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Earl Weaver Baseball is a baseball computer simulation game (1987), designed by Don Daglow and Eddie Dombrower and published by Electronic Arts. The artificial intelligence for the computer manager was provided by Baseball Hall of Fame member Earl Weaver, then manager of the Baltimore Orioles. EWB was a major hit, and along with Madden Football helped pave the way for the EA Sports brand, which launched in 1992. Picture of Fenway Park. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... A simulation game is a game that is intended to simulate the world, or an aspect of it. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Don Daglow (1953- ) is an American computer game and video game designer, programmer and producer best known for his early designs during the first two decades of computer and video games, and for leading a series of development teams on major projects. ... Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) is a leading video game developer and publisher. ... ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in North America, the display of baseball-related... Earl Sidney Weaver (born August 14, 1930 in St. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) East Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 1983 â€¢ 1970 â€¢ 1966 AL Pennants (7) 1983 â€¢ 1979 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1970 1969 â€¢ 1966 â€¢ 1944 East Division titles (8) 1997 â€¢ 1983 â€¢ 1979 â€¢ 1974 1973 â€¢ 1971 â€¢ 1970 â€¢ 1969 Wild card berths (1) 1996 Major league... Cover of the PlayStation version of Madden 99. ... EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


EWB was the first game to introduce many features that subsequently became part of most or all computer baseball sims through the present day:

  • EWB was the first commercial computer sports game to not just play a single game, but to allow players to simulate an entire season of games without actually showing each game play-by-play on the screen. In 1971 Daglow had written the first-ever computer baseball game, Baseball, and included this feature. The game ran only on a room-sized mainframe computer, however, and was never offered for sale.
  • The first time players were offered the option of either playing in arcade mode (using eye-hand coordination as well as managerial strategy) or manager mode (where users managed their teams but did not physically control the players).
  • The first time players were offered single pitch mode, which allowed games where players dueled as managers to be completed more quickly by not calling every pitch and displaying only the outcome of each at-bat.
  • The first time different stadiums were shown graphically on the screen, with game play adjusted for their actual dimensions. This marks the debut of the Green Monster of Fenway Park in any computer game.
  • The first time a baseball manager had worked with game designers to provide the managerial strategy and artificial intelligence for a computer game. After leaving EA, Daglow would later lead the design of the Tony La Russa Baseball series, working with Tony La Russa.
  • The first time a games publisher issued annual baseball statistics disks to update the rosters and stats of the major league players.
  • The first game to have the MLBPA license and feature actual major league players. This option had been pulled from Daglow and Dombrower's 1983 Intellivision World Series Baseball, the first sports video game to display multiple camera angles, at the last minute by Mattel in order to save money.

The game was named to the Computer Game Hall of Fame by Computer Gaming World and by GameSpy. 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Baseball was the first-ever baseball computer game, and was created on a PDP-10 mainframe computer at Pomona College in 1971 by student Don Daglow. ... Mainframes (often colloquially referred to as big iron) are large and expensive computers used mainly by government institutions and large companies for legacy applications, typically bulk data processing (such as censuses, industry/consumer statistics, ERP, and bank transaction processing). ... The Green Monster in 2004, showing the manual scoreboard and Green Monster seating For other uses, see Green Monster (disambiguation) The Green Monster is the nickname of the 37 foot, two inch left field wall at Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox. ... Fenway Park is the home ballpark for the Boston Red Sox baseball club. ... ... Tony La Russa Baseball is a baseball computer and video game console simulation game (1991-1997), designed by Don Daglow, Mark Buchignani, David Bunnett and Hudson Piehl and developed by Stormfront Studios. ... Anthony La Russa, Jr. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ... The Major League Baseball Players Association (or MLBPA) is the union of professional major-league baseball players. ... Intellivision World Series Baseball is a baseball video game simulation (1983), designed by Don Daglow and Eddie Dombrower and published by Mattel for Intellivision. ... Mattel Inc. ... Computer Gaming World Computer Gaming World (CGW) is the oldest video game publication still in continuous circulation. ... The GameSpy Logo GameSpy, also known as GameSpy Industries, is a division of IGN Entertainment, and operates a network of game Web sites and provides online video game-related services and software. ...


See also

Baseball was the first-ever baseball computer game, and was created on a PDP-10 mainframe computer at Pomona College in 1971 by student Don Daglow. ... Intellivision World Series Baseball is a baseball video game simulation (1983), designed by Don Daglow and Eddie Dombrower and published by Mattel for Intellivision. ... Tony La Russa Baseball is a baseball computer and video game console simulation game (1991-1997), designed by Don Daglow, Mark Buchignani, David Bunnett and Hudson Piehl and developed by Stormfront Studios. ... Old Time Baseball is a baseball computer simulation game (1995) designed by Don Daglow. ...

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Earl Weaver - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (286 words)
Between his two stints as a manager, Weaver served as a color commentator for ABC television, calling the 1983 World Series (which involved the Orioles) along with Al Michaels and Howard Cosell.
Weaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
In 1987 Weaver provided the AI for the computer game Earl Weaver Baseball, which was published by Electronic Arts.
Sabermetrics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1145 words)
He began publishing his Baseball Abstracts in 1977 to study some questions about baseball he found interesting, and their eclectic mix of essays based on new kinds of statistics soon became popular with a generation of thinking baseball fans.
Earl Weaver, former manager of the Baltimore Orioles, would vociferously deny any such statistical leanings, and say his baseball strategy is based on "common sense." Nevertheless, his use of sabermetric methods is well-documented.
Weaver was the first baseball manager to start keeping stats about how each of his batters did against each pitcher in the league, and the corresponding stats for each Orioles pitcher against each American League hitter, writing the statistics by hand on index cards and then hiring a college student to collate them.
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