RIP Monte Irvin (1919 – 2016)

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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: https://t.co/CBsOMi6TJh pic.twitter.com/KjvCxkbSUN — MLB (@MLB) January 12, 2016 I keep a list of guys like this that I refer to as my personal … 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 OneForFive.com 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

Thank You, Secret Santa!

I couldn’t have asked for a better gift from my Secret Santa! I received the 2015 English Pro League and the new International Football Legends sets for Soccer Blast. Can’t wait to play a few games with these cards! I’m thinking I’ll do a 2014-15 Arsenal replay with the EPL cards and I’ll somehow incorporate the Football Legends into my Universal Soccer Confederation league that I started a while back with the WFA (fictional) cards. Thanks, Secret Santa! I can’t wait to start seeing the other gifts that will be arriving in mailboxes around the country this month. To all … Continue reading

Turkey Mike Donlin

From Sabr.org’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