1997 News & Information Archive

April, May, June

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June 1997 News Archive Index

6/25/97- Certificates Backordered

6/15/97- Unpublished Team Rosters

6/1/97- Overleague Stats @ 60 Games

6/1/97- May Data

May 1997 News Archive Index

5/26/97- Pre-Raphaelite Baseball Club Roster

5/14/97- Pete Rose Hall of Fame Controversy

5/2/97- Kerouac Estate Controversy

5/1/97- Selected Baseball Links

5/1/97- CBA In the News

5/1/97- April Data

April 1997 News Archive Index

4/5/97- Allen Ginsberg, 1926-1997

4/4/97- Major League Player Salaries

4/1/97- March Data

January-March 1997 News Archive

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June 25


Because of the unanticipated demand for 1997 Membership Certificates, CBA has had to order another printing. Since each certificate is custom printed with the member's name and individually embossed with the CBA seal there is a 2-4 week delay in postal delivery of the certificates.

Dina d'Amico, the certificate's designer is already at work on the design of the 1998 Membership Certificate.

Click HereFor a look at the 1997 Certificate.

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June 15


As of today the following teams do not have official team rosters online: Telecity Superbas (Middle League), Pranktown Busriders (Middle League), Tropicland Hurricanes (Under League), Plumbago Bay Graphites (Under League), The Fictionals (Under League), and The Biblicals (Under League).

The unpublished rosters are in varying states of completion and we will announce here when each roster is published.

For links to all available cosmic team rosters for all seasons, visit the Main Roster Plate.

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June 1


Cosmic teams have completed over 60 games and the league races are beginning to shape up. Links to summary and detail statistical reports are available from the newly redesigned 1997 Statistics Plate. Overleague Pitching and Batting statistics have also been posted online.

To help our members and guests CBA has published a Guide to Baseball Statistical Abbreviations which provides tables deciphering the abbreviations used to denote various baseball statistics on CBA plates. Also included are the formulae for several popular and useful statistics such as batting average, earned run average, total average and the sabermetric runs created equation.

Link to 1997 Statistics Plate

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May 26


The PRE-RAPHAELITE BASEBALL CLUB is a new cosmic team for the 1997 Season. The team consists of the original seven members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, formed in 1848 in England. In addition to the original seven members of the Brotherhood, the team also includes models, friends and associates of the Pre-Raphaelites.

The historical P.R.B. was essentially a group of young rebellious art students who were disenchanted with the prevailing aesthetic traditions. Those traditions, of course, had been passed down from the High Renaissance. By looking to painters who worked before Raphael, the rebels hoped to invigorate the complacency they felt had infected the art world.

The Pre-Raphaelite movement was, in a sense, a second flowering of Romanticism. A literary as well as a painting movement, the Pre-Raphaelites sought a return to nature and detail in their art. They looked to Blake, Keats and Wordsworth as paradigms. The intensity of the creative process was re-established to replace the formal codes that had encrusted prevailing academic tradition.

The Pre-Raphaelite Baseball Club has been created to honor the men, women and ideas of this movement.

The Pre-Raphaelites compete in the cosmic Under League.

Link to Pre-Raphaelite Roster

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May 14


Pete Rose, a gifted former baseball player, was placed on official Baseball's "ineligible" list in 1989 by the then Commissioner of Baseball A. Bartlett Giamatti. Giamatti took this action because he believed that Rose had bet on baseball games, including games played by the team Rose managed, the Cincinnati Reds. Being on Baseball's ineligible list effectively bans Rose from participating in official Baseball activities. More importantly, it makes him ineligible for election to Baseball's Hall of Fame.

In the intervening years a groundswell of support for Baseball's rehabilitation of Rose has developed. Many individuals, inside and outside of Baseball, have stated that it is time to forgive Rose for his transgressions. However, Rose has never admitted to gambling on Baseball games, so exactly what transgressions are to be forgiven hasn't always been made clear.

CBA has published online a special plate reviewing the issues surrounding Pete Rose and his exile from Baseball. The Pete Rose Hall of Fame Controversy special plate reviews the evidence used by Baseball to conclude that Rose was guilty of betting on baseball games. Also included on this special plate are some of the comments made by Rose supporters and detractors. Links to other related sites can also be accessed on this special plate. Finally, an editorial presenting CBA's opinion on the matter is available.

Interested viewers might also want to check out a Personal Cosmic Game played between the 1963 Cincinnati Reds and the Rosebuds. The Rosebuds consist of former friends and associates of Pete Rose, some of whom were involved in his gambling escapades. Click Here to view the Personal Game Report.

Link to Pete Rose Hall of Fame Controversy Special Plate

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May 2


The Cosmic Baseball Association has been following developments relating to the debate surrounding the status of Jack Kerouac's literary estate.

Kerouac, who died in 1969, left a literary archive that today is estimated to be worth around US$10 million dollars.

In 1994, Kerouac's estranged daughter, Jan Kerouac, filed a lawsuit in Florida claiming that Kerouac's mother's will, which willed her estate, including Jack Kerouac's literary archives, to Kerouac's third wife, Stella Sampas, had been forged. Stella Sampas died in 1990 and her will left her estate to her relatives.

Jan Kerouac died in 1996 and her friend and Kerouac biographer, Gerald Nicosia, is trying to move forward with the Florida lawsuit. However, Jan's ex-husband, John Lash, whom Nicosia claims made a secret deal with the Sampas family to terminate the Florida lawsuit is trying to prevent Nicosia from proceeding. The problem is that Jan Kerouac's will names Lash as "general" executor and Nicosia as "literary" executor. The will was probated in New Mexico.

In January 1997 New Mexico State District Court Judge Gerard Thomson ruled that John Lash as "general executor" could make decisions regarding the lawsuit in Florida.

On April 28, 1997 Judge Thomson ruled that Gerald Nicosia could appeal Thomson's January ruling that favored John Lash. The appeal is now in the hands of three judges of the New Mexico Appelate Court. This panel of judges will determine whether Nicosia can, as Jan Kerouac's "literary" executor, pursue the Florida lawsuit. Lash claims that Jan's dying wish was that the lawsuit be stopped. Nicosia states that Jan's main goal towards the end of her life was the preservation of her estranged father's literary estate. Depending on the result of the New Mexico litigation, we may or may not be off to Florida for some more dead reckonings.

CBA's position on this controversy is that we view Jack Kerouac's literary estate as a national treasure and that in the interests of Kerouac fans and scholars the literary archive should be preserved in a library or museum.

CBA will continue to monitor and report on the development of this controversy.

Jack Kerouac is an outfielder for the Dharma Beats cosmic baseball team. Jan Kerouac is an infielder for the Beats and Gerald Nicosia is a Beat coach.

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May 1


We have selected three baseball sites this month that we think might be worth your time. If you know of outstanding baseball sites on the net, send an email to: editor@cosmicbaseball.com.

  • Baseball Stats Web
    Calling itself the "Internet's premier reference source for statistical information from the history of Major League Baseball", this site features searchable databases of batters, pitchers, and teams from the modern baseball era. We found the search interface intuitive and the search engine was fast.

  • USA Baseball
    This is the official website of USA Baseball which represents amateur baseball in the United States. USA Baseball is also a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). USA Baseball became the the National Governing Body of amateur baseball via the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.

  • The Gashouse Gazette
    An excellent site for baseball commentary. Some examples of articles we found include "The Best Power Hitter in Baseball", "Why American League Pitching Stinks" and a commentary on the Roberto Alomar-John Hirschbeck drama. The site caters to both reality baseball and fantasy baseball enthusiasts.

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May 1


Hart Seely is a reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard and he wrote an article on the Cosmic Baseball Association which was published in the Thursday April 24 daily edition of the newspaper. Entitled "Way Out In Left field, Cosmic Stars Warm Up" it broadly reviewed the CBA's website and provided some details about how the CBA operates. This marks the second time the daily newspaper press has gazed upon the CBA. Last year, the science editor for the Dallas Morning News wrote a nice piece on CBA's team of philosophers and scientists, the Alphatown Ionians.

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April 5


On Saturday, April 5 at 2:39 a.m., poet Allen Ginsberg passed away. The primary cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest, but Ginsberg had very recently been diagnosed with terminal hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer). News reports earlier this week suggested he had less than a year to live. Nevertheless, his death today stuns all of us who read his work and followed his life. Ginsberg was one of America's greatest bards.

Ginsberg published over 40 books of poetry including the infamous "Howl" which was first read in a San Francisco coffee house in 1955. His 1972 collection of poetry, Fall of America, won the National Book Award in 1972. Considered an original member of the 1950s Beat Generation, Ginsberg became an icon of the countercultural movement spawned in the 1960s. His friends and associates constitute a pantheon of artists, musicians and political activists including Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey and others.

In the 1970s, Ginsberg founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Named in memory of his fellow Beat poet, Jack Kerouac, the school is located in Colorado at the Naropa Institute. Ginsberg was a Buddhist and he did much to popularize the religion here in the United States.

On Thursday evening, April 3, Ginsberg slipped into a coma and never regained conciousness. He died in his East Village apartment in New York City amidst friends. At the time of his death, Ginsberg was a Distinguished Professor of English at Brooklyn College.

Rest in peace, Allen Ginsberg, and thanks for howling.

Ginsberg at the CBA

Allen Ginsberg became a cosmic baseball player in 1983 when he joined the Dharma Beats as a pitcher. His rookie year was successful as he compiled a 10 win, 6 loss record with a 3.60 earned run average. He pitched for the Beats again in 1987 but had a poor season (1-9, 4.06). After a four year sabbatical, Ginsberg returned to cosmic baseball as an infielder with the Paradise Pisces. Last season he batted .252 and had 16 homeruns as the Pisces' starting firstbaseman. Ginsberg's mortal death is not expected to have any impact on his cosmic baseball playing status. The Pisces meet the Wonderland Warriors on Monday afternoon and Allen Ginsberg is scheduled to be the starting firstbaseman.

Links to Ginsberg's CBA player plates

Link to CBA's Allen Ginsberg Memorial Plate

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April 4


The New York Yankees stand atop this year's Salary Standings with a combined total player payroll of nearly $60 millon. The average paycheck for a major leaguer climbed to nearly $1.4 million. Chicago White Sox outfileder Albert Belle leads all players with his $10 million per year salary- the highest per year salary of any player in history.

In 1925 Babe Ruth's salary topped all players at $60,000. It wasn't until 1966 when pitchers Drysdale and Koufax topped the $100,000 salary zone. Pitcher Nolan Ryan made a cool million dollars for one season of pitching with the Houston Astros in 1979.

Are player's making too much money? Baseball economics are a complicated field of study. However, a family of four might expect to pay over $100 to catch a big-league game in person. Of course this total includes drinking a couple of sweetened soda waters at $3 bucks apiece.

Data sources:

  • Historical salary data: D.Q. Voight, American Baseball, Volume III.

  • 1997 salary data: Associated Press, April 2, 1997.

1997 Team Salary Data
In US$
Team                  Salary           Avg              Behind
Yankees 58,499,544 2,166,650 Orioles 55,085,778 2,040,214 126,436 White Sox 54,205,000 2,007,593 159,057 Indians 54,122,460 2,004,536 162,114 Braves 50,488,500 1,803,161 363,489 Rangers 50,112,268 1,927,395 239,255 Marlins 47,738,000 1,704,929 461,721 Reds 46,237,000 1,594,379 572,271 Blue Jays 45,894,833 1,582,580 584,070 Cardinals 44,129,167 1,470,972 695,678 Dodgers 43,400,000 1,607,407 559,243 Red Sox 43,138,750 1,487,543 679,107 Rockies 42,851,500 1,587,093 579,557 Cubs 39,829,333 1,531,897 634,753 Mariners 39,421,395 1,460,052 706,598 Mets 38,432,900 1,281,097 885,553 Phillies 35,503,500 1,145,274 1,021,376 Padres 34,692,579 1,334,330 832,320 Giants 33,464,780 1,153,958 1,012,692 Twins 32,947,500 1,220,278 946,372 Astros 32,930,000 1,219,630 947,020 Royals 31,225,000 1,076,724 1,089,926 Angels 29,196,579 1,006,779 1,159,871 Athletics 21,911,000 876,440 1,290,210 Brewers 21,420,333 823,859 1,342,791 Expos 18,485,500 684,648 1,482,002 Tigers 16,454,500 609,426 1,557,224 Pirates 9,071,667 335,988 1,830,662 Total 1,070,889,366 Average: 1,383,578

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