OBJECTIVE OF EEBOO’S BASEBALL: Be the player with the most runs after nine innings
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 players
TYPE OF GAME: Card game
INTRODUCTION TO EEBOO’S BASEBALL
Eeboo’s Baseball card game is an extremely simple adaptation of America’s pastime. It is essentially the baseball dice game first published in 1900. Dice rolls have been assigned to a deck of cards. Players shuffle the deck and flip cards over one at a time to see the outcome of the pitch. Younger children will enjoy the simple mechanics of the game as well as the tension and surprise of the card flip.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
In the box you get a thirty-six card deck, two instruction cards, a scorecard, and a baseball diamond playmat. The deck is composed of ten yellow ball cards, seventeen red strike/out cards, and nine take-your-base cards. The scorecard provides a scoring template for you to copy onto a separate piece of paper.
SETUP FOR EEBOO’S BASEBALL
Open the playmat and place it in the center of the table. Prepare your scoresheet by copying the scorecard template onto a separate piece of paper. The player who is not batting must keep score. Shuffle the deck of cards and place them in front of the player who bats first.
The youngest player bats first. They begin their turn by flipping over one card at a time from the deck. Keep track of strikes and balls by laying them out in an orderly way. Keep flipping over cards until you get three strikes, four balls, an out, or a hit.
GETTING ON BASE
As soon as four ball cards are flipped, that batter walks. Take the fourth ball card and place it on first base. Shuffle all other balls, foul balls, and strikes back into the deck for the next batter.
If a single, double, or triple card is flipped over, place that card on the appropriate base. Advance all other runners already on base. For example, if you have a runner on second and a single card is flipped over, move the second base runner to third. If the stolen base card is flipped, the most advanced runner moves ahead one base. If the hit by pitcher or balk card is flipped, automatically place that card on first base.
As soon as a third strike card is flipped up, that batter is out. Return all ball and strike cards to the deck and shuffle for the next batter. A foul ball card counts as a first or second strike, but it cannot count as the third strike. A player can also get out by flipping over a foul out, fly out, or double play card.
After the third out, collect all of the cards. The next batter shuffles the deck, and the opposite player now keeps score. Continue playing until nine innings are complete.
The player with the most runs at the end of the 9th inning is the winner. If the score is tied, complete a 10th inning. If the game is still tied, continue playing innings until there is a winner.
A card game adaptation of the classic baseball dice game, Eeboo’s Baseball card game is perfect for young children. Rather than roll dice, players take turns as the batter flipping over cards from the thirty six card deck. Flip over balls, strikes, fouls, and hits, get your players on base, and score as many runs as possible. Test your luck with a large variety of hits, foul out cards, hit-batter, and even balks. The player with the most runs at the end of the 9th inning wins!