This past Saturday was the Fall edition of The Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament. After the usual introductions and announcements and group photo, the tournament started rolling shortly before 9 am. There were five divisions of 6 teams each. Each team played 10 divisional games.
There was a balance of teams in this tourney. Of the 30 teams, 3 teams finished 7-3, 11 teams finished 6-4, 6 teams finished 5-5, 6 teams finished 4-6, 2 teams finished 3-7, 1 team finished 2-8 and 1 team finished 1-9. 20 of the 30 teams finished .500 or better.
Eric Berg, made his 4th TCABT event, and 1st since TCABT-V, dominated most of division play with his 1906 Cubs going 7-3 and having a +32 run differential, good enough for the #1 seed in bracket play. In addition to Eric Berg, the eight quarter-finalists included: #2 seed 1998 Yankees - Gary Borthwick, #3 seed 1977 Phillies - Ben Lofgren, #4 seed 2000 Giants - Beau Lofgren, #5 seed 1975 Reds - Phil Geraffo, #6 seed 1911 Athletics - Dave Norlander, #7 seed 1905 Giants - Kevin Cluff, and the #8 seed 1931 Athletics - Leroy Arnoldi.
In a best-of-three bracket-play round, six of the seven series went 3 games. The only sweep coming in the semi-final round, with Gary's 1998 Yankees sweeping Phil's 1975 Reds, 2 games to none. In the other semi, Dave's 1911 A's defeated Eric's 1906 Cubs, 2 games to 1.
The championship came down to Gary Borthwick's 1998 Yankees (#2 seed) vs Dave Norlander's 1911 A's (#6 seed). Gary's Yankees won game 1, 5-2. Dave's A's evened the series at 1-1 with a 3-2 nail biter. Game 3, for all the marbles, came down to Gary's Yankees trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 8th. Homer Bush hits a 2-run PH homer to put the Yankees up, 4-3. Mariano Rivera kept Dave's A's from coming back in the 9th, as Gary Borthwick and his 1998 Yankees win the TCABT-X Championship! Congratulations to Gary for his first TCABT Championship, and congratulations to Dave for his runner-up performance, in back-to-back tournaments (he finished runner up last April in TCABT-IX, with the 1938 Yankees). I had the honor of losing to Gary's 1998 Yankees in the first division series of the day. Jim Fraasch's 1935 Cubs took the 1998 Yankees to 13 innings in game 1 of 10, before losing. Gary's Yankees would sweep Jim's Cubs, in the 2 game series, and from that point on the two teams went on completely different trajectories.
In all, a TCABT record 170 games were rolled in TCABT-X, due to 6 of the 7 bracket series going the full 3 games. One worthy note (of many) .... Ben Lofgren happened to be celebrating his birthday on tournament day. His 1977 Phillies clinched his division, with a walk-off grand slam homerun by Mike Schmidt ... Ben happened to be wearing a Phillies Schmidt jersey.
Jim Fraasch will post a full tournament write-up at his blog site (
) including pictures, full standings, and bracket scores later this week. We would like to thank Jim for coordinating and conducting another successful tournament event.
TCABT-XI will be held Saturday, April 6th, 2019. This is the same Saturday as the NCAA Final Four being held in Minneapolis. Please save this date on your calendar and plan to attend this well run event.
The next two tournaments are scheduled for Saturday 27, 2018. The tournaments are as follows:
1) The APBA 2018 Wisconsin Fall Tournament. The tournament theme will be the Negro Leagues using APBA's Negro League Baseball Card Set. Contact Kurt Bergland at
2) The Great Florida RollAPBAlooza 2018 Baseball Tournament in Brooksville, Florida (North of Tampa). The tournament theme is 1980 through 1989. Contact Tony Stevens at
/ 352-600-0974 if interested.
Again, I would like to remind everyone that APBA informed me that they are planning to conduct APBA GO Baseball Tournament featuring 2018 regional tournament winners. This tournament would be held late in the year and winners would be provided the APBA GO baseball team that they won a regional tournament with. Remember APBA GO if free. Therefore, with APBA GO, the new APBA GO tournament function, and your APBA GO team you will be able to participate in this inaugural event. APBA is working out the details and any restrictions and will share them in the coming weeks. Be sure to stay tune for further information.
The 2018-2019 (through May) 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:
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
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, Florida. Theme is 1980 through 1989 with $20 entry fee (includes lunch). If interested contact Tony Stevens at
/ 352-600-0974. Largest regional tournament in Florida to date. Always room for more.
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
Saturday February 23, 2019 - Inaugural Scenic City Shootout, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Location yet to be determined. This will be a wide open team selection tournament with a $20 entry fee to cover cost of location, food, and trophies. Contact Steve Ryan at
or Mike Kehrer at
Saturday March 2, 2019 - 2019 Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament, Jackson, Michigan. Contact Pastor Rich Zawadzki at
Saturday March 23, 2019 - Inaugural Southern California APBA Baseball Tournament, Westminister, California. Contact Steve Radtke at
Saturday April 6, 2019 - Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament (TCABT-XI ), Maple Grove, Minnesota. Contact Jim Fraasch at
. Note: This is NCAA Final Four weekend which is being held in Minneapolis so please plan accordingly.
Saturday May 4, 2019 - The Inaugural Mason-Dixon APBA Baseball Tournament, Hagerstown, Maryland. The theme will be "Between the World Wars 1919-1939. Cost is $20 and participation is limited to 24 players. Contact Bill at
If your tournament is not mentioned above and you are planning a Regional APBA Tournament through May 2019 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.
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. There was no TWIA Broadcast posted this week. Accordingly, John's guest for next week is not yet announced but be sure to tune in for an always interesting, informative, and fun discussion about APBA on TWIA.
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
. Openings or individuals looking to join leagues are as follows this week:
October 7th Openings
Manager looking for a Retro Baseball League - Individual looking to join an APBA Baseball League from the 1960's - 70's - 80's. If your Retro league has an opening contact Kevin at
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
September 16th Opening
The Twenty-First Century Baseball Association - The TCBA is a stable 24-team BBWin league in existence since 1975. Openings are rare in TCBA, but we do have one team available now. The TCBA features continuous ownership of a 35-man roster, a written constitution, and an informative league web site (
). Both a rookie auction and free agent draft are conducted at the annual TCBA meeting held in March, typically in Harrisburg, PA. The TCBA plays a full 162-game season, with an 8-team playoff culminating with the final rounds played during the annual meeting. The prime directive of our constitution requires us to promote "friendship and competition." To that the TCBA has been fully successful. Long-standing friendships, intense rivalries and mutual respect are given qualities of the TCBA experience. While twenty-two of our managers have been TCBA members for at least ten years, five of us are in the 25-to-40-year old category. It is from that demographic that we wish to add a new member. Please visit our web site
to get a fuller idea of what TCBA is all about. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Bob at
or Mike at
August 18th 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
and/or Mark Shelley at
August 11th Openings
The Bob Alexander League - The Bob Alexander League a continuous ownership BBW League, which has been in existence for over 40 years is looking for some good managers. Experience in APBA is a must and experience with BBW is preferred , but not required. While many of the league members are based in NJ, that is not a prerequisite as managers often play via Team Viewer. The league plays an 80 game season, broken down into 10, 8 game series with playoffs and World Series. If interested , PM or email Steve at
for a league directory (including available teams) and our current rule book.
Manager looking for a Retro League - Randy is looking to Join an APBA 1920's - 30's - 40's - 50's or 60's RETRO Baseball League. If you have a Retro league opening contact Randy at
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
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
July 1st Openings
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
June 17th Openings
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
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.
. If interested contact Dan Levine, Commish, at
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.