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More APBA

Posted 04-14-2009 at 09:31 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-15-2009 at 09:31 AM by TommyJohn

So far my APBA record with the 1936 White Sox is 6-4. The real-life 1936 squad was 4-6 at the same point, in the midst of an eight-game losing streak that would drop them to 4-9. Still, they would bounce back to finish at 81-70 and see the light of the first division for the first time since the 1920 doomed-by-scandal squad.

The games I have played are fun, despite the fact that they are cards and dice, not real games. Cards and dice don't take into account the human element-brushback...
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more thoughts

Posted 04-13-2009 at 11:07 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)

I ordered 1936 and got it in the mail a couple of weeks ago. I printed up the White Sox games from that year. My head was swimming with the possibilities. First off, I would play the games in exact order of the retrosheet list. However, I would introduce interleague play-just to break up the monotony-and also to utilize every team in the set. I will play every team in the NL at least three times except for the Cubs. Why? Because the 1930's was the era of the "City Series" between the White...
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Apba

Posted 04-13-2009 at 10:53 PM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)

I have, in my 40th year, discovered the wonders of "APBA" baseball, the kind played with playing cards and rolls of the dice. I had a similar game made by Sports Illustrated from 1970, but never got into APBA. Don't know why, guess I never botherd to look for it.

I had been on whatifsports.com for a while, but grew bored with computer simulations. Not only did it not account for the "human" element of the game, but it was over in two seconds. So I quit going there...
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more childhood memories

Posted 04-12-2009 at 11:59 AM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)

As I got a little older and my imagination started to flourish, I got hooked on the 1949 Washington Senators. I decided to create a whole fictional team, the one that came thisclose to the pennant and lost. I had a whole lineup and background for the players. I decided that I would no longer be the home run hero, that fell to Joe DiMaggio.

Anyway, I remember two players that I created for that team-slugging 1st baeman Buddy Lewis and pitcher Albert Kramer, who would go on to the Hall...
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Yankees vs. Senators, 1949-as done in my imagination

Posted 04-12-2009 at 11:34 AM by TommyJohn (No!!Mary!!!)
Updated 04-12-2009 at 06:50 PM by TommyJohn

I played baseball with a bat, helmet, glove, invisible ball and invisible teammates of the Cubs, Sox and Yankees. Oh, sure I did try to play baseball with some kids from the neighborhood when I was about 9 years old or so. I discovered my first time playing that, if there was one thing the neighborhood kids enjoyed more than playing baseball, it was shouting every single four-letter, foul-mouthed epithet in their parents' worldly vocabularies. At one point, I made a mistake and a kid my age called...
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