October 3, 2017 

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Good afternoon,

Play-off baseball starts tonight! Who do you got?  The Jets have the same record as New England! New England loses two of three home games.  Chiefs are still unbeaten.  Cleveland is still winless.  Who saw the Jags with two wins leading the AFC South? Rams in first place.  Some of the joys of any sports season is the surprises.  Let's see what the records are in December.

NEW MEMBERS TO THE APBA COMMUNITY 
Please welcome the following new members to the APBA community. New members are folks who have recently made their first purchase of APBA products. If you know them or live in the same area, please reach out to them.

MICHAEL RUSSELL La MESA CA
RUSSELL LARKIN ARLINGTON VA
DR ROBERT SHAPIRO CREVE COEUR, MO
TERRI CHASE NEW YORK, NY
MARK MATHEWS BARRETT, MN

Several of you have asked for the new members contact info.  In this day and age, we can't do that.  But we will send your contact information to them if you ask us to.

WHICH BRINGS US TO THE NEW ELECTRONIC APBA MEMBER DIRECTORY.
Dom Provisiero has volunteered to serve as the new coordinator of the APBA Directory.
 If you want to be included in this directory, fill out the linked excel worksheet. Submit this worksheet to the apbadirectory@gmail.com.

We will create a separate newsletter for those who sign up for the directory and email you the directory. 

NEW SETS
No new sets this week.  The printer had issues:

Remember we have released the following sets recently:
Purchase the 2017 Presidents Cup teams set here.
Baseball Great Team of the Past 5.
The lists of current card sets available for each sport APBA offers can be found here.

TOURNAMENT NEWS  
 
There are four tournaments scheduled in October; The APBA Wisconsin Baseball Tournament in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on October 7th, The Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament in Maple Grove, Minnesota on October 7th, The Capital of the Confederacy Tournament in Richmond, Virginia on October 14th, and The RollAPBAlooza Baseball Tournament in Davenport, Florida on October 28th. I wish all tournaments the best and all players the best of luck and enjoyment.  This week we also announced the July 21, 2018 Second Annual Lancaster World Series Tournament to be held in Landisville, Pennsylvania. All reports indicate that these tournaments are growing in numbers and that is great for our community.
 
The APBA Regional Tournament schedule through July 2018 now stands as follows:
 
Saturday October 7, 2017 - APBA Wisconsin Baseball Tournament, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  Contact Kurt Bergland at bergland.kurt@yahoo.com or call Kurt at 262-955-9135.  Theme is the 1960's.
 
Saturday October 7, 2017 - The Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament, Maple Grove, Minnesota.  Contact Jim Fraasch at jwfraasch@mchsi.com.
 
Saturday October 14, 2017 - The Capital of the Confederacy Tournament, Richmond, Virginia.  Contact Jim Saska at jamessaska@gmail.com or call 804-629-5307 
 
Saturday October 28, 2017 - RollAPBAlooza Baseball Tournament, Davenport, Florida.  Contact Tony Stevens at AandTStevens@gmail.com or call 352-600-0974 
 
Saturday November 11, 2017 - Chicagoland Fall APBA Baseball Tournament, Comfort Inn O'Hara in Des Plains, Illinois.  Contact Rob Spatz at robspatz@gmail.com. The tournament theme is 2000 through 2016. 
 
Saturday and Sunday January 27-28, 2018 - APBA Master Game Baseball Tournament,  Fairlawn Heights, Ohio a superb of Akron, Ohio.  Contact Bill Lilley at  Caseybillymickey@gmail.com or call 330-801-3613.
 
Saturday March 3, 2018 - The 4th Annual Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament (GMABT), Jackson, Michigan.  Contact Rich Zawadzki at  pastorichz@gmail.com.
 
Saturday April 7, 2018 - The Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament, Maple Grove, Minnesota.  Contact Jim Fraasch at jwfraasch@mchsi.com.
 
Saturday July 7, 2018 - The 4th Annual Linda B. Schulz Memorial APBA Baseball Tournament, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.  Contact Ken Schulz at  schulzka02@gmail.com.
 
Saturday, July 21, 2018. The Second Annual Lancaster World Series , Landisville , Pennsylvania.  Contact Dale Shreiner atdashreiner@gmail.com
 
If your tournament is not mentioned above and you are planning a Regional APBA Tournament please forward me your tournament and contact information at  apba66nyslp@yahoo.com and I will be sure to promote your event in APBA's company electronic newsletter.  Remember all APBA game tournaments are welcome.
 
APBA LEAGUE INFORMATION
 
I am pleased to report that this column has assisted leagues in finding new managers to fill open vacancies in their leagues.  I hope this continues to be a valuable service to the APBA community.  Openings or individuals looking for leagues are as follows this week:
 
OOTL League Opening - OOTL has crowned a new first-time champion for the third straight season!  The OOTL currently features 10 teams run by 10 passionate baseball fans in the Harrisburg-York, Pennsylvania region. The OOTL plays a modified Master Game with SAMBO pitching grades, control and power factors. They always seek additional expansion, so feel free to reach out to them to ask questions, sit in on a few series, and determine whether you'd like to join the fun next season. Learn more at  http://ootlapba.com/ or contact Commissioner Brandon at  apbaootl@yahoo.com.
 
CMBA League Opening - Central Massachusetts Baseball Association is a face-to-face Master Game league in the Central Massachusetts/Worcester area.  Currently a 10-team league, playing a 80-game season, usually every 3rd Saturday afternoon/evening, we've been around since the 1970s, and have made several innovative enhancements to the game (for example pitching grades), and have had many notable APBA managers.  It's a keeper league, using the new card sets.  If interested, please contact Rich Lundin at spdrcr1987@aol.com.
 
ABL League Opening - The American Baseball League (ABL) is looking to add one or two managers for their 2018 season. The ABL has been in existence since 1982.  It is a face-to-face basic game (w/ modifications) league. If you live in the Butler County, Ohio area and are interested, send an e-mail to gregsch4867@gmail.com.
 
MDTL League Opening - The MDTL is in it's 45th season. We have one manager that has announced that he is leaving the league at seasons end due to time constraints. We also just had another manager pass away after a long illness. Therefore, we are looking for replacement managers to take over the ownership of these two fine franchises. Players on the teams include Murphy, Odor, Belt, and Lester on one team. The other team includes Bradley Jr., G Sanchez, Donaldson, and Grienke. The league is a 20 team league with 25 man rosters. We use the basic boards with a few modifications. We also use the basic pitching grades. This is a very solid league with a competitive but friendly membership. If you are interested in joining our league please email me at  riggsk@juno.com with your gaming history and any questions you may have.
 
League Openings - A face-to-face Master Game league in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area is advertising for new managers in a well-established league.  The 12-team league, playing a 99-game season mostly on "League Nights" in one of the manager's homes, has been in existence since the early 1970s and has included notable managers, such as Thatcher Longstreth and David Eisenhower.  Most of the managers live along the "Main Line", though one commutes from Reading and another lives in southern New Jersey.  In addition to the 12 active teams, there are 2 inactive teams that are available to new managers.  It is a keeper league, using the new card sets.  Draft occurs in late January (probably later next year), and the season begins shortly thereafter, winding up in October with playoffs and "World Series".  If interested, please contact Dusty Welsh at  dustywelch119@gmail.com.
 
Looking for a League - To all MAINE-iacs: Looking to form or play in an existing league. I desire cards & dice face-to-face play. Winter league to pass the time with some baseball.  Contact Dr. Bill in Dresden, Maine 04342 or e-mail  thethrillofthegrass@yahoo.com.
 
Looking for a League - Timothy Zack (Yes the brother of APBA HOFer Ed Zack) is retired and looking to participate in a F-T-F League in Western New York.  You can contact Tim attimothyzack2011@gmail.com or call him at 716-472-9781.
 
Looking for a League - Mark Dergarabedian looking to find a face to face league to play in; master baseball, master football or master golf.  Mark lives in Sammamish, Washington; a suburb of Seattle.  Mark would even would form a league if there is enough interest.  Mark can be contacted at  dergar66@gmail.com or at 425-891-3354.
 
I hope this column is bringing many APBA players together be it in regional tournaments or league play.  Please let me know if you make a connection so I can remove your advertisement from the League Information section of the newsletter.  Everyone have a great week and may all your rolls be doubles.
 
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Sincerely,

John Herson
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