Monday, January 16, 2006

New Tabletop Baseball Champ

Wayne Cannon, a 53-year-old Oklahoma City school teacher, walked off with the $6000 first prize in the Star Tournaments National Championship tabletop baseball competition Jan. 12-14 at the Desert Rose Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A veteran player, Cannon took Minnesota pitcher Johan Santana with his No. 1 draft pick and relied on quality defensive players to carry him to a sparkling 33-14 record. Cannon chose spacious, pitcher-friendly Petco Field in San Diego to complement his lineup, which was characterized not only by good gloves but players with strong on-base potential. Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton, batting third in front of cleanup hitter Eric Chavez of the Oakland A's, provided punch in the middle of Cannon's batting order.

More than 70 participants registered for this year's tournament, which took place Jan. 11-15. Star Tournaments is a not-for-profit league that has staged tabletop baseball contests throughout the nation for about a decade.