All-Star Baseball by Cadaco is hands-down one of my all time favorites. I have put literally hundreds of hours into playing this game. I learned playing this game from my father — who learned it from his father.
I would get a brand new notebook at the beginning of spring and would leaf through the unblemished pages, smelling them, like I was smelling fresh cut grass on a spring afternoon.
I knew those pages were about to be filled with lines, numbers, hand-drawn diamonds and lots of statistics.
I would calculate the statistics at the end of every month and keep track of league leaders. Knowing the statistics made the sportscasting much more fun while you were playing.
I would draft teams and create a 16 game schedule with 2 leagues. The NL teams would play each other twice, and the AL teams would do the same.
Then I would have the champions of the leagues play each other just like the old, old, OLD days.
But single player? It’s the best. The statistics were always quite realistic and there was always drama. The spinners still seem to hold up over 25+ years of use and it’s still a fun play to this day.
All Star Baseball was first released around 1942-43 and hasn’t changed much at all since. I had both the 1968 version and the 1989 version. I still have all the cards and I bought a few add-on packs — but I recently sold my doubles on eBay.
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We have a very long established mail league which is always open to new managers if interested. We play a full schedule and currently have 22 teams in the league. Five games are required to be played every two weeks and you can play ahead if you wish.
Best game I ever had. I never played with anyone else, but always by myself. I would spend hours and hours, playing this game. I couldn’t wait for the next season to come along, so I could order a new set of discs. Got my first game in 1947. I had to buy this game, 3 other times, because I worn out the spinners and the playing field. I kept records of the teams, and had them playing each other. Of course, my favorite was the St Louis Cardinals. I have to admit, I fudged on some of the trades to make sure they had a good team. Guess I was a whale of a General Manager, huh! Though I never play it anymore (I’m 83), I still have these game boards and players.
My older brother and many friends played this game for many hours. We became the envy of our friends because we found in the mid 1950s a copy of what we found out was the 1942 edition. When my brother passed in ’69 my parents gave the game to cousins. Game records and statistics were kept. I loved the Johnny Sain disc with a very large 13 for a pitcher. Also Bob Lemon was able to go yard several times per year.