1962 Norm Cash Detroit Tigers Baseball Board Game
There are two reasons why the displayed 1962 baseball board game is named for Norm Cash. It's because the Detroit Tiger first baseman led the American league in batting when he hit .361 in 1961, and because baseball fans loved Norm Cash. As for the batting, 1961 was a breakout season for Cash, as he also hit 42 home runs and knocked in 132. As for popularity, Cash was always fun loving. After a rain delay, if he was on second base before the delay, he would be on third when play resumed. Of course, he was always detected and ordered back to his original base, but the fans loved it. Another time, when he couldn't reach a foul ball at the stands, he put a little boy's cap on the boy's head backwards, then reached into the boy's popcorn box for a handful of popcorn and then told the boy "Thank you." The wooden board game, with a thick cardboard playing surface, measures 14.5x14.5", with a height of 1.5". The game is titled "Numerical Baseball/by Norm Cash," and the playing board has a circular image of Cash, with the wording "Norm Cash/1961 American League Batting Champion." It is subtitled "Educational Teaching Machine." The concept is that visible in a slot at second base are two numbers to be multiplied. Behind a hidden slot (near home plate), that can slide away, is the answer to the multiplication problem. There is also a spinner, with batting results in red, white, or green backgrounds. It seems as if the object is to get the multiplication problem correct, because then the player gets results in the red background, which are generally much better than green or white background results. It seems like a fun and educational game for young children who enjoy baseball. The multiplication problems can be seen by manually turning a circular "wheel," but the knob that seems to be designed to move the wheel does not work. A lever near the home plate also is not movable. The game does not have any of the playing pieces. The scoreboard area of the game shows some paper loss, and the covering over the answer slot shows wear. The game does not come with a box. Overall, the game is in around Excellent condition. At 60 years of age, the board game makes an excellent vintage remembrance of a simpler day.
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