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Thursday, July 05, 2012

cranton Times-Tribune: Fake box score reported to newspaper leads to suspension of American Legion manager

I’ve heard of fantasy baseball, but this is ridiculous.

The president of District 11 American Legion Baseball and manager of Dickson City Post 665 has been suspended for concocting a box score - including fake statistics for players - of a game that was never played.

Jeff Kovaleski fabricated a box score from Saturday’s scheduled game against Moscow Post 579 - a game Dickson City won by forfeit because Moscow did not have enough players to field a team - and reported it to The Times-Tribune. The bogus box score and a write-up of the “game” was published in Sunday’s editions.

“He has been suspended from involvement with American Legion Baseball indefinitely for a period no less than the rest of 2012,” George Roskos, Region 5 Director of the Pennsylvania American Legion, said. “The result should have been reported as a forfeit.”

On Tuesday, Kovaleski said he wanted to spare the players from Moscow the embarrassment of taking a forfeit, which his team had to do several years ago.

“I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, the newspaper or the league,” Kovaleski said. “Being the president of the league, I did not want to embarrass anyone or hurt any kid’s feelings.

“I am very remorseful about doing it.”

 

And for the record, here’s the game account with box score.

AndrewJ Posted: July 05, 2012 at 09:29 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: amateur, fantasy baseball, fraud, newspapers

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   1. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 06, 2012 at 12:14 AM (#4174230)
I had a summer job at Associated Press, and sometimes that involved putting together the box scores. One night, a horrible horrible mistake was made, and was not caught before it hit the wires and misled the public.

If you ever see the Mets game featuring "KHeranndez," that was me.
   2. CraigK Posted: July 06, 2012 at 12:38 AM (#4174244)
I had a summer job at Associated Press, and sometimes that involved putting together the box scores. One night, a horrible horrible mistake was made, and was not caught before it hit the wires and misled the public.

If you ever see the Mets game featuring "KHeranndez," that was me.


August 4, 1987?
   3. The District Attorney Posted: July 06, 2012 at 12:55 AM (#4174251)
Earl Weaver tells a story about sending fake box scores to the higher-ups when he was a minor league manager, because the bosses wanted one of his outfielders to be converted into a third baseman, but Earl, trying to win the pennant, was playing him in the outfield. (I believe Pete Ward was the player in question.)

I dunno if it really happened quite the way Earl says. But in any event, it's funny to think of such a thing happening now. That was professional baseball! Nowadays, you apparently can't even get away with it at the amateur level...

I think the best thing about this story here is that it was the president of the league.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 06, 2012 at 02:31 AM (#4174272)
I think the best thing about this story here is that it was the president of the league.


And a member of the City Council...

   5. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: July 06, 2012 at 05:00 AM (#4174281)
August 4, 1987?
Oh man. From the linked newspaper, in the "Tomorrow's Games" section: Minnesota (Carlton 5-9) at California (Sutton 7-9).

That makes my brain hurt.
   6. AndrewJ Posted: July 06, 2012 at 07:06 AM (#4174288)
August 4, 1987

I'm more intrigued by the fact that a Monday night game at Shea between the second-place Mets and fifth-place Phillies drew 50,297. I'm guessing it was the scintillating pitching matchup of Don Carman vs. Don Schulze.
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 06, 2012 at 09:18 AM (#4174320)
WHICH DON WILL PREVAIL?!?!?!

And even with a lineup of Wshgtn, GWard, Mtngly, Winfield, Easler, Pglrulo, Salas, JBonill, and Tolleson, the Yankees had the second-best record in baseball.
   8. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: July 06, 2012 at 09:40 AM (#4174333)
If you ever see the Mets game featuring "KHeranndez," that was me.

Nicce gam, prettty boi!
   9. Gamingboy Posted: July 06, 2012 at 11:10 AM (#4174427)
Plainfield Teacher's College is unimpressed.
   10. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: July 06, 2012 at 11:43 AM (#4174488)
The best scam of all along these lines is when Ty Cobb sent anonymous glowing reports of his minor league feats to Grantland Rice in Atlanta, and Rice passed on the false info in his column. Cobb didn't own up to it for many years afterwards.
   11. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: July 06, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4174510)
Plainfield Teacher's College is unimpressed.


The Johnny Chung story! Excellent!
   12. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 06, 2012 at 05:16 PM (#4174904)
August 4, 1987?

That's the one. My glorious contribution to the fourth estate. The speed with which you found that fills me with both reverence and alarm.
   13. AndrewJ Posted: July 06, 2012 at 08:09 PM (#4175096)
My dad was stationed in Korea around 1960, writing sports stories for his cavalry newspaper (many of which were syndicated to the Far East Stars and Stripes). He'd get boxscores of various troop baseball and basketball games come in to his office, none of which had first names of the players involved. So in the game summary writeups, he just made up first names or nicknames for them. Nobody ever caught on.

Some colleagues of his at Stars & Stripes, however, were drummed out of the service after blatantly making up stories -- one was about an Army dog with over 40 years experience, who'd allegedly served under Pershing. They found a stray mutt and kicked dirt in its face, snapping a photo as it instinctively raised its front paw to its face. The subsequent caption read, "Veteran K-9 officer automatically salutes." One of these errant reporters, incidentally, wound up writing for NBC's "Today Show" in the late 1960s.

Plainfield Teacher's College is unimpressed.

One of the first "wacky sports stories" books I read as a kid mentioned that hoax. Funny story.

   14. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: July 08, 2012 at 06:48 AM (#4175990)
Plainfield Teacher's College is unimpressed.

One of the first "wacky sports stories" books I read as a kid mentioned that hoax. Funny story.


Some jerk even wrote a Wiki article about it!

EDIT: OK, for some reason, Wiki won't let me link to the proper page (because of the apostrophe, I think). So just Google it and look for the Wiki article. You'll be glad you did.
   15. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: July 08, 2012 at 08:39 AM (#4176004)
I'm more intrigued by the fact that a Monday night game at Shea between the second-place Mets and fifth-place Phillies drew 50,297. I'm guessing it was the scintillating pitching matchup of Don Carman vs. Don Schulze.
Defending World Champion Mets. That's your answer.
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: July 08, 2012 at 11:24 AM (#4176052)

There's a famous Ronald Reagan story about his days as a radio broadcaster, describing actions from hundreds of miles away that came via teletype (or whatever they called the primitive devices then).
Only once the machine broke - so Reagan, according to the likely-exaggerated tale - cooked up a story about how amazing it was that so many consecutive foul balls were being hit.

   17. Howie Menckel Posted: July 08, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4176053)

"a Monday night game at Shea between the second-place Mets and fifth-place Phillies drew 50,297."

yes, more and more young baseball fans are not aware that the Mets owned NYC at that time, significantly more popular than the Yankees. I guess it would seem hard to believe if you're under 30, come to think about it. But so it was...

   18. TerpNats Posted: July 08, 2012 at 11:32 AM (#4176055)
I'm more intrigued by the fact that a Monday night game at Shea between the second-place Mets and fifth-place Phillies drew 50,297. I'm guessing it was the scintillating pitching matchup of Don Carman vs. Don Schulze.
You have to say it like Harry Kalas -- "Donnnn Carmannnn."

As for Plainfield Teachers College, I believe Mary Livingstone was its most famous alum until Johnny Chung enrolled.

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