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APBA32: The Big Hur(s)t

One of the joys of my My APBA mini-replay of the 1932 baseball season is learning about events and players about which I had little or no knowledge. (Learning is good, y’all!) One such player is Phillies’ firstbaseman Don Hurst (right), who is leading the National League in hitting at the moment with a robust… (read more)

A Little Vintage Baseball

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I went to check out the Arizona Territories Vintage Base Ball League today and shot photos of a game between the Phoenix Senators and Glendale Gophers. The Gophers rallied in their last at-bat to beat the Senators 10-9, but the real stories were the attention to period detail and the fact that everyone just had fun, period.

The ATVBBL – like many similar leagues around the country – plays by rules from the 1860s. No gloves, a ball can be caught on one bounce and still be an out, and pitchers deliver the ball underhand. The game of the 1860s was far more gentlemanly and far less athletic, and both the Senators and Gophers played a polite yet high-spirited game and seemed just happy to be out playing ball on a lovely Saturday morning.

As you can see by the photos, the Senators have uniforms that look more like modern baseball togs, while the Gophers’ attire harkens back to baseball’s infancy (when the name of the game was two words, rather than one, and gentlemen wore clothing you might see them wear in their “regular” lives).

The whole thing was huge fun and a blast to shoot and I hope you enjoy this bit of nostalgia. Photos are after the jump.

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1981 World Series Replay Game 5

The 1981 World Series is memorable for coming at the end of a season interrupted by a 59-day players’ strike, George Steinbrenner‘s bizarre maybe-it-happened-maybe-it-didn’t encounter with Dodger fans in an elevator and Dave Winfield’s 1-for-22 performance that set the stage for his owner later calling him “Mr. March.” My APBA replay of the 1981 World… (read more)

Down The Rabbit Hole With A Long-Dead Ballplayer

I’ve recently acquired the 1932 set of APBA baseball cards, and while going through them, I found a very interesting story. Apparently the St. Louis Browns of ’32 had a thirdbaseman named Jim McLaughlin (I stopped for a second because I have a friend with the same name.) Turns out Mr. McLaughlin received a card… (read more)

Show-Me Series Scintillating In Seven

Just as in the “real world,” my APBA replay of the 1985 World Series went to a decisive seventh game after late-game controversy in game six. But would the Royals continue their magic and win game seven at home, or would the Cardinals claim the title over their Missouri neighbors? Find out after the jump.