Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Game of the Week: Sports Action in Baseball (1969)

Game of the Week: Sports Action in Baseball (1969)


6.33333 out of 10 with 3 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked


NBC Game of the Week Baseball is a card-driven game using a simple chart, spinners, and a gridded gameboard / playing field to determine the result of each play. Each team selects a batting line-up from the two identical teams of individually-rated players (".210 medium left," ".300 heavy right," etc). The team in the field positions its players on the grid. The "pitcher" throws one of the ten blue "pitch" cards he holds at the same time the "batter" throws one of the seven red "hit" cards he holds. The two cards are indexed against the chart featured on the board. If the chart indicates the ball has been hit, the "distance" and "direction" spinners are used to indicate exactly where the ball has been hit. If that indication is the white dot of the grid on which a fielder is stationed, or an immediately adjacent dot, the out is made. Otherwise, it's a base hit, and extra bases depending on how far it is away from a fielder. There are additional rules for base runner advance, double plays, force outs, sacrifices, hit-&-run, pick-offs, and errors.

  • Designer: (Uncredited)
  • Publisher: Hasbro, NBC
  • Year Published: 1969
  • Number of Players: 2 - 2
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 8
  • Playing Time: 60
  • Category: Sports
  • Mechanic: Simultaneous Action Selection
  • Family: Sports: Baseball
  • Alternate Names: Game of the Week: Sports Action in Baseball


7 out of 10
I really like this game. It has some interesting strategy without involving the intricacies of more statistically accurate games like Strat-O-Matic Baseball or APBA baseball. Plays in about 30-45 minutes and allows the manager to set effective lineups as well as setting your players in high percentage defensive positions. Nice presentation as well for the era. One of my more interesting eBay purchases. I think this one was worth the purchase. Could also be good for teaching young players strategic baseball defensive depth and positioning based on different batter abilities.
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