STRAT-O-MATIC FANATICS BILL DAUGHTRY & JOHN DEWAN TO ATTEND STRAT-O-MATIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION/OPENING DAY IN NEW YORK CITY ON FEBRUARY 12, 2011
Long-time broadcast journalist Bill Daughtry to emcee event and John Dewan, the founder of STATS INC to participate in panel discussion with other baseball insiders
GLEN HEAD, NY – DEC. 30, 2010 – Bill Daughtry, a popular voice in the New York media, and John Dewan, the founder of STATS INC, will share their passion for Strat-O-Matic by joining hundreds of other Strat-O-Matic Fanatics, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the game, at the Strat-O-Matic 50th Anniversary Celebration/Opening Day on Saturday February 12, 2011 in New York City.
The free event, which will run from 7:30 am-6:00 pm at the Community Church of New York (40 East 35th Street) will be like a convention, with a variety of speakers, panels, celebrity Strat-O-Matic guests and interactive discussions about the game. The venue will even have a game room for pick-up games.
Daughtry, who has played Strat-O for more than 35 years, will serve as the emcee for the morning festivities. One of New York’s most popular and respected sports broadcasters for more than two decades, he is currently the voice of the NY Knicks on ESPN Radio and MSG Network.
Dewan, who also grew up playing Strat-O, left a highly successful career as an insurance actuary in 1987 to pursue his life-long dream, the development of the most timely and comprehensive computer database in sports. He became the Executive Director of Project Scoresheet, the Bill James-led effort that pioneered a new wave of baseball statistics that are now commonplace. After that, he launched Sports Team Analysis and Tracking Systems, Inc. (STATS, Inc.). The success of the company culminated in its sale to an affiliate of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and Fox Broadcasting in December 1999. In March 2002, he reunited with former STATS executive Steve Moyer to launch Baseball Info Solutions (www.baseballinfosolutions.com). Dewan is also co-owner of ACTA Publications and has authored two volumes of The Fielding Bible, the new groundbreaking books on baseball defense. The Fielding Bible — Volume II was released in February of 2009.
The highlight of the festivities will be a state of the company address by Strat-O-Matic inventor Hal Richman. Other speakers and panel discussions will include lifelong Strat-O player, former baseball star and current ESPN broadcaster Doug Glanville; Glenn Guzzo, author of the book Strat-O-Matic Fanatics; a Q&A with board game and video game researchers and developers; plus a few celebrity Strat-O players and fantasy sports game icons.
Glanville will also be signing copies of his New York Times best-selling book, The Game From Where I Stand – A Ballplayer’s Inside View (www.dougglanville.com/sports-seasons). The book includes numerous references to Strat-O-Matic.
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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