Sunday, December 7, 2014

1950 Update: Halfway Point, July 6, 1950

I've reached the halfway point of my 1950 APBA baseball replay, slowly rolling 616 games so far. I know it's the exact point because I follow my APBA mantra: There's no rainouts in APBA. Each of the 16 teams will play 154 games, hence the full 1232 slate of games.

The season has been a good one, although I am missing tossing the dice for the Minnesota Twins, my favorite team. I realize Washington's American League team is the precursor for the Twins, but it's not all the same. After playing the 1981 season, and compiling the horrible season for the Twins, I embarked upon 1942 and now 1950. It'll be a good long while since I've rolled a Twins game before I tackle 1991 next.

That said, 1950 has some drama and it keeps me returning to the boards, cards and dice.

Here's the standings at the split, which coincided with all games finished on July 5, 1950:

                      W    L    GB
New York      51 25  -
Boston           49 30  3.5
Detroit           45 31  6
Cleveland      46 33  6.5
Washington   31 46  20.5
Chicago         31 47  21
St. Louis        31 47  21
Philadelphia   26 51 25.5

New York is trying to pull away, but Boston hangs close. Earlier, the top four teams jockeyed for the lead, but the Yankees won seven of their last 10 games to edge into first. The pack is close, too. Chicago and St. Louis, while mired in the cellar, exchange places daily, it seems.

As for stats, well, I quit keeping them closely. I have less time and, sadly, I am lazy about that. I logged them in the computer, but there's something about doing them by hand that always appealed to me before. So, I keep the bare necessities of stats still: Home runs, pitching wins, loses and saves and occasional things like a player hitting three home runs in a game, or hitting for the cycle. I keep all the game box scores, so someday, someday, I may compile better stats.

However, I did run all the at bats for Joe DiMaggio just to see how he stood. He's batting .325 with 20 home runs and 70 RBIs. In the real season, the Yankee Clipper had 17 home runs by July 5, 1950.

Ted Williams leads the American League in batting with a .385 average (I did his season by hand, too). He's also got 20 home runs and 66 RBIs.

I'm also tracking George Kell's doubles. So far, he's hit 21 of them. In the real season, he has 22 at this point.

The National League is a dogfight. Here are the standings
                      W   L   GB
New York     45 34  -
St. Louis       43 33  .5
Brooklyn      43 34  1
Pittsburgh     41 34  2
Boston          41 35  2.5
Philadelphia  36 44 9.5
Chicago        33 41  9.5
Cincinnati     24 51  19

Stan Musial leads the Cardinals with his .383 batting average, along with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs.

New York doesn't seem to have any real statistical standouts. Bobby Thomson leads the Giants with 15 home runs and Sal Maglie is 10-3 on the mound. They just finds ways to win.

On the inverse, Philadelphia, which won the real 1950 National League pennant, can't seem to get it together. Delmer Ennis has 21 home runs and two Phillies' pitchers have won nine games each. But they've lost close contests by a run or two and their bullpen has blown some games. Their relievers are 5-12 so far.

Brooklyn really looks like the team to win this. Don Newcombe is 13-2 at the break and has tossed a no-hitter against Pittsburgh. Duke Snider has 19 home runs and Roy Campenella has belted 17 dingers. Ralph Branca, who served up that fateful home run to Bobby Thomson a year after this replay, has five home runs.

As I turn the corner of the replay and continue rolling on, the pace has picked up some. The games are interesting and the pennant race in the National League keeps me glued to the replay. Will it be an all-New York Series at the end? Will the Whiz Kids of Philadelphia finally put it together and play to their real potential? Will I survive more than two years without rolling a game for the Twins?


  1. I really like you blog. Great work. Maybe you had this in a post before, but I was wondering if you know the best ways/techniques to replay a season. I'm just getting back into APBA with my daughter (we've got a 16 team tournament going with the OFA set I picked up from eBay) and I'm thinking of replaying a season. I know many people do that, but how do they do it when rolling the basic game? Schedule, stats, etc. could be complicated if you don't have a plan. What out there can make things easier? Anyway, I was big into APBA in the 80s and I've decided to get back into it for many reasons. Thanks.

  2. Kevin, I take several days to begin a replay. I'll get the to-be-played schedules from ... not the actual games played that lists the scores, but the schedule issued before the season begins. If you go to the website, on the main page there's a tab menu for "data downloads." Click on that and go to "Game Logs" and click that. It will give you day-by-day schedules for every team. I do it this way instead of replaying actual games played to avoid rain outs, etc. Every team will play 154 games or 162. I also handwrite the schedules for each team and then fill in scores when I play the games. This way, I can track any mistakes I make. (I often play games late at night and sometimes I get bleary thinkin'.) As for stats, I always intend to do them... I use a Works type program on the iMac computer I use, but I burn out. I do keep stats for pitching won/loss/saves and home runs after every game. There's a stats program you can download that I found on some APBA page that seems pretty good to use to compile stats. I love doing replays; I began playing baseball on Dec. 28, 1998, and have done 8 full seasons so far and am halfway through 1950. (That progress attests that I have no real social life). I'd advise starting a replay with a season that really resonates with you .. a season where your team fared well, or players you like did well. It'll make the replay more enjoyable. Good luck and thanks for reading this.