The evolution of our drafts has been amazing, much of it in lock-step with the advancement of technology. Let me take you back to 1984.
As I mentioned in the first post, we had six owners to kick off the CFCL. We were all charged with naming our teams. Represented at the draft were: The ForGoetz Me Nots (one of the best all-time team names); Fred’s Friars; Paul’s Penguins; Mudville Sluggers; David’s Copperfields (what was to become the first – and really only – CFCL Dynasty. In the ensuing posts you will learn of the “history” of the Copperfields, but the origin of the team name was truly inspired genius. Something to look forward to.); and Ben T’s Electric Eels.
Yours truly named the Eels. Looking back on it I guess I was having trouble with creativity, although at the time I thought I really nailed it. Here’s the background. 1984 I’m in high school and love radio. I listen to Uncle Bobby Collins on WGN all the time. He had a guy on his show named John Tondelli. Every so often Uncle Bobby would play music and he would make his selection from a list provided by Tondelli. So Uncle Bobby named it “John T’s Musical Something or Other List”.
The name of our team was supposed to coincide with something about ourselves, so I figured my last name was connected to me (see the logic so far?) As I played with Bentel, I broke it down to Ben T and then the thought of John T’s music list hit me so I figured I could go with Ben T’s. Now I had to account for the e and l of my last name. Don’t ask me why but electric eel came to mind. Look I’m trying to run a fantasy baseball team. Most teams have numerous departments where they hire talented people to do marketing, sell tickets, design logos, etc. Here in the CFCL you are basically Team President and Chief Bottle Washer and All Things in Between. In 1984 my talents were not in Promotions. As we will see in a moment, my talent was also not in Player Scouting.
OK, so now I have a team name (as stupid as it may be). Next: Draft Prep. Keep in mind This is 1984!! There was no Internet. There was no ESPN. There was no billion dollar industry of stat services and draft prep companies. We had generic baseball magazines (although Bill Mazeroski’s annual periodical was the Holy Grail until they changed ownership).
I would like to tell you all about the extensive draft prep and details about the draft itself. But that was 30 years ago and I’m a little fuzzy on what I had for breakfast. There are a couple of memories that stand out clearly, however.
Draft Prep: I specifically remember sitting in my mom’s living room with a pad of paper, ready to create a list of players I wanted to draft. So I started with catcher. Here’s what I wrote: