Turns out that game-play was not bad. In my trial run I was getting a run or so every half inning so I figured I could get more detailed. I thought it might be fun to use the players on the cards as 'line-ups' and play out a nine inning game. Fortunately the set contains enough players from each league to built legit All Star line-ups. I sorted the cards by league and assigned positions and made out a batting order. Since pitchers in an imaginary line-up would be just as likely as a slugger to hit a homer I decided to use a DH.
I decided my '68 All Stars would face off in my favorite ballpark, Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and so the AL would be the home team. Here is how it went:
First the NL....
And the AL...
The game took me about 25 or thirty minutes. That was comprised of maybe ten minutes total 'action' while making a few notes and about twenty minutes total of just shuffling the cards. When I was done I filled in the results on the linescore, printed it out, and put the runs and hits on it by hand because I couldn't figure out how to split the cells with Excel.
I had expected lots of scoring, more than the 14 that occurred. There were plenty of hits though. I only had one 1-2-3 inning. I had one inning that all three outs were K's. Willie May's 'Home Run' card showed up five times including the first time he came up in the order which I thought was cool. I had to make one executive decision as far as card results went. I ignored the 'double play' if there was no force play. The card (Claude Osteen) says that the batter and lead runner are out. I decided that the play would be a 'no-advance' ground out if there was no runner on first.
All in all it was a fun little experiment. I wonder if kids actually 'played' the game back in 1968. I remember the cards but I am sure I never thought about playing. In '68 I was deep into Strat-O-Matic baseball and I would never of bothered with something as elementary as this.
But I do love the set though.
I hope everyone enjoys tonight's All Star Game. I got invited to the Roger Clemens Charity softball game at Minute Maid Park so I'll only get to watch what I can see on the Jumbotron at the ballpark.