THE SECOND OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE.

THE SECOND OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE. I am an original member of the second oldest fantasy baseball league in the country. Actually we must be tied for second with some other leagues. (There are apparently over ten million leagues now.) What happened was that the first ever league, the “Rotisserie League”, founded in 1980, was written up in the off season before the 1981 season. Our league began in 1981.. That first year one of the categories we used was errors. The scorekeepers had to go through every box score for the season to calculate the standings for that category because there were no satisfactory compilations available. This Wikipedia article says that some attribute much of the early success of USA Today to the fact that the newspaper was sought out by Rotisserie league participants because their box scores were so much superior to those in other newspapers. For years now our league has included the children and even the grandchildren of the early members. We will be getting together again tomorrow.

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7 Responses to THE SECOND OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE.

  1. David Quemere says:

    Hi,
    Are you guys (and gals) still together? We just had our belated 2011 end of the season bash celebrating our 28th year. We started in 1984. Have a trophy with the names of 28 Champions and all the season stats etc. There are 8 teams including three originals.
    We are the Hunnewell League using ESPN for our site. I remember compiling stats every couple weeks to see where we all stood it was already outdated. Now it is up to the pitch.

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  3. Our fantasy league has also been running continuously since 1981. I would love to talk with you, Philip, about your league. Compare notes, best/worst practices/ and lore. Do you have a league website?
    –John Grossmann

  4. Hi,
    Just wondering if you know of a site that posts longest running continuous leagues. We have been going strong since 1984. We are looking forward to our 30th year next year.
    Thanks

  5. Jerry Newton says:

    Our fantasy baseball league (UBL) was started in 1967. I joined the league in 1970 (over 42 years ago!) We have 20 teams across the country and several of our members have been in the league for over 30 years!

  6. Dave Quemere says:

    Hi all,
    Just completed our 32nd consecutive season of the Hunnewell League Rotisserie Baseball. Congrads to the Johnson Wax!

  7. Nick says:

    I remember “helping” my dad prepare as a 5 or 6-year old, then legitimately helping a little bit as I got older, and attending the draft to drive him and has partner nuts by getting fixated on certain players and insisting they draft them. Although, I believe my father and I differed on Mike Mussina v. Chan Ho Park one season and I feel that history has vindicated me.

    Griffey Jr. was the default 1 pick for the first few seasons I can remember.

    Now I’ve had my own team since spring of 2007. Time flies.

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