Baseball Card/Dice Game Identification Question
August 12, 2013 5:14 AM   Subscribe

Need Help Identifying a Baseball Dice/Card Game From the 80s/90s.

I am trying to identify a game that I remember from many years ago. This is a game that I have never owned, or played (so the details I have on it are very limited), but I always wanted to buy it. I only ever saw it advertised back in the late 80s and early 90s in sports magazines. I used to buy baseball card guides (Beckett’s) and other sports magazines (Inside Sports, SI, etc) and it was always advertised in one of these magazines (I think it was Beckett’s).

Since I never owned it, I can’t remember the specifics, but I really wanted to buy this game. However, since I lived in Canada, I couldn’t buy it as it wouldn’t ship to Canada. Therefore, I can’t recall if it was a card game or dice game (or both), but I do remember staring at the ads for hours on end, wishing I could buy it and play it with my friends.

The thing I remember most about this particular game was the fact that it came in a small box and for this version, there was a cardboard cut-out of EVERY major league stadium outfield fence that you placed at the back of the box for effect. I think they one they used in the ads was Fenway Park.

I did some light Googling searching and found Strat-O-Matic would seem to be the logical conclusion, but I am not sure if this is the game I am thinking about. AND, I did a lot of Google image searching, but couldn’t find an instance of Strat-O-Matic using the cardboard cutouts of the outfield fence to give a real stadium affect.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what this game might have been? I am 99% positive the ad was from 1989-91ish (probably not before or much after that)...

posted by dbirchum to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I think it's Pursue the Pennant
posted by DigDoug at 5:31 AM on August 12, 2013


That's it!!!!! As soon as I read your post, I recognized the name and knew it was it! Before I clicked your link, I knew it was going to be it!

Has anyone ever played it before??
posted by dbirchum at 5:46 AM on August 12, 2013

I vaguely remember it... I was into baseball cards with my uncle (my dad's youngest brother is only a few months older than me) a few years prior. We kept trying to get re-interested but nothing stuck.

The most fun I remember is keeping our own scorecards during marathon sessions of Earl Weaver Baseball on his C64
posted by DigDoug at 5:49 AM on August 12, 2013

I played Pursue the Pennant a bunch in high school (having "graduated" from Strat-O-Matic) and enjoyed it a lot. Never used the fence though.

The system has been turned into a computer game (which has probably subsequently evolved) called Dynasty League Baseball.
posted by dfan at 6:35 AM on August 14, 2013

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