Orioles Card "O" the Day

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Vintage Fridays: Elrod Hendricks, 1969 Milton Bradley #NNO

Here's one of five game cards I received in a recent mailing from Randy, a fellow diehard Orioles fan. They came from the 1969 Milton Bradley baseball game, which you can see in more detail here. As the linked page explains, this was a more basic game than APBA or Strat-o-Matic. There were only 11 possible outcomes on each card, to be determined by a roll of the dice. There were 15 O's in the team set, and interestingly enough Mark Belanger (145 games played in 1968) and Jim Palmer (missed the entire season due to injury) were not among them. I'll also note that each of the five cards currently in my possession (in addition to Elrod Hendricks' smiling face, the others are Clay Dalrymple, Andy Etchebarren, Jim Hardin, and Dave Leonhard) features one home run result. Did anyone ever play this game (or the 1970 version) as a kid?


Commishbob said...

Never played it but I have some of both sets. It's like the Challenge the Yankees game my friends and I played way back when. Two dice, all hitting chances, no defense or pitching. We were in for an eyeopener when we found APBA and Strat-O-Matic.

And thanks, Kevin. A Elrod card, even a b&w game card, makes any day better.

Jim from Downingtown said...

That's bizarre that the set would include 3 catchers, but not the starting shortstop.

Anonymous said...

It was a game like "Ethan Allen, All Star Baseball" where as the games did not have any way to factor in the pitchers abilities. So most games would end up in the double digits for both sides in runs scored. Fun as a kid but not for a real baseball replay gamer. I bought my 1969 version at a yard sale in Cleveland in the mid 70's. By the way there was also a 1970 and 1972 issue of this game.

Kevin said...

Bob - You're welcome!

Jim - I thought the same thing. I guess since defense doesn't come into play, you could pretend Etch was called upon to play short!

Anon - Thanks for the extra info.