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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Sat Jan 31, 2004 5:13 pm

I was a kid in the mid-late 80's and didn't have money for any of the fantasy leagues going around. So I rounded up my friends and we took turns being commish each year. We'd draft one day just before the season and then we'd play strictly points, basing our game out of the newspaper the next day. Trades were rare. Free agent pick-ups were unheard of.

I won every single year.
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Postby The Natural » Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:51 pm

I also started in the early 90's. I worked with the commish so I got the stats handed to me while most other owners had to wait for it in the mail. We did a lot by telephone. The ONE nice thing about it was I seemed to actually talk to other owners more often. Seems like all the talking is done on email now.

All the stats were done by hand. Back then you really appreciated your commish, not that I don't now. Commish's that did stats by hand put in a lot of time.
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Postby The Natural » Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:52 pm

Oh yeah. I think it was around 1996 when a guy took Robin Ventura in the first round. We are still laughing.
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Postby Jivedude » Sun Feb 01, 2004 4:19 am

The Natural wrote:Oh yeah. I think it was around 1996 when a guy took Robin Ventura in the first round. We are still laughing.


The guys in my league laughed when a new guy took Javy Lopez in the first round last year! It doesn't look so bad now.
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Postby The Natural » Sun Feb 01, 2004 4:29 am

Jivedude wrote:
The Natural wrote:Oh yeah. I think it was around 1996 when a guy took Robin Ventura in the first round. We are still laughing.


The guys in my league laughed when a new guy took Javy Lopez in the first round last year! It doesn't look so bad now.


Yeah, but he could have gotten him much later in the draft and picked someone else in the first. I doubt anyone else was looking to draft Javy prior to the 10th rd. Still a bad pick.
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Postby Pedantic » Sun Feb 01, 2004 4:32 am

The Natural wrote:Seems like all the talking is done on email now.


What about IM'ing? That seems fairly comparable to the telephone.
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Postby Jivedude » Sun Feb 01, 2004 4:37 am

The Natural wrote:
Jivedude wrote:
The Natural wrote:Oh yeah. I think it was around 1996 when a guy took Robin Ventura in the first round. We are still laughing.


The guys in my league laughed when a new guy took Javy Lopez in the first round last year! It doesn't look so bad now.


Yeah, but he could have gotten him much later in the draft and picked someone else in the first. I doubt anyone else was looking to draft Javy prior to the 10th rd. Still a bad pick.


Yeah I don't think any of us were looking to draft Javy period!
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Postby wrveres » Sun Feb 01, 2004 5:43 am

BeSquare wrote:I started in 1988. We had a five-team league, using only the N.L. East teams at that time. Seems like Delino DeDhields was the big catch at that first auction. Anyway, we had no stat service. I would get the morning paper and compile our stats by hand from the daily boxscores. It was a great start, and I've enjoyed roto ball ever since.


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Re: Fantasy Nostalgia? Did you start Roto in the 90's?

Postby Sticky Spice » Fri Feb 04, 2011 4:11 pm

Thought I would resurrect this ancient topic for some more 80's and 90's nostalgia!

I rememeber one year we had our only $50 player ever - Barry Bonds. It blew our minds.
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Re: Fantasy Nostalgia? Did you start Roto in the 90's?

Postby J35J » Fri Feb 04, 2011 7:47 pm

I remember the first time I really saw fantasy baseball in action...1997 I think...and it was in high school and my art teacher had 3-4 fantasy mags on his desk with the newspaper as well and he was going over all the stats and and trying to come up with trades, etc....I was blown away. Mr. Bowen was the best! ;-D
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