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Lloyde Nelson
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2015 Angie's Mark II Team

We mourn the loss of Angie, our dear friend, team's namesake and Mark II manager/bartender over our 38 seasons, who passed away 11/18/15, just after her 54th birthday and less than 4 months after her cancer diagnosis.

Angie’s outgoing personality, upbeat attitude and genuine camaraderie will be sorely missed by our players, groupies and fans with whom she cheered at the games and welcomed as friends back at the bar for so many great seasons.

Although the Mark II Lounge may now lack her physical presence, Angie's spiritual presence will fill that place and have its own special place in our hearts forever!

Thanks, Angie...we love you!

Angie's Mark II Softball Team    


This site is the electronic home of the "Original" Mark II Softball Team--playing 12" slow-pitch softball for the Mark II Lounge since 1978!

The 2015 season "Mark"ed our 38th season of summer softball fun sponsored by the Mark II Lounge!  Playing in the Wednesday Night Mens' League at Evanston's Crown Park, Angie's Mark II finished the Regular Seaon with a 6-5 record (5th Place among the 12 team league) and went 1-1 in the Playoffs, for an overall record of 7-6.  See the "Web Update" section below for the latest team news and narrative summaries of last summer's league play, playoff results, etc.

Please explore all the areas of our site by clicking on one of the links in the pane to the left. Note that the "Handouts-Sheets" folder leads to our 2015 stats, boxscores and administrivia (Team Calendar, League Schedule & Rules and IWBYABs).  Other links in the "Handouts-Sheets" folder will lead to all the Mark II Softball Team historical stats from the 2015 "Stat Pack" as well as all the final stat "Sheets," Updates, etc for each individual summer league season since 2000. 

The book form of the 2015 Stat Pack was passed out at our Thanksgiving Eve "Offseason Conditioning Meeting" at the Mark II.  Players who haven't received their copy yet can do so the next time we get together.  

For futher info, sign our "Guestbook" or send e-mail to:

See you out there!
Lloyde Nelson, 11-27-15  

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Last Updated: Friday, 11/27/15

My thanks to everyone who was able to make it to our annual "Offseason Conditioning Meeting" onThanksgiving-Eve at the Mark II Lounge.  Peg and I are very thankful to be part of the Mark II Softball Team Family including the players, alums, groupies, fans and, of course, our sponsors, the Anton Family!   

See you out there!



A Tribute to Angie from Bob B, 11/18/15:

To the Mark II Softball Team Family,

A little bit of all of us died today.  And it’s hard to imagine the sun will be able to shine as brightly again.

Angie loved life more than anyone we’ve ever known.  She’s the most optimistic person we’ve ever known.

Angie started working at the Mark II before our softball team was even an idea.  Back in the 70’s, Lloyde and the other Shure Brothers gang (OBO, Marty, Russ, Wally, Gary, Schmidtty, etc. etc.) hung out at the Mark after work and after their company softball games, and the Mark II camaraderie was what spawned the Mark II softball team.  Angie was always there.  No one took fewer vacations than Angie.  She acted like working behind the bar was a vacation.  She worked at the Mark six days a week, and during the baseball season, she spent her day off — Saturday — working the mob scene at Mullen’s in Wrigleyville.  She spread joy wherever she went.  And she bragged about our team all the time.  I still remember the night she introduced Lloyde and me to Joe Hudek, shortly after we had won our first championship.  Joe (a former college ballplayer who became one of our best players ever) acted like we had reeled off a dozen titles in a row, and he politely requested a tryout.  He had been listening to Angie.  And in those few years we had losing records, Angie focused on all the championships we had won.  To her, we were champions every time we walked into the Mark.

It’s been difficult to process how suddenly and rapidly Angie fell ill and died, especially since it basically happened in the short time period since our season ended.  Lloyde got word last week that Angie was in Evanston Hospital, and he and Peg and I had a chance to visit her last Thursday.  She was weak, not just due to the cancer but also an infection that had set in, but she was cheerful and optimistic as always, talking about going home the following day.  She enjoyed talking about the great run the Cubs had during the playoffs and their prospects for winning the World Series next season.  A misguided well-wisher had brought her a White Sox pennant, which I dutifully removed Thursday morning, and which Lloyde and Peg replaced with flowers and some Cub paraphernalia Thursday afternoon.  I also advised her that I had obtained a liquor license and was arranging for a juke box to be installed in her room that afternoon, so she’d better be ready to start serving drinks.  Her daughter Steff was at her side, as she had been throughout the illness, so she was designated as bouncer.  Spirits were high.  Death was nowhere in sight.  Right until the end, Angie never changed, a lesson for us all.

I can’t even imagine what it will be like to walk into the Mark and not see Angie.  But I know she’ll be there.  God bless us all.

Bob B



2015 Season Review (from the 8/20 Update):        

Summary: As it was in the beginning (our 12-5 loss to Mudlarks on Opening Night) so it was in the end (our 11-4 Playoff Elimination loss to them).  In between, we spent the entire summer trying (and failing) to prove that we could generate enough offense to score enough runs to run with the league's Top 4 teams.  Instead, we will have to live with our "Best of the Rest" 5th Place 6-5 (.545) regular season finish and seeding-predicted second round exit from the playoffs (1-1) for an overall record of 7-6 (.538).  In the final analysis of our Jekyll-Hyde season, we lost each of the 5 games we played against the Top 4 by an average margin of almost 8 runs (average score of 12.2 - 4.4 them) while we won 7 of our 8 contests against the "Eliminated Eight" by an average margin of over 10 runs (average score of 16.9 - 6.4 us) with our 10-5 “upset” loss to The Slugs the lone "outlier" of our entire season.  It appears our composites failed us too often when we needed them the most, as we never had a “close game” (smallest margin of loss, 5 runs, twice) while our defense & pitching generally kept us in the game (slaughtered only once).  Unfortunately, our final batting and slugging averages for the year of .450 and .543 were both our second-worse in the DeMarini-era since 2000 (behind only 2013)--that's 33 and 83 points, respectively, behind our 15-year averages for batting and slugging.  Yes, our defense and pitching had their horrible moments (eg, 8 errors in that slaughtered-by-the-Swingers game; career-low 4 DPs turned in 13 games; my complete suckage in the field all year; our getting "out-walked" 9-3 in the playoffs; etc), but our .908 team fielding average was actually our best since 2010 and actually 3 points above our 27-year average and our opponents' AVG was just .425, their lowest since 2008 and 1 point below our 24-year average while our pitchers' WHIP of 2.7 was our lowest since 2011,  just 0.1 above our 24-year average.  So, I guess we really can't blame that side of the field.
Playoff Results:  With the exception of the #3 vs #2 semi-final game, every playoff game this year went exactly according to that guy Hoyle.  Looking back on the first two rounds (AKA, the Elimination of the Other Eight)...they started on 7/29 when we (#5 with our 6-5 regular season & 1-1 playoff records) beat #12 Dark Knights (1-10 & 0-1) and #6 Advocates (6-5 & 1-1) beat #11 Growlers (2-9 & 0-1).  Also on 7/29, after #8 Glory Days (4-7 & 1-1) defeated #9 The Slugs (4-7 & 0-1), 23-5, #1 Smylie Brothers Swingers (10-1 & 3-0) easily handled Glory Days 11-1.  Meanwhile, after #7 Spiders (4-7 & 1-1) beat #10 Team Random (3-8 & 0-1), 5-1, #2 Any Given Wednesday (9-2 & 1-1) beat Spiders, 16-11.  Then, on 8/5, we were eliminated by #4 Milford Mudlarks (8-3 & 1-1) while The Chronicles (9-2 & 2-1) eliminated #6 Advocates.  Thus, the Top 4 all made it to the Final Four, where #1 Swingers first beat the #4 Mudlarks in one semi-final while #3 Chronicles upset #2 Any Given Wednesday in the other semi-final.  Swingers then won it all by beating Chronicles in the Championship Game.  Note that these are the unofficial results as Roe has yet to publish the final results and scores, but according to David from the Swingers, both of their 8/5 wins were close games (unlike most, if not all, of the games from the first two rounds).  So, congratulations to the Swingers!  I trust that the Swingers players celebrated their Championship heartily back at Smylie Brothers--more than enough to wash away their loss in last year’s Championship Game to The Goodfellas.        



2015 Regular Season Summary (From the 7/28 Update):


Regular Season Wrap Up: As expected Smylie Brothers Swingers won the regular season crown, but, not expected was that their effort to achieve a perfect season fell short as they lost to Glory Days, 11-9 in their final game, a Friday makeup games.  That same night, Any Given Wednesday made a clear statement on who’s #2 by slaughtering The Chronicles, 24-4, to claim the tie-breaker as both finished 9-2, each losing to Swingers (while AGW was upset by Glory Days).  As expected, our final game 23-12 slaughter over Advocates determined 5th and 6th Places.  Meanwhile, Glory Days surprising surge in the last 2 weeks of the season (they beat AGW 6-5 and Swingers 11-9—wonder if they might be “loading up”?!?) boosted them into a 3-way tie of the teams with 4-7 records which was settled tie-breaker fashion among Spiders #7 (they beat both teams), Glory Days #8 (they split) and Slugs #9 (they lost to both).  Finally, Team Random (3-8), Growlers (2-9) and Dark Knights (1-10) brought up the rear with the #10-#12 double-digit spots.  Random had a couple of “upset” wins (Spiders and Glory Days); Growlers upset Random; and Knights were completely Dark, except for their forfeit win over Glory Days.



Preseason Info--ERD Schedule & Rules--Review & Analyses (From the 4/28 Update):


Schedule: The Wednesday Night League again has a full complement of 12 teams.  That makes for a nice single-round 11 game regular season after which there will be single-elimination all-teams-qualify two-week-long Playoffs, with the #1-#4 seeds getting a first round bye.  We drew a 5 home-6 away schedule with a good mix--never more than 2 in a row at home or away with 3 of our first 4 away and 2 of our last 3 home.  We drew a nice split on the times with 4 each 6:45 & 8:00 games and just 3 games at 9:15.  We get half of our 6:45 games in the first 2 weeks (when you can get frostbite playing the later games); 3 of our 4 games in May are at 8:00; and all 3 of our 9:15 games are in June, including Rivalry Games against Advocates and The Slugs the last two weeks of June.  We play 6 games on Diamond #1 (Dodge & Main), 5 of which are in June-July when/where the warm SW winds will presumably be blowing out and 5 games on Diamond #2 (2 is on Lee), 4 of which are in April-May when/where the CNL winds will also presumably be blowing out. 


Teams: At first blush, the league appears to feature 7 returning and 5 new teams, based on the limited information from the schedule (team names and unknown-to-us captains).  The returning teams and our career Crown Park records against them include: Any Given Wednesday (0-1 in 2014, 4-2 & 1-0 between 2002-2007 as Any Given Thursday and 2-0 & 1-0 in 1998 as Dinosaurs & Enemies); Advocates (1-0 in 2014 and 3-2-1 & 1-0 between 2002-2007); The Slugs (0-1 in 2014 and 5-0 & 1-0 between 2002-2006); Milford Mudlarks (0-1 in 2014 and 2-0 & 0-0 in 2003-2004); Glory Days (0-1 in 2014) and Spiders (0-1 in 2014).  The possibly new teams include Growlers, Team Random, The Chronicles (could that be the old Chronic/Skokie House/Cadillac Sam's team who we played from the 2002-2007 Thursday leagues?), Dark Knights (could that still be the same thespian-laden team from our 2001 & 2004-2005 Tuesday leagues?), and Smylie Brothers Swingers (could that be Tommy Nevin's/Swingers with a new captain?).  Apparently missing in action from last year's Wednesday League are: The Goodfellas (3rd Place at 8-3 and won the League Playoffs); Unfinished Business (4th at 7-4); Swingers (5th at 7-4 and Playoff Runners-Up); Kekambas (6th at 7-4); and Cardinal IP (12th at 1-10).  Note that some of these teams have likely been re-named/re-captained as one of the 5 new-to-us teams.  We'll no doubt learn more about these teams as the season unfolds...stay tuned.


Rules:  It would be a good idea for everyone to review the Evanston Rules which, along with the League Schedule, Roster and Financials, are posted on this website (follow the "Handout: 2015 Administrative..." link near the top of this page or navigate to the "2015 Administrative..." category after opening the "Handouts--Sheets" folder in the pane on the left side of this page).  The most important rules from a player perspective include: unlimited arc; "floating" pitcher's mound; illegal bats (see the ASA website, a link to which is available on our website); limit of 2 courtesy runners; foul third strike is dead; no "fake" tags; the lightning policy; etc.

Handout: 2015 Wednesday League at Crown

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