Pine Tar Baseball is a fast paced dice tabletop game that can be played in 22-30 minutes. Replay past games, playoffs, or even entire seasons. There are currently 10 seasons available, with new seasons coming out about once every 6 weeks.
Pine Tar Baseball: Complete 1960 Season & the 1936 Negro League Edition is now live on Kickstarter. The campaign runs though to January 5, 2017. Click the image below for more information on the 1960/1936 offerings.
Pine Tar Baseball: Complete 1982 Season & 2016 Playoff Edition just launched its Kickstarter campaign. The campaign runs though untill October 24, 2016. Now you have the opportunity to replay your favorite teams from 1982. Even replay the 82 World Series. You may also select the 10 team playoff set from 2016. Those that back 2016 in time will get a pre-release of 2016 teams so everyone can play along as the playoffs unfold! Click the image below for more information on the 1982/2016 offerings.
Pine Tar Baseball: 1915 Edition has just launched on Kickstarter. Click the image blow to go to the Kickstarter campaign to select a reward level.
Pine Tar Baseball (PTB) - is a fun and fast paced dice and card game for 1 or 2 players. With PTB you can replay a single game, series or an entire season. Ninety percent of plays are resolved in 1 die roll and no play takes more than 2 rolls. A game of Pine Tar Baseball - 1973 can be played in 18 to 30 minutes.
You can try out the game for free by downloading a PDF that contains the games rules, game chart and 2 teams from the 1884 season. Simply Print and Play. All you will need is 3 ten sided dice that are available from most any local game shop. FREE Print & Play version (1884) Free - Two teams from the 1973 season. You will need the 1884 file just above this that has the rule set.
Note: 19th century games take a bit longer to play due to the higher scores and higher number of errors made back then. Games from the 1800's also do not use the full features of Pine Tar Baseball, such as batter splits and pitching grade splits.
Previous seasons released for Pine Tar Baseball include: 2014, 1884, and 1889. It should be noted that every edition comes with the same rule set. This means if you already have a boxed edition of the game and you want to play a newly released season, you only need to purchase the player set for the new season.
Sample of three pitchers from the 1973 Reds.
Updates to this project will be posted on the blog page of this same site. Feel free to also check out our main website, Life is Sport Games. You may contact us with suggestions for future seasons sets or ideas to improve the game by using this form. We do not share emails.
What folks are saying about Pine Tar Baseball
Steve Page - I've played fourteen games of the 1889 National League schedule, with some amazing games already. A 4-3 nail biter between NYG and Boston, a 12-9 win for Chicago over Pittsburgh in 14 innings, and a no-hitter carried into the 7th, and barely won 7-6 by Indianapolis over Cleveland. The game plays so smoothly once you get a few under your belt. Pitching mantra for 2015:" Give me five, then dive." Pitching mantra for 1889: "Give me nine, then recline".
Kevin Robson - My copy arrived today!! Thank you James...it looks absolutely great. The quality of the contents are first class and the production values and attention to detail are superb! Well done too for the amazingly quick fulfillment from initial Kickstartercampaign.
Pete Manzolillo - This game is beautifully designed and presented with top-quality components. It comes in a sturdy box with an attractive cover. The charts, player cards and rule book are all on heavy card stock. The main rule book and optional rule book are on a smooth glossy stock and the layout really "breathes" with margins, paragraph spacing and bolded main sections. The rules are written in a conversational style, not legalese. You will actually feel relaxed while learning the rules!
George Adams - I received my 1889 Pine Tar Baseball game, Saturday morning. Opened the box and pulled out the game. Nice colorful components, very well packed. The teams (8 N.L. and 8 A.A.) come on nice sheets in color.
James definitely has a knack for laying out instructions, which are done very professional like. We played one game, right out of the box, I took St. Louis because I wanted to play Tip O'Neil, and Mike took the Indianapolis Hoosiers, since he is from Terre Haute, Ind. The Browns beat the Hoosiers 5-0, behind the pitching of Ice Box Chamberlain. Tip O'Neil went 1-4 with a walk and scoring two.
The game is driven by rolling on the batters card that is played with numbers 0-99, and occasionally hitting certain numbers which you then use the pitchers rating. It's an easy game to play, and I will add some of the optional rules as I continue. As I already stated, I love the pre-1900 years, so this will be played a bunch in the upcoming weeks.
Steve Page - I am a long time Tabletop Baseball fan, and Pine Tar Baseball beats them all.
Hank Aaron's Pine Tar stats for 1973
7/6/2015 - I've been working on the player set for 1973 and have about 10 teams remaining. Today I had a kind of reverent feeling as I 'carded' Hank Aaron's stats. I was able to see Hank play his last few seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers and he still makes appearances in Milwaukee on special occasions. He is a class act. Hank ended the 1973 season just 2 home runs shy of Babe Ruth's record. He had 40 homers in 465 plate appearances that year.