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The Busriders, who joined the CBA last season, are making their second consecutive appearance in the series. They beat the Washington Presidents in the 1996 Series and are rapidly becoming the best new team in cosmic baseball.
The Dharma Beats are hoping to win their first Series. In sixteen years of cosmic baseball, the Beats have never made it to the championship. If they hope to supplant the Paradise Pisces as CBA's flagship team, a victory at the Cosmic Universal Series would definitely help.
The rookies are all military generals or leaders and are distinguished enough to be included on Michael Lanning's 100 Most Influential Military Leaders.
The rookies include two pitchers: Francisco Pizarro, the unprincipled conqueror of the Incas and South America and legendary Texas General Sam Houston. Emperor Napolean Bonaparte goes on the roster as a rookie outfielder along with another Spanish conquistador, Hernando Cortes, the man who vanquished the Aztec empire in Mexico. Two rookie infielders have been added to the roster:, Roman General Scipio Africanus at firstbase and Dutch general Maurice of Nassau will play at thirdbase.
The Pisces still have one more roster postion open. Rumors are circulating that a New York poet is being considered, but no official word has been released yet. The Pisces, CBA's flagship team had a disappointing 1997 season coming in last place in the Overleague with a dismal record of 73 wins and 89 losses. Manager Henry Miller vowed last month that the 1998 team will win 90 games or more.
Last season was disappointing. The Ionians played sub-.500 baseball (79-83) prompting the owner Confucius to replace his rookie field manager, J. Robert Oppenheimer, with the former Ionian pitcher and rationalist philosopher, Rene Descartes.
Three rookies are on this year's roster, all of them pitchers: John Atanasoff, recognized as the "father" of the electronic digital computer; Marcus Aurelius, sage stoic philosopher and Roman emperor; and the scientist Charles Darwin.
In 1933 several non-conformist, progressive and controversial educators created a college located in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The school was designed to be an experiment in living and education, because the founders, led by John Andrew Rice, felt that living and learning were very directly related. The experiment itself lasted for 23 years, but its effects and perhaps repercussions have been felt throughout the culture ever since. A remarkable number of very talented individuals somehow found their way to this small school in the mountains of North Carolina. Artists such as Joseph Albers, musicians like John Cage, dancers like Merce Cunningham, poets like Charles Olson , iconoclasts like R. Buckminster Fuller, and so on, taught at, influenced and were influenced by the Black Mountain College community.
Though it was belated recognition, it is now accepted that John Atanasoff invented and built the world's first electronic digital computer. For years the history books credited John Mauchly and Presper Eckert, co-designers of the ENIAC computer, with this honor. Subsequent research and various legal proceedings have set the record straight. Atanasoff, with his assistant Clifford Berry successfully demonstrated a prototype of their Atanasoff-Berry-Computer (ABC) to Iowa State College officials in December, 1939.
The development of the computer, has a distinct thread that connects the "analytical machine" of George Babbage to the "tabulator" of Hermann Hollerith to the "differential analyzer" of Vannevar Bush to the pioneering work of Konrad Zuse and ultimately to Atanasoff's first electronic digital computer.