Candlestick in the Wind – May, 1965

Stadium seats are piled on the field as demolition begins on Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Houses, a hotel, and a shopping center will be built on the site of the former Giants and 49ers stadium. (AP/Ben Margot) A photo posted by Digg (@digg) on Feb 4, 2015 at 8:56pm PST Candlestick Park is being demolished and I, for one, can only say: Good Riddance! Though I did have experiences as a baseball fan at that stadium that I quite certainly will never forget, I can’t say that I’m sad to see it go. In my tabletop-sports career, my favorite … Continue reading

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Though I didn’t come around here much over the summer, those months were not devoid of Tabletop-Sports gaming. Quite the contrary, in fact. I have a full-time job*, I have two young daughters, a wife (woo-hoo!), and all the attendant demands on my time that come with all these responsibilities. Fortunately, I do manage to find time to either roll a game or work on this blog nearly every night. However, most of the time it’s one or the other – rarely both. * “What?!” you exclaim. No, it’s true. I don’t play these games or write about them for a … Continue reading

Existential Compulsion

My compulsion is this: every game I play has to be part of a larger project. I can’t just pick two teams and play a game. Recently, I received a bumper crop of APBA baseball cards and I’m dying to play with them, but I have so many projects in the works that I’m can’t bring myself to start a new one. Why don’t I just play a few games here and there, and enjoy the matchups? The idea of playing a game and having it lost to irrelevancy makes me anxious. Physically anxious. Jittery and almost panicky. I was … Continue reading

1965 Strat-o-Matic NL Replay: Marichal 2-hitter

Juan Marichal dominated the Pirates in an Opening Day 2-hitter where the only runs of the game came on an 8th Inning grand slam off the bat of Willie Mays. Both Pirates hits were singles by Don Clendenon. It was precisely this kind of game that got me excited for a 1965 replay in the first place. Can’t wait to see Marichal and Koufax match up later in the season!