2015 Kansas City Royals As-Played Baseball Scorebooks Available Now!

It’s January, and in tabletop-baseball simulation game circles, that means it’s time to get started with new team and season replays.

Over the next few days, I’ll be highlighting some of the currently available 2015 As-Played Baseball scorebooks. These are scorebooks that are already completed and ready for print-on-demand, so there is no long wait-time for me to create them before you receive them. It’s just BUY > Print > Ship. Depending on where you live and the shipping option you choose, it’s possible to buy one today and receive it on your doorstep in less than a week.

The Kansas City Royals won the 2015 World Series on the strength of an historically great defense, to go with timely hitting and smart baserunning. In other words, they played good ol’ fashioned baseball.

Many Sabermetricians have declared that KC manager Ned Yost was a hindrance rather than an asset to the team in 2015, but it’s hard to argue with his results. On your tabletop, can you better Yost’s 95-67 record? More importantly, can you guide the Royals through the playoff gauntlet to hoist the trophy at the end?

CLICK HERE TO ORDER a 2015 KC Royals scorebook with pre-printed As-played lineups.

To see a list of all currently available 2015 scorebooks, go here:

1958 Los Angeles Rams vs. Cleveland Browns [Second Season Football]

Illustration of Jim Brown from the October 29, 1958 edition of The Sporting News

Illustration of Jim Brown from the October 29, 1958 edition of The Sporting News

Steve Tower of After Further Review and Al Wilson of Hands-On Games have each recently released videos (Steve’s video is here and Al’s video is here) on the subject Plaay.com’s Second Season Football. Watching these videos spurred me to pull the game down from the shelf for the first time in at least a year and a half.

The following game was played with a homebrewed version of the 1958 season created by David Gray (available for FREE download at David’s website: BackToMinnesota.com)

NFL logo

LOS ANGELES – Nearly 70,000 spectators were on hand at the LA Coliseum to watch Tommy Wilson of the LA Rams receive the opening kick of the 1958 NFL season. Wilson caught the kick at the 1 yard line and returned the ball 92 yards before being dragged down at the Browns’ 8. Less than one minute later the Rams led 7-0 and never looked back.

Rams Halfback Jon Arnett was the brightest star on the gridiron today, gaining 50 yards on the ground and adding 57 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns and 90 yards on returns.

Rams Browns 1958 week 1
The Browns were hamstrung early in the second quarter when their halfback, last year’s Rookie of the Year and arguably the best player in the NFL, Jim Brown suffered a leg injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game. At the time of his injury (11:45 to go in the 2nd), Brown already had 9 attempts for 49 yards on the ground. Brown’s replacement, Bobby Mitchell, tallied 11 attempts for 70 yards rushing on the day.

The loss of the Cleveland star may not have been the cause of the result, however. The Rams may have had this game in their pocket all along. Though he didn’t lose either of them, Jim Brown had already fumbled twice before he left the game and the Browns finished with five turnovers (four interceptions and a lost fumble) to the Rams one (an interception). This was the disparity that ultimately proved the difference.

Rams Browns team Stats
Rams Browns Stats

The 1958 NFL season was a great turning point for the league. Recently departed Frank Gifford’s book The Glory Game: How the 1958 NFL Championship Changed Football Forever is the definitive text on the season, and is a book that no one with an interest in the history of the league should miss reading.

Managing to Win: The Strat-O-Matic Baseball Documentary Trailer

Published on Jan 26, 2016

MANAGING TO WIN is an hour-long documentary film that tells the story of Hal Richman and his life’s journey in creating and sustaining the Strat-O-Matic Game Company, a fixture in the sports world for over 50 years. The documentary focuses both on Hal’s upbringing as well as the history of the Company, giving viewers an inside look at both the Company’s and Hal’s struggles, how Strat-O-Matic turned the corner to become a huge success, and what goes on behind the scenes to create the games each year.

Trailer produced by Netta-Lee Lax

Music by Ronald Bacardi

No word yet on an official release date, nor how the film will be distributed. Let’s hope it will be available via streaming channels like Netflix, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, and/or YouTube.

Strat’s documentary comes about twenty years later than the documentary film on the topic of their biggest competitor: APBA Baseball. Though it’s broken up into a bunch of sections – which isn’t ideal for viewing – Of Dice and Men is available in it’s entirety to stream for free online. CLICK HERE to watch the APBA documentary at the Zack Handbook site, where volunteers are doing a commendable job at preserving the rich history of the APBA Game Co.