I-75 acknowledged as ‘another league for the ages’

That’s “ages,” not “aged.”

Remember about a year ago when Glenn Guzzo featured that GUSSOMO league that had been in operation for 37 years?

I sent him an e-mail after that article appeared, telling him about our league as it was about to launch its 30th year, and until today was unaware he had ever acknowledged it. Turns out he had, in January, in his monthly feature, “The Talk Show,” originally linked here and now also on the new Strat Web site here (last item). 

Guzzo published my letter and responded in part:  “This is wonderful testimony to the enduring value of Strat-O-Matic and the way the hobby binds us happily.” Read on for the letter and his response, or click the links in the previous paragraph.

From http://www.strat-o-matic.com/sphere/talkshow0109.htm

Another League for the Ages

            Enjoyed your article on the GUSSOMO league, which you describe as likely the longest-running nationwide Strat-O-Matic league… we’re not at 37, but we’re not too far behind. The I-75 Strat-O-Matic league will celebrate the start of its 30th year in March, and the league still boasts two-thirds of its original members. We meet every March in Florida for an annual convention, highlighted by a partial re-draft (we retain 18 players each year); the location affords us the opportunity for scouting players at spring training games as well as a lot of other activities that Florida affords.

            Our league is so named because when we launched in 1980, everyone in the league (save for myself) lived somewhere along the I-75 corridor that runs from Michigan to Florida. We have evolved from a nine-team league to 12; have switched from dice to computers; and from total redrafts to a retention format. One of our managers is also a second-generation manager; father and son both manage teams. Eight of our 12 managers have been active in the league for 20 years or more. We usually rent a roomy house in Kissimmee and occasionally families join us and do the Disney thing.

 Gary Kicinski       

            Great stuff, Gary. I feel sure many other gamers are glad you shared it with us. This is wonderful testimony to the enduring value of Strat-O-Matic and the way the hobby binds us happily. So much has changed in our world over the past 30 years – any 30 years, really – that having at least one continuity symbol offers some much needed stability. I’ll bet you and your friends can time the important moments of their life by the SOM baseball seasons you were playing at the time. That Kirby Puckett card, that I-75 League World Series, that pennant-winning trade, that once-in-a-lifetime moment in a dramatic game. I know I’ve got those memories, and they go by the names of Leon Wagner, Chet Lemon, Bob Welch, even Matt Nokes – among dozens of others.


One Response

  1. I enjoyed that article. I met someone who knows Glen through the vintage baseball I play at Greenfield Village. He just started playing strat again with his adult sons and couldn’t stop talking about how much fun he was having, he felt like a kid again. He was impressed with the I-75 league and our draft/conventions. jake

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