Game Reviewer Receives Poor Review

I’m talking about yours truly, of course. In many aspects, I’m proud of this blog. On the other hand, there are so many things – i.e., everything – that I think can be done better. Just A Bit Outside, Rob Neyer’s website under the Fox Sports umbrella, was unceremoniously ditched by its parent company today. I’m sad to see it go. Together with the shut-down of Sports Illustrated’s Grantland, those of us who enjoy intelligent, nuanced, and oftentimes innovative baseball journalism have had a pretty bad offseason. A blow has been dealt to the cause of intelligent baseball writing. This … Continue reading

Turkey Mike Donlin

From’s Biography Project (Donlin’s entry written by Michael Betzold): A flamboyant playboy and partygoer who dressed impeccably and always had a quip and a handshake for everyone he met, Mike Donlin was “one of the most picturesque, most written-about, most likeable athletes that ever cut his mark on the big circuit.” “Turkey” Mike Donlin was born in Peoria, IL in 1878. According to Betzold’s bio: “When he was eight his parents, railroad conductor John Donlin and his wife, Maggie, were killed in a bridge collapse. Forced to hustle for a living, young Mike worked as a machinist and was … Continue reading

Ken Griffey Jr. and the Baseball Card Hall of Fame

The Baseball Card Hall of Fame Inner Circle, as I see it

In March, 2012 I wrote a post about a hypothetical “Baseball Card Hall of Fame” where I nominated the 5 cards that should be in the inaugural class as “inner-circle” Hall of Famers. Here is the list: 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. 1909 T206 Honus Wagner 1933 Goudey Gum Babe Ruth 1914 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb In 2016, Griffey will be appearing on the BBWAA Baseball Hall of Fame ballot (that’s the real deal, in Cooperstown) for the first time. There has been some speculation that he could become the first player unanimously elected to … Continue reading

From the Wayback Machine: The (Nearly) Complete Collection of Avalon Hill’s All Star Replay

AVAILABLE ONLINE Originally Posted May 26, 2014 Thanks to this website, tabletop-sports fans now have the opportunity to read 19 issues of Avalon Hill’s All-Star Replay magazine. Click Here to go to the Google Docs folder (no sign-in required) to view and download pdf versions of every All-Star Replay magazine published from Volume One, Number One in fall, 1977 through Volume Five, Number One in summer, 1983. All-Star Replay was Avalon Hill’s in-house magazine that covered all AH sports titles, which included the Statis-Pro Baseball, Basketball, and Football games, Title Bout, Baseball and Football Strategy, Speed Circuit, the horse racing … Continue reading

2015 Secret Santa Signup – Tabletop Sports Edition

1st ANNUAL SECRET SANTA SIGNUP: TABLETOP SPORTS EDITION I’m devoting myself to the blog this winter with a time commitment I’ve never had the opportunity to make in the past, which is great news for you! What this means is that I can take on projects that have been brewing for a long, long time, but that were too ambitious for me to launch in the past. Yesterday I announced that I’ll be creating 2015 As-Played Scorebooks for all 30 Major League clubs. Also on the agenda will be finishing (finally, I know) the 4th issue of the Magazine. … Continue reading