announcements

By Glenn Guzzo

 

            The long-awaited set of Negro League baseball stars is expected to be available by November, Strat-O-Matic announced.

 

            Though there have been postponements before, the company indicated that it is timing the release to coincide with the unveiling of its new Web site design at www.strat-o-matic.com.

 

            That suggests the Negro Leagues set is well in hand. It also suggests the significance of this set to the game company and especially to Strat-O-Matic creator Hal Richman, who had long wanted to re-create the Negro Leagues, but lacked the stats and research to merit the Strat-O-Matic brand.

 
            Now, thanks to years of research by Strat-gamer Scott Simkus, SOM is ready to unveil what may be its most historically significant sports simulation.
 
            Simkus, the consultant on the project, contributed 3,000 rare Negro League box scores, plus expertise gained in years’ worth of passionate research into the stars banned from Major League baseball prior to the sport’s formal integration in 1947.
 
            In addition to timing the Negro Leagues release with the attention-getting Web site redesign, Strat-O-Matic will include with each card-set order a special booklet profiling each of the players in the set. That’s a tribute to the players, but also an education for gamers about stars who played in relative obscurity from the 1910s through the 1940s.
 
            Strat-O-Matic’s roster of 108 cards includes 103 players (five two-way players have separate batting and pitching cards), 23 of whom already have been inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 
            This set will be such a natural companion to SOM’s Hall of Fame 2000 set that the game company will offer a combination purchase. With the HOF 2000 set’s 192 cards, that makes 300 in all, including 212 Hall of Famers. (The Negro Leagues set may be purchased separately, of course.)
 
            The computer roster will require Version 14 of the CD-ROM Baseball game.
 
            The Negro Leagues roster includes the legends – Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell and Buck Leonard – of course.
 
            It includes superstars in Baseball’s Hall of Fame who are a half-step below the name-recognition of those legends – players like Oscar Charleston, Willie Wells, Pop Lloyd and Bullet Joe Rogan.
 
            Also included are recent HOF inductees, like catcher Biz Mackey, outfielder Pete Hill and power-hitting first baseman Mule Suttles.
 
            Additional inclusions are nearly Hall-worthy stars like infielder John Beckwith and pitcher Chet Brewer. And a HOF finalist who became more famous for his contributions after his playing career, Buck O’Neill.
 
            An unusual addition is five players who will receive separate cards as pitcher and batters: pitcher/outfielder John Donaldson, pitcher/infielder Jose Mendez, pitcher/catcher Double Duty Radcliffe, pitcher/outfielder Bullet Joe Rogan and the ultimate utility man, Cuban pitcher/outfielder/infielder Martin DiHigo.
 
            According to Simkus, the players may be grouped into four, 27-card teams, perhaps according to their experience with such storied franchises as the Kansas City Monarchs and Chicago American Giants.
 
            Here’s the lineup (* indicates the player is in the Hall of Fame)
 
STRAT-O-MATIC NEGRO LEAGUE ALL-STARS (103 Players, 108 cards)
PLAYER
Primary TEAM
POS A
POS B
POS C
Allen, Newt
Kansas City Monarchs
2b
3b
ss
Bankhead, Sam
Pittsburgh Crawfords
ss
cf
2b
Baro, Bernardo
Cuban Stars
lf
cf
 
Beckwith, John
Baltimore Black Sox
3b
ss
c
Bell, Cool Papa*
St. Louis Stars
cf
lf
1b
Bell, William
Kansas City Monarchs
P
 
 
Benjamin, Jerry
Homestead Grays
cf
 
 
Blackwell, Charles
St. Louis Stars
lf
rf
cf
Brewer, Chet
Kansas City Monarchs
P
 
 
Brown, Dave
Chicago American Giants
P
 
 
Brown, Larry
Memphis Red Sox
c
 
 
Brown, Ray*
Homestead Grays
P
 
 
Brown, Willard*
Kansas City Monarchs
cf
lf
ss
Byrd, Bill
Baltimore Elite Giants
P
 
 
Cannady, Rev
New York Black Yankees
2b
3b
ss
Carr, Tank
Hilldale Daisies
1b
3b
of
Charleston, Oscar*
Indianapolis ABCs
cf
lf
1b
Cockrell, Phil
Hilldale Daisies
P
 
 
Cooper, Andy*
Kansas City Monarchs
P
 
 
Creacy, Dewey
St. Louis Stars
3b
 
 
Crutchfield, Jimmie
Pittsburgh Crawfords
cf
rf
lf
Currie, Rube
Hilldale Daisies
P
 
 
Dandridge, Ray*
Newark Eagles
3b
 
 
Davis, Roosevelt
St. Louis Stars
P
 
 
Day, Leon*
Newark Eagles
P
 
 
Demoss, Bingo
Indianapolis ABCs
2b
ss
3b
Dihigo, Martin*
Cuban Stars
P
of
2b
Dismukes, Dizzy
Indianapolis ABCs
P
 
 
Dixon, Rap
Harrisburgh Giants
rf
cf
lf
Donaldson, John
Kansas City Monarchs
P
cf
 
Drake, Bill
St. Louis Stars
P
 
 
Duncan, Frank
Kansas City Monarchs
c
lf
 
Foster, Big Bill*
Chicago American Giants
P
 
 
Foster, Rube*
Chicago American Giants
P
 
 
Gardner, Jelly
Chicago American Giants
rf
cf
lf
Gibson, Josh*
Pittsburgh Crawfords
c
lf
1b
Harris, Vic
Homestead Grays
lf
cf
1b
Hensley, Eggie
St. Louis Stars
P
 
 
Hill, Pete*
Chicago American Giants
cf
lf
 
Holland, Bill
New York Black Yankees
P
 
 
Hughes, Sammy T.
Baltimore Elite Giants
2b
ss
 
Jenkins, Fats
New York Black Yankees
lf
rf
cf
Johnson, Heavy
Kansas City Monarchs
lf
rf
c
Johnson, Home Run
New York Lincoln Giants
ss
2b
 
Johnson, Judy*
Hilldale Daisies
3b
ss
2b
Jones, Slim
Philadelphia Stars
P
 
 
Joseph, Newt
Kansas City Monarchs
3b
2b
 
Leonard, Buck*
Homestead Grays
1b
lf
 
Lloyd, Pop*
Bacharacah Giants
ss
2b
1b
Lundy, Dick
Bacharacah Giants
ss
3b
2b
Lyons, Jimmie
Chicago American Giants
lf
cf
rf
Mackey, Biz*
Hilldale Daisies
c
ss
ut
Malarcher, Dave
Chicago American Giants
3b
2b
ss
Manning, Max
Newark Eagles
P
 
 
Marcell, Oliver
Bacharacah Giants
3b
ss
 
Mathis, Verdell
Memphis Red Sox
P
 
 
Matlock, Leroy
Pittsburgh Crawfords
P
 
 
McDonald, Webster
Philadelphia Stars
P
 
 
McNair, Hurley
Kansas City Monarchs
rf
lf
cf
Mendez, Jose*
Kansas City Monarchs
P
ss
3b
Monroe, Bill
Philadelphia Giants
2b
3b
ss
Moore, Dobie
Kansas City Monarchs
ss
 
 
Oms, Alejandro
Cuban Stars
cf
lf
rf
O'Neill, Buck
Kansas City Monarchs
1b
lf
 
Paige, Satchel*
Kansas City Monarchs
P
 
 
Palm, Spoony
St. Louis Stars
c
 
 
Parnell, Red
Philadelphia Stars
lf
cf
 
Pennington, Superman
Chicago American Giants
1b
lf
 
Perkins, Bill
Birmingham Black Barons
c
lf
 
Petway, Bruce
Chicago American Giants
c
1b
lf
Poles, Spot
New York Lincoln Giants
cf
 
 
Powell, Piggie
Chicago American Giants
P
 
 
Radcliffe, Alec
Chicago American Giants
3b
ss
lf
Radcliffe, Double Duty
Memphis Red Sox
P
c
 
Redding, Dick
New York Lincoln Giants
P
 
 
Redus, Frog
St. Louis Stars
lf
rf
 
Robinson, Neil
Memphis Red Sox
cf
lf
rf
Rogan, Bullet Joe*
Kansas City Monarchs
P
cf
2b
Salmon, Harry
Birmingham Black Barons
P
 
 
Santop, Louis*
New York Lincoln Giants
c
rf
 
Scales, Tubby
New York Lincoln Giants
2b
3b
1b
Seay, Dick
New York Black Yankees
2b
ss
 
Serrell, Bonnie
Kansas City Monarchs
2b
3b
 
Smith, Chino
New York Lincoln Giants
rf
2b
 
Smith, Hilton*
Kansas City Monarchs
P
 
 
Stearnes, Turkey*
Detroit Stars
cf
rf
lf
Streeter, Sam
Birmingham Black Barons
P
 
 
Suttles, Mule*
St. Louis Stars
1b
lf
rf
Taylor, Ben*
Indianapolis ABCs
1b
 
 
Taylor, Candy Jim
St. Louis Stars
3b
2b
 
Torriente, Cristobal*
Chicago American Giants
cf
lf
rf
Trent, Ted
St. Louis Stars
P
 
 
Trouppe, Quincy
Cleveland Buckeyes
c
 
 
Warfield, Frank
Hilldale Daisies
2b
ss
3b
Wells, Willie*
St. Louis Stars
ss
3b
2b
White, Chaney
Bacharacah Giants
lf
rf
cf
Wickware, Frank
Chicago American Giants
P
 
 
Williams, Smokey Joe*
New York Lincoln Giants
P
 
 
Williams, Tom
Chicago American Giants
P
 
 
Wilson, Jud*
Baltimore Black Sox
3b
1b
2b
Winters, Nip
Hilldale Daisies
P
 
 
Wright, Wild Bill
Baltimore Elite Giants
cf
rf
 
Young, T.J.
Kansas City Monarchs
c
lf