AVALON HILL STATIS PRO BASEBALL GAME
The Statis-Pro Baseball Games originally dates back to the 1970s. Statis Pro baseball game was produced by the Avalon Hill Game Company, under it's line of Sports Illustrated Games. Between the early 1970s and 1992, the game saw only minor changes.
Statis Pro Baseball should be considered as an intermediate level baseball game. The game system is fairly simple, but still gives the manager a wide variety of options that generally result in a fun and relatively realistic game. The Statis Pro baseball game includes individual pitcher and batter cards for an entire baseball season. A full 9-inning game generally takes 30 minutes or less to complete. The game can be played head-to-head or solitaire. Because of the somewhat limited defensive options, solitaire play can be almost as fun as head-to-head play.
While there are no major problems with the mechanics of the Statis Pro baseball game, the game is rather simplified. The individual batters and pitchers are not rated for their actual abilities against left and right. The running and bunting system are also somewhat simple, but functional.
Despite the games drawbacks, it is very fun to play and the game results are often reasonable. When you combine that with the relative ease of the game, the result is that Statis-Pro Baseball is most definitely one of the top baseball games ever made. The game should be recommended to any baseball gamers or fans.
Unfortunately, production of the Statis Pro baseball game was halted after the 1992 baseball season on account of a royalties dispute between Avalon Hill and MLB. The short story is that MLB wanted royalties for the use of the team and player names, and the cost of the royalties no longer made the Statis Pro Baseball game viable for Avalon Hill. However, for those of you interested in the game, a copy of the game can usually be found for sale on eBay.
While the Avalon Hill Statis Pro Baseball game is no longer in production, it is possible to make your own player cards using the Statis Pro Baseball card formulas provided with the game. For those of you who are interested in updated statis pro baseball cards, there are many new Statis Pro Baseball card downloads available for free.
STATIS PRO BASEBALL GAME DOWNLOADS
- 3rd Edition Statis Pro Baseball Fast Action Cards (FAC) - (PDF 120kB)
- Statis-Pro Baseball Card Formulas
- Updated Statis Pro Baseball Game Player Cards