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LEAGUE NOTES
2024
May 19
Chicago continues their charge to the top of the Eastern Division with their 5th straight victory, a 5-1 triumph over Las Vegas. The second place Hawks now trail the Sherwood Forest Machine by just a half-game.

May 18
Chicago moved into sole possession of 2nd place in the East with a 4-2 victory over Amsterdam.

May 15
Former Pittsburgh Crawford GM/Manager, Tee Knorr, will be presenting a Negro League exhibit at Clipper Stadium on Thursday, May 23rd in the concourse for the Stormers game versus the Gastonia Baseball Club. Game Time 11:00 AM.

May 14
Queen City's Spencer Strider won for the first time this season after dropping his first eleven decisions as the Rojo's took down San Diego by a 4-1 count. A 76er victory in the finale avoided the sweep.

May 11
Sherwood increased their lead in the East to 3.5 games with a 4-2 triumph over Amsterdam.

 May 6
In Section Two action, Rochester climbed over the .500 plateau with a 3-2 victory over Cleveland.

May 5
San Diego completed Section One of the schedule by dropping a 3-2 decision to Sherwood. The Machine now have a 2.5 game lead in the East.

May 4
Hartford rolled into first place in the West with a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia.

April 30
Hartford won a series from Cleveland for the first time since Armistice Day, 2021 by a 4-2 count.

April 29
In Section Two Play, Union Station, backed by three home run games by Marcus Semien and J.T.Realmuto, defeated Rochester 3-2.

April 27
Lots of Saturday action in a "banner" day for the Eastern Division. Chicago handed Memphis their fifth consecutive loss by a 3-2 score. Next up saw Philadelphia overcome five home runs by Max Kepler as the Black Sox scored a 3-2 victory over Norfolk. In intra-division play, Amsterdam walloped Las Vegas 5-1 and then the Bulldogs engaged in a double-header with a 3-2 decision over San Diego, making it a "tough" day for the "holier than thou" Division.

April 24
Billings padded their lead in the West to 1.5 games with a 4-2 triumph over Norfolk.

April 23
The "usual suspects" who open up Section Two of the schedule got it underway today as Queen City earned a 3-2 victory over Union Station.

April 22
San Diego dealt Memphis their fourth straight series loss by a 4-2 score.

April 21
Lots of Sunday action. Amsterdam edged Billings 3-2, narrowing the Mustang's lead in the West to just a half-game over 2nd place Hartford.
The Bulldogs then engaged in a double-dip as they dropped a 3-2 decision to USMC. The Mystic Cowboys have now joined Queen City and Rochester in completing Section One of the schedule. In the final match-up of the day, Cleveland won their fourth consecutive series with a 3-2 decision over Sherwood.

April 20
Philadelphia defeated Las Vegas 4-2 and for the first time in ZSABL history, the Black Sox skipper played an entire series without the stimulus/aid of an adult beverage.

April 16
In a weird series, Norfolk was a 4-1 winner over Rochester. The Neptunes won three games by one run, 2-1,2-1 and 4-3. Their loss was a 15-0 blow out while the other victory saw the Nep's tally eleven runs in the first inning, nine of them unearned and then failed to score the rest of the way in the 11-5 triumph.

April 15
Hartford rolled over Memphis 4-2.

April 13
The Eastern Division captured a pair of series today in Matinee Action at the club. Rochester defeated Memphis 3-2 which featured a no hitter by the Rockers Gerrit Cole in Game # 4 and Sherwood proved too much for Norfolk as they topped the Neptunes 4-1.

April 11
In some Thursday Evening action, Union Station took down Las Vegas 3-2 and according to Manager Smith the series was finished in just an hour and a half. The "Cowboys" had jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the contest but faltered in the final two games. The other match up mirrored that series as Rochester had a 3-0 lead over San Diego but the "Sixer's" rallied to prevail in the last two.

April 10
In Eastern Division action, Sherwood broke up the four-way tie for first place with a 4-2 victory over Rochester.

April 9
Hartford's struggles continue as Norfolk bashed out 43 runs and 56 hits en-route to a 4-2 victory.

April 8
Cleveland won their third straight series as they downed Memphis 4-2.

April 6
San Diego got by Philadelphia 3-2 to create a four way tie with the Black Sox, Rochester, Las Vegas and Sherwood for the top spot in the East.

April 4
Billings took over first place in the West with a 4-2 victory over Hartford.

April 3 (Late Result)
Things remained tight in the East as Sherwood took a 3-2 decision from Union Station. There is now a three-way tie for 2nd place as the Machine, Rochester and Las Vegas are all now just a half-game off the pace of the Division leading Philadelphia Black Sox.

April 3
Memphis defeated Queen City 3-2. The Rojo's despite seven stolen bases by Elly De La Cruz could not gain their 2nd series victory of the year as they hit into a triple play for the second consecutive match-up and SP Spencer Strider again failed to register a victory as he fell to 0-11. To the surprise of no one, the Rojo's have now completed Section One of the schedule. There is more action on tap later today as Sherwood will travel to Salunga to take on USMC.

April 2 (Late Report)
In a mid-afternoon affair, Las Vegas moved into a tie for 2nd place in the East with Rochester as they defeated San Diego 3-2.

April 2
Cleveland got by Queen City 3-2 as the Rojo's misfortunes included Luis Robert hitting into a triple play with the sacks loaded in the 8th inning of a one run game and Spencer Strider suffering yet another loss as his record fell to 0-10.

April 1
USMC triumphed over Norfolk by a 4-2 count. The Mystic Cowboys took the first four contests before the Neptunes rebounded in the final pair.

March 30 (Late Score)
A late result that just came in did not change the East standings as Sherwood split with Las Vegas 3-3.

March 30
Cleveland edged Philadelphia 3-2 tightening up the Eastern Division race as five teams are now separated by a single game.

March 29
Some lopsided results today in Friday action. Sherwood rolled over Queen City 5-1 and Chicago stoned Cleveland by a 4-1 score.

March 28
Queen City earned their first series victory of the year by nipping San Diego 3-2.

Did you know ?
That Philadelphia Black Sox skipper, Steve Abrams recently recorded his 1,000th career victory as a manager, becoming the 18th to do so in ZSABL history.
 

March 26
Norfolk rolled over Queen City 4-1. The Rojo's Sandy Alcantara shutout the Neptunes in the opener but it was all Norfolk after that. In other action, Rochester dealt Billings their first series loss of the season by a 3-2 count with Marcell Ozuna buoying the offense by blasting seven homers for the Rockers.

March 25
Billings closed to with a half-game of the Western Division lead with a 6-0 blanking of Cleveland. Memphis got over the .500 mark and climbed into 3rd place in the West with a 4-2 victory over Union Station.

March 24
Rochester defeated Philadelphia 4-2 and Amsterdam cooled off Hartford 3-2.

March 23
A gloomy, rainy Saturday set up an APBA-Mania at the Club with over half (57%) of the league in attendance. The event included four series, a letter of resignation, a surprise birthday party, an apology and some shoddy picture taking.
Rochester was scheduled to play Norfolk today but his family had planned a surprise Birthday Party for Bill so they informed Rocker skipper Sam Schall to make some excuse that he could not play. Manager Groff announced on Friday at the "bored meeting" that his series was cancelled. Meanwhile Sam did not want to waste an opportunity to play today so he scheduled with Hartford. The Commissioner foolishly posted it on the web site and the Neptunes saw it and immediately vented their frustration to the Rockers. Manager Groff was so infuriated he sent this office the following Letter of Resignation. Upon the realization that he had been "hoodwinked" the Neptunes sent out this Apology.
The results of the "Mania" were Billings and Union Station going 3-3, Philly topped Memphis 3-2, Hartford took a 3-2 decision from Rochester and Amsterdam outlasted Cleveland by the same 3-2 score.
Some shoddy pics from the event with a shoddy camera and an even shoddier Photographer #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10.

March 22
Chicago took the first three contests and then hung on for a 3-2 win over San Diego.

March 19
Hartford kept up their torrid start with a 5-1 victory over San Diego and Billings rolled past Queen City by a 4-1 count.

March 18
Some Western Division action this morning among the retirees, Cleveland and Norfolk split 3-3 and Billings triumphed over Memphis 4-2.

March 17
Lots of action at the Club today. Cleveland was a 4-1 winner over Las Vegas. Amsterdam had a rough day as they were blanked by Philadelphia 6-0 and then in a double-dip they lost the first five to Rochester to make 11 losses in a row before capturing the finale.

March 15
Las Vegas kept up their fine start by topping Queen City 4-2.

March 13
Hartford defeated Union Station 5-1.

March 12 (Late Report)
Rochester knocked off Cleveland 4-1.

March 12
Hartford opened their season with a 5-0 sweep over Queen City to take over first place in the West. In other action San Diego got by Union Station 4-2.

March 11
Union Station tops Cleveland 4-2 and Memphis in their season opener dropped Norfolk by the same 4-2 count.

March 10
Union Station stayed atop the Western Division standings with a 3-2 victory over Chicago. The Mystic Cowboys opened up a 3-0 advantage before the heroics of the Hawks Paul Goldschmidt who delivered a walk off homer in Game # 4 and a 8th inning game tying dinger in Game # 5, both off Tanner Scott, cooled down the USMC crew.

March 9 (Afternoon Report)
Philadelphia gave the East their first series victory of the season with a 3-2 decision over Union Station.

March 9
A pair of splits in action today, Rochester and Chicago went 3-3 and Philadelphia opened their season with a draw versus Queen City as the Black Sox could not overcome the implosion of their erstwhile closer Raisel Iglesias.

March 8 (Very Late Report)
Rochester won for the first time this season as they took down Queen City 4-2.

March 8
In action at the Club this morning, Billings edged Sherwood Forest 3-2.

March 7 (Late Score)
Union Station made it two series wins in a row with a 4-1 victory over Rochester. The Rockers managed to salvage the finale to avoid the sweep.

March 7
In a wild series where both managers wore out a path to the mound to make pitching changes, Norfolk and San Diego split 3-3. The match-up featured 84 runs and 31 home runs, including a 8 dinger barrage by the 76er's in Game # 5

March 5 (Late Report)
Las Vegas shocked Rochester 5-1 in action this evening. A dejected Rocker Skipper Schall hastily left the post series press room after uttering just this brief statement, "That is one of the top three losses in my ZSABL career."

March 5
Billings rolled early taking a 3-0 lead but San Diego stormed back with Sean Murphy collecting 11 RBI's to capture the final three contests and earn a 3-3 split.

This Page Crashed Again
I was able to recover it from a month ago but everything from February 1st on has been lost.

Breaking News
The Norfolk-Hartford series has been moved to later in the week due to illness.

January 28
The Amsterdam Bulldogs defeated the defending Champion Las Vegas Crazy Horse in the Eastern Division Finals to advance to the 46th ZSABL World Series. The match-up went the distance. It will be the 5th time the "B-Dogs" have appeared in the Title Match as they await the victor of the Norfolk-Hartford Western Division Finals to be played tomorrow.

January 27
The Lottery Mistress admirably performed her duties for the 2024 ZSABL Draft Lottery. In attendance were Cleveland, Memphis, San Diego, Billings and Hartford. Philadelphia received the biggest "boost" while predictably, Memphis was the most "un-lucky".
Here were the results:
# 1 Billings
# 2 Cleveland
# 3 Philadelphia
# 4 Cleveland from Union Station
5)Union Station from Sherwood
6)Chicago
7)Memphis
8)Memphis from Queen City
Hopefully the first Mock Draft will be posted shortly.


January 26
The seedings for tomorrow's Lottery are as follows:
1)Billings
2)Cleveland
3)Union Station-Traded to Cleveland
4)Sherwood-Traded to Union Station
5)Memphis
6)Queen City-Traded to Memphis
7)Philadelphia
8)Chicago


January 23
The Western Division Semi-Finals went the distance with Hartford emerging as the winner in seven games over San Diego. The 76'er bats went cold in Games # 4 & # 5 as the "Canes" Braxton Garrett and Logan Gilbert spun complete game shutouts before the "Sixers" erupted  for an 11-1 rout in Game # 6 setting up the deciding match. Ronald Acuna,Jr. drove in all four runs in the finale with a double and a home run as Hartford scored a 4-2 victory. 

January 18
The end of the season awards have been tabulated and the Most Valuable Player is Sherwood's Aaron Judge who edged out Hartford's Matt Olson 22-20. The Hurricanes have never had a MVP in their existence.
The Cy Young Award went to Chicago's Max Fried, who easily out-distanced runner up; Rochester's Edwin Diaz, who set a ZSABL record with his 47 saves,39-12.

Complete Voting Results:
MVP
1)Aaron Judge,Sherwood,22
2)Matt Olson,Hartford,20
3)Freddie Freeman,Las Vegas,17.5
4)Mookie Betts,Las Vegas,11
5T)Nolan Arenado,San Diego,4
5T)Shohei Ohtani,Amsterdam,4
7)Jose Altuve,Amsterdam,3
8)Rafael Devers,Norfolk,2.5

Cy Young
1)Max Fried,Chicago,39
2)Edwin Diaz,Amsterdam,12
3)Corbin Burnes,San Diego,10
4T)Shohei Ohtani,Amsterdam,8
4T)Nestor Cortez,Jr.,Las Vegas,8
6T)Chris Bassitt,Rochester,3
6T)Tyler Anderson,Rochester,3
8)Christian Javier,Philadelphia,1

Manager of the Year
The MOY votes have been finalized and the Division winners placed 1-2.
Congratulations to Norfolk's Billy Groff who edged Carl Swift by a mere one vote. It was the 6th time skipper Groff captured the honor, the most in the ZSABL.
Here is the complete voting.
1)Bill Groff, Norfolk 23
2)Carl Swift, Amsterdam 22
3)Tom Doran, San Diego 12
4)Sam Schall, Rochester 7
5)Billy Bell, Las Vegas 6
6T)Steve Abrams, Philadelphia 5
6T)Phil Zangari, Hartford 5
8)Mel Smith, Union Station 3
9)Chet Lutz, Chicago 1

January 14
In the 2023 ZSABL regular season finale, Chicago defeated Amsterdam 3-2 but fell just short of a post-season berth by one game. 

The quest for the ZSABL's 46th Championship got underway today with Las Vegas advancing into the Eastern Division finals as they dispatched Rochester in six games. The Western Division semi's will be sometime this week.

The draft date has been agreed upon. The gala event will be held on Saturday, March 2nd @ 11:00 A.M. at the 8th Ward Club.

Manager of the Year voting is nearly complete with Memphis the only team yet to cast their votes.

January 10
San Diego ended their regular season with a flourish, possibly sounding a "death knell" to Chicago's playoff aspirations, with a 4-1 victory over the Hawks. The 76er's finish in second place in the West and will host Hartford in the division semi-finals. Chicago, although not eliminated, have their work cut out for them when they engage the Easter Division Pennant winners, the Amsterdam Bulldogs in the 2023 regular season finale, probably this weekend. The Hawks need a sweep to punch their playoff ticket, four wins will tie them with Rochester for the final post season berth resulting in a one game "play in" scenario. Any other result will send the Rockers into the East semi-final versus Las Vegas.

January 7
The Amsterdam Bulldogs have clinched the Eastern Division flag as Chicago nipped Las Vegas 3-2 in action today. The victory gives the Hawks a tie with Rochester for the 3rd and final playoff spot in the East.

December 31
The Eastern Division pennant race remains unresolved as Las Vegas blew past the Division leading Amsterdam Bulldogs by a 4-1 count. The Crazy Horse's Lance Lynn tossed a no-hitter with the "Nevadian's" capturing the first four contests before the "B-Dog's" connected on four solo home runs to take the finale by a 4-2 score.

December 27
After a 26 day hiatus the sound of "rattling" dice once again filled the air.
Amsterdam reduced their Magic Number to clinch the Eastern Division flag to "5" with a 4-1 victory over Sherwood. The Bulldogs dominated the Machine this season to the tune of 10-1.

December 3
Congratulations to Tom Doran !!!

Hi Tom,
Congratulations!
You were the only one of the 245 participants in the APBA Blog 2023 Pitching Grade Challenge who guessed all 20 pitchers correctly!

Nice work!  It seemed like a tough challenge this year but a few participants did well, especially you.  

I have notified John Herson of the APBA Game Company of your accomplishment.  He will be in touch with you regarding your prize.  

Again, congratulations on a job well done!

Tom   

--
Thomas Nelshoppen


December 1
Queen City ended their season on a winning note with a 3-2 victory over Sherwood.

November 28
Las Vegas edged Billings 3-2 as the Mustang finished their season albeit they secured the number one seed in the Lottery.

November 25
The Norfolk Neptunes ended Philadelphia's play-off hopes by defeating the Black Sox 4-1 in the season finale for both teams.

November 18
The Western Division play-off participants have been finalized with San Diego defeating Memphis by a 3-2 score. The result gave the pennant to the Norfolk Neptunes while the 76er's earned the last post-season berth. A series victory in San Diego's season finale versus Chicago will give the "Sixers" the home field advantage against Hartford in the semi-finals.
The Eastern Division play-off race remains very "muddled" as the Black Sox kept up their recent surge with a 4-1 triumph over Las Vegas including a combined no-hitter by four Philly pitchers in Game # 4. A first ever 3-team tie for a play-off spot is still in the cards if the "Sox" go 3-2 in their finale versus Norfolk and Chicago goes 8-7 in their last three match-ups.

November 17
Las Vegas eliminated Sherwood from the post season "party" as the Crazy Horse knocked off the Machine by a 3-2 count.

November 13
Hartford "punched their ticket" to the post-season by defeating Norfolk 3-2. Despite the loss the Neptunes have clinched at least a tie for the Western Division flag.

November 11
Philadelphia kept their playoff hopes alive by topping Amsterdam 3-2 including two walk-off victories.

November 6
Lots of Western Division action today, Norfolk clinched a playoff berth and reduced their Magic Number to take home the Western Pennant to three as they defeated San Diego 3-2.
The Cleveland Naps ended their regular season on a high note as they rallied from an 0-2 deficit to drop Hartford by the same 3-2 score.
The final match-up ended in another 3-2 result as Billings came back from a 6-1 score to top Memphis in the finale for the victory

November 5
Sherwood got past Rochester 3-2 as the Rockers became the second team to complete their regular season.

November 4
In a Saturday match-up, Sherwood edged Philadelphia 3-2.

November 2
Hartford climbed back to the .500 mark and took over 2nd place in the West with a 3-2 decision over San Diego.

October 30
A pair of sweeps and a 4-1 verdict highlighted action at the club today. Norfolk blanked USMC 5-0 as the "Cowboys" became the first team to complete their regular season. The victories increased the Neptunes lead in the West to 6.5 games. Hartford then entered the playoff "fray" by shutting out Billings 5-0 to move into 3rd place in the "holier than thou" division while the Mustang sank to the basement. In the lone non-sweep match-up, Cleveland dropped Memphis 4-1 as the Sound only managed to gain a Game # 4 triumph.

October 29
Sherwood knocked Chicago out of 3rd place in the East with a 4-1 triumph over the Hawks.

October 28
Philadelphia stayed on the periphery of the Eastern Division playoff hunt with a 3-2 victory over Queen City.

October 24
Some more 3-2 results on the Tuesday score board;
Billings knocked off San Diego and Hartford got by Memphis.

October 23
In some Western Division action today, USMC edged Billings 3-2 and Norfolk, despite being no-hit in the finale, knocked off Cleveland by the same 3-2 verdict.

October 21
We have a race in the East as Philadelphia spotted Chicago a victory in the opener and then proceeded to take the next four contests; holding the Hawks to just six runs for the entire series. The 3rd place "windy city" boys hold a half game advantage over 4th place Rochester with the 5th place Black Sox just 3.5 games behind Chicago.

October 18
Norfolk padded their lead in the West with a 3-2 triumph over Billings.

October 17
Queen City made it two series wins in a row with a 3-2 victory over Las Vegas.

October 16
Cleveland dropped another 3-2 decision, their 7th such outcome in a row, as the Naps fell to Billings. In a shocker, Queen City rolled past Memphis 4-1 with all the Rojo's victories decided by a solitary run including two walk-offs, both in extra innings.

October 15
In a late score from yesterday, Chicago nipped Queen City 3-2.

October 14
A couple of 3-2 outcomes on the Saturday Scoreboard: 4th place Rochester inched closer to a playoff berth in the East as they defeated Philly and the Eastern Division leading Amsterdam Bulldogs handed Cleveland their 5th straight 3-2 loss despite the Naps connecting for seven "rally clause" singles with the "40" on the Unusual Play Board.

October 11
Memphis tied San Diego for 2nd place in the West, 2.5 games off the pace, with a 4-1 victory over USMC.

October 10
A couple of 3-2 decisions in action today. Inter-Division  play saw Rochester outlast Hartford and Norfolk kept their hold on first place in the West with a victory over Memphis.

October 9
San Diego nipped Cleveland 3-2 to move to just two games off the pace in the West.

October 8
Queen City bashed Amsterdam 4-1 to escape the cellar in the East.

October 6
Hartford, despite an anemic offense that was out-scored 14-11, managed to edge USMC by a 3-2 count.

October 4 (Late Report)
Memo from the Crazy Horse Front Office to the rest of the ZSABL: "Let everyone know that Las Vegas is rebuilding. Mookie, Freddie and Clayton and JD are available ".

October 4
Union Station slows down Sherwood by defeating the Machine 3-2.
 

October 2
Section Two of the schedule is now complete with Sherwood's 3-2 triumph over Norfolk this evening. The "holier than thou" award again goes to the Eastern Division with a robust +55, the third highest differential in league history. (E.N. I forgot that there are seven more inter-divisional series in Section Three, so the "holier than thou" totals are not complete)

October 1
Rochester stayed relevant in the Eastern Division playoff picture by trouncing Chicago 4-1.

September 30
There were a couple of 3-2 outcomes as Section Two of the schedule winds down. Philly topped Billings and Sherwood edged Hartford with a walk-off on a wild pitch in the finale.

September 28
San Diego, despite seven home runs by Union Station's Anthony Rizzo, defeated the "Cowboys" by a 3-2 verdict to take over sole possession of 2nd place in the West and even their record at 53-53.

September 26
In a series totally devoid of offense, USMC edged Cleveland 3-2. The two teams combined for just 14 runs in the match-up which included four shutouts. The Naps Jose Quintana combined with Tim Mayza and Mike King to no-hit the "Cowboys" in Game # 3. The only base runner reached on a J.D.Davis error.

September 25
Memphis halted their non-winning series streak at nine as they trimmed Chicago by a 3-2 verdict. In other action, Sherwood escaped the Eastern Division basement by handing a 4-1 defeat to the Billings Mustang.

September 24
Chicago strengthened their grip on the 3rd and final playoff berth in the East with a 4-1 thrashing of Billings.

September 23 (Late Score)
San Diego edged Sherwood 3-2.

September 23
Philadelphia, sparked by a 4-4 and a 5-5 performance by Jeff McNeil, knocked off Cleveland by a 3-2 score.

September 21
Sherwood got by Cleveland 3-2.

September 18
Chicago rolled over Norfolk 4-1 as the Neptunes only managed to salvage a victory in the finale to end an eight game losing skein.

September 17
Hartford snapped Chicago's seven series win streak by topping the Hawks 3-2. Highlights were a Game # 2 performance by Adam Wainwright (C-Z) who threw 10 scoreless innings, Ronald Acuna Jr then smacked a home run in the 11th to give the Canes the lead but a Gio Urshela error in the bottom of the frame knotted the score 1-1 after 11 stanzas. Urshela redeemed himself in the 12th with a lead off homer for the 2-1 Hurricane victory. The other highlight came in the finale as Hartford rode another strong C-Z effort, this time by Cole Irvin, who led 5-1 going into the bottom of the 8th. The Hawks rallied to tie it at 5-5 before Brendan Rodgers delivered a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th for the 6-5 Chicago triumph.

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