We’ve written in the past that the basis for the creation of fantasy baseball dates back to the hundreds of thousands of American youth who grew up rolling dice and re-creating Major League Baseball games through the love of Strat-O-Matic baseball. Today, 50 years after its invention, Strat-O-Matic remains true to its roots; it still produces a card-based baseball game that is statistically correct, but certainly less exciting than the graphics available on games like MLB2011.
This year, Strat-O-Matic celebrates its 50th anniversary with a celebration in its home city of Glen Head, New York, on February 12, 2011. The celebration has been written about in USA Today and many other publications.
At Fantasy Baseball Dugout, we felt obligated to print portions of Strat-O-Matic’s press release announcing its 50 year anniversary. Because without Strat-O-Matic, fantasy baseball as we know it may not exist today.
On Saturday, February 12th, make your way to the heart of New York City to celebrate Strat-O-Matic’s 50th Anniversary/Opening Day 2011. For the first time ever, we will be celebrating the release of our new baseball season and other awesome products in the Big Apple, along with a special event in honor of the past 50 years. The day will feature seminars, panels with our research team, guest speakers and of course the opportunity to meet Hal Richman, creator and founder of Strat-O-Matic, as well as plenty of time to check out the new cards and play against other fanatics. If you plan to enter our Ultimate Strat-O-Matic Fanatic Contest, this day is especially important for you. We will be announcing the winner from the finalists of the contest that day, and you MUST be present to win. Check your email and this website for more information and a schedule as the day approaches.
1961 was a year to remember for baseball. Throughout the summer, fans watched with rapt attention as Yankee teammates Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle chased Babe Ruth for the single-season home run record. Ty Cobb, the legendary Detroit Tigers outfielder passed away and Don Mattingly, future star first baseman for the New York Yankees, was born. Meanwhile, one young man in New York was launching what would become an iconic game that would define sports simulation, fantasy sports and for many young people growing up during the coming decades, sports themselves. Hal Richman created a brand and a community uniting sports enthusiasts that continues to flourish to this day. The Strat-O-Matic logo is instantly recognizable to any true sports fan, and the name still brings a smile to the faces of the millions who have played the games over the past five decades. As we approach our fiftieth anniversary, we invite you to celebrate with us in true Strat-O-Matic style. Be on the lookout for promotions, contests and special events that will remind long-time players why they love Strat-O-Matic and inspire a new generation to grab the dice and roll.
This is going to be a great event. A documentary film will be made about Strat-O-Matic and many dignitaries will attend, including Strat-O-Matic fanatic Doug Glanville.
If you wish to attend the event, complete details can be found on Strat-O-Matic’s web site.