Carl’s Big Day

Carl Furillo barely misses out on a cycle when he goes 4-for-5 with a double, triple and 2 home runs. These 1953 Dodgers are now 109-32 and on a 14 game winning streak with just a couple of weeks left in the season. Furillo is hitting .366 with 23 home runs and 93 RBI.  He has 13 games to go to collect 7 more RBI and become the 5th Dodger to break 100 RBI on the season.      

September 1953

On September 6th, 1953, somewhere in Los Angeles, a 5-month-old baby boy named Larry cooed and ahhh’d in his mother’s arms. She had been born in Arizona, a first generation American christened Guadalupe, but, as was the fashion of the time, she had taken the Anglicized name “Ruby” as her own. Little Larry, her baby boy, was her third child by her husband, Carlos. She and Carlos had been sweethearts since childhood, since before the war. Ruby’s first two children were dark complected, dour reflections of Ruby’s dark Mexican-Indian heritage, but little Larry was different. He had golden skin and … Continue reading

The Dubious Distinction of the Auto-played No-Hitter

Larry Jansen of the New York Giants has no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates in my 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers replay. This was an auto-played game, so I didn’t get to see it unfold or live the magic as it happened. This is the second no-hitter in the thousands upon thousands of Strat-O-Matic baseball games I’ve played. The first, by 1985 Dwight Gooden, was also an auto-played game. Who doesn’t love a no-hitter? I had the extraordinary opportunity to see one in person this year, and I’ll never forget it. But the auto-played no-hitter is a sweet-and-sour event. Larry Jansen never threw a … Continue reading

APBA Pro Baseball Basic Game: Review

After years of loyalty to Strat-o-Matic, it recently occurred to me that there might be something I’m missing by not playing the APBA game. I admit the thought of buying A Competitor’s Game made me feel a bit flushed; is wicked the word for it? Naughty, maybe, like stealing out for a smoke with a girl your wife wouldn’t approve of. APBA has been known to me as “A Competitor’s Game” for as long as I’ve been playing baseball simulations not of my own creation. The game is usually brought up on forums sort of this way: “Strat lets the … Continue reading