A Fiehl Fact - Jim’s Qualification Test for new managers. He grilled us on what kind of roster moves we would make if we owned the ‘73 Tigers and Giants. His strategy hint, “Try to win while planning for the future as well.” Good thing Anthony didn’t have to try and pass this one! Future, what’s a future? Is it anything like a Yoot?
Marty Fiehl - As basic or simple as everyone may have thought this test was, it can now be revealed that someone we all know crashed and burned on this one. This is the same guy who stays up all night to study for a urine test! Nah, he might be embarrassed if I revealed his name. OK, I’ll give you a clue; he used to have George Foster, he used to have hair, and he used to occasionally get a hit in a playoff game.
Frank Tedeschi - My first TCBA memory was in the
insult/disappointment category. Marty Fiehl, who had recently introduced me to
APBA ball, brought over a copy of an application to join a baseball league.
It was based on the APBA game, and he had found out about it from an ad in
their journal. The league sounded kind of interesting. It sounded
competitive, and with all my knowledge about baseball at the ripe age of 17,
I figured I would be incredibly great at it. So I
sat down and spent what I remember as a few hours putting together my
response and mailed it off to one Jim Lafargue. After some weeks passed, I
was to learn that my application to join the league was REJECTED!
Something about messiness and poor organization skills were cited as I
recall. It is true that my handwriting is about as legible as a three year old chimpanzee’s, but all my baseball knowledge
and skills -- this was just not right. Mr. Perfect Pen (Fiehl) was somehow
accepted and described to me (in excruciating detail, yawn.... ) all the fun he was having drafting and trading and
playing the season, and well.... up yours, Marty.