Saturday, February 18, 2017

Prairieland Draft!!!

Here we go!

Remember: email me your pick.
You pick either a team or a Deadball player in the first round.  You are then to pick the other in the 2nd round.

Round One.

1. Chris Strangeman - 1975 Cincinnati Reds
2. Eric Berg - Shoeless Joe Jackson
3. John Kalous - Walter Johnson
4. Todd Daniels - 1998 Yankees
5. Tom Fulton - 1994 Expos
6. Thomas Nelshoppen - Nap Lajoie
7. Dick Butler -  Babe Ruth
8. Kyle Daniels - 1998 Braves
9. Mike Hill - Christy Mathewson
10. Ryan Daniels - 1999 Braves
11. Lew Ramey - 1995 Indians
12. Bob Eller - 1977 Yankees
13. Gordon Rodell - 1990 A's
14. GF Korreck - 1977 L.A. Dodgers
15. Doug Bedell - 1975 A's
16. Dave Rueck - Tris Speaker
17. Mark Dyel - 1970 Orioles
18. John Roels - 1978 Dodgers
19. Dave Kagel - 2000 Yankees
20. Terry Wade
21. Jim Welch
22. Ron Casey
23. Joe Schall
24. Dennis Daniels
25. Ty Daniels

Friday, February 17, 2017

Prairieland 2.0 Draft Info

Greetings all!

Here is the draft info. You will email your draft picks to me.  I will update the draft on the Red 11 blog.  

Email address is:

You can email me your top five picks if you want, and I will honor them to the best of my ability.  If all are taken you will need to email me a new pick so please pay attention to the draft board.  You can email me your pick(s) anytime starting now.

Please do not "reply all" or just "reply" to me with a draft pick(s) as it will get lost in the chain. Initiate a new email to just me with your pick and put "Prairieland Draft" in the subject.

I will start posting draft picks at 8am tomorrow.

You do not have to email me a set of picks, but you need to email me at least one when it is your time to pick.

Please pay attention to the board so we can move with some efficiency through the draft.

Remember, one Deadball player (make sure you can get the card or a copy) and one team 1970-2000.  When a Deadball player is taken, he is off the board (once anyone takes Shoeless Joe, Shoeless Joe is off the board).  Teams can't be duplicated by year.  (Once the 1980 Twins are taken, they are gone, but all other Twins teams can be taken).

I may have to enforce a 3hr draft limit per pick.  If you are taking more than 3hrs and I can't get ahold of you the next person may draft and I will insert you in when you get me your pick.  This will be my call to enforce.

I will suspend the draft at 10pm central tomorrow and pick it up on Sunday at 8am if necessary.

Any questions, please ask.


Eric Berg

I will start a new blog entry tomorrow with the draft board. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Prairieland 2.0 Draft

Greetings Everyone.  This is the blog where you can find all the current information for the Prairieland 2.0 APBA Tournament.

I will list and update participants, reveal the draft order, and update draft selections here and on the Facebook page, but this is the primary location for current information.

Here is a list of participants as of 2.15.17

Thomas Nelshoppen
Dave Rueck
Eric Berg
Tom Fulton
Gordon Rodell
Mike Hill
Mark Dyel
Doug Bedell
Joe Schall
Bob Eller
Jim Welch
Lew Ramey
Ron Casey
Ryan Daniels
John Roels
David Kagel
GF Korreck
John Kalous
Todd Daniels
Dick Butler
Kyle Daniels
Terry Wade
Chris Strangeman

Please take a moment to make sure you are on the list, and if you are not, or a friend is missing, please email me at:

Thursday evening, I will randomly draw for the draft order so make sure you and your friends that intend on playing are on the list. We can take late entrants, but they will have to select teams and players after the draft has run.

We are going to try and enforce a strict time limit on draft selections so please pay attention to the draft starting February 18th.  More instructions on the draft will follow after the order is set.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Prairieland Tournament Basic Information

The Prarieland 2.0 will soon be upon us.
Thomas Nelshoppen does an excellent job organizing this event, so make an effort to attend this interesting APBA tournament in the heartland.

Here are the Basics:
Date: April 1st, 2017
Time: Starts at 9am
Location:  Drury Inn, Champaign, Illinois
Cost: $15.00

Blog to Watch:  The APBA Blog.

Theme: Mixed 1970-2000 teams with one Deadball player 1900-1919.

Date: Opens February 18th, 2017
How: Email pick in to Eric Berg - information forthcoming on next blog post
Type: Double snake

The draft.  The Prairieland uses a double snake draft, two rounds, it is up to the manager to pick either a team (1970-2000) or a Deadball player (1900-1919) first. Only APBA cards can be used.
Please note: Once a team is taken in the draft, it cannot be taken again. Once a deadball player is taken, that player cannot be taken even from a different season. Example: Once the 1985 Royals are taken, they are taken.  You may, however, select the 1984 Royals. 

Example: Team Katz gets the 5th overall pick.  In round one Katz picks 5th, either a player or team.
Team Katz picks the 1911 Shoeless Joe Jackson.  Team Katz must now pick a team in the next round. The draft moves on the end with team 25 (just a hypothetical, we are not sure of the total number of managers).  The team that has the 25th pick, then gets pick 1 in the second (or 26th overall) and the draft then runs in reverse order ending with the team that got the #1 overall picking 50th overall to end the draft.  The Katz draft the 1985 Kansas City Royals with their second round draft pick to complete their draft.

Our Hypothetical team Katz has the entire 1985 Kansas City Royals team and the 1911 Shoeless Joe Jackson.

I will post the draft order and results as they come in here and on Facebook.

The hypothetical Katz look like this for the Prairieland:

C - Sundberg            .245
1B - Blaboni            .243  36HRs
2B - White               .249  22HRs
SS - Concepcion     .202      (Onix, I totally forgot about him.)
3B - Brett                 .335   30HR
OF - Smith               .257   40SB
OF - Wilson             .268    53SB
OF- Jackson             .408
DH - McRae             .259   14HR


Liebrandt                    2.69 ERA
Saberhagen               2.87 ERA
Jackson                     3.42 ERA
Black                          4.33 ERA

Quisenberry                   2.37 ERA

Not bad, not bad at all.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Photos from the Wisconsin Tourney

Go ahead and grab any photo you want. It was a fantastic tourney.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Twins Win the Wisconsin Tournament!

The 1970 Minnesota Twins won the first ever Wisconsin APBA Tournament! The 1970 Minnesota Twins defeated the 1978 Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 in a one game winner-take-all World Series.

I managed the Twins and Alec Otto managed the 1978 Dodgers. The Tourney was put on and run by the gracious and organized Kurt Bergland.

The Twins went 5/2 in divisional play with losses to the 1970 Reds by one run 2-3, and the 1970 Braves 2-5.

The Twins beat the 1977 White Sox a.k.a. the South Side Hit Men 8-6, the 1974 Dodgers 3-0, 1974 As 4-2, the 1973 Braves 5-2, and the 1978 Red Sox 5-1.


Blyleven 1 win 1 loss.
Perry 3 wins
Kaat 2 wins
Hall 1 loss

Williams 5 saves in 7 appearances, no blown saves.


Tovar .181 2 HRs
Oliva .333 3 Doubles
Carew .314 3 stolen bases
Killebrew .250 7 total hits-4 Home Runs!

Alyea .233
Reese .433!
Holt .333
Mitterwald .111
Cardenas .321 2 Doubles

The Championship game was a one-and-done cutthroat game, winner take all.  The Twins brain-trust took a few minutes to select the starting pitcher the whole tournament rested on, and they gave The Commodore, Jim Perry the nod, and it was a good choice.  Perry, a Byz-2 gave the Twins a #1 defense for the game and threw 7 complete.

Perry gets the World Series MVP- giving up just 2 runs over 7 innings,
The veteran right-hander spread 5 hits over 7 innings, gave up a Home Run to Rick Monday, walked 5, and stuck out 3 for the W.

World Series game:
Killebrew Went 0 for 1 official at bats, but drew 3 walks.  Respect.
Carew went 2 for 5 with a single and a solo Home Run.
Reese went 2 for 3 with a single, a double, and a walk.
Holt went 2 for 4 with two singles and two runs scored.

The Dodgers:
Steve Garvey went 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, and a walk.
Rick Monday went 2 for 4 with a Home Run and a single.

Taking the loss, Don Sutton threw 7 innings, gave up all 4 Twins runs, and struck out 7.

Well played, well attended, a fantastic tournament.