Monthly Archives: November 2014

Ernie Harwell on the call

We’ve been without “Ernie” Harwell for four years now.  He passed away at 92 in the spring of 2010.

I didn’t follow the Detroit Tigers growing up, but I was a big enough baseball fan to know that Harwell was as huge there as Harry Caray was in Chicago.

It’s a magical thing, what a good sportscaster can bring to a broadcast.

Here he is with the final call of the 1984 World Series, as Larry Herndon races towards the foul line to make the catch.


400 Days Away

The first posts for the 1984 replay are 400 days away.  That’s just a little over a year.  In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying the weekly videos and articles.

Things have been going well in my sim life.  Busy with the holidays, of course.  But also taking a detour with smaller NHL and NBA projects before getting back into the ’84 thing.  By February, I will be doing nothing but ’84 and I imagine that will be where my “sim head” is at full time until October of ’84, by which time I will probably “detour” again for a mini NHL and NBA project.

I am also working on a fun web app for NFL and that has been progressing nicely, but it’s just not complete yet.  If I had to “guesstimate” things, I’d say that I hope to have it finished by the end of the winter.  In short, it’s going to facilitate playing Elementary Strat-o-Matic Football much quicker.  Instead of taking two-plus hours to roll a game, the app will allow me to play a game in less than an hour.

Also, I’d like to announce something a little fun to get you through 2015.  Starting in the middle of January, I will be posting a weekly countdown of the Top 50 Players from the 1984 season.

This list is based on a few different metrics and, to be honest, there are a few players towards the bottom of the list whose Strat-o-Matic cards are not necessarily going to merit them being in the list.  For example, there are some players whose value came predominantly from their defensive abilities, but when the game company put out their card set, they didn’t really rate them in accordance with that reputation.

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1984 Fall Classic

Here’s an 88-second recap of the 1984 World Series between the San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers.

88 seconds isn’t much shorter than the actual World Series took to play out.

1984 World Series: Game 5

Measurable snow fell here in Madison, Wisconsin, on Thursday, November 13th.

So it seems like the timing to detour my 1984 MLB project in favor of an NHL tournament wasn’t so out of line.

I had a big discussion / argument / study of some ratings on Strat’s hockey cards, because I thoroughly enjoy deconstructing how game companies put their cards together.

I have a really long treatise that I will post on another blog, but for now I’ll just let you know that in the best-of-7 opening series, it’s currently Vancouver 2-0 over Chicago, Anaheim 2-0 over Detroit, Toronto 1-0 over Boston, and NY Rangers 1-0 over Montreal.

But you’re here for baseball, not hockey, right?

For your enjoyment today, I offer the 5th and final game of the 1984 World Series.

Personally I’m hoping for a closer Series in my replay…

Almost done posting videos from the 1984 season as we head towards the final month of 2014.

Stay warm, everybody.

World Series: Game 1

I’ve gone ahead and started up my 8-team tournament with teams from the 2010-11 NHL season.  Should provide a link to that soon, but I will point out that I had a good long discussion about this on the Strat Fan Forums.

This is all best pushed off to another gaming-related blog I host, so I won’t pepper you with too much info.  In short, the hockey game is my 2nd favorite Strat product, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t several changes that I think need to be made to the game engine.

I still plan on this ’84 MLB project being the focus, but with baseball season having just ended, I wouldn’t mind dabbling a little on the side with the NHL thing.

In another gaming news, the fabulous Jeff Polman (Google him) tends to run a 16-team tournament every fall using teams from the past season and looks for folks to be in charge of a team – setting rotations, bullpen assignments, lineups, etc.

Last year I got in and ran the Washington Nationals and won the whole thing, earning myself a $25 gift certificate to Strat-o-Matic.  Woot!

This year I’m back to defend my title, taking over the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates.

Games kick off next weekend and I still need to put my roster directions together for Jeff.  It’s part of my “to do” list this weekend.

This week’s video shows how the final play of Game 1 of the 1984 World Series played out.

Highlights include Vin Scully on the call and one mustachioed ballplayer flipping a ball to another.