RIP Monte Irvin (1919 – 2016)


If you’ve spent any amount of time with the hobby of sports simulation games, you’ve probably developed affection for players from the past that you otherwise never would have had any connection to. Maybe for you it’s a second-tier pitcher who threw your first tabletop no-hitter. Maybe it’s a guy you drafted in a late round who had an unexpectedly huge season in a replay league. Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin has died at age 96: — MLB (@MLB) January 12, 2016 I keep a list of guys like this that I refer to as my personal … Continue reading

Free to Download: Tony LaRussa Ballparks

This shot of Griffith Stadium was taken from Tony La Russa Baseball, and can now be downloaded at the link provided in the post below.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER where you can download any and all of the 75+ Tony La Russa Baseball ballparks in .bmp format. The PC vs. C&D debate for baseball simulation games is one that may never end. Card & Dice diehards will point to the tactile experience of holding the cards in their hands, as well as the myriad opportunities to personalize game play using house rules that PC games can’t, by their very nature, offer. The greatest benefit of PC games, of course, is that they let the gamer get straight to the matchups while … Continue reading

My Favorites (so far)

These are some my favorite posts (so far): The Greatest Tabletop Baseball Game Ever The Search for the World Football Association’s Best Player The Execution of Jim Hugh Moss, Negro League Ballplayer and Followup to Jim Hugh Moss Story California, 1982 – Get the Hammer Out Strat-O-Holic Official Scorecard On Being a Father APBA Soccer FACs and 8a. Soccer Blast Attack Process Flow Chart Before Every Moment, There is a Moment George Brett and Mario Mendoza Lou “Buster” Gehrig and Rediscovering Lou Gehrig’s Lost Nickname and Last Buster Gehrig Post, I Promise The tributes: Stormin’ Norman Marsh (1952-2014) Rob … Continue reading

OneForFive Top 5 Greatest Hits

In the 4+ years of this blog’s existence, there have been somewhere around 450 published posts. The 5 listed below have had more hits than any others:  Damocles of the Dodgers – probably my favorite post of all time, too. The reason it ranks so high is that NBC Sports linked to it on their site. It’s a word-for-word transcription of a story Vin Scully told on air during a Dodgers broadcast on April 15, 2013. I heard it while watching the game and immediately knew it had to be transcribed for posterity, and thousands of others seem to have … Continue reading

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