THIS DAY IN SP78 HISTORY
October 21, 1996

In the second and last SP78 game ever played at site TEX1, I celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Reds winning the 1976 World Series with an afternoon game between the Red Sox and Mariners, won by the Bosox 8-0 at the Marriott World Center in Dallas. Dennis Eckersley (9-3) pitched a complete game shutout, and Fred Lynn and Carl Yastrzemski had three hits apiece to lead Boston’s 13-hit attack. The Sox scored the only run they would need off Shane Rawley (5-5) in the second inning, when George Scott doubled home Rick Burleson from first. The two teams (and the game manager) endured a 32-minute rain delay in the bottom of the second.  (Game #845,  6/17/78)

Ask Statistor

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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 once a year or whenever the mood strikes him.

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Statistor,

Which teams in the NL and AL have had the longest winning and losing streaks so far this season?

Steve N.
Lemon Grove, CA

Steve,

In the National League, the longest winning streak belongs to the Padres, with 11, while the Astros and Braves share the longest losing streak with 9. In the American League, the Mariners are still tops in the majors with their magic 16-game winning streak, while the other 1977 expansion team, the Blue Jays, claim the longest losing skid with 10.

Dear Scary  Monster,

My name is Michael, I’m six years old, and I live on South Main Street. I have two questions to ask you. The first one is, do you have gas powered wings so you can fly into space and attack astronauts? And the second one is, does Statis Pro Baseball allow for variations in FAC card results in relation to each team’s home field advantages and disadvantages, based on player card formulas and/or Out Chart results?

Michael S.
Findlay, OH

Dear Michael,

In answer to your second question, no, the game does not allow for variations in results based on specific home ballpark idiosyncrasies, such as field dimensions and outfield wall height, although there do exist fan-created charts for such advanced play. As for your first question, it is not only nonsensical, but disturbing. Therefore, it will not be answered, and will be deleted from Statistor’s database.

Caldwell Earns 20th as Brewers Topple Tribe 9-1

Milwaukee Brewers ace Mike Caldwell became the first pitcher of the SP78 Replay season to reach the 20-win mark, allowing just one run on eight hits and going the distance in a convincing 9-1 victory over the Indians, in the first game of a ‘Ladies Night’ doubleheader at Milwaukee.

Caldwell (20-4) found himself involved in a pitching duel early on with Tribe starter Sid Monge (0-5), with Monge allowing just two hits to Caldwell’s four over the first four innings. But while Caldwell stayed strong into the eighth, Monge fell apart in the fifth, coughing up four earned runs thanks to Gorman Thomas’ 22nd home run of the season, a grand slam that just cleared the short County Stadium wall in left. It was his first slam of the SP78 season, and the third of his five-year career.

To read more about the game, make comments, and see a few photos, click here.

The SP78 40th Hit List

No, I’m not talking about base hits…I’m talking about the 13 classic rock hits that played on 92.5 FM, The Fox throughout the SP78 40th Anniversary game on August 22nd. Like I’d done with the game Steve P and I played in Connecticut during our baseball trip to the New England states in 2015, I kept track of the songs that we heard on a local radio station over the course of the game, and burned them to a CD later as a reminder of the event.

Looking at both lists, I’d say I like this collection of songs a bit more than the 13 that played during that NE trip five years ago, on a classic rock station out of Hartford called 102.9 FM, The Whale. And I just now noticed: what’s with the animal kingdom theme with my choice of stations for Statis Pro games? Does that mean that for the 50th Anniversary game I might be listening to 99.7 FM, The Wombat?

Thunderstruck – AC/DC
Dust in the Wind – Kansas
Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi
Somebody to Love – Queen
Wheel in the Sky – Journey
Rainbow in the Dark – Dio
Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty
Bennie and The Jets – Elton John
I Can’t Drive 55 – Sammy Hagar
Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Juke Box Hero – Foreigner
Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney and Wings

Inside the SP78 Vault: 40th Anniversary Program

Created for today’s 40th Anniversary game, and already destined for the vault, is this four-page program featuring a scorecard, starting lineups for both teams, a message from the Commissioner, a seating chart for Riverfront Stadium, game notes, and a scan of an actual ticket stub from the August 22, 1978 game between the Reds and Cards. Overall, a steal at 25 cents.