Dave's Sports Views

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Location: Dallas, Texas, United States

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A Blast from the Past

While I've always been and always will be a fan of the great game of Strat-O-Matic Baseball, I spent the better part of two college years playing RBI Baseball, in its Nintendo and Arcade form.

You might remember RBI, a rudimentary video baseball game that had 16 players (eight starters, four bench players and four pitchers) per team. In particular, the arcade game was fun because the 10 teams were all-time rosters for each of 10 franchises. (They couldn't do any better for the Braves at shortstop than Rafael Ramirez.) Pitchers could throw fast and slow and make the ball curve, loosely based on their real abilities. Batters had power and speed proportional to their own in real-life. Defense was controllable, but not based on the actual caliber of the player, so there were no worries about defensive substitutions.

If you check Deadspin, you've seen this recently, but someone was able to recreate the sixth game of the 1986 World Series using the Mets and Red Sox teams from RBI Baseball and Vin Scully's play-by-play of the real game. I especially like the part where they congratulate Marty Barrett for being the player of the game with one out to go.

Lovers of RBI should also check out a great site that has reviews of all the teams from both the Nintendo and Arcade versions.



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