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IVAN DIAZ
Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN
Puerto Rico
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10
Apr 2006*
NEED PLAYER CARDS
2006-04-30*
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Marc Gilutin
United States
Alhambra
California
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8.5
Sep 2005*
This rating represents me taking the wayback machine to the late 50's. I *loved* this game! (and remember always doing well with Hank Greenberg)
2009-02-26
Jason Locke
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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8.3
Jul 2015
76
2015-06-25
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David Dawn
United States
Monroe
Michigan
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8
Mar 2006*
I have several editions of this game, from early '60's to the '70's.
2006-03-21*
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Paul Schwarzenbart
United States
Reedsburg
Wisconsin
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8
Dec 2008*
Rated for what it is, not what it is not. A fun introduction for kids into the sports gaming world, A friend and I turned this game into a framework for a massive overhaul many years ago, and turned it into a simulation, with pitching and fielding ratings which are absent from the game itself. If you like the Home Run derby at the all-star game, and you like collecting the cards and conducting drafts, you can have fun with the basic game. If you don't like those things, don't buy this game. Don't expect it to be Statis-Pro or Strat-o-Matic with spinners.
2008-12-22*
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Steven Bond
United States
Gulfport
Mississippi
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8
May 2014
I played tons of this as a kid, and ranks as one of my all time favorites. It's simple but loads of fun, especially if you keep track of statistics in a season type mode.
2014-11-23
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Eddy Bee
United States
Marin County
California
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7
Mar 2002*
Oh boy... this game totally ate up my life when I was a young kid! I ordered all the extra player discs, and made my own leagues, and kept meticulous stats (all by hand, mind you - no such thing as a PC or calculator back then!). The simulation of batting performance was quite good, but unfortunately, pitching and defensive abilities were not factored into the game. Great fun, though!
2002-03-31*
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Stacy Whiteman
United States
San Jose
California
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7
Aug 2005*
Very random, but you can't beat the atmosphere. The new Hall of Fame edition is great to look at.
2005-08-07*
Travis Eberle
United States
Kent
Washington
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7
Sep 2006*
A decent simulation of the national pastime. Of course, I'd rather play the real thing, but I'm not very good.
2006-09-14*
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Bill the Pill
United States
Oneonta
New York
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7
Sep 2006*
7 for nostalgia. Disks only about hitters; individual pitching and fielding don't count here.
2006-09-18*
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chris andrews
United States
Michigan
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7
Oct 2009*
My father and his brothers had multiple copies of this when they were younger, and their stories of playing together made me want to try the game. Very light game, but great for younger baseball fans that aren't ready for the complexity of Strat-o-Matic.
2009-10-09
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Mark Saya
United States
Los Angeles
California
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7
Jul 2012
High rating due to rich nostalgia.

We called this game "Winner-Spinner" baseball and played it to death. My brother Tom, cousin Jamie, and I formed a little three-team league and played seasons of 20 to 60(!) games every summer from about 1968 through 1977. We seemed to have a penchant for polysyllabic words when we named our teams: Tom was the Albuquerque Snake-Eyes, Jamie the Chattanooga Carpetbaggers, and I the Baton Rouge Sophisticates, all far-flung locales from our Michigan City, Indiana home.

We kept detailed box scores and compiled complete stats which, while laborious (pre-computer era, though we did use calculators), was the primary fun of playing. The luck in the game drove us all nuts sometimes--by the time the league ended, the game was battered to pieces out of frustration. But we had one hard and fast rule: you might stab your pencil through Ethan Allen's face--and believe me, he was obliterated by the time we were through--or rip the scoreboard in half (we just taped it up later, a useless thing anyway) but whatever you do, don't touch the spinners! [hundreds of plays, all decades ago]
2013-11-26
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Tom Weber
United States
Fort Wayne
Indiana
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7
Aug 2013
Good childhood memories.
2013-08-02
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Bob McCleary
United States
N. Las Vegas
Nevada
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6.7
Sep 2006*
3/sets All-Star Baseball-1985 and 2/1989
2006-09-04*
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Travis Easton
United States
Casey
Illinois
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6.5
Aug 2008*
Loved this game as a kid, although now I'd want something that included factoring in the pitching.
2008-01-14*
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Wesley Williams
United States
Melrose (Rensselaer County)
New York
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6.25
Sep 2014
Over 90% of this game's results come from spinning a spinner; the only real decisions come in drafting your team and replacing the players in the batting lineup as the game dictates. Despite it being more of a simulation of a baseball game than an actual outcome based on player decision-making, there is a bit of charm in there.
2014-09-28
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Ron Pfeiffer
United States
Surfside Beach
South Carolina
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6
Jan 2003*
Pretty nice introduction to the game. The pitchers are not relevant but the hitter disks statistically do match their real counterparts. The game was fun in its time.
2003-01-25*
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Bob Cowden
United States
Walnut Creek
CA
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6
Dec 2003*
Have a version from the late 1960s
2003-12-07*
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Chris Shaffer
United States
Portland
OR
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6
Dec 2004*
A childhood favorite. In the 1970s, we set the "modern" (1950s/1960s) players vs. the classics.
2004-12-24*
David Siskin
United States
Playa Del Rey
California
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6
Jul 2008*
I'm talking the Sports Illustrated version circa 1971. A simple system, but quite fun.
2005-03-07*
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Stephen Roney
United States
Ladera Ranch
California
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6
Mar 2007*
Several editions.

No pitching at all. But it was fun before I learned about APBA and the other baseball sims
2007-03-20*
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Lance Wilkinson

Colorado
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Apr 2006*
Kids' game--it was fun for me but I have my doubts whether it would hold the interest of a kid today. It was the pre-Strat-o-matic, pre-Bill James game for a lot of young baseball fans, since you could keep score and compile stats. As others have mentioned, the game is entirely abstracted into hitting--pitching, fielding and base-running aren't factored in. Hitters stats are converted into disks, and given enough spins one should approximate the hitter's real stats. I used to keep stats as a kid, but I can't say I gave it enough spins to test the accuracy of the disks. (Maybe someday if someone's *really* bored, they should give a disk a few thousands spins...)

BTW, there's some guy out there who sells current disks for this thing: http://www.angelfire.com/oh5/kahnnection/
2006-04-02*
Randy Wilburn
United States
New Alexandria
Pennsylvania
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6
Jan 2007*
I have never played this one, but I have heard that it is a fun game.
2007-01-07*
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Mr. Chris
United States
Ohio
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6
Aug 2007*
Old-time favorite. Disk generator on BGG
2007-08-01*
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Steve Constantelos
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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6
Jan 2009*
Fun fact: Designed by a 20s-30s major league centerfielder.
2008-06-04*
Richard Partin
United States
Urbana
Illinois
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6
Oct 2008*
Not much I can add to others' comments: the disks render an accurate reflection of hitters' performances, and it's a good game for young kids who are learning the game. The strategy disks have added some complexity, too, but without pitchers being rated in order to affect the outcomes, the game ultimately comes up short. This game, published in 1941, was a real breakthrough in sports game design, and continues to have its enthusiasts today, many of whom have added their own variants. I have the 1989 version, which is fun to set up as a 3-D ballfield (not to mention photo-disks with the likes of Ryne Sandberg, young Barry Bonds, etc.
2011-10-31
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Patrick Lynch
United States
Taunton
Massachusetts
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6
Sep 2008*
When I was a kid, this would have been an 8 or 9. I played this hundreds of times with my father with teams we kept drafting.

But now that computer baseball simulations like Diamond Mind Baseball exist, it's hard to give this game more than a 6. It would probably be a 5 except for all the happy memories
2008-09-02*
Doug Palmer
United States
Birmingham
Michigan
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6
Feb 2009*
No strategy. But a fun game from my past that helps introduce baseball to my 6 year old son
2010-08-05
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Tom Vasel
United States
Homestead
Unspecified
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6
Dec 2009*
I have a high nostalgic feeling for this game - loved spinning those spinners.
2009-12-29
David Wilcox
United States
Boulder
Colorado
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6
Oct 2011
My first game.
2011-10-14
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sunday silence
United States
Maryland
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Jun 2013
THEME/MECHANIC. *** This actually makes a bit of sense, baseball is viewed as repetitive events of varying probability. Not much effect is given to how these events might vary, e.g. the ability to hit with runners on, etc. but not bad.

ERGONOMICS. ** THe game is easy to understand and the playing time is just about perfect. However, the spinner and/or cards tend to warp which can really muck with the outcomes.

STRATEGY. ** It's baseball strategy, know when to pinch hit and stuff. However some of it's mucked, e.g. the pitcher has no effect on pitching, therefore it's better just to use the pitcher who hits the best. That is seriously not accurate. Same with fielders, or bunting.

DRAMA. *** A reasonable amount similar to real baseball. Cant fault it for this.

NARRATIVE. *** Again similar to a real baseball game. Again loses something with pitchers have no effect, fielders have no effect etc.

CREATIVITY. **
2013-06-12
Charles Darlage
United States
Columbus
Indiana
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6
May 2015
Probably played this over 400 times as a kid. Played multiple season, 162 games a season, for many years.
Would probably rate a 9 or 10 when I was younger.
2015-05-14
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Chris Pieters
Canada
Waterloo
Ontario
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5.5
Jun 2009*
Flick fun (spinner)! And decent simulation based on real stats, for a game from so long ago. Game play is not great, but tolerable.
2004-08-07*
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Jim Jackson
United States
Amity
Pennsylvania
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5.5
Apr 2011
Loved this as a kid. My cousins and I would spend days playing this in the summer. My kids aren't baseball fans, so, we don't play.
2011-04-04
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Greg Nichols
United States
Ann Arbor
Michigan
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5
Feb 2007*
Fun game in it's day. I know the player disks go for BIG bucks these days.
2007-02-06*
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Brad Johnson
United States
Sparks
Nevada
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5
Feb 2004*
Olde Tyme Baseball.
2004-02-19*
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Shawn Gillilan
United States
Boaz
Alabama
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5
Oct 2004*
very , very basic.
2004-10-29*
Chris Jachimowicz
United States
Topton
Pennsylvania
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5
Jul 2009*
1989 edition. Wade Boggs in a Red Sox uniform?
2005-07-23*
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Dwayne Hendrickson
United States
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
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5
Jan 2008*
Have 1990 edition and 1962 edition.
2010-08-26
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Paul

Wisconsin
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5
Aug 2008*
Nostalgic value only. No pitching...no fielding. It has a core idea that I know others have worked with, but as for the game itself, its value is limited.
2008-08-18*
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Jehublue
United States
Ohio
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5
Jun 2009*
The first game I obsessed over. It's simple to a fault, omitting all kinds of vital info (like pitching and defense), but was a great intro to sims and has high sentimental value for me.
2009-06-15
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Soylent Green
United States
Pennsylvania
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5
Dec 2013
I played this a lot when I was a lot younger.
2010-06-14
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Thom0909
United States
Pittsford
New York
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5
Aug 2010
Of course this isn't Strat-o-Matic or Diamond Mind, but even so the spinner always annoyed me and occasionally was tough to read. As a kid, I made my own disks using stats from the Baseball Encyclopedia and a protractor, dividing everything down to 360.
2014-04-17
Dylan Melton
United States
Commerce Township
Michigan
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5
Jun 2015
Hand-down from my grandfather. Awesome mechanics, some day I'm going to make this kind of thing for modern-day players or basketball.
2013-02-18
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Brian Mc Cabe
United States
Arizona
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4.5
Nov 2010
Played it at the time because it's BASEBALL!, but it's just flicking a spinner, so I didn't play it very many times.

Preferred playing games using the cards inserted in the Topp's packs that had pictures of then-current players with a result.

Not sure of the version. Mine was a true All-Star game: Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and many more.
2010-11-20
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Floyd Sherrod
United States
Sharpsburg
Georgia
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4
Nov 2008*
Spin the dial, take your base. A classic game and I remember collecting complete team disc sets as a kid, but too simple now.
2004-06-23*
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David Bohnenberger
United States
Swarthmore
Pennsylvania
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4
Dec 2004*
Still a fun, quick game, but the fact that the pitcher has NO effect on the outcome (except as a batter) really ruins the game for me.
2004-12-10*
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Andrew Huffman
United States
Lowell
Massachusetts
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Feb 2005*
fun game ... I had some version with an electric spinner as a kid... Steve Carlton gave up 8 runs in a game and never fatigued... that pretty much sent me elsewhere...
2005-02-23*
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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Apr 2005*
Good memories in that this was the game that started me on a lifelong addiction to baseball board games. Way outclassed now, but good introduction for kids. I have since gotten another copy to play with my son, and he loves it. So, we play until I can move him on to Dynasty League baseball.
2010-09-14
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Mike Bauerlein
United States
Mesa
Arizona
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4
May 2005*
I loved this game when I was 5 or 6 and Strat-O-Matic was just a bit too complicated for me (though I still played Strat using my own simplified rules). As a testament to how much of a nerdy kid I was, I used to run seasons with this game and kept stats for all the players - man, I wish I could find those old notebooks for nostalgia's sake :-)
2005-05-03*

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