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APBA Pro Baseball

Pro baseball board game founded in 1950.

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Much better than rotisserie for baseball fans who have the time.

  • Jan 8, 2009
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Believe it or not I started playing APBA Pro Baseball when I was still a teenager back in 1971.  It was during that spring that my friends and I started our own APBA baseball league.  Though a couple of our members have passed away over the years and others have moved away or dropped out our league is still going strong today.  In fact, our seven member league expects to kick off our 39th season within the next two weeks.

APBA Pro Baseball was founded in Lancaster, PA by a group of Phillies fans back in 1950.  When they realized that the game they had created was something very special they decided to form a company and market it to fans around the country.   Needless to say they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams!   What differentiates APBA Pro Baseball from the rotisserie leagues that so many fans get involved with is that you actually play the games.  Each January, a new set of player cards is issued based on the previous seasons statistics.   The game is based on probability and dice are involved.  Each game takes about 20 minutes to play and believe me the results are usually pretty realistic.  APBA Pro Baseball is extremely easy to learn and people can be playing the game after just a few hours of practice.  APBA Pro Baseball is quite similar to another tabletop baseball game you might have heard of called Strat-O-Matic.  

There are APBA Pro Baseball Leagues all over the country and many of them like ours have been around for a good many years.  For more information you can always check out apbagames.com.   If you have a group of friends who would be willing to commit to just a few hours each week you will quickly discover that APBA Pro Baseball is a terrific hobby.  Very highly recommended!
APBA 1 Much better than rotisserie for baseball fans who have the time. Much better than rotisserie for baseball fans who have the time. Much better than rotisserie for baseball fans who have the time.

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December 24, 2009
Strat-O-Matic just released a set of cards from the Negro Leagues. Check out this link at Sports Illustrated: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writer...eague.strato/index.html
December 24, 2009
Yes, I heard about this. Would be quite interesting to actually play some of these players after all these decades. Thanks for the heads up!
December 24, 2009
Paul, I was wondering if you saw my all-time baseball team list that I created yesterday? I would love to see what your list would be.
December 22, 2009
Hi Paul. There was an article in the LA Times today on Strat-o-matic that I thought you would be interested in: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-strat-o-...09dec21,0,7468798.story
December 22, 2009
Wow! What a neat idea! Thanks for the heads up!
November 20, 2009
I have seen the Strat-O-Matic game which is very similar to APBA. We are preparing for the start of our 40th season in January. Imagine that! I was a teenager when we started. Still great fun! Glad this jogged your memory.
November 20, 2009
Paul thanks for bringing back my own memories. I never played this game but I have virtually similar experiences with Strat-O-Matic Baseball. I used to spend countless hours with my friends and we used to do all the same trades that happened in the actual Major Leagues. Adults would be surprised at my knowledge I had of the real game and this is because I knew how good a fielder, runner, type of arm, strike-out ratio of all the players were. These days I have too many things to do to start devoting that time to playing again. I do long for those days.
July 07, 2009
Sounds Like Fun!! 
January 08, 2009
Nice write up Paul. One of the coolest parts of Lunch is getting to learn about all the niche interests that people have. I really dig it. I'm a baseball (Dodger) fan but haven't had the time to make the commitment to get into any rotisserie or fantasy leagues of any sort.... i must not be "real" fan :(
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Manage your choice of legends to new heights! For well over 50 years APBA has been the unchallenged KING of quality baseball entertainment products! Now with with APBA Pro Baseball you can get in on the excitement. Fun, quick and easy to play, APBA Pro Baseball puts you right in the middle of the action.

APBA Pro Baseball contains a revised spiral-bound instruction/play result booklet, which includes expanded pitcher strikeout ratings, and a new optional "Official Scorer" system, designed to fine-tune the fielding phase of APBA baseball. The game also includes the New York and Brooklyn teams from the 1953 Fall Classic, 25 players per team.

APBA Pro Baseball is a great game to enjoy some quick baseball fun, or it can serve as a great learning tool to hone your baseball acumen. Oh did we mention, that APBA Pro Baseball is as realistic as pro-ball and statistically accurate? We've even upgraded the result boards, so it's even MORE ACCURATE than ever before.

APBA Pro Baseball is so easy to play that you'll be rolling dice and playing within two minutes! No long challenging instructions to read or learn. Our quick start guide will have you swinging for the fences in no time! After you become familiar with the basic rules,  it's up to you when you start incorporating APBA Pro Baseball's optional rules that will give you all kinds of managing flexibility!

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