Name: Steve Hart
I-75 League team name: Savannah Scorpions (formerly the Ansbach Angels)
Birthdate: Oct. 30, 1956
Currently resident of: Savannah, Ga. (but am from Satellite Beach, Florida)
Birthplace: Boston, Mass.
Family: Wife Nancy and sons David (35) and Andrew (35) as of 1/26/16.
Occupation: Public Relations Director
Employer: U.S. Army
Job title: Public Affairs Officer (PAO)
In plain English, what do you do: Manage media relations, community outreach and internal communications (weekly newspaper and a television station) for Hunter Army Airfield, a military installation comprised of 7.500 service members and 600 civilian employees).
Real-life MLB team you are a fan of: Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves
Year joined the I-75 League: 1980
Year first started playing Strat: 1968
How you first were introduced to Strat: At the age of 12 or so I was at a friend’s house and his older brother playing the board game on his kitchen table captivated my attention.
How you became part of the I-75 League: During my senior year at the University of Tampa, I was in a face-to-face league. Dave Renbarger, who was employed with the Tampa Tribune after having graduated from the University of Michigan the year prior, joined our league. As my graduation date was getting closer, we were disappointed that myself and another fella would be leaving the Tampa area to start our Army careers. Dave commented that he had friends at the University of Michigan who were facing the same thing. Then the I-75 (Play by Mail) League was born. Note: I-75 runs through Tampa all the way up to Michigan.
Origin of your team name: I currently reside in Savannah, Georgia. My high school team was the Satellite Scorpions (Satellite Beach, Florida).
Any Strat involvement outside the I-75 League? I am in the Hardcore League (24-team retro league – currently playing the 1983 season), the Pud Kingman League (24-team contemporary) and the MLSW League (24-team contemporary league played in the Fall/Winter). I am in two CM-only retro leagues playing the 1968 and 1977 seasons). I am also the commissioner of an Action PC Football League and a member of an Action PC Baseball league.
Fondest I-75 League memory (related to Strat competition): Winning my first championship.
Fondest I-75 League convention moment: Having my sons attend with me.
Favorite I-75 League tradition: Renting a huge home in the Orlando area that can accommodate a dozen or more convention attendees and hanging out and talking Strat. I especially like the adrenalin rush when we drafted from scratch trying to decide, often up until the moment of the draft, if I should spend all my bidding points on the premier player or two or take a slightly lesser player and retain all my points.
Trade or draft pick you made that you wish you could have back: A number of years ago I traded Roy Halladay (who had a stud card) to acquire two starting pitchers who had “good” cards (Livan Hernandez and Bartolo Colon).
Trade or draft pick you made in which you think you hit a homer: I traded Chris Ray, the Orioles’ one-year closer, for Joe Nathan.
One thing you would do to improve the league: Increase the number of teams so the team rosters aren’t full of superstars.
How to follow you: Website, Blog, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter… not there yet.
Your chance to self-promote: I’ll decline. Who do you think I am, Chad Ochocinco?
How you can be reached: email@example.com
Name: Steve Hart