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PSCB League History

Past league champions and a brief history of the PSCB League.

Past Champions/History

Past Champions (Links to World Series Recaps Coming Soon)

1990—Noel Gerken, Kansas City
1991—Lloyd Stevens, Cincinnati
1992—Phil Lampkin, San Francisco
1993—Phil Lampkin, San Francisco
1994—Pat Kirschman, Baltimore
1995—Rod McCord, Philadelphia
1996—Mark Pfister, Boston
1997—Pat Kirschman, Baltimore
1998—Lloyd Stevens, Seattle
1999—Sandy McGinnis, Pittsburgh
2000—Lloyd Stevens, Seattle
2001—John Darnell, Toronto
2002—Greg Scheiderer, St. Louis
2003—Dennis Tippery, Arizona
2004—John Darnell, Toronto
2005—Greg Scheiderer, St. Louis
2006—Lloyd Stevens, Seattle
2007—Ernie Brandt, Cleveland
2008—Lloyd Stevens, Seattle
2009—Scott Felt, Anaheim
2010—Fred Paup, Arizona
2011—Dennis Tippery, Cincinnati
2012—Sandy McGinnis, Pittsburgh
2013—Lloyd Stevens, Seattle
2014—Steve Blackman, Detroit

PSCB History

The Puget Sound Computer Baseball league (PSCB) was formed in 1990 as a pioneer face-to-face computer baseball (continuous ownership, draft) league. The league used "Pursue the Pennant" as its game of choice and did so until Tom Tippet, the computer game developer, renamed the game with the formation of "Diamond Mind Baseball." All games from 1990 through 1999 were played in the computer lab at Blanchet High School. Blanchet is a private high school in Seattle, Washington.

The league may have started in 1990 but its roots go back to 1969. In fact, a number of the league members trace their involvement with computer baseball back to the tabletop days APBA baseball. Back when dice ruled and managers were always on the lookout for a new set of "lucky" bones.

In 1966 commissioner Lloyd G. Stevens, after graduating from college, moved to Seattle and took a job with The Boeing Co. During his college days Lloyd had become close friends with Ken Storkson (Chicago Cubs). Ken was a fellow student at Eastern Washington University. They became very involved with the APBA tabletop football game. After graduation Ken moved out of state and Lloyd as already noted moved to Seattle.

At Boeing Lloyd was introduced to a number of new friends who shared his love of sports. It was not long before they were playing tabletop games. The first league that was formed was an APBA football league. Several of the football league members had played APBA baseball and urged the formation of a baseball league. By the fall of 1969 Ken Storkson had moved to Seattle. That fall Lloyd, Ken, and Norm Otness (ex Florida Marlins owner) along with a number of other co-workers formed the Puget Sound APBA baseball league.

The league used a face-to-face format. The first year there were only 16 teams in the league. The second year saw the league expand to 20 teams. Included in the new managers were Jerry Carr (Los Angeles), Rod McCord (Philadelphia Phillies) and Rick Kokko (San Francisco Giants). In the next few years the league continued to expand. Mark Pfister (Boston Red Sox), Greg Scheiderer (St. Louis Cardinals), Sandy McGinnis (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Jerry Henderson (Oakland A's) are current PSCB members who joined this APBA league early on.

The Puget Sound APBA baseball league went on to become the one of the most successful table top leagues of all time. While there is room for debate, by 1990 it claimed be the largest, longest running face-to-face league in the nation. The tremendous success of this league did not come without strife and obstacles to overcome.

The first major obstacle was the economy of the late '60s and early '70s. Many of the league members were Boeing Employees. Most either left the Company or were laid off. The majority of those laid off moved from Seattle back to their original home towns. Despite the number of members who were forced to quit, the league prospered by reaching out to a number of friends of remaining league members. Not once during this time was the league forced to cut back on franchises.

Strife on the other hand created different problems. These problems were two-fold. Personality clashes within the league and debates on how the game should be developed and played. In fact in some cases the latter contributed to the former.

The Puget Sound APBA league was extremely competitive, probability too competitive. As a result factions formed and personality clashes became all too frequent.

As anyone who played in the old dice leagues can attest the actual play was very simple. There was no way that games like APBA could take into account all of the various nuances of real baseball. The answer was for leagues to modify the game to make it more complex. This began to take place long before the advent of the personal computer.

It became an annual debate on what alterations should be made to these games to make them more realistic. This in itself created splits within the APBA league. After 1986 PCs became more and more prevalent. Companies like APBA, Pursue the Pennant and Strat-o-matic developed computer versions of their games during the late '80s. The result was that more and more dice leagues faced the pressure of switching to computers. Many managers felt that the only way to get the realism of true baseball was to make this switch. Others were not prepared to jump into the computer arena.

In 1990, after 20 years, Lloyd, one of the originating managers, decided to quit the APBA league and lead the formation of a new computer league. Six other APBA managers joined him in this effort. The other six included Ken Storkson, Sandy McGinnis, Rod McCord and Rick Kokko. All except Lloyd continued their membership in the APBA league (now called Puget Sound Baseball).

PSCB league play began that year and has continued ever since. The league has featured a Monday night out for the managers. They would meet each Monday night during the league season, February-July, at the school to play that week's series. The league was composed mostly of the aforementioned former managers, Blanchet teachers, and others connected to Blanchet. Over the years there has been very little attrition and as such no need to search for replacement managers.

The league rules have allowed for a great deal of equality. The league has not been dominated by one or two teams. There have been nine different World Series winners in the league's 13 seasons. Two managers have won the series twice. Lloyd Stevens is the only four-time winner.

The equity has been created in part by using a two-draft system; the normal pre-season winter draft and a special summer draft. The summer draft allows any player on the forty man winter roster (not already the property of another manager) as well as invited players to be drafted. This allows teams at the bottom of the league to make significant improvement in one year. The best example is the Atlanta franchise going from last place in 1998 to playing in the World Series in 1999. A major change took place in 1999.

Lloyd (named by the league as commissioner for life) was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the spring of that year. After treatment for the disease in November of `99 he decided to take early retirement. With no other Blanchet person able to assume the responsibility of supervising the computer laboratory it was decided that the league would seek another direction.

The new direction is to continue the face-to-face concept using the Internet, with products like Microsoft's NetMeeting. At this point the league is experiencing some growing pains. Some members still do not have personal computers. Some have Macs. Some are not even on the net. The results are that the league is slowly evolving to the new technology. The change has led to the loss of some managers. For the first time in its history the league will be actively seeking new members.

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