THIS DAY IN SP78 HISTORY
September 27, 2015

‘Joe Walsh Day II’ continued at site AZ15 in Peoria, a ‘Baseball Night on C-SPAN’ match-up between the Brewers and Yankees in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mike Caldwell was on the mound for Milwaukee, going for his 18th win; opposing him was Don Gullet, who was going for his 8th. The two battled for six scoreless innings before Milwaukee blew it open in the seventh; Buck Martinez sent two runners home with a two-out single, and Gorman Thomas followed with an RBI double, good for a 3-0 lead. Caldwell allowed a NY run in the eighth, on a fielder’s choice groundout by Willie Randolph, but he stymied the Yanks in the ninth to secure the 3-1 final, becoming the first SP78 pitcher to record his 18th victory. Caldwell had also pitched in the actual 1978 game, and lost 3-0.  (Game #1481,  8/8/78)

Major League Baseball

Stat Night Revisited

Stat Night, Revisited
Back in March I posted a quick update of my never-ending work on June stats, which I’d been slaving over for nearly a year: 368 total scoresheets for the month to tabulate, at about 30-45 minutes per page. At the time, I’d made it as far as the 12th of June, which translated to 133 sheets completed, with 235 more to go.

Now, five months later, I’m still hard at work getting those stats wrapped up, but I’m edging ever closer to the finish line. As of today I’ve reached June 24th, with 277 scoresheets completed, and just 91 left to compile. Of course, once I’m done with all of that, I still have to add those stats to the April and May totals, then plug all 26 teams’ worth into their respective blog pages.

And that beat-up green book on the table? A $2 thrift store copy of The Baseball Encyclopedia, given to me by a friend at work.

TWISP Notes #65

TWISP Notes
July 15, 2016

• With right-hander Nino Espinosa starting on the mound for the Mets on Sunday, the opposing Cardinals will start LH-batting rookie Todd Benefiel at short, after he sat out the past two games so that regular shortstop Garry Templeton could bat against left-handed starters. Benefiel, hitting .438 since his call-up from Springfield, will bat second behind veteran Lou Brock, who for this game will switch to the lead-off spot in hopes of sparking his dismal SP78 batting numbers. For the season, Brock is hitting an uncharacteristic .227 with only seven stolen bases, and in August just .115 with no stolen bases.

• St Louis is currently riding a 4-game winning streak, the longest such streak in the major leagues through Saturday, and a victory over the Mets will cap a sweep of their 3-game weekend series and move the Cards to within one game of fifth-place New York in the NL East.

• My year-long task of re-calculating all June statistics continues, and with work through June 21st finished, only 118 scoresheets (out of 368 total for the month) remain to be tabulated before June’s numbers are complete. The player and team stats will then be added to the site, and June award winners will announced soon thereafter.

• The current SP78 game site at AZ18 in Peoria, Arizona has now hosted 34 games since last December, good for 17th place on the all-time list, and one behind site RB1, which hosted the very first SP78 Replay game in 1980.

• With their top hitter and reliever—George Brett and Al Hrabosky—having returned from their respective disabled lists on Friday and Saturday, the second-place Royals are back to full strength and eager to make a run at the AL West lead. Utility infielder Jerry Terrell, who took over at third base for Brett during his absence, batted .255 with five RBI in fifteen games, while KC relievers were a combined 3-2 with just one save after Hrabosky was injured in mid-July.

• Twins slugger Roy Smalley has hit eight home runs in 12 games during the month of August; he now has 24 round-trippers for the season.

• In Saturday’s doubleheader against the Angels, speedster Julio Cruz of the Mariners moved two steps closer to Ty Cobb’s AL record for stolen bases in a single season, swiping a base in each game of the twinbill to climb to 88, just eight behind Cobb’s long-standing mark of 96, which he established in 1915.

• The second-place Cubs, who are 13 games behind the front-running Phillies in the NL East, received a welcome boost to their starting rotation—and their chance at catching the Phils—when Mike Krukow returned from the 21-day disabled list on August 10th. Krukow, who was 8-7 when he went on the DL on July 20th, started for the Cubs one day after his return, against Montreal, and combined with Bruce Sutter for a 4-0 shutout win at Olympic Stadium.

Fans! Sunday, August 13th is Thrifty’s Halter Top Day
at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto!

Ask Statistor

Statistor, Baseball Robot

 

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.

 

Hello Statistor,

Sometimes I see a University of Washington spiral notepad in the header photos of the Statis Pro 1978 Replay blog site. What is the pad used for, and how long has it been in use?

Joanne S.
Spokane, WA

Dear Joanne,

The notepad was purchased by the Supreme Controller during a visit to the University of Washington campus bookstore in February of 1980. It was put into use in 1988, to keep track of injuries, transactions, player milestones, records, and other noteworthy events from each day of games played, some of which would then be featured in the weekly edition of TWISP Notes. It is still in use today, and is used as reference for current TWISP posts and This Day in SP78 History entries.

Statistor,

I was just wondering: which four SP78 teams do you predict will meet in the NL and AL post-season?

Reid P.
Vista, CA

Sir,

Statistor does not predict, assume, guess, contemplate, or ponder. Statistor deals in statistics, hard facts, and answers that are grounded in gameplay reality. Statistor will not answer your question.

 

5,048 Days

Recently, while spending another evening working on June stats, I began to wonder which of my many game sites had been around the longest…the length of time from its first SP78 game to its last. My initial guess was AZ8, my apartment in Peoria, Arizona that saw a record-setting 218 games played over a 10-year period between 2003 and 2014. I decided to check on-line for an answer, and found a website that allowed me to punch in start and end dates to calculate a time frame in years, months, and days; after tabulating results for all 93 sites, I was surprised to find that AZ8 ranked only third, with a mere 3,739 days under its belt.

Though having hosted a grand total of just 24 games, my Mom’s former apartment in Mesa, Arizona, stood at #2, having served as an SP78 game-playing spot during my several short vacation trips there between 1991 and 2002, and having survived as an SP78 game location a mere six months longer than AZ8. What then was the longest-tenured site? Which building hosted 36 games over the course of an astounding 5,048 days—a distant three years longer than the other two front-running sites—and currently claims the #1 spot? Any guesses?

I’ll offer a few clues: the site was located in California, it was my temporary home for two months after I’d moved back to the area from another city, and was host to the longest 9-inning SP78 game ever played, which took just over two hours to complete. Here’s another hint: the photo below was taken during the final game ever played there, a 5-3 Dodgers win over the Braves:

Game #1058

Anyone figure it out without consulting the Game Sites page? The answer is ESC5, my friend Steve P’s townhome condo in Escondido, California, which served as a Statis Pro destination between June of 1988 and April of 2002, a whopping thirteen years, nine months, and twenty-seven days. The site was host to many memorable SP78 contests during that time, including a 17-inning affair between the Astros and Mets co-managed by Steve and my brother Scott, the infamous Sixto Lezcano Game, and the big 20th Anniversary Game, also co-managed by Steve and Scott.

And for the record, only three other sites have ever hosted games for more than a thousand days: my friend Julie’s RB11 condo (2,056), my ESC11 guesthouse studio (1,910), and the RB3 house where my friend Reid lived (1,514), the latter of which saw just two games hosted over a four-year span in the early-1980s.