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CTB Season #1: 1911 NL Replay
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I thought the day after the World Series would be a good day to start my first replay.  I've decided to start with the 1911 season (the earliest season Strat-o-Matic offers) and then proceed through the various seasons offered by Strat-o-Matic.  This being my first replay I'm keeping it simple and doing the National League first, then I plan on following with the 1911 American League replay and the World Series.

A little background.  I'm new to the Strat-o-matic world, getting my first game this spring.  As a boy I played a similar game the was produced by Sports Illustrated.  I had great fun playing the 1979 season with that game (playing the game, keeping the stats, writing a newsletter) over 2-3 years.  As real life sports (ironically I didn't play baseball - football, wrestling, and track & field were my sports) became more demanding, especially football, I drifted away from the board game.  Once I finished playing, I began teaching and coaching high school football for 20+ years.  A couple of years ago I moved from teaching into administration (I'm currently an assistant principal) and cut back on my coaching (I still coach my son's Pee Wee football team).  This past spring I came across an article on Strat-o-Matic baseball and remembering how much fun I had with the SI game I decided to check out the Strat-o-Matic web site thinking I could order the 2013 baseball season.  I discovered they offered all kinds of seasons, not just the most recent year.  Having been a history teacher and always having had an interest in baseball history, I immediately became intrigued with the older seasons.  I settled on the 1911 season because, well it was the first season.  As soon as I got the game I began playing with no idea of the history of 1911 (well a knew of many of the Hall of Famers, but that was about it) or how to really play the game (basic all the way at first).  As I continued to play I began to do more research learning about 1911 season and the rules of the advanced and then super-advanced game.  During my research I stumbled across SOMers and began looking at the historical replays.  I read Seajaw's and then Stargell8's 1911 replays (by the way great job, really fun reads) and became inspired to do a replay of my own.  But the question became, how to do it.  My first thought was to replay a full 154 game season and so I jumped in and played about 15-20 games for all the NL and AL teams.  In August I took a trip with my youngest son to Pennsylvania to attend a Cub Scout camp and tour Gettysburg.  On the drive down I did some math and figured out that is would take me at least five years to do a replay of this length.  I had two goals in mind; 1.) have fun and 2.) learn about the history of baseball.  One of the great things I discovered when I started playing is not just that the game itself is a blast, but learning about the season and the players is a blast.  I wanted to do that with multiple seasons and spending several years on each project just wasn't going to allow me to get very far.  I settled on Seajaw's format of using 54-game seasons.  With Seajaw's advice (thank you) I created my rules and a schedule and began playing.  I've completed 16 games (4 series) for each team in the NL and now I'm going to start posting the results.

Although I have no illusions my replay will be of the same quality as Seajaw's or Stargell8's, I do hope some of you find it entertaining. 



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First Base Coach

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FYI - the CTB stands for Coffee Table Baseball. I wanted something to differentiate the replay from some earlier 1911 replays. I play my games on our coffee table in our living room, hence the name.

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I bet you're having a blast!

The history is what drew me in. American history, right there in your hands.

Taking the time to explore the era and learn more about the players and their origins was more satisfying than I could have ever imagined.

It's also probably a good thing that you started with a shorter season. Five years can seem awful daunting. Even after eight replays, I still think I'd never get through a full 154-game season.

Those who actually complete 162-game expansion era C&D seasons are like Titans to me. I have enough trouble keeping 16 teams in a 56-game season straight.

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Glad you took the plunge to do a season replay!  I hope you son rolls some games with you.  My son will play some games with me and we have a great time.

Stargell8 and Seajaw, among others, are great to consult at the beginning and throughout a project.  I think you have it right when you say the goal is to have fun.  I am in awe of the efforts members here who complete these great projects, especially those rolling the dice.  If you are not having fun or trying to measure yourself against others here, it will become a job.  Do your own thing and make it fun.  We'll be watching and enjoying the replay right along side of you.

 



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Looks good . Go Honus !

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I'll be following.........

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"NACSTER'S HISTORICAL REPLAY"

34 REPLAYS IN THE BOOKS!

1876-1883

1896-1900

1906

1916-1917

1921, 1929

1936-1937

1943, 1946

1956-1963

1976

1986

1991, 1996

37,117 regular season games through 34 replays!

 

 



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nacster wrote:

I'll be following.........


 Me too!



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Im looking forward to your replay. 1911 is certainly different from other Strat seasons.

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Enjoy yourself! I'll enjoy looking in.



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I got my season ticket let the dice roll!!  biggrin 



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     Welcome glewis!!  I look forward to following your replay!  I enjoy the ones that go WAY BACK!!



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History, English and Phys. Ed. teachers seem to become administrators.biggrin

Science and Math teachers usually don't.no

The prior group must have an easier work load than the later, thus allowing them to use their stress free time gathering credits to move into the administration world.

Enjoy 1911.smile

 



-- Edited by RICH D on Friday 31st of October 2014 07:26:09 PM

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First Base Coach

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CTB Replay Format

My 1911 NL replay will be a narrative of the season.  I will pick up with the end of the 1910 season and high light events leading to the start of the 1911 season.  In addition to game results, I would like to include profiles of the various players of this era.

My replay is cards and dice and I'm using the Super Advanced version of the rules along with some rules developed by Seajaw for his replays.

Like I mentioned in my first post I'm playing a 56 game season with each team play a home and away four-game series with the other seven teams in the league.  When creating the schedule I took into consideration travel days and even Sunday baseball (only allowed in Cincinnati, Chicago, and St.Louis).  

I've reshuffled the teams to reflect their opening day rosters, the roster will change based on the trades, waivers, etc. the occurred during the actual 1911 season.  My game day line-ups were created based on the actual 1911 line-ups for that time of the season, the advanced rules regarding substitutions, and what I thought made sense (e.g. there is an interesting early season twist involving "Pete" Alexander) for the player and the team.  I did take into account significant injuries and suspensions that occurred in 1911, but there will also be random 1-5 game injuries for players.  The pitching staff rotation was based on actual starts during the season prorated for a 56-game season.  

I've attempted to use the strategy of the day - lots of attempted steals, sacrifice bunts, and hit & run plays.  Also pitchers go the distance whenever possible, I do take them out (most of the time) when they fatigue according to the advanced rules.



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"Using only two pitchers, (Chief) Bender and three-time winner (Jack) Coombs, in the entire (1910 World) Series, the A's had emerged as champions. And, considering the youth on this A's team, Philadelphia loomed as a team to be reckoned with for years to come." - The Sporting News
 
The Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Chicago Cubs in five games to take the 1910 World Series.
 
Game 1
Philadelphia 4
Chicago 1
 
WP: Bender
LP: Overall
 
Game 2
Philadelphia 9
Chicago 3
 
WP: Coombs
LP: Brown
 
Game 3
Philadelphia 12
Chicago 5
 
WP: Coombs
LP: Reulbach
 
Game 4
Chicago 4
Philadelphia 3
 
WP: Brown
LP: Bender
 
Game 5
Philadelphia 7
Chicago 2
 
WP: Coombs
LP: Brown


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1910 Base Ball Magazine All National League Team


Pitcher stats = W-L Record, ERA, Strikeouts

Batter states = Batting Avg., HRs, RBIs, SBs

Pitcher - Mordecai "3-Finger" Brown - Chicago (25-14, 1.86, 143)

Pitcher - Leonard "King" Cole - Chicago (20-4, 1.80, 114)

Pitcher - Christy Mathewson - New York (27-9, 1.89, 184)

Pitcher - Earl Moore - Philadelphia (22-15, 2.58, 185)

Catcher - Larry McLean - Cincinnati (.298, 2, 71, 4)

1st Base - Ed Konetchy - St.Louis (.302, 3, 78, 18)

2nd Base - Larry Doyle - New York (.285, 8, 69, 39)

3rd Base - Bobby Bryne - Pittsburgh (.296, 2, 52, 36)

Shortstop - Honus Wagner - Pittsburgh (.320, 4, 81, 24)

Outfield - Arthur "Solly" Hofman - Chicago (.325, 3, 86, 29)

Outfield - Sherry Magee - Philadelphia (.331, 6, 123, 49)

Outfield - Frank "Wildfire" Schulte - Chicago (.301, 10, 68, 22)

CTB Note:  1910 All NL Team was determined by Stats, INC (Simon, Tom, Ed. Deadball Stars of the National League)



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