RIP Joaquin Andujar

The picture below was posted by Robinson Cano on his Instagram account today. My Spanish is only ok, but I’ll attempt to translate (any native speakers, please correct me if I’m wrong): [Andujar’s loss is] a great sadness for all fans of baseball, especially Dominicans. But much more than that, we had the honor of sharing closely with you and learning from your example. You always said that I was going to make the big leagues, and I learned enough from you that I will always live with gratitude for you. Rest in peace. Un gran dolor para todos los … Continue reading

On This Day in History: 1969

Happy Independence Day, America! On this day 46 years ago (July 4, 1969), centerfielder Bob Oliver of the Kansas City Royals came up to bat in the eighth inning with the bases loaded against Jim Bouton of the Seattle Pilots. It was a battle of expansion clubs, neither of which were faring well in their first season. On this day, however, Oliver and the Royals had the baseball Gods on their side. Oliver rolled a 3-6 and hit the split number (17) to club the first Grand Slam in KC Royals history. The Royals went on to beat the Pilots … Continue reading

Congratulations to Giants Rookie Chris Heston

…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 … Continue reading

Iron Horse Park

Here is one of the finest examples of a “Tabletop Cathedral” dedicated to Strat-O-Matic that I’ve seen in a while. Behold, Iron Horse Park by Mike Patterson: @StratOMatic his opening day was rained out, we played two anyways pic.twitter.com/YEyDHtLWQ9 — Mike Patterson (@368tothegaps) April 25, 2015 “Iron Horse Park” is a classy and monolithic title, but personally, I might have gone with “Buster Field.” Patterson has a burgeoning tabletop-sports blog called 368tothegaps that I hope he continues to develop. This great hobby needs more talented guys like you publishing on the interwebs, Mike.