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Circa Classics Baseball

Circa Classics Baseball

Fall 2003 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Price: $49.99
Circa Classics Baseball is a finely crafted, old-wood styled throwback of an actual baseball game. Like its big brother, the award-winning "Old Century Baseball" game which is about twice the size and cost of this smaller version, this table-top ballpark brings a pre-electric pinball style of play to America's pastime.

Fashioned after the great classic ballparks of baseball's past, the game's a sweet little diversion from videogames and television. Using the flipper bat, players time their swings to whack the spring-loaded pitched metal marble into play where it drops into holes marked 'out', 'single', 'double', 'triple' or up the launch to the 'homerun' slot.

Circa Classics Baseball is old time fun, made with the authenticity and finesse of a nicely turned double play. Even the included scorecards are toned-down version of real baseball scorecards, so players learn something of scoring real baseball innings.

If the game has a downside, it's the diminutive size. Unlike it's roomy big brother which provides lots of space for slamming the ball, this game is tight on elbow room which proves limiting in its play value. So maybe it's not a grand slam; but it is a hit!

Don Oldenburg   ©2003 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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