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Jim Phelps - Seattle Pilots

You have to characterize the Seattle Pilots management team as 'slow learners'. It took them 18 seasons to win a Division title and 25 years to secure their first World Series Championship. The Pilots are managed by Jim Phelps, a cautious trader and hopelessly optimistic drafter. Jim began his Strat-O career in the spring of 1969, the year his beloved team (the real, but short-lived, Seattle Pilots) joined the American League.  
Member Since: 1984    (34 years)
Age: 61
Residence: Chelan, WA
Occupation: Sr. Project Manager for Concur Technologies Corp (and SAP Company).. I implement web-based corporate expense management software.
Family Info: I have 2 kids
Favorite Teams: 1969 Seattle Pilots, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, University of Virginia basketball, Cleveland Cavaliers
Favorite Players: All time: Mickey Mantle; present day - Grady Sizemore; Joe Harris (Cleveland basketball)
Hobbies: Golf, Gardening, Strat
Strat Background: Began playing Strat in 1969 with the 1968 Expansion set. Played in a couple of PBM leagues in the early 70's. Didn't pick it back up again until '85 when I joined G.U.S.S.O.M.O.




Mike Lefkow - Concord Grape

The 2012 season marks too many years to count in G.U.S.S.O.M.O.. But the league is fun and it's hard to believe the years have passed so quickly. Think I've been to the World Series four times, with victories over two defunct teams -- North Bay and Mexicali -- and losses to Georgia and Albany. Spot a trend here? I win the title and the losing team folds. I'm 59, unmarried, unloved and still a Giants fan, although I covered baseball for too long to really care. What I'd really like to see is all 30 teams finish 81-81 and see how Bud unscrambles that tie. I'm an assistant sports editor for the Bay Area News Group (Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News), and my departments are baseball (Giants/A's) and hockey (San Jose Sharks). I also keep a close eye on the colleges (Cal/Stanford/St. Mary's). I've played Strato since college, but did not join a league until I had been out of school for about six years, when I hooked up with G.U.S.S.O.M.O.



Member Since: 1980    (38 years)
Age: 65


Walnut Creek

Marital Status:




1 dog, 1 cat

Assistant sports editor, Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune/San Jose Mercury News before I stupidly agreed to become an Editor.  I spent many years as a Reporter, covering Stanford Football (4 years), Cal Football (1 year), S.F. Giants (6 years), Oakland A's (7 years) and the S.F. 49er's (1 year)..

Favorite Teams: S.F. Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, Univ. of Washington Huskies (I'm a Seattle native), San Jose State Spartans and San Jose Sharks.. .
Favorite Players: Willie Mays, Elgin Baylor
Hobbies: Strat, Music
Strat Background: Started playing in College.  Joined GUSSOMO in 1981.  Have won two (2) Championships -- against Bradd Stine and Jim Criscione -- neither in the League any longer.  Lost World Series to Georgia and Albany.  Also play in one other Strato League.  I'm in two Baseball Fantasy Leagues and one Football Fantasy League.. .



Jeff Fleischman - Piney Creek Palookas

Previously... We were the San Jose Gringos, San Jose Sultans, San Jose Replacements, Aurora Borealis and the Mile High Maggots.



Member Since: 1971 (the beginning of time!)    (47 years)
Age: 63
Residence: Centennial, CO




Married for 23 years to Robyn... who "let's me" play Strat-O-Matic
We have an 22 year old daughter, Sydney who graduated from Smokey Hill High School in Aurora, CO.  She is completing her 4th year (Senior) of College... where in the World has all the time gone??... lives off Campus and is finishing her Undergraduate studies at CSU (Colorado State University) in Fort Collins, CO majoring in Theatre Arts Performance and Business.  She recently performed as the "lead" part in the Spring Musical - Little Shop of Horrors (and many other productions), worked part-time (during her breaks from School at Godiva Chocolate, a Classroom Teaching Assistant and in the Kappa Delta Fraternity.  Her new job is as a Counselor for KDIA at Colorado State University Center for the Arts.    I also have two Sons (Joel - 38 years old), works in... and lives in Portland, Oregon and Richard (34 years old).  Richard, recently married to Emily, works as a Senior IT Project Manager for PayPal Corporate and lives in San Jose, CA.


Favorite Teams:
Sales and Operations Manager

Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies (leaning towards Purple), Denver Broncos (even though they have been terrible the past couple of years... Thanks, John Elway), the Colorado Avalanche (San Jose Sharks... boo!) and Temple Universtiy Football and Basketball.
Favorite Players: Old - Sandy Koufax, Wes Parker, Steve Garvey, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Happy Harriston.  Current - yeah, I like Trevor Story, Nolan Arenado and a number of other Rockies.  Also like Archie Grahm, Billy Chapel, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and Chico Escuela who has bean berry, berry good to me!
Hobbies: Strat, Sports Officiating (Baseball Umpire and Basketball Referee) Youth, High School and College level.
Strat Background: Started playing in 1969 or 1970 (seems so long ago, I can't remember!). Organized G.U.S.S.O.M.O. in March of 1971  Was in the Core 4 Retro League (1960 season) and made it to the Playoffs. Also played the 1961 season, but decided not to continue as a Manager.  I'm still looking for a solid Retro League to join.



Larry D. Steinberg - Chicago Mob

Manager Fred Turtle -- I took over the managerial duties in 2002.  A North American Red Eared Slider, I was adopted by the kindly Steinberg family 18 years ago after a series of bad experiences in several foster homes.  I'm basically a rescue turtle.  Because of that my birth records are not available, although my age is estimated to be in the mid 20's.  I love baseball of course, mealworms, grasshoppers the occasional fish and my sun lamp.  Other interests are television, reading nature journals, digging in gravel and swimming.  

I have a more aggressive managerial style than the previous manager.  I expect my players to give 100% all the time or it's aquarium cleaning duties.  I welcome the challenge of managing and expect to be in the post season every year.  2014 was exciting but also disappointing.  The team worked hard to get into the world series but ran into an unexpected buzz saw in Busters' A.J. Griffin.  Earning manager of the year was nice, thank you.  And now, on to the GM.

GM Larry Steinberg -- Member since 1971  (45 years)

Birth Date 12/28/1953.  You can do the math    (62)

Residence:  Algonquin, Illinois, about 45 miles NW of downtown Chicago.

Occupation:  Medical Laboratoy Technologist, specializing in Immunohematology (Blood Bank).  Have worked at Swedish Covenant Hospital for 26 years.  Birth place of Harrison Ford (Are you reading, Jason??).  

Favorite Teams:  Basically a Chicago fan.  White Sox are #1 with me. And Baseball.  I follow the Bulls, Black Hawks and Bears when they are doing well but generally am not as big a fan of the sport as Baseball.  I'll watch MLB post season, not so much the other sports.  Not a Cubs fan but was OK with them doing well in 2015 and will hope for the same in the future, but come Cub/Sox series, I'll root for the Sox every time.  No exception.

Favorite Players:  Can't say I have a favorite at this point in my life.  Can say the last one was Frank Thomas.  My favorite player as a child and first becoming baseball aware was Willie Mays.  I loved the way he crushed the Cubs every time the Giants came to town.  My favorite player of all time is Walter Payton.

Hobbies:  Sad to say Strat is the only real hobby I have.  Used to do lot's of other stuff.  Have been going to a lot of concerts of late in many genre's.  Just saw Carl Palmer of ELP.  Have seen Greg Lake solo.  Keith??  Also just saw Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, with Martin Short.  Next up, Black Sabbath on 1/22/16.  Only 3 TV shows I watch regularly.  Walking Dead (believe it or not), Dr. Who (Unbelievably creative and challenging) and Top Gear (Now off the air due to their star going off on a staffer last year.  May return on Netflix or some other on line entity).

Strat Backround:  Saw an add for Strat-O-Matic in a 1967 X-Men comic book.  I disobeyed my mother and sent away for it anyway.  Odd that it was an X-Men comic that I had, because I was exclusively a DC comics reader (Superman, Batman, etc.).  Fate.  Introduced it to my neighborhood friends and we wasted many hours playing.  Joined GUSSOMO in 1971, left in 1977 and rejoined in 1980.  I play baseball exclusively.  Dabbled with the other games but gave up on football in the late 70's.  Besides this league, I'm in the Charles O. Finley league, owning the Red Sox and after losing in the world series twice, my 1982 team finally won it all in 2014.  Also a recent member of Clay Grant's MATSA league with the Fox Valley Zephyrs.  Was going to call the team the Terrapins but Fred would have none of it.  I have been invited to other leagues but 3 is pushing it for me.  Can't see how so many guys are in so many leagues and still have a life.  

Other:  Married to Elaine Cheney 10/23/83 (again, you can do the math).  Two boys.  Evan you know, and Sam (many of you know).  Fairly active in our synagogue.  Recently retired from the board of directors as treasurer for 4 years.  Have learned how to read Torah and do so 2 or 3 times a year.  Currently have 4 cats as well as Fred Turtle.  Politically a lefty, to the point of being obnoxious about it at one point but toned it down (no more letters to the editor).  I bite my tongue now but living in tea party land makes it tough.  That's it for now.  Submitted 12/3/2015.

Donald Trump.   Seriously?????








Kevin Martin - Richmond Banshees

Been playing Strat for more the 30 years and enjoy its release from the pressures of the real world.  Currently, I participate in three baseball leagues.  If you could get inside my head, one would realize while sitting in workplace meetings, or discussion with my wife, I often am really thinking that Vladimire Guerrero (insert anyone from any of my three leagues) batted .297 last year and has enough at bats to get me through the season.  The mind never really wonders far from Strat, but somehow I disguise my veiled interest enough to get through life.  I've been married since 1997 with three wonderful kids that fill my non-Strat life with much angst and joy.  I am happiest at the beach, either playing with my children, or talking Strat (technology is great).


Member Since: 1990    (28 years)
Age: 45
Residence: Chester, VA (suburb of Richmond)
Occupation: Human Resources and Safety Manager, UPS Ffright
Favorite Teams: Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech, Atlanta Braves and Dallas Cowboys
Favorite Players: Ricky Henderson, Dale murphy; current player Jason Heyward
Hobbies: Watching my kids play sports (Adam plays baseball, soccer, basketball), Strat.



Bob Galvin- Northwest Ohio Franconians

Member Since: 1974 - 1994, 2016    (23 years)
Residence: Maumee, Ohio
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John Polumbo - Mississippi Big Orange

After rescuing a miserable franchise from Ephrata in 1995, we endured years of losing to build a winner. Big Orange managed by John Polumbo, born to be in GUSSOMO. Learned from one of the league's top dogs. Made first playoff appearance in 7th year of existence. 7 Trips to the postseason since. Runner-Up in 2011.  
Member Since: 1995    (23 years)
Age: 34
Residence: --
Occupation: Morning Executive Producer for WKRNTV, Nashville's ABC Affiliate
Favorite Teams: Detroit Tigers (Good & Bad), Atlanta Braves, Syracuse Orange, Vanderbilt Commodores, Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators
Favorite Players: Robin Ventura, Jim Thome. Non-Baseball: John Elway
Hobbies: Running, Strat
Strat Background:

Strat Background: Began playing Strat as a young lad in mid-1980's with Old Timers sets. "Asst. Mgr" For Dad at age 12. Joined Gussomo in 1995 as league's 1st "2nd generation" manager.



Will Polumbo - Toronto Titans

I joined the League in 1998, in my Junior year of High School, and promptly got fleeced in first trade, dealing away slugger Ray Lankford for Troy Percival.

Since joining the League, I've gone to College (go Blue!), married my wife Adrienne, gone through several jobs - I'm now a marketing manger at Atlas Copco, and industrial power tool manufacturer - and had two future GUSSOMO managers with my wife.  Max is three and getting ready for pre-school, and Ian is our latest addition, four months old, and I think he's getting up to speed on my line-ups already.

In GUSSOMO, my team has had four World Series appearances, and we finally broke through and won one in 2010.

My All-Time Team:

C - Ramon Hernandez
1B - Justin Morneau
2B - Chase Utley
SS - Jimmy Rollins
3B - Aramis Ramirez
LF - Manny Ramirez
CF - Vernon Wells
RF - Shinn-Soo Choo
SP - Bartolo Colon
RP - Jonathan Pabelbon


Member Since: 1996    (22 years)
Age: 33
Residence: Toronto, Canada
Occupation: Product Manager at Pneumatic Tool Company
Favorite Teams: The Detroit Tigers
Favorite Players: Anyone on my Gussomo team
Hobbies: Strat-o-Matic, of course!
Strat Background: I started in Gussomo by running my dad's drafts, then managed Earl Brock's team and Dave Taylor's team for a year during their respective hiatuses before getting my own team when I was 17. The ace of my first pitching staff was Darren Oliver, and my first draft pick was Jaret Wright.


 J.P. Kaltenbrun - Milwaukee Beers



Member Since: 2018
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Jason Kip - Nar Shaddaa Mandalorians

I have been married since 1998 to my wonderful wife Karin with 2 daughters. Amanda and Samantha. Amanda (who is in the US Air Force) just got married two days ago. Maybe I will be a grandfather soon. I have changed the team name a few times. Sticking with mostly a Star Wars them each time. I am a huge Star Wars fan so this lets me combine two things I love in life.

Member Since: 2002 (16 years)
Age 47
Residence: Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation: Pit Boss at the Encore Casino
Favorite Teams: Oakland A’s,Denver Broncos,Utah Jazz,Vegas Golden Knights
Favorite Players: Reggie Jackson
Hobbies: Still playing softball with friends, Strat-O Matic, Xbox
Strat Background: I started playing Strat-O-Matic in 1987 when my best friend Jason Dube (Fenway Faithfull GM) showed me the game. I was instantly hooked. Over the years I have played Strato Football and Basketball but they never really caught my interest. Baseball is where it is at for me. I even took the card game with me while I was in the military to various places around the world.That was from 1992 to 1996. I joined this league in 2002 and it has been awesome since day 1.