’s 11s which had great hit value in the Basic Game, had less hit value than even 8s or 9s and were subject to being changed to outs depending on the pitcher’s grade.  The 10 was even less valuable.  I haven’t seen newer versions of the Master Game so I’m not sure if that aspect has been changed. 

Thanks Tony for a great question!

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Two leagues, twice the fun


For the first time in a couple decades, I’m in two leagues and as of last week, we have begun both of our seasons.  We started the Illowa APBA League (10 team Basic Game) the night after we drafted a few weekends ago.  As for the Boys of Summer League (16 team BBW/APBA Online, we just completed our first series of games.  Both leagues couldn’t be more different but I’m having a lot of fun. 

The BoS League will be played in a more consistent fashion whereas the IAL will be played in spurts.  Ninety of the IAL’s 162 games are played during three weekend get-togethers to facilitate face-to-face play since we don’t all live in the same town. 

I just slogged my way through my 30 games of stats for the IAL yesterday.  Truth be told, I kinda enjoy doing them.  With the BOS League, well, they’re done for me and I just get to look at them and they’re pretty complete.  

So how are we doing?

My BoS Urbana Locomotives are now 3-3 after a six game series with Merle Watkins’ Seattle Rainiers.  Both David Price and Adrian Beltre vindicated my picks of them in round 1 and 2 respectively.  Price is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 16 innings.  That includes a shutout for the Locos’ first win of the year.  Beltre is leading the team with a .348 average with four rbis.  Interesting though, leadoff man Nori Aoki has five rbis.  Maybe he wants to bat lower. 

I’ll admit I had fun doing my 17-13 Twin City Thunderchickens stats for the first month.  Start with the fact that our team ERA is 3.06 against the normally strong hitting IAL.   Stephen Strasburg’s performance assures me that he’s glad I’m didn’t trade him.  He went 3-1 with a 1.46 ERA and 41 Ks in 37 innings.  In fact, Joe Kelly (2-1, 0.79 ERA), Hyun-jin Ryu (3-1, 2.29), and Homer Bailey (3-2, 3.48, 46 K in 44 IP) all did well.  I even got some quality innings out of my DRZ, Scott Diamond (1.35 in 20 IP).

I’ve said this before but I don’t really have a cleanup hitter on my Thunderchicken lineup.  With Albert Pujols down to a paltry 1-5-6, I’ve been forced to get creative with my lineup and my strategies. I even batted Jose (3-5-6) Tabata in the cleanup spot to shake things up.  It even worked once with Tabata hitting two homers in one game. 

But Jason Kipnis!  My star secondbaseman doesn’t have what I would call a superstar card (0-0-6-8-8-9-9-11-10-10) but don’t tell him that.  Through 30 games, he’s hitting .382 with five homers and 22 runs scored.  Like Aoki in the BoS League, Kip is usually batting leadoff.  Ryan Zimmerman is only hitting .210 but he leads the team with 20 rbis and is tied with Kipnis with 5 homers.  Johnny “Heart Attack” Gomes is hitting a very un-Gomes-like .316 and has a knack for getting on base one way or another (.426 OBP).   

So now after finishing up with Seattle in the BoS League, the Locomotives will be taking on Hannibal Caveman and the Sacramento 66’s this coming week.  Unlike most of the BoS managers, I have actually met Hannibal’s manager Randy Woolley in person.  We both participated in the Chicagoland World Series APBA Tourney last fall. 

As for the Illowa APBA League, it’s time for intra-division play and I’ll be taking on my Chicago opponents in the next few months.  Time will tell if my 17-13 record was just fluke. 

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Terribles vs Monsters poll: Vote for Terribles Thirdbaseman. Wow, these are bad!

I’m on to the thirdbasemen now and it’s the Terribles poll up first. 

I have to say this is one most ‘Terrible’ groupings I have seen.  Yikes!  American League pitchers can hit better than most of these guys.  I even threw in 2011 Jayson Nix for those purists out there who wanted a player with a decent amount of playing time. 

There are five Terrible 3B to vote on spanning the deadball era to 2011.  All are 3B-3 and with the possible exception of Nix, all can’t hit a lick.  Some have speed, some have a walk or two.  Pick your poison.

Each player’s name is linked to his original Monster Card Monday article written about him and his APBA card associated with it.

Terribles Team nominee

APBA card breakdown

1905 Offa Neal 3B-3, 7-8-9, zero 14s
1934 Flea Clifton 3B-3, 7-8-9, two 14s
1965 Chico Ruiz 3B-3, 6-6-8-9-11, zero 14s
1966 Jackie Hernandez 3B-3, 8-9,11, one 14
2011 Jayson Nix 3B-3, 0-0-0-8-8-9-11, three 14s


It’s your turn to vote! Pick your favorite or pick the worst. Just do what you do best. 

Who should start at third for the Terribles?


By the way, I just checked on the current voting for Monster shortstop.  It’s a close one! You still have a day to vote if you haven’t already.  It might make a difference. 

By the way, here’s more info here on the TCT-MCM project.  Just two more positions to go before I can start coaching the Terribles to umm… victory.

I’ve decided to take nominations for pitchers but not go through the polling process for them.  Anyone have some good nominations for deserving DW pitchers, by the way? 

thanks all!

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Mel M.’s 1967 NL replay at the All-Star break

Mel M is halfway through his 1967 National League replay.  At the All-Star break, Mel thought he would send me a recap of the first half of the season.  

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Clemente pacing the league with a .384 average


NL standings 7/9/1967.  The All-Star break

1)  St. Louis Cardinals…51-34

The Cardinals are a hard hitting team with a deep pitching staff.  They had a 4 game lead after sweeping the Mets in a double header on Sunday July 2nd, but lost 3 out 4 to the visiting Reds and 2 out of 3 in Philadelphia.  Lead off man Lou Brock is hitting .342 with 16 HR’s and 48 RBI, he has 42 steals in 54 attempts and has scored 68 runs.  Orlando Cepeda (.353-24-68) had a monster first half.  Second baseman Julian Javier (280-14-50) is fond of the three run homer.  Curt Flood (.359-4-35) has been a base hit machine.  Bob Gibson (12-3. 3.07) has been dominant.  Young lefty Larry Jaster (10-2 2.59) has been a pleasant surprise.  Dick Hughes (7-2) with a league leading 1.60 era.

2) San Francisco Giants…50-36 1 1/2 GB  

Willie McCovey has been the best hitter (.323-17-58).  Two of his HR were pinch hit grand slams.  Jim Ray Hart (.254-16-49) and Tom Haller (.261-7-42) have been good RBI men.  Willie Mays (.241-8-27) is finally starting to hit, but is only sixth on the team in RBI.  Starting pitchers Mike McCormick (12-2, 2.31) and Ray Sadecki (10-7, 2.01) are the best, so far.  Gaylord Perry (9-7, 2.87) and Juan Marichal (6-10, 3.07) have been inconsistent.  Relief specialist Frank Linzy (4-2, 10 saves 1.42) is the bullpen leader.  The Giants pitching staff is their best hope to keep pace with the Cardinals as their defense is weak and the lineup isn’t very deep.

3) Atlanta Braves…48-39  4 GB 

Hammerin’ Hank Aaron leads the Braves potent offense (.327-17-74).  His RBI total leads the league and his 31 doubles are tied for the lead.  Clete Boyer (.286-22-66) and Joe Torre (.308-12-56) have kept the Braves in contention.  The pitching staff is led by Denny Lemaster (10-5, 3.55) Ken Johnson (9-6, 2.93) and Phil Niekro (9-3, 2.17. 9 saves).  Niekro was the best reliever in the league before joining the starting rotation, he’s 4-1 in five starts.  The Braves have been the over achievers so far, but have been consistent all season.

4)  Cincinnati Reds…47-40  5 GB 

Vada Pinson has been hot all year (.343-12-51),he leads the league in triples with 13 and has 17 steals.  Tony Perez (.280-14-52) is heating up, but the rest of the lineup is mediocre at best.  Pete Rose is slumping (.254-7-42).  Tommy Harper is struggling (.185-6-17) as is Deron Johnson (.179-7-26) and Lee May (.219-6-23).

On the mound, nineteen year old Gary Nolan (9-5, 2.39) and converted outfielder Mel Queen (8-2. 2.31) are leading the way.  Milt Pappas (7-6, 3.86) has cooled off after a strong April and May.  Sammy Ellis (5-6, 4.60) has been a decent fifth starter, but Jim Maloney (4-10, 4.08) has struggled all year.  Ted Abernathy (6-3, 2.46-9 saves) and Don Nottebart (7-3. 2.07-4 saves) lead the bullpen.  Unless the bats come around I don’t see the Reds contending for the pennant.  Queen had 15 strikeouts vs. the Cardinals on July 5 (won 6-2)

5T)  Chicago Cubs…44-41 7 GB  

The Cubs are a hard hitting team that lacks pitching depth.  Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks (.314-19-55) leads the offense.  Ron Santo (.307-12-48) Randy Hundley (.313-9-50) and Adolfo Phillips (.278-12-43) keep the runs crossing the plate, even leadoff man Don Kessinger (.229-1-32) has 32 ribbies.  Billy Williams (.244-14-50) hasn’t hit for average but is still driving runners in.  Ferguson Jenkins (12-7, 2.77) leads the staff.  Rich Nye (8-7, 2.91) has been a good number two, but the rest of the starters Ray Culp (1-4, 8.79), Joe Niekro (0-8, 5.21) Rob Gardener (3-5, 5.42) and Bob Shaw (1-3, 7.74) leave a lot to be desired.  In the bullpen Chuck Hartenstein (3-0, 1.38, 5 saves) and Billie Hands (5-3, 2.41, 1 save) have been excellent. 

Ken Holtzman was limited to 12 starts in ’67 because of military duty, but I think I’m going to declare world peace so he can rejoin the rotation.  The real life Holtzman was 9-0 in his twelve starts, in my replay thus far he is (5-1. 2.80) in eight starts.  So, he’s rejoining the team after the all-star break.  Bill Stoneman (3-0, 3.38) has pitched well in his 8 games with three starts.  With their hard hitting lineup the Cubs could contend if the pitching comes around.

5T) Philadelphia Phillies…44-41 7 GB 

The Phillies lack of power, weak bench and shallow bullpen should see them stay around fifth place.  Richie Allen (.297-13-50) with 22 steals, Johnny Callison (.279-8-50) and Tony Gonzalez (.308-2-28) lead the offense.  Jim Bunning (11-6, 2.41) Chris Short (8-7, 2.64), Larry Jackson (7-9, 2.76) and Rick Wise (6-4, 3.44) make a solid starting rotation.  The bullpen duo of Turk Farrell (3-4, 3.39-4 saves) and Dick Hall (4-1, 1.75-2 svs) get most of the work.

7T) Los Angeles Dodgers…41-43 9 1/2 GB 

The retirement of Sandy Koufax and the trade of Maury Wills has dropped LA into the second division.  A trade was made in APBA ’67 that brought Felipe Alou (.299-9-45) and Felix Millan (.240-1-9) over from the Braves for Ron Hunt And Wes Parker.  Alou has been outstanding as the Dodgers regular first baseman, Millan missed 23 games after being hit by a pitch.  Al Ferrara (.300-9-35) Willie Davis (.276-4-34) Lou Johnson (.281-9-31) Jim Lefebvre (.278-6-28) and Johnny Roseboro (.283-3-24) have led the offense. 

Claude Osteen (13-7, 2.53) has 5 shutouts including a one hitter and a two hitter in July.  Don Drysdale (11-9, 2.29) has been tough, with 15 complete games and 3 shutouts, including a July 4th 2 hitter against the Pirates.  Ron Perranoski (0-5, 3.10, 10 saves)  leads the bullpen.  Don Sutton (4-11, 6.20) has been hit hard all year.  Bill Singer (7-6, 3.84) has been steady.  The Dodgers should remain in the second division.

7T) Pittsburgh Pirates…41-43 9 1/2 GB 

My favorite team has been having a tough year, heavy hitting but light on the pitching side.  Roberto Clemente (.384-15-63) leads the league in batting average and Matty Alou (.371-2-17) is second.  Off season acquisition Maury Wills (.294-0-23) has 20 steals and 50 runs scored.  Fourth outfielder Manny Mota (.365-5-26) is red hot.  Gene Alley (.270-3-35) has 7 triples.  Bill Mazeroski (.220-3-37) is good in the clutch despite the low average.  Willie Stargell (.281-9-41) needs to start hitting more homers.  Manny Jimenez (.220-4-9) has 3 pinch hit home runs.

Pitcher Bob Veale, (8-7, 4.87) the flame throwing lefty, is having a tough season.  He had two 1-hit shutouts early in the year, but has struggled since then.  Tommie Sisk (5-8, 2.90) doesn’t get the runs.  Vernon Law (6-5, 5.02) started off well, but is getting knocked around now.  Dennis Ribant (6-6. 3.56) has 3 shutouts.  The Baron of the bullpen, Elroy Face (3-2, 1.08. 10 svs) is having a great year.  Al McBean (5-2, 2.91. 4 svs) has a complete game shutout in his only start.  The Pirates have had great fielding, not many 53 dice rolls against them.  That caught up to them on the 4th of July when they made six errors against the Dodgers.  LA didn’t need much help as they pounded out 19 hits and won 13-0.  Drysdale threw a two hitter.  At this point in the real life season the Bucs fired manager Harry "the hat" Walker, they were 42-42 at the time. They rehired Danny Murtaugh but finished with a .500 record.  That is all I expect in my season too.

9) New York Mets…31-55 20 1/2 GB 

Tommy Davis (.356-9-36) just had his 27 game hitting streak stopped on July 9th.  Ron Swoboda (.324-13-47) has been raking all season.  Bud Harrelson (.267-0-17) has 91 hits and 31 base on balls.  Ed Kranepool (.246-9-36) overcame a slow start.  Cleon Jones (.259-5-21) has 10 steals in 11 attempts.  Jerry Buchek (.249-11-31) hit a grand slam and has K’d 90 times.  Super-sub Bon Johnson (.329-0-13) hit 3 doubles in one game. 

Tom Seaver (10-6. 2.81) has ten complete games in 18 starts.  At the other end of the spectrum, Don Cardwell is (1-8, 7.41). Thankfully the Mets have a deep bullpen, Ron Taylor (0-4, 3.63, 7 svs).  Don Shaw (1-1, 2.01, 1 Sv). Hal Reniff (2-2, 2.19, 0svs) and Cal Koonce (1-1, 2.87) have been stingy.  The Davis hitting streak was fun.  I was sorry to see it end.  The Mets are an ok team to play, some decent offense and Tom Seaver.

10) Houston Astros…31-56  21GB 

Rusty Staub (.351-9-59) had a 16 game hitting streak.  Jim Wynn (.239-16-48) has 20 steals and 57 runs scored.  Joe Morgan (.244-5-34) has 24 steals, 55 runs and 10 triples.  Bob Aspromonte (.314-5-39) had a great June.  Ron Davis (.211-10-29) has shown surprising power.  Sonny Jackson, (.184-0-6) 16 steals, has been batting ninth. 

The starting pitchers get a lot of innings pitched because of the unreliable bullpen.  Don Wilson (7-9, 3.06) has 4 shutouts and is Houston’s best pitcher.  Dave Giusti (8-10, 5.47) has hit 3 home runs.  Mike Cuellar (6-12, 4.03) has disappointed.  Larry Dierker (6-6, 4.55) also was limited due to military service.  He has 6 complete games in 13 starts, 2 shutouts.  He’ll be back in there after the all-star break.  The bullpen is bad Larry Sherry (1-4, 3.46. 3 svs) is the best.  Houston’s only goal is to get out of last place.  Some nice offensive players but no pitching.


Good stuff, Mel!  I love reading these kind of replay summaries. 

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League Profile: Motor City League

Maybe it’s just from where I’m sitting but it seems that Michigan has a high density of APBA players.  I just seem to know a lot of them from that fair state.  Now, here’s a league based from there. 

John Modzinski just emailed the APBA Blog about the Motor City League.  The MCL is a hybrid league using a combination of APBA’s baseball games.  Three divisions and 23 teams make up the Motor City League.

More info on the Motor City League:


League Name

Motor City League

Contact Person

John Modzinski

Sport Baseball
# of teams 23
Year of inception 1971
Basic/Master/Computer/ Combination Combination
Geographic location SE Michigan

John’s notes: 

The league has three divisions, West South and East. 8 teams make the playoffs.

We have a ‘Constitution’ for rules regarding drafting, trading, raiding at the draft, signing player to 1-3 yr contracts; team revenue; error rates for fielding (die 20); fielding grade determines severity of error; hit chances to positions; fielding grade adjusts probability of a hit or catch.

And a large collection of "weird plays" that come up from time to time.

Thanks to John for passing on info about the Motor City League!!

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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