Skokie Wolfmen (SWC)
2008 Staub Conference Champions
2007 Staub Conference Champions
2006 Skokie Wolfmen Staub Wild Card
2005 Skokie Wolfmen Staub Wild Card
Owner: Rick Josh "Wolfman" Shapiro
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Conference: Rusty Staub
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|Under Shapiro's Mgt
466-345 .574 win pct
First let me start by saying how I thoroughly enjoyed "Wolfman" and Ryan
both, having you with us for as long as you guys had. You both have a welcome
waiting for you should your schedules and motivation coincide,
certainly should you would want to rejoin us in CBA. I am sure that the rest
of us feel this way as well.
Your memberships in CBA has made this league that much better.
Josh, Your competitive play, attention to detail, spirit, values, and input
have no doubt enhanced all of our gaming experience both directly and
indirectly. With your permission, your legacy will live on in CBA through
your wonderful press releases, pictures and personalized baseball cards. Your
logo and uniforms will remain too. CBA will be considering both as nominees
for our own CBA Hall of Fame. Among Wolfman Shapiro's CBA accomplishments
since entering in 2005.
*Took over Gerald Benoit's Montreal Royals franchise (formerly Vermont
Expos). Benoit led Montreal to a 78-84 record in 2004. The franchise never
had made the playoffs. In his first season Wolfman traded, drafted, and
strategized his way to a franchise record 95-67 record. He didn't stop there.
*He made the playoffs each year of his tenure except for this one. No easy
feat. 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.
* 2 wildcards, and 2 Staub Championships
* Lost in the Finals in 2008 in 7 games.
*Never won less than 91 games
* A .574 career winning pct
* Made many friends for hopefully a lifetime...
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To the Wolfman,
The entire Loggers organization (that means just me) wishes you the best of
luck in your
When Wass asked me to help assist you back in 2005 in your first Montreal
Royals season, it
was more like Obi-Wan Kenobi having to be schooled by the Jedi-wannabe Luke
I was only in my second year in Strat and here I am helping mentor a Strat
personality in the intricasies of computer Strat. Not that you needed much
guidance as your
Royals were my Dawson rivals and you trounced me in our first encounter. It
in fact inspired the
very first of what has now become an emerging CBA feature: Regional newspaper
I remember especially you asking where the rest of the article was as it sort
of ended abruptly in a journalistic cliffhanger.
Your being Netherlands-based at the time you joined us reinforced CBA's
reputation as a truly global Strat league.
Longue-Pointe and the now-relocated Skokie Wolfmen opposed each other in the
Playoffs where you played on a Dutch
late afternoon while I played on a Brooklyn morning. When you came stateside
to play in a Strat competition in your
homestate, you proudly displayed our new CBA logo. Of course, in our
logo's Owner's Circle where our nationalities are
represented by American stars, Canadian maple leafs, and the nation-state of
Texas, you are symbolized by a windmill.
It's been a great pleasure to read your dispatches, chat on the phone or the
net, and of course play against you.
Hopefully, you might have the time and opportunity to join us again. Your
franchise, logo, and uniform will always be ready
should you return.
Until then, the very best of luck!
|Bob Fidler on right, and Skokie GM Josh "Wolfman"
Shapiro show muscle not only in the photo, but on the Strat diamond as
well. Both GM's lead two of the more successful franchises in
CBA both are perennial playoff GM's. The face off in the 2008 CBA
Skokie Playoffs 2007
Dear Fellow CBAers
there is great excitement now as the
final four teams (just as in
real life baseball) enter the next
bracket of the playoffs to find
the 2009 CBA Champion
there have been some surprises in
the playoffs as far as
who the final four are - but all
remaining manaagers are very capable
and I am sure there will be new
stories yet to tell for the end of
season how the Champion will be his
I have spoken to our good
commissioner Wass about the message
I am now sharing with the league - I
was going to wait till after the
series was done but I thought it
best to do so sooner then later as
on a personal note,
we have several more trips coming up
toward the end of the year, and
I have the free time now.
Over the last two years due to the
work I do in the real world it has
been difficult at times to give to
our franchise the proper attention
we need to make it competititive -
we were hoping for one more crack
at the world series but
unfortunately we ran out gas at the
end of this
year. As you know last year we had
John as our co-manager and this
year somehow I was able to work it
However, it is with great regret, I
must inform my fellow members
that this will
be our last season at the helm of
the Skokie Wolfmen - we are going to
only get busier and busier from here
on in - so I just won't be able
with our team. Plus I think it is
only fair to the new manager that he
be able to take over from day 1 of
the new 2010 season to take the
back to be competitive for future
It has been a great honor and
privledge to be associated with some
greatest and most knowledgable strat
players ever - hopefully all the
and creative ways to find a way to
keep our team competitive has not
any feathers but given you some
ideas of ways to get your team to
Nothing lasts forever and changes
always happen in our lives but I
definitely have very found memories
of all of you and my time here as
I move forward
to what new roads life will have to
I wish you all well and don't be
strangers, feel free to email any
as that is the one sure way you can
always find me - we have no clue
where might be home next year, if in
the U.S. or Europe
thanks for including me in your
league and world
I wish success to everyone and await
to see who the new CBA champion is -
as there are two managers now who
have never won before and two who
all the best and thank you
the Skokie Wolfman
(as he rides off into the sunset -
looking for another crystal skull or
From: Eric Lindner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wed, Oct 14, 2009 7:00 pm
Subject: [CBA_List] Another dream crashes amongst the rocks of despair!
Way to go Wolfie! Just when I thought I might be getting good
enough to face you in the playoffs or even a World Series--you
dash my dreams of glory against the rocks.
Sometimes, we have to put aside our petty wishes and part with
dear friends, while hoping for the best in all the future
endeavors! Otherwise, they wouldn't be true friends.
Godspeed my brother! And remember, it is the lone wolf who leaves
a single set of tracks in the winter snow!
Just one question: Who will keep me on a short leash with you
PS-There will always be tickets at the gate anytime you want to
Sent: Wed, October
14, 2009 4:06:02 AM
Subject: Re: [CBA_List]
Everything comes to an end and a new beginning
Wolfman you'll be missed, its been a pleasure to know you,
you've been a great contribution to the CBA .
Best wishes in your future endeavors, and stay in touch.
Glenn ( Thundercats)
On Tue, Oct 13, 2009 at 3:02 PM, Wayne McGee
Say it ain't so Wolf!!
If, in fact this is your Swan Song, I'm truly
sorry that you didn't go out in your usual
blaze of glory!
I'm sure that the accolades with be
forthcoming, but I must say that I've
enjoyed every aspect that you brought to the
CBA. From our trade discussions, to your
updates on the Wolfmen, you were one of the
best, and you will be sorely missed.
Keep in touch, and we'll keep a light in the
is the key....If you can fake that, you've
got it made!
It's been a
pleasure having you in the League, and You
will be missed. Good
luck to you.
-CBA Bryan Bashers
Always a sad day when one looses a warrior
with the qualities of the Wolf. I will miss
our lengthy discussions of trades at all hours
of the night. Good luck to both you guys in
the avenues you chose moving forward. I am
stiil amazed at the dedication of Marc and all
the effort he puts into this league. Take care
Joshua Shapiro - WMRC <joshuashapiro@
Tue, October 13, 2009 1:37:59 PM
[CBA_List] Everything comes to an end and a
Good luck Josh.
It's been a pleasure to compete against you.
Although you defeated me more occasions than I'd
prefer it was always fun.
I hope to ask you for some draft advice so keep
your mind and crystal skulls prepared for questions.
Yes Mr. Logger!!
>The entire Loggers organization (that means just me) wishes you the
>best of luck in your
thanks very much, as to what our new ventures will be exactly we do not know
but it won't be things we were taught in school that is for sure!!
>When Wass asked me to help assist you back in 2005 in your first
>Montreal Royals season, it
>was more like Obi-Wan Kenobi having to be schooled by the
>Jedi-wannabe Luke Skywalker
ah but you did a great job and all the havoc the Royals and Wolfmen laid in
CBA, I think this was the key moment, if we could go back in time and change
perhaps life would have been more peaceful these past 5 years, who knows!!
>I was only in my second year in Strat and here I am helping mentor a
>personality in the intricasies of computer Strat. Not that you
>needed much guidance as your
>Royals were my Dawson rivals and you trounced me in our first
>encounter. It in fact inspired the
>very first of what has now become an emerging CBA feature: Regional
anyway you did what we couldn't and won a CBA championship - so sometimes
being renowned or infamous is not always for the best
>I remember especially you asking where the rest of the article was
>as it sort of ended abruptly in a journalistic cliffhanger.
>Your being Netherlands-based at the time you joined us reinforced
>CBA's reputation as a truly global Strat league.
>Longue-Pointe and the now-relocated Skokie Wolfmen opposed each
>other in the Playoffs where you played on a Dutch
>late afternoon while I played on a Brooklyn morning. When you came
>stateside to play in a Strat competition in your
>homestate, you proudly displayed our new CBA logo. Of course, in
>our logo's Owner's Circle where our nationalities are
>represented by American stars, Canadian maple leafs, and the
>nation-state of Texas, you are symbolized by a windmill.
yes there are many memories we had over the years - of course
Holland got a bit tired of the
Wolfman so we landed back in America but yes our league was
international for a time for sure
>It's been a great pleasure to read your dispatches, chat on the
>phone or the net, and of course play against you.
>Hopefully, you might have the time and opportunity to join us
>again. Your franchise, logo, and uniform will always be ready
>should you return.
its a nice feeling to know that our logo and uniform will remain -
just be a bit careful not to touch it
or you might get the curse of the wolfmen (a friendly warning)
>Until then, the very best of luck!
thanks Dennis -- for all your good wishes - and good luck with your
hunt for your next CBA championship!!
From the "Wolfman" Shapiro Himself....
Mr. Commiss - thanks very much for your
kind words shared with the
CBA world - for us it is is just another day to live life to the top
with the best
excitement one can and be your best - use one god-given creative skills
all I can say is the within the CBA was a framework if a manager was schrewd
there was a way to build a competitive team without breaking rules -- and this
is important because it means within a one to two year period, anyone
a team that could be in the playoffs
so thanks Wass for all your kind words - and you never know - the Wolfman
could return -- but in the meantime I am trying to find out what that
experienced in the Corn Fields in Iowa in the movie Field of Dreams -
it could provide
a key for future CBA championships - or I might not come back -
because in Heaven
they could have a version of Strat out of this world
be good gents and may the best man win the 2009 championship!!
the skokie wolfman