October 16, 2018   

THIS WEEK IN APBA

Volume I Issue 49            

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Good afternoon,

Check out APBA Hall of Famer Todd Radom painting the pitcher's mound at Fenway before Game 1.

Tom Johnson used his stadium fat head to make a playing field on his desk. Here is a picture.

We have misplaced the emails of two customers.  One is missing 2017 Dodger cards and the other is missing football envelopes.  Please send an email to custsupp@apbagames.com so we can send you these materials.

The 1962 (R) baseball season is now available.  This is a complete re-do of the 1962 season with all 702 players carded.  We are offering a master game card set, an APBA GO file, BBW disk and a BBW data file.  Get more information below.

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NEW APBA COMMUNITY MEMBERS

DOROTHY VARNER COLUMBIA, SC
THOMAS PAHL OKEMOS, MI
JOSEPH COX IOWA CITY, IA
ERIC MARTIN LAUREL, MD
RICH CARR COLUMBIA, PA
STEVE SMITH CALHOUN GA
STEVEN DUBROFF COLD SPRING
LIBA KORNFELD BRONX, NY
CHARLES SHIELDS MECHANICSBURG, PA
RONALD LOW RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA
 
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.

We are working to resolve the issues with Upstream and considering other alternatives.
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! 

New 1962 (R) baseball season file now available at APBA GO.  The file includes all 702 players from that season.
Now available at APBA GO: (i) tournament play and (ii) a subscription service .

 
REGIONAL TOURNAMENT
 
There were no tournaments this past week.  The next two tournaments are on Saturday October 27th. They are:  The first is 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  Bergland.kurt@yahoo.com if interested.  The second is The Great Florida RollAPBAlooza 2018 Baseball Tournament in Brooksville, Florida (North of Tampa).  The theme is 1980 through 1989.  If interested contact Tony Stevens at  AandTStevens@Gmail.com / 352-600-0974. 
 
Also this week our good friend Ken Schulz announced that there will be a Boston area APBA Baseball tournament in Salem, Massachusetts on Saturday June 15, 2019. Please see tournament details below. Thanks Ken for your continued outreach in the APBA tournament community.   It's really recognized and appreciated.
 
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  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, Florida.  Theme is 1980 through 1989 with $20 entry fee (includes lunch).  If interested contact Tony Stevens at  AandTStevens@Gmail.com / 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  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 atpastorichz@gmail.com.
 
Saturday March 23, 2019 - Inaugural Southern California APBA Baseball Tournament, Westminister, California.  Contact Steve Radtke at  mrsteve50@hotmail.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.
 
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  williamsagle@aol.com.
 
Saturday June 15, 2019 - The Boston Area APBA Baseball Tournament, Salem, Massachusetts (at the All American Witch City VFW). The tournament theme will be American League Teams from 1973 - 2018 (DH will be used). Participation will be limited to 32 maximum this year. Contact Ken Schulz at schulza02@gmail.com.
 
If your tournament is not mentioned above and you are planning a Regional APBA Tournament through June 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.  John's guest for this week was Scott Baier a professor at Clemson University and expert Economist.
 
John introduced Scott as a Professor of Economics at Clemson University. Scott received his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Michigan, was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Notre Dame where he was awarded the A mock Outstanding Teacher Award, was a visiting Scholar serving the Federal Reserve in Atlanta, served as a Senior Economist on the President's Council of Economics, served on the Congressional Budget Office and the International Trade Commission, and is currently the Chair of The John E. Walker Department of Economics. Oh yes he is also an avid APBA enthusiast having played 40+ years.
 
Scott, like many of us, found APBA advertising in the Street and Smith Annual magazines infectious in the early teenage years. Unlike most if not all of us he started with the APBA Basketball game first. With the 1976-77 and 1977-78 seasons he played many games (about 15 per team) with each season. Although time consuming he had a pretty good flow going after playing so much. But he eventually bought the football and baseball games. He played football with friends in the neighborhood and baseball generally solo. Although he does not have a favorite team or year to play, he will not play the 1986 or 1987 Browns and Broncos because the pain of those games are still fresh. He would like to replay the 1995 Braves-Indian World Series and an early to mid 1970's baseball season.
 
He reconnected with APBA while working at the Federal Reserve in Atlanta as one day he decided to look up APBA and John Herson. He likes to play cards and dice verse the computer game as he loves the lure of the dice, holding the cards in your hand, and the anticipation of the result. He also said that APBA brings him back to his childhood and teams of that era. Through imagination he can re-live those games that were on the radio or select games which were on the Game of the Week television broadcast. Although his son's prefer today's video games they know Dad will be excited when a new card set shows up on the doorstep. Scott truly believes that the statistics and detail involved in the game of APBA is what lead him to his career in Economics.
 
Scott closed by sharing some of his experiences while serving on the President's Council of Economic Advisors, Federal Reserve, Congressional Budget Office, and International Trade Commission. Be sure to listen to the broadcast for interesting details. We all owe Scott a dept of gratitude for service to our country, educating the next generation of economist, and we are glad he is part of the APBA community.
 
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  apba66nyslp@yahoo.com.  Openings or individuals looking to join leagues are as follows this week:
 
October 14th Opening
 
ABL Opening - The American Baseball League (ABL) is looking to add one or two managers for their 2019 season. The ABL has been in existence since 1982.  It is a face-to-face basic game (w/ modifications) league. If you live in the Butler County, Ohio or greater Cincinnati area and are interested, please e-mail Greg at gregsch4867@gmail.com.
 
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  krupp12w@ptd.net.
 
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.
 
 
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 ( 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
 
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.
 
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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