1971 Strat-O-Matic Baseball

About 4 years ago I started to replay the San Francisco Giants 1971 baseball season using my old Strat-O-Matic (SOM) baseball game. I play SOM baseball using the original cards and dice that came with the game. My parents bought me SOM when I was a 12 years old. That was 40 years ago! I still have my SOM football and basketball games too. Yes, I was one of the lucky ones. My Mom did not throw out my old baseball cards and games! Anyway, I recently decided to continue where I left off with my Giants 1971 season replay. Back in 2007 I kept score of every game and recorded the Giants hitting and pitching stats, as well as the NL team win/loss records. I played the Giants season schedule up to May 10th, 1971. Here are the current NL standings for my replay. After 32 games the Giants are 21-11 in my simulation. Retrosheet.org shows the Giants were 23-9 after 32 games in 1971. So I’m currently 2 games behind in my simulation. But no problem. I have Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Bobby Bonds on my team! I just need to manage a little better 🙂 NOTE: My simulation standings don’t match Retrosheet’s NL standings because I account for all NL games that differed in outcome during my simulation. So if the game outcome differs for any of my Giants simulation games, then my standings will reflect those differences from the real season NL standings of 1971. As a consequence, my Giants replay can effect the final standings in the NL! Of course it’s only a game 🙂 The big challenge with playing SOM with the cards and dice is the time it takes me to score each game and then record the stats on my computer. I’m sure the computer version of the SOM baseball game is much faster, but I really enjoy playing the game with the original cards and dice. It brings back a lot of memories! I also still have the APBA baseball game my parents purchased for me in 1972. It includes the 1972 and 1973 playing cards. I enjoyed playing APBA when I was younger but it never seemed to have the same realism as my SOM baseball game. I should mention that when I play SOM baseball I play the advanced version. 1971 was the first year that SOM added the advanced version of the game to the backs of the player cards. That created a lot more strategy situations to the game which makes it seem more like a real baseball game, in my opinion. The SOM baseball game was created in 1961. The original SOM player cards and team sets are getting harder to find, particularly in nice condition. Also, SOM issued 4 extra players per team each year that you could purchase beyond the 20 players per team you received when you bought the game. The original extra player cards are even more scarce. You can often find the original SOM player cards on eBay. Also, SOM still exists and you can purchase the player cards directly from them! Many of my SOM cards are beat up. Particularly the SF Giants cards. But I don’t care. I like holding those old cards in my hand! By the way, in case you are missing a player or two from your 1971 SOM season I have a few duplicate SOM cards for sale in my e-store. Or, if you happen to have an original 1971 Ike Brown SOM card of the Detroit Tigers (one of the extra cards that year), I would be willing to trade one of my extra cards for Ike! Finally, if you have already replayed the 1971 SOM season, or are currently doing so, please let me know. Thanks!


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