TCABT-VII, all systems go for April 1st, 2017 Launch … the 5 divisions are set:

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The Neil Ess Memorial Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament #7 is set for April 1st, 2017, as the 25 teams have been randomly divided into 5 divisions.  The 5 teams in each of the 5 divisions will roll 8 division games, leading into an 8 team, best-of-three, bracket style Quarterfinals, Semifinals and finally the TCABT-VII Championship series.

Prairieland 2 is in action the same day, in Champaign, IL, and we hope to connect via video link at some point during the day.

At our Twin Cities luncheon at O’Gara’s in St. Paul on Saturday March 11th , the attendees (5 of us were there) randomly drew the 25 teams entered, and placed them into 1 of 5, 5-team divisions (named after 5 of the TCABT founders, Neil Ess was the 6th) … here is where they fell:

ARNOLDI DIVISION

1969 ORIOLES (LEROY ARNOLDI)

1995 ROCKIES (GREGG NELSON)

1906 CUBS (GARY BORTHWICK)

1939 YANKEES (PAUL VAN BEEK)

1905 GIANTS (ROY LANGHANS)

CLUFF DIVISION

1998 YANKEES (KEVIN CLUFF)

2001 MARINERS (PHIL GERAFFO)

1930 YANKEES (JEFF BOEDING)

2016 CUBS (SCOTT EGGE)

1993 BLUE JAYS (JOE PAVLICEK)

FRAASCH DIVISION

1953 DODGERS (JIM FRAASCH)

1909 TIGERS (CURT BARTEL)

2000 CARDINALS (BEAU LOFGREN)

1984 TIGERS (ROB SKOGEN)

1985 BLUE JAYS (BEN LOFGREN)

SKOGEN DIVISION

1995 INDIANS (DARRELL SKOGEN)

2004 YANKEES (CLEON PAVLICEK)

1965 TIGERS (GEORGE ADAMS)

1919 WHITE SOX (FRED JOHNSON)

1929 CUBS (DAVE NORLANDER)

TYLER DIVISION

1957 BRAVES (BRUCE TYLER)

1938 CUBS (KURT BERGLAND)

2003 BRAVES (CRAIG CHRISTIAN)

1954 INDIANS (GARTH ANDERSON)

1977 ROYALS (MARTY LEE)

The dice will start rolling by around 8:30 am at Darrell Skogen’s home in Maple Grove, MN.  Our estimated time for crowning our TCABT-VII champion is around 6:00pm.

And motivation is aplenty to add a different name to our TCABT April trophy!

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Details around a video feed with the happenings at Prarieland 2, are to be determined …

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