BY POPULAR DEMAND! Customized baseball project scorebooks are now available for sale from OneForFive.com!
[Generic (non-customized) Baseball Project Scorebooks can still be purchased here at Lulu.com directly]
ABOUT CUSTOM PROJECT SCOREBOOKS:
For season replayers, the Customized Baseball Project Scorebook may be the best tool to come along since Retrosheet.org was founded in 1989. It’s the perfect solution to a problem you might not have even known you had. Once you use the OneForFive.com Project Scorebook, you’ll never go back to your old way again!
*The price for a typical season scorebook (scoresheets for approx. 180 games) will be $34 without as-played lineups, $39 with as-played lineups. However, since these are custom products, I have to reserve the right to adjust pricing for any individual order based on complexity or other aspect of the request. If you have any questions about your particular project, please use the contact form below to reach out. I will respond as soon as possible.
The process will work like this:
- Use the “Buy Now” button at the top of this page to order your scorebook.
- Within 24-48 hours: I’ll email you to confirm your order and to talk about your project.
- Within 3 weeks: I’ll send you a PDF file for your review. If the PDF file meets our agreed specifications, you’ll respond with a big thumbs up and that PDF will become the official print file. If any changes need to be made, I’ll make the changes within 5 business days and send a new PDF draft to you. This process will repeat until we have a PDF file that is ready for the printer.
- The file goes to the printer. The printing process generally takes 3-5 days.
- The finished scorebook is mailed to you directly. You should receive it within 5-10 days after printing. I’ll send a confirmation with tracking number to you as soon as it has gone in the mail.
The whole process will likely take 6 to 8 weeks.
If you receive the scorebook and have concerns about the print quality, please email me right away and we’ll get a corrected print made immediately.
I contacted Paul about making a replay guide for me as I look to do a career replay of Tom Seaver’s career. Paul was excellent in giving me suggestions to improve upon what I was looking for and was very quick in his responses. I ordered 4 books based on the size of the replay and the first one arrived today. I am very exited on how it turned out and I would give a tremendous recommendation to anyone who is thinking about ordering a book. This will go a long way to increasing my enjoyment for this project.”
Due to the investment of time that I personally have to make to get a custom scorebook created, there can be no refunds on custom scorebooks, so it’s important that we talk upfront about exactly what your expectations are and how we can best meet them.
If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas about the product – or if you want to run your idea by me before purchasing one – I invite you to please use the contact form below to send me an email. I will respond asap.
(I would love to have some pictures of you guys with your Scorebooks! Send them in!)
Buy your copy of the Baseball Project Scorebook at Lulu.com!
And finally, from Tim Plum of PT Games:
“I want to write a few words in support of Paul Dylan’s newest endeavor, the oneforfive.com Baseball Scorebook.
I received my print copy in packaging that was more than sufficient for the task. Way to go Lulu for that! The book was wrapped in bubble wrap and then shrink wrapped to a cardboard backing. The book itself is very well laid out with a black cover and the pages are spiral bound. The front and back covers are standard stock plastic coating pages and the interior paper is a standard 20# stock with a tight spiral bounding. I can see the book taking a lickin’ and keep on tickin.
The cover has a space to write or affix a label to name your project, for me I don’t play enough games to develop a full replay so I will probably use the pages to keep track of individual or series games that I do complete.
Onto the interior pages. The inside page has space to name the project or anything else you want to say and the next few pages are large grids with space for notes about your project (One of the pages has this as a title). Then we come to a Notes page with horizontal lines.
Turn the page and the project really begins. I see a page to keep running totals for batters and a page for pitchers with roles defined and a myriad of standard stat columns. Next up is 4 pages for schedule with the usual column headers. Turn the page and a Depth Chart page. Next up is a lineups page for multiple lineups as primary, vs. RHP or vs. LHP.
The next couple page are an interesting addition for the true replayer. Space for 8 games, per inning score, notes and pitcher of records. Then a really cool idea for a space for league notes and a standings board for 19 teams. Turn the page and voila the meat of the book. The scoresheet. All of the usual bells and whistles with space for 12 at bats! After 12 pages (I think) we come to another couple pages for updating the total stats and the league 8 game review with standings page. The back of the book contains 10 pages of grid space for notes.
The Good – Well laid out, nice gentle line thickness for the many lines and the totals pages are handy to keep a running look at the team. Easily a full baseball season replay can be stored and reviewed for years to come.
The Bad, well not so bad, some nitpicks – On the opposite pages of the 8 game recaps the Date boxes on the left have the center box gray while the right side page boxes are all gray. The boxscore pages allow for 12 innings and the 12 inning is so named. Perhaps leave that inning number blank so if I go to 18 innings I write in 18. Tabs to affix to pages. Specifically I’m thinking of some way to note the totals page so I can refer back when I add the games up instead of flipping pages. Maybe a tab or bookmark to allow the user to bookmark the last page used and close the book. I can see a little frustration 100 games in and having to find the last page used 3 months after my last game and last is to add a page or two on how to score a baseball game. I know there are many ways but choose one, major league baseball has a page among several I found. Anyway as I said mostly nitpicks on the bad.
Overall I give the book an A. Go out and buy it!”
I don’t play basketball games very often, and the only one I play with any regularity is Strat-O-Matic Basketball (though this may change as I received a mint 1978 copy of Avalon Hill’s Statis Pro just yesterday – from my wife’s generous boss, who was cleaning out his gaming closet! – but I digress). And, itching for some top-flight NBA action on the tabletop, I pulled out the old yellow box and decided to replay one of my favorite series of all time: the Los Angeles Lakers and Detroit Pistons in the 1988 NBA Finals.
The 1988 NBA Finals was the second-consecutive year in which the Lakers were playing with the championship on the line. The Pistons were in the first year of a four-year run in which they’d win the Eastern Conference Championship four times and the NBA Championship twice.
I played the first three games of the series with Strat-O-Matic Basketball Basic C&D, the last two with the PC version of the game.
Games 1 and 2 were played in the fabulous Great Western Forum.
The Lakers won the first game after jumping out to a 9 point lead in the 1st quarter. Byron Scott was a shooting machine, taking 29 shots and hitting on 18 of them, as well as going 10-for-10 from the line. He finished with 48 points, which turned out to be the highest single-game total of anyone* in the series. Isaiah Thomas was the Pistons’ best player on the day with 41 points, but Detroit never had the lead and never seriously threatened the Lakers.
*48 points also would have been Scott’s career high. According to the old NBA site, Scott’s career best was 38 (vs. Boston 2/14/88), his career high in field goals was 15, field goals attempted was 29. Had this game occurred in real life, it would have been the best performance of his fine career.
The Pistons were able to secure a victory in game two by dominating the Lakers in every aspect of the game. Magic Johnson, AC Green, and Byron Scott all got into foul trouble early, which meant shuffling players in from the bench. Michael Cooper, Kurt Rambis, and Wes Mathews each played more than half of the fourth quarter. The Pistons controlled the boards to the tune of 60 rebounds, including 16 on the offensive side. This game was so thoroughly owned by Detroit that by the time it was over, I couldn’t imagine the Lakers coming back to take the series.
By halftime of Game 3 the Lakers led by 14, on their way to a 121 – 109 win in Detroit, and it was clear that anything could happen.
…for throwing a no-hitter in his thirteenth career start!
I’ve rolled thousands of games on the tabletop, but still have never had a no-hitter. For those of you lucky enough to have experienced that ephemeral joy, who was the most unlikely pitcher to have thrown one for you?
I’ve had Juan Marichal and Mike Mussina take no-hitters to the bottom of the ninth, and I’ve had lesser pitchers like Hal Smith of the 1934 Pirates and Jerome Williams of the 2005 Cubs take no-nos late into games, too. I have to admit, I really hope that when (if) it ever happens for me, that it’s someone special on the mound, as opposed to some pedestrian back-of-the-rotation guy.
That said, maybe one day I’ll be rolling a game on a Strat card something like twenty-seven-year-old rookie Chris Heston‘s. Maybe every roll of the dice will fall in between the big hit numbers. Maybe with two out in the bottom of the ninth I’ll roll a 1-4 on a player with a two-column card.
Or maybe it will be an APBA card, and my DX pitcher will roll nothing but thirty-twos, twelves, and sixty-fives. Maybe with a runner on 2nd and two out in the ninth, I’ll roll a 56-13 and celebrate into the night.
Congrats to Chris Heston for rolling twelves all night and for finishing it off with that 56-13. Somebody save that scorecard.
On the eve of the Olympic Women’s Soccer Final in August of 2012, the two squads poised to battle for the Gold Medal (USA and Japan) were the same two countries that had also battled for the Championship of the Women’s World Cup just the summer before. In a magnanimous gesture toward the then-still-burgeoning community of APBA Soccer gamers, APBA Games released a free PDF of the cards of the two finalist countries. The cards were from their Women’s World Cup set that was then (but is no longer) for sale.
As the 2015 Women’s World Cup gets underway, you can still download, print and replay that 2011 Women’s World Cup Final and/or 2012 Women’s Olympic Gold Medal Match. Many of the names you’ve come to know in the last four years – Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Hope Solo – are included in the PDF.