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Strat-O-Matic Opening Day Announced

Owned by Port Washington resident, the firm draws loyal fans to its annual Opening Day.

Pitchers and catchers don't report for two more months, but baseball fans can kick off a new season Feb. 8. 

That's when iconic Glen Head gaming firm Strat-O-Matic debuts its 2013 baseball game, the company announced Wednesday.

Strat-O-Matic's annual Opening Day draws fans from several states who wait in line to pick up the latest baseball cards. Purists play with game cards and 18-sided dice. But the game has adapted to computer and online gamers too. Those games are available for purchase now, but won't be unlocked until Opening Day.

The game dates to 1961 and was founded by Port Washington resident Hal Richman.

Fans lined up as early as 8 a.m. last year and came from as far away as Boston.

The office opens Feb. 8 at 1 p.m.

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R Miller December 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Amazing after all these years with the changes in technology that this game is still popular. Good to see especially being a local homegrown
Frank Ullman December 20, 2012 at 01:03 PM
About a year-or-so ago, I attended a sports-related panel discussion that included Strat-0-Matic founder, Hal Richman. During the question and answer session, a man stepped up to the microphone and thanked Mr. Richman for the incredibly positive role that Strat-O-Matic played in this man’s life. This individual explained that when he was a young boy, he lived in a household with an abusive, alcoholic father. When his father came home drunk, he would go to the attic and play Strat-O-Matic baseball. Strat-O-Matic was his escape. After this man spoke, another man stepped up to the microphone and commented how playing Strat-O-Matic provided comforted to him, too. This man explained that there was a time when his young daughter was diagnosed with cancer and she was receiving care through the Ronald McDonald House. He explained that he was having difficulty coping. While the family was staying at Ronald McDonald house, one of his Strat-O-Matic friends stopped by and played Strat-O-Matic baseball with him every day. It was a great comfort to have his friend there, playing Strat-O-Matic for hours-upon-hours at a time, to help distract from the constant focus on his daughter’s cancer. Playing Strat-O-Matic was very therapeutic. These two anecdotes prompted me to play a Strat-O-Matic baseball, a board game that I hadn’t played in decades. The game is still great to play more than 50 years after its introduction.
Adina Genn December 20, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Thanks for sharing Frank.

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