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Posted 04-14-2009 at 09:31 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 04-15-2009 at 09:31 AM by TommyJohn

So far my APBA record with the 1936 White Sox is 6-4. The real-life 1936 squad was 4-6 at the same point, in the midst of an eight-game losing streak that would drop them to 4-9. Still, they would bounce back to finish at 81-70 and see the light of the first division for the first time since the 1920 doomed-by-scandal squad.

The games I have played are fun, despite the fact that they are cards and dice, not real games. Cards and dice don't take into account the human element-brushback pitches, Luke Appling's ailments, Zeke Bonura's refusal to move off a dime to field a grounder. Still, it is a reasonable facsimile of baseball, and what more could one ask for than that?

I have had a couple of thrillers, too. In one game in Briggs Stadium vs. the Tigers the Sox were up 7-1 at one point, then 8-4. The Tigers tied it in the 8th, then in the 9th had the winning run 90 feet away but were unable to score him. Into extra innings I slogged. Finally in the top of the 12th, the Sox high-powered offense erupted for 7 runs, capped off by Zeke Bonura's 3-run monster blast into the left field stands. The last three outs were a mere formality-except that Detroit came roaring back, scoring four runs and had men on base before the Sox nailed down the elusive final out. Final: White Sox 15, Tigers 12.

Note: The Tigers were the defending World Series Champions as the real-life 1936 season opened. And who did they vanquish to win it all? The Cubs, of course. Only back then nobody in the Wrigley stands or in the Chicago media rent their clothes and sat in sackcloth and ashes to express their woe.

Another thriller I had was with Cleveland. The Sox led 7-3 going into the top of the 9th. The pitcher got two quick outs, but then put two men on base before the next hitter cranked a three run home run. I yanked the pitcher, Vern Kennedy and pictured him sloughing off the mound to a chorus of catcalls from the pale hose diehards for failing to get that last out. In came Ted Lyons who proceeded to walk the next two batters before finally getting that last out. Your final score: White Sox 7, Indians 6. Good thing these aren't real games. My heart couldn't take it.
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