THIS DAY IN SP78 HISTORY
March 30, 2004

A ‘Fireworks Night’ crowd at Municipal Stadium had something to celebrate as Rick Waits won his 16th of the year, leading the Indians to a 5-0 shutout win over the AL West-leading Rangers at site AZ18 in Peoria. Tribe catcher Ron Pruitt opened the game’s scoring in the third inning when he raced home on a passed ball by John Ellis; Bernie Carbo followed with a 2-run home run to ice the game for Cleveland. Duane Kuiper had three hits to lead the Indians, while Nelson Norman and Toby Harrah had two hits apiece for the Rangers. (Game #1514, 8/11/78)

Major League Baseball

Braves Stats Updated Through July

Updating the SP78 season statistics through July 31st has begun, with the Atlanta Braves the first of a wave of National League teams to have their stat page for July finalized and posted. The Braves, who currently reside in the cellar of the NL West, went 10-17 for July and finished the month trapped in a 7-game losing skid. The only bright spots for the team this season are shortstop Darrel Chaney—well on his way to his best season ever, with a .318 average and 115 hits—and closer Gene Garber, who has ten saves and an ERA of 1.00 in 35 relief appearances.

Also noteworthy: the only team Atlanta has a winning record against this season —a surprising 9 wins against just 4 losses—is division-rival San Diego.

To check out the Braves stat page for July, click here. (The boxes for league leaders, team rankings, and award totals have been left blank; these numbers will be added after all NL team statistics have been finalized, and July award winners have been picked).

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Ask Statistor

Statistor, Baseball Robota
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Developed by Sperry Rand in 1963, Statistor is a robotic information-gathering and data storage system, later modified by Texas Instruments specifically for use by Statis Pro 1978 Replay. Statistor will answer any and all SP78-related questions, either bi-monthly or whenever the mood strikes him.

 

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Hi Statistor!

In real-time days, what’s the record for the longest gap between the playing of Games 1 and 2 of a doubleheader this season?

Brad B.
Los Angeles, CA

Hello Brad,

On July 31, 2007 the first game of a doubleheader between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs was played at site AZ8 in Peoria, Arizona, a contest won by the Dodgers 16-3. LA would make it a sweep with a 7-3 storm-shortened win in Game 2, played at the same site on October 19, 2007…a record 81 days after the first game was played. The reason for the delay is not known.

Grüße bösen Statistik Roboter,

Wurden Sie mit einer Waffe System gebaut, die in der Lage ist, die Zerstörung einer großen Stadt? Auch, ist Brooks Robinson spielen in der SP78 saison?

Markus D.
Bürstadt, Germany

Sehr geehrter Markus,

Nein. Und nein.

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Carbonic Spray: The Sad Case of Ken Holtzman

CHI-N - Ken Holtzman poseFor pitcher Ken Holtzman, it’s a moment from his past he’s not likely to forget: standing in the Cubs’ bullpen between innings, staring up at the scoreboard looming high over the center field seats, and suddenly feeling a misty coolness settle softly on his face, neck, and arms. Above him, leaning over a railing surrounding the bleacher section, was a fan holding a large cup of soda, its bubbly carbonation splattering down onto Holtzman like a drizzly, sticky rain. And before he could do anything about it—before he knew it was even happening, actually—Holtzman had become permanently marked, like a man whose adult case of chicken pox had left his body riddled with scars.

sp78-carbonic-drink-80And so it was with my pristine Statis Pro player card of Holtzman, who during an SP78 match-up that was played sometime in the early-1990s, had been situated a little too close to the rocks glass of cola I’d been drinking during the game, and whose white cardstock had thus become stained with dozens upon dozens of tiny caramel-colored pinprick dots. And like so many other player cards damaged during my season—from creases to rubber band marks to potato chip stains—his was now stricken with this unique blemish for the remainder of his career, a constant and ugly reminder that taking part in a baseball board game is not always as safe as it looks.

Since that fateful day, whenever I’d play a game and would have a glass of Pepsi or Coke Classic with me at the desk or table, I would always make sure to place it at a reasonably safe distance from the board and cards. Thankfully, after 2008, when I stopped drinking soda altogether, the game and its players were never again in danger of accidental carbonation damage. Of course, that’s of little consolation to our tainted friend Mr. Holtzman:

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AL June Stats are Complete!

American LeaguePlayer and team statistics for all fourteen American League teams through the month of June have been completed, and are now available for review. The AL pages took a bit longer to complete than the NL (c’mon, I had two extra teams to deal with!), but now with both leagues finished, I can now begin work on July stats, which for the most part are already done and ready to be added to the site. Only stolen base statistics need to be compiled, and I already began work on those today. Look for July stats to be posted here soon.

Also updated on each team’s page were league leaders in many offensive and defensive categories (red fonts for leader, orange if tied for a lead), as well as team rankings for attendance, batting average, slugging percentage, and earned run average.

As mentioned in the previous NL June stats post, three new monthly award categories have been created for each league: the Crystal Slugger Award (individual slugging percentage leader), the Barnes Memorial Trophy (highest batting average for the month), and the Bradley Memorial Trophy (lowest ERA for the month). The winners of these three awards for April and May have been included as well.

Which June stats done, and July nearly ready to go up, it won’t be long until I’m able to add August numbers to the site, which would make my SP78 season stats current for the first time since the late-1980s…nearly thirty freaking years ago. Trust me, it’ll be nice to finally be able to reference stats that are truly up-to-date for that day’s slate of games, and have them up-to-date for you as well. From there, I’ll begin updating, adding to, and creating other sections of the SP78 site.

TWISP Notes #66

TWISP Notes
December 8, 2016

• June stats have finally been calculated and finalized, and teams are currently being updated on the SP78 site. All National League teams are complete, and American League teams have been updated through the Kansas City Royals, with seven AL teams left to fill out. After that, work will begin on July stats.

• Giants veteran Willie McCovey drilled his 499th home run in a game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 12th. McCovey connected off LA reliever Rick Sutcliffe, a solo shot in the eighth inning that gave the Dodgers some insurance in an eventual 4-2 win. McCovey also had two singles in the game to complete a 3-for-4 night.

• The Brewers have lost five in a row, and have dropped to five games back of the first-place Yankees in the AL East. Continue reading