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The Avalon Hill Superstar Baseball! game originally dates back to 1971 when it was called Sports Illustrated Baseball. In 1973, the All-Time All-Star Baseball game was released. The game included each of the original American League and National League franchises, with the 25 "best" players from each team's history (hence the name All-Time All-Star Baseball).

Sports Illustrated Baseball Game

In 1974, the All-Time All-Star edition was altered to match the individual card format and relabeled as Superstar Baseball. The game was later transferred to Avalon Hill when they picked up the entire line of sports games from Time Inc (owner of Sports Illustrated magazine).

Avalon Hill Superstar Baseball Board Game

Avalon Hill Superstar Baseball Game The Superstar Baseball game should be considered a basic/entry level baseball game which involves a very simple game system. Despite the simplicity of the game system, the game is very fun to play and perfect for getting kids hooked on baseball board games. The game includes individual pitcher and batter cards for 96 of the all time best players. This allows you to match up great hitters like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle against pitching legends like Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson. A full 9-inning game takes about 10-20 minutes to play. The game can be played head-to-head or solitaire. Because the game is relatively simple, solitaire play is almost as fun as head-to-head play.

There are a few problems with the mechanics of the game. The game rates the players on their defensive, running, bunting and hitting abilities against left and right pitchers. Despite that, the game is heavily slanted towards defense and pitching and as a result, most games end up as a defensive struggle with low scoring.

Overall, the game is simple and fun to play. This game should be recommended for beginning baseball gamers even though the games are unrealistically defensive. Unfortunately the game is no longer in production. However, for those of you interested in the game, you can usually find a copy for sale on eBay.

This was the first baseball game that I played and owned, and I still have a copy of the game to date and it is nice to play it once and a while.