August 13, 2019

THIS WEEK IN APBA

Volume II Issue 35

   

            

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Good afternoon,
 
11 days to the beginning of the college football season with two week zero games.  I don't know why the opening week is called week zero.  Elevators in Australia start with floor zero.  Must be the same rationale. 
 
Congratulations to Las Vegas tournament winner Andy Rumple of Indianapolis and tournament director Chris White for another successful Vegas tournament. 
 
I've decided to keep this picture in the newsletter this week.  Vincent's grin perfectly captures the spirit of the APBA community. Congratulations to Vincent Cavanaugh, the Robert Henry tournament champion.   
 


 
THIS IS WHY WE PLAY APBA.   
 
 
 

New Products:

 
More Fall Classic sets are now available:

Speaking of lineup sheets, we have uploaded revised lineups sheets from 1883 through 1926 seasons plus the Negro League Great teams set.

NEW APBA COMMUNITY MEMBERS
 
AUBREY THOMASON LOS ANGELES, CA
ROGER SANKEY CARY, NC
ALBEN SPENCER PEMBROKE PINES, FL
GARY INGRAHAM CARLISLE, PA
EDWARD STEVEN GUTHRIE NASHVILLE, TN
ROBERT LEBLANC SAINT ALBANS, VT
WIN DAMON NEWBURYPORT, MA
CAROLE OUELLETTE DSL DE DRUMMOND NB
NATHAN WITTENBERG HELLERTOWN, PA
KEVIN HOPE EARLYSVILLE, VA
 
  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   
 
The current podcast is with Dale Shreiner, director of  the 3rd Annual Lancaster World Series Tournament and Vincent Cavanaugh and his dad, Brian. Check it out.  John always does a great job. 
 
If you haven't already, download the Anchor Podcast app, then search for the TWIA podcast and begin listening!  Don't forget to "favorite" the podcast, as well!!  
 

TOURNAMENT REPORT 
 
REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS
 
LAS VEGAS APBA BASEBALL TOURNAMENT
 
The Las Vegas 2019 APBA Baseball Championships were held at The Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada with a special guest appearance by 4-Time National League Batting Champion Mr. Bill Madlock.
 
The events started off on Thursday evening with 8 teams playing in a BATS 3 Post-Expansion Tournament.  Teams in the tournament included the Reds, Mariners, Pirates, Tigers, Dodgers and Expos.  "Broadway" Joe Krakowski led the Pirates to a 7-6 victory over Dave Bednarek and the Phillies to win The BATS 3 Post-Expansion Tournament.
 
On Friday, eighteen (18) teams participated in the Las Vegas Championships with the top 8 teams qualifying for Saturday playoffs.  Seven (7) teams finished at 6-4 so the head-to-head tiebreaker was used and unfortunately Dave Bednarek's 1993 Blue Jays failed to qualify.  The day also produced a No-Hitter.  John Gunn (2002 Giants) No-Hit the 1989 A's (Dan Velderrain).  The Giants ended with 1 hit and scored the only run of the game on a wild pitch in the 7th inning.
 
Pool play team records were as follows:
 
1984 TIGERS (8-2)
1982 DODGERS (7-3)
2002 GIANTS (6-4)
2006 METS (6-4)
1989 ATHLETICS (6-4)
1975 REDS (6-4)
1995 INDIANS (6-4)
1969 TIGERS (6-4)
1993 BLUE JAYS (6-4)
1998 BRAVES (5-5)
1993 GIANTS (5-5)
2002 RED SOX (5-5)
2007 RED SOX (4-6)
1994 EXPOS (3-7)
1990 ATHLETICS (3-7)
1982 BREWERS (3-7)
1975 PIRATES (3-7)
1977 PHILLIES (2-8)
 
On Saturday, the tournament playoffs were held with and each round a best of 3-game series.  The playoff results were as follows:
 
Elite 8
 
1984 Tigers 2-0 over the 1969 Tigers
2006 Mets 2-1 over the 1989 A's
1975 Reds 2-1 over the 2002 Giants
1982 Dodgers 2-0 over the 1995 Indians
 
Final 4
 
1984 Tigers 2-0 over the 2006 Mets
1975 Reds 2-0 over the 1982 Dodgers
 
Championship
 
Game 1 - 1984 Tigers win 6-1 over 1975 Reds Game 2 - 1975 Reds win 6-5 over 1984 Tigers Game 3 - 1975 Reds win 6-2 over 1984 Tigers and become the 2019 Las Vegas APBA Champions
 
Congratulations to Andy Rumple and his 1975 Cincinnati Reds on being the 2019 Las Vegas APBA Baseball Tournament Champions.  A special thanks to Chris White for organizing and conducting such a fine event in Sin City (What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!).  A thank you to Mr. Bill Madlock for making a special guest appearance at the tournament and taking pictures with and providing autographs for tournament attendees.  Also a round of applause for the $85 that was collected and donated to the ALS Association in the name of APBA Hall of Famer Randy Walker.  A good time was had by all!
 
UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS
 
The next scheduled tournament is The 5th Annual Toledo Glass City APBA Baseball Tournament on Saturday August 24th.  See tournament details below:
 
2020 REGIONAL TOURNAMENT CALL-OUT - Tournament Directors who are planning an APBA Regional Tournament between January and May of 2020 are requested to forward tournament information to Randy Coryer at  apba66nyslp@yahoo.com for inclusion into the newsletter.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.
 
IMPORTANT UPDATED INFORMATION - EACH TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR OVER THE NEXT YEAR IS REQUESTED TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE ALS FOUNDATION IN THE NAME OF RANDY WALKER - 2019 APBA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE.  RANDY IS IN LATE STAGE OF ALS BUT CONTINUES TO FIGHT THE DISEASE AND ENJOY PLAYING APBA WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF HIS WIFE LISA.  THE DONATION CAN BE COLLECTED THE DAY OF THE TOURNAMENT BY PASSING A HAT OR BY INCREASING THE TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION FEE.  APBA WILL AWARD A PRIZE TO THE DIRECTOR AND TOURNAMENT RAISING THE MOST MONEY FOR ALS.  REMEMBER IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE BENEVOLENT WHEN AN APBA BROTHER IS IN NEED.  I KNOW I CAN COUNT ON YOUR SUPPORT.  MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW IN THE COMING WEEKS.
 
DONATIONS CAN BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE ALS ASSOCIATION WEBSITE  WWW.ALSA.ORG/DONATE. ; DONATIONS CAN BE MADE VIA PHONE, CHECK, CREDIT CARD, OR PAYPAL.  PLEASE REFERENCE THE DONATION IN YOUR WRITE-UP.   RANDY AND LISA WALKER THANK YOU FOR THE APBA COMMUNITY SUPPORT TO A VERY WORTHY CAUSE.
 
Upcoming Tournaments
 
The 2019 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 face-to-face gaming and APBA brotherhood.
 
Saturday August 24, 2019 - The 5th Annual Toledo Glass City APBA Baseball Tournament (GCABT-V) will be held at the Maumee-Bowling Green Elks Lodge #1850 137 W Wayne St, Maumee, Ohio 43537.  The cost is $15.00.  The theme is "Second Place Teams".  Only teams from 1930 through 1999 that finished second in their league/division will be eligible.  A 3-man rotation, DH,  Unusual Play and Error Distribution play chart, and advanced fielding will be used.  On June 1st, Ron will randomly determine a draft order for coaches who have already signed up and you will be able to pick a team at that time.  Please email Ron at  rce@emcher.com or send him a message on Facebook with your name and cell phone number if you wish to participate. 
 
Saturday September 14, 2019 - The Indy 500 APBA Baseball Tournament will be held at the Holiday Inn Express, 9797 N. Michigan Road, in Carmel, Indiana. 1950-1972 teams with records less than .500 are eligible.  Each team roster is to be 20 players with no DH.  Twenty-four (24) teams maximum.  Awards will given for Division, Conference, and Tournament winners.  The cost will be $25 per participant.  The cut-off for tournament registration is August 29th.  Please contact Michael at  willett.michael@att.net for more tournament details or to register for the tournament.  Please note Mike Willett will be on vacation August 16-August 27th so any new applicants should contact Dave Chestnut at dave.chestnut@aol.com during that period.  Six openings remain.
 
Saturday October 5, 2019 - Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament (TCABT-XII ), Maple Grove, Minnesota.  Contact Jim Fraasch at  jwfraasch@mchsi.com
 
Saturday October 12, 2019 - The Linda B. Schulz Memorial Apba Baseball Tournament V, Slippery Rock Township Building, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.  Entry fee is $15.  Contact Ken Schulz at  schulzka02@gmail.com
 
Saturday October 26, 2019 - The Second Furniture City APBA Tournament will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Legends Sports. Any APBA carded non-pennant winning MLB team. from 1920-1972 is elegible; 25-man rosters, no XCs, plus one player from the dead ball era (1901-19). Draft for team seelction begins on August 31, 2019. For more details or to register, contact GF Korreck at  gfk1949@yahoo.com.
 
Saturday November 2, 2019 - The DVAL Tournament will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church, 3003 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.  Eligible teams are from 1946 to present, excluding 1981 and 1994.  You may begin sending your requests for teams as soon as you like. The tournament will use the DVAL boards (which will be provided) but in the interest of time they will not use MG pitching grades as in the DVAL.  Basic Game pitching grades only.  For those of you unfamiliar with the DVAL boards, there are no changes to the hit numbers 1-11 - the main change is in the fielding.  For some plays where a fielding position is listed in the left margin of the board, you must roll for that fielder and use the MG Fielding Column Finder Chart for the result.  Other playing rules will be sent out shortly to anyone who asked to be on the mailing list.  Tournament cost will be in the $20-$30 and will be finalized once arrangements for lunch are finalized.  Contact Dick Moore at  moore315@comcast.net with questions or to register for the tournament.
 
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - The Fall 2019 Wisconsin Tournament will be held at the Wauwatosa Public Library in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  The tournament will start at 9 am and end at 4:30 pm.  BATS 3 is the tournament theme, with each participant randomly selecting a post-1961 team upon arrival at the tournament that morning.   The DH, 3 man rotations, and 2 inning limits per game for any relief pitcher will be used.  After each player has his or her team, they will have 10 minutes to cut down to a 22 man roster .... and then they will start rolling!   The cost is $20 and includes lots of prizes and good food!  Please contact Kurt Bergland at  bergland.kurt@yahoo.com for details and registration.
 
Saturday, November 9, 2019 in Clermont, Florida 34711 at the Lake Hills Church.  The theme is 100 losses in a single season teams (1903-present).  The cost is $20. If this is your first Florida tournament, the cost is only $10.  A team selection draft lottery will be held in October 2019.  Please contact Tony Stevens at  AandTstevens@Gmail.com.
 
Saturday November 9, 2019 - The Bath City APBA Baseball Tournament in Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043 at The Wilson Gymnasium on 58 South Wilson.  The cost is $25 due by October 1st.  The Inaugural Bath City ABPA tournament will be capped to 36 teams.  Any Major League Playoff team from 1919 - 2018 that did NOT win a World Series may be used.  More information and registration can be found at   http://www.straybaseball.com/bathcity-apba/. ; The tournament director is Stray Corrado and can be contacted at straycorrado@gmail.com or at 810-357-9024.
 
Sunday November 10, 2019 - Inaugural Veteran's Memorial Tournament in honor of USN, CAPT John Scalzo will be held in Leesburg, Virginia.  Cost $20.  Any team during the Cold War 1946-1991 plus a veteran from that team any time (ie. 84' Det plus 1911 Ty cobb).  For more detail or to register contact Rob Wyks at  rwyks@pwcgov.org 
 
Saturday February 22, 2020 - The 2020 APBA Scenic City Shootout will be held in the Hamilton Room of the Embassy Suites by Hilton located at 2321 Lifestyle Way Chattanooga TN 37421.  The cost will be $20 with the event scheduled to start at 8am.  The tournament theme is The Expansion Era 1961-Present with teams having a Winning Percentage between .475 - .525.  Team selection will begin on November 30, 2019 at Noon.  The rules will be similar to the 2019 Shootout.  APBA Hall of Famer Charlie Fouche was the Inaugural Scenic City Shootout Champion.  Email Mike Kehrer ( mkmags79@gmail.com) or Steve Ryan ( Festsgrber@aol.com) with any questions or to register.
 
POTENTIAL TOURNAMENT IN HOUSTON AREA - At present, there is no planned regional tournament in Texas.  If anyone would be interested in participating in a baseball tournament in the Houston area in 2020, please contact Ed Hubbard at  greyghosts2016@gmail.com, and provide your name, email address and phone number, and preferred time from March-October 2020 when you could attend such a tournament.  At this point, they are considering an open tournament for any teams from 1946-72, with no DH, and 25-man rosters. They would follow the APBA Annual Convention tournament rules.  Once interest is determined and preferred dates identified, they will obtain a venue and set an entrance fee.  Let's go Houston area APBA players.
 
NEW LISTING - POTENTIAL TOURNAMENT IN NEW ORLEANS -  Are you tired of only seeing tournaments on the East Coast and Mid-West??  If there is enough interest, a small group of New Orleans players are looking to set up a regional in the NOLA area in 2020, please contact Randy Tabor at  rk_tabor@yahoo.com (note the underscore "_" in email address).
 
If your tournament is not mentioned above and you are planning a Regional APBA Tournament in 2019 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 continues to assist leagues in finding new managers and pairing individuals looking for leagues.  I will be glad to run your league opening, if you contact me at  apba66nyslp@yahoo.com with a brief and concise write-up.  Openings or individuals looking to join leagues are as follows:
 
August 11th Opening
 
Central New Jersey League Opening -  The 16 team face to face APBA league is based in the Philadelphia/South and Central New Jersey area and has been in existence for over 40 years.  This is a face to face league although league play using Computer rolling is also permissible.  The league plays a 162 game schedule and begins when the cards come out and ends the regular season by October 15th.  Anyone interested please contact Ed Dress at  eddress74@gmail.com 
 
August 4th Openings
 
ART League Opening - ART ( Almost the Real Thing League) is a 24-team BBW computer league looking for 3 (Brahmins, Compromise and Winos) dedicated managers.  The league follows the majority of MLB rules.  Each roster has 40 man ML and MI rosters.  Players follow option rules, teams work within budget guidelines ( based on wins), drafts for International FA, "First Year" draft, Rule V, and Free Agency.  The league has been in existence for 15+ years and all three franchise are either currently competitive or built for success long term.  If you are looking for a year round commitment with a fun group, you will enjoy what this league has to offer and they would love to have you join them.  If interested, contact Lanny at " artcommish@gmail.com".
 
July 28th Openings
 
TSL League Opening - The TSL has a great opportunity for a new manager.  They are a 12-team draft league, currently at the halfway point of their 2019 season.  They are a cards and dice league, playing the basic game with only the most commonly used modifications (things like the optional fielding rules).  Don't miss this chance to join a league with 40+ years of history!  If interested, please contact Dan Spangler at  cincy13@gmail.com.
 
July 14th Openings
 
TSL League Opening - The TSL has a great opportunity for a new manager.  They are a 12-team draft league, currently at the halfway point of their 2019 season.  They are a cards and dice league, playing the basic game with only the most commonly used modifications (things like the optional fielding rules).  Don't miss this chance to join a league with 40+ years of history!  If interested, please contact Dan Spangler at  cincy13@gmail.com.
 
APBA Science Press Plus (S.P.P.) League Opening - The APBA S.P.P. League has an upcoming managerial openings. They are based in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and have existed over 40 years.  The league is looking to add at least two new teams for the upcoming season. This is a face to face league although league play using Skype is also permissible.  The league plays a 160 game schedule and begins when the cards come out and ends the regular season by Oct. 15th.  Anyone interested please contact John at  dudude7@gmail.com.
 
June 9th Openings
 
LABL League Openings - Ken Schulz is considering a restart of an existing cards and dice league but using APBA Go.  There are potentially up to 6 open spots with pre-existing rosters that have some very big names from the 2002 season.  This league would be an 84 game schedule, 2 divisions (1 AL only and 1 NL only), and a small draft prior to the start.  If you would be interested in competing in a league using APBA GO Collections to compile stats, please contact Ken at  schulzka02@gmail.com.
 
May 19th Openings
 
KPML League Opening - The KPML has a current managerial opening.  The AIM BBW league is currently playing the 2015 season.  If interested, please contact Gene at apbagene@yahoo.com.
 
UAL Opening - The UAL is an APBA Basic League with optional fielding looking for two managers.  The league has been in existence since 2004 and has 24 teams.  The league applies controls on player usage and a salary cap using actual MLB player salaries for the applicable season.  The 2019 UAL Draft (2018 season) draft is in July and will use the 2018 season (30 cards; No XC's).  The season runs from October through March with April playoffs.  That's about 15 home games a month and the sending of instructions for another 15 road games.  If interested or questions on the league, please contact Larry Wilson at lwcougar77@yahoo.com for further information.
 
April 22nd Openings
 
The General Manager's Baseball League (GMBL) - The GMBL has an immediate opening for a new owner.
THE GMBL is a BBW 5.75 league, and is one of the most challenging APBA franchise/replay league around.  The GMBL is comprised of 28 teams each with 40 man MLB roster and 20 man MiLB roster.  To succeed in GMBL, one must draft and develop talent from the minor leagues, just like real MLB GM's.  Since they are a 28 team league, almost all players on the disk are actually used and play - giving value to those real-life defensive subs and pinch-runners that seldom factor into replay leagues.
 
The league also has a very rich historical statistics database (founded in 2008), and uses a custom built web draft program to handle their annual drafts.  The open team has some very good young MLB and MiLK talent, including Rougned Odor, Byron Buxton, Nomar Mazara, Eloy Jimenez, AJ Puk, Forrest Whitley, and more.  
 
Link to the open team & The GMLB website:   http://gmbl.draftmania.com/teamdetail.asp?teaminit=MID 
If interested, please contact John Niespodzianski via email at  superstarjones66@yahoo.com 
 
March 31st Openings
 
The Jackie Robinson League - The Jackie Robinson League, a BBW continuous ownership league, has three immediate openings.  The available teams are Billings, Redding, and Sawdust City.  The league has played continuously since 1998 beginning with the 1947 season.  The league is now preparing for the 1971.  League off-season roster limit of 24 players.  League communications through groups.io.  If interested contact Chris Strovel at  www.strovel.com.
 
New League Forming - Joseph Whitbeck is starting a new email league.  A Basic Cards and Dice Retro Keeper League starting with the 1960 season and going backwards through time.  The Summer league will consist of 12 teams and play games from May thru September. The season will consist of 76 games of which each manager playing 38 games.  If interested contact Joe at  deadball274@gmail.com.
 
March 24th Openings
 
APBA Player Looking to Join a League - Lew lives in Laguna Niguel, California and would like to join a basic C&D league. If you have a C&D league opening, contact Lew at glen571944@gmail.com 
 
Player Looking for a Computer League - Individual looking for a computer league opening.  he has played the regular board game for years, but would like to delve into the computer game and get into a league. If you have a league opening please contact the gentlemen at  pstul@aol.com.
 
March 3rd Openings
 
DBL League Opening - The DBL has the 1931 Philadelphia Phillies available. They are just starting the season.  If interested, please contact Gene Knauber at  meaner53965@hotmail.com  for more information.  
 
I trust this column is continuing to bring many APBA players together be it through regional tournaments or league play.  I am glad that we can continue to provide this service to the APBA community and further promote brotherhood within our beloved hobby.
 

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