1955 Season Big League Manager Baseball Game

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January 1st, 2016, 6:28 pm #1

Recently picked up the 1956 Edition/1955 Season of the Big League Manager (BLM) Baseball Game.
The game is pretty much complete with a few fringe player cards missing, plus the card of Cleveland
Indians pitcher Bob Lemon. I need to make a second pass of checking the cards vs. the rosters ...
Lemon might still be there within another team set.

Thanks to the front office for re-posting that informative 2004 post by Bill Lanke that provides me
with a lot of great background:
http://baseballgames.freeforums.org/vie ... f=12&t=285

The game box is heavily taped, but all there.
BLM-1.JPG The 1955 American League teams ... the 'logo' envelopes were a year or two away.
BLM-2.JPG The 1955 National League teams.
BLM-3.JPG The '1956 Rosters' which equates to the 1956 Edition (1955 Season).
BLM-4.JPG A closer look at some of the 1956 Rosters.
BLM-5.JPG The two large play result boards that utilize the 100 spinner numbers and the player ratings to derive play results.
BLM-6.JPG A close up pf one of the boards with the copyright date ...
later editions had colored squares on the play result boards and looked a bit more professionally printed.
BLM-7.JPG Some player cards ... rookie seasons for Sandy Koufax and Herb Score. BLM rated pitchers for effectiveness
both with bases empty (PC rating) and men on base (MOB rating).
BLM-8.JPG Game instructions, plus the spinner containing the numbers 1 - 100.
BLM-9.JPG The game came with detailed scoresheets to record all of the statistics as you played the game.
BLM-10.JPG Wish I knew who this guy was ... no match to the rosters or anyone else listed on Retrosheet.org
for that matter. I thought it might be Willard Marshall, but he never pitched in the Big Leagues.
I thought it might be the missing Bob Lemon card, but the ratings don't seem to support that theory either.

Oh well ...
BLM-11.JPG The BLM company introduced a method to play a game in 30 minutes by using the spinner and player cards,
without using the two large play result boards. As originally designed, there could be a fair number of spins
to determine a play result, but from what I've read, the game did a great job of replicating season statistics.
Lanke nicely designed his own artifact to document the 30-minute game methodology and based on this,
I may try playing a couple of games ... time permitting.

Thanks for viewing and Happy New Year!
Dave
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January 2nd, 2016, 7:00 pm #2

Very nifty pickup Dave.
I've never seen that version of the game. Nice touch to have all those individual cards - good stuff!

I like the '55 reference since that's the first time Brooklyn took the WS!
Here's a couple of WS press pins from my collection for the '55 WS - the two on top - to complement your super find.

Mike
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January 5th, 2016, 8:06 pm #3

Hiya Dave! What a super pick-up to start off the year! Those ancient editions of Big League Manager are "stupid tough"
to find at all, let alone complete and/or in decent condition. Our own 1957 edition here in the front office was, in fact,
the oldest we'd seen until yours, except for a partial set of another 1956 that sold ten years ago.

Shame about the tape on your box lid, but considering the scarcity of the earliest editions of BLM and the completeness
and otherwise great condition of your example, yours beats ours (remembering this is only an exhibition, not a competition!)
on several counts -- yours is a nifty year older, for starters, and while ours has the instruction booklet, the spinner,
the roster sheet, and all the charts and scoresheets, all in very nice shape, it includes only four teams, and we seem
to be missing a key player or two from those.

"C Marshall" is a mystery on par with the "Jim Peterson" disk in the 1968 edition of Cadaco's All-Star Baseball.
We don't see a Marshall listed among the pitchers on your roster sheet, which only makes it more mysterious.
We agree Willard Marshall is not a candidate, and we don't find any other real possibilities at Baseball-Reference.com .
Cuddles Marshall didn't pitch in the majors after 1950. If the name printed on the card is slightly wrong, the closest
we can come to other nominees are Connie Marrero, whose last year in the bigs was 1954, Marshall Bridges, who
didn't debut until 1959, and Cliff Markle, who pitched sporadically between 1915 and 1924.

Anyway, congrats on an excellent acquisition, and thanks for showing it off!
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January 6th, 2016, 1:40 pm #4

I'm curious: Did you ever resolve the "C. Marshall" pitching card mystery.

I have a friend who has quite a collection of BLM game sets from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s
and he is generally considered an expert on this game. If you never solved the mystery,
I will be happy to consult my friend. And if you have resolved the mystery, I would very much
like to know who this pitcher turned out to be.

Happy New Year!
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January 6th, 2016, 5:42 pm #5

jackmitch,
Hello ... I was hoping this particular game might spawn some much needed activity.

The "C. Marshall" pitching card still remains a mystery. If your friend could shed some light on this topic,
it would be much appreciated!

I would also be interested in learning if your friend owns this 1955 season set and if it includes a card
for the Cleveland Indians Bob Lemon.

Thanks for joining this discussion.
Dave
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January 6th, 2016, 9:59 pm #6

I thought it might be Cuddles Marshall but when I looked up his career I found that he last pitched in the majors in 1950. I'll keep trying.

John
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January 7th, 2016, 11:13 am #7

That's an awesome pickup and some great pics to show it all off. I've never played this one, but have heard it's a lot of fun.
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January 7th, 2016, 6:13 pm #8

Thanks, John.
I'm still pretty sure that the C. Marshall card is not masquerading as the missing (I checked twice) Bob Lemon card,
but I make take the opportunity to derive what Bob Lemon's 1955 season ratings might have looked like.
Dave
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January 7th, 2016, 6:38 pm #9

Front Office,
Thanks, and I agree ... definitely an exhibition and not a competition!

I forgot to mention that on the reverse of the 1956 Roster board is another set of 16 team rosters with no identifying year.
A quick check of the games played identify these rosters as reflecting the 1954 season. Not sure why there's no year
and why it's even provided in the first place.

Also, this item was not shipped in another box ... it was the box with brown paper around it! Perhaps the seller figured
the game box was damaged enough and not much more could happen to it. I got lucky and it arrived OK. I know we had
a recent discussion re: bad packaging efforts and I thought of that when this package arrived.

Mike,
Some nice 1955 items you've got there ... thanks for sharing. So you do collect baseball memorabilia other than board games?

Dave
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January 8th, 2016, 10:57 pm #10

Mike,
Some nice 1955 items you've got there ... thanks for sharing. So you do collect baseball memorabilia other than board games?
Hi Dave
Thanx!

Sure do.
Besides some baseball sets, I collect memorabilia of different kinds, some baseball coin ops, Sci-Fi lobby cards,
baseball card comic artwork from the backs of Topps cards e.g.

On the oddball side - I collect variations to the 1908 sheet music - Take me out to the ball game; variations based on
who's on the front of the sheet music; I've cataloged 28 variations and contributed/worked with the HOF on this fact
- a book on the subject from the former Dir. of Research - Tim Wiles - is one of the authors - I contributed to the updates
to the book on variations - the HOF had about 20 and I game them 8 new ones.
Mike
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