Free 2016 Chicago Cubs As-Played Scorebook (PDF)

2016 Cubs Front Alt cover

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE PDF COPY of the 2016 Chicago Cubs as-played replay scorebook.

On April 21, 2016, Kris Bryant hit two home runs and drove in six as the Cubs destroyed the Cincinnati Reds by the score of 16-0. Anthony Rizzo had a homer and 3 RBI, and Ben Zobrist and David Ross contributed long balls of their own in the offensive eruption.

On any other night, the Cubs’ bats would have been the lead story, but Jake Arrieta upstaged his teammates by throwing 9 innings of no-hit, no-run ball. It was the second no-hitter of his career.

Replay Jake Arrieta's no-hitter vs. Cincinnati with this as-played scoresheet from the 2016 Cubs campaign

Replay Jake Arrieta’s no-hitter vs. Cincinnati with this as-played scoresheet from the 2016 Cubs campaign

Re-live Arrieta’s magic and the triumph of the Chicago Cubs 2016 season with this FREE PDF download of the customized scorebook.  This scorebook is designed for use with any baseball simulation game (e.g. Strat-O-Matic, APBA, Replay, Pursue The Pennant, Statis Pro, Payoff Pitch, History Maker Baseball, etc.).

The scorebook comes complete with as-played lineups and starting pitchers pre-filled for each game. An as-played schedule, list of significant transactions (with dates), and complete statistics for every player who wore a Cubs uniform in 2016 is included, too.

The 2016 Cubs run through the playoffs is included, too. For playoff games, the as-played lineups are written into the “notes” section of the scoresheet instead of pre-filled in the lineup slots.

All Cubs playoff games - including the 2016 World Series - are included in the download, too.

All Cubs playoff games – including the 2016 World Series – are included in the download, too.

If you’d prefer to order a PRINTED AND BOUND version of this scorebook, for a short time I can offer 20% off the normal price of $39 (plus $3.99 shipping).  Please use the BUY NOW button below to send $31.20 + $3.99 ($35.19 total) to via PayPal.

You can also email me anytime to discuss your project. I love making custom scorebooks. I want to make one for you.

Sadaharu Oh on Paper

Here’s a clip of a young, shirtless Sadaharu Oh slicing through paper with a samurai sword:

I recently finished reading Oh’s autobiography (co-authored by Dave Falkner), Sadaharu Oh: A Zen Way of Baseball, and it is not simply an excellent book, it may be the best autobiography I’ve ever read.

Fascinating in its insight, beautiful in its prose, courageous in its revelations, Oh and Falkner have written a compelling account of Oh’s journey to master hitting baseballs as far as they can be hit. The book was first published in 1974 and it remains among the best of its genre. I can’t recommend Sadaharu Oh: A Zen Way of Baseball enough.

Reading Oh’s autobiography has given me a new interest in playing the 1973 Tokyo Yamiuri Giants’ season on Strat-O-Matic’s PC game. I’ve played a handful of games with teams in this season roster, but haven’t yet taken on any projects.

Sadaharu Oh, 1973 Strat-O-Matic card for the PC game. Strat has never officially released a Sadaharu Oh card in the C&D format.

If you’re interested in learning more about Japanese Baseball history, I’d suggest any of Robert Whiting’s books, such as You Gotta Have Wa or The Chrysanthemum and the Bat: Baseball Samurai Style

Also, if you’re interested in playing some C & D Strat-O-Matic with some Japanese all-time greats, send me an email at and I can direct you to an unofficial, fan-created set that’s been floating around for a while.


Thanksgiving 2016; and Where I Have Been

It occurred to me recently that I have not written anything of substance since February. Literally, almost nothing at all. I’ve answered emails and posted the occasional tweet or Facebook status, but that’s about it.

writersblockquoteIt hasn’t been writer’s block, per se, that’s kept me away from the blog. I don’t believe in writer’s block. However, I do believe in this crippling anxiety that presents itself every time I login to the dashboard of my blog and begin a new post. I don’t know the cause, but I do recognize the symptoms and effects.

On this day of Thanksgiving, I’ve resolved to remember how grateful I am for this blog, this community, these games, designers, and publishers, and to move forward here despite my anxiety. Life is too short, the rewards apparent when I am actively writing are too great to forgo due to a little crippling anxiety.

So here I am now.

At the time I last posted, I didn’t expect the introduction of The Reggie Project to plug the flow of content here. The plan was to post game stories and summaries of that project as it evolved, thus providing months of content on the blog. So, what happened? Where have I been?

It was around the time of that last post that my wife and children and I working in earnest toward our family’s dream of owning our own retail fabric store. In July of this year, the dream was made real as we opened the doors to Dylan Fabrics at 408 Pacific Ave, Bremerton, WA.

In the time since, I’ve spent about 60-80 hours a week between my day job (Rural Carrier Associate for the USPS) and working for Dylan Fabrics. Time to dedicate to tabletop-sports gaming has been minimal, at best. I do try to get in at least two or three games a week, always late at night before bed, and taking that time to check out of everything and play a game has been a higher priority than updating the blog.

But I like writing! Or, more truthfully, I like having written. Today, with gratitude and optimism, I resolve to make writing a greater priority – above all but family, work, and self-care.

So, here I am. I’ve missed you. From the bottom of my anxious heart, thank you for remembering and thank you for still coming around.

Here’s a little video we made to promote our fabric store. The little girls are my children, the boy is the son of one of our employees. The woman you see first is my lovely, talented, and brilliant wife, Melissa Dylan.

The Reggie! Project: 1969 Mets Opening Day

Seaver, Reggie and the Mets Land in First Place in NL East After Spoiling Montreal Expos’ Franchise Debut

OPENING DAY – April 8, 1969

NEW YORK, NY – Tom Seaver allowed only 2 earned runs over 6 2/3 innings and Reggie Jackson homered in his first plate appearance of the season as the New York Mets toppled the expansion Expos of Montreal in the first game of the 1969 baseball season.

For the New York Mets, this marks the first time in franchise history the team has won on Opening Day. Consequently, with a record on the season of 1-0, this also marks the first time in franchise history the team has ever held a share of first place.

“The Mets are in first place. Let it never be said that miracles don’t happen,” said manager Gil Hodges.Mets first place quote

Les Expos, as Major League Baseball’s first Canadian franchise is known to its Quebecois fans, began their own franchise history inauspiciously when the first batter of the season, former NL MVP shortstop Maury Wills, struck out against the 24-year-old fireballer from Fresno, Tom Seaver. Their fortune quickly turned however, when second basemen Gary Sutherland reached on an Ed Kranepool error. After Rusty Staub singled and Mack Jones popped up behind home plate the Expos were staked to a 3-0 lead when Seaver hung a breaking ball to Montreal first baseman Bob Bailey who promptly deposited it over the Shea Stadium centerfield wall.

Not to be outdone, in the bottom of the first Cleon Jones singled to start the Mets’ half of the inning. Jones was erased on a 6-4 fielder’s choice, but with Tommie Agee on first base and Reggie Jackson at the plate Mudcat Grant grooved a fastball that Reggie’s powerful left-handed swing didn’t miss. The resultant home run was measured at 465 feet, one of the longest Shea stadium has ever seen.

The Expos held the Mets to a 3-2 score until the bottom of the 4th. That’s when the Mets plated three more runs on a series of walks and base hits that sent Grant to the showers. Seaver helped his own cause with a single that added two more runs in the bottom of the 5th against Expos reliever Dan McGinn.

A seventh inning rally brought Montreal within two, but Cal Koonce and Ron Taylor shut the door on Les Expos. Reggie Jackson narrowly missed a second home run of the night when he hit a long fly ball in the 8th inning that would have cleared the fences in most other stadiums.

“It was a good day for Reggie,” said Jackson. “And when it’s a good day for Reggie, it’s a good day for the fans.”

This game was played with Strat-O-Matic Advanced rules and charts, including clutch, weather and ballpark effects.

Click to see scorecard at full size.

Click to see scorecard at full size.

What’s New on the Blogroll

In recent months I’ve been adding links to the ol’ sidebar, but haven’t had the opportunity to mention most of them. Here are a few of the newest additions to the Roll, Blog(roll):

  • Not-The-Real Fireblossom (I assume)

    Not-The-Real Fireblossom (I assume)

    Fireblossom’s APBA Baseball Blog: Though there are a few prominent female tabletop-sports gamers in the blogosphere (Diane Firstman of Value over Replacement Grit and Laurie Berry of may be the two most widely known), as far as I know, Fireblossom’s APBA Baseball Blog is the only tabletop-sports-specific blog wholly written and operated by a woman. Is seeing the hobby from a “Goddess” (as she calls herself) perspective enough of a reason to read Fireblossom’s blog? Maybe or maybe not, but if, like me, you enjoy following replays that are presented with enthusiasm, wit, and an obvious love of the subject, then you are in for a treat with Fireblossom’s presentation of her 1967 AL replay. Her players come to life in her game recaps. I wholly endorse this new blog and hope that it gets the audience it deserves.
  • 368 To The Gaps: Mike Patterson is a Strat-O-Matic gamer who also designs and builds custom wooden tabletop-stadiums. His work is really amazing and inspiring for those of us who enjoy rolling dice in tiny little tabletop cathedrals.
  • Steve Bilko of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels from Archrivals Baseball

    Steve Bilko of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels from Archrivals Baseball

    Archrivals Baseball: APBA-Compatible card sets, available via PDF for reasonable prices. I have the “Great Teams of the Pacific Coast League 1” set, and it’s really a treat to see Joe DiMaggio of the 1935 San Francisco Seals going up against Ted “The Kid” Williams of the 1937 San Diego Padres. Card sets are well-researched and handsomely presented. A go-to site for anyone who is both a fan of APBA Baseball and great minor league teams of the past. Also available, a card set of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • House of Oglethorpe: Casey Brough is a librarian and Strat-O-Fanatic with a decent set of graphic design skills. He’s used said skills to design a very nice blog in which he presents his 1953 Strat-O-Matic Baseball replay. He’s also the world’s foremost collector of Marty Barrett memorabilia. Seriously.