FORMER BASEBALL STAR DOUG GLANVILLE TO ATTEND
STRAT-O-MATIC 50TH ANNIVERSARYCELEBRATION/OPENING DAY 2011 IN NEW YORK CITY ON FEBRUARY 12, 2011
Former Baseball Star Doug Glanville to attend Strat-O Opening Day, share his passion for the game with fellow fanatics, and sign copies of his New York Times best-selling book The Game From Where I Stand – A Ballplayer’s Inside View.
GLEN HEAD, NY – DEC. 8, 2010 – Doug Glanville, one of the most technologically savvy and insightful players during his 9-year professional baseball career first developed his passion for baseball statistics by playing Strat-O-Matic as a youngster. An accomplished author and baseball analyst for ESPN, Glanville will share his passion for the game when he joins hundreds of other Strat-O-Matic Fanatics, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of game, at the Strat-O-Matic
50th Anniversary Celebration/Opening Day 2011 on Saturday February 12, 2011 in New York City.
The 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.
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 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 sports fantasy 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. Glanville, who currently serves as an analyst for ESPN played nine seasons in the big leagues – primarily with Philadelphia and Chicago — tallied over 1,100 career hits and was one of the game’s best defensive centerfielders. Other career highlights include: ending his career with a 293 game errorless streak; leading the league in 1998 with 678 at bats; placing 2nd in the league in 1999 with 204 hits when he batted .325 – good for 7th in the league.
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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