TWO STRAT-O-MATIC FANATICS WILL ATTEMPT TO BREAK WORLD RECORD BY PLAYING 54 CONSECUTIVE HOURS OF STRAT-O-BASEBALL
Foley’s Pub & Restaurant in New York City to Host World Record Attempt from June 7-9
GLEN HEAD, N.Y. – MAY 14, 2012 – Brett Carow and Sam Hennemann, two Strat-O-Matic Fanatics from Minnesota, will attempt to make history next month when they set out to break the Guinness World Record (GWR) for longest marathon playing a board game (53 hours and 59 minutes). The event, hosted by Strat-O-Matic, will begin on Thursday, June 7 at 9 a.m. ET at Foley’s Pub & Restaurant (18 W. 33rd Street, NYC). Assuming the duo is able to overcome fatigue and any other obstacles that may stand in their way, the record would officially be broken on Saturday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
“This event continues the celebration of Strat-O-Matic’s 50th Anniversary, which began last year with a convention in New York City, the selection of our ‘Ultimate Strat-O-Matic Fanatic’ and the production of a documentary movie about the Company and the passion of our game players,” said Hal Richman, the Founder and President of Strat-O-Matic. “We wish Brett and Sam the best of luck as they demonstrate how Strat-O-Matic’s playability and realism make it the only baseball simulation game you can play all day and night.”
Carow, age 32 of Farmington, MN, was crowned the Ultimate Strat-O-Matic Fanatic at the Company’s 50th Anniversary Celebration last year. Despite playing for just 21 years, Carow’s impressive credentials include: over 10,000 games played, sleeping through his prom after an all-night Strat-O marathon, and playing Strat-O-Matic on his honeymoon with his first wife. His personal record for consecutive hours playing Strat-O-Matic is 30. Hennemann, age 31 of Minneapolis, MN, has been a member of Carow’s River Falls Men’s Strat-O-Matic league since 1993. He is currently the Vice President (Carow is the President.). Hennemann feels that he is prepared for the challenge, having once played 48 consecutive games of Strat-O-Matic and once stayed awake for more than 46 hours.
The current Guinness World Record for longest marathon playing a board game is 53 hours and 59 minutes, set by James Carroll, Jared Wetsel, Kraig Deming, Josiah Hooten and Aaron Trent (all from the USA), who played “Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game” at the Little Shoppe of Games in Oklahoma City, OK on August 12-14, 2011.
The Strat-O-Matic GWR event will be open to the public and media at all times, except for the hours of 4:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m., when Foley’s is closed. Carow and Hennemann will be playing seven game series’ of Strat-O-Matic Baseball, with the teams being used, both current and past, constantly rotating. Fans will have the opportunity to vote on the first matchup used during the GWR attempt in a poll on strat-o-matic.com, which will be available two weeks before the event. In addition, people who show up to the event will have the opportunity to play pick-up games of Strat-O-Matic Baseball with other fanatics on various table setups at Foley’s.
“Foley’s Pub & Restaurant is honored to host this unique and fun event and we encourage all baseball fans and Strat-O-Matic fanatics to come on out, cheer Brett and Sam along and enjoy some food and drink specials in their honor,” said Shaun Clancy, owner of Foley’s NY. “From the more than 2,000 autographed baseballs that adorn our walls and being the home of the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame, just like Strat-O-Matic, Foley’s NY is a New York baseball institution and the perfect venue for such a fun and historic event.”
Those looking to buy any of Strat-O-Matic’s baseball, football, basketball or hockey products (including board games, Windows games or digital games) can do so online at www.strat-o-matic.com. Strat-O-Matic’s new, hot-selling kids board game, Baseball Express, is available at all Toys R Us stores across the country in the “Collectibles” section.
Strat-O-Matic was invented by 11-year-old Hal Richman in his bedroom in Great Neck, NY in 1948 because he became frustrated by the statistical randomness of other baseball board games. He discovered the statistical predictability of dice would give his game the realism he craved. Over the next decade he perfected the game at summer camp and then as a student at Bucknell University. After producing All-Star sets in 1961 and ‘62, he parlayed a $5,000 loan from his father (and made a deal that if it didn’t work out he would work for his father’s insurance company) into the original 1962 Strat-O-Matic Baseball season game. Needless to say Hal never had to take a job with his father.
Strat-O-Matic, based in Glen Head, NY and on the Internet at www.strat-o-matic.com, produces the top selling sports board games and is the leading producer of realism/stats sports computer games. The company publishes baseball, football, basketball and hockey games to play both on and off your computer screen. “Strat-O” games are known throughout the sports community for their statistical realism and accuracy. The company has the world's greatest sports game stat libraries with top-of-the-line seasons dating back to the early 1900's. On the Internet, the company has partnered with The Sporting News to create innovative fantasy/simulation games and previously with Sports Illustrated Kids to produce a line of new fantasy sports games for a younger demographic. Recently the company released Strat-O-Matic Negro Leagues, the first sports simulation game to accurately reflect more than 100 Negro League players who never had the chance to show their skills in the major leagues. All Strat-O products are available in both board and computer game formats.
The company has a loyal celebrity following including a bevy of sportscaster and sports journalists like Bob Costas, Buzz Bissinger, Jon Miller, former MLB’ers Keith Hernandez, Doug Glanville, Cal Ripken; and sports super fans including Bryant Gumbel, Tim Robbins, Drew Carey and Spike Lee. More information is available at: www.strat-o-matic.com).
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