APBA’view: Mark Zarb

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If you have perused the various APBA Football posts on the APBA Between the Lines Delphi Forum, you have most likely come across the well documented replays of APBA Football fan, Mark Zarb.

With the NFL playoffs in full swing, and SuperBowl LIII just around the corner, I figured now was the time to reach out to another APBA Football legend … and fortunately, Mark Zarb answered the call.

Besides the replays, Mark has been a source for several APBA Football innovations and tidbits, found at fellow APBA Football guru, Greg Barath’s site.  Mark’s expertise in APBA Football and APBA Hockey is demonstrated in several self-made Football and Hockey sets for use with APBA.

Onto the interview with Mark Zarb …

zarb_with_becca_3Mark and Rebecca

Jimsapbabarn question #1:  Tell us about yourself, your youth, etc (outside of APBA)?

Mark Zarb:  I was born and raised in Astoria, NY which is a middle-class neighborhood in Queens. Both my parents were immigrants from Malta, and unlike most it was me teaching my dad about American sports and not the other way around. I was an average to below average athlete playing mostly baseball and basketball, but my limited athleticism did not prevent me from being an avid, even rabid sports fan,  becoming a fan of the NY Jets, Rangers, Mets and Knicks when I really started following sports in 1969 (big year for all those teams). I went to Stuyvesant High School, which is a specialized science/math school in NYC, and then obtained an BS in Accounting and MBA in Finance from St.John’s University in NY. My family life includes an ex-wife (who I get along with very well, now at least), two daughters Amanda (22) who graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT and Elizabeth (19) who currently attends Emerson College in Boston,MA. I currently live with my lovely girlfriend of almost four years, Rebecca, and my French bulldog Wentford (named after Wentford Gaines of the 1978 Chicago Bears) in Long Island City, Queens.

zarb_with_daughters_elizabeth_and_amanda.tifMark with his daughters

 

Jimsapbabarn question #2:  Tell us about your work/career?

Mark Zarb:  Pretty boring stuff here, been in Finance the whole time starting with Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan) in 1985 and spent the next 29 years there. In 2014, I joined Bank of America which is where I am today. Started my career as an internal auditor, spent time in market risk management and then moved over to trading eventually taking over the interest rate swaps desk at Chase Manhattan and then J.P.Morgan when the two merged. Burned out from trading I went back to market risk, this time covering commodities and then moved over to Bank of America where I am still in risk management this time covering Interest Rate Risk on the firms balance sheet. Always loved numbers I guess.

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Jimsapbabarn question #3:  When/how did you discover APBA?

Mark Zarb:  A friend turned me onto APBA in 1976. He received the baseball game as a Christmas gift and we spent many hours playing one-off games from the 1975 baseball season. I always loved the Game Co.’s brochures and would spend countless hours reading them over and over. The first APBA game I ever owned, believe it or not, was basketball and yes, I have completed a few games using the short version of the game. That was soon followed by football and then baseball in 1976 and 77.

apba_basketballFrom the APBA Basketball Game brochure

 

Jimsapbabarn question #4:  How did you get started creating your own APBA Football and Hockey sets?

Mark Zarb:  Glad you asked this question, essentially it was to fill a void when APBA had some financial difficulty in the late 90’s early 2000’s. It was around that time that I contacted the GameCo about the possibility of seeing some new  or even retro APBA Hockey or Football seasons. The woman who answered the phone was apologetic and said future seasons for hockey were unlikely. APBA also did not produce the 1998 football season, which was finally done by the old APBA Journal. Anyway, I decided that I was going to take things into my own hands, first completing some extra players for the 93-94 NHL set and then working on my first full set with the 1971-72 NHL. 1968 football came out soon after and I never looked back. Essentially, it was like the Chinese proverb “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

brady_example_zarb_card2010 Zarb Football set

Great thing about it was meeting my APBA Brother and best friend Greg Barath as a result of producing 1968 and that was followed by a myriad of other friends and connections. Also, a big shout out to Dave Sayers (DICEDAVE) who was my first customer ever way back when.

 

Jimsapbabarn question #5:  Which APBA games do you currently play, and which is your favorite board game?

Mark Zarb:  I exclusively play the APBA Football Master Game, it is by far, my favorite. Closely followed by Hockey, but I must admit I haven’t played in many years.

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BAT FLIPS at the ‘Barn with Mark Zarb …

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– Your favorite sport(s)/team(s)?

Mark Zarb:  Jets, Alabama, Rangers, Mets, Knicks, SJU Red Storm (Basketball)

zarb_with_oguard_and_penningtonMark with best friend Greg Barath, meeting Chad Pennington

zarb_with_girlfriend_becca_2_in_nashvilleMark with Rebecca at Jets game in Nashville

 

– Your favorite athlete(s) of all-time?

Mark Zarb:  Joe Namath and Mark Messier

 

– Your favorite sports venue?

Mark Zarb:  Shea Stadium for Football.

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– Your favorite movie?

Mark Zarb:  Kelly’s Heroes and Aliens.

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– Your favorite APBA memory?

Mark Zarb:  Playing my 1972 NFL Championship Games and Super Bowl at Greg Barath’s home over Thanksgiving Day weekend a few years back. Had a great time hanging with Greg and his lovely wife Becky…damned we talked a lot of APBA, ate a lot of food and drank a ton of booze!!!!!

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Mark was very gracious in accepting my request for an APBA’view … and very humble in his responses.  The APBA Football community is fortunate to have a guy like Mark Zarb involved in the hobby.  Make sure you check out his replays on the APBA Between the Lines Delphi Forum.  And do not be afraid to ask Mark any questions about the game you might have.  Thanks Mark!

wentfordWentford is Mark’s best friend when the Jets lose …

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TCABT-XI (April 6, 2019): Team Selection …

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TCABT-XI team selection is upon us.  Team selection will begin at noon on Saturday, January 5th, 2019.  Teams will be updated on this blog post, as they are validated.

TCABT-XI Tournament date is:  Saturday, April 6th, 2019.

TCABT-XI: Selected Teams (click on team name for Baseball Reference link) –

  1. 1961 YANKEES (KEVIN CLUFF – APPLE VALLEY, MN)
  2. 2016 RED SOX (FRED JOHNSON – COTTAGE GROVE, MN)
  3. 2018 ASTROS (JOHN KALOUS – BELLEVILLE, IL)
  4. 1957 BRAVES (DAVE NORLANDER – DULUTH, MN)
  5. 2018 YANKEES (TERRY BORTHWICK – CRYSTAL, MN)
  6. 2015 BLUE JAYS (GARY BORTHWICK – CRYSTAL, MN)
  7. 1935 CUBS (BRUCE TYLER – ELK RIVER, MN)
  8. 2006 TWINS (PHIL GERAFFO – SHOREWOOD, MN)
  9. 2001 MARINERS (LEROY ARNOLDI – PRIOR LAKE, MN)
  10. 1948 INDIANS (JIM FRAASCH – SAVAGE, MN)
  11. 1995 REDS (ALEC OTTO – GREEN BAY, WI)
  12. 1978 BREWERS (CRAIG CHRISTIAN – EAU CLAIRE, WI)
  13. 1932 YANKEES (STEVE SOLMONSON – MAPLE GROVE, MN)
  14. 1939 YANKEES (ROBERT ELLEY – LONGVIEW, TX)
  15. 1912 GIANTS (DARRELL SHREVE – ST. PAUL, MN)
  16. 2018 BREWERS (KURT BERGLAND – WAUKESHA, WI)
  17. 2008 RAYS (GARTH ANDERSEN – ANDOVER, MN)
  18. 2018 ATHLETICS (GREGG NELSON – MAPLE GROVE, MN)
  19. 1999 BRAVES (BEN LOFGREN – HAWLEY, MN)
  20. 2000 CARDINALS (PAUL VAN BEEK – WINONA, MN)
  21. 1988 METS (SCOTT EGGE – WOODBURY, MN)
  22. 1972 PIRATES (DARRELL SKOGEN – MAPLE GROVE, MN)
  23. 1931 ATHLETICS (SCOTT ELLINGWORTH – BROOKLYN PARK, MN)
  24. 1995 INDIANS (CHUCK PENTTILA – MONTICELLO, MN)
  25. 1938 YANKEES (JEFF BOEDING – PLATTE CITY, MO)
  26. ?

 

TCABT-XI Tournament date is:  Saturday, April 6th, 2019.

Any MLB team, 1901-2018, minus the following previous TCABT Champions:

1927 Yankees, 1954 Giants, 1902 Pirates, 1937 Yankees, 2011 Rangers, 1930 Cardinals, 1930 Yankees, 1929 Athletics, 2017 Nationals, 1998 Yankees.

Team selection will be open thru Friday, March 15th.

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1941 Boston Red Sox Replay – May Summary …

green_monster_panaramicFenway outfield, panoramic, 1941

My 1941 Boston Red Sox replay:

  • APBA Baseball, Basic Game, latest version of game booklet, released in 2013.
  • Latest 1941 APBA Baseball season card set, which contains all of the players used during the 1941 season issued in 2017.
  • Advanced Basic Rules.  Not using pitching grade advancement.  Using pitching grade reduction (NOTE:  The newer re-issued, re-formulated APBA season sets tend to slightly favor the pitching over the hitting, thus no need to advance the grade of any pitchers who are stringing together scoreless innings)
  • Using APBA Journal Error Distribution card and Unusual Play Distribution card.
  • Using Master Game Rare Play charts when rolling either a “12” or a “65” during the Unusual Play re-roll.
  • Using actual lineups.
  • Attempting to come close as possible to actual number of innings pitched for pitchers and plate appearances for hitters, knowing that they will be + or – a certain amount due to uncontrollable game circumstances.
  • Following actual trades as they occurred during the season.

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The high-lights and low-lights in the month of May …

  • May 1st, the month of May begins with a rain-shortened loss to the Detroit Tigers.
  • After seeing little action in April, Ted Williams begins to make-up for lost time with his first 3-hit performance of the season on May 2nd vs the Indians.
  • After going 0 for 3 the day prior, May 4th Ted Williams gets 3 more hits in an 8-4 win over the Browns.
  • May 7th, Ted Williams now with back-to-back games with 3 hits, in a 7-5 win over the White Sox.
  • May 12th, Ted Williams hits a grandslam vs the Yankees in a 10-2 win.  Williams has 2 homers on the day.
  • May 13th and 14th, Boston pitchers Charlie Wagner and Emerson Dickman pitch complete game 4-hitters, with each game ending up as a 4-1 final.
  • May 18-19-20, the Tigers sweep the Red Sox, ending the Red Sox 6-game win-streak.
  • May 25th, Joe DiMaggio ends an 11-inning game with a solo-homer in the bottom of the 11th, Yankees winning 5-4 over the Red Sox.
  • May 30th, game 2 of a double-header vs the Yankees, light hitting Skeeter Newsome hits the 4th Red Sox grandslam of the replay.  In real-life, the Red Sox hit 9 grandslams in 1941.  The team has walked 194 times in 38 games, leading to several bases-loaded opportunities.
  • Thru the end of May, pitchers Charlie Wagner (7-0) and Mickey Harris (3-0) are a combined 10-0.  All other Boston pitchers are a combined 15-13.

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The Ted Williams “hits for .406” watch:

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The month of May, 1941:

(click on game scores below for either the REPLAY boxscore or the ACTUAL boxscore)

Series #6:  Red Sox @ Tigers, April 29-30, May 1

red_sox_logo  AT  tigers_logo

Game #14-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 4, RED SOX 3 <4-1/2 innings, rain shortened>  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 15, TIGERS 9)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (8-6)  –  Actual (8-6)

rudy_york_record_holderRudy York, maybe one of the more unheralded record holders in MLB for his streaky HR prowess.  In a career where Rudy hit 277 homers, he set a then record for homers hit in one month, 18, in August of 1937 (still stands as the AL record, but broken by Sammy Sosa in the NL).  He set a record for grand slams hit in 1 month, 3, in May of 1938 (which has since been tied 8 times).  He is one of 13 players in MLB history to hit 2 grand slams in 1 game, this occurring with the Red Sox in July of 1946.  In this May 1st replay game vs Boston, Rudy York hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 1st, helping Detroit win a rain-shortened, 4-1/2 inning game, 4-3.

 

Series #7:  Red Sox @ Indians, May 2-3

red_sox_logo  AT  indians_logo

Game #15-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 13, INDIANS 2  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 7, RED SOX 3)

Game #16-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 7, INDIANS 4  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 4, RED SOX 2)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (10-6)  –  Actual (8-8)

batting_average_.406_t_williams_1941_grandeTed Williams collects his 1st 3-hit game of the 1941 season replay, going 3 for 6 with a homer, double and single, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored in the 13-2 trouncing of the Indians.

 

Series #8:  Red Sox @ Browns, May 4

red_sox_logo  AT  browns_logo

Game #17-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 8, BROWNS 4  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 11, BROWNS 4)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (11-6)  –  Actual (9-8)

1941_williams_playballTed Williams bounces back, getting another 3 hit game, going 3 for 4, after an 0 for 3 performance the day before.

 

Series #9:  Red Sox @ White Sox, May 7

red_sox_logo  AT  white_sox_logo

Game #18-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 7, WHITE SOX 5  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 3)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (12-6)  –  Actual (10-8)

williams_and_doerr_1942Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr stay hot at Comiskey Park, with Williams going 3 for 3 and Doerr 1 for 3, in a 7-5 win over the Chisox.

 

Series #10:  Yankees @ Red Sox, May 11-12

yankees_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #19-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 4, RED SOX 1  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 13, YANKEES 5)

Game #20-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 10, YANKEES 2  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 8, YANKEES 4)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (13-7)  –  Actual (12-8)

Ted_Williams_41In game# 20, Ted Williams goes 2 for 4, with 2 homers, one a grandslam, and 6 RBI.

 

Series #11:  White Sox @ Red Sox, May 13-14

white_sox_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #21-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 1  –  (Actual Score:  WHITE SOX 3, RED SOX 2)

Game #22-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 1  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 10, WHITE SOX 7)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (15-7)  –  Actual (13-9)

Charlie Wagner (B) and Emerson Dickman (DYW) each pitch a CG 4-hitter in the Bosox sweep of the light hitting Chicago White Sox.

 

Series #12:  Indians @ Red Sox, May 15-16-17

indians_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #23-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 7, INDIANS 2  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 6, RED SOX 4)

Game #24-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 6, INDIANS 0  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 9, RED SOX 3)

Game #25-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 2, INDIANS 1  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 12, RED SOX 9)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (18-7)  –  Actual (13-12)

Mickey Harris Throwing BaseballMickey Harris (BX), pitches a CG, 6-0 shut-out over Cleveland on May 16.

 

Series #13:  Tigers @ Red Sox, May 18-19-20

tigers_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #26-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 8, RED SOX 3  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 6, RED SOX 5)

Game #27-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 10, RED SOX 4  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 4, RED SOX 2)

Game #28-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 4, RED SOX 2  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 4, TIGERS 2)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (18-10)  –  Actual (14-14)

ted_williams_with_pat_mullinPat Mullin for Detroit had a series to remember, going 4 for 5 in each of the first 2 games, and finishing the series with 9 hits, as the Tigers sweep the red-hot Red Sox.  Meanwhile Ted Williams managed just 2 hits in the series, but is still hitting .433 on the season.

 

Series #14:  Browns @ Red Sox, May 21-22

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Game #29-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 8, BROWNS 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 8, BROWNS 6)

Game #30-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 9, BROWNS 5  –  (Actual Score:  BROWNS 4, RED SOX 1)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (20-10)  –  Actual (15-15)

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With his high-leg-kick, windup, Charlie Wagner (B) is now 6-0 on the season, with a 9-5 win over the Browns on May 22nd.  Wagner gives up 4 late runs, and does not earn the CG.  His ERA after the win is 3.81.

 

Series #15:  Red Sox @ Yankees, May 23-24-25

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(Note:  Game on May 23rd at NY was a rain shortened tie, and will not be replayed.)

Game #31-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 7, RED SOX 3  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 7, RED SOX 6)

Game #32-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 5, RED SOX 4  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 10, YANKEES 3)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (20-12)  –  Actual (16-16)

joe_dimaggio_1941May 25th, Joe DiMaggio hits the decider, breaking a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 11th, as the Yankees defeat the Red Sox 5-4.

 

Series #16:  Athletics @ Red Sox, May 27(2)-28-29

athletics_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #33-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 12, ATHLETICS 0  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 5, ATHLETICS 2)

Game #34-  Replay Score:  ATHLETICS 10, RED SOX 9  –  (Actual Score:  ATHLETICS 11, RED SOX 1)

Game #35-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 11, ATHLETICS 3 –  (Actual Score:  ATHLETICS 8, RED SOX 6)

Game #36-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 3, ATHLETICS 1 –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 6, ATHLETICS 4)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (23-13)  –  Actual (18-18)

The A’s Dick Siebert continues to hit Boston pitching at an alarming rate in the replay, batting .407, going 11 for 27 to date.  His Major League career spanned 1932-1945.  From 1948-1977, Siebert was the head coach for the Minnesota Gophers Baseball program, winning 3 College World Series titles, in 1956, 1960 and 1964.  My uncle, Jack Thornby, played for Siebert in the late 1940’s.

 

Series #17:  Yankees @ Red Sox, May 30 (2)

yankees_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #37-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 5, YANKEES 4  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 4, RED SOX 3)

Game #38-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 9, YANKEES 1  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 13, YANKEES 0)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (25-13)  –  Actual (19-19)

skeeter_newsome_1941Game 2 of the May 30th double-header vs NY, light hitting Skeeter Newsome, hits the 4th Red Sox grandslam of the 1941 season replay.  Skeeter hit 2 homers in real-life during the ’41 campaign.  As a team, the 1941 Red Sox hit 9 grandslams during the 1941 season.

 

RED SOX end of May Season Stats (click on link to read):

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RED SOX month-by-month Blog Summaries (click on links to read past months):

APRIL (W-L):  8-5  (7-6 Actual)

MAY (W-L):  17-8  (12-13 Actual)

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPT/OCT

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1941 Boston Red Sox Replay – April Summary …

1941_red_sox_team_photoWho would have thought, the wiry, young left-fielder, Ted Williams, sitting upper left, just to the left of grizzled vets, Jimmie Foxx and Moe Berg (by then a Red Sox coach in ’41), in his 3rd full season, would hit .406 …

My 1941 Boston Red Sox replay:

  • APBA Baseball, Basic Game, latest version of game booklet, released in 2013.
  • Latest 1941 APBA Baseball season card set, which contains all of the players used during the 1941 season issued in 2017.
  • Advanced Basic Rules.  Not using pitching grade advancement.  Using pitching grade reduction (NOTE:  The newer re-issued, re-formulated APBA season sets tend to slightly favor the pitching over the hitting, thus no need to advance the grade of any pitchers who are stringing together scoreless innings)
  • Using APBA Journal Error Distribution card and Unusual Play Distribution card.
  • Using Master Game Rare Play charts when rolling either a “12” or a “65” during the Unusual Play re-roll.
  • Using actual lineups.
  • Attempting to come close as possible to actual number of innings pitched for pitchers and plate appearances for hitters, knowing that they will be + or – a certain amount due to uncontrollable game circumstances.
  • Following actual trades as they occurred during the season.

 

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The high-lights and low-lights in the month of April …

  • Red Sox open the season at home and win their first 2 games out of the gate, with low-scoring wins (3-2 and 3-1) over the Washington Senators.
  • Red Sox quickly drop back to .500, after losing their first 2 road games, at Philadelphia vs the Athletics.  The A’s win game 1 at Shibe Park, 3-1 and win game 2, 10-3.
  • With 3 games at Griffith Stadium vs the Senators, the Red Sox quickly drop 2 more, by scores of 5-3 and 5-2, before routing Washington in game 3, 16-2, and improving their record to 3-4.  Ted Williams is in the starting lineup for the first time, going 1 for 3, with a HR, a walk and a sac-fly, with 4 RBI.  Williams is currently hitting .500 for the season, in just 6 AB in 7 games.
  • April 23rd, at New York, Jimmie Foxx hits a 9th inning grand slam, as the Red Sox rout the Yankees 11-3.
  • April 25th-26th, Red Sox sweep Athletics and move back above .500, 6-5.
  • April 29th, Ted Williams is back in the lineup, Red Sox win 7-2 over Detroit and Ted Williams goes 1 for 4 in his return.
  • April 30th, a back-and-forth battle, which saw the Red Sox up 6-3, then trail 10-6 after a 6-run Tiger 6th.  A big 7 run 8th propelled Boston to a 13-10 lead, thanks in part to Jimmie Foxx’s 2nd grand slam in a week.  Red Sox hold on to win 13-12.
  • The Red Sox finish April with a 4-game winning streak.

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The Ted Williams “hits for .406” watch:

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The month of April, 1941:

(click on game scores below for either the REPLAY boxscore or the ACTUAL boxscore)

Series #1:  Senators @ Red Sox, April 15-16

senators_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #1-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 3, SENATORS 2  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 7, SENATORS 6)

Game #2-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 3, SENATORS 1  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 8, SENATORS 7)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (2-0)  –  Actual (2-0)

charlie_wagner_1941Charlie Wagner (B), pitches 7 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 run, in the 3-1 win over Washington.

 

Series #2:  Red Sox @ Athletics, April 18-19

red_sox_logo  AT  athletics_logo

Game #3-  Replay Score:  ATHLETICS 3, RED SOX 1  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 3, ATHLETICS 2)

Game #4-  Replay Score:  ATHLETICS 10, RED SOX 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 7, ATHLETICS 2)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (2-2)  –  Actual (4-0)

jack_knott_1941Jack Knott (C) pitches a CG, 4-hitter in game 1 of the 2 game series vs Boston, a 3-1 win for Philadelphia.

 

Series #3:  Red Sox @ Senators, April 20-21-22

red_sox_logo  AT  senators_logo

Game #5-  Replay Score:  SENATORS 5, RED SOX 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 14, SENATORS 8)

Game #6-  Replay Score:  SENATORS 5, RED SOX 2  –  (Actual Score:  SENATORS 6, RED SOX 5)

Game #7-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 16, SENATORS 2  –  (Actual Score:  SENATORS 12, RED SOX 5)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (3-4)  –  Actual (5-2)

ted_williams_photo_card_1941Ted Williams gets his first starting lineup assignment in 1941, in game #7 on the season.  He goes 1 for 3 in 5 PA, with a 3-run homer, his first of the season, in the top of the 8th inning.  The late start for Ted was due to a broken bone in his ankle he suffered during the 2nd week of Spring Training.  After this 1st start, he would sit and/or PH a few more games before getting back to the starting lineup for good on April 29th vs Detroit.

 

Series #4:  Red Sox @ Yankees, April 23-24

red_sox_logo  AT  yankees_logo

Game #8-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 11, YANKEES 3  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 4, RED SOX 2)

Game #9-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 6, RED SOX 5  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 6, RED SOX 3)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (4-5)  –  Actual (5-4)

legends_foxx_2401941 was Jimmie Foxx’s last good season.  His power was down, from 36 homers in 1940 to 19 homers in 1941.  He did manage to bat .300 in 1941.  1942 would be his final season, after a mid-season trade from the Red Sox to the Cubs, as he hit the final 8 homers of his 534 homer career.  In replay game #8, vs the Yankees, Foxx clouts a grand slam in the top of the 9th inning, as the Red Sox rout the Yankees, 11-3.

 

Series #5:  Athletics @ Red Sox, April 25-26

athletics_logo  AT  red_sox_logo

Game #10-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 6, ATHLETICS 5 –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 3, ATHLETICS 1)

Game #11-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 2, ATHLETICS 1 –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 8, ATHLETICS 7)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (6-5)  –  Actual (7-4)

doerr_playball_1941Bobby Doerr blasts a 4th inning homer, his 2nd HR of the 1941 season, in the 2-1 win over Philadelphia on April 26th.

 

Series #6:  Red Sox @ Tigers, April 29-30, May 1

red_sox_logo  AT  tigers_logo

Game #12-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 7, TIGERS 2  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 5, RED SOX 3)

Game #13-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 13, TIGERS 12 –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 12, RED SOX 8)

RED SOX RECORD:  Replay (8-5)  –  Actual (7-6)

jimmie_foxx_batting_practiceJimmie Foxx unloads again in April, hitting his 2nd grand slam of the month and driving in 6 runs, going 3 for 5 with a homer, a triple and a single.

 

RED SOX end of April Season Stats (click on link to read):

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RED SOX month-by-month Blog Summaries (click on links to read past months):

APRIL (W-L):  8-5  (7-6 Actual)

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JULY

AUGUST

SEPT/OCT

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TCABT-X: The Results …

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TCABT-X:  October 6th, 2018

Maple Grove, MN

The first Saturday of October can mean only one thing to 30 APBA enthusiasts gathering in Maple Grove, MN, home of TCABT host, Darrell Skogen.  Another Neil Ess Memorial – Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament championship is on the line.

22 entrants from across the state of Minnesota, made their way to Maple Grove, along with 8 from out-of-state.  Attendees from Florida, Tennessee, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin, joined their APBA brothers from Minnesota to contend for the coveted October TCABT trophy, currently held by last year’s October champion, Alec Otto, of Green Bay, WI.

After the usual announcements, rules Q&A, and group photo, the rolling began shortly before 9am.

base_1In the “Friendly Confines” of the basement, from L to R, Fred Johnson, Phil Geraffo and George Adams facing camera.  Back to camera, Chuck Penttila on left and Craig Christian on right.

 

DIVISION PLAY RESULTS:  Sparky Anderson Division

kevin_dskogenFamiliar foes, Kevin Cluff and Darrell Skogen, once squared off in TCABT-V Championship, now facing each other again in division play.

SPARKY ANDERSON DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1977 PHILLIES (BEN LOFGREN) 7 3 58 46 12
1911 ATHLETICS (DAVE NORLANDER) 6 4 45 30 15
1905 GIANTS (KEVIN CLUFF) 6 4 39 32 7
2006 TWINS (CHUCK PENTTILA) 6 4 39 37 2
1953 DODGERS (FRED JOHNSON) 4 6 33 47 -14
1973 PIRATES (DARRELL SKOGEN) 1 9 26 48 -22
TOTALS 30 30 240 240 0

This was to be Ben Lofgren’s day, in more ways than one.  Ben was celebrating his birthday, and while sporting his Mike Schmidt #20 Phillies jersey, would end winning the division thanks to a walk-off grand-slam by none other than, Mike Schmidt in game #10.  This division was very competitive, with 3 of the 6 teams qualifying for bracket play, and Chuck Penttila’s 2006 Twins losing out on a tie-breaker to make the bracket round.  Dave Norlander’s 1911 A’s find themselves entering bracket play as the #6 seed wild card.  And just behind Dave, Kevin Cluff’s 1905 Giants grab the #7 seed.  3 teams from this strong division qualify for bracket play.  Not so fortunate, with his 2006 Twins going 6-4, but failing to qualify, 1st time entrant, Chuck Penttila, vows to return in the future.  A cocky, yet cool, Fred Johnson, stumbles out of the gate, and his lumbering 1953 Bums finish 4-6, after the ’53 Dodgers had made a semi-final bid in TCABT-IX.  Darrell Skogen and his 1973 Pirates, could not catch a break, or find some hot dice, as they go 1-9, scoring just 26 runs in the 10 games.

base_table“Cellar dwellers” unite!

base_3Fred Johnson’s 1953 Bums facing off with Chuck Penttila’s 2006 Twins.

 

DIVISION PLAY RESULTS:  Dick Howser Division

jeff_cshores_rob_dshrevePictured are 4 of the 6, Dick Howser Division participants:  Clockwise, Jeff Boeding, Rob Skogen, Darrell Shreve and Chris Shores.

DICK HOWSER DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1998 YANKEES (GARY BORTHWICK) 7 3 53 30 23
2004 TWINS (ROB SKOGEN) 6 4 42 45 -3
2016 RED SOX (CHRIS SHORES) 5 5 52 48 4
1938 YANKEES (JEFF BOEDING) 5 5 51 55 -4
1935 CUBS (JIM FRAASCH) 4 6 32 43 -11
1961 YANKEES (DARRELL SHREVE) 3 7 36 45 -9
TOTALS 30 30 266 266 0

4 of the 6 teams finish at .500 or above.  Gary Borthwick, and his 1998 Yankees started out the day, 2-0, with a sweep over Jim’s 1935 Cubs.  The first game went 13 innings after the Cubs’ Phil Cavarretta tied the game in the bottom of the 9th, with 2 outs, hitting a 2 run homer, knotting the game at 3-3, off of Yankee closer, Mariano Rivera.  Gary’s Yankees would prevail, winning the opener, 5-4, a very foretelling game for Gary’s ’98 Yanks.  Rob’s Twins started 2-0, and Chris’ Red Sox started 3-1, but fell back in later series.  Jeff’s ’38 Yankees, expected to be competitive, scored just 5 runs in their first 3 games, and they never fully recovered.  Darrell Shreve’s ’61 Yanks, after starting the day 2-1, lost 6 straight.

main_room_1Gary Borthwick, Chris Shores, facing camera, Jeff Boeding back to camera.

jim_and_robJim on left, Rob Skogen on right.

 

DIVISION PLAY RESULTS:  Tom Kelly Division

terry_eric_2Terry Borthwick on left, Eric Berg on right.

TOM KELLY DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1906 CUBS (ERIC BERG) 7 3 59 27 32
2017 ASTROS (BRUCE TYLER) 6 4 57 54 3
1998 BRAVES (STEVE RYAN) 6 4 50 51 -1
2017 DODGERS (GREGG NELSON) 5 5 66 56 10
2015 BLUE JAYS (TERRY BORTHWICK) 4 6 48 57 -9
1995 INDIANS (SCOTT ELLINGWORTH) 2 8 33 68 -35
TOTALS 30 30 313 313 0

It was great to have Eric Berg back for a TCABT event (he was last at TCABT-V).  Eric, from Illinois, was one of our 8 out-of-state attendees.  Arriving with his 1906 Cubs, he did not waste any time in establishing his Cubs as the early division favorite, after splitting his opening series to Bruce Tyler’s 2017 Astros, he would win his next 5 games.  His Cubs would end up as the #1 seed for bracket play.  Meanwhile, Bruce’s Astros and Steve Ryan’s ’98 Braves kept the division close, finishing with 6-4 records.  And Gregg Nelson’s 2017 Dodgers went on to score the most runs of any team in division play, 66.  Terry Borthwick and her 2015 Blue Jays struggled to a 4-6 records, after placing as runner-up in TCABT-VIII, with that same Jays club.  Scott Ellingworth and his powerful 1995 Indians were stuck in a tough division, and would manage just 2 wins on the day.

steve_scottWith back to camera, Steve Ryan, and Scott Ellingworth.

gregg_bruceGregg Nelson on left, Bruce Tyler on right.

steveSteve Ryan of Tennessee, with the look of a man who just lost out on a tie-breaker to make bracket play.

 

DIVISION PLAY RESULTS:  Tony LaRussa Division

pennant_porch_1Rolling in the “Pennant Porch”, the Tony LaRussa Division, in the background, Garth Anderson and Leroy Arnoldi.  In the foreground, clockwise, Paul Van Beek, Beau Lofgren, Alec Otto and Chris Kaufman.

TONY LARUSSA DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
2000 GIANTS (BEAU LOFGREN) 6 4 56 43 13
1931 ATHLETICS (LEROY ARNOLDI) 6 4 41 37 4
1965 TWINS (GARTH ANDERSEN) 5 5 43 39 4
2017 INDIANS (ALEC OTTO) 5 5 46 45 1
1970 TWINS (CHRIS KAUFMAN) 4 6 34 43 -9
1939 YANKEES (PAUL VAN BEEK) 4 6 52 65 -13
TOTALS 30 30 272 272 0

A very tight division, with only 2 games separating 1st from 6th.  Beau’s 2000 Giants surprised the field, the first time this team has been entered in TCABT competition.  Beau won the head-to-head tie-breaker vs Leroy’s 1931 A’s.  Beau started out the morning with a 2-1 loss to Chris’ 1970 Twins.  After climbing back out, with 2 wins over the 1931 A’s, Beau found his 2000 Giants back at 3-3 after 2 losses to the 1965 Twins.  But after winning 3 of his final 4 games, Beau was back on top of the division.  Leroy would earn the #8 seed to enter bracket play as a wild card.  Garth and his 1965 Twins might have been the surprise team of the day, where at one point they were 5-2, and looking to be on their way to a division title or wild card berth.  Unfortunately for them, in their way was Chris Kaufman and his 1970 Twins, who swept the ’65 club in the last series of the day, dropping them to a 5-5 record.  Alec Otto and his 2017 Tribe, could not find the magic he had with the 1929 A’s last October, as they also finished 5-5.  Paul Van Beek, who previously had a semi-final berth with his 1939 Yankees, instead finds himself in the basement of the tight division race.

beau_leroy_2Top of the division going at it, Beau’s 2000 Giants and Leroy’s 1931 A’s.

porch_ck_leroyChris Kaufman’s 1970 Twins battle Leroy Arnoldi’s 1931 Athletics.

porch_garth_beauGarth Anderson with the 1965 Twins, smiling with 2 wins over the eventual division winner, Beau Lofgren and his 2000 Giants.

 

DIVISION PLAY RESULTS:  Jim Leyland Division

gordon_daveGordon Rodell on left, Dave Druk on right.

JIM LEYLAND DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1975 REDS (PHIL GERAFFO) 6 4 44 44 0
2017 YANKEES (DAVE DRUK) 6 4 30 27 3
2003 MARLINS (CRAIG CHRISTIAN) 6 4 31 32 -1
1964 YANKEES (MARTY LEE) 5 5 36 34 2
1973 BRAVES (GEORGE ADAMS) 4 6 42 43 -1
2002 DBACKS (GORDON RODELL) 3 7 40 43 -3
TOTALS 30 30 223 223 0

Three teams tied at the top with 6-4 records.  With head-to-head as the first tie-breaker for division ties, Phil Geraffo and his 1975 Reds found themselves on top, owning a 3-1 record vs the other 2 teams tied at 6-4.  Phil had the Reds off to a 5-1 start, looking like a sure division win, before he lost 3 of his last 4 games.  Dave Druk and his 2017 Yankees, along with Craig Christian and his 2003 Marlins, finish 2nd and 3rd in the division, just missing out on the run-differential tie-breaker with 9 other teams who went 6-4 for a wild-card berth.  Rounding out the division were Marty Lee and his 1964 Yankees, 5-5, followed by George Adams, 1973 Braves (a surprise semi-final team in TCABT-IX), 4-6, and Gordon Rodell and his 2002 DBacks, 3-7.

marty_philMarty Lee vs Phil Geraffo (back to camera).

craig_georgeGeorge Adams vs Craig Christian (back to camera).

 

BRACKET-PLAY:  Quarter-finals

Each series goes the full 3 games!

ben_vs_dave_beau_vs_phil_quartersQuarter-final action with Ben Lofgren (1977 Phillies) vs Dave Norlander (1911 A’s) and in background, Beau Lofgren (2000 Giants) vs Phil Geraffo (1975 Reds).

Seed TCABT-X   QUARTER-FINALS G1 G2 G3 SERIES
1 1906 CUBS (ERIC BERG) 1 7 13 2
8 1931 ATHLETICS (LEROY ARNOLDI) 6 2 0 1
2 1998 YANKEES (GARY BORTHWICK) 4 3 7 2
7 1905 GIANTS (KEVIN CLUFF) 3 4 4 1
3 1977 PHILLIES (BEN LOFGREN) 3 8 3 1
6 1911 ATHLETICS (DAVE NORLANDER) 4 3 4 2
4 2000 GIANTS (BEAU LOFGREN) 5 3 1 1
5 1975 REDS (PHIL GERAFFO) 1 5 4 2

phil_ben_dave_quartersBest jersey worn award, has to go to Ben Lofgren and his Mike Schmidt jersey.

ben_and_beau_in_quartersFacing camera, brothers Ben and Beau Lofgren, competing vs their opponents in Quarter-final action.

eric_vs_leroy_quartersEric Berg’s 1906 Cubs vs Leroy Arnoldi’s 1931 A’s in Quarter-final action.

kevin_vs_gary_quartersKevin Cluff (1905 Giants) vs Gary Borthwick (1998 Yankees) in Quarter-final action.

 

BRACKET-PLAY:  Semi-finals

Seed TCABT-X   SEMI-FINALS G1 G2 G3 SERIES
1 1906 CUBS (ERIC BERG) 6 4 2 1
6 1911 ATHLETICS (DAVE NORLANDER) 7 1 6 2
2 1998 YANKEES (GARY BORTHWICK) 6 7 2
5 1975 REDS (PHIL GERAFFO) 2 0 0

eric_vs_dave_3_semiDave Norlander (1911 A’s) vs Eric Berg (1906 Cubs) in Semi-final action.

With the series tied at 1-1, Dave’s 1911 A’s pull away with a 6-2 win in game 3 to advance to the TCABT-X Championship.

phil_vs_gary_semiPhil Geraffo (1975 Reds) vs Gary Borthwick (1998 Yankees) in Semi-final action.

The first sweep in bracket-play, as Gary’s 1998 Yankees trip up Phil’s Big Red Machine, 6-2 and 7-0.

 

TCABT-X Championship:

Seed TCABT-X   CHAMPIONSHIP G1 G2 G3 SERIES
2 1998 YANKEES (GARY BORTHWICK) 5 2 4 2
6 1911 ATHLETICS (DAVE NORLANDER) 2 3 3 1

dave_vs_gary_championshipThe Championship series, Dave Norlander (1911 A’s) vs Gary Borthwick (1998 Yankees) as Gary’s wife Terry looks on.

This is Gary’s first time making the championship series, and Dave is making a return trip to the championship, after taking his 1938 Yankees to the brink in TCABT-IX.  With the series tied at 1-1, it was beginning to look like Dave would capture the elusive TCABT Championship, as the A’s held onto a slim 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th.  The move of the tournament, would have to be Gary sending pinch-hitter, Homer Bush (a .380 hitter in 1998) to the plate with 1 runner on.  Homer lived up to his name, pulling one down the LF foul-line, staying fair, and over the fence by inches, as seen by this bystander.  Congrats to Gary for an incredible run with his 1998 Yankees.  Gary stuck with this bunch after they had gone 5-4 in TCABT-IX, missing out on bracket play.  Gary obviously saw enough talent in this club, to bring them back for another run, as they did not disappoint.

gary_with_terry_2The Borthwicks, wife Terry with husband Gary, and the October Championship trophy.

The 1998 Yankees division results:

G1:  ’98 YANKEES 5, ’35 CUBS 4.

G2:  ’98 YANKEES 4, ’35 CUBS 0.

G3:  ’61 YANKEES 4, ’98 YANKEES 1.

G4:  ’98 YANKEES 8, ’61 YANKEES 3.

G5:  ’98 YANKEES 6, 2016 RED SOX 2.

G6:  ’98 YANKEES 4, 2016 RED SOX 2.

G7:  ’98 YANKEES 14, ’38 YANKEES 3.

G8:  ’38 YANKEES 4, ’98 YANKEES 3.

G9:  ’98 YANKEES 5, 2004 TWINS 3.

G10:  2004 TWINS 5, ’98 YANKEES 3.

DIVISION RECORD:  7W – 3L  |  53 R, 30 RA

dave_jim_garyDave (runner-up), Jim and Gary (TCABT-X Champion).

It all happens again, next April:

TCABT-XI

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Thanks to APBA for making this hobby possible!

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TCABT-X: The Divisions

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30 teams are in play for the TCABT-X Championship this October 6th, 2018.

Darrell Skogen, Leroy Arnoldi, Kevin Cluff and myself met up at Tiffany’s Sports Lounge in St. Paul, and over lunch and some beverages, as the main reason for our meeting finally played out, the random division draw for TCABT-X.

We have 5 divisions, with 6 teams in each division.  Each team will play a 10-game schedule, that is 2 games vs each team in their own division.

5 division winners and 3 wild-cards will then advance to our best-of-three bracket quarter-finals.

Here are the divisions, named after 5 managers who wore #10 for at least part of their careers:

SPARKY ANDERSON DIVISION

1911 PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS – DAVE NORLANDER

1905 NEW YORK GIANTS – KEVIN CLUFF

1977 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES – BEN LOFGREN

1953 BROOKLYN DODGERS – FRED JOHNSON

2006 MINNESOTA TWINS – CHUCK PENTTILA

1973 PITTSBURGH PIRATES – DARRELL SKOGEN

 

DICK HOWSER DIVISION

1961 NEW YORK YANKEES – DARRELL SHREVE

1998 NEW YORK YANKEES – GARY BORTHWICK

1938 NEW YORK YANKEES – JEFF BOEDING

2004 MINNESOTA TWINS – ROB SKOGEN

1935 CHICAGO CUBS – JIM FRAASCH

2016 BOSTON RED SOX – CHRIS SHORES

 

TOM KELLY DIVISION

1998 ATLANTA BRAVES – STEVE RYAN

2017 HOUSTON ASTROS – BRUCE TYLER

2017 LOS ANGELES DODGERS – GREGG NELSON

1995 CLEVELAND INDIANS – SCOTT ELLINGWORTH

1906 CHICAGO CUBS – ERIC BERG

2015 TORONTO BLUE JAYS – TERRY BORTHWICK

 

TONY LARUSSA DIVISION

2000 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS – BEAU LOFGREN

1931 PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS – LEROY ARNOLDI

1965 MINNESOTA TWINS – GARTH ANDERSEN

2017 CLEVELAND INDIANS – ALEC OTTO

1939 NEW YORK YANKEES – PAUL VAN BEEK

1970 MINNESOTA TWINS – CHRIS KAUFMAN

 

JIM LEYLAND DIVISION

2003 FLORIDA MARLINS – CRAIG CHRISTIAN

1973 ATLANTA BRAVES – GEORGE ADAMS

1975 CINCINNATI REDS – PHIL GERAFFO

2002 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS – GORDON RODELL

1964 NEW YORK YANKEES – MARTY LEE

2017 NEW YORK YANKEES – DAVE DRUK

 

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

8:30am

Bob-Gibson

 

 

 

TCABT-X: Team Selection begins July 7!

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TCABT-X team selection is upon us.  Team selection will begin at noon on Saturday, July 7th, 2018.  Teams will be updated on this blog post, as they are validated.

TCABT-X Tournament date is:  Saturday, October 6th, 2018.

TCABT-X: Selected Teams –

1. 1953 DODGERS (FRED JOHNSON, COTTAGE GROVE,MN) 
2. 1911 ATHLETICS (DAVE NORLANDER, DULUTH, MN) 
3. 2017 INDIANS (ALEC OTTO, GREEN BAY, WI) 
4. 2017 DODGERS (GREGG NELSON, MAPLE GROVE, MN) 
5. 2015 BLUE JAYS (TERRY BORTHWICK, CRYSTAL, MN) 
6. 1961 YANKEES (DARRELL SHREVE, ST. PAUL, MN) 
7. 2017 ASTROS (BRUCE TYLER, ELK RIVER, MN) 
8. 1998 YANKEES (GARY BORTHWICK, CRYSTAL, MN) 
9. 1965 TWINS (GARTH ANDERSEN, ANDOVER, MN) 
10. 1975 REDS (PHIL GERAFFO, MINNETONKA, MN) 
11. 1931 ATHLETICS (LEROY ARNOLDI, PRIOR LAKE, MN) 
12. 1973 PIRATES (DARRELL SKOGEN, MAPLE GROVE, MN) 
13. 1977 PHILLIES (BEN LOFGREN, HAWLEY, MN) 
14. 2003 MARLINS (CRAIG CHRISTIAN, EAU CLAIRE, WI) 
15. 2017 YANKEES (DAVE DRUK, BLAINE, MN) 
16. 2016 RED SOX (CHRIS SHORES, MINNEAPOLIS, MN) 
17. 1905 GIANTS (KEVIN CLUFF, APPLE VALLEY, MN) 
18. 1970 TWINS (CHRIS KAUFMAN, MANKATO, MN) 
19. 2002 DIAMONDBACKS (GORDON RODELL, FT. MYERS, FL) 
20. 1906 CUBS (ERIC BERG, JACKSONVILLE, IL) 
21. 2004 TWINS (ROB SKOGEN, FOREST LAKE, MN) 
22. 1964 YANKEES (MARTY LEE, LENEXA, KS)
23. 1935 CUBS (JIM FRAASCH, SAVAGE, MN) 
24. 1938 YANKEES (JEFF BOEDING, PLATTE CITY, MO)
25. 1998 BRAVES (STEVE RYAN, HARRISON, TN)
26. 1973 BRAVES (GEORGE ADAMS, LIBERTY, MO)
27. 1995 INDIANS (SCOTT ELLINGWORTH, BROOKLYN PARK, MN)
28. 2006 TWINS (CHUCK PENTTILA, MONTICELLO, MN)
29. 2000 GIANTS (BEAU LOFGREN, HAWLEY, MN)
30. 1939 YANKEES (PAUL VAN BEEK, WINONA, MN)

 

TCABT-X Tournament date is:  Saturday, October 6th, 2018.

List your top 3 to 5 team picks.

Any MLB team, 1901-2017, minus the following previous TCABT Champions:

1927 Yankees, 1954 Giants, 1902 Pirates, 1937 Yankees, 2011 Rangers, 1930 Cardinals, 1930 Yankees, 1929 Athletics, 2017 Nationals.

Emails are handled on a first come, first serve basis.  But no email prior to noon (CST) on Saturday July 7th will be acknowledged.

Team selection will be open thru Friday, September 14th.