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April 28, 2018

1958 Free Agent News

Of the 4 free agent players due to the maximum of 45 players on a roster, only one of them was signed, and it was the only claim for him. The Frankfort Frigates claimed P John Fitzgerald. The other 3 players Les Moss, Bobby Morgan, and Rod Graber were given their unconditional release from the 1958 season.

February 7, 2018

1958 Call for protected rosters

I am asking that you send me your protected rosters in preparation for the Rule 5 draft very soon. Have your protected lists to me by Friday, February 9th by 8PM EST. The Rule 5 draft will be conducted by email and will begin officially on Saturday morning, the 10th.

With the rookie draft coming in only a little more than 3 weeks now, this is the time to get the Rule 5 draft scheduled, so that all will have time for some trading before the rookie draft begins, and after Rule 5 is complete. Once Rule 5 protected lists are all in, and the official R5 file is released, only the protected players on rosters can be traded until the Rule 5 draft is complete. Be sure to have your rosters in by Friday evening or I will have to make your choices for your team to the best of my ability. Here are the number of protected players each team has for 1958:

19 Protected Players
Louisiana Lightning (Mike See)
Massillon Tigers (John Ungashick)
Frankfort Frigates (Gary Plunkitt)
Schenectady Patriots (Don Rahn)

20 Protected Players
Beard Black Cats (Rick Ryan)
East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer)
New Bedford Ahabs (Chris Williams)
Joliet Jakes (Terry Baxter)
Wabash Six (Bill Lanke)
Newark Bears (Joe DeZarlo)

21 Protected Players
Riverside Robbers (John Turnbull)
Asbury Argonaughts (Steve Brunner)
Mound City Saints (Rich Applegate)
Raleigh Tarheels (Steve Lehman)

January 24, 2018

1958 Stadium Changes


Mike See, manager of the Louisiana Lightning has moved out of K.C. Municipal Stadium, and relocated his team in Pittsburgh's Forbes Field.

Dave Lauer is finally passing the baton, and giving up his long time haunts. His Lakers will be leaving Milwaukee's County Stadium, and he will move into Philly's Connie Mack Stadium.

The available parks are now County Stadium (Mil.) and the K.C. Memorial Stadium.

December 2, 2017

1958 Players released


The East Kenosha Lakers release SS Bobby Henrich and the Frankfort Frigates release PH Frank Ernaga. Both players have been placed back into the '58 rookie selections.

November 2, 2017

1957 Lottery Results


Number was 1-2-5...so here are your official results. Congrats to Rich Applegate on the top pick!

Mound City Saints (Rich Applegate) - 62 Wins (4 Chances)
Riverside Robbers (John Turnbull) - 68 Wins (2 Chances)
Asbury Argonauts (Steve Brunner)- 67 Wins (3 Chances)
Raleigh Tarheels (Steve Lehman)- 71 Adjusted Wins* - (1 Chance)

November 1, 2017

1957 End of Season reports


As is customary with the end of each season, we bring to you the 57 OVERUSAGE and USE OR LOSE reports. Enjoy!

October 30, 2017

1957 Champion crowned


Congratulations to Mike See and the Louisiana Lightning for capturing his 5th consecutive SPB-60 crown! Complete coverage can be found on the WS link. Break up the Lightning!

October 24, 2017

1957 Final stats posted


The stats and power rankings for the end of 1957 season is now posted. A big tip of the hat goes out to both Mike & Don for winning their respective leagues in SPB 1957. Mike's Lightning won the American League with a fine mark of 102-52. Finishing in 2nd place were the Massillon Tigers, managed by John Ungashick. They were 94-60, 8 games off the pace. Don's Patriots put up a nice 89-65 record to nail down the N.L. flag. Finishing in 2nd place were the Beard Black Cats with a 85-69 record, just 4 games behind Schenectady. So, the World Series will probably be played next week as Mike has some committments to take care of, but it won't be too long before the Series is played. Again, congratulations to Mike and to Don on their solid season in SPB 60 during the 1957 season.

April 30, 2017

1957 Pre Season Prognosis


Thanks to John Ungashick, he brings to you the 1957 PRE SEASON PROGNOSIS. Thanks John!

February 25, 2017

1957 Call for protected rosters


With the 1957 Rookie & Phase II drafts just two weeks away, now is the time for me to ask everyone to send your teams protected rosters in as this is needed ahead of time for us to prepare and scout players for the P2 draft on Saturday, March 11th. Draft begins promptly at 11AM, as usual.

Here are the number of protected players each team is allowed to have this time around:

19 Protected Players:
Louisiana Lightning (Mike See)
Beard Black Cats (Rick Ryan)
Massillon Tigers (John Ungashick)
East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer)

20 Protected Players:
Frankfort Frigates (Gary Plunkitt)
Newark Bears (Joe DeZarlo)
Schenectady Patriots (Don Rahn)
Riverside Robbers (John Turnbull)
Asbury Argonaughts (Steve Brunner)
Mound City Saints (Rich Applegate)

21 Protected Players:
Wabash Six (Bill Lanke)
Joliet Jakes (Terry Baxter)
New Bedford Ahabs (Chris Williams)
Raleigh Tarheels (Steve Lehman)

Please have these lists to me no later than Wednesday, March 1st. Deadline time is 8PM EST.

January 26, 2017

1957 Draft date set


It is now official, both 1957 drafts will be held in their entirety on Saturday, March, 11, 2017, beginning promptly at 11AM EST. Thanks to all managers for their voting. This date was by far, the most accessible for all managers to be in chatroom.

November 13, 2016

Future Expansion changes

Effective immediately, the Rules Committee has unanimously approved by a vote of 10-0, the following changes beginning with the SPB-60 (1961 Season) and SPB-4 (1993 season - For those that are in that league to, including that the info purposes as well). Beginning with those seasons, Seasons Past Baseball will be changing the way that we conduct Expansion Drafts.

In the past, we have used the actual real life expansion players for these teams, and required managers to only select from that expansion player pool from that season. Most of us have already played through these seasons at least once, and it gets quite challenging, especially with the drafts, so know who is an expansion player sometimes and who’s not. As we found in our most current 1968 draft, it can be quite confusing.

But that was not the most important reason. We really wanted to change things up a bit and allow our current managers to potentially own some of these players (Whom no one outside of expansion teams have really ever had) down the line. In addition, we believe changing to a protection and draft format the will result and a very exciting period of real drafting decisions and trading leading up to and during these seasons. It will also add a new dimension to our Rookie Draft Pool, which should be greatly strengthened over the next few seasons in both SPB-60 and SPB-4 with these new players. Most of all, we feel that it will give a new Expansion manager an even better shot at not only competing sooner, but the ability to build their own team, the way they want to build it.

So, with that said, beginning with the SPB-60 (1961 Season) and SPB-4 (1993 season), we will be no longer using the “Actual” Expansion Teams for these drafts and will move to a real expansion draft format where the teams choose their protected players (Formats for 1961,1962 and 1993 are below).

With still being (4) years out from these seasons, we feel the impact should be minimal, though we do recognize that there will be some isolated cases of teams who have these “former” expansion players, whom they will now get to keep. Most of the good young expansion players in these seasons have not been drafted yet, but there are a few good ones, and for those who have them, from here forward, they are part of that team and that team will not lose them unless you choose not to protect them when the time comes. To be clear, there was never going to be a “perfect” time to make this change with 6 leagues, but in evaluating this, there probably was not a better time with minimal impact than right now.

You will note that each format is a little different depending on the season, and number of teams, but we tried to keep it as consistent as we could. We also conducted some mock drafts to determine what number of protected players each season would put the expansion teams in a position where they could at the very least be somewhat competitive and be in a position where could have at least one (1) marquee talent right away. We feel strongly that starting the teams with each team’s 15th best player is fair, and that the remaining allocation of players is fair as well. Beginning with these seasons, the Expansion teams will also draft 1-2 in the drafts, before the lottery teams. Because of this, during expansion seasons ONLY, we will be waiving the rule regarding appearing in consecutive lotteries. We also decided that since teams will be losing players in these seasons to expansion that during these seasons there will be no Phase 2 drafts, to minimize the existing team’s player losses.

Because we have already conducted the SPB-2 1969 Expansion Draft, these teams will remain in place the SPB-2 (1969) owners will still lose these actual expansion players from the Expos, Royals, Padres and Pilots. 1969 Teams will also still draft in the order determined prior to the draft, which is right after the 1969 lottery. So all stays the same as it was for 1969, because all of it has already happened. We do not yet have the plans for SPB-2 (1977), which is 10 years away and SPB-4 (1998), also 10 years away, but they will likely be similar to the 1993 plan. We have a while before those happen.

We hope you all enjoy this new twist to SPB. It is several years away still, but as we said, it will have an immediate impact on our drafts and your future planning as well, so we thought it was very important If we were going to make this change, to do it now, so that each of you have plenty of time to prepare.

Sincerely,
Your Seasons Past Baseball Rules Committee (Gary Plunkitt, John Turnbull, Mike See, Chris Williams, Joe DeZarlo, Don Rahn, Terry Baxter, Rich Applegate, John Ungashick, Rick Ryan)

Expansion Draft Rules 1961 and 1962:

Round 1 Expansion

1. Existing SPB-II teams will be allowed to protect 14 players prior to the Round 1 of the Expansion Draft. All players on a roster will be eligible for the expansion draft, included un-carded players. There will also be no 10-5 or Military exemptions for the expansion draft.
2. The Expansion teams will draft players from the existing teams unprotected rosters in a snaked format (1-2-2-1-1-2-2-1-1 etc.) until each Expansion team has a roster of 21 players (This number will be 28 in 1962).
3. Existing teams will lose a maximum of 3 players to the Expansion draft in Round 1 before their roster is locked down. (In 1962 Round 1, each team will lose 4 players)
4. Once an existing team has lost their max number of players for Phase 1, their roster will be locked down and they will be allowed to pull back (2) two more players for protection.

Round 2 Expansion

5. Phase II of the Expansion Draft takes place after the Existing teams have submitted (2) additional pullbacks. As in Round 1, no team may lose more than 3 players before they are locked down (This number will be reduced to two (2) in 1962), so the max number of players a team can lose in the expansion draft is still 6 for both.
6. Round II will be a snaked format (reverse of Phase I).
7. The Expansion teams will be allowed to draft until their roster reaches 35.

Rule Changes during Expansion Seasons:
1. There will be NO Phase 2 Draft after the Rookie Draft during the 1961 or 1962 expansion seasons.
2. Expansion teams will pick 1-2 in the Phase 1 Draft during their first season.
3. During Expansion seasons, the restrictions on the SPB Lottery will be suspended as lottery teams will be picking 3-6, so a team will be allowed to appear two seasons in a row following an expansion season.
4. Once the trade deadline is completed in the season prior to expansion, no trades will be allowed and all rosters will be frozen prior to the following seasons Expansion Draft.
5. In 1962, the 1961 Expansion Teams WILL NOT participate in the Expansion Draft (meaning they will not be eligible to lose any players)


November 1, 2016

1957 Draft lottery results


Here is your 1957 Lottery Order based on the Illinois Lottery Results:

1. Joliet Jakes (Terry Baxter)
2. Mound City Saints (Rich Applegate)
3. New Bedford Ahabs (Chris Williams)
4. Riverside Robbers (John Turnbull)

Congrats to Terry Baxter on winning the top pick!

October 25, 2016

1956 Champion Crowned


Congratulations to Mike See and the Louisiana Lightning for winning a record-tying fourth consecutive SPB Championship in 6 games over the Beard Black Cats of Rick Ryan. It was an epic matchup between Rick Ryan powerful Beard Black Cats and Mike See’s 3 time defending SPB-60 World Champion Louisiana Lightning. Vegas odds makers put the line on this series as EVEN, with two great hitting teams with solid pitching. It looked to be a very high octane series with the likes of Mantle and Adcock at the plate.

Series Notes: The 4th consecutive SPB title matches an all-time record for all of SPB. Mike Cascarano’s Hollywood Stars are the only other SPB Team to win 4 straight (SPB-3 1928-31).

Mickey Mantle batted .111 for the series in no extra base hits after nearly winning the triple crown. He did have 11 walks (7 intentional) for a .448 OBP though.

The Black Cats out hit and out pitched the Lightning for the series, but the Lightning found a way to get the right hits at the critical moments, and the Lightning bullpen, Narleski and Harshman, proved to be a big difference maker.

A World Series MVP Quadrella – Since there was not really one standout, l have (4) players sharing the MVP award, they are SP Don Newcombe (2 wins) along with CL Ray Narleski (5 scoreless innings, with a save and 3 critical scoreless inning in the extra inning Game 3 win. RP Jack Harshman proved to be a force in the pen with a critical game 3 win and a game clinching save, and 1B Gil Hodges got on base a lot via the walk, but his 13th inning HR in game 3 was really the moment that swung the momentum of the entire series to the Lightning in a game they probably should have lost. I am still quite stunned that we were outhit and out pitched so badly, and managed to win this series. Really was a lot like the real 1960 World Series.

All in all a very fun series that Rick and I played H2H. Congrats of course to Rick on a great season, he has a great team, one that will be a force to be reckoned with for year to come.

October 17, 2016

1956 Wins comparisons


Thanks goes out to SPB-60 scribe John Ungashick, with his end of the year COMPARISON of his pre-season predictions. My team really threw a wrench in his crystal ball. Sorry John!

October 17, 2016

1956 Usage reports


As is customary with the end of each season, we bring you the 1956 USE OR LOSE and OVERUSAGE reports for the end of this season. Enjoy!

October 17, 2016

1956 Final stats posted


The final stats and power rankings for the 1956 season are now posted. Congratulations to both Pastor Rick Ryan, N.L. manager of the Beard Black Cats, who ended up 21 games ahead of the 2nd place team. The Black Cats won 110 games on the year, only loosing 44. That was two games more than the A.L. Champion Louisiana Lightning, managed by Miracle Mike See. The Lightning finished 108-46 and finished 15 games ahead of the 2nd place finishers. The Lightning were last years W.S. champs, as most of us remember. So, the World Series will commence over the next few days, once the file has been set up for that series. By the way, the second place team from the A.L. was the Massillon Tigers managed by John Ungashick, who finished up with 93 wins, and the 2nd place finisher in the N.L. was Dave Lauer's East Kenosha Lakers who pulled out 89 wins.

April 29, 2016

1956 Pre-Season Prognosis


Our SPB-60 Beat writer, John Ungashick has graced us once again with his yearly Pre-Season Prognostication. Please, this is for informational, and not recreational purposes.....no betting please!

March 19, 2016

1956 Free Agent Claims


Only 3 free agents were signed by teams in the recent P3 Free Agent draft. Here are the results:

Raleigh Tarheel (Steve Lehman) drafted P Ron Moeller.
East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer) drafted C Bruce Edwards.
New Bedford Ahabs (Chris Williams drafted OF Chick King.

The others, all pitchers have been removed from the '56 files. They were Bill Bradford, Jim Brady, George Piktuzis*, and Bob Ross.

* Piktuzis is actually still in the file because he was used in an earlier trade, and cannot be removed from the files because of this. But he is not available for 1956 after going unclaimed in this draft.

March 17, 2016

1956 Released players


All SPB 1956 Managers, All of the following players have been released from their respective teams in the last few days. Here is the complete list of them:

Asbury - Owen Friend*PH & Gordie Sundin * P
Beard - Billy Shantz * C (60) & Richie Myers * PR
Frankfort - Bruce Edwards C & Wally Westlake * ph
Joliet - Roy Wright * P, George Piktuzis P, & Bob Ross P
Massilon - Bob Harrison* P, Bill Bradford* P, & Bob Kelly* P (58)
Mound City - Tom Wright* PH
Newark - Tom Flanigan* P (58), Jim Brady P, & Ron Moeller P
Wabash - Frank Smith* P, George Werley* P, Lynn Lovenguth* P (57), & Chick King OF

* indicates players removed from 1956 files,as they were just terrible, played in just a game or two as ph, pr, or relief, had ERA's over 9, and never appear in real life MLB seasons again.

But a few of the can be claimed by other teams, as they do have some value in that they can play a position, or can make a few appearances on the mound. Some of these will be on the rookie lists in the future year in which they come back, but again most of them will not be have much going for them even then. I will send out another note soon on who the players are that can be claimed, and how to claim one, if any managers are interested.

March 13, 2016

1956 Draft transcript


For those of you who missed the draft last night, here is the transcript from the draft. Joe Dezarlo had the line of the night in my opinion. Enjoy!

March 5, 2016

1956 Phase 2 draft notes


Thanks to all of your for getting your protected lists in on time. I have sent out the SPB1956 files updated so that we are now ready for the Rookie & P2 drafts on Saturday, March 12th. As usual, the players listed as farmed are the ones that can be selected during the Phase II (P2) d raft on the 12th. This will take place on line, in the Auditorium, as soon as the 8 round rookie draft is completed. Also I have updated traded picks in the draft module contained in these files.

Also, the following few players have been released from their rosters by various teams.

Louisiana Lightning - P Bill Tremel
Frankfort Frigates - P Bob Darnell
Wabash Six - P Al Lary (1962)
New Bedford Ahabs - C Matt Batts (ph) - OF Wally Westlake (ph)

These players will all be placed back in this years rookie draft except for Lary, who returns in 1962.

November 18, 2015

The Louisiana Lightning bid farewell to their first ever player


Baton Rouge – Lightning General Manager Frank "Trader" Lane called a press conference yesterday afternoon to announce the trad of the original Louisiana Lightning player and 1954 World Series MVP Del Ennis. The Lightning sent Ennis to the Newark Bears in exchange for infielder Billy Martin and a 4th RDP in the 1956 Rookie Draft.

“It is with great joy and sadness that were are here today," stated a visibly upset Lane, "to announce the trade of the first ever member of the Louisiana Lightning, Mr. Del Ennis.”

Ennis has been a key member if the last three World Championship teams for the Lightning, and Louisiana’s first ever draft player in the inaugural 1948 Draft. “Del has been so important to this franchise, and we will be forever grateful to him for his contributions to our success,” said team owner Mike See, “With the emergence Wally Post and Elston Howard, along with vaunted rookie Jim Lemon (who is expected to arrive in 1956), Del’s playing time has been greatly reduced, as we both agreed that a trade would be best for him to continue what can still be a very productive career” added See.

To the applause of the Baton Rouge reporters in attendance, Ennis then took the podium with tears in his eyes, “Winning the past three World Series here with Louisiana is something I will forever remember, and I want to thank Mike (See), manager Bill Terry, and all of my teammates and the fans, for making this the best 8 years of my life. I will miss my teammates, the fans.......and especially the Cajun food.” (as the reporters erupted in laughter).

After pausing a moment, Ennis added “In all seriousness, last year was great winning again, but it was frustrating not being able to contribute as an everyday player. Frankie showed me great respect by allowing me to try to find a team that I could play every day that would be a good fit, and getting to play every day for the Newark Bears beside two great young players like Henry Aaron and Willie Mays….I could not ask for a better situation than that.”

The Lightning players were saddened to see Ennis go, but there was also excitement for the future. Centerfielder Mickey Mantle was the most excited, as he counts infielder Martin as his best friend in the game “I am sad to see Del go, as he taught me so much,” said Mantle, “But Billy and I are already planning on rooming together, and we are looking forward to having some good times now that we are teammates.”

Nightclubs in Louisiana and visiting cities be forewarned.

November 18, 2015

1956 Draft Lottery Results

Number was 0-6-8

1. East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer)
2. Wabash Six (Bill Lanke)
3. Raleigh Tarheels (Steve Lehman)
4. Asbury Argonauts (Steve Brunner)

Congrats to Dave Lauer on the miracle win.......statistically....it had to happen eventually.....

November 18, 2015

1956 Divisional Reallignment

Mike See has conducted the random lottery to give us the new divisions in SPB-60 for the next 5 years. The new divisions will be on the website shortly.

October 30, 2015

1955 Champion Crowned

Congratulations to Mike See on winning his third consecutive SPB 60 World Series. Truly a force to be reckoned with, those Lousiana Lightning keep scooting right down the road! Also, congrats to John Ungashick and those Evanston Elephants. They should be trumpeting their weight around SPB 60 for a few more seasons as well.

October 24, 2015

1955 End of season reports

As is customary with the end of each SPB season, Gary Plunkitt has prepared the 1955 Use or Lose and the Overusage report for the 1955 season. Great job everyone! It appears that the weekly September play is doing its job.

October 24, 2015

1955 September stats posted

The stats and power rankings for the final month of 1955 is now posted. At this time I would like to congratulate Mike See and his Louisiana Lightning team who won a league high 107 games, while doing a cake walk on the rest of the N.L. teams. My Frankfort Frigates did win 89 games to take second place, but we were a whopping 18 full games behind the powerhouse Lightning.

Further congratulations go to John Ungashick and the Massilion Tigers, who won 98 games to barely scrape in ahead of Rich Applegate's Mound City Saints by a single (97 wins) game. Very close race there, and much more exciting times for the A.L. because of this.

The World Series file will be set up soon and sent out to everyone in just a short time. It should be an exciting series, but the Vegas odds have the Lightning favored in advance. Of course, Mike S. will be the first to admit, the Series is always much tougher to nail down.

May 1, 2015

1955 Season ready to start!

The 1955 season is ready to start! Three of those free agent players were signed: pitcher Ted Gray was signed by the Wabash Rivers, and OF Stu Locklin & 3B Vern Morgan were both signed by the Beard Black Cats. Thirty of the other 31 unsigned free agents (except OF Al Silvera) have been removed from the 1955 files. Silvera cannot be deleted because he was involved in a player trade previous to his release, and the DMB game will not remove him because of this.


February 28, 2015

1955 Call for protected rosters

Now is the time to get your protected rosters in, as the 1955 rookie & P2 drafts will be held two weeks from today. Be sure to have yours in to me by this coming Wednesday, 3/4/2015. Deadline time is 9PM EST to submit your list to me on this date. I have included a current up to date set of files here with all trades through # 214 9last trade reported some time ago).

Here are the amount of players each team is allowed to protect:

19 Players to Protect
Newark Bears (Joe DeZarlo)
Louisiana Lightning (Mike See)
Wabash Six (Bill Lanke)
Riverside Robbers (John Turnbull)

20 Players to Protect
Mound City Saints (Rich Applegate)
Massilon Tigers (John Ungashick)
Frankfort Frigates (Gary Plunkitt)
Beard Black Cats (Rick Ryan)
Schenectady Patriots (Don Rahn)
East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer)

21 Players to Protect
Raleigh Tarheels (Steve Lehman)
Joliet Jakes (Terry Baxter)
New Bedford Ahabs (Chris Williams)
Asbury Argonaughts (Steve Brunner)


October 31, 2014

1954 End of season reports


I know you all have been waiting for these! Here are the 1954 End of season USE OR LOSE and OVERUSAGE reports.

October 23, 2014

1954 September stats posted


The stats and power rankings for September 1954 are now posted. Congratulations to the Newark Bears and the Louisiana Lightning for running away with their respective pennants. They will meet soon in the World Series.

March 2, 2014

Manager Change


It is my pleasure to announce that Steve Brunner is taking over the team formerly managed by Doc Schweitzer effective right now. I know that Steve has wanted to join this league almost ever since he missed out getting a team in the original season. So thanks so much Steve for taking this over on such short notice. Steve will be changing the team name from the Asbury Park Titans to the Asbury Argonauts. He will also be changing ballparks abandoning Philly's Connie Mack Stadium, while taking up residence in Chicago's Comiskey Park. Please take the time to welcome Steve to the league. His email for now is: spb1-mountaineers@embarqmail.com. Please take time to welcome Steve to SPB 60.

March 2, 2014

1954 Draft pick recap


I just wanted to give everyone a recap of the draft pick trading frenzy that took place prior to the draft:

EVERY TEAM made a trade involving a draft pick.

The first trade involving 1954 draft pick was #132...last one was #189.

15 of the first 19, and 40 of the first 70 picks were traded.

42 of the 55 trades after the 1953 draft included draft picks. 10 of the 42 had draft picks going both ways. 7 had multiple draft picks from one team involved.

Draft picks traded by round:
1st-17
2nd-15
3rd-9
4th-10
5th-11
6th-1
7th-0
8th-2
Total: 65 traded draft picks.

4 draft slots changed hands 4 times.

Total Draft picks traded by team:
Lakers-11
Lightning-8
Tigers,Jakes-6
Tarheels, Robbers, Bears, Frigates, Black Cats-4
Ahabs, Titans, Saints, Patriots-3
Six-2

February 17, 2014

1954 Call for protected rosters


I am announcing that the deadline for having your teams 1954 protected roster to me, will be Friday, Feburary 21. All protected lists will have to be in by that date, and the final due time will be 9PM EST. The 1954 drafts are already scheduled for Saturday, March 1st.

Here are the amount of players each team will be allowed to protect:

20 Protected Players
Massilon Tigers (John Ungashick)
New Bedford Ahabs (Chris Williams)
Riverside Robbers (John Turnbull)
Newark Bears (Joe DeZarlo)

19 Protected Players
Frankfort Frigates (Gary Plunkitt)
Mound City Saints (Rich Applegate)
Schenectady Patriots (Don Rahn)
Beard Black Cats (Rick Ryan)
East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer)
Asbury Park Titans (Al Schweitzer)

18 Protected Players
Louisiana Lightning (Mike See)
Raleigh Tarheels (Steve Lehman)
Joliet Jakes (Terry Baxter)
Wabash Six (Bill Lanke)

Please have your lists submitted by the 21st, or I will have to make your choices for you.

December 7, 2013

1954 Draft lottery results


Lottery draft for Evening 3 was:

0-3-9

If you thought Auburn's upset was huge on Saturday...here is another one!

1. Massolin Tigers (John Ungschick)- 73 Adjusted* Wins (2 Chances)
2. Riverside Robbers (John Turnbull) - 64 Adjusted* Wins (4 Chances)
3. New Bedford Ahabs (Chris Williams)- 69 Adjusted* Wins (3 Chances)
4. East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer)- 74 Wins - (1 Chance)

With one shot at winning, Dave Lauer wins the Hank Aaron sweepstakes! After losing out on Eddie Mathews when he had a great s hot, he finally wins one of these!!! Congrats Dave Lauer!

December 2, 2013

1953 World Series...Lightning overcomes Tarheels in 7 game slugfest!


Congratulations of the highest order go to Mike See and his Louisiana Lightning for their exciting win in this high scoring 7 game World Series of 1953. By now I am sure all of you have read the exciting game reports for each of the games. Mike gave well written reports on his victory. We knew this was going to be a dilly of a series between these two powerhouse teams. Steve Lehman and his Raleigh Tarheels gave the Lightning a good run, and just fell a little short. Never have seen such hitting throughout a W.S. Must have set a few SPB records with this one.

November 24, 2013

1953 end of season reports


As is customary at the end of each season, we present to you the 1953 OVERUSAGE and USE OR LOSE reports. Enjoy!

May 24, 2013

SPB-60 Trade deadline and season schedule shift


In order to start the 1953 season on June 1st, it is now time to set the trading deadline to May 27th, next Monday. It has been quite a while since any 1953 deals were made, and looking through the rosters things seem to be pretty well set. But if your thinking of making any last minute trades, the next few days will be the time to work them out. Trade deadline time will be 9PM EST on Monday. I will then send out the opening files on Tuesday, and April play will begin on the following Saturday, June 1st.

April 7, 2013

1953 Draft call for protected rosters


With the drafts now only 17 days away, it is time for me to announce the call for your protected rosters. You can turn yours in anytime from now until Friday, April 12th. Here is the number of protected players each team may have. Remember that all uncarded (future) players are now automatic protects, and you need not list any of those players.

20 Players
Mound City Saints (Rich Applegate)
Louisiana Lightning (Mike See)
Beard Black Cats (Rick Ryan)
Schenectady Patriots (Don Rahn)

19 Players
Newark Bears (Joe DeZarlo)
Massilon Tigers (John Ungashick)
Riverside Robbers (John Turnbull)
Frankfort Frigates (Gary Plunkitt)
East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer)
Jolliet Jakes (Terry Baxter)

18 Players
New Bedford Ahabs (Chris Williams)
Raleigh Tarheels (Steve Lehman)
Asbury Park Titans (Al Schweitzer)
Wabash Six (Bill Lanke)

As I mentioned your rosters are due no later than 8PM on Friday, April 12th. See many of you real soon. I am really looking forward to our drafts.


January 20, 2013

Joliet Jakes win second SPB-60 crown!


Congratulations to the Joliet Jakes....SPB-60 1952 Champions, managed by Terry Baxter. This was his second WS victory in 3 years. Complete WS coverage can be found by clicking the WS link on the left.

January 4, 2013

New team name and stadium


Rick Ryan, who took over mid way in 1943 as manager of the St. Clare Shore Mariners, is changing the team name to become the Beard Black Cats. He is also changing home ballparks, by moving into Cincinnati's Crosley Field, while dropping Chicago's Comiskey Park. Now the available parks are Comiskey Park (Chi-A.L.) and Pittsburgh's Forbes Field. In a further park notice change, this year Dave Lauer's East Kenosha Lakers move from old Braves Field in Boston to Milwaukee's County Stadium. This is an automatic as in 1953 the real life Braves made the franchise move.

December 29, 2012

Illinois Lottery Pick 3 was 6-8-1


http://www.us-lotteries.com/Illinois/Pick_3/ - Friday December 28...

Results are:

Louisiana Lightning Pick 1 (Based on First number - 6)
Newark Bears Pick 2 (Based on second number - 8)
Mound City Saints Pick 3 (Based on third number - 1)
St. Claire Shores Mariners Pick 4


December 29, 2012

1952 End of season reports

As is customary with the end of each season, the commish presents his use or lose and overusage reports for the end of the 1952 season. Mr. Commissioner was very pleased at the results as nobody went over 2 games overusage.


Decmber 21, 2012

Final Stats Posted

The stats for September of the 1952 season are now posted. Season concludes with wild race in the AL between Tigers, Titans, Tarheels and Ahabs.......

In the NL the Jakes and Lions were the final combatants......

And the winners are........

Ahabs (Chris Williams) are the American League Champions.
Jakes (Terry Baxter) are the National League Champions.

In addition to our champions (mentioned above) acknowlegements go to the following managers for their strong showing in 1953:
Raleigh Tarheels -- Steve Lehman
Asbury Park Titans -- Doc Schweitzer
Massilion Tigers -- John Ungaschick
East Kenosha Lakers -- Dave Lauer


July 13, 2012

New Manager on Board

Vin Onstott has decided to leave SPB 60 immediately, and I have a new manager in place to replace him already. Rick Ryan, a manager most all of you know personally will be taking over Vin's old St. Clare Shores Marineers, and he will be sending you the MP's for his April series out right away, maybe even tonight. But if not tonight, he will have them out Monday morning. I know several of you had inquired about these MP's which had not been sent this month by Vin. I will also be forwarding the MP's for Marineers MP's to Rick, if I had copies of from managers who had sent their April profiles to Vin, and IF you cc'ed me with them. If I do not have all that he (Rick) needs, I will contact certain managers to send the MP's again to Rick. Please bear with us on this early season change.


April 7, 2012

1952 Free Agents awarded

I am announcing that our 2 free agents have been awarded, ahead of time, because our two teams with the worst records in 1951 have already staked a claim, and thereby are awarded the 2 players.

1B/OF George Wilson was awarded to the Schenectady Patriots (Don Rahn). (38 wins)
3B Hal Bevan goes to the East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer). (45 wins).

Thanks to all who sent claims in. The next send of league files for 1952 will include these players on the proper rosters.


September 25, 2012
June Stats and Power rankings posted
DAYTON, OH -
The stats for June of the 1952 season are now posted. The Wabash Six has a 4 game lead in the AL with the Titans giving them a chase. The Joliet Jakes emerges above .500 and holds a 2 game lead over the Lakers who are at .500.

July 13, 2012
New Manager on board
FRANKFORT, IN -
Vin Onstott has decided to leave SPB 60 immediately, and I have a new manager in place to replace him already. Rick Ryan, a manager most all of you know personally will be taking over Vin's old St. Clare Shores Marineers, and he will be sending you the MP's for his April series out right away, maybe even tonight. But if not tonight, he will have them out Monday morning. I know several of you had inquired about these MP's which had not been sent this month by Vin. I will also be forwarding the MP's for Marineers MP's to Rick, if I had copies of from managers who had sent their April profiles to Vin, and IF you cc'ed me with them. If I do not have all that he (Rick) needs, I will contact certain managers to send the MP's again to Rick. Please bear with us on this early season change.

April 7, 2012
52 Free Agents rewarded
FRANKFORT, IN -I am announcing that our 2 free agents have been awarded, ahead of time, because our two teams with the worst records in 1951 have already staked a claim, and thereby are awarded the 2 players.

1B/OF George Wilson was awarded to the Schenectady Patriots (Don Rahn). (38 wins)
3B Hal Bevan goes to the East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer). (45 wins).

Thanks to all who sent claims in. The next send of league files for 1952 will include these players on the proper rosters.


March 25, 2012
52 Draft call for protected rosters
FRANKFORT, IN -
I am calling for protected rosters to be due no later than next Sunday, April 1st. The following list will give the number of players each team may protect this year:

20 Players
Schenectady Patriots (Don Rahn)
East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer)
Riverside Robbers (John Turnbull)
Newark Bears (Joe DeZarlo)

19 Players
Wabash Six (Bill Lanke)
Mound City Saints (Rich Applegate)
Masillon Tigers (John Ungashick)
Joliet Jakes (Terry Baxter)
Louisiana Lightning (Mike See)
St. Clare Shores Mariners (Vin Onstott)

18 Players
Frankfort Frigates (Gary Plunkitt)
Raleigh Tarheels (Steve Lehman)
Asbury Park Titans (
New Bedford Ahabs (Chris Williams)

The reason I am calling for these already, is that with the double drafts at the end of April, and the fact that I am still trying to get the the 1975 files out by April 1st, we have to get things set up a bit early, so that all managers will be able to have their draft plans in place by 4/28. Calling early on 1952 allows those drafting in both drafts to have the time they will need to prepare for 2 of them on the same weekend.  Sorry for the confusion on the first email. Of course, trading for all players can continue through next Sunday, or when all proteted rosters are received, whichever comes first. After all P2 rosters are in, trading will then be limited to only the protected players from that point through the conclusion of the 1952 rookie draft.

March 16, 2012
Stadium Change
FRANKFORT, IN - Manager Mike See has decided to change home stadiums for the coming season. He has taken over Shibe Park A.L. for his home games in 1952. By doing this, he gives up Forbes Field. Forbes now joins Crosley Park as the two available parks.

January 2, 2012
1951 Champion Crowned! 
FRANKFORT, IN - A huge congratulations goes out to manager Steve Lehman, as he guided his team to a huge comeback World Series win over the Frankfort Frigates. Down 3 games to one, his team turned it all around and beat the Frigates easily in their final two home games at Briggs Stadium. A huge disappointment for me, but an astounding and satisfying win for Steve. He will be supplying the details of the games to all soon. I am sure you will be amazed at his teams performance when facing elimination after 4 games were in. I certainly was.

December 27, 2011
1951 post-season reports 
FRANKFORT, IN - Not wanting to buck with tradition, I present to you this years Overusage and Use or Lose reports for the 1951 campaign.

December 27, 2011
1951 3 game playoff needed. 
FRANKFORT, IN - The Raleigh Tarheels managed by Steamin' Steve Lehman, won 2 Straight games to take the best of 3 playoffs, while coming from behind both times, to win the 1951 A.L. Championship Play offs over the New Bedford Ahabs, managed by Chris Williams (aka the Professor).

The writeups will be posted to the webpage, along with the stats and results, as soon as we receive the game reports from Steve. Congratulations to the Tarheels manager, Steve Lehman. His team will soon take on the Frankfort Frigates, the N.L. Championship team. The Frigates manager, Gary Plunkitt (aka the Old Curmudgeon) also gets the old Tip of the Hat.

The A.L. as we all know saw the Tarheels and Ahabs end up the season in a tie with 92 wins each. Now that the play off has been won by Raleigh, who end up with 94 wins the W.S for 1951 is set. In the N.L. the Frigates racked up 106 wins to take the Crown. Finishing 2nd were Terry Baxters Joliet Jakes with 90 victories on the Year.

December 23, 2011
1951 September/final stats posted. 
DAYTON, OH -
The stats and power rankings for September 1951 season are now posted.  Congratulations to the champions of the American League, the Raleigh Tarheels managed by Steve Lehman, and the champions of the National League, the Frankfort Frigates managed by Gary Plunkitt.

June 19, 2011
51 Voting results posted 
DAYTON, OH - It is my privilege to announce that hard hitting, slick fielding hot cornerman Bob Elliott of the New Bedford Ahabs has captured the 1950 A.L. MVP Award. In the N.L., the MVP Award has went to slugging catcher Yogi Berra of the Joliet Jakes. The N.L. Cy Young pitching Award was easily won by crafty veteran righty Larry Jansen of the Schenectady Patriots. The A.L. Cy Young winner was hard throwing Ewell Blackwell of the Massilon Tigers.

To see all the other Award winning 1950 players, as well as the A.L. and N.L. 1950 All Star teams, be sure to visit the Voting Booth results soon. There were many tight races throughout the ballots. See where your teams players finished in the League wide voting!

Thanks to all managers for voting in 1950! Job well done.

May 15, 2011
Hank Wyse claimed 
DAYTON, OH - The winner of the valuable Hank Wyse free agent sweepstakes for the coming '51 season is the Shores Mariners, where manager Vin Onstott was quick to exercise a claim on the veteran pitcher. Other interested teams were the Newark Bears and Schenectady Patriots. But by virtue of the Mariners feeble 37 wins during 1950, they were the lucky (?) winners of Wyse, who had been released earlier in spring training by the Louisiana Lightning. Wyse is now a Mariner, and has been added to their roster.

May  1, 2011
1951 Draft transcript 
DAYTON, OH: - Thanks goes to Joe Dezarlo for capturing the transcript of the draft this past weekend.   Joe's commentary is with the >> without his name.  

April  22, 2011
1951 Call for Protected rosters 
FRANKFORT, IN: - As the draft is not much more than a week away, April 30th, just a week from this Saturday, now is the time for me to issue a call to get your protected rosters in to the Commissioners office. Deadline for your protected list will be Monday, April 25th. Any roster not received by the end of Monday the 25th, will mean the Commish will have to make the protected list for your team. So be sure to have them in on time.

Here is how many players each team may protect:

18 Protected Players:
New Bedford Ahabs (Chris Williams)
Masillon Tigers (John Ungashick)
Joliet Jakes (Terry Baxter)
Schenectady Patriots (Don Rahn)

19 Protected Players:
Raleigh Tarheels (Steve Lehman)
Louisiana Lightning (Mike See)
Wabash Six (Bill Lanke)
East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer)
Frankfort Frigates (Gary Plunkitt)
Riverside Robbers (John Turnbull)

20 Protected Players:
St. Claire Shores Mariners (Vin Onstott)
Newark Bears (Joe DeZarlo)
Mound City Saints (Rich Applegate)
Asbury Park Titans (Al Schweitzer)

Also, a note to remind you that all MIL players on your roster are automatically protected, and do not count against your allowed protected number. Finally, any team having UNCARDED players may protect 1 of these players in addition to their allowable protected number, and their MIL (military) Players.
This coming Monday is the deadline guys. Thanks to all for taking care of this on time.

March 26, 2011
1951 Draft date set 
FRANKFORT, IN: - During our recent vote, the draft date that was most popular our managers is April 30th. It was first choice of over half the managers who voted for certain dates. 2nd most popular was the 16th, with the 23 & 5/7 bringing up the rear. There were 5 managers with no date preferences at all. So our draft day works out to be April 30th. Mark your calendars everyone. 

December 29, 2010
1950 World Series Champion crowned 
FRANKFORT, IN: - Congratulations goes to Terry Baxter as his Jakes took the 1950 W.S. crown rather handily from the Bishops, managed by Chris Williams, in a convincing 5 game series that proves the Jakes were to hot to handle this season.   Boxscores and recaps are now posted, and writeups will be posted soon as they are received. 

December 26, 2010
1950 End of Year reports 
FRANKFORT, IN: - At the end of each season, the reports for overusage and use or lose players is conducted.  The report can be found HERE.   

December 26, 2010
Congratulations from the Commissioner 
FRANKFORT, IN: - All SPB 60 - 1950 Managers, My best wishes and congratulations go to our 1950 League Champions! In the American League, Chris Williams guided his New Bedford Ahabs to 98 wins in a very balanced 1950 season. Finishing in 2nd place were John Ungashick's Massilon Tigers, who finished 8 games off the pace while taking 90 victories, while representing the only other A.L. team to finish over .500. In a much tighter race in the National League, Terry Baxter led his Joliet Jakes to 83 wins which was enough to capture the championship. This league featured a season long tussle among the top 5 teams for the championship. Don Rahn captured 2nd place while leading his Schenectady Patriots to 81 wins, a mere 2 games behind the leaders. These winning teams will meet soon for the 1950 World Series. Best of luck to Chris and Don as the battle for the ultimate 1950 title. Footnote: The final month of September, 1950 play saw veteran lefties Max Lanier of the Frankfort Frigates, and Warren Spahn of the East Kenosha Lakers both throw no hitters. A rare double no no for a single month! Lanier missed a perfect game only by walking the lead off hitter during his masterful performance.

December 21, 2010
September stats and power rankings are now posted 
DAYTON, OH: - The final stats for September 1950 are now posted.  Congratulations to AL Champs Chris Williams and the New Bedford Ahabs, who will face  the NL pennant winner in Terry Baxter, and his Joliet Jakes.  Good luck to both teams in the World Series!

November 27, 2010
Change in Commissioner
DAYTON, OH: - SPB 60 Commissioner Mike See has resigned as the leader of this league.  In his last official duty, he has named Gary Plunkitt as his successor.  Gary will take over as the Commish in SPB 60 immediately.
 
The former Commish sighted increased responsibilities with his job, involving much travel as the main reason.  He stated it had gotten to the point, where he would have to give up the Commish's chair, since he was unable to keep up with the responsibility of making league posts to the SPB 60 web page.  The good news is Mike will be continuing as manager of the Louisiana Lightning. 
 

June 12, 2010 
1950 Season Begins July 1.  Will use DMB Version 10
LAS VEGAS, NV. -
spb60 Managers, when the new season starts on July 1st, we will be using the new version 10 edition of DMB for this particular SPB League.  The new Ver 10 can be ordered now at a discount price from DMB.  The sale price is for a limited time and is only $14.95.   ALL SPB I managers will be required to have version 10 ahead of the 7/1 starting date for 1950.  Please advise me when you have purchased the V10 so that I can make sure everyone will be ready.   Also, I am going to set the trade deadline to Saturday June 26 at 9pm EST.  Please have all trades in by this time.
 

March 10, 2010 
1950 Rookie Draft to be held March 20 at 9am EST
LAS VEGAS, NV. - spb60 Managers, the 1950 Rookie Draft will be held in Las Vegas on March 20, 2010 at 9am EDT (6am PDT).  This is two hours earlier then previously announced, as the commish has a conflict later in the morning.  The Phase II draft will not be held in the cha
troom and will begin via email immediately following the Rookie Draft.

March 6, 2010 
Call for protected rosters
LAS VEGAS, NV - It is time to send in your 1950 protected rosters in preperation for the 1950 Rookie and Phase II Drafts. All protected lists should be sent to me (ebbets1957@yahoo.com) no later than Wednesday Tueday March 16 at 9pm EST. Only trades involving draft picks and protected players may occur after this time. Below are to number of protected players each team may keep:

20 Players: Bears, Robbers, Patriots, Mariners
19 Players: Six, Titans, Tarheels, Lakers, Tigers, Jakes
18 Players: Lightning, Frigates, Ahabs, Saints

You may also protect (1) and only one additional uncared player. We will be taking 3 players per team in the Phase II, and no team may lose more than 5 players.

March 1, 2010 
1950 Rookie Draft Lists now posted
LAS VEGAS, NV. - spb60 Managers, the list of available players for the 1950 Rookie draft list is now posted. 

January 4, 2010 
1950 Rookie Draft order now posted
LAS VEGAS, NV. - spb60 Managers, the 1950 Rookie and Phase 2 draft orders have now been posted.  Congratulations go out to Don Rahn and the
Schenectady Patriots for landing the top overall pick in the draft lottery.  The draft will be held in March, date TBD.

January 4, 2010 
New Manager for spb60
LAS VEGAS, NV. -
It is is with regret that I announce that Steve Ehresman has decided to give up his spb60 Franchise (formerly the Lafayette River Cats). Steve was an original member of of this league and his presence will be surly missed. he remains solidly entrenched in both SPB-1 and SPB-2. That said, I am VERY happy to announce that we have a great replacement for Steve. Another Steve! Steve Lehman has stepped in to take over this franchise and will be renaming they the Raleigh Tarheels. He will remain in Wrigley Field. Steve is a veteran DMB (and SPB owner) and it is great to have him in spb60. Please give Steve a big 1950 welcome!!!

January 3, 2010 
The Frankfort Frigates win the 1949 World Series!
LAS VEGAS, NV. - It is my privledge to announce the the Frankfort Frigates, let by wiley veteran manager Gary Plunkitt, have captured the World Series title by defeating the hard charging Mound City Saints of Rich Applegate in a dramatic 7 games series. The excellent write-ups are posted on the left. Needless to say that after opening a 3-0 series lead, only to see the Saints charge back to win the next 3, with am an all deciding 7th game for it all, that this will be a series that will be remembered for sometime to come.  Congrats to both managers on a very exciting conclusion to the 1949 season!

December 23, 2009
1949 Usage reports
DAYTON, OH. -
Just what you have been waiting for......the much-anticipated end of year usage reports. Congrats to everyone who were able to keep their players within their limits.   

December 20, 2009 
Final September stats now posted
LAS VEGAS, NV. -
A hearty congratulations goes out to Gary Plunkitt's Frankfort Frigates and Rich Applegate's Mound City Saints on their respective pennants for the 1949 season. They were both very hard fought contests that came down to the wire, by 2 games and 1 game over my Louisiana Lightning and Chris Williams New Bedford Ahabs.  Final stats are now posted.

June 21, 2009 
spb60 Kicks Off Season!
LAS VEGAS, NV. - The 1949 Season is up and running!  Please have your MP's for April 1949 to your road opponents by July 1 and stats are due to our new stat Rich Applegate by July 20.  Good luck to everyone and I hope you enjoy the 1949 season!

June 6, 2009 
New League Statistician
LAS VEGAS, NV. -
I am pleased to announce what we have a new league Statistician.  Rich Applegate, who also creates our league database, has accepted this role for our league.  Rich has served in the capacity in other SPB leagues in the past and has always done a great job.  A big thanks to Rich for stepping up to take this on.  Also, there were so many of you who offered to do this (Chris, John U, Vin, Terry) and I thank each of you for offering to take this on as well.

March 30, 2009 
1949 Drafts Completed
LAS VEGAS, NV. - The 1949 Rookie and Phase II Drafts are now completed and posted.  All current trades are also posted through Trade #32 and current rosters are posted as well.

March 23, 2009 
New Manager on board
LAS VEGAS, NV. -
Due to time constraints, Greg Grover has given up control of the Sin City Mobsters franchise. Greg was an original owner of the league and I sincerely thank him for his service. I am pleased to announce that we now have a new owner in place for this franchise. Vin Onstott has taken the helm of this team effective immediately. He has decided to rename the team the St. Clair Shores Mariners and relocate them to Comiskey Park. That makes Shibe Park AL and Crosley Field as the two available stadiums. Vin will be in the chatroom with us for our Rookie Draft which begins promptly at 10am EST (7am PST) this Saturday. Please welcome Vin to spb60.

February 28, 2009 
1949 Rookie Draft to be held on March 28 at 10am EST (7AM PST)!
LAS VEGAS, NV. -
The 1949 Rookie and Phase II Drafts will be held on Saturday March 28, 2009 beginning at 10am EST (7am PST).  Hope to see everyone in the chat room!

January 28, 2009 
1949 Rookie Draft List now posted
LAS VEGAS, NV. - All 124 Rookies that are available in this years Rookie Draft are listed under the Draft Central Link on the bottom left.  Final World Series Scores and Stats have also been posted on the left.  Enjoy!

January 27, 2009 
1948 Voting Booth Now Open!
LAS VEGAS, NV. - The Voting Booth for 1948 League Awards and All Stars is now open.  Please have your votes in by no later than February 8, 2009.

January 24, 2009
Sin City Mobsters win first spb60 World Series in 7 game thriller.
LAS VEGAS, NV. - A thrilling 7 game 1948 World Series has been completed, and a hearty congratulations to Greg Grover and his Sin City Mobsters on the becoming the inaugural champion of spb60.  There were some absolutely INCREDIBLE games, with some amazing comeback wins, and including a Game 7 coming down two a bases loaded final AB showdown in a 1 run game. This was the first appearance in a World Series for both owners, and along with my congrats to Greg, I would also like to congratulate "Doc" Schweitzer, for his first pennant in SPB and a great season.  Box Score and Stats for this incredible series are posted on the left.  Thanks to everyone for a fantastic inaugural season!

December 24, 2008
1949 Rookie Draft Order Released.
LAS VEGAS, NV. -
All spb60 Managers, the 1949 Rookie Draft Order has now been released.  The random draw is always the biggest excitement to come out of this, and Dave Lauer's East Kenosha Lakers won the right to make the first selection of the 1949 rookie draft. Joe Dezarlo's Newark Bears will pick second, John Turnbull's Riverside Robbers third and Mike See's Louisiana Lightning 4th. The full draft list is posted online. Trade may commence beginning January 15, 2009.

December 23, 2008
Team Name and Stadium Changes for 1949 season.
LAS VEGAS, NV. -
All spb60 Managers, Gary Plunkitt has decided to relocate the former Vaughn Street Shipwreckers to his home town of Frankfort, Indiana, and will be known as the Frankfort Frigates.  In addition, the Frigates will be moving their home field to Briggs Stadium.  Always quick to react, Joe Dezarlo immediately occupied Gary's former park (Ebbets Field) making the available stadium Forbes Field and Comisky Park.  Mike See has decided to relocate his team from Las Vegas to Louisiana to become the Louisiana Lightning.  The Lightning have decided to call Forbes Field their new home.  And lastly, Terry Baxter will be relocating his Joliet Jakes from Forbes Field to the Polo Grounds.  This leaves Comiskey Park and Crosley Field as the two available parks in spb60.

December 20, 2008
1948 Regular season completed.   1948 World Series set.
LAS VEGAS, NV. - The first season of spb60 is in the books. In the A.L. a huge congratulations got out the Albert "Doc Schweitzer and his Asbury Park Titans, as they win their final 12 in a row to take the AL flag by 7 games over the 90 win Ahabs and Six. I believe this is Al's first ever pennant winner in SPB, so I'm sure this is especially sweet!  In the NL, it was no contest, as the mighty Sin City Mobsters cruised to the title by 12 games, over a late surging Joliet Jakes. The is Greg's first pennant as well (CONGRATS Greg!) so we will have a all first timer match up in the World Series in 1948!  All 1948 Regular season stats are now posted.

November 28, 2008
August 1948 Stats Now Posted.
LAS VEGAS, NV. - The fifth month of the season is in the books. In the NL, Greg Grover's Sin City Mobsters have all but locked up the pennant, leading by 12 games, in spite of the Joliet Jakes inspired August play (18-8), which saw them climb to second place. In the AL, what was a very tight race between the Asbury Titans and the New Bedford Ahabs has now become a three team race, led by the "Miracle" Wabash Six (22-6 in August) of Bill Lanke, which came out of nowhere to take a 4 game lead heading into September play.

September 5, 2008
New Manager On Board.
LAS VEGAS, NV. - It is my duty to announce that one of our veteran managers, Marc Hollingsworth, has decided to resign from spb60 due to time constraints. Marc is a trusted long time manager and friend and I completely empathize with his difficult decision here. It is my pleasure to announce that the new manager is none other than our esteemed colleague, and Grand Commissioner of all SPB Leagues Mr. Gary Plunkitt. Gary will step in beginning with next months game play, Beginning next month, please send MP's for any away games you have for the Vaughn Street Shipwreckers to Gary at gplunkitt@yahoo.com. I want to thank Gary for stepping in to take over this franchise. Welcome aboard Gary!  I would also like to thank Marc for being a big part of our inaugural spb60 Draft, and first season.

August 22, 2008
May 1948 Stats Now Posted.
LAS VEGAS, NV. - The second month of the season is in the books.  Things have really tightened up in the AL, with the New Bedford Ahabs, led by Ted Williams, having tied the Titans for first place in the league, with the the Wabash Six just one game out of the lead. Over in the NL, the SIn City Mobsters slowed their torrid pace a little, but still own a 4 game lead over the surging Vaughn Street Shipwreckers.

July 14, 2008
1948 Season Opening "Ramblings" Newsletter.
LAS VEGAS, NV. - Our esteemed beat writer Rich Applegate gives his team by team analysis for our inaugural season.  Click here to read this great write-up!

June 22, 2008
April 1948 Database released.
LAS VEGAS, NV. - All spb60 Managers, there were no trades at the deadline so here it is, the inaugural opening database for the 1948 season! (Click here to download database)  Please double check the database to ensure there are NO errors.  Please have your MP's to opposing managers by no later than July 1st, and send your home stats to me at ebbets1957@yahoo.com no later than July 20.

May 18, 2008
Two team name changes
LAS VEGAS, NV. - All spb60 Managers.  We have had two team name changes for the upcoming 1948 season.  First, Dave Lauer has decided to pull up stakes in Houston with his Colt 45's and become the East Kenosha Lakers (EKL).  Second, Mike See has decided that his old New York Knights franchise will become the Las Vegas Wranglers (in honor of the first minor league team to ever play on Las Vegas).

May 18, 2008
Two new managers join the fold!
LAS VEGAS, NV. - All spb60 Managers.  I am pleased to announce we have two new managers to take over the vacant Comets and Mules franchises.  Don Rahn has taken over for Greg Stillwagon's North Michigan Comets. Don will be re-naming his team the Schenectady Patriots and remaining in Sportsman's Park ALAlbert Schweitzer will be taking over Tom Meegan's Missouri Mules franchise and renaming the team the Asbury Park Titans and relocating his team to Shibe Park NL, leaving Briggs Stadium and Comiskey Park as the available parks.Please welcome both Don and Al to spb60!

January  26, 2008
spb60 Rookie Draft Completed
LAS VEGAS, NV. - The spb60 Rookie Draft has now been completed.  Rich Applegate and his Mound City Saints kicked off the festivities by selecting catcher Roy Campanella.  Thanks to everyone for a smooth draft.  Trading season is now back in full swing and there have been many.  For all of the draft results and trades, see the links on the left.  The 1948 season will begin on July 1, 2008 so make sure your AB's and appearances are taken care of before then.

December 9, 2007
spb60 Rookie Draft Date Announced
LAS VEGAS, NV. - The spb60 Rookie Draft will be held on Saturday January 26, 2008 at 8am PST.  The Draft Database has been sent to all managers so start studying for what should be another exciting first in the history of spb60!

September 25, 2007
spb60 Draft Inaugural Draft complete!
LAS VEGAS, NV. - The spb60 Inaugural Veteran Players Draft is Has been completed!  For a recap of the first draft, click on the links below under the Draft Central heading on the bottom left hand corner.  Team Rosters have also now been posted.  Thanks to everyone for a fun and exciting draft!

September 5, 2007
The Asbury Park Titans make Stan "The Man" Musial the first pick of the spb60 Veteran Draft!
LAS VEGAS, NV. - New SPB Manager Al Schweitzer today made outfielder Stan Musial the top pick in the inaugural spb60 Draft.  Musial, considered to be the top young hitter in the game and a younger National League version of Ted Williams, should be in a Titans uniform for many years to come.  For updates on the rest of the draft, click on the links below under the Draft Central heading on the bottom left hand corner.


September 5, 2007

spb60 Veteran Draft Date and Schedule announced
LAS VEGAS, NV. - The spb60 Draft will begin on Monday, September 10, 2007 at 8am with new manager Tom Meegan kicking off the festivities. This will be an email draft and each team will have assigned times to pick each day.  The times and schedules for each managers picks in rounds 1-25 (Phase 1) have been posted on the spb60 web site under Inaugural Draft Results.  All times are based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST).  Please see team draft matrix to insure that you are following the draft filter rules.

July 21, 2007
spb60 Ball Park Draft Completed
LAS VEGAS, NV. - The spb60 initial ballpark draft has now been completed.  Marc Hollingsworth's Vaughn Street Shipwreckers kicked off the festivities by selecting Ebbets Field for his franchise.   Thanks to everyone for their quick responses.  Results are posted under the Draft Central Link and all team names and stadiums have been added to the managers link.  The spb60 Inaugural Draft will begin on Saturday, September 10, 2007 at 8am EST.

July 11, 2007
spb60 "Official" Draft Orders Posted.
LAS VEGAS, NV. - I am happy to announce that the "Official" Draft orders for the 1948 Inaugural, Rookie, and Stadium Drafts are all posted here for your enjoyment and draft preparation.  You will find these lists under the Draft Central link in the lower left hand corner.  The Stadium draft will be held via email on Saturday July 21, 2007 beginning at 8am EST.

July 11, 2007
spb60 "Official" Draft Rules and Draft Lists Posted.
LAS VEGAS, NV. - I am happy to announce that the "Official" Draft Rules, Filters, Inaugural Hitters and Pitchers Draft Lists and the 1948 Rookie Drafts list are all posted here for your enjoyment and draft preparation.  You will find these lists under the Draft Central link in the lower left hand corner.

July 10, 2007
spb60 Now Full! 
LAS VEGAS, NV. - I am pleased to announce that spb60 in now full! SPB Legends John Turnbull and and John Ungashick fill out the final two spots on our roster of managers.

Here the managers in our new league: Mike See, Terry Baxter, Dave Lauer, Rich Applegate Joe DeZarlo, Chris Williams, Steve Ehresman, Marc Hollingsworth, Bill Lanke, Don Rahn, John Turnbull, John Ungashick, Greg Grover and Al Schweitzer. More info to follow soon about the drafts and other items that will be involved in setting up this new league!  Please send in your team names as soon as possible.  A big welcome to all who joined!

July 6, 2007 
New Seasons Past League readies its launch back into the "Golden Age" of baseball!
LAS VEGAS, NV - We hope you will consider joining this new SPB league. 1948 was a great season with aging stars such as Johnny Mize, Walker Cooper, Charlie Keller, Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio, established stars in their prime like Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Bob Feller, Del Ennis, Ralph Kiner, Hank Sauer, Enos Slaughter, Warren Spahn, Johnny Sain (and pray for Rain!), Lou Boudreau, Joe Gordon, Bobby Doerr, and rising young stars such as Richie Ashburn, Roy Campanella, Yogi Berra Pee Wee Reese, Carl Erskine, Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby. And I'm sure I have forgotten many! Many of us weren't around for the SPB-II 1948 season, and maybe a few wouldn't mind replaying it with different players. Sign up for soon to play the Golden Era of baseball!