Name: Garth Lewis
I-75 League team name: SGP Warriors
Currently resident of: Grand Prairie, Texas
Birthplace: Irving, Texas
Family: Wife, Erica; Ben 10, Sophia 8 (as of 1/18/16)
Employer: Panini America
Job title: Writer (or something)
In plain English, what do you do: Along with 11 others we write and edit sports trading cards and I write and prepare the packaging for trading cards. We have the exclusive NBA and NFL license as well as college sports license. We also have the MLBPA license (we do Donruss/Score baseball cards). We also have an enormous presence in the international soccer trading cards and various sticker albums market.
Real-life MLB team you are a fan of: Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals
Years in the I-75 League: I don’t know. I think 11th season.
Years playing Strat: about 26
How you first were introduced to Strat: Good family friend showed me the game in the late 1980s. When the league he was in expanded from 12 to 16 teams, I jumped at the chance to join.
How you became part of the I-75 League: Working with Dave Renbarger, he said they had an opening and I joined with Rick Lackey (then the team’s consultant/GM)
Origin of your team name: Rick and I attend South Grand Prairie High School. They’re commonly referred to as SGP.
Any Strat involvement outside the I-75 League? Yes, a member of the North American Strat-O-Matic Association since 1993. NASOMA (nasoma.org) has been around since 1980.
Fondest I-75 League memory (related to Strat competition): Probably playing late late night netplay with the Lumberjacks for the World Series in our second season. That’s a narrow lead on Vernon Wells’ historic clutch hit against the Volcanoes on our run to our second league title the following year.
Fondest I-75 League convention moment: Sort of odd, but in my only trip to Vero Beach, I saw Mia Hamm about 2 feet from me on the concourse level.
Trade or draft pick you made that you wish you could have back: I wish we still had Felix Hernandez. He was a key to our first title but dealing him probably won us a second one. But he’d look good as a Warrior.
Trade or draft pick you made in which you think you hit a homer: Trading Hank Blalock for Carlos Guillen was a key to our back-to-back titles.
One thing you would do to improve the league: Allow future draft picks to be traded
How to follow you: I’ve got a facebook spot under my name.
Your chance to self-promote: Three World Series titles in 11 seasons. Very proud of this.
How you can be reached: email is best or cellphone