Eddie Vedder and Johnny Ramone playing Strat-O-Matic Baseball

From the book “Pearl Jam-Twenty,” here is a photo of Eddie Vedder and the late great Johnny Ramone rolling a game of Strat-O-Matic Baseball.

Eddie Vedder Johnny Ramone Strat-o-Matic

I showed this picture to my wife who immediately replied, “It’s like your fan fiction finally came true!”

It’s well-known that Eddie Vedder is a Cubs fan, and Johnny Ramone, a huge collector of baseball autographs, was a Mets fan a Yankees fan.

The card in Eddie’s hand is white on the advanced side, which means it is from a Strat season earlier than 1987. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that they’re playing a game pitting the 1984 Cubs against the Mets and Dwight Gooden’s rookie pitching card.

At least, that’s how it goes in my fan fiction.

UPDATE 6-20-2014: Johnny Ramone confirms the authenticity of the photo:

…They put him (Vedder) in the room next to me (Ramone)with connecting doors. We’d sit there and play the Strat-O-Matic baseball game all day long…” – from Commando, the Autobiography of Johnny Ramone, p. 124.

(hat tip to the StratFanForum post by de1061!)

[ps: this picture is just screaming for a great caption! Where is Repoz when you need him!]

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  1. If the advanced side is blank than the cards would be from 1971 (1970 season) or earlier. Strat’s first advanced season was released in 1972 (1971 season).

  2. They also could be using the oldtimer teams. That set was released in basic format only.

  3. The photo’s not very clear, so taking the poster who posted the photo’s word that the back is blank. So Jeff is correct that it must be a card from a pre-1971 team, or an original old-timer team.

    The playing field is also flat, which means the game board and box had to be a later version (in the 1960s into the early 70s, the field was raised and some kids punched holes in the bases so the “base-runners” could be inserted like pegs).

    Strat in that era also included a cardboard side box to hold pitcher’s cards, the SPLIT deck, dice, pegs, pencils, etc).

    But they don’t seem to be “playing” the game as much as examining it. So I guess it’s the late 70s or early 80s and perhaps the kid on the right is checking out Bob Gibson’s 1968 original “wonder year” card from an earlier set…maybe an older brother’s forgotten teams?

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  7. So who won the darn game?

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