Steve Treder and “An Ode to Strat-o-Matic”

In 2004 Steve Treder wrote a great piece on his love of Strat-o-Matic and how it frames his very way of thinking about baseball.  I could relate then, and I can now.

If you missed “An Ode to Strat-o-Matic” when it was first published on The Hardball Times in March, 2004, don’t miss it this time around.

Most marvelous of all, of course: the player cards. Everything you would ever need to know about a guy, right there on a little 3-by-5 card. Johnny Callison, 1965 … a “1” rightfielder. A “C” basestealer, a “1-15” baserunner. 57 walks, 117 strikeouts. His one-six is a “TRIPLE 1-17, DOUBLE 18-20”.

If you have no idea of what I’m talking about here, forget it. You never will. Don’t worry about it. But if you do, then you knowexactly what I’m talking about, don’t you. You’re of a certain age range and you became enraptured with Strat-o-Matic at a certain point. Your life would never be the same.


Strat-o-holics:  it takes one to know one.

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