Strat-O-Matic Baseball lives on

February 11, 2011

A wonderful article has just been published by sportswriter Joe Lemire (on SI.com) about Strat-O-Matic Baseball, a game which I religiously played with four friends starting in 1964.  Some 47 years later, I am still a fan of the Cincinnati Reds – all because I was allocated their team in our first season of Strat-O-Matic.  We played with the 1963 season and I had two rather mediocre teams:  the Reds and the Minnesota Twins.  The Reds had come in 5th that year (86 wins. 76 losses), Pete Rose’s rookie year (for which he won rookie of the year).  Here was the standard starting line-up:

C Johnny Edwards (148) (.259)

1B Gordy Coleman (107) (.247)

2B Pete Rose (157) (.273)

3B Gene Freese (62) (.244)

SS Leo Cardenas (157) (.235)

LF Frank Robinson (116) (.259)

CF Vada Pinson (147) (.313)

RF Tommy Harper (94)C (.260)

Lemire captures beautifully the astonishing power, intelligence, simplicity and impact of Strat-O-Matic Baseball.  I am amazed and astonished that the company – with only nine staff – is still going strong in this digital age, a testament to the realism which it engenders in its games.