APBA’view: Richard Hormel

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“THE SHED OF DREAMS”

If you are an APBA fan, or a fan of any board gaming brand, what you are about to read about is a guy with a shed in Nebraska, a shed which would rival any sport’s “Field of Dreams” venue.

I am speaking of Richard Hormel.  Richard is the guy who collects everything we would like to collect and keep in storage, only he has actually done it.  We are not talking about a small room in the basement (which holds my collection).  We are talking about a shed which is 60 ft by 90 ft, and according to Richard, the previous owner used the shed for detailing tractor trailer trucks.

Onto the interview with Richard Hormel …

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

Richard Hormel:  I was born in New York City but grew up in the small town of Weston, Connecticut.  A great place to grow up…  I don’t know if it was a great place to live as an adult!  My parents were both self employed artists.  My Mom a painter and illustrator of some reknown and my Dad more of a designer type.  I have two younger brothers.

We were all sports nuts.  My Mom was the athlete in the family- used to pitch batting practice and hit fungos to us.  My Dad was a baseball fan, however, and growing up I went to a lot of Mets games (I was a Yankee fan but Shea Stadium was easier to drive to from Connecticut).  My Dad was good about making sure we saw Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Hank Aaron play.  A lot of double headers too back in those days.

My Dad, begrudgingly, got involved with the local Little League and wound up running it for years. One nice by-product of this was that we would have various Yankee players come to our Awards presentation at the end of the year.  I remember meeting Gene Michael (who was great), Fritz Peterson (also very nice), Ron Swoboda (a bit of a jerk) and Roy White (who was also great- we still have a half finished bottle of Pepsi that my Mom saved from his visit).  I had them all sign their APBA cards.  Gene Michael was very interested to know what all the symbols meant.  He laughed when I told him he was ‘fast’.  And he told me ‘this is the game that Peterson and Kekich play in the back of the plane’- I’m guessing it wasn’t the only game Peterson and Kekich were playing!

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I played a lot of baseball, basketball and soccer through high school.  My brothers also played every sport imaginable and also played a lot of APBA.

 

Jimsapbabarn question #2:  What do you do for a living?

Richard Hormel:  I’m an attorney.  After graduating from Fordham College (and proud to be associated with the same school at Frankie Frisch and Vince Lombardi), I went to a little law school in St. Petersburg, Florida, Stetson College of Law.

Stetson was ‘home’ to quite a few Tampa Bay Bucs who went to school during the off season.  I was good friends with J. K. McKay (another great guy).  His younger brother Rich- who I think is still the President of the Atlanta Falcons- was a year behind us (we thought of his as a goofy younger brother).  Also in my class was Larry Smith (the old Rams running back) and Mike Boryla (who was traded to the Bucs and was a complete wash out for them).

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Since graduating, I have worked for the same firm my whole career- starting in our West Palm Brach, Florida office, moving to Boston for a couple of years, and coming out to Los Angeles in 1986.  I represent employers and insurance companies in workers’ compensation matters.  A very dry area of the law.  What makes it a bit more fun is that we present several movie and TV studios and represent the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.  Through a technicality in the law, many NBA and NHL players have filed workers’ compensation claims in California.  The attorney for most of the athletes was Ron Mix, the old San Diego Charger- a very impressive guy well into his 70’s although he has had some tough recent issues.  But I’ve met players such as Earl Monroe and Cazzie Russell which has been a great benefit to the job!

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

Richard Hormel:  I grew up playing Challenge the Yankees and Cadaco All Star Baseball.  My Uncle, Dick Miller, lived in San Francisco and although I hadn’t met him at the time, knew I was a big baseball fan.  He was an original 1950 game owner (Scott Lehotski found in one of Dick Seitz’s logs that my Uncle was the 66th person to order from the company) and ordered and had sent to me the 1966 edition baseball game.

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I actually remember like it was yesterday, coming home and seeing the big box there.  I was amazed that EVERY player was carded (unlike Challenge the Yankees and Cadaco).  And I was immediately hooked!  I think the first year, I played an 18 game season for all the teams and grew from there to 54 game seasons and one 72 game season.  This last all through high school until I went away for college.

I bought the Football game soon thereafter.  And, of course, Basketball, Golf, Saddle Racing and everything else APBA printed.

In High School, friends and I had a Baseball and Football league.  Our first year, we hadn’t thought out ‘usage’ limits- I remember both Jim Brewer and Steve Mingori (who were both A&C’s) probably pitched 400 innings apiece.

I’m sure my parents thought I was nuts- I’d be locked away in my room rolling dice every night- but I have always been very fortunate to have ‘tolerant’ people in my life!

 

Jimsapbabarn question #4:  I thought you had written for the APBA Journal at one time, can you tell us more about that?

Richard Hormel:  Actually, I never wrote for the AJ.  Did have an article or two printed in both the AJ and the APBA Innings.  In fact, I have always felt guilty about not being more a part of the APBA community.  I have really contributed very little.

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One of Richard’s letters/articles appears in the August, 2000 (Issue #5) of the APBA Journal.

And the community is great.  I did attend the 2nd APBA Convention in New York in 1975 (I believe that’s right).  I was amazed by the turnout!  Met Ben Weiser, Connie Horn and a lot of other ‘legends’ all of whom were great.

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I haven’t been to any of the ‘recent’ conventions although I hope to sometime soon.  But I have been very lucky here in Los Angeles to live near Hall of Famer Jim Sce who has organized several luncheons.  If you haven’t met him, Jim is terrific with a great sense of humor.  Through Jim, I have met other ‘legends’ such as Roy Langhans (reading the Game of the Day on BTL is always a part of my day); Michael ‘Pengy’ Davidson; and Mark Rukhaus (I was expecting a ‘nut’ due to some of his postings but another great and thoughtful guy!).  Everyone I have met through APBA couldn’t be nicer- it is great to be part of such a wonderful ‘community’.  And there are some very interesting people playing APBA- one of the luncheons attendees is the noted author Harry Turtledove.

 

Jimsapbabarn question #5:  How much APBA do you play today, and do you play only solo and/or face-to-face?

Richard Hormel:  The quick answer is that I don’t play as much as I wish.  And I primarily play solo- cards and dice.

What I do do, however, is go through various seasons fairly regularly.  I’ve got an extensive collection of old who’s who, Baseball Registers and Guides and magazines such as Street & Smith.  I’ll go through old issues but almost as much fun is pulling out an old season and going through it.  It is great remembering all the old names and player tendencies.  And like a lot of APBA players, it is rather amazing but I can recall lineups and rosters for all the teams in the 50’s and 60’s but couldn’t come close to doing the same for today’s teams.

 

Jimsapbabarn question #6:  Describe your APBA collection/storage and “museum”.

Richard Hormel:  Here’s where I get in trouble.  I do have a great collection.  I inherited my Uncle’s old sets (obviously the most valuable being the original 1950 season, which he took to Korea with him but is still very close to ‘mint’ condition) and I more than filled in the gaps.  I believe I have a copy of every card APBA has ever published (many in quantity).  I continue to buy things I don’t need- I just still get a thrill each time a box is delivered- takes me right back to my childhood.

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Living in Los Angeles did not afford me the space to really store things properly.  I had games and cards stuffed everywhere.  I got married late- at 52- and, again, I am fortunate my wife is very tolerant.  But I know she couldn’t have been happy about sets being stored in the bedroom!

My wife (Lisa) is from Lincoln, Nebraska and has always wanted to move back there.  So several years ago we bought a place in Lincoln, with the idea that we would eventually retire there.  My wife’s parents became ill and we have been spending more time there now than originally envisioned.

But the big selling point to me was this big metal barn- a Morton Building’ on the property.  The previous owner had used the building to wash and detail semi tractor trailers so this thing is a good size.  When I first visited the property I was immediately sold- what a great place to spread out and store my APBA collection!

So that’s what I’ve done.  I have all the card sets store in either APBA file boxes or boxes (the ‘Super Vault’) that I’ve ordered from Baseball Card World (they are terrific if you haven’t seen or used them).

In addition to the cards and games, I have such stuff as the ‘Seitz Archives’ sold in an auction by Scott Lehotsky years ago.  In it is Seitz’s old notebooks with games he played over the years.  I also bought an APBA banner sold to me by John Herson several years ago and a few things from Veryl Lincoln’s collection.  I’m still working on getting everything organized but, for me, that is a big part of the fun.

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Of course, we are talking Nebraska and the Morton Building is not heated or air conditioned so it is like an ice box in the winter and very hot and humid in the summer.  The humidity has been a big concern of mine- besides the APBA stuff I have tons of old sports books and magazines.  So I have several de-humidifiers working overtime in the Building.

I also commandeered a guest room in the house for the ‘more important’ parts of my collection.  That room has quickly filled up and the wife is not allowed in (I think my tolerant wife would have a heart attack if she saw what all was in there).  The guest room is in the basement- also hopefully safe from tornadoes!

At the moment, we are renovating and insulating the garage which will, hopefully house my books.

But it is very nice to have so much space- even if it is in Nebraska!  And if any APBA types happen to be traveling through Nebraska, get in touch with me.  We have plenty of room.  I’d love to show-off my collection and roll a few games.

And if you have any choice, come through Nebraska in the fall.  Hopefully, the Huskers will be home and there is nothing like going to a Nebraska home football game!  And there are very few tornadoes in the fall!

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Jimsapbabarn question #7:  What would you like to see current APBA CEO, John Herson, create for APBA?

Richard Hormel:  First of all, I think John is great!  I don’t know what it is about APBA that causes all of us to become little kids- the cards are later, there are some mistakes and everyone goes crazy.  But I think it is amazing the quantity and quality of the stuff he has been churning out!

Like I hope many, I would love to see some old Football seasons produced- anything from the 1960’s would be great!

I know it is a pipe dream but I would live to see Saddle Racing, Bowling, Boxing and dare I say Basketball get a new life.  But I think we are very fortunate to have John running the show.

 

A quick AROUND THE HORN with Richard Hormel …

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Your favorite sports team?

Richard Hormel:  Easy.  The New York Yankees!

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Your favorite ballpark?

Richard Hormel:  I’ve been very lucky to have gone to quite a few.  Fenway and Wrigley are great but, again, not very objective but there was nothing like the old Yankee Stadium.

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Your favorite restaurant in Lincoln, NE?

Richard Hormel:  This is a bit of a sensitive subject.  I am in no means a ‘foody’ but one of the biggest contrasts between living in Los Angeles and Lincoln is the selection of cuisines and number of great restaurants.  I am always searching for places in Lincoln and what kind of sums things up was a there was a top ten list on-line of the best restaurants in Lincoln…  number 6 was Chili’s!  But there are some great steakhouses.  If I had to pick one in Lincoln I would say ‘Misty’s’- where on the Friday before games, the Nebraska Marching Band would hold pep rallies!

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Your favorite sports movie?

Richard Hormel:  Field of Dreams is hard to top!

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Your favorite athlete (current or past)?

Richard Hormel:  Again, as a Yankee fan, there has been a whole parade.  Lately it has been Derek Jeter while Larry Bird is my favorite basketball player.

 

Richard, I appreciate you taking the time for this APBA Interview.  I hope to make another trip to Lincoln, NE, one day, to meet up and have a chance to visit.  I’m already dreaming up a regional tournament event hosted at your shed … LOL!  I often hear from others who have met you before, and they all say the same thing, what a terrific and humble person you are.  Thanks for taking us inside the “shed”!

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TCABT-VIII: The Results …

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October 7th, 2017 … the turn-out for TCABT-VIII matched our previous high of 30 entrants (TCABT-V), and the picture includes about 27.5 entrants, as 2.5 entrants were cutoff on the right side … at least we got the better half of Leroy Arnoldi.

Another great day at the estate of Darrell Skogen.  It goes without saying, the success of the TCABT has much to do with the fact that Darrell has opened his home for all 8 events, as the gracious host.

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(TCABT 1st-timer Dave Druk on left taking on host Darrell Skogen on right)

Some numbers:

  • 30 entrants
  • 7 first-timers
  • 5 divisions
  • 10 division games
  • 8 ‘th TCABT event
  • 8 bracket teams
  • 8 teams who went a tourney best, 7-3
  • 8 the retired uniform number of the players we named our divisions after
  • 169 total games rolled
  • 1 new champion and runner-up

Besides the few early morning arrivals, managers began showing up in force by around 8am.  Just past 8:30am, the pre-tourney announcements including introducing the 7 first-timers:  Alec Otto, Steve Solmonson, Darrell Shreve, Gordon Rodell, Chris Kaufman, Dave Druk and Terry Borthwick.  Not only is Terry Borthwick one of our first-timers, she happens to be our first female entrant … she maximized her day rolling 18 games as she advanced all the way to the championship series with the 2015 Blue Jays.

By 8:45am, the dice began to roll.

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(We added a tourney tshirt for TCABT-VIII, utilizing

the old original APBA box artwork)

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(Division play, clockwise starting with Ben Lofgren standing, Scott Egge, Marty Lee, Rob Skogen and Dave Druk)

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(Phil Geraffo on left, Bruce Tyler on right)

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(Ron Emch on left, John “The Cooler” Kalous on right)

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(Clockwise from left:  Cleon Pavlicek, Steve Ryan, Dave Norlander, Gordon Rodell)

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(Clockwise from left:  Garth Andersen, Craig Christian, Alec Otto, Fred Johnson)

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(Beau Lofgren on left, vs 1st-timer, Steve Solmonson on right)

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(1st-timer Terry Borthwick on left, vs 2-time Champ Kevin Cluff on right)

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(Foreground: Dan Skillings, John Kalous.  Background:  Ron Emch, Garth Anderson, Alec Otto and Fred Johnson)

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(Clockwise from left, 1st-timer Chris Kaufman, Craig Christian, John Kalous, Dan Skillings)

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(Jim on left, Kevin Cluff on right)

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(Beau Lofgren on left, vs Phil Geraffo on right)

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(Joe Pavlicek on left, vs Scott Egge on right)

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(1st-timer Darrell Shreve on left, Dan Skillings standing and Jim on right)

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(2-time champ, Leroy Arnoldi on left, vs Darrell Shreve on right)

TCABT-VIII DIVISION RESULTS:

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Saturday, October 7th, 2017
YOGI BERRA DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1930 GIANTS (DAN SKILLINGS) 7 3 52 37 15
2011 PHILLIES (CLEON PAVLICEK) 7 3 43 33 10
1929 CUBS (DAVE NORLANDER) 6 4 54 42 12
1975 REDS (CHRIS KAUFMAN) 4 6 40 38 2
2008 RAYS (GORDON RODELL) 3 7 39 43 -4
1998 BRAVES (STEVE RYAN) 3 7 24 59 -35
TOTALS 30 30 252 252 0
JOE MORGAN DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1948 INDIANS (ROB SKOGEN) 7 3 54 33 21
1985 CARDINALS (DAVE DRUK) 6 4 54 45 9
1976 ROYALS (JOE PAVLICEK) 6 4 43 36 7
2012 NATIONALS (DARRELL SKOGEN) 4 6 48 58 -10
2016 CUBS (MARTY LEE) 4 6 35 47 -12
1981 ATHLETICS (SCOTT EGGE) 3 7 42 57 -15
TOTALS 30 30 276 276 0
CAL RIPKEN JR. DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
2015 BLUE JAYS (TERRY BORTHWICK) 7 3 41 32 9
1953 DODGERS (JIM FRAASCH) 6 4 73 43 30
1969 ORIOLES (KEVIN CLUFF) 6 4 34 25 9
1912 GIANTS (DARRELL SHREVE) 4 6 42 48 -6
1977 PHILLIES (LEROY ARNOLDI) 4 6 31 39 -8
1922 YANKEES (GARY BORTHWICK) 3 7 36 70 -34
TOTALS 30 30 257 257 0
WILLIE STARGELL DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1929 ATHLETICS (ALEC OTTO) 7 3 46 22 24
1961 TIGERS (RON EMCH) 7 3 60 47 13
1987 TIGERS (FRED JOHNSON) 6 4 63 56 7
1998 ASTROS (CRAIG CHRISTIAN) 5 5 47 40 7
2015 ASTROS (JOHN KALOUS) 3 7 30 56 -26
1988 EXPOS (GARTH ANDERSEN) 2 8 32 57 -25
TOTALS 30 30 278 278 0
CARL YASTRZEMSKI DIVISION W L R OR RDIFF
1990 ATHLETICS (BEAU LOFGREN) 7 3 49 27 22
1939 YANKEES (STEVE SOLMONSON) 7 3 50 50 0
1909 PIRATES (BEN LOFGREN) 5 5 37 28 9
1928 YANKEES (BRUCE TYLER) 5 5 44 37 7
1916 RED SOX (CHRIS SHORES) 3 7 25 40 -15
1931 ATHLETICS (PHIL GERAFFO) 3 7 26 49 -23
TOTALS 30 30 231 231 0

Division play finished up around 3pm.

After each manager rolled 5 straight 2-game series, a much needed 30-45 minute break, followed by the Play-Off Bracket announcement, which Ron Emch does a great job recording each time he attends our tournament.  The link to his video is below:

 

Following the seeding announcements … the best-of-3, Bracket-Play Offs, began around 4pm.

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(Foreground, Ron Emch on left, Rob Skogen on right.  Background, Steve Solmonson on left, Alec Otto on right … Quarter-Final action)

 

Seed TCABT-VIII   QUARTER-FINALS G1 G2 G3 SERIES
1 1929 ATHLETICS (ALEC OTTO) 4 3 4 2
8 1939 YANKEES (STEVE SOLMONSON) 7 0 3 1
2 1990 ATHLETICS (BEAU LOFGREN) 6 5 2
7 2011 PHILLIES (CLEON PAVLICEK) 3 3 0
3 1948 INDIANS (ROB SKOGEN) 7 10 3 1
6 1961 TIGERS (RON EMCH) 4 12 7 2
4 1930 GIANTS (DAN SKILLINGS) 2 3 0 1
5 2015 BLUE JAYS (TERRY BORTHWICK) 3 2 7 2
Seed TCABT-VIII   SEMI-FINALS G1 G2 G3 SERIES
1 1929 ATHLETICS (ALEC OTTO) 3 2 4 2
6 1961 TIGERS (RON EMCH) 1 5 3 1
2 1990 ATHLETICS (BEAU LOFGREN) 0 7 3 1
5 2015 BLUE JAYS (TERRY BORTHWICK) 3 2 4 2
Seed TCABT-VIII   CHAMPIONSHIP G1 G2 G3 SERIES
1 1929 ATHLETICS (ALEC OTTO) 5 7 2
5 2015 BLUE JAYS (TERRY BORTHWICK) 3 6 0

What a day it was for the 2 finalists, Alec Otto and Terry Borthwick, each playing in their first TCABT event.  Alec earns the TCABT-VIII Championship, going 13-5, including a sweep in the championship series over Terry ‘s thundering 2015 Blue Jays.  This after needing 3 games to eliminate the 1939 Yankees (Steve Solmonson, another 1st-timer) in the Quarter-Finals and 3 games to eliminate the 1961 Tigers (Ron Emch) in the Semi-Finals.

(Note Alec below battling Ron’s ’61 Tigers in the Semi-Finals, as he utilizes his own custom made dice tower made of legos)

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Terry Borthwick, our first female entrant, guided her 2015 Blue Jays to an overall 11-7 record, after going 7-3 to win the Cal Ripken Jr. Division.  Terry also found the path to the Championship difficult, needing 3 games to eliminate the 1930 Giants (Dan Skillings who left early, managed by Kevin Cluff ) in the Quarter-Finals and 3 games to eliminate the 1990 Athletics (Beau Lofgren) in the Semi-Finals.

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(Terry Borthwick on left, vs Kevin Cluff on right, managing Dan Skillings’ 1930 Giants)

 

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(Gary Borthwick looks on as his wife Terry takes on Beau Lofgren in the Semi-Finals)

With Alec emerging as our TCABT-VIII champion, he retains the October trophy for the next year, and will add his engraved plate to the prize.  And his champion 1929 Athletics find themselves extinct from future TCABT play.

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(Gary Borthwick on the left, I assume to be cheering on his lovely wife Terry and her 2015 Blue Jays vs Alec Otto and his 1929 Athletics in the Championship)

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(Alec Otto with October Championship Trophy standing with runner-up, Terry Borthwick)

Some fun facts that stand out, submitted by the managers themselves:

  • 2 Triple Plays in one game, 1 by each team, Ron Emch’s 1961 Tigers vs Garth Andersen’s 1988 Expos.
  • 13 HR by Rocky Colavito for Ron Emch’s 1961 Tigers in 16 games.
  • 3 HR’s in one game by Rocky Colavito, vs the 1987 Tigers (Fred Johnson).
  • 37 Homers by the 2015 Blue Jays (Terry Borthwick) in their 18 games.
  • .199 Team Batting Average by 2015 Blue Jays.
  • 15 Runs on 15 hits in 1 inning by the 1953 Dodgers (Jim) vs 1922 Yankees (Gary Borthwick).  Final score was 24-3.  The ’53 Dodgers also won the first game of the same series, 13-7.
  • 8 RBI in 1 game for George Shuba, he entered as a 1st inning LF replacement for Jackie Robinson, after Jackie Robinson was injured in the 24-3 ’53 Dodgers win.
  • 6 RBI in 1 game for Sean Berry of the 1998 Astros (Craig Christian), a 3-run triple followed by a 3-run HR the next inning.
  • 1 HR by the entire 1916 Red Sox team (Chris Shores) in their 10 games (only HR came in 4th inning of 10th game).
  • 6 Innings of no-hit ball pitched by Scott Kazmir of the 2015 Astros (John Kalous) vs the 1961 Tigers (Ron Emch).  The no-hitter was broken up by Norm Cash with 2 outs in the 7th.  For the record, 2 different Ron Emch teams have been no-hit previously in TCABT action.  The 2013 Tigers were no-hit in TCABT-I by Jim’s 1973 Reds.  In TCABT-VI, it was Ron’s 1998 Padres getting no-hit by Dallas Keuchel, of you guessed it, the 2015 Astros and John Kalous.
  • 20 Innings of consecutive scoreless offense by the 1931 Athletics (Phil Geraffo).

There are many more highlights and lowlights, these are just the few I was able to gather from the various managers.

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(Foreground L to R:  Garth Andersen, Fred Johnson.  Background L to R:  Craig Christian, Alec Otto)

To put the “wrap” on TCABT-VIII, I will leave that up to the snarky, ink-stained, famed Minnesota History author, Fred Johnson (former 2-8 ’29 A’s skipper, new ’87 Tigers handler):

Johnson Claims Credit for A’s Win, Demands Trophy – by Fred Johnson

Filled with fury for a former manager, the revengeful losers commonly known in national APBA circles as the 1929 Philadelphia UnAthletics, captured the 2017 TCABT-VIII title Saturday. Playing in the friendly confines of Darrel Skogen Fields in Maple Grove, Minnesota, the adrenaline-charged UnA’s, produced a surprising a 13-5 mark.

“Chalk this one up to that jerk who managed us last year,” snarled an irate Bing Miller. Miller spoke as head of an agitated posse of UnA’s, who chose to forego the traditional post-series champagne celebration. Instead, they conducted a thorough search for Fred Johnson, their former field boss, to pay tribute. “Johnson inspired us,” growled a sarcastic Mickey Cochrane. “We really despise that bum and would like to thank him—Personally!”

While the bat-wielding winners scoured the field for Johnson, their quarry huddled in the trunk of his 1965 Plymouth Belvidere giving an interview to a cramped ESPN4 reporter. “Those losers got shut out four times in 10 ten games and scored just one in two other games for me,” whimpered Johnson. “Now they get upset because I offered a little constructive criticism!”

“You called them “doleful, defeated, diamond-dust dead-beats,” reminded the reporter. “So, I like alliteration,” parried Johnson.

Newcomer Alec Otto guided the ’29 Athletics to TCABT-VIII championship despite a tough first round challenge. His club sported a 6-2 record moving into the Stargell Division playoff finale. They faced the 1987 Tigers with an identical mark. But the seething A’s knew their former boss, Johnson, was now ensconced in the Tigers dugout. A deeply held animus for their erstwhile chief was revealed for all to see. For a full five minutes, each player gripped a bat pointed menacingly at Johnson.

Mercifully, it was all over quickly. The A’s batted 11 men in the second inning of the first game, in the process scoring seven runs. Doubles by Max Bishop and Sammy Hale and homeruns by Miller and Al Simmons caused most damage. The Otto-piloted pals eked out a 13-1 triumph.

Johnson’s Tigers still held out hope for a split of the two game set, but Bishop locked up game two by clubbing a coffin-nail blast into the Briggs Stadium right field overhang. “Et tu, Maxie!” screamed the stricken Johnson. He moaned, “Bishop is only about an inch taller than Eddie Gaedel.”

Speaking from his Belvidere baggage area, the slippery Johnson now charted a new course. Always magnanimous in defeat, he complimented the A’s manager, “Otto did okay,” said the noble Johnson. “But it is now clear that it was me who finally united the UnA’s into a formidable fighting machine. I deserve the TCABT-VIII trophy!”

Johnson helpfully suggested the Commissioner ship him the prize by special delivery.

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TCABT-IX is scheduled for:  Saturday, April 7th, 2018.

TCABT-VIII: Divisions are set …

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The divisions are now set for TCABT-VIII, to be played Saturday, October 7th at Darrell Skogen’s home in Maple Grove, MN.

We have 30 APBA Fans/teams participating, tying our largest turn-out (TCABT-V we had 30 teams as well).

The dice rolling begins shortly after 8:30am.

The divisions are named after players whose #8 has been retired … note Bill Dickey has also had his #8 retired for the Yankees, but 1 division named after a Yankee (Berra) was enough …

The random division draw took place at our TCABT group lunch at O’Gara’s in St. Paul.  In attendance were:  Fred Johnson, Bruce Tyler, Gary Borthwick, Darrell Skogen, Kevin Cluff and myself.

With 30 teams, we have 5 divisions, each division with 6 teams.

We are playing 10 divisions games, 2 vs each of the 5 teams in your division.

The 5 division winners plus 3 Wild Card teams will advance to the 8-team bracket quarter-finals (best-of-three).

YOGI BERRA DIVISION

1929 CUBS – DAVE NORLANDER

2008 RAYS – GORDON RODELL

2011 PHILLIES – CLEON PAVLICEK

1975 REDS – CHRIS KAUFMAN

1998 BRAVES – STEVE RYAN

1930 GIANTS – DAN SKILLINGS

JOE MORGAN DIVISION

1985 CARDINALS – DAVE DRUK

2012 NATIONALS – DARRELL SKOGEN

1981 ATHLETICS – SCOTT EGGE

2016 CUBS – MARTY LEE

1976 ROYALS – JOE PAVLICEK

1948 INDIANS – ROB SKOGEN

CAL RIPKEN JR. DIVISION

2015 BLUE JAYS – TERRY BORTHWICK

1969 ORIOLES – KEVIN CLUFF

1912 GIANTS – DARRELL SHREVE

1977 PHILLIES – LEROY ARNOLDI

1953 DODGERS – JIM FRAASCH

1922 YANKEES – GARY BORTHWICK

WILLIE STARGELL DIVISION

1987 TIGERS – FRED JOHNSON

1988 EXPOS – GARTH ANDERSEN

1998 ASTROS – CRAIG CHRISTIAN

2015 ASTROS – JOHN KALOUS

1929 ATHLETICS – ALEC OTTO

1961 TIGERS – RON EMCH

CARL YASTRZEMSKI DIVISION

1990 ATHLETICS – BEAU LOFGREN

1909 PIRATES – BEN LOFGREN

1931 ATHLETICS – PHIL GERAFFO

1916 RED SOX – CHRIS SHORES

1928 YANKEES – BRUCE TYLER

1939 YANKEES – STEVE SOLMONSON

A Chance Meeting with Nimrod’s (Minnesota) Finest …

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1960

Dick Stigman (click for SABR Bio), born and raised in Nimrod, Minnesota, forged his career as a rookie in 1960 pitching for the Cleveland Indians.  Dick was 6’3″ tall, a southpaw featuring a fastball and a devastating curve.  Dick pitched 1 more season for Cleveland in 1961, and surrendered HR #55 to Roger Maris, during Maris’ pursuit of Babe Ruth.

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1961

Dick’s career brought him to his home state, in 1962, as the Twins made their first serious run at a pennant.  In 1962, Dick was 12-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 15 starts and 40 appearances.

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1962

By 1963, Dick was now a regular starting pitcher for the contending Minnesota Twins, making 33 starts, going 15-15 with a career low, 3.25 ERA.  Dick twirled 15 complete games, pitched 241 innings, earning 3 shut-outs and striking out a career high, 193 batters in 1963.

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1963

After 2nd place finishes in 1962 and 1963, the Twins fell back in 1964 as did Dick Stigman and the rest of the Twins rotation.  Dick made another 29 starts in 1964, going 6-15 with a 4.03 ERA.

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1964

The Twins would finally win the AL Pennant, in 1965, where Dick took on the role of reliever.  Dick made 33 appearances in 1965, making 8 starts.  He finished with a 4-2 record, a 4.37 ERA and K’d 70 batters in 70 IP.  However, for Dick, the season was bittersweet as he did not get the call to the mound vs the Dodgers in the ’65 World Series.

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1965

Dick pitched for the last time in the Majors in 1966, pitching for the Boston Red Sox.  Dick would finish with a career record of 46-54 with a 4.03 ERA, amassing 755 strike-outs across 922.2 IP.

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1966

Check on Dick Stigman’s career stats here:

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stigmdi01.shtml

 

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(Me on left, meeting former Indians/Twins/Red Sox hurler, Dick Stigman on right)

It was truly a pleasure to meet Dick Stigman.  My encounter went like this … my daughter played Club soccer with one of Dick’s granddaughters for 3 years in high school, as well as post high school years during their summers home from college.  One of their teammates and friends married June 24th, 2017.  So my family as well as Dick’s family were invited to the wedding.  Dick’s daughter (the mother of the granddaughter) knew I was a baseball fan, having had a conversation with her about a year ago about her dad pitching for the Twins in the 1960’s.  She made sure she had her dad stop at my table at the reception, and introduce himself, knowing I would appreciate the encounter.  I have met former Major League players in the past, and all have been very nice meetings, including Hall of Famer, Harmon Killebrew.  It is hard for me to not place this encounter at the top of that list, for Dick could not have been a nicer, more genuine person than he was that night.  I asked him about pitching to such greats as Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.  He quickly countered with the fact that he gave up HR #55 to Maris during Maris’ chase of Ruth in 1961.  Dick showed me a recent text exchange with his oldest son, who forwarded a picture from a diary of his playing days, where Dick had documented a CG, 3-hit shutout, from 1963.  The diary showed he had thrown 142 pitches, even though nobody cared about pitches thrown back in those days.  Dick mentioned he is still in regular contact with several former Twins and teammates.  Dick has 9 children, all raised in Burnsville, Minnesota since the 1960’s, and I am guessing the number of grandchildren is close to 20.

 

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May 3rd, 1967, Dick Stigman struck-out 13 batters with a young Johnny Bench as his catcher for the Buffalo Bisons, a AAA Minor League team for the Cincinnati Reds.

TCABT-VIII: Announcement … Saturday, October 7th, 2017

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The Neil Ess Memorial Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament has always been held on the first Saturday’s of each April and October.

TCABT-VIII

  • Date:  Saturday, October 7th, 2017
  • Location:  Darrel Skogen’s home in Maple Grove, MN
    • 9575 Glacier Lane, Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • Time:  8:15am till finish (plan on around 6:00pm)
  • Team selection:  Begins Saturday, July 8th at 12:00am

Any MLB team from 1901 to 2016 is eligible, except for the following previous TCABT champions:

  • 1927 YANKEES
  • 1954 GIANTS
  • 1902 PIRATES
  • 1937 YANKEES
  • 2011 RANGERS
  • 1930 CARDINALS
  • 1930 YANKEES

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Team selection will begin in July.

  • For TCABT-VIII, team selection begins:  Saturday, July 8th at 12:00am

Email your top 3 team selections to Jim Fraasch at “jwfraasch@mchsi.com” starting after midnight on Friday (Saturday AM).  Teams are awarded on a first entry received basis.  If your team has already been selected before you turned in your entry, you would then be given choice #2 or #3 on your list, etc.

Team selection period concludes at the end of the day, Friday, September 15th.

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Long-time APBA employee, the late Veryl Lincoln (1945-2015), attends a Red Sox game at Fenway.

Some tournament rules include:

  • 22 man roster
  • DH must be used
  • 4-man rotation in division play (to be a starting pitcher, pitcher must have made at least 10 starts in actual season)
  • 3-man rotation during the “best-of-three” bracket play, with the rotation starting over for the beginning of each series.
  • 8 teams qualify for the “best-of-three” bracket play.
  • For a player to be in the starting lineup, he must have had at least 100 PA during the actual season.
  • For a non-pitcher to be on the roster, he must have had at least 25 PA during the actual season.
  • Basic game, using all advanced rules.
  • We also use the APBA Journal Error Distribution Card and Unusual Play Card.
  • We also have our own Bases Empty Error Re-roll card for Fielding One infielders (2b, SS, 3B)
  • No injuries extend past the current game (players are only injured for the remainder of the game)
  • No rain-outs, re-roll dice using Unusual Play Card a 2nd time.

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Jeff Boeding and his 1930 Yankees won TCABT-VII last April over Marty Lee’s 1977 Royals.

 

APBA’view: Shay Caroline Simmons

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In the “world” of APBA, we come from many different backgrounds and upbringings.  APBA games are played world wide, in many countries.  However, what has been difficult to gauge is the occurrence of women playing APBA.  Yes, there are women playing APBA.  The APBA Journal (February double issue, 1999) featured an interview with Alison Gordon.  The late Alison Gordon, who began covering the Toronto Blue Jays in 1979 as a Toronto Star sports writer, was an APBA devotee.

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Some of you may have become familiar with Shay Caroline Simmons, by keeping up with one of her APBA replays (1967 AL Replay and her current 1969 AL Replay postings) on her blog site titled, “Fireblossom’s APBA Baseball Blog“.

I reached out to Shay for an interview, and she was more than happy to oblige.  Onto the questions for Shay …

Jimsapbabarn question #1:  Tell us about yourself, outside of APBA, growing up, school, family, etc?

Shay Caroline Simmons:  I am a Michigander and have lived here for all but 9 of my 61 years. My father was a newspaperman and it is from him that I came to love much of what I still love today, including baseball. For my ’69 replay I am using reference books from The Sporting News that he bought for me on his own because he knew I was so into it. He also liked to bring home records (music) for me, and I still love classical and jazz because of it. I grew up in a house filled with books, and my father read to me at bed time. Books, along with baseball, are the loves of my life. Thanks, Daddy.  He also introduced me to slapstick comedy, which still makes me ROFL. My mother used to walk through the room while we were cracking up and just purse her lips and shake her head and go on cleaning.  I have two much older brothers. The closest one to me in age is 9 years older than I am, and he *loved* cars. He taught me to identify all the makes and models of the 60s and also the 50s cars which were still rolling around by that time. I don’t know a thing about engines or any of that, but I still love classic cars from that era, because of my brother and his enthusiastic love for them, and his kindness in including me. Does my family of origin sound like a male enclave? It was. I grew up around sports stuff, cars, music, and so forth. I loved Barbies but I also collected baseball cards. We took a lot of vacations, my parents and me (my brothers were gone by then) and my father and I would go hiking. It was lovely. It still soothes my soul to be in nature. Michigan is a wonderful place for that.

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Son Joe, with Shay

 

Jimsapbabarn question #2:  How did you discover APBA?

Shay Caroline Simmons:  APBA! Here’s a shocker….I didn’t like it the first time I played it! Ha! I’ll come back to that in a sec. When I was 12, my parents (I now I realize it was my dad, really) gave me Ethan Allen’s Cadaco All-Star Baseball game, the one with the player discs and spinners. I loved that game. We stayed at a rented beach cottage that summer and I played the heck out of that game the whole while. Back at home, my friend’s older brother gave me his player discs from the 50’s, so I had more players. The same guy had APBA and let us play it once, but I hated it because I couldn’t understand why my hits were never hits!  I now realize it was because my friend must have had a high grade pitcher.  I still remember that I chose the Reds and Pirates, but don’t recall which team I was. The Reds, I think.

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So, other things took my attention for a number of years, just growing up and moving out and such. Then, when I was 25, I was reading Street & Smith’s annual baseball preview mag–another tradition picked up from my dad–and saw an ad for APBA.  I ordered the brochure, and got the two free cards and after reading the brochure I ordered the game, which included the 1979 season cards. I pretty much immediately got my old boss from my first job–my friend and mentor–hooked on it, too.

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Jimsapbabarn question #3:  When did you decide to become an author?

Shay Caroline Simmons:  Ha! Well…..I don’t think I decided. From my earliest memories, I remember being low to the ground and scoping out the book shelves. Later, I would find some hidden treasure–often it was one of those Strange But True! paperbacks–and curl up with it for the rest of the day. My father was a writer (journalism) and so the banging of a typewriter and the presence of all of the paraphernalia of writing were always around. Right now, I am sitting at my dad’s old desk writing this. I began writing little stories when I was quite young. Later, in 10th grade, my English teacher told me to forget what the class was doing, and just write. My first publication in a magazine (Speakeasy) came when i was just 18, in 1973. I was published maybe three dozen times between 18 and 26, then I gave it up. I got married, got the job I still have, and raised a son. I didn’t return to writing until 2006, but I am so glad that I did. I have two books of poetry, one of short stories, and two collaborations of poetry.

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Jimsapbabarn question #4:  I noticed you have been actively blogging since 2008.  What is the best part of blogging and what do you recommend to someone who might be thinking about starting a blog?

Shay Caroline Simmons:  I began the Word Garden mostly as a place to organize and keep my poems, but through it I met so many other talented people, and the blog made me want to post, and therefore want to write, more often than I would have just for myself. So, the best part of blogging is the community. As for advice, I would say, do it for yourself, first. if it means something to you–whether it is poetry or fly fishing–it will mean something to someone else, too. Don’t hedge, don’t fudge, don’t be cute; put what you love out there, and you’ll be rewarded.

Click here for Shay’s APBA Blog

Click here for Shay’s Word Garden Blog

 

Jimsapbabarn question #5:  1967 and 1969 are replay endeavors of yours.  What replays might be next?

Shay Caroline Simmons:  Love this question! There are two I absolutely positively want to play, and those are 1956 and 1964. After that, there are a whole slew of seasons I’d love to get to: 1950, 57, 59, 66, 70, 73, 82, 84 and 87. But also, after 35 years, I have the itch to replay 1979 AL over again with the reissue. When I played ’79 before, both leagues, it was my first project. I played with 20 man teams until September, when I added the XB’s, and used none of the advanced stuff. Looking back, I have no idea how I managed a season with such tiny rosters. Anyway, I’d love to play it again, after all this time, and use all the tweaks.

 

Jimsapbabarn question #6:  What does APBA mean to you, and do you have any thoughts for John Herson, CEO of APBA Game Co.?

APBA has been a friend for many years. I did put the game aside from 2002-2015, but now i am again as hooked as ever. It is an entertaining alternate world that is absorbing and so much fun. It’s an old friend. I love that I can send the teams of my childhood out onto the field once again. Plus, for me with my creative bent, the players and teams take on personalities as things unfold. My thoughts for Mister Herson are simply this:  Thank you.

 

A quick Around the Horn with Shay Caroline Simmons …

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Your favorite sport and/or sports teams?

Baseball! It has been my life long love and passion. My father, my favorite aunt (his sister), my maternal grandmother, all of them were big baseball fans. For a time, from the late 60s until not so many years ago, I also really liked ice hockey, but the explosion of teams and dilution of talent made me lose interest in the NHL. The Detroit Tigers are, and will always be, my boys. While rooting around looking for APBA stuff the other day, I came upon a 1964 Tigers pennant, with a team picture on it, from my very first game that my dad took me to that year. What a find. I loved the Red Wings hockey team through thick and thin for many years, but as I’ve said, not so much anymore. I also used to really like bowling, both to play and to watch, but it’s never on anymore. I used to have the APBA bowling game, but don’t know what became of it.

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Your favorite athlete (past and present)?

Past–Al Kaline, “Mr. Tiger.” A classier man you won’t find anywhere.  Present–Miggy. What a pleasure it is to watch this man do what he does, day in and day out.

 

Your favorite author?

Emily Dickinson. I visited the Dickinson home in Amherst a few years ago, and was overwhelmed with what i felt there. I love that she was a fiery introvert, as I am, a passionate woman who wrote honestly and in her own distinct style, despite being told she needed to conform to poetic mores of the day. In fact, her work was not published as she wrote it, without revision by learned lunkheads, until 1950! I identify so much with her life and work.

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Your favorite play-by-play announcer?

Jim Brockmire! LOL. I would have to say Rod Allen, the Tigers’ TV color commentator. He points out things that I would not have noticed, but does so without being pedantic, a la the insufferable Joe Morgan. Rod says things the ballplayers say, like “That one came to eat!” and “I see ya, Miggy!” He always seems enthused about baseball and the Tigers. I really like him. My favorite hockey announcer was Bruce Martin. I learned hockey by listening to him, and his “he shoots he SCOOOoores!” was classic. I wish APBA’s hockey game was more fun; I find it ponderous. I’d love to play an old Red Wings season.

 

 

Your favorite ballpark?

Tiger Stadium, hands down. When I say I loved that place, I really did. My dad took me to scads of games, and I have so many happy memories of the old girl. My childhood wasn’t the happiest…I had medical issues, and there was other stuff going on, but a trip to Tiger Stadium to watch the Tigers was pure joy. After it closed, for years I would occasionally dream that I was there again, and it always felt like coming home. My heart is there.

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I asked Shay about the Summer of ’76 (Fidrych) … it happened to be one summer Shay was living outside of Michigan:  “I was living overseas in 1976, and saw the famous Yankees game on tape delay. The Tigers weren’t very good at the time, and it was very exciting to see the big crowd and all of the Bird’s antics. I never saw him pitch because I was away that entire year and his career was extremely short.”

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Thank you Shay, for providing insight into the life of an APBA devotee, Tiger fanatic, Red Wing rooter, and poet extraordinaire!  Whether APBA or Poetry, best wishes with your future endeavors!

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How to win an APBA Tournament with an all “C” pitching staff …

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Ed Wells (CZ) pitcher for the 1930 Yankees, pitches 2 shut-outs for Jeff Boeding

When team selection had begun for TCABT-VII, Jeff Boeding had chosen the 1997 Seattle Mariners.  After all, this has become Jeff’s style … to pick a team who may not have won a pennant, but carried a strong lineup, 1 thru 9, and could pitch “well” enough to allow the offense to out-score the opposition.  As tourney day (April 1st, 2017) drew closer, Jeff was having doubts about his 1997 Mariners selection.  Jeff and I regularly exchange emails with the topic of conversation usually centered around our APBA projects and of course, the upcoming TCABT.  This leads to discussion about possible TCABT team entrants.  Over the last few years, Jeff has been working on a Lou Gehrig career replay.  The one Gehrig team Jeff had taken to a TCABT event were the 1936 Yankees (TCABT-II), and even though the 1936 Yankees outscored every team in the tourney with 62 runs in 8 games, Jeff’s squad finished 3-5 and in 4th place in a 4-team division.

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TCABT-III:  Jeff Boeding on left vs Eric Berg on right

They had outscored their opposition by 10 runs, but failed to advance to bracket-play.  So in search of something better, Jeff turned away from his favorite Gehrig-led Yankee teams, and sought more balance between hitting and pitching.  In TCABT-III, Jeff found himself in the Semi-finals with his powerful 1975 Reds squad (going 5-3 in division play and earning a Wild Card in the 13 team field), only to be swept away, 2 games to 0, vs Eric Berg’s 1919 White Sox.  In TCABT-IV (23 team field), Jeff decided to go deadball, taking the 1905 Giants all the way to the TCABT-IV championship, before surrendering to the IV Champs, the 2-time TCABT Champ Leroy Arnoldi, and his powerful 1937 Yankees.  In TCABT-V (30 team field), Jeff had a strong contender, the 1977 Phillies, but going 6-4 in division play, finishing 3rd, just out of the running for a Wild Card birth.  In a “twist” of 1930 irony, my 1930 Senators were in Jeff’s division, facing off in the final series of division play, with Jeff’s ’77 Phils.  Jeff was sitting at 6-2, and my ’30 Senators were 5-3.  The Senators swept Steve Carlton and the ’77 Phils, 4-0, 6-4, to advance as a Wild Card.  In researching teams for TCABT-VI (a 23 team field) Jeff’s own “play-in” tourney had the 1933 Pirates rising to the top.  In VI however, the ’33 Pirates fell flat, going just 3-7.

While searching for his TCABT-VII entrant, during another email exchange, the comment came up, why not the 1930 Yankees?  Jeff knew the team was full of C starters, and nothing better.  But the club also touted the likes of Jeff’s all-time favorite, Lou Gehrig and of course, The Babe.  The team was thrown into one of Jeff’s “mini team selection tourneys”.  The 1930 Yankees prevailed, and on March 8th, less than a month before the tourney date, Jeff had changed his team from the 1997 Mariners to the 1930 Yankees.  Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth pack their lumber for another TCABT tourney bid.

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Jeff arrives at TCABT-VII with a powerful & hungry ballclub, the 1930 Yankees (this is the 1989 copyright version, the 2nd 1930 set released by APBA Game Co.).  The Yankees went 86-68 in 1930, good for 3rd place, 16 games behind the 1st place Athletics, and 8 games behind the 1930 Senators (who made a run for me in TCABT-V, achieving the Semi-finals).  Jeff knew that hitting was going to have to carry his ’30 Yanks.  His 4-man starting pitching rotation included:  Red Ruffing (CYZ), George Pipgras (CZ), Ed Wells (CZ) and Hank Johnson (CYW).  Jeff had a bullpen full of DZ’s …. including a 19-game starter, Herb Pennock (DZ).

I had Jeff provide a quick summary of each of his TCABT-VII division and playoff series (1930 Yankees go 7-1 in division play, 13-2 overall in earning the title).

***NOTE, if you have not participated in a group APBA tourney setting before, the below breakdown of each series really captures “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” of playing the games, head-to-head:

Series 1…vs 1993 Blue Jays…

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Joe Pavlicek (left) and his ’93 Blue Jays vs Jeff Boeding’s (right) ’30 Yankees.

Game 1…5-3 win…Ruth homers, scores 2 and drives in 3…while Combs scores 2…Yankees score 2 in 7th to take lead and hold on to win.

Game 2…5-4 win…Yankees score 2 in third and 3 in 5th and hold off a late Jays rally to sweep the series…Combs drives in 3 while the bottom third of order scores all 5 runs.

Series 2…vs 2001 Mariners…

Game 1…6-0 win…Ed Wells tosses a 3 hit shut out and the Yankees use a 5 run 2nd inning to pull away and seal the win.

Game 2…10-3 loss…score is 4-2 after 5 but the Mariners bat around in a 6 run 6th to give the Yankees their first loss of the day.

1930 Yankees 3-1 going into their bye.

Series 3…vs 1998 Yankees…

*** DRAMATIC COMEBACK ALERT #1***

Game 1…9-8 win in 11 innings…98 Yankees rally with 3 in the 8th to tie the game…no runs in the 10th…visiting 98 team scores 3 in top of 11 highlighted by a Strawberry 2 run jack…but the 30 Yankees score 4 runs with 2 outs to secure the unlikely victory…Gehrig delivers the game winning 2 run single.

Game 2…10-1 win…Pipgras scatters 8 hits…advances to an A and holds the 98 version in check all game..Ruth hits a 2 run triple in the 3rd and Gehrig finishes off a 5 run 4th with a bases clearing triple, record 5-1.

Series 4…vs 2016 Cubs…

*** DRAMATIC COMEBACK ALERT #2***

Game 1… 7-6 win…Russell hit 2, 2 run jacks and Cubs lead 6-4 after 7…Chapman’s 2 run double ties it in the 8th and Gehrig hits a walk off bomb in the bottom of the 9th to win it.

Game 2…10-4 win…Yankees lead 5-0 going into bottom of 8th and the Cubs score 4 to make it 5-4…Yankees score 6 in 9th highlighted by a Dickey 2 run triple followed by a Reese 2 run homer…Yankees end their bracket play 7-1.

NOTE, Jeff’s 1930 Yankees end up with the #1 seed heading into the 8-team, best-of-three Bracket Play.

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Quarter-Finals (best-of-3):

Playoffs Series 1…vs 1909 Tigers (Curt Bartell)…

Game 1…5-3 win…Tigers take a 3-0 lead after 3…Yankees score 4 in the bottom half if 3 highlighted by back-to-back HRs from Ruth and Gehrig…and Lazzeri’s solo HR ends the scoring as Ruffing shuts down the Tigers after the 3rd allowing only 1 single the last 6 innings…Yanks up 1-0.

Game 2…8-7 win…the Yankees score 4 in the first as Gehrig hits a 2 run bomb and Lazzeri rips a 2 run single…a Tigers cut lead in half with 2 of their own…and tie the game 4-4 heading to the 4th…Gehrig rips a 2 run double and they add 2 more in the 6th and hold off the Tigers to take the series 2-0

Semi-Finals (best-of-3):

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Semi-final action between Jeff Boeding’s ’30 Yankees and Dave Norlander’s ’29 Cubs as Kevin Cluff and Roy Langhans look on …

Playoffs Series 2…vs 1929 Cubs (Dave Norlander)…

Game 1…all Cubs as Cuyler, Hornsby and Wilson lead the visitors to a 11-4 beat down of the Yankees…Cubs up 1-0.

*** DRAMATIC COMEBACK ALERT #3***

Game 2…12-8 in 11 innings…the Cubs smack 4 homers to take a 7-2 lead after 6 innings…but the Yanks rally for 5 in the 7th to tie the game as Ruth provides the big blow with a 3 run homer (44-5)…game stays tied until the 11th…as the Yankees score 5…all coming with 2 outs…and hold off the Cubs to take the series to a deciding third game.

Game 3…1-0 win…The Yankees score an improbable run in the first as Ruth singles…goes to third on a Gehrig single and he steals second…Dickey up…rolls a 13-36…Unusual play reroll is a 39…which is a SF6…to score the only run of the game…and Ed Wells twirls a 5 hit masterpiece to send the Yankees to the finals.

TCABT-VII CHAMPIONSHIP (best-of-3):

Playoff finals…vs 1977 Royals (Marty Lee)…

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Jeff Boeding feeding the dice tower, Marty Lee (Royals jersey) anticipating his fate, with Jim looking on …

*** DRAMATIC COMEBACK ALERT #4***

Game 1…7-5 win…the Royals take a 5-3 lead heading into the 9th as Al Cowens scores 3 and drives in a pair with a HR…but Chapman ties the game with a 2 run HR…and Ruth raps a walk off 2 run homer to win the game and shock the Royals…Yanks up 1-0.

Game 2…9-5 win…Gehrig starts scoring in first with a 2 run HR…but Royals get 3 of their own to take a 3-2 lead…Yankees score 1 in the 4th and 5th innings and 2 in the 6th…and take a 6-5 lead after 6…and put the game away punctuated by a Ruth 2 run homer to end the scoring….’30 Yanks win TC VII tourney title.

1930 YANKEES TCABT-VII STATS:

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Overall tournament record:  13 wins, 2 losses

Name AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR SO BB AVG OBP SB
Combs 66 17 21 6 3 1 0 5 5 0.318 0.394 1
Ruth 58 18 22 17 3 2 6 4 13 0.379 0.603 2
Gehrig 53 10 21 20 3 1 5 4 17 0.396 0.717 1
Dickey 58 5 14 16 3 2 1 2 6 0.241 0.345 0
Reese 62 11 13 8 3 1 1 3 4 0.210 0.274 1
Lary 57 8 14 4 3 0 0 4 8 0.246 0.386 4
Lazzeri 57 10 14 9 3 2 1 7 7 0.246 0.368 0
Chapman 58 11 17 10 5 3 1 5 3 0.293 0.345 1
Rice 51 11 13 9 4 0 1 2 5 0.255 0.353 0
520 101 149 99 30 12 16 36 68 0.287 0.417 10
Name IP H R ER SO BB HRA W L ERA SV WHIP
Ruffing 47 46 30 30 25 19 8 4 1 5.74 0 1.383
Pipgras 47 55 25 24 17 19 6 5 0 4.60 0 1.5745
Wells 27 20 6 6 9 9 2 3 0 2.00 0 1.0741
Johnson 15 19 14 9 13 13 2 1 1 5.40 0 2.1333
Pennock 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 0.3333
139 141 75 69 67 60 18 13 2 4.47 0 1.446

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Jeff Boeding, TCABT-VII Champ

Jeff, thanks for providing the game blow-by-blow.  Looking forward to your next TCABT “entrant” …

Teams retired from TCABT Tournament play:

TCABT-I:  1927 YANKEES (Kevin Cluff)

TCABT-II:  1954 GIANTS (Leroy Arnoldi)

TCABT-III:  1902 PIRATES (Andy Bartell)

TCABT-IV:  1937 YANKEES (Leroy Arnoldi)

TCABT-V:  2011 RANGERS (Kevin Cluff)

TCABT-VI:  1930 CARDINALS (Bruce Tyler)

TCABT-VII:  1930 YANKEES (Jeff Boeding)

TCABT-VIII:  TBD, October 7th, 2017