With the playing of SP78 Game #1312 between the Pirates and Padres on August 22nd, site ‘AZ8’ in Peoria, Arizona became the all-time leader in Statis Pro games hosted, with 184, besting the old mark of 183 established by ‘ESC11’ in Escondido, California in 2003.
While it took just five years for ‘ESC11’ to host 183 games, ‘AZ8’ took its time garnering its record-breaking number, taking a full ten years to achieve its total, thanks to some lean years of game-playing from 2006 to 2011. After three years of double-digit games played from 2003-2005, the ensuing six years saw no more than eight contests played in a single year (with a low of three in 2010), until the banner year of 2012 when the season got back on track, and 55 games took place.
With the goal of 184 games now accomplished, SP78 Replay now will set its sights on a new number: 200 games played at a single site, which of course would also be a first for the SP78 season. At the current rate of play—about one game per week—this milestone should be reached by the second weekend of December. “It’s a thrill to be here for the record-setting event,” said the SP78 commissioner during seventh-inning stretch of the historical game. “I couldn’t have done it without me.”