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Harry's Grand Slam Baseball

Harry's Grand Slam Baseball

Spring 2006 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Price: $14.99
Imagine being able to play a complete baseball game on your kitchen table. A reproduction of Harry Obst's original card game from 1962, the game includes 54 illustrated play cards, a baseball “diamond”, an outfield scoreboard, both updated and original rules, a card reference sheet, and a history of Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game, all conveniently housed in a sturdy tin.

The cards are shuffled and three cards are dealt to each player (the team manager.) Players take turns playing cards on the diamond that help their team score when at bat, or they play defensively when in the field. Cards indicate typical baseball plays and are identified as out, on base, and runner cards, or special pinch hitter and relief pitcher cards. Red squares on the corners of the cards indicate the number of bases to advance each runner; the white circles represent outs. After three “outs” the other team gets to bat.

Just like Major League Baseball, some innings progress more quickly than others. And because each turn requires participation and decision making, players are always a part of the game.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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