Thursday Morning Click-Thru: 1/12/12

Larry Granillo (aka Wezen-Ball) at Baseball Prospectus had a great find earlier this week, when he found a 1940 quote from 22-year-old Ted Williams, stating that if Williams were a free agent and could go to any team, he’d pick the Brooklyn Dodgers. I’m a Dodgers fan, and have been since birth.That “what-might’ve-been” moment about The Kid led me on a quest for at-the-time articles about my greatest “what-might’ve-been” wish:  that the Dodgers had never left Roberto Clemente unprotected in the 1954 Rule 5 draft. “He was the No. 1 draft choice on at least four or five clubs,” said … Continue reading

The Thursday Morning Click-Thru

It’s Thanksgiving and, if you’re like me, you’re sitting around with family, eating, relaxing, watching tv, maybe browsing the internet on a laptop or tablet.  Here are some links you might like.   This week’s best sporting links, curated by yours truly:   HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to StratFanForum poster Nitrous Oxide who has been tracking every home run hit in his Strat-O-Matic career (which began in 1984).  On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Nitrous rolled his 10,000th home run when Negro Leaguer Bonnie Serrell faced off against Dave Steib. Speaking of Dave Steib, is he one of the top 50 players of all-time who … Continue reading

Does God Play Strat-o-Matic?

It’s the eleventh month of the year, and in our little recovery group, that means we spend the month talking about the eleventh step of our program which is: Seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for our knowledge of His will and the power to carry that out.   Today our daily reflections brought up the concept of “letting go and letting God.”  I often think of J. Henry Waugh’s Universal Baseball Association when I consider the impact of God on my everyday life.  If you aren’t familiar with the book I’m … Continue reading


Someday I’ll tell you why the blog is called “One for Five.”  In the meantime, this is a brief synopsis of my long history with tabletop sports games.   I invented my first baseball board game at the age of 7.  I really don’t remember any of the details except that it had a spinner on the pitcher’s mound.  I won 3rd place in my school invention contest in the games division.  One of the judges was a representative from Mattel.   This is the spot when the whole thing starts to sound a little like the backstory of a labcoat-wearing evil … Continue reading