September 18, 2018   

THIS WEEK IN APBA

Volume I Issue 45         

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Good afternoon,

 I hope all of you are well especially our community members in the Carolinas. I've heard from several of you that you are OK considering.

Please include Charlie Fouche in your prayers.  Charlie is undergoing surgery today and will soon be starting chemo treatments.  Charlie is one of the humblest, kindest man on the planet.

Big news at APBA GO. 

Today we are pleased to Introduce Tournament Functionality click here for more information.
Now you can run tournaments more efficiently in APBA GO.  Combined with the new subscription service, you can run any tournament you can imagine.

Secondly, APBA Go now offers a subscription service.  For $20 a month, subscribers will have access to every season and special set in the APBA Catalog.  In addition, subscribers will automatically have access to any new season offerings when they are added to inventory.  The next two planned seasons are 1962 (R) and 2018.  As a subscriber, you will have immediate access to these seasons when they are added to the APBA GO catalog. You know have access to every MLB season of the 20th and 21st centuries for $20 a month.

For more information on APBA GO subscriptions check this out. 
 
NEW PRODUCTS 
For your enjoyment, we are proud to offer the following new products:
1966 Pro Football. Both the NFL and ALF included. This is the season of the first Super Bowl,
2018 Ryder Cup card set, and
2001 Men's golf card set (72 golfers)

GAME OF THE DAY REACHES 6,000!  On September 17th in Lancaster, Roy Langhans faced off against Skeet Carr in the 6000th Game of the Day.
 
 1981 Reds    0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1   4 0 (record: 22-37) [Seaver 29 K 40 BB]
1993 Phillies 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 1 x - 8 12 1 (record: 28-31) [Morandini 15 E]
winner: Jackson (6-6)
loser: Pastore (2-8)
homers: (none)
--Daulton 3-for-4
--Eight runs scored with two out
--First five Reds in batting order 0-for-18; no extra base hits in game
--Reds six-game losing streak; Jackson two errors in 12 games
--Dykstra leads both teams with 18 stolen bases, 53 bases on balls

Well done Roy.  This streak extends beyond 16 full years. 
Four presidential terms.  Nick Saban is NOT coaching at Alabama. Many of us have full heads of hair and flat stomachs. 
  
NEW MEMBERS TO THE APBA COMMUNITY  
ROBERT GAMBLE PLYMOUTH, MA
JOHNIE STEMPORA CARBONDALE, IL
PAT TODD NEWNAN, GA
 JEFFREYSCHNAKENBERGYORKTOWN, 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 
APBA sponsors 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 this week is: to be announced  
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) tournament play and (ii) a subscription service .
 
REGIONAL TOURNAMENT 
 
Recapping again from last week, while we have a lull in regional tournament action, I wanted to give you an update on regional tournament progress.  Year to date we have had 21 events drawing 504 participants.  Last year we had a total of 21 tournaments with 534 participants.  With four scheduled tournaments remaining this year we will definitely have an increase in tournament offerings and participation.  I am also glad to note that we have had some inaugural tournaments this year in Las Vegas, Grand Rapids, and Kansas.  There are also tournaments in planning for Boston, Chattanooga, and Albany.  Combine this activity with the APBA GO Tournament functionality recently announced, tournament offerings and participation will only continue to grow and prosper.
 
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 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 at AandTStevens@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.
 
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 Festsgrber@aol.com or Mike Kehrer at mkmags79@gmail.com.
 
Saturday March 2, 2019 - 2019 Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament, Jackson, Michigan.  Contact Pastor Rich Zawadzki at pastorichz@gmail.com.
 
Saturday April 6, 2019 - Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament (TCABT-XI ), Maple Grove, Minnesota. Contact Jim Fraasch at jwfraasch@mchsi.com. Note: This is NCAA Final Four weekend which is being held in Minneapolis so please plan accordingly.
 
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 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.
 
 
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. 
 
As of report submittal there was no broadcast posted this week on the TWIA broadcast site. Accordingly, John's guest for next week is not yet finalized but be sure to tune in for an always interesting, informative, and fun discussion about APBA on TWIA.
 
TOURNAMENT AND LEAGUE NEWS 
REGIONAL TOURNAMENT 
Recapping again from last week, while we have a lull in regional tournament action, I wanted to give you an update on regional tournament progress.  Year to date we have had 21 events drawing 504 participants.  Last year we had a total of 21 tournaments with 534 participants.  With four scheduled tournaments remaining this year we will definitely have an increase in tournament offerings and participation.  I am also glad to note that we have had some inaugural tournaments this year in Las Vegas, Grand Rapids, and Kansas.  There are also tournaments in planning for Boston, Chattanooga, and Albany.  Combine this activity with the APBA GO Tournament functionality recently announced, tournament offerings and participation will only continue to grow and prosper.

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 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 at AandTStevens@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.
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 Festsgrber@aol.com or Mike Kehrer at mkmags79@gmail.com.

Saturday March 2, 2019 - 2019 Greater Michigan APBA Baseball Tournament, Jackson, Michigan.  Contact Pastor Rich Zawadzki at pastorichz@gmail.com.
Saturday April 6, 2019 - Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament (TCABT-XI ), Maple Grove, Minnesota. Contact Jim Fraasch at jwfraasch@mchsi.com. Note: This is NCAA Final Four weekend which is being held in Minneapolis so please plan accordingly.
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 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.

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. 
As of report submittal there was no broadcast posted this week on the TWIA broadcast site. Accordingly, John's guest for next week is not yet finalized 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  apba66nyslp@yahoo.com.  Openings or individuals looking to join leagues are as follows this week:

September 16th Openings
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 ( www.TCBA.info). 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  www.TCBA.info to get a fuller idea of what TCBA is all about. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Bob at  Vitabob66@gmail.com or Mike at MFiehl@stny.rr.com.

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  vhbljudd@yahoo.com and/or Mark Shelley at  shelpen@cox.net.

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  kappermet@gmail.com 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 blackhorsegames@aol.com.

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
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 the league office at apbaphilip@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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