Lombardi, Chamberlain, Gretzky, Howe, the Steel Curtain and the Hail Mary Will Come to Life in Your Home Soon
So will the Rocket, the Hawk, the Snake, the Purple People Eaters,
Billy White Shoes and the ABA’s Red-White-and-Blue Ball
By Glenn Guzzo
Six classic-season releases this summer – two each for football, hockey and basketball – will introduce or re-acquaint gamers with some of the greatest players and most historic seasons in professional sports.
Over the span of a few months, Strat-O-Matic will issue its re-creations of Vince Lombardi’s first championship in Green Bay (1961 NFL and AFL), the original Hail Mary pass (1975 NFL), the dynasty transfer from the New York Islanders to the Edmonton Oilers (1983-84 NHL), the year when Maurice Richard became the NHL’s all-time leading goal scorer (1952-53 NHL), the Boston Celtics’ last of eight straight championships (1965-66 NBA) and the American Basketball Association’s debut (1967-68 ABA).
As always, the football and hockey releases will feature six top teams each in card form and all the teams on Windows game rosters. The basketball releases are for Windows only.
The carded teams:
1961 NFL and AFL: Green Bay, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Houston (AFL) and San Diego (AFL)
1975 NFL: Pittsburgh, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Oakland, St. Louis
1983-84 NHL: Edmonton, New York Islanders, Boston, Buffalo, Quebec, Washington
Be sure to check the Strat-O-Wire next week for sport-by-sport descriptions of each season.