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1996 COSMIC UNIVERSAL SERIES BEGINS
The upstart Pranktown Busriders are set to meet the Washington Presidents in this year's Cosmic Universal Series. Prankster Jane Burton is slated to meet President Jimmy Carter in the series opener at LaFayette Park in Washington, D.C. on Thanksgiving Day. Game 2 of the Best of Seven series will be played on November 29, game 3 on November 30, and game 4 on December 1. If additional games are necessary they will be played between December 2 and 4. For game summaries visit the 1996 Cosmic Universal Series Games Plate.
DHARMA BEAT CONTROVERSEY CONTINUES
As reported here in September, Jack Kerouac has relinquished his field management role with the Dharma Beats so that he can concentrate on being a better fielder and batter. The poet Robert Kelly was named to replace Kerouac as the team's skipper for the 1997 season. In October we reported that the Beats had deactivated several players including catcher Joan Vollmer Adams (Burroughs), pitcher Joyce Glassman Johnson and thirdbase person Stella Sampas Kerouac.
Well now the news is that Johnson and Vollmer will be back and Stella Sampas will be the thirdbase and fielding coach. Apparently Kelly nixed the deactivations of Johnson and Vollmer. And while Kelly was known to have wanted Fielding Dawson for his coach, Jack and his mother Gabrielle (she's the team's owner) insisted Stella get the job. So they struck a deal: Johnson and Vollmer stay, but so would Stella. What might not be apparent is that Jack and his mom were under pressure from John Sampas, Stella's brother. John complained about the way his sister was being treated and threatened to singlehandedly dismember Jack's literary archive unless she got the coaching job.
There's probably more to this than meets our eyes so we'll keep you posted.
For more information on the Kerouac Literary Archive controversey read this article at Bookzen by Gerald Nicosia.
The 1997 Dharma Beat Roster will be published in December.
MARIO SAVIO, former WOODSOX PLAYER, DIES AT 53
Mario Savio, American-born social activist, died of an apparent heart attack on Wednesday, in Sebastopol, a town fifty miles north of San Francisco, California.
In 1964 at the University of California, Berkeley, Savio led a student protest against the University's ban on political activity. The Free Speech Movement which Savio is identified with, fused with the Civil Rights Movement and the Anti-War Movement to provide the volatile mix that became the counter-culture of the 1960s.
More recently, Savio was a mathematics and critical thinking teacher at Sonoma State University. His political activism never completely subsided. At the end of 1994 he started the Campus Coalitions for Human Rights and Social Justice. Most recently Savio was very actively involved in the fight to defeat California's Proposition 209 which in fact was passed in the General Election of November 5.
News reports indicate that Savio suffered a heart attack during this past weekend and was hospitalized in a coma. He died in the hospital on Wednesday.
In a 1995 interview Savio complained: "There are so many things wrong in the galaxy, you'd be fighting Klingons if you tried to take on every one of them." Nevertheless, he continued to fight against the windmills of social injustice. But now, rest in peace, Mario.
Savio was a cosmic baseball player for nine seasons, all with the Psychedelphia Woodstockings. His official cosmic playing record appears below:
YEAR TEAM POS BA AB H HR RBI
1983 Woodsox of .169 260 44 6 28
1984 Woodsox dh .236 216 51 5 23
1985 Woodsox if .091 22 2 0 2
1986 Woodsox if .279 247 69 4 21
1987 Woodsox if .234 248 58 8 27
1993 Woodsox rf .233 416 97 11 43
1994 Woodsox rf .244 401 98 22 59
1995 Woodsox rf .172 641 110 27 77
1996 Woodsox rf .279 366 102 2 29
Total 9 Seasons .224 2817 631 85 309
The Ionians have a new owner (Confucius) and a new manager (Oppenheimer). This is the first time the team has been managed by a scientist and not a philosopher. There are eight rookies (4 philosophers and 4 scientists). The outfield is composed completely of philosophers and philosophers continue to dominate the roster. However, the influence of science continues to be a factor as the two rookie pitchers ( Oberth and Tsander) are both scientists, specifically rocket scientists. Geographically, the Europeans (20) and specifically the Germans (10) dominate the roster, with the United States of America (8) falling second. The ancient Greek philosophers which used to dominate the Ionians roster have two representatives ( Archimedes and Thales). Chronologically, this year's team is dominated by 19th and 20th century philosophers and scientists (22). Of the 12 scientists on the team, six were productive in the 20th century.
In addition to the 1997 Ionians Roster, and linked to it, are the cosmic batting and pitching records for the current Ionian veterans.
1997 PARADISE PISCES ROSTER IS PUBLISHED
The Official 1997 Paradise Pisces Roster is now available online. The 1997 Pisces include four rookies (Luis Bunuel, Chelsea Clinton, Mary Jo Kopechne, Socrates) and two players called up from other cosmic teams (Marquis de Sade, June Miller). Henry Miller is back for a seventh season as the Pisces' field manager, but he has completely revamped his coaching staff to include two teenagers and a fictional character from the X-Men universe. Links to other information on the World Wide Web for each Pisces player will be found on their individual player plates which can be accessed from the Roster.
OCTOBER COSMIC DATA
New Memberships Issued: 18
Membership Resignations: 0
CBA Website Hits: 4,609
Most Popular Plate: 1996 Paradise Pisces Roster, 315 hits
New Plates Published:
1997 Bigtopia Barnum Stormers Roster
June Miller 1997 Cosmic Player Plate
Luis Bunuel 1997 Cosmic Player Plate
1996 Underleague Cosmic Series Plate
Cosmic Player Awards, 1981-1996
Official Cosmic Team Records, 1981-1996
Official CBA Chronology, 1981-1996
Special 15th Anniversary Archive Exhibit [Offline]
- Cosmic Universal Series, November 28
- Player Drafts for Season 1997, November 1-20
BASEBALL RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET
- New York Yankees Official Home Page
In honor of their 1996 World Series victory we provide a link to Steinbrenner's team.
- Sports World Links
A good site to find other baseball links. Most of the links at this site are up-to-date.
- Baseball Down By The Station
A very nice site with baseball quotes, history, and links to baseball-related information such as player stats. There are links to baseball book reviews and a link to a site where you can read Thayer's popular "Casey at the Bat" poem.
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CBA News & Information Archive- 1996
Updated: November 28, 1996
Revised: August 1, 1997
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