The crew over at Ultimate Strat Baseball Newsletter (USBN) organized The Billy Sample Challenge, inviting former Major League Baseball player Billy Sample to try his hand at Strat-O-Matic Baseball and play a three game series against one of its members, Bryan Swank.
Billy, who played seven of his nine Major League seasons with the Texas Rangers, chose 1983 Texas (his best season) as his team, while Bryan used 1983 Boston. The afternoon was filled with many highlights for Billy – playing with his own Strat-O-Matic card and deciding where to hit himself in the batting order (he hit in all nine spots during the 1983 season), sharing stories from his playing days and even doing some play-by-play!
We won’t spoil who won the series – see below for all sorts of fun coverage from the Billy Sample Challenge.
Billy Sample Challenge – GAME RECAPS
Billy Sample Challenge – INTERVIEWS
Billy Sample Challenge – GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE