Sadaharu Oh on Paper

Here’s a clip of a young, shirtless Sadaharu Oh slicing through paper with a samurai sword: I recently finished reading Oh’s autobiography (co-authored by Dave Falkner), Sadaharu Oh: A Zen Way of Baseball, and it is not simply an excellent book, it may be the best autobiography I’ve ever read. Fascinating in its insight, beautiful in its prose, courageous in its revelations, Oh and Falkner have written a compelling account of Oh’s journey to master hitting baseballs as far as they can be hit. The book was first published in 1974 and it remains among the best of its genre. … Continue reading

Strat-O-Matic Baseball Daily: Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

In case you missed it, on Sunday January 17th (via an article in the New York Times) Strat-O-Matic Games unveiled a new product called “Baseball Daily.” Not a standalone product, Baseball Daily is an add-on to Strat’s bread-and-butter offering, the Windows-based Strat-O-Matic Baseball 2016 for PC. Here’s the product description, cut-and-pasted from Strat CEO/founder Hal Richman’s letter to fans on Monday, Jan 18th: Dear Strat-O-Matic Gamers, It is with great excitement that I announce the launch of Baseball Daily, a game that will revolutionize the Strat-O-Matic playing experience. For the first time in the Company’s history, Strat-O-Matic will have digital … Continue reading

1985 Pat Clements – Basic & Advanced

The Basic side of this card was originally posted on 9-24-2014. I’m reposting now thanks to a gracious reader by the name of John McTernan who was kind enough to send a scan of the Advanced side. This is the infamous and obscure 1985 Pat Clements card. This card was mistakenly not included in the original set that was released in 86, but Strat-O-Matic Games provided it to anyone who wrote a letter to the company and asked for it. Because of the circumstances, very few of these cards ever went into circulation.

Alex Ramirez, Two-Time Japan Central League MVP

This post from November, 2011 on the topic of Len Durrant’s Japanese League Hall of Famers and Heroes set compatible with Strat-O-Matic Baseball continues to be one of the most popular items ever posted to this blog. Though Durrant has long since abandoned the MyOpera site that used to keep so many of his great contributions to the hobby, the Japanese HoF/Heroes cards can still be found circulating among gamers [email me at if you need to be pointed in the right direction]. ALEX RAMIREZ AT BASEBALL-REFERENCE.COM

FREE: 1944 “A League of Their Own” Card Set for HMB

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A FREE PDF OF THE 1944 SEASON OF THE ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS’ PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE (made famous in the 1992 film “A League of Their Own”) for’s History Maker Baseball. This is not a homebrew set – this is an official HMB set by creator Keith Avallone. It’s really exciting to see a game company offer a set like this for free. To my knowledge, there is no other game company that embraces these types of “alternative” sets to the extent that Avallone and does. You might counter that Strat-O-Matic and their all-volunteer “U-Team” – … Continue reading