FREE Strat-o-Matic Japanese Hall of Famers/Heroes Set

Over the years, Len Durrant has become something of a legend in the Strat-o-Matic gaming community.  His contributions, particularly to the computer version of the game have been expansive in scope and meticulous in detail and he’s generously shared with the community some of his greatest work. He’s doing it again over at the Strat-o-Shack, as he has released a Japanese Hall of Famers/Heroes set (link is broken, send me an email for working link) for the computer version AND, more importantly to me, as a carded version available to download and print yourself.  This is manna from heaven for … Continue reading

1985 NL Cy Young Race – Nolan Ryan One-Hitter!

This is the first post of my replay of the 1985 National League Cy Young Award Race.  I’m replaying (using as played lineups) the starts of Fernando Valenzuela, John Tudor, and Dwight Gooden.  I’m playing Strat-o-Matic Cards & Dice and then entering the results into the computer game (I have version 10) afterward.  I’ve never used the computer game to keep stats in this way before, so this is new to me.  Also, I’m autoplaying every NL game that doesn’t have one of these 3 pitching.  I hope to see a couple of good races.  I plan on playing the … Continue reading

APBA Soccer for Kids & Strat-o-Matic Baseball Express

I recently was able to ask John Herson a few questions about the future of APBA Soccer over on the APBA – Between the Lines forum.  I was lucky enough to get this response: Soccer game: I’m glad you like the game. We do follow the comments of the community. We are testing several of the suggestions right now. We will be offer older seasons in 2012. We also plan to offer All Time Great Teams. We will be offering the MILS season after their playoffs conclude. We have plans for an internet version of the game. Right now we … Continue reading

Baseball as Steam-valve

From Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guide 1917 I came across this today on the Library of Congress’ digital library, and boy did it hit home.  Page 279 (271 of the text): It is a fact that Base Ball follows war.  It followed war in the United States and it is one of the best and most efficacious peacemakers and civilizing influences devised to render soothing influences to the human mind.  It is possible to work off a tremendous amount of steam in Base Ball, whether a spectator or a player.  Steam thus distributed to the empty air prevents mischief that … Continue reading

Does God Play Strat-o-Matic?

It’s the eleventh month of the year, and in our little recovery group, that means we spend the month talking about the eleventh step of our program which is: Seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for our knowledge of His will and the power to carry that out.   Today our daily reflections brought up the concept of “letting go and letting God.”  I often think of J. Henry Waugh’s Universal Baseball Association when I consider the impact of God on my everyday life.  If you aren’t familiar with the book I’m … Continue reading