I was introduced to Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball about a month ago, and I’ve been playing the heck out of it ever since. I’ve played it with serious gamers and with non-gamers, even people I would consider anti-gamers, and they’ve all loved it. In the game, players simulate baseball plays by playing cards from their hands.
The game is published by Out of the Box, and they have
a great video about the game on their website. The video is a great way to get a feel for the game. Update 7/20/12: Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball is now out of print, but you can still find copies if you look around. The video is now on YouTube.
The game is packaged in a really nice tin, which is surprising considering the low price. You really get a great deal for your money. It’s for two players, ages 8 to adult. The game is extremely easy to learn and plays in about twenty minutes. This reproduction includes the package, cards, and rules from the original game, which was printed in 1962. Included in the tin are updated rules, game history, a cool scoreboard, and a baseball diamond.
Mark Johnson dedicated an entire episode to Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball on his great podcast, Board Games To Go. If you want to learn more about the history of the game, I recommend checking out that episode, BGTG 86 – All About Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball (with David Gullett).
Harry’s Grand Slam Baseball is available from Funagain Games. I recommend that you buy two, because when you start playing this with friends and family, you’re going to recruit some new fans. Play ball!