Wednesday, December 4, 2013

CFCL Owners of 1984

Not pictured [from left]: Paul Mahlan (Paul's Penguins), Dave Goetz (and eventual first time ever CFCL Champion ForGoetzMeNots), David Mahlan (David's Copperfields), Rich Bentel (Ben T's Electric Eels), Fred Mahlan (Fred's Friars), Jim Fenton (Mudville Sluggers).

Six incredibly young looking owners (you have to see it in your mind).  All gathering on an early weekend in April, 1984 on Wenonah in Oak Park to start something that seemed cool, but didn't imagine could be around 30 years later.

You wonder how it could last when we had owners drafting Joe Lefevbre for .12, David Green for .35, Terry Kennedy for .41, Dale Murphy for an incredible .61, and Lee Lacy for .35.  Well some of the owners figured out pricing pretty quick and become successful just as quickly.  The rest of us . . . struggled; but had the most fun anyone could imagine with just a bunch of dudes sitting around a table.

The ForGoetzMeNots would win the inaugural title.  The Copperfields would show the signs of the future as they made an amazing in-season trade to make a stellar run that fell just one point short (71-70).

We used newspaper clippings and The Sporting News for draft prep.  If one of us needed to make a phone call, we had to step into the Mahlan's kitchen and dial a phone.

It was like landing on Plymouth Rock compared to where we are today and as I've been stressing for the last few years:  "We're not even halfway there!"

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