We cover the BVL!
At one point, there were as many BVL newsletters as there were clubs. Below, are selected covers. Courtesy: Diaz Bibliotheca

lomax, the annual draft issue

The BVL Directory

The Cleveland Chatterbox

The Brooklyn Eagle

Phhttt!, a BVL ripoff


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Yoo-Hoo League preamble (c. 1982)
If you ask Burt Shulman today what's on his mind,
Point 3 will be the first thing to come out of his mouth.
The preamble was part of a 7-page document describing the
Yoo-Hoo League, an early Rotisserie league. Mr. Jesselli
and Mr. Diaz owned the Joe Foys. Courtesy: Jesselli Papers
1983 BVSL roster
Before the BVL, there was the BVSL, a Rotisserie venture. Tom Seaver, Dwight Evans, Rod Carew were among the 100 players that filled the 1983 rosters. Notice the analysis next to Foy pitcher Fernando Valenzuela's name ("fatso"). The culprit remains unkown. Courtesy: Jesselli Papers
BVSL bonuses
BVSL owners devised performance bonuses to profit from each other. For example, if your player swatted four home runs in a game, you got two bucks from each owner. If he were to hit five dingers, the league would fold immediately. Courtesy: Jesselli Papers
BVSL flag (c. 1983)
The Mighty Diamonds owned the BVSL flag. The league went under after just 2 years. It took designer Mr. Jesselli 35 minutes to turn around his concept. Courtesy: Jesselli Papers
First BVL standings
On November 28, 1983, the first two BVL games are
played. Though the stadiums at the time were cavernous, BVL fever best explains the high attendance figures. Courtesy: Ruscitti Archives
Mighty Diamonds first BVL champions
Before the computer age, newspapers were designed
by hand. This final edition of the New York Post featured
the 1903 BVL World Series result between the Mighty Diamonds and Joe Foys. The cry of "It's all over" remains
in use today to describe the end. Courtesy: Ruscitti Archives
Bo Diaz steals second
Before his death, Diaz wore a Sioux City uniform.
He would wear one 2 days after his death. His miracle
steal of second base remains, even to this day, a hot topic in Brooklyn bars. Courtesy: Diaz Bibliotheca
BVL sends players to war
During the Gulf War (or First War), the owners agreed to send players overseas. Three players were killed in action (Kirk Gibson, Terry Steinbach and Brian Harper).
Courtesy: Diaz Bibliotheca
Paul O'Neill's career over
The only issue of the 4e48 to sell out covered the sudden end of O'Neill's career. A Dennis Marinez fastball did
the trick. Kingman Hospital doctors did all they could.
Of note, a Lazarus Proposal (4 consecutive rolls of 20 of
a 20-sided die) to resurrect O'Neill back to work failed.
Courtesy: Diaz Bibliotheca
Bruiser fans turn bitter
After riding high for three years and capturing titles in
1918 and 1919, the Bruisers landed hard and in last place
in 1922. Their fans turned on them and blamed manager Claudell Washington, who ordered his players to Florida
for weekend golf trips. Courtesy: Diaz Bibliotheca
Pete Harnish and his no-no
It took a while (over 2700 games) before the first no-hitter is thrown. Foy pitcher retired Greg Vauhn for the last
out. Leftfielder Albert Belle makes a fine running catch.
Courtesy: Diaz Bibliotheca
Al Lee Wyer survies keyboard band
Complaints were loud and many. The Sioux City owner irrated everyone with his keyboard playing during live action. Length of games doubled. A proposal to ban his playing is later rejected. Courtesy: Diaz Bibliotheca
Adam Goldberg joins the league
If gaining entrance to the BVL were only this easy. Goldberg's flair of poetry helps his cause. "Hello, my name is Adam Goldberg," he introduced himself. "I am the new owner of Newtons.com." After gaining control, Goldberg moves the club to New York, overnight.
Courtesy: Diaz Bibliotheca
4e48's final issue (c. 2002)
No one knew it at the time, but this would it for the paper that covered the BVL since 1914. Many blamed a tired design (see Goldberg item,above; notice the same images with different captions); others cited the Web.
Courtesy: Diaz Bibliotheca