We are back! After the convention, all the APBA team members took well deserved vacations. Hope you had an enjoyable 4th of July.
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2017 CONVENTION NEWS
Congratulations to all who attended the APBA Convention and new Hall of Famers, Len and Ron Gaydos and our fearless tournament director, Randy Coryer.
Here is an email I received from Charlie Fouche about his 2017 convention experience.
"Words cannot express the depths of my gratitude for inviting me to the APBA Convention this year. For more than 40 years, I have been playing APBA with my brother, neighbors, son, daughters and solitaire. But playing at home, even with my own children, is so vastly different that what I experienced at the convention. Watching the events, I could see that when you order your cards and play at home, it is NOTHING like the experience of being with other table-top game lovers. I can play a baseball game at home in 25-30 minutes, but these people were taking twice the time because they were sharing stories, using baseball strategy as if it were the seventh game of the world series, and generally enjoying one another's company. They all wanted to win, of course, but the enjoyment of the conventioneers was in the playing of the game. It was an experience somebody who has never been to a convention cannot possibly understand! It was a wonderful time hearing the dice rattle, the chatter of the gamers, and just soaking in the atmosphere!
I was also overwhelmed with the fellowship of the convention. I was told I was sitting with some "heavy hitters" at supper Friday night, but they talked to me as if I was an equal. And these were APBA Hall of Famers who were including me in every conversation. I did not understand the full extent of the people I was sitting with until afterward when somebody explained to me with whom I was sitting!
In the same vein, John Cochrane must have spent three hours with me on Saturday--talking about baseball, his life, etc. But the point is that he was an EARLY APBA HOFer, and he talked to me like he was just one of the boys! I had a really great time visiting with him, and getting to know him a little. He said he was looking forward to reviewing my cards for an online APBA Handbook of which he is an editor.
The whole room was just like Mr Cochrane. You were already at lunch, but I was packing up Saturday at dinner time. A group of college baseball players came into the room. They said they heard about the baseball tournament, and wanted to see what it was like. Of course, the players were upstairs eating, but a HOFer (I do not know his name) passed on getting his lunch to explain and demo the game to the ball players. I heard him explain the cards, dice, boards, scoring, etc. The kids were listening attentively, and understood the basics of the game after about three minutes. They were really excited, and said they wanted to order the game and play it. All because one of the APBA players took his own time to explain the game to a new generation! It is something I would not have expected before I was in the room for two days!!
One last observation. Friday at the elevators I met a first-time attender. He was from Virginia, and had only played about "six to ten" games of the baseball game he had gotten less than a month earlier. In fact, he only brought four teams--the playoff teams that came with the 2017 game! After his first game at the convention, he was hooked! He said he could not wait until next year. He said he was going to order some historical teams and come loaded for bear next year. He got some Negro League teams, and I told him to compare them to his teams that came with the game. But once he experienced the APBA Convention, a first-time player was hooked.
Your game does a WHOLE lot more than provide countless hours of economical home entertainment. After experiencing the convention, I can see the brotherhood that has developed throughout the years among the players. Mr Cochrane was ready to talk baseball, but he was just as willing to talk about APBA HOFers who had gone on before, the experiences he had with them, what they did for the company, etc. They were a part of him, and he was a part of them. You cannot experience that kind of fellowship playing at home."
If you have ever thought about attending a convention, add it to your bucket list. The 2018 Convention will begin Thursday morning June 21st at 10:00 AM. Hope to see you all there.
You can now reserve your hotel room for next year's convention. I strongly recommend reserving your room as soon as possible. The hotel hosts several travel baseball and softball teams this same weekend. This year we used our entire allocation of rooms plus some. The sooner you reserve your room, the sooner we can get add additional rooms to the APBA block.
The TAHL (The APBA Hockey League) is looking for coaches.
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I hope everyone made it home safely from the APBA Convention in Alpharetta. What a good time had by all. Congratulations to the tournament winner Dave Sweeley and his 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates and runner-up first-time attendee Bill Lilley and his 1968 Detroit Tigers. Also congratulations to the newest APBA Hall of Fame members Len and Ron Gaydos and Randy Coryer. Remember to save the dates June 21 through 24, 2018 for next year's convention.
I was also excited to greet and meet Ken and Darren Schulz (Pittsburgh LBS Tournament Directors) and Ron Emch (Toledo Glass City Tournament Director) while in Alpharetta. I have learned so much from these fellows and hope that in some small way I have helped to increase the attendance at their respective tournaments through this weekly report. Thank you gentlemen for your continued efforts to bring APBA regional tournaments to APBA enthusiasts in your geographical areas.
This week's regional tournament tip is to make contact with registrants one to two weeks before the tournament to re-affirm their attendance. This will enable tournament brackets to be finalized without incurring tournament day delays due to no-shows. If you have any tips you would like to share with our readers please submitted a brief write-up (3-4 sentences) to Randy at
. I hope you enjoying these tournament tips.
This week I am pleased to announce another upcoming tournament. The Capital of the Confederacy Tournament is scheduled to be held Saturday October 14th in Richmond, Virginia. The tournament director will be Jim Saska. More details to follow.
The remaining 2017 APBA Regional Tournament schedule is as follows:
Saturday July 8, 2017 - 3rd Annual LBS Baseball Tournament, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Contact Ken Schulz at
Saturday July 22, 2017 - APBA Lancaster World Series Baseball Tournament, Landisville, Pennsylvania. Contact Dale Shreiner at
Saturday August 5, 2017 - 2017 Chicagoland APBA Baseball Tournament, Chicago, Illinois. Contact Rob Spatz at
Saturday September 16, 2017 - 3rd Toledo Glass City APBA Baseball Tournament, Toledo, Ohio. Contact Ron Emch at
Saturday October 7, 2017 - APBA Wisconsin Baseball Tournament, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Contact Kurt Bergland at
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
Saturday October 14, 2018 - The Capital of the Confederacy Tournament, Richmond, Virginia. Contact Jim Saska at 804-320-0484.
Saturday December 9, 2017 - RollAPBAlooza Baseball Tournament, Davenport, Florida. Contact Tony Stevens at FLTony on Delphi's Between the Lines.
Remember for planning purposes the 4th Annual Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament (GMABT) will be held on Saturday March 3, 2018 at Gene Davis and Sons Steaks Eatery (Exit 34 off of US-127 - 7 miles South of I-94). So be sure to save the date for this annual Spring gathering in Michigan.
If your tournament is not mentioned above and you are planning a 2017 Regional APBA Tournament please forward me your tournament and contact information at
and I will be sure to promote your event in APBA's company electronic newsletter. Remember all APBA game tournaments are welcome. Have a great week everyone.