version. I don't know if it's available in many stores, but it can be ordered from Cadaco through thecompany's website,
. Allen always claimed he created his game for boys aged9 to 12, boys who were avid baseball fans. He was bothamused and frustrated when All-Star Baseballdeveloped a cult following among those who played thegame as boys in the 1940s and ‘50s, then continued toplay it as adults in the 1960s and beyond. Allenconsidered these people odd. I know, because he toldme so – several times. More on that later.
Okay, what is it?
The game was conceived in 1933 when Allen was withthe St. Louis Cardinals. Always analytical about baseball, Allen came up with an idea for a game afterhe broke down hitting statistics into several categoriesand created pie-chart representations of theperformances of several major league players. He putthose pie charts on paper discs about 3.5 inches indiameter. The discs were cut out in the middle to fitover a spinner, creating what you might call BaseballRoulette. Flick that spinner over a disc and the result would tell you what the player did in one at-bat. There were 14 possibilities, from striking out to hitting ahome run. (There are sample discs elsewhere on thispage. You'll notice none is cut out in the middle because Cadaco soon improved the spinner, mountingit on a plastic sleeve into which the discs could beslipped.)If you played a season’s worth of games, each player’sstatistics would approximate those he had generatedon the field.The focal point on most discs was the space alloted forcategory number 1 – the home run. Everybody loves aslugger, and those who played Allen’s first gameprobably chose Joe DiMaggio for their team earlier