They market the games as “the ultimate in realism,” and, I do admit, the verisimilitude of my Strat-o-Matic replays can cause blurred lines of reality and fantasy for me sometimes.
I’ll never forget the classic 1-0 duel between Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale in the first ever game of my first PUB League season.
Or my disappointment of the anti-climax when the Yankees swept the Reds 4 games to 0 to conclude the 1955 replay project I’d spent nine months playing.
It feels silly, sometimes, to post in earnest the results of games played with cards and dice – but those results matter to me! And I imagine others like to read them, too.
In June, 1981, in the midst of a baseball strike and the country starved for boxscores and results, the Sportsphone company from New York – which, in that pre-internet era, was a company that offered real-time sports scores through a pay-by-the-minute phone number – arranged a Strat-o-Matic “New York Dream Series” between the 1969 Mets and the 1978 Yankees and reported the scores as if they were real.
The text reads:
“Fun and games during the baseball strike:
The New York Mets and the New York Yankees met in the first game of the best-of-seven New York Dream Series. Ron Guidry and Rich Gossage combined on a seven-hitter to lead the 1978 Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the 1969 Mets in a game of Strat-O-Matic, a popular table baseball game. The series between the two World Series teams will continue in the offices of Sports Phone, a New York-based firm that provides scores and other recorded sports news via the telephone.”
I wonder who won. I assume the game was played with Basic Strat rules. I don’t think 1969 had been released in Advanced format yet in 1981, but I’m not 100% sure about that.