Greater Philadelphia Men's Adult Baseball League 

2002 Playoffs 


Charlie's Bar 4-Comets 3
Charlie's Bar 9-Comets 4

Elimination Round

Comets 8-Colt .45s 3

Charlie's Bar 11-Blue Rocks 8
Blue Rocks 7-Charlie's Bar 6
Charlie's Bar 13-Blue Rocks 2


Blue Rocks 9-Indians 5
Blue Rocks 9-Indians 4

Elimination Round
Indians 10-Phillies 6

2002 Standings 

*^Charlie's Bar 
*Bryan St. Blue Rocks 
Delco Indians  10 8 .556 5.5
Philadelphia Comets 
Colt .45s
Fishtown Phillies 
^Clinched GPMABL Pennant
*Clinched Elimination-Round Bye

2002 Game Results 

August 18, 2002
GPMABL Playoffs

GPMABL Championship
Charlie's Bar 11-Blue Rocks 8
GPMABL league MVP Joe Beyer went the distance on guts and guile holding the opposition off until the last out -- congratulations to Charlie's Bar, 2002 GPMABL Champs.

Blue Rocks 7-Charlie's Bar 6
Down to their last out, the Blue Rocks rallied to tie the game and then win it with a bad-hop grounder and sinking line drive in the ninth.

Fred Schaefer swings at the plate at Richie Ashburn Field

Dave Steel - Manager (Charlie's Bar)

Dave Steel managed Charlie's Bar to the GPMABL Championship -- Dave's first championship since he was a junior at Cheltenham HS in 1979 (he was All-Suburban-one senior year). Dave Played two years at the University of Tampa and transfered to Widener University. He played six years in the Pen-Del League 1980-86, and one year in the Atlantic County League, NJ in 1990. He served as Assistant Coach for the Abington Friends HS baseball team in 1985 and 1986. After a 10-year hiatus, Rip Van Winkle came back to steward the expansion CB to its first championship after a see-saw 2001 year, 8-9 record. Dave led team this year in pinch hits, going 6-for-13 overall with one HR and four RBI. In game two of the championship series, he lined a pinch-hit single to key a 3-run rally to re-gain the lead before the Blue Rocks bounced back for a thrilling comeback victory.  Dave works for an 85-year-old precision parts company in Philadelphia and is married with two kids.

August 11, 2002
GPMABL Playoffs

GPMABL Championship
Charlie's Bar 13-Blue Rocks 2
Mike Ganley held the Blue Rocks potent offense quiet and hit a clutch two-RBI single to break open the game.  Fred Schaefer homered, Jason Hale had two hits, and Jason Muchler was three-for-five in the win.

Mike Ganley - C/P (Charlie's Bar)

Mike Ganley pitched for only his second appearance this year and went nine strong innings for the complete game victory over the powerful Blue Rocks in game one of the championship series.  Mike grew up in Hilton, NY, lived and played seven years of MABL baseball in Boston, and moved to Philly in January of this year.  Mike is 30 and joined Charlie's Bar through the draft as a catcher. He is an independent software engineering consultant.

August 04, 2002
GPMABL Playoffs

Charlie's Bar 4-Comets 3
A Jason Muchler sac-fly in the 10th inning plated the game winner and then Greg Thompson held off a Comets Rally in the bottom of the 10th as Charlie's Bar advanced to the GPMABL Finals.

Blue Rocks 9-Indians 5
Joe D'Alessandro went the distance and had five hits and put down an Indians bases-loaded rally in the ninth as the Blue Rocks advanced to the GPMABL Finals.

Joe D'Alessandro - P/SS (Blue Rocks)

Joe D'Alessandro had five big hits to help eliminate the Indians in the GPMABL Semi-Finals.  Joe, Hardball Magazine's Summer cover boy, grew up in Drexel Hill and played for several teams in the Philadelphia area. He played short stop for Bonner. Joe joined the Blue Rocks team in 1996. He now has the longest tenure (seven years) of any Blue Rocks player. Joe, 28 was married to his wife, Sandy, at the end of 2001.  He is an "Outside plant technichian" for Verizon and keeps in shape in the off-season by playing ice hockey, a sport in which he has competed in several national tournaments.


July 28, 2002
GPMABL Playoffs

Charlie's Bar 9-Comets 3
John Schilling had two hits and pitched well in relief to help Charlie's Bar take game one of the GPMABL Semi-Finals.

Blue Rocks 9-Indians 4
Matt Tobkin came off the bench for the injured Frank Kunze to triple in two runs and help the Blue Rocks win game one of the GPMABL Semi-Finals.

Elimination Round
Indians 10-Phillies 6
The Indians moved on to the semi-finals.

Comets 8-Colt .45s 3
Jim Jackson and Brett Mandel pitched a gem and Dave DeRuchie and Bob Koenig each had three hits to lead the Comets past the Colt .45s.

Dave DeRuchie - OF (Comets)

Dave DeRuchie responded to a promotion to the second spot in the batting order with his best day of the season, reaching base six times as the Comets opened postseason play. In the day's first game, Dave had three hits and a walk to lead the Comets past the Colt .45s and into the second round of the playoffs. He added another hit and a walk in the opening game of the semi-final series against Charlie's Bar. He also played his usual superb defense in the outfield. Dave rejoined the Comets this year after having previously played for the team in 1996. Dave works for Radian Guaranty, in their Information Technology Department as a Senior Business liaison and lives in Sewell, NJ with his wife Kris and daughter Megan. He is an avid baseball fan an amateur guitar player, and an active golfer and swimmer.

July 23, 2002

Comets/Charlie's Bar/Phillies - 3
Blue Rocks/Indians/Colt .45s - 0
Matt Curry starred in the field and at the plate to lead Mike Plank's bunch of mixed nuts to a rain-shortened win.

GPMABL Stars under the lights at the Wilmington Blue Rocks' Frawley Stadium

Comets/Phillies/Charlie's Bar All-Stars
Greg Bashaw (Comets) -- Joe Beyer (Charlie's Bar)
Ed Bobb (Phillies)@ -- Rich Callahan (Phillies) COACH 
Matt Curry (Phillies) -- Mike Ganley (Charlie's Bar)* 
Tommy Jackson (Comets) -- Tom King (Phillies) 
Mike Littman (Charlie's Bar)* -- Ben Ludwig (Phillies)# 
Brett Mandel (Comets)* -- Jason Muchler (Charlie's Bar) 
Mike Plank (Comets) MANAGER -- Fred Schaefer (Charlie's Bar) 
Dave Steel (Charlie's Bar) COACH -- Dwight Steward (Comets) 
Greg Thompson (Charlie's Bar)*

Blue Rocks/Indians/Colt .45s All-Stars
Anthony Bueti (Colt .45s) -- Bob Bullen (Indians) 
Pete Cooper (Blue Rocks)* -- Joe D'Alessandro (Blue Rocks) 
Mike Hall (Colt .45s) COACH -- Mike O'Meara (Blue Rocks) MANAGER
James Nix (Colt .45s) -- Brian Poniatowski (Colt .45s) 
Bob Quercetti (Indians)* -- CJ Rivera (Indians)
Kevin Scott (Blue Rocks)* -- Ryan Spang (Blue Rocks)* 
Marcus Spero (Blue Rocks) -- Jeff Thurston (Indians) 
Jim Ward (Blue Rocks) -- Mike Yeager (Indians) COACH

*Commissioner Selection 
@Starting in place of injured player
July 21, 2002

Phillies-Colt .45s
The Phillies took game 2.

 Colt .45s -Phillies 
The Colts took game 1.

Blue Rocks-Charlie's Bar
Umpire Snafu-ed Out

Umpire Snafu-ed Out

Ed Bobb - OF (Phillies)

Eddie Bobb proved he belonged at the GPMABL All Star Game, drawing walks in both of his plate appearances and making a nice sliding catch in rightfield. Eddie stepped in to replace injured teammate Ben Ludwig on the All Star roster and fit right in as Phillies players starred in the rain-shortened game. Phils shortstop Matt Curry ripped a pair of doubles and made two nifty defensive plays, pitcher Tom King tossed a scoreless inning, the injured Ludwig led cheers in the dugout with his good arm, and manager Rich Callahan kept the pitchers warm and the baserunners headed for home as an All Star coach. Eddie joined the Phils just in time for the start of the season and quickly took over centerfield and found a home in the middle of the lineup. Ed is a bagel man for the Philadelphia Bagel Company and lives in Cinnaminson, NJ.

July 14, 2002

Phillies 3-Colt .45s 2
John D'Alessandro pitched eight innings and Rich Callahan's base knocks helped the offense in the win.

Phillies 8-Colt .45s 1
Tom King hurled a one-hit shut-out to get the Phillies back on winning ways.

Charlie's Bar 16-Blue Rocks 6
Joe Beyer held the opposition at bay as the CB offense got back on track in the win.

Blue Rocks 3-Charlie's Bar 0
Kevin Scott threw the shut-out and Pete Cooper scored the game-winner on a Marcus Spero sac-fly in the first.

Indians 7-Comets 6
Joe Hoffacker knocked in the game winner in the bottom of the 7th, earning himself the win in the process.

Comets 4-Indians 3

Dave DeRuchie scampered home on a wild pitch in the 11th to win it and Jimmy Jackson went the distance to earn his first GPMABL win.
Jim Jackson - P/SS (Comets)

Jimmy Jackson worked overtime to earn his first career win, pitching 11 outstanding innings in the Comets' 4-3 thriller over the Indians. He also made a key defensive play, nailing a runner at the plate after covering firstbase on an infield grounder. In the nightcap, he ripped a big single and stole two bases. Jimmy began tagging along to games with big brother Tommy seven years ago, serving as the team's unofficial batboy and foul ball chaser. He joined the Comets as an 18-year-old rookie infielder this spring, but has quickly established himself as the team's most consistent pitcher. Meanwhile, little brother Robert has taken over Jimmy's former role as batboy, and has his eye on becoming the third Jackson on the team a few years from now.  Jimmy lives in Warrington, PA.

June 30, 2002

Blue Rocks 11-Phillies 10
Jeff Stone went four-for-five and Greg Baron knocked in the game winner in extra innings with a loooong single.

Blue Rocks 21-Phillies 3
Pete Cooper had a day, going three-for-four with three runs scored and three RBI to spark the offense.

 Charlie's Bar 3-Comets 1
Greg Thompson's double put the CB crew ahead to stay and defense did the rest for the victory.

Charlie's Bar 7-Comets 6
Mike Littman sparked a two-run rally to earn CB the come-from-behind win.

 Indians 18-Colt .45s 8
Bob Quercetti held off the opposition and the Indians turned four double plays to earn the win.

 Indians 6-Colt .45s 5
Joe Hoffacker went the distance on the hill as the Indians held off a late charge for the victory.

CJ Rivera - C/1B (Indians)

CJ came to the Indians from Puerto Rico where he was a champion pro wrestler.  He now body slams GPMABL pitching and uses his glove to place the opposition in a sleeper hold.

June 23, 2002

Charlie's Bar 9-Indians 1
Joe Beyer tossed a no-hitter to keep the opposition quiet and led the way to victory.

Indians 6-Charlie's Bar 4
Jeff Thurston thew a solid complete game and doubled in two runs and CJ Rivera knocked in two to take game one.

 Blue Rocks 11- Colt .45s 4
John Galle allowed one earned run and earned the win and Dave Wallace closed the game for the save.

Blue Rocks 12-Colt .45s 2
Greg Baron went three-for-four and Marcus Spero went three-for-five to help make a winner of Kevin Scott.

Comets 11-Phillies 10
Billy Aichroth homered and doubled and called for a crucial appeal play that took a run off the board and helped the Comets to victory.

Comets 4-Phillies 3
Mike Plank scampered home on a throwing error to take a late lead and help end the Comets' six-game losing streak.

Bill Aichroth - C/1B (Comets)

Bill's hitting, and alert play, helped the Comets squeeze past the Phillies in a double-header sweep.  In game one, he singled in the top of the 7th to move the winning run into scoring position. In game two, he drove in four runs and saved at least one more. First, he gave the Comets the lead with a three-run homer in the 1st inning. In the top of the 5th, with the Phillies up three runs and threatening to score more, he alertly pointed out that the baserunner tagging from third base had left the bag early on an apparent sacrifice fly, taking a run off the board and preventing any further damage as the umpires upheld the controversial appeal play. In the bottom of the same inning, he capped off the game-winning rally by doubling in the tying run and then scoring the winning run. Bill rejoined the Comets this year after having played for the team in 1998 and 1999. Prior to that, he played at Philadelphia Community College and Father Judge High School. Bill is a Philadelphia Police Officer. He is 23 and lives in Northeast Philadelphia with his wife Danielle and children Chelsea and Liam.

June 16, 2002


Charlie's Bar 5-Comets 1
John O'Donohue's long triple opened the scoring for the league leaders and then pitching and defense made it stand up.

Colt .45s 14-Phillies 12
Brian Pontiatowski went three-for-four and Antony Bueti went two-for-three as the Colts survived a shootout.

Blue Rocks -Indians

Matt Curry - SS (Phillies)

Matt had a hit and knocked in a run while playing his usual solid defensive game at shortstop as the Phillies battled the Colt .45s to the wire, eventually coming up short in a 14-12 loss. Matt has been a threat in the middle of the Phillies lineup all year and leads the Phillies in most offensive categories.  He is currently the GPMABL's home-run leader.  In addition to playing a smooth shortstop, he has also filled in as a pitcher. Matt played on the South Carolina University practice baseball squad while getting his bachelor's degree in sports management. He will attend graduate school this fall at Temple University.  Matt is 25 and lives in Sea Isle City, NJ.

Many proud GPMABL dads had little ones -- showing off their "My Dad Plays GPMABL Baseball" balloons -- on hand for the big Fathers' Day celebration.

June 9, 2002

Charlie's Bar 7-Colt .45s 1
Joe Beyer tripled and homered at the plate and struck out 11 from the mound to lead CB to victory.

Charlie's Bar 6-Colt .45s  1
Jason Muchler went three-for-four with a double and a triple to help earn Mike Ganley his first GPMABL win.

Blue Rocks 19-Comets 5
Greg Baron's three hits helped the Blue Rocks' hit parade coast to another win.

Blue Rocks 7-Comets 4
Pete Cooper's three hits and two runs sparked the rallies that won the game.

Indians 5-Phillies 3
Joe Hoffacker struck out eight and picked off a runner to end the game to give the Indians the game.

Indians 10-Phillies 4
Bob Quercetti gave the opposition a grilling and Bob Bullen went three-for-three in the win.

Joe Beyer - P (Charlie's Bar)

Joe Beyer led a double-header sweep as Charlie's Bar ran its record to 11-1.  In the first game, he went three-for-four and scored two runs. In the second game, he hit a triple and a home run and earned the victory with a four-hitter, notching eleven strikeouts. Joe is the captain of the team and is setting the pace in several pitching and hitting categories while still recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined him two years ago. Prior to that, he played NCAA Division I baseball at Ohio University, and was a first-team, all-state selection at Boyd High School in Texas. Joe recently moved to the area to work as a Hydraulic Territory Manager for Parker Hannifin Corporation. He is 25 and lives in New Jersey.

June 2, 2002

Colt .45s 9-Comets 4
James Nix had three hits and earned the win on the hill to complete the double-header sweep.

Colt .45s 4-Comets 3
Mike Hall got the win and singled during a key rally to edge the Comets -- Eric Johnson got the save.

Blue Rocks 21-Indians 10
The Rocks took a slugfest to complete the sweep as Jim Ward was three-for-three and Mike O'Meara added a late touchdown to cover the point spread.

Blue Rocks 3-Indians 0
Kevin Scott went the distance for a two-hit shutout and Hardball Magazine coverboy Joe D'Alessandro was two-for-two with a triple and a run scored.

Charlie's Bar 18 -Phillies 0
Fred Schaeffer's four-for-four game kept the Charle's Bar express on the right track as Joe Beyer pitched a two-hit shutout.

Charlie's Bar 12-Phillies 5
Joe Beyer and John Schilling each went three-for-four as CB slapped out 15 hits in the win.

James Buddy Nix - P (Colt .45s)

James Buddy Nix was the winning pitcher in game two of the Colt .45s' double-header, pitching out of several jams including a bases-loaded-no-outs pickle.  At the plate he went three-for-three with a run and an RBI to help his own cause.  James grew up in Florida and played MABL baseball locally before joining the GPMABL through the league draft in 2002.  A network engineer, James lives in Collingdale, PA with his wife, six-year-old daughter, and nine-month-old son.

May 19, 2002

Phillies 4-Comets 1
Ben Ludwig held the Comets at bay until a painful arm injury forced him from the game -- Tom King, aided by a key triple play, picked up the save.

Comets 10-Phillies 5
Big triples from Greg Bashaw and Dwight Steward sparked Comets' rallies making a winner of Fran Ciociola.

Blue Rocks 9-Colt .45s 2
The Rocks clicked on offense and defense to earn the double-header split. 

Colt .45s 8-Blue Rocks 7
The Colts held on to victory as Matt Hall had two hits and two RBI in the winning effort.

Charlie's Bar 9-Indians 0
Joe Beyer threw the shutout, notching 15 Ks on the way to Charlie's Bar's seventh victory.

Charlie's Bar 12-Indians 3
Fred Schaefer went three-for-four and Joe Beyer went four-for-four to fuel the offense as Charlie's Bar stayed hot.

Tom King - P (Phillies)

Tom King bounced back from a rough start in the first game of the Phillies' double-header - to earn a save in the nightcap. After starter Ben Ludwig suffered an injury, King came on to toss three scoreless innings as the Phillies hung on for a 4-1 win. He also helped out on offense with a key two-out RBI double and a stolen base. But the biggest play he made may have been in the 6th inning, when he snagged a hard liner back to the box and started a triple play to end a comeback threat. Tom was the second overall pick in the league draft this year and has had an eventful debut season so far. Despite having dislocated his shoulder in the first scrimmage of the year, he fanned eight on Opening Day to lead the Phillies to their first GPMABL win. The following week, he held the Tigers hitless but lost 2-0 on a pair of unearned runs. Tom graduated Washington College in 2000 and played MABL baseball in Baltimore, Maryland for the last two years. He works for Cendant Mortgage in Mount Laurel, New Jersey and lives in Center City Philadelphia.

May 5, 2002

Charlie's Bar 12-Comets 2
Fred Schaefer hit three home runs and Joe Beyer hit two home runs as Charlie's Bar rolled to a double-header sweep.

Charlie's Bar 9-Comets 4
Jason Muchler, Fred Schaefer, and Greg Thompson each had three hits to lead a Charlie's Bar hit parade to a victory.

Indians 7-Colt .45s 6
Bob Quercetti threw six innings to notch the win and Frank Buonocore's diving catch helped save the game for the Indians. 

Colt .45s 6-Indians 5
It took nine innings, but Matt Vilary knocked in the game winner to give the Colts their first GPMABL victory.

Blue Rocks 17-Phillies 6
Jim Ward's four-for-four day helped pace the offense and the Rocks rolled on to a sweep.

Blue Rocks 5-Phillies 4
Joe D'Allessandro went three-for-three and scored the winning run in the bottom of the 7th to give the Rocks the win.

Fred Schaefer - 1B/OF/P (Charlie's Bar)

Fred Shaefer had a day for Charlie's Bar -- going seven-for-nine with three home runs and four RBI in CB's double-header sweep.  Shaefer hails from Castro Valley, California and attended college in Claremont, California where he played baseball for Harvey-Mudd College (NCAA Div. III).  This is his first year with Charlie's Bar and the GPMABL.  He is not only making his mark on the field with impressive statistics, Fred is earning praise as a good-natured teammate.  Fred is a 23-year-old data analyst living in Plainsboro, NJ. 


April 28, 2002

All Games Rained Out

No Player of the Week Selection
April 21, 2002

Charlie's Bar 9-Colt .45s 0
Jason Muchler lost a no-hitter in the 7th, but his three hits and home run helped him earn the win.

Charlie's Bar 17-Colt .45s 4
Mike Ganley's four-for-four, two-home-run game helped lead Charlie's Bar's offensive assault.

Indians 3-Phillies 1
After Mike Yeager made a game-saving play at the plate to preserve a tie in the seventh inning, John Cippolone singled in two in the tenth to ice the win.

Indians 2-Phillies 0
The Phillies' Tom King had his no-hitter spoiled as the Indians pushed two runs across the plate without a single base knock. 

Blue Rocks 4-Comets 3
Dave Wallace kept the opposition in check and Marcus Spero scampered home on a wild pitch to give the Blue Rocks the win.

Comets 8-Blue Rocks 7
Brett Mandel knocked in the winning run with an extra-inning sacrifice fly.  Tommy Jackson pitched well to earn the win.

Rick Turner - SS (Indians)

Rick Turner is one the three remaining Indians from the team's first season in 1994.  He pitches and plays short, third, and outfield.  This season he has taken over full time at shortstop and has made some outstanding defensive plays.  His best play came this past Sunday in game two against the Phillies.  In the bottom of the seventh with the score tied 1-1 and runners on second and third, he made a diving stop of a grounder in the hole and from his knees threw out the winning run out at the plate. Rick also had a hit and run scored in the game 2 as the Tribe went on to win in 10 innings.  Rick is 28 years old and lives with his wife, Debbie, in Drexel Hill.  Rick played baseball at Cardinal O'Hara high school and graduated from Saint Joseph's University.  He currently works for the Lincoln financial group in Philadelphia.

April 14, 2002

Phillies 5-Charlie's Bar 4
Tom King struck out eight and Matt Curry knocked in three to earn the Phillies their first GPMABL win.

Charlie's Bar 17-Phillies 3
Home runs from Greg Thompson, Michael Ganley, and Dave Steel gave John Shilling all the runs he needed for the win.

Blue Rocks 26-Indians 7
Marcus Spero went four-for-five and Joe D'Alessandro was three-for-four as the Blue Rocks' bats came alive. 

Indians 4-Blue Rocks 1
Bob Quercetti's threw a complete game and Rick Turner scored two runs to notch the win. 

Comets 3-Colt .45s 2
Andy Batavick's two hits and Antonio Aspite's sac fly gave Steve Ehrlich his first GPMABL win.

Comets 10-Colt .45s 5
Bill Aichroth's two hits helped make a winner of Fran Ciociola as the 2001 champs took game one.

Marcus Spero - OF (Blue Rocks)

Marcus Spero had a six-for-seven day, scoring three runs, and knocking in five -- quite a way to make his GPMABL debut.  This is his first year with the Blue Rocks.  He previously played Jersey Shore Baseball and MABL Baseball in Charlotte, NC.  As an undergrad, Marcus played for Rutgers University.  Of the field, Marcus is an Institutional Trade Operations Manager for Wachovia/Evergreen Asset Management Company.  Marcus is 29 and lives in Manayunk.


April 7, 2002

Charlie's Bar 12 - Indians 2

Colt .45s 14 - Blue Rocks 12

Comets 9 - Phillies 6

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Harold Hairston with GPMABL Commissioner Brett Mandel before kicking off the GPMABL season.  In recognition of the event, the GPMABL made a donation to the "Second Alarmers," a group that supports Philadelphia's Fire Fighters. 

Commissioner Hairston's toss kicks off the GPMABL season with a touch of class.

Commissioner Hairston escorted by Philadelphia Police Officer Bill Aichroth (Left) and Bensalem Police Officer Tommy Jackson (Right).

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