In a past post, we talked about the History of Fantasy Baseball and how Strat-O-Matic Baseball played a great role in the development of the game we know today.
Nearly all middle-aged men baseball fans of today played Strat-O-Matic in their formative years. It was how they learned about baseball statistics, probabilities, and in many cases, Strat-O-Matic brought them closer to the game of baseball that they loved. Strat-O-Matic was the paper and dice version of today’s video games. Certainly, not as exciting as the graphics of today’s video games, but one that taught baseball fans about statistics. It was this love for baseball statistics that led to the phenomenom known originally as Rotisserie Baseball and later as fantasy baseball.
Scott Simkus is a Chicago baseball historian who has made it his passion to compile statistics from newspaper reports of the old Negro Leagues dating from 1909 to the late 1940′s. Simkus decided to incorporate these statistics into another passion of his–Strat-O-Matic.
Last week, Strat-O-Matic released its first ever Negro Leagues edition with 103 Negro player cards. Perhaps, the most interesting thing Strat-O-Matic players can do is drop those players onto pre-1947 teams to see how Negro League starts like Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Cool Papa Bell would have fared against MLB stars like Bob Feller, Honus Wagner, and Babe Ruth.
I wonder how Cool Papa Bell would have fared against Cliff Lee?