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:

    • 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 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.


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