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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.

Cruz Ten Thefts Shy of Matching AL Mark

With more than six weeks left in the 1978 campaign, Seattle second baseman Julio Cruz, having a career year in only his second season in the majors, is just ten stolen bases away from tying the American League single-season mark of 96, set by Tigers legend Ty Cobb in 1915. And with 42 games remaining on the Mariners schedule, it appears that the major league record of 118, established by Cardinals veteran Lou Brock in 1974, may be in jeopardy as well.

SEA - Julio Cruz“As long as I stay healthy, and can get on base, I think I can do it,” said Cruz before tonight’s doubleheader against the Angels at the Kingdome. If he were to steal a base per game, and barring injury or a sudden slump that would keep him off the basepaths, Cruz would break Cobb’s record on August 25th at Baltimore, and Brock’s milestone at home on September 19th against the Royals.

“Of course I’m playing him every game!” said a surprised Darrell Johnson, manager of the M’s, when asked if he was sticking with Cruz at second for the remainder of the season. “Why wouldn’t I? We’re fifteen games outta first, the guy’s hitting over .300, and he’s about to put this team on the map. You want me to play Bernhardt or Milbourne instead?”

With 86 stolen bases thus far in ’78, Cruz needs just three more to pass Washington outfielder Clyde Milan’s 1912 total to claim the second spot for single-season steals by an AL player in the modern era. Cruz considers that feat alone to be just another shining moment in a season already chock-full of them for the magic Mariners, who are currently tied for fourth place in the AL West. “For a second-year team,” he said, “we’re not doing too bad, are we?”

Stat Night

Stat Night - photo
Just another evening spent working on statistics at the living room table, where for the past several months I’ve been compiling stats for every SP78 game played in June: as the photo above shows, I’m currently at work on Game #777, a June 12th match-up between the Mets and Padres at San Diego Stadium. From here, I have just 235 scoresheets to pore over before I wrap-up the month, and can begin adding the numbers to the blog site.

And after that, I’ll make some minor additions to every team’s July statistics (which are, for the most part, already completed), and when I factor in the current August stats, I’ll be caught up with the season’s stats for the first time since I finished playing the last of the April games back in 1988. Thank heavens I have no social life, or I’d never have time to get any of this done.

August Injury Report – Week 1

The following is a list of injuries to players which occurred between August 1st and August 7th of the the SP78 season, with injuries noted by date, team, player, and number of days or weeks missed.

August 3rd

HOU: Outfielder Jose Cruz was injured diving for a fly ball during an exhibition game at Watt Powell Park in Charleston, West Virginia, and missed the remainder of the exhibition contest, as well as three regular season games. Medical reports indicated a ligament strain in the right ankle area, but a tear wasn’t ruled out, and Cruz returned to Houston ahead of the team for more examinations. It will be the third time this season Cruz has been out of action due to injury.

LA: Outfielders Dusty Baker and Billy North collided while chasing a deep fly ball off the bat of SF first baseman Willie McCovey, in the second game of a twinbill at Candlestick Park; Baker was put on the 15-day disabled list, while North was placed on the 30-day DL.

August 4th

MON: Starting pitcher Ross Grimsley pulled a muscle in his pitching arm on the first pitch of the game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, and left the game immediately. He will be out for 1-2 weeks.

August 5th

SF: Third baseman Darrell Evans and catcher Marc Hill were both hurt after they collided in foul territory while chasing a Bill Russell pop-up during the seventh inning of their game against the Dodgers at Candlestick. Evans was lost for six games; Hill was placed on the 15-day DL the following day.

August 6th

CHI-N: In Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Expos, Cubs outfielder Greg Gross crashed into the ivy-covered right field wall of Wrigley Field while tracking a long fly hit by Ellis Valentine, suffering a shoulder injury that placed him on the 21-day disabled list.

DET: Tigers starting pitcher Dave Rozema will be out 1-2 weeks with a pulled hamstring, suffered while pitching in the fourth inning of Detroit’s 9-1 win over the White Sox at Tiger Stadium. Rozema left after the fourth, replaced by Jim Slaton, and did not qualify for the win.

OAK: In a bizarre incident at Oakland, Game 2 starter Steve Renko was stung on his pitching hand by a wasp while standing on the mound during the game’s first out, and was forced to depart after facing just two batters. It’s likely he’ll miss 1-2 starts while the hand heals.

CLE: Tribe backstop Gary Alexander will miss an estimated one week’s worth of games after a jarring collision with third baseman Buddy Bell strained a tendon in his neck, after both chased a foul off the bat of Rangers batter Jim Sundberg that neither caught. Bell was not injured.

TEX: Rangers speedster Bump Wills was hit on the hand by an inside pitch from Indians pitcher Rick Wise, in the seventh inning of their meeting at Arlington Stadium, and was forced to leave the game to seek medical attention. X-rays proved negative, and Wills returned to action two days later.

August 7th

MIN: In a match-up against the Mariners, pitcher Geoff Zahn began to experience swollen fingers on his pitching hand after six innings of work, and was pulled from the game as a precautionary measure by manager Gene Mauch. Zahn will make his next start on August 13th, in a doubleheader against the A’s.

CHI-A: Rookie catcher Mike Colbern was injured in the eighth inning of a game against the Royals when he collided with third baseman Eric Soderholm, while both were chasing a foul pop-up off the bat of Frank White. Soderholm was not hurt, but Colbern suffered two broken bones in his right hand and was placed on the 30-day disabled list.