Happy Birthday to the Ultimate Strat-O-Matic Fanatic
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Posted by Paul on September 22, 2014 | Short Link

In early 2011, in honor of their 50th anniversary, Strat-O-Matic Games announced a search for the “Ultimate Strat-O-Matic Fanatic.” Brett Carow of Farmington, Minnesota earned the crown with an impressive gaming resume. From Strat-O-Matic’s official Press Release: Brett’s Strat-O resume is quite impressive: over 10,700 baseball games played in 20+ years. In addition to sleeping […]

DiMaggio’s Droopy Drawers
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Posted by Paul on September 10, 2014 | Short Link

Transcript [from The Sporting News - March 12, 1942]: ‘Droopy Drawers’ Players – A desire for an explanation of those “droopy drawers” – pants down to the ankles – affected by some modern players, is expressed by Variety, breezy and authoritative theatrical weekly. “Joe DiMaggio and Carl Hubbell are the silliest looking pair we’ve seen,” […]

1973 Freaks League
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Posted by Paul on September 8, 2014 | Short Link

This month in Strat-O-Matic’s The Replay Zone, writer and replayer Jeff Polman talks about his 1973 Draft League he calls “The ’73 Freaks League.” I’ve known Jeff for a while now, and we collaborated last year for his Dear Hank 1938 Strat-O-Matic replay. It was nonetheless an honor to be asked to be a part […]

“Stormin’” Norman Marsh (1952 – 2014)
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Posted by Paul on August 30, 2014 | Short Link

In September, 2004 I read an article in the Honolulu Advertiser about the Oahu Adult Baseball League, that featured a team called the Oahu Ravens. At the time, I’d been living on Oahu for almost a year and hadn’t made any real friends and didn’t feel particularly connected to a community yet. Though I hadn’t […]

Don Drysdale and “The Good Face”
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Posted by Paul on August 25, 2014 | Short Link

Contrary to popular opinion, the book Moneyball by Michael Lewis is not about how Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s prefer to take walks rather than put the ball in play. The book is about market inefficiency, and how small-market teams must compete by getting the most production out of their ballplayers for the least […]

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