Butch wanted me to introduce myself some time ago, but one thing led to another and I never got around to it.
My name is Carlos Bauer, and I invented World Series Baseball Board Game back in the 1980s. Back then
it was a game played with three ten-sided dice, or a random number generated scientific calculator (which is
what I used). I marketed the game with a friend of mine, in 1989 and 1990. See 1989 ad published in
Street & Smith (attached).
Sales were not great, but that wasn't the reason I invented the game. What I wanted to do was be able to rate
any player in any league, and simply. I was a friend of Jack Kavanagh (the inventor of Extra Innings), and, at first,
I tried to get Jack to convert EI to ten-sided dice, but Jack had moved on to writing historical baseball books, and
so he told me that I should do it. Why I wanted a baseball board game like Jack's was because I wanted to play games
with the players from the PCL of my youth, which none of they "big guys" would let you do. EI would, but truth be told,
I was never good at subtracting or adding sixes!
So I came up with World Series Baseball, and a friend and I marketed the game for two years. I took a slightly
different take than Jack had, but it remained close in spirit. (Instead of ERA, I used a modified form of OBA and,
before it had a name, WHIP.) What I chose to do was make a full-featured game that took only about a half-hour
I have been playing the game since then, and have add a number of modifications. I have greatly improved several
aspects of the game, especially fielding. The original game used only rosters. Over the years, I have come to used
a combination of player cards and team fielding charts with all the players on that.
My plan is to release the game in a couple of years, once I have rated every major league player and every ballpark
from 1900 to the present. (The reason I will not release it now is because I'm play testing the game using the 1957
NL season, and will not release the game until I'm sure it is statistically accurate over the course of a season.
I figure that will take me two years to complete. I believe game companies never have done enough game testing.
They make the game, have some tester play a few games, and then toss it out on the market.)
Additionally, I will release cards for ten season, of which I have not decided any seasons other than 1957. Input on
what seasons I should make available will be greatly appreciated. I have made the rating system just a matter of
inputting easily accessible data (e.g., Baseball Reference) into Excel spread sheets for batters, for pitcher, for fielders,
for ball parks. What come out on the other side are the final ratings. (I always hated it when a designer said, "User
your own judgement" on some obscure third baseman from 1907, so I have come with the formulas so preclude that.)
I will include the templates for the player cards and team fielding card.
My plan is to offer it to the gaming community...for the staggering price of $0, or slightly less than they charge for
Ballpark Baseball (snark).
Hey Carlos, thanks for your post! Nice to see you here -- our apologies for not responding promptly
to your off-list e-mail, but we'll reply here and say thanks, again, for that more in-depth history of the
development of World Series Baseball -- and also for the scan of the magazine ad. We'll add that to
the "Baseball Games Advertisements" page [ http://baseballgames.dreamhosters.com/BbAdverts.htm ]
at our main website when next we update that.
Best of luck and success with the reissue of World Series Baseball! By the way, we're moving
your post from the main antique/collectible games forum to our Baseball Sims Forum
[ baseball-sims-forum-f4.html ], which we think is a better fit,
but we're leaving the topic linked in the main forum, so there'll be twice as many chances for views!