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 is NOT in the Hall of Fame? If you have an opinion on who belongs on that list, you should take a look at Baseball Past and Present, where Graham Womack is doing his second annual tabulation of fans’ opinions on the subject. You, too, can vote on who should be included in that list.
- Also on Baseball Past and Present, Joe Guzzardi does a career retrospective on a guy who was more Mario Mendoza than Mario Mendoza: Lollopin’ Lou Limmer of the Philadelphia Athletics (1951 and 1954). “The Lou Limmer Line” is a short and sweet retrospective of the career .202 hitter. As the title of my blog suggests, I have a soft spot for the no-hit, good glove types.
- Downey Games has released a couple of new football games (one college, one pro) designed by Phil Reviere under the name “Fast Action Football.” The initial reports from gamers is that the game fills a great niche in between quick-play games and ultra-realistic games. I’m looking forward to giving it a try, as I haven’t found a football game yet that has given me the pleasure of a game I called “My Football League” that I made up as a 10 year-old. I lost the charts and rules to that one many years ago, but I’ve thought about trying to re-create it many times. If Fast Action Football works out, maybe I won’t have to.
- We all love write-ups of other guys replays, don’t we? Jason Miller at BooksOnBaseball.com ran a great Negro League Barnstorming tour set in 1934 against NL All-Stars, using Strat-O-Matic’s Negro League and 1934 sets. His write-up focuses on the project MVP, Negro League shortstop, Willie “El Diablo” Wells.
- My new favorite website for football/soccer stories is In Bed With Diego Maradona. Tackling stories such as the “slave trade” of African footballers to European clubs, to a story on Azerbaijan’s biggest club, FK Qarabag – the Horsemen, to more esoteric questions such as “What is Talent?”, this site features top-notch writing, smart and interesting stories and none of the run-of-the-mill stuff (who’s hot, what manager should be sacked, where in the world is Carlos Tevez) that you get at most soccer sites. It’s like a literary magazine for literate football fanatics, and I love it.
- The Common Man over at Fangraphs has a funny little piece about Steve Balboni and his Strat-o-godliness. It reminded me how much I loved 1990 Kevin Maas (he was a Hall of Famer in My League). It’s worth a click to see a picture of that beautifully left-hand-heavy card Balboni’s .211/.340/.497 vs. lefties produced in 1990.