Dave's Sports Views

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Location: Dallas, Texas, United States

Monday, January 30, 2006

Opening Day in January

Pitchers and catchers might not report to Spring Training for another month, but to a handful of baseball fans, Opening Day came on Friday.

Strat-O-Matic Baseball has been the subject of a cult following among many baseball fans, including this one. And a group of about 100 folks gathered on Friday outside its headquarters in Glen Head, N.Y., to be the first to receive the 2005 installment of the player cards and the computer version.

The game has existed since founder Hal Richman began creating and marketing the cards himself in 1962. His is a wonderful story of a man with a dream and the determination to see it through.

Hal still runs the company, with a small staff of folks to assist with the sales, marketing and design of the products, which include both cards-and-dice and computer versions of baseball, football, basketball and hockey games. And he is able to tap into a network of followers to help test and enhance the products. This is an American business success story as well as a testament to the love of sports, particularly baseball -- the original and most popular of Strat-O-Matic games.

I've written about this topic before. You can click here for a link to an article I had published in 2002 in the Minneapolis paper.



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