August 7, 2018   

THIS WEEK IN APBA

Volume I Issue 38      

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Good afternoon,

Interesting past few days in the sports world.  Two twenty two year olds win their first golf major and Nascar race.  Maybe this new generation of Baseball GMs are correct that the career peak is in the early 20s. 

Pro football camps open. Players get hurt.  Player hold out. TO is voted into the Football Hall of Fame and doesn't attend the ceremony.

Urban Meyer is suspended.  I will be watching closely how this ends.  The business of college business keeps getting bigger.  Speaking of college football, check out APBA's 2017 College football card offerings.

The baseball trade deadline passes.  Pittsburgh gets Chris Archer from Tampa Bay.  Pirates GM Neal Huntington is an APBA player.  Stay tuned for more moves from the Pirates.

We are pleased to announce a new baseball season!! 1988R.  This set rates all 973 players that played that season.  Using the current formulas, all 973 players are rated.  The season's APBA GO file is available.  Next Tuesday, the 14th,, the 973 card set will be available.  This will be one set only.  No XCs.  Here is the lineup sheet.  After the card set is released, the BBW files and CD will be released a week  later.

Congratulations to Percy Ashcraft on his 8th successful APBA GO tournament.  See the details below in the Tournament and League news section.

Thank you to all who participated in the Henry tournament. 2018 APBA Co-Tournament directors of the Year, Rebecca Petersen and John Cochrane did it again.  I was talking to Greg Wells about the team he selected for the tournament.  He told me and I said why that team? It's not very good.  Greg said he knew that but he wanted one of the Boys and Girls kids to win the tournament.  John, Rebecca and Brian Cavanaugh have brought this a long way since it was a separate division at one of the last Lancaster tournaments.  
 
What is new in the APBA community?     
These will be the last new World Series sets we will introduce for the next few months.  We are going to focus on soccer, football and golf cards for the next two or three months. 

We are no longer taking phone orders.  We are having issues with phone orders with folks disputing what they ordered for the past four months or so.  Starting now we will take internet or mail orders.  We still accept checks and money orders for mail orders.

The following were reported recently:
  • Ken Bowen comments how strange streaks happen in APBA. In my '67 Al replay the Tigers are in a BAD streak. They are 8 - 23 in August and have been shut out in 5 of the last 7 games. They were just swept by the A's in KC by scores of 6-2, 1-0, 2-0. I don't understand how that happens. Can there be bad chemistry in the envelope?
     
  • Shay Simmons reports that 6/17/64 I just rolled my first AL no-hitter of my 1964 MLB replay. Unheralded Roland Sheldon of the Yankees no-hit the Red Sox on a pleasant Wednesday afternoon in the Bronx.

    Cheered on by retirees and shift workers, Sheldon struck out 5 and walked 2. Monbouquette walked with 2 gone in the third, and Yaz with 2 away in the 9th. Sheldon then fanned Eddie Bressoud to cement the no-no.

    Sandy Koufax has the only other no-hitter so far, back in April at County Stadium against the Braves.

    This one was oddly dull. Sheldon isn't a strikeout pitcher, so it was just mostly ground outs and fly outs. I kept rolling what I call "one-offs", numbers like 23, 65, 34, 12, and so forth. Still, a no -hitter is a no-hitter. Sheldon is now 5-0

     
     
NEW MEMBERS TO THE APBA COMMUNITY
M COBBLE PENHOOK, VA
PAUL SENG DAVENPORT, FL
DAVID ZIRKLE MOUNT WOLF, PA
JOHN BOORD ELMWOOD, IL
JOHN LOWE LINCOLN, NE
JOHN CASTO VERMILION, OH
ROBERT MCKENTY MATAWAN, NJ
STEVEN THOMPSON LOUISVILLE, KY
JARED STOHNER DENVER, CO
GEORGE BONNEAU HASTINGS, PA
BRIAN GRAY RADCLIFF, KY
GEORGE W KOLESAR ELYRIA, OH
STEVEN KENNEDY OCALA, FL
KATE LEVIN SEATTLE, WA
SANDRA QUELLA KAUKAUNA, WI

Please welcome the following new members to the APBA community. New members are folks who have recently made their first purchase of APBA products. 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. Please identify the name of the person you want us to send your contact info.

THIS WEEK IN APBA ("TWIA") RADIO SHOW 
APBA has began to sponsor a weekly broadcast offering insights into the game of APBA and players within the APBA community.  The host is John Asalon who offers a extremely professional broadcast.  Please join John Asalon and his guests every Thursday night at 8:00 pm (Eastern) for THIS WEEK IN APBA radio show.
John planned guest is: TBA .  It will be entertaining and informative.
 
Check the archives below the large screen on the first page of the above link for earlier broadcasts.

APBA GO
 APBA GO NOW HAS A SOLITAIRE PLAY FEATURE.
Check APBA GO out here. Its free! 

Now available at APBA GO: (i) 1988R Baseball (all 973 players rated), (ii) GTOP4 and (iii) GTOP5.

The July winner of the APBA GO season contest is
DS102908. Congratulations 
 
TOURNAMENT AND LEAGUE NEWS   
 
REGIONAL TOURNAMENT REPORT
 
ROBERT HENRY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
 
On August 4th, under the direction of John Cochrane and Rebecca Peterson, thirty-six (36) managers participated in the 6th Annual Robert Henry Memorial Tournament.  This invitational tournament involves the youth of the Bridesburg Boys and Girls Club (Philadelphia, Pa.) and senior APBA players.  The event consisted of 17 club campers, 2 club adult supervisors, and 17 adult APBA players including 10 APBA Hall of Famers.
 
The day started with divisional play in five divisions (Lincoln, Seitz, Ahlskog, Adams, and Levy).  Divisional play was highlighted by a 2017 Washington Nationals Scherzer (Coryer) no hitter against the 2016 Minnesota Twins (Vincent Cavanaugh).  Randy heard it all day for no-hitting a first time camper; and deserving so you big bully.  The divisional winners and wild card teams (campers only) were as follows:
 
Lincoln Division - Randy Coryer and the 2017 Washington Nationals Seitz Division - John Olsen and the 1927 New York Yankees Ahlskog Division - Eric Cavanaugh and the 2016 Washington Nationals - club camper Adams Division - John Cochrane and the 1989 Oakland Athletics Levy Division - Jason Ruppert and the 2017 Cleveland Indians - club camper Wild Card - Ryan Malloy and the 2016 Chicago Cubs - club camper Wild Card - Todd Stearns and the 2016 Toronto Blue Jays - club camper Wild Card - Bella Varona and the 1986 New York Mets - club camper
 
The one game quarter-finals saw the 2017 Nationals (Coryer), 1927 Yankees (Olsen), 1989 Athletics (Cochrane), and 2016 Cubs ( Malloy) advance to the semi-finals.  In the first semi-final game the 1989 A's beat the 2016 Nationals by a 4-1 score.  In the second semi-final game the 1927 Yankees defeated the 2016 Cubs by a 7-4 margin.  This set up a one game winner take all final between John Olsen's 1927 Yankees and John Cochrane's 1989 Athletics.  And what a game it was as the A's rallied from three runs down in the 7th to tie the score at 7-7 sending the game into extra innings.  There was no score in the 10th.  In the 11th Gerhig lead off with a double and Meusel singled him home for an 8-7 Yankees lead.  In the bottom half of the inning the Athletics had two runners on but could not push a run across the plate.  The 1927 New York Yankees and Manager John Olsen are the 2018 Robert Henry Memorial Tournament champions.  Ryan Malloy and his 2016 Chicago Cubs received the Most Valuable Bridesburg Player Award.  Congratulations to the winner John Olsen, the Bridesburg MVP Ryan Malloy, and all the tournament participants.  The day closed at about 5:30 pm with everyone having a great time making new friends and re-acquainting with old friends.  The dates for the 2019 Robert Henry Memorial Tournament will be announced next Spring but all said goodbye knowing next summer is not far off.
 
A special thanks goes out to John Cochrane and Rebecca Peterson for planning and conducting this annual tournament which has served in the growth of many regional APBA Tournaments.  We also wish to thank Skeet Carr for overseeing the day's game play so that Co-Director John Cochrane could participate the first time in this tournament.  Great job lady and gentlemen.
 
APBA GO ASHCRAFT TOURNAMENT VIII
 
The eighth APBA GO Tournament facilitated by Percy Ashcraft of Prince George County, VA was held July 21-August 3 with 20 players competing.  The theme was 'Almost Made It' and was comprised of teams that finished second in pennant chases or division races.  It was double-elimination.
 
The '09 Red Sox made Manager Dave Druk a two-time APBA GO Tournament Champion by defeating the '82 Royals, 8-2, in the winner-take-all Championship Game.  Josh Beckett and three BoSox relievers shut down a KC attack that had lifted the Royals to the brink of the title.  KC Manager Robert Pannell, with less than 50 APBA GO games under his belt, fought the good fight in winning five of seven tournament games and climbed out of the lower bracket to almost capture the crown.
 
Dave won his second title in four tournaments, with the first one also coming from Beantown with the '13 Red Sox.  He had three players collect two hits in the championship game, including little known Dusty Brown who hit a home run and drove in three runs.
 
The '09 Red Sox won the tournament with a 5-1 record. They were a #8 seed, and Robert's Royals were a #7 seed. Dave won 20,000 rating points and Robert 3,000 from the generosity of APBA GO.
 
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
 
The next tournament will be the Las Vegas APBA Baseball Tournament on the weekend of August 17-19th under the direction of Chris White.  This will be the first tournament west of the Mississippi in the last few years.
 
The 2018 APBA Regional Tournament schedule is as follows.  Please mark your calendars accordingly and be sure to attend and participate in one of these fine events.  You will not regret the experience of brotherhood and gaming experience.  
 
Friday through Sunday August 17-19, 2018 - Las Vegas APBA Tournament, Las Vegas, Nevada.  The site will be the Flamingo Hotel.  Contact Chris White at  CWHITESPORTS@YAHOO.COM
 
Saturday August 25, 2018 - 4th Toledo Glass City APBA Baseball Tournament, Toledo, Ohio.  Contact Ron Emch atrce@emcher.com.
 
Saturday October 6, 2018 - The Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament, Maple Grove, Minnesota.  Contact Jim Fraasch at  jwfraasch@mchsi.com.
 
Saturday October 27, 2018 - The APBA 2018 Wisconsin Fall Tournament, Location to be determined.  The tournament theme will be the Negro Leagues using APBA's Negro League Baseball Card Set.  Team selection will take place by draft.  The draft will begin Saturday, June 23, at noon.  Contact Kurt Bergland at  Bergland.kurt@yahoo.com.
 
Saturday October 27, 2018 - The Great Florida RollAPBAlooza 2018 Baseball Tournament in Brooksville, Florida (North of Tampa).  Location is The Microtel Inn and Suites, 6298 Nature Coast Boulevard, Brooksville, FL.  Theme is 1980 through 1989 with $20 entry fee (includes lunch).  Sign-up by 8/1 with team selection lottery on 9/1.  If interested contact Tony Stevens atAandTStevens@Gmail.com / 352-600-0974.
 
Saturday November 3, 2018 - Inaugural Furniture City APBA Baseball Tournament, Grand Rapids, Michigan (Legends Sports & Games, CenterPoint Mall on 28th St. SE).  Contact GF Korreck at  gfk1949@yahoo.com.
 
If your tournament is not mentioned above and you are planning a Regional APBA Tournament in 2018 please forward me your tournament and contact information atapba66nyslp@yahoo.com and I will be sure to promote your event in APBA's company electronic newsletter.  Remember all APBA game tournaments are welcome.
 
 
THIS WEEK IN APBA RADIO SHOW 
 
APBA continues to sponsor a weekly broadcast offering insights into the game of APBA and players within the APBA community.  The host is John Asalon, who offers a extremely professional broadcast.  Please join John Asalon and his guests every Thursday night at 8:00 pm (Eastern) for THIS WEEK IN APBA radio show.  This past weeks guest was Jim Sce speaking on how to effectively run a replay.  This was Jim's second visit to the broadcast and he did not disappoint.
 
Jim opened by stating the 6 replays he has conducted: 1918, 1957, 1959, 1964, 1970, and 2014 (in-progress).  Jim is also preparing to replay the 2017/2018 EPL (soccer).  Jim said to select a project which will keep your interest.  He selected 1918 after reading a book on Ty Cobb.  He selected 1957 because he grew up a Braves fan.  He shared a story on 1957.  He noted that with a week remaining in the season he encountered computer issues.  Although he resolved the issue he strung Nick Braccia (a die-hard Yankee fan) along for years that he had not completed the replay only to tell Nick during this broadcast that he had really finished and that the Yankees beat the Braves in the World Series in seven games.
 
Jim noted that he is a Replay minimalist.  He does not spend a lot of time in advance of the replay collecting actual line-ups, starting pitching information, batter statistics, transactions, etc.  Jim believes the replay is his and he approaches the replay with realistic baseball in mind.  Jim wants to enjoy the experience acting in the capacity of the General Manager and Manager.  Jim uses a 25 man roster, Ball Stat, and a teacher planner to track pitcher usage and injuries.  He also writes a brief summary for each game and posts it on the APBA Delphi Forum.  Jim shared some stories on his 1964 replay along the way.  Jim suggested to run a good replay you first pick a season you are interested in and to enjoy the journey appreciating each game you play.  It's important to not become consumed with the number of games remaining.  Stay the course and enjoy the experience.
 
Jim spoke briefly on his upcoming 2017/2018 EPL Soccer Replay. His cards have shipped from the game company and he expects delivery this weekend.  Again, Jim will approach this replay as a minimalist and use TRack as a statistics package.  The replay will consist of 38 games per team (380 games for the replay).  Jim noted that he was not a soccer fan until he played APBA Soccer but now he is hooked on the game.  He noted that Roy Langhans is even invested in the soccer game.  Jim took a few shots at Roy including his unfortunate experience during the Alpharetta tournament and the fact that Roy is the only retired person he knows that goes on vacation (currently on a Mississippi river boat cruise).  Roy, I think Jim is jealous!
 
Jim, then shared a few stories about his new Bulldog/Boxer mix puppy!  After having had to recently but down his 12 year old dog, Jim asked Lorraine for another dog.  She was not enthused but she knew Jim would likely move forward.  So off the the rescue they went.  So this 75 pound dog named Miles was entered into a greeting room and he took off for a dead run and jumped right on Lorraine.  Yep this was the one.  Jim said the dog picks you and you do not pick the dog.  So home they come and Jim takes a week vacation to train the dog.  Well on their first walk Jim and Miles enter a busy intersection and Miles decides the lay down and not move.  Jim finally had to pick the dog up and remove him from the intersection.  Oh well Jim it's a work in progress and we wish you and Lorraine the best with Miles.
 
Jim closed noting that he will be attending the Las Vegas Tournament in a few weeks at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.  There are currently about 20 participants scheduled to attend this inaugural event.  Jim and John also discussed how this broadcast is really a lesson in APBA history and Jim thanked John for his contributions to the advancement of the APBA community.  As always, Jim is an interesting guest and we hope to have him back sometime to update us on his replays and to share an APBA story or two or three!
 
This author is luckily enough to know Jim Sce and he is really one of the good guys in the APBA community.  Jim, we missed you this year in Alpharetta and hope that Lorraine is feeling better following her medical procedure.  I hope Miles did not hurt her when he selected you guys.  What a lucky dog to have such a loving home.  
 
Be sure to tune in next Thursday August 9th for another TWIA broadcast.   The guest is not yet lined up but be sure to tune in as it is sure to be informative and entertaining as always.
 
 
APBA LEAGUE INFORMATION
 
I am pleased to report that this column continues to assist leagues in finding new managers and pairing individuals looking for leagues.  Beginning in January 2018 and to better manager newsletter volume, I will run any of your league opening or requests to join leagues for a period of four to eight weeks.  I will be glad to run them longer if you contact me at  apba66nyslp@yahoo.com.  Openings or individuals looking to join leagues are as follows this week:
 
August 4th Opening
 
Vast Horace Baseball League Opening - The Vast Horace Baseball League is a computer based league approaching its 40th anniversary this November with its annual meeting to be held this year in Cooperstown on November 8-11.  The league is expanding and in need of new managers!
 
The league features permanent ownership of 40-man roster teams, with face to face play strongly encouraged/rewarded;  several mid- season gaming sessions occur annually in the MD/PA/VA/OH regions.  With a 162 game schedule, the league is currently expanding from 12 to 16.
 
Four team openings - 27 of the 40 man roster 'skeleton' has been selected with some pretty decent talent on the rosters.  Expansion managers will enjoy free agent drafting advantages, as well as league awarded money for the closed bid of rookies! First task of the new managers will be to fill out the roster to 40 players at the drafting table. The trading of players, draft picks and money has become a highlight of ownership over our 40 year history - come join the fun! If interested, please contact Rick Judd at  vhbljudd@yahoo.com and/or Mark Shelley at  shelpen@cox.net.
 
July 29th Opening
 
The SEATO APBA  Baseball League - The SEA TO APBA Baseball League in Lancaster County PA. is looking for 3 new managers.  One opening is available immediately and two openings are to begin next season, possibly sooner.  SEATO is a FTF league, playing the basic game plus some additional league rules.  They have been in existence for almost 50 seasons and are a 16 team league, drafting each February and playing a 162 game season.  Anyone interested or having any questions may contact John via e-mail at  jtre1919@yahoo.com
 
July 22nd Opening
 
Franklin County Football League - A face to face league founded by the late APBA Hall of Famer Howard Ahlskog in the early 1980's.  The league is based in Western Massachusetts (Greenfield).  They also have members in Southern Vermont.  The league plays a 16 game schedule.  Their annual draft is conducted in August and they start play in October.  Playing the game is half the fun as you build your team from the draft, trades, and waiver wire.  If interested contact Tom Conway at  tconway1965@yahoo.com.
 
July 1st Openings
 
O.Z. League Opening - The O.Z. League, an APBA Baseball group created in 1982, is always looking to add new members to their family.  Currently the league is at 12 Franchises; if you live on the East Coast and want to join a fun but dedicated League this is one you should inquire about. They use BBW, MG, and the hybrid Paul Marino Boards as preference of the Home Team.  This league was featured in the N.Y. Daily News in 1988 and plays a 162 game schedule from February to October. The Annual Draft is held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ronkonkoma every February. If you are interested contact Dom at  NYAPBA@yahoo.com.
 
League Openings - A 12 team league that use the basic game and the computer game has 4 openings. They are currently half way through their current season.  Please message with inquires or email Stretch at  stretchchap80@gmail.com if interested.
 
June 17th Openings
 
TFBL League Openings - The True Franchise Baseball league is a league in which each team owns all of his minor league players affiliates from rookie to AAA.  TFBL plays BBW, in it's 2nd season only, with aim.  The league has 24 teams with 4 six teams divisions.  4 Divisions winners and 2 Wild cards make the playoffs.  Each team has a 40 men roster, 28 active, and 12 on the farms.  The teams available are the Houston Astros (top of its division), Chicago White Sox (rebuilding but with a strong minor league affiliates coming in the future season, perfect for someone who wants to rebuild) and the San Francisco Giants also a bottom division team which needs rebuilding.  So if you are a Giants, Chisox or Astros fan,these teams are up for grab.  If interested or for more info, please contact Alain at  dumontar@videotron.ca          
 
MDTL League Opening - The MDTL is in its 46th season.  They have one manager that has announced that he is leaving the league due to health reasons.  They are looking for a replacement manager to take over the ownership of his franchise. The league is a 20 team league with 25 man rosters.  They use the basic boards with a few modifications. They also use the basic pitching grades. This is a very solid league with a competitive but friendly membership.  If you are interested in joining the league please contact Keith at  keithriggs01@gmail.com with your gaming history and any questions you may have. 
 
June 10th Openings
 
WBO League Openings - The World Baseball Organization ("WBO") is looking for a replacement manager for 2018 and beyond.  They are a current year play keeper league, using the old fashioned cards & dice.  Not face-to-face, but rather solitaire style play (instructions and pitching rotations sent to opponents by email).  Ballstat/Ballscore is used for gameplay and stat-keeping.  Full 162 game season running generally from March/April - October/November.  Basic game with lots of interesting modifications.  This is an opportunity to be part of a truly great league that has been around for a long time, with high character guys.  http://wboapba66.wixsite.com/wbo-baseball.  If interested contact Dan Levine, Commish, at  drl@pbl-law.com.
 
June 3rd Openings
 
USBL League Opening - The USBL a continuous ownership league using AIM 5.75 and is a 24 team league split into AL and NL.  They have a few unique features.  You may draft up to four never carded players (do your minor league homework!!) and we use an NBA style random draw for the top overall pick (prevents tanking).  Further they require each team to cut players at the end of the season, with playoff teams cutting deeper than non playoff teams.  If you are interested contact theleagueofficeatapbaphilip@gmail.com or  bris@yahoo.com.  For more information or see their website (slightly outdated but full of good information) at  https://unitedstatesapbaleague.weebly.com/.  They have two team openings due to managers changing jobs.
 
I trust this column is continuing to bring many APBA players together be it in regional tournaments or league play.  I am glad that we can continue to provide this service to the APBA community.


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