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Strat-O-Matic Fanatics: The Unlikely Success Story Of A Game That Became An American Passion Paperback – January 31, 2005
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"Readers of Guzzo’s brilliantly written and soaring look into Strat-O-Matic will start out thinking they’re reading about a game, only to discover they’re really reading about passion and life." --Doug Looney, former senior writer for Sports Illustrated
"It’s a terrific read for anyone who has ever played the greatest game ever created (including myself). It’s a terrific business story. It’s a terrific marketing story. Best of all, it’s a page-turning personal tale of a quirky and brilliant inventor who, by refusing to give up even when he should have, changed the world of sports forever." --H. G. "Buzz" Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights
About the Author
GLENN GUZZO, former editor of The Denver Post and executive sports editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, has been a Strat-O-Matic fanatic since 1963. He lives in Florida with his wife Donna and their daughter Scheherazade, named after the greatest storyteller in history.
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Readers are treated to a riveting story, however, about a very shy boy who found solace from his chaotic household surroundings by inventing a game with dice and cards that replicated baseball. Not only is the creator's (Hal Richman) story vividly told, it is done so with a great deal of sensitivity and insight. In addition to being a very personal story, it is also a fascinating tale of the formation of a beloeved small business that has managed to survive despite the entry bigger, better funded competitors, due to careful attention to and understanding of the marketplace and its customers.
Sadly, few people who don't play Strat will give this book a chance, but anyone could find something to enjoy in this book (for those who DO play the game, its really a must read).
NB: The book is well written, despite what a few other reviews state. I'm already looking forward to Guzzo's next book on baseball statistics.
like the way Glenn provides a history of the development, and
being a physician, I like the psychological aspects he covers.
For me, it has always been more about reproducing the
stats and employing strategy as opposed to graphics.
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There is a lot to like about this book, especially from a Strat-o-Matic baseball and football board player whose draft baseball...Read more