Note: Below was taken from the September 1987 RSBL 120 game newsletter
A Brief History - Richmond Strat Baseball League
(For those who haven't lived it)
In the Beginning, there was Myron Pecora and Myron had a vision.....
1983 - The Vision
The Richmond Strat Baseball League started as a vision in May 1983. Myron Pecora proposed a league for friends, co-workers, and just about everyone else he could drag off the street. "Strat-O-Matic", the game this league was developed around, was familiar to some and a silly name to others, but it gave everyone a common ground on which to talk and play baseball. The first season of the upstart league had only a 81 game schedule, which at the time seemed like plenty of baseball. There were only 10 teams at the outset, so instead of 2 leagues, there was only 1 American League with each team drafting 30 players. Nine of the original managers and co-managers are managing this year(Earl Estes, Randy Shavis, Ron Smith, Tom Stefi, Pat Jennings, Landon Simpson, Tom Meyers, Jim Melillo, and Steve Ennis).
Needless to say Myron, or "Daffy" as his really close friends called him, led his killer Ducks to a total domination of the league that first year. The Ducks were in first place from start to finish and ended the season 15 games ahead of Mick's Bronx Bombers (Steve Ennis) the second place team. The top three teams were involved in the playoffs. The Destroyers (Landon Simpson) eliminated the Bombers 4 games to 1, for the right to play the regular season champ Ducks for the championship. Daffy's Ducks were too much for the Destroyers, winning 4 games to 1, and completing a sweep of the regular season and playoffs. The killer Ducks were the top hitting team in the league with a team batting average of .290 and 144 homers in 81 games. They also had the best pitching totals with a team ERA of 3.79 and 44 complete games. Thanks for the memories, Myron.
1984 - The League Grows
The league grew in more ways than one in its second year of existence. Instead of one 10 team league, there were two 8 team leagues (strangely they were called the American and National Leagues) with a host of new managers to go along with each league. Among the those joining the ranks in 1984 were Bruce French, Richard Deyerle, Jim Proffitt, Chris Brandt, and Don "Call Me Uncallable" Leigers. Again in 1984, everyone started from scratch and drafted 30 man rosters. Draft choices were determined by 1983's order of finish (Myron's idea) and the schedule also grew into a 120 game schedule.
As the 1983 season ended, so started the 1984 season with the top 2 teams leading their respective leagues. Myron's Ducks were ahead in the American League as of the first newsletter of that season, and Steve's Bombers were on top in the National League. Were these managers really that good or did their high draft position bring them the best talent? Who knows, who cares, anyway.... from the first of April, Ron Smith took the top spot in both leagues and stayed there until the end.
Neither of Ron's teams were as dominant as the Ducks in '83, but his winning the regular season in both leagues was every bit as impressive. His Bee's finished first in both pitching and batting statistics in the American League (ERA-3.64 and BA-.289) and his National League Mastros were led by NL MVP Pedro Guerrero, who hit .288 and 28 homers in 120 games. Chris Brandt's FireAnts gave the Mastros a run for their money, behind NL Cy Young award winner Atlee Hammaker (11-4, 2.52 ERA, 10 CG), but the Mastros ended up one game ahead of the FireAnts.
To start the playoffs, the Killer Ducks trimmed the Destroyers in a close 7-game series and faced the Bee's for the American League Championship. In the National League playoffs, the FireAnts got by the Sluggers (Earl Estes) in 6 games and went up against the Mastros for the right to meet the American League champ. Both the Bee's and Mastros won their respective league championships, setting the stage for the first real World Series....
In the World Series, Ron managed the Bee's and Richard Deyerle managed Ron's Mastros. Ironically enough, Richard won the World Series with the Mastros, even though Ron had mastered the regular season and playoffs. The series was a tough one lasting 6 games and though Ron didn't manage the winning team in the Series, he did get both teams there and was able to pick up just about every award at the Award's banquet for 1984.