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Posted 04-13-2009 at 10:53 PM by TommyJohn

I have, in my 40th year, discovered the wonders of "APBA" baseball, the kind played with playing cards and rolls of the dice. I had a similar game made by Sports Illustrated from 1970, but never got into APBA. Don't know why, guess I never botherd to look for it.

I had been on whatifsports.com for a while, but grew bored with computer simulations. Not only did it not account for the "human" element of the game, but it was over in two seconds. So I quit going there frequently. That, and some of the posters on the forums were just as obnoxious and disagreeable as can be. Just total JERKS. I couldn't stand it.

I was told about APBA by a friend of mine who plays it sometimes, she likes it and has played it with her dad in the past. So she gave me her board set and dice, along with the instructions. It remained for me to order a season and play.

I fixated on two years-1927 and 1936. For 1927 I wanted to play an entire season as the "Murderer's Row" Yankees, using their schedule, taken from retrosheet.org. Amazingly, 1927 is not available for purchase from the APBA website. So I went with 1936. I don't know why I like that year. Nostalgia, I guess. I wanted to play with a White Sox team from the past, and in 1936 the scored 920 runs, hit .292 as a team, and just in general tore the cover off the ball. I have three tapes of games fom that year-they play the A's, Red Sox and Cubs.
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