Updated Baseball Fever Policy

Baseball Fever Policy

I. Purpose of this announcement:

This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

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The Commissioner - Baseball Fever Administrator
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And a group of forum specific super moderators. The role of the moderator is to keep Baseball Fever smoothly and to screen posts for compliance with our policy. The moderators are ALL volunteer positions, so please be patient and understanding of any delays you might experience in correspondence.

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Any suggestions on this policy may be made directly to the webmaster.

III. Acknowledgments:

This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

IV. Requirements for participation on Baseball Fever:

Participation on Baseball Fever is available to all baseball fans with a valid email address, as verified by the forum's automated system, which then in turn creates a single validated account. Multiple accounts by a single user are prohibited.

By registering, you agree to adhere to the policies outlined in this document and to conduct yourself accordingly. Abuse of the forum, by repeated failure to abide by these policies, will result in your access being blocked to the forum entirely.

V. Baseball Fever Netiquette:

Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
a. All posts to Baseball Fever should be written in clear, concise English, with proper grammar and accurate spelling. The use of abbreviations should be kept to a minimum; when abbreviation is necessary, they should be either well-known (such as etc.), or explained on their first use in your post.

b. Conciseness is a key attribute of a good post.

c. Quote only the portion of a post to which you are responding.

d. Standard capitalization and punctuation make a large difference in the readability of a post. TYPING IN ALL CAPITALS is considered to be "shouting"; it is a good practice to limit use of all capitals to words which you wish to emphasize.

e. It is our policy NOT to transmit any defamatory or illegal materials.

f. Personal attacks of any type against Baseball Fever readers will not be tolerated. In these instances the post will be copied by a moderator and/or administrator, deleted from the site, then sent to the member who made the personal attack via a Private Message (PM) along with a single warning. Members who choose to not listen and continue personal attacks will be banned from the site.

g. It is important to remember that many contextual clues available in face-to-face discussion, such as tone of voice and facial expression, are lost in the electronic forum. As a poster, try to be alert for phrasing that might be misinterpreted by your audience to be offensive; as a reader, remember to give the benefit of the doubt and not to take umbrage too easily. There are many instances in which a particular choice of words or phrasing can come across as being a personal attack where none was intended.

h. The netiquette described above (a-g) often uses the term "posts", but applies equally to Private Messages.

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A signature is a piece of text that some members may care to have inserted at the end of ALL of their posts, a little like the closing of a letter. You can set and / or change your signature by editing your profile in the UserCP. Since it is visible on ALL your posts, the following policy must be adhered to:

Signature Composition
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Character limit: No more than 500 total characters
Lines: No more than 4 lines
Colors: Most colors are permissible, but those which are hard to discern against the gray background (yellow, white, pale gray) should be avoided
Images/Graphics: Allowed, but nothing larger than 20k and Content rules must be followed

Signature Content
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Quotes must be attributed. Non-baseball quotes are permissible as long as they are not religious or political

Please adhere to these rules when you create your signature. Failure to do so will result in a request to comply by a moderator. If you do not comply within a reasonable amount of time, the signature will be removed and / or edited by an Administrator. Baseball Fever reserves the right to edit and / or remove any or all of your signature line at any time without contacting the account holder.

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Most concisely, the test for whether a post is appropriate for Baseball Fever is: "Does this message discuss our national pastime in an interesting manner?" This post can be direct or indirect: posing a question, asking for assistance, providing raw data or citations, or discussing and constructively critiquing existing posts. In general, a broad interpretation of "baseball related" is used.

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It is considered appropriate to post a URL to a page which specifically and directly answers a question posted on the list (for example, it would be permissible to post a link to a page containing home-road splits, even on a site which has advertising or other commercial content; however, it would not be appropriate to post the URL of the main page of the site). The site reserves the right to limit the frequency of such announcements by any individual or group.

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When a post is submitted to Baseball Fever, it is forwarded by the server automatically and seen immediately. The moderator may:
a. Leave the thread exactly like it was submitted. This is the case 95% of the time.

b. Immediately delete the thread as inappropriate for Baseball Fever. Examples include advertising, personal attacks, or spam. This is the case 1% of the time.

c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

d. Edit the message due to an inappropriate item. This is the case 1% of the time. There have been new users who will make a wonderful post, then add to their signature line (where your name / handle appears) a tagline that is a pure advertisement. This tagline will be removed, a note will be left in the message so he/she is aware of the edit, and personal contact will be made to the poster telling them what has been edited and what actions need to be taken to prevent further edits.

The moderators perform no checks on posts to verify factual or logical accuracy. While he/she may point out gross errors in factual data in replies to the thread, the moderator does not act as an "accuracy" editor. Also moderation is not a vehicle for censorship of individuals and/or opinions, and the moderator's decisions should not be taken personally.

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  • First Major League Baseball Game

    Do you remember the very first major league baseball game that you attended? Were you young or older? Did someone take you there? Was it in your hometown or did you have to travel to get there? Who was playing that day? Was there anyone we'd know playing in the game?

    My very first major league baseball game was in 1951 when my father took me to see the Chicago White Sox play the Boston Red Sox at Comiskey Park in Chicago. My father told me years later that Ted Williams hit a home run that day, I wish I could remember it, but I was to young. Think about it, one of the greatest hitters of all time playing in my first major league baseball game, and I don't remember a thing about it.

    I hope you can remember yours . . . please share with us.
    Last edited by sunsox; 07-14-2017, 10:44 AM.

  • #2
    I'm too young to have seen Williams play. But at my first game another HOFer gave a 10 year old birthday boy a memory he'll never forget.
    It was May 14,1967, my 10th birthday. We had just moved to New York from Virginia 4 months earlier. My dad decided to treat me and my 7 year old brother to a game at Yankee Stadium. Two days earlier, Mantle hit his 499th homer. I remember watching the game on tv on Saturday rooting for him not to hit one then.
    The Yankees were playing the Orioles. In the 7th inning with Stu Miller on the mound for the Birds, it happened. Mantle hit a shot into the right field seats for number 500. The Yankees won 4-3 and the homer proved to be the winning run.
    You think I would forget seeing Mantle's 500th homer on my birthday?
    27 World Championships
    22 retired numbers
    Isn't it great to be a Yankee fan?


    • #3
      What a great great memory. Thank's so very much for sharing it. That would be tough to top.


      • #4
        7/17/62-Cubs vs Cards at Sportsman's Park. Cards win 8-6, Musial hit a 3run homer in the 6th to give the Birds the lead.I figured he probably did that every game. Banks hit a HR for Chicago. 4 other HOF players in the game that night. Schoendienst ph for the Cards and Williams, Santo and Brock were in the Cubs lineup. Some other perennial AS players in the lineup for STL: Boyer, White, Flood, Javier, and the Cardinal pitchers, Larry Jackson & Lindy McDaniel.

        Sometime in the early 2000's I was having lunch and was seated at a table next to Musial. When were both leaving and I said hi, shook his hand and told him my recollection. He was at least 80 by then, smiled and asked again what year was this. I told him 1962 and he said, "hell, I was 41 years old!" To which I replied "and you still hit .330!" I got an even bigger smile back from The Man.
        It Might Be? It Could Be?? It Is!


        • #5
          My neighbor was a flight attendant for PAA back in the late 50's, one day he actually had Stan Musial on his flight. Well, The Man signed a ball for him and he brought it to me. I'd been sick in bed for about a month, so I guess he told Stan my story. I still have the autographed ball. I'm not sure where either one of them came up with a baseball mid-flight, I didn't ask.


          • #6
            Originally posted by sunsox View Post
            My neighbor was a flight attendant for PAA back in the late 50's, one day he actually had Stan Musial on his flight. Well, The Man signed a ball for him and he brought it to me. I'd been sick in bed for about a month, so I guess he told Stan my story. I still have the autographed ball. I'm not sure where either one of them came up with a baseball mid-flight, I didn't ask.
            I'd imagine TSA wouldn't let you bring a baseball on board anymore.
            It Might Be? It Could Be?? It Is!


            • #7
              Stan Musial also figured in my first MLB game. It was 1958, I was 8 years old, my dad took me to see my first ball game at Wrigley Field. We had seats in the boxes on the first-base side, and as we went to our seats before the game, there was Musial signing autographs for some kids in front of the stands. My dad gave me his program and told me to go get Musial's autograph, I didn't know who he was, just that he was one of the Cardinals. But as I made my way down to the front row, an usher suddenly blocked my way, and told me to go back to my seat. There was no reason he couldn't have let me go down and get an autograph, I guess he just wanted to throw his weight around and ruin somebody's day. My dad, watching from his seat, cursed out the usher in words I'd never heard before, but I had to go back to my seat without the autograph. I don't remember anything about the game, or who won, just this a-hole usher who spoiled the experience for us.

              My dad swore he'd never go to another game at Wrigley Field, and he didn't like the neighborhood around Comiskey Park, so after that, a couple times a year, we'd drive up to Milwaukee on a Saturday morning, get a motel room, and attend the Milwaukee Braves games on Saturday and Sunday, and then drive home to the Chicago suburbs on Sunday night. So I grew up watching Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn and Eddie Mathews in their primes. Not a bad way to go.
              Shalom, y'all!
              What's the rumpus?


              • #8
                My first game was Game 1 of the 1993 ALCS between the White Sox and Blue Jays at Comiskey Park. I think my father got tickets through some work contact. Unfortunately, the Sox lost, but at the time, I hadn't yet begun to get heavily into baseball, so I wasn't as heartbroken as I might've been.
                Baseball Junk Drawer


                • #9
                  My first game was @ 1974 or 1975. I had saved enough Delwood milk carton coupons to get two free Mets tickets and I went with my dad. The seats were in the upper deck. Koosman pitched. Rusty Staub hit a ball up into the air and I excitedly thought it would be a home run. My father understood arcs and things better and said it would come down. Lo and behold it was but what modern metrics tell me is a pop up to short center field. But it sure was exciting for a second or three.


                  • #10
                    I went to my first major league game (actually to two games) back in The Stone Age of 1955 at age 6. My parents and I were supposed to go to The Polo Grounds to see a game on Saturday, Sept. 24 that got rained out so we wound up going the next day 9/25 to a season-ending Giants vs. Phillies doubleheader..(In the 20th Century the MLB season except for the shortened World War One season of 1918 never ended earlier than Sept.25 and it only ended on Sept. 25 twice - 1932 and 1955).'
                    Of course my pre-game impressions were like any kid's - the enormity of the stadium - the number of ramps we had to walk up to get to out seats as I learned a new word - MEZZANINE - The enormity of the outfield - the greenest grass I ever saw in the OF and the smell of cigars and hot dogs.
                    The games were really unique too. In game one Willie Mays hit his 51st home run. An unsung Giants' rookie, Pete Burnside in his second or third MLB game outpitched Robin Roberts as the Giants won the opener. Burnside pitched a Complete Game and had a shutout until the 8th or 9th inning when Stan Lopata homered for the Phillies only run.
                    In game two Curt Simmons went the first 8 innings as the Phillies gained a split, defeating Giants starter, Jim Hearn.. The Phillies finished in fourth-place at exactly .500 at 77-77. They needed to sweep NY in the doubleheader to finish over .500, but didn't get it.
                    Really unusual stuff that is noteworthy happened in the second game. Light-hitting Phillies Shortstop, Ted Kazanski hit an inside-the-park home run. The Giants' Bobby Hoffmann lined into a Triple Play (Kazanski -SS to Bobby Morgan - 2B to Marv Blaylock -1B). In all my years of attending ball games I only saw one other Triple Play and again it was the Phillies who turned it (sometime around 1988). Also, immediately after the game the Giants front office disappointed that they had fallen from the 1954 World's Champions to a merely above-average, 80-74, third-place team, fired their manager, Leo Durocher.
                    It was a pretty eventful day at the ballpark in my first visit to a MLB game or stadium.
                    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 07-14-2017, 03:56 PM.


                    • #11
                      All I can remember was that it was in the mid 1950's and my dad took me from Lancaster Pa. to Philadelphia to Connie Mack Stadium to see the Phillies. I remember Rip Ripulski was in right. I remember that big wall in right field, and the columns that held the roof up, that you didn't want to sit behind. I assume that Stan Lopata, Ed Bouchee, Granny Hamner, Chico Fernandez, Willie Jones, Harry Anderson and Richie Ashburn were on the team then too. I could never remember the pitcher that day. (I wasn't aware that this site was back up, I hadn't checked for quite a while)
                      Last edited by Dutch; 07-19-2017, 06:12 AM.
                      The saddest day of the year is the day that baseball season ends.

                      On October 8, 1956, in game 5 of the 1956 World Series, Don Larsen of the New York Yankees, threw a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.


                      • #12
                        Aren't you glad you've got beautiful memories like that? Thanks for posting those wonderful times here, I've enjoyed reading and reliving everyone of them.