BLOOMBERG SPORTS JOINS THE
STRAT-O-MATIC 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION/OPENING DAY IN NEW YORK CITY ON FEBRUARY 12, 2011
Long-time pitching coach Rick Peterson shares inside secrets of pitching analytics
— GLEN HEAD, NY – JAN. 10, 2011 – Bloomberg Sports, a leading provider of baseball statistical analytics, will join the celebration when hundreds of Strat-O-Matic Fanatics from all across America meet in New York City 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 to play pick-up games.
Bloomberg Sports will share its unique baseball analytics with the captive audience and provide all attendees with a special discount on , Front Office 2011, the leading online fantasy product for draft preparation, roster management and trade analysis . In addition, Bloomberg Sports spokesperson Rick Peterson, who spent more than a dozen years as a pitching coach for the A’s, Mets and Brewers, and was a pioneer among baseball pitching coaches in the use of technology will participate in a panel discussion.
“For an incredible 50 years, Strat-O-Matic has been a pioneer in providing a realistic baseball simulation experience for baseball fans and delivering countless hours of fun for fans of all ages, leading to the exploding game environment of today with millions of participants,” said Bill Squadron, head of Bloomberg Sports. “We look forward to being part of this celebration.”
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 and former baseball star and current ESPN broadcaster Doug Glanville who will speak and sign copies of his book, The Game from Where I Stand; the emcee for the event, long-time sports broadcaster and 35-year Strat-o player Bill Daughtry; John Dewan, the founder of STATS Inc., Glenn Guzzo, author of the book Strat-O-Matic Fanatics and many others.
About Bloomberg Sports
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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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