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12:47 AM - Sep 24, 2017 #21

Hi Joyce. It's great to hear from Sy Marder's daughter! I'm sure your dad would be proud to know 
that his "baby" is one of the most sought after baseball games in the hobby. I know it's one of 
my most prized possessions.

I sent you an email through the forum regarding an email I received a few years ago from someone 
who says he knew you and your dad very well.
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9:15 PM - Sep 25, 2017 #22

Joyce, I would like to thank you for the greatest game ever, I have played over 10,000 games of BAM.
I have been able to pickup many versions of the except (1968)"67 stats" . I started looking in 1990, after 
my original version was barely readable.  I have been trying to contact Sy many times and even Hank Bauer. 

I sent you a large envelope about 2 weeks ago, with some reprint designs. I think I could help you out, 
contact me at beerstamp69@gmail.com 
If you did not receive my last letter I could send you a follow up. Please look at my replies and reprints, any 
imput would be helpfull. I have considered a website and reprinting the game, with a more understandable format.  
I was hoping to acquire stats from others and incorporate into the remake cards.  Any info from you would be very helpful.....  

I think it was produced from 1967-1971, I went to the BAM night in Baltimore in 69 which came with the Oakland team. 
A friend of mine went and saw your dad in person to acquire the game. I will have much more info for you soon !!  
I wish I had met your dad !   
THANK YOU   BRIAN STARR  201 Hitching Post Drive   Bel Air, MD 21014 

ps..... someone did a youtube video of the game, he used my very old reprints
On the attachment, I realize the stats are wrong on Wine and Lock (doubles) 
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12:37 AM - Sep 26, 2017 #23

Hi there, Joyce, thanks very much for your comments!  We're the moderators of this little Forum 
and we're usually a little quicker on the draw, so our apologies for not having more promptly 
acknowledged your post, but we'll certainly join Kent, Mike, John, and Brian in welcoming you 
on board and in looking forward to any further insights you can provide!  

Over the years this Forum has been on-line, we've featured interviews with several designers 
and inventors of classic tabletop baseball games (they're in our Files subforum).  Your dad was 
always right near the top of the list of guys whom we wanted to interview, but we could never find 
an address for him (postal, e-mail, or otherwise) or really much information at all about him.  So 
anything you could tell us about him, and any specifics you remember about his development of 
Be A Manager, would be of great interest to us and to many members of this Forum!  We hope 
to hear more from you in the near future.  
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9:41 PM - Oct 12, 2017 #24

Hollyzmom wrote: My name is Joyce Olcott, formerly Joyce Marder. My dad, Sy Marder created this game. 
I too wish I could find a version of this game, as he has passed and I have nothing if his. 
It's so wonderful to see people still remember this game, as this was his "baby" ,and 
he put his heart into creating it. He ALWAYS loved baseball- the GREATEST game ever ❤❤ 
Joyce, I can help you out, I have been collecting Be a Manager since 1990. We played this game a kids, 
no other Baseball Game. I have an uncut sheet, Would look very cool framed, from the 69 Washington team 
"Hall of Fame" giveaway. Anything I can help you with................ let me know !!! Thanks 
Brian
PS.............. did anyone ever get the additional players............ my teams all have 20 cards
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5:43 PM - Nov 11, 2017 #25

hello Joyce,  I just picked up a version of the 1967 National League.
With box and contents are you interested................
Thank You Brian
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5:51 PM - Nov 11, 2017 #26

I am working on a best of Be A Manager. The original 20 teams
12 pitchers, 15 hitters and a PBC. Just completed the rosters
as soon as I can shorten this 1000 page document to two,
I will post. Sandy Koufax (hall of fame card) also one for Rod Carew.
Less than 10 cards have been altered or changed. (Rettenmund,
Lonborg,Nolan Ryan for California,Catfish Hunter,
Dennis Higgins & Steve Dunning

PS..... cards will change if I obtain 1968 (67stats) cards, cards are based on career or 10 relevant years.
If you think I made a wrong choice on a card..........let me know..........some I had to overvalue because others
are undervalued. (Dave Johnson,Etchebarren<undervalued......>Belanger... overvalued) 71Rettenmund was too good
could not use, Jim Lonborg,Jim Hunter could not use any of the cards I had. A 68(67version) card may change these guys.
Rod Carew card is based on Norm Siebern..... rookie year (ok)...... but Rod became a superstar quickly !!!
Orange means do not exist or have at this time. I will have to do alot of cutting and pasting to make up these teams
I just want to see if there is any interest in reprints (4x6 cards both Pitchers and Batters... 4 per sheet perforated
176 g/m textured white postcards with a plain white backing  (for now)

add on....... I am considering making color coded cards, You will know from the look, if a player bats R,L or Both
                   and pitchers, if they throw left or right, hopefully I will have a color coded card soon and new rules.
                  suggested line-up verses left or right handed pitching. Any suggestions on new rules for BAM is
                 appreciated, If you change nothing, the line-up and pitchers will never change and you would only
                 need 11 hitters and 8 pitchers like the original..................    bam 66-71 2017NL .JPG
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11:11 PM - Jan 24, 2018 #27

jballgameca wrote:
bamco-star wrote:Be A Manager 1967 NL sold for $1135 or more, 3 bidders over 1000 mark.
Be A Manager 1969 Atlanta & Mets giveaway game sold for $80
Do you remember what team was giving away with the Astros ...............
Still looking for the 1968 (67 stats) cards, does anyone have I copy....
THANX BRIAN
PS....... $150 In your wildest dreams, I've only seen 2 copies go that cheap in 30 years.
I badly wanted that 1969 "giveaway" game a couple of months ago. I would have bid a fair amount above what it sold for
but the seller wouldn't budge on sending it Priority Mail to Canada. I find that International First Class works just as well,
if not better, and is much less expensive. Sigh...

Hey Brian, I guess I'm one of the two lucky BAM buyers you mentioned. I actually got mine for $135 on ebay ten years ago.
I did a Kansas City A's Jim Nash pitcher replay that I posted regularly about on the old forum back then.
John
JBALL.......... which version did you get............... I very seldom see any versions after the 1967 (based on 1966)..... Do you know anyone that has the 68 version or 69NL version.
I ran into a friend that said he had some cards of the league we played 40 years ago....... I think he has the missing 69 Clay Carroll  "that has been missing"
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12:43 AM - Jan 25, 2018 #28

Brian, I won the 1967 AL edition game in late 2007. Since then I have purchased a 1967 NL set and then a 1967 game that included both leagues. I kept the best cards of each player and sold the second complete game on eBay a few years ago.

Sorry but I don't personally know anyone else who has the game.
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7:42 PM - Feb 22, 2018 #29

It is very tough to find in any condition. Most that had the game, simply thru it away. My originals of 1969 are very
hard to read because of wear and tear. The ones that I have gotten since 1990 are in good shape, and I only
use reprints. I only reprint upon demand or I wish to start another league. If you ever find a 1968 version, let
me know ( the big thin cardboard cards ) The HOF version is not compatible with the other versions, everyone hit .340
or better and too many triples than the modern era. I went to a beer show last week, there are empty cans selling for
+10,000. Billy beer is worth less than a $1 full..................... 
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12:46 PM - Jun 25, 2018 #30

Hi everyone, if this post is an error, I apologize, I just joined and am new to forum communication. I just purchased a 1971 version(partial set 123 al, 83 nl) including the original mailing box, letter, instructions, board, promo adv, and sample cards. I have been doing a lot of research and contacting many people trying to gather as much information as possible. My email mikeharvey2008@yahoo.com. So far nobody I have been in contact with has any of the 1971 version. Any info, knowledge would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks
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6:02 PM - Jun 25, 2018 #31

Hi there Mike, welcome to the Forum and thanks for your 
questions! And nope, you did just fine, this thread is the 
right spot for your post.  (Actually, we thought maybe your 
screenname referred to "Mt. Closet," which we recently 
had to scale again to reach a small game that got pushed 
to the back of the top shelf there... )  

Hopefully you'll get the answers you need, and hopefully 
any new information or insights on the tough-to-find variations 
of Be A Manager will be shared here in the Forum!  
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