Free to Download: Tony LaRussa Ballparks

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER where you can download any and all of the 75+ Tony La Russa Baseball ballparks in .bmp format.

The PC vs. C&D debate for baseball simulation games is one that may never end. Card & Dice diehards will point to the tactile experience of holding the cards in their hands, as well as the myriad opportunities to personalize game play using house rules that PC games can’t, by their very nature, offer. larussa

The greatest benefit of PC games, of course, is that they let the gamer get straight to the matchups while taking so much of what some would call the tedium of sports simulation games – compiling stats, chart flipping, remembering the most esoteric rules – out of the equation. Both arguments are valid and on which side of the debate you land is as much a question of personal preference as the age-old debate of Ginger vs. Mary Ann.*

While it may be true that C&D players get to customize the game engine in ways PC gamers can’t, in many cases PC gamers get to customize their game experience in ways the C&D gamer can’t, too. Many computer games offer the opportunity to import ballparks, player photos, team logos, sounds and other files to enhance the PC gaming experience.

Tiger Stadium from Tony La Russa Baseball

Tiger Stadium from Tony La Russa Baseball


While some people prefer hi-resolution photos for ballpark backdrops on their screens, many others prefer artistic representations. First released in 1991 and last published in 1997, Tony La Russa Baseball was an early baseball simulation game with primitive (by today’s standards) stadium backdrops that many gamers still recall fondly. Thanks to Strat-O-Matic Fan Forum Member Andy Wyckoff, PC gamers can now download the photo files (saved in .bmp format) of the ballparks included in the classic game.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER where you can download any and all of the 75+ Tony La Russa Baseball ballparks in .bmp format.

The .bmp file format is the required format for use with Strat-O-Matic Baseball PC game. A sample .loc file is included in the Google Drive folder, too, but you’ll have to edit the fielder/batter/ball flight locations in the Strat interface on your own.

*sidenote – I’ve brought up the Ginger vs. Mary Ann debate lots of times on this blog, and it’s because I find it particularly compelling. I know that many (most, probably) would say that Mary Ann is the clear choice, but there is something about Ginger that drives me nuts, too.

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