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    Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball
    FAQ
    Version 1.1
    11/22/99
    E-Mail: DreThug@hotmail.com
    
    Sections:
    1. Introduction 
    2. Update History  
    3. Controls
    4. Game Genie Codes
    5. Codes
    6. Reviews
    7. Frequently Asked Questions 
    8. Credits 
    9. Sites Who Host This FAQ 
    10. My Other FAQs/Walkthroughs
    11. Instruction Booklet
    12. Legal Information 
    
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    1. Introduction
    ---------------------------------
    Welcome to my Ken Griffey Jr. FAQ for Super Nintendo.  I bet you are asking why 
    I made this FAQ right now.  The game has been out for ages now, but I still play 
    it.  I decided to make a FAQ on the game for two reasons.  The first reason is 
    this is one of my favorite baseball games ever made.  The other reason is that 
    no one else has made a FAQ on it so I decided to make one.  I am not expecting 
    any e-mail because I bet no one will read it, but feel free to e-mail me at 
    debuting@aol.com if you have any comments, suggestions, or questions.
    
    
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    2. Update History
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    November 21, 1999 - Yesterday's version had a rush feel to it.  I have fixed it 
    up and added a lot of new stuff.  I really like updating this FAQ even though I 
    get no e-mail on it.  I will probably be updating this FAQ every week.  I have 
    switched my usual format and I am updating all my FAQs by .1 now.  
    
    November 20, 1999 - Here's Version 1.0 of my FAQ.  This might be the only 
    Version because there is nothing else to add after this.  Maybe not though.
    
    
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    3. Controls
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    Players
    
    Offense
    
    [B] Swing
    
    [Y] Bunt
    
    [X] Lead Off Base
    
    [X] Steal
    
    [L and R] Select Runner View
    
    [Control Pad and A] Run to Previous Base
    
    [Control Pad and B] Run to Next Base
    
    [right  1st Base]
    [up     2nd Base]
    [left   3rd Base]
    [down   Home Plate]
    
    
    Players
    
    Pitching
    
    [Control Pad and B] Pitch Ball
    
    [A] Pickoff Attempt
    
    [down   Fast Ball]
    [left   Curve Left]
    [right  Curve Right]
    [up     Change Up]
    
    
    Players
    
    Defense
    
    [Control Pad and B] Throw Ball
    
    [B] Dive
    
    [B] Jump
    
    [B (2x)] Climb Outfield Wall
    
    [Control Pad and A] Run to Base
    
    [right  1st Base]
    [up     2nd Base]
    [left   3rd Base]
    [down   Home Plate]
    
    
    Menu Screens
    
    Roster
    
    [left] Select Player
    
    [B] Remove New Player/Pitcher (after selecting name)
    
    [B] Insert New Player/Pitcher (after selecting name)
    
    
    Manager Mode
    
    Coach
    
    [A] Hit and Run (offense)
    
    [X] Steal (offense)
    
    [Y] Bunt (offense)
    
    [L and R] Select Runner (offense)
    
    [X] Pitch Out (defense)
    
    [Y] Bean Ball (defense)
    
    [START] Pinch Hitter/Relief Pitcher
    
    
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    4. Game Genie Codes
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    World of Nintendo (http://www.world-of-nintendo.com) for supplying the Game 
    Genie Codes.
    
    DFC3 170F       1 ball and you walk
    D4C3 170F       2 balls and you walk
    CBB3 1D2D       Can't walk a player
    DFCE 1F0F       1 strike and you're out
    D4CE 1F0F       2 strikes and you're out
    C2BE 179D       Can't strike out
    DF27 CFA4       Invisible baserunners
    D4C3 170F       2 outs and whole team is out
    C2A2 4D94 + C2AA 47B4   No outs except strike outs
    C28A-3FA7 + CBB0-4797 + C283-34D7       Computer can't score
    
    
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    5. Codes
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    Thanks to GameSages.com for supplying these codes.
    
    Bean the Batter 
    If you hold UP on the d-pad and aim towards the batter while throwing the pitch, 
    you will bean the batter. 
    Submitted by Jim Enforcer (jclare@sd69.bc.ca)
    
    Pitches 
    To throw different pitches; hold B and do the following:
    
    To throw a fastball, hold down on the pad
    To throw a change-up, hold up on the pad
    To throw a curveball, press left or right
    
    NOTE: You can pitch a curveball on three different settings: Fast, slow and 
    normal. To do each one, throw a curve while holding down (fast), up (slow) or 
    just left or right. 
    Submitted by Ben Mihal (bendotkom@aol.com)
    
    View Credits 
    At the title screen, press B, A, Down, B, Up, B, B, A. 
    
    
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    6. Reviews
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    When I got this game it was a long long time ago.  Probably around 5 years at 
    the earliest.  I don't remember much, but I am very happy I got this game.
    
    Gameplay: 10/10 - The gameplay is solid.  The season mode is great and the two 
    player mode is just as good.  You can play with every team.  The only thing bad 
    is that the people are not real.  You can change the people though so you can 
    have real teams.  The game is so fun I am still playing it.
    
    Graphics - 1/10 - The graphics were average a long time ago and now they are 
    really bad.  But as all games go, graphics are not the thing that makes the game 
    good or bad.  
    
    Sound - 10/10 - I love the backround midi or whatever it is that is playing 
    while I'm playing the game.  There isn't that much more sound than that except 
    the umpire and the bat hitting the ball.
    
    Replay Value - 10/10 - I am still playing this game.  It came out in like 94 I 
    think and its almost 2000.  What does this tell you?  This is the greatest 
    baseball game ever.  It is so much fun.  If you don't have a SNES you should get 
    one and get this game.  This is way better than the sequel in my opinion.
    
    Overall - 10/10 - The best baseball game I have ever played.  If you have a SNES 
    make sure you go buy this game for like 10 bucks.  It's will worth it.  I am so 
    happy I bought this game for my SNES. 
    
    
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    7. Frequently Asked Questions
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    Question: What is the best team to use?
    Answer  : I like the Seattle Mariners
    
    Question: How old are you?
    Answer  : Probably the same age as you.
    
    Question: Is there anything wrong with this game?
    Answer  : It's really outdated but its fun..
    
    Question: How much is this game?
    Answer  : Probably 10 bucks.
    
    Question: Do you own this game?
    Answer  : Yes, I got it close to when it came out.
    
    Question: What games have better graphics than this?
    Answer  : Almost every game.
    
    
    That should answer all of your questions.  If you have anymore questions feel 
    free to contact me.
    
    
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    8. Credits
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    This FAQ is made 99% by me.  I would like to thank:
    
    GameFAQs (www.GameFAQs.com) for hosting all my reviews and FAQs.
    http://members.xoom.com/nintendorep/snes/manuals/index.html for supplying the 
    Instruction Booklet.
    GameSages (www.GameSages.com) for supplying the codes.
    World of Nintendo (http://www.world-of-nintendo.com) for supplying the Game 
    Genie Codes.
    
    
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    9. Sites Who Host This FAQ
    -------------------------------- 
    If you would like to use my FAQ on your site then you have to get permission 
    from me.  Feel free to e-mail me asking if you can use this FAQ.  I will 
    probably say yes.
    
    GameFAQs.............(http://www.gamefaqs.com)
    
    
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    10. My Other FAQs/Walkthroughs
    --------------------------------- 
    NBA 2K FAQ...........................Dreamcast
    NFL 2K FAQ...........................Dreamcast
    NFL Blitz 2000 FAQ...................Dreamcast
    Toy Commander FAQ/Walkthrough........Dreamcast
    
    
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    11. Instruction Booklet
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    Here's the Instruction Booklet all typed out.  I would like to thank 
    http://members.xoom.com/nintendorep/snes/manuals/index.html for supplying it for 
    us.
    
    
    SNS-JR-USA
    
    Ken Griffey Jr.
    PRESENTS
    MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL®
    
    INSTRUCTION BOOKLET
    
    SUPER NINTENDO® ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
    
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    WARNING: PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THE CONSUMER INFORMATION AND PRECAUTIONS
    BOOKLET INCLUDED WITH THIS PRODUCT BEFORE USING YOUR NINTENDO® HARDWARE
    SYSTEM, GAME PAK, OR ACCESSORY.
    
    Thank you for selecting the Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League
    Baseball® Game Pak for your Super Nintendo Entertainment System®.
    
    Please read this instruction booklet thoroughly to ensure proper
    handling of your new game.  Then save this booklet for future
    reference.
    
    This Game Pak contains a battery backup function to record the progress
    of the game.
    
    WARNING: If the POWER switch is switched ON and OFF repeatedly, the
    accumulated contents may be deleted.  Avoid turning the POWER switch
    OFF unnecessarily (before saving the game) or data may be lost.
    
    
    Table of Contents
    
    The Birth of the National Pastime........3
    Major League Baseball--Then & Now........6
    Getting Started..........................8
    Icon Description........................10
    Controller Function Overview............14
    Pitcher/Batter Screen...................20
    Fielder Screen..........................21
    National League Team Histories..........22
    American League Team Histories..........29
    Biographies.............................36
    
    ™ and ® are trademarks of Nintendo of America Inc.
    ©1994 Nintendo of America Inc.
    The Major League Club insignias depicted on this product are trademarks
    which are exclusively property of the respective Major League Clubs and
    may not be reproduced without their consent.  Major League Baseball is
    a registered Baseball Properties, inc.
    
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    (3) the birth of the National Pastime
    
    Baseball in the United States began modestly in the 19th century as a
    variation of many games that made use of a ball and some sort of bat.
    Throughout this time, baseball's growth mirrored the growth of the
    United States.  By the turn of the century, the country had boomed
    through the Industrial Revolution with cities growing at an alarming
    rate.  Likewise, baseball had evolved into a professional sport where
    spectators paid to watch skilled athletes play a child's game.
    
    The popularity of amateur baseball clubs that played between 1845-1865,
    led to the introduction of the first professional baseball club, the
    Cincinnati Red Stockings.  The Red Stockings' success against the
    amateur teams provided incentive to create America's first professional
    baseball league, the National Association of Baseball Players in 1871.
    Though the new league was not a complete success, it significantly
    increased baseball's popularity across the land.
    
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    (4)
    
    WILLIAM AMBROSE HUBERT, President of the Chicago club, and AL SPALDING,
    a pitcher in Boston, believed that reforms were needed to protect
    baseball from the corruption and instability that surrounded the
    National Association.  At a meeting in Louisville in 1876, Hubert,
    Spalding, and representatives of the St. Louis, Cincinnati, and
    Louisville baseball clubs designed a set of guidelines for a new
    league, named the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs.  The
    National League contained eight charter clubs, however, between 1876
    and 1900, only Chicago and Boston fielded a team each year.
    
    During the first two decades of its existence, the National League
    withstood threats of competition from newer professional leagues.  In
    the 1890s, the National League's dominance weakened after growing to 12
    teams, an unmanageable number for that period.  Although baseball
    remained the country's favorite sport, it was gaining a reputation for
    rowdiness and dirty play that didn't match the era.  This prompted
    Byron Banford "Ban" Johnson and Charles Albert Comiskey to found a
    league based on strong leadership and good virtue.  In the American
    League, games were not played on Sunday
    
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    (5)
    
    and women were encouraged to attend ball games.  Johnson and Comiskey
    set a goal to establish a new image for the game.  Recognizing that its
    power had declined partially by managing too many teams, the National
    League sold four clubs to the new league in 1900.
    
    Following this transaction, National League officials still scoffed at
    the new league when it began play in 1901.  However after luring many
    premier National League players with higher salaries and running a
    "kinder, gentler" league, American League attendance exceeded National
    League attendance by 600,000 fans in 1902.  Early in 1903, the National
    League granted the American League status as a Major League.  With
    this, came a consistent scheduling system, player contract regulations,
    and playing guidelines that the two leagues would share.  Another
    product of this agreement was the World Series, which pitted the
    American League Champion against the National League Champion in a nine
    game series (later shortened to seven games) that would determine the
    World Champion of Baseball.
    
    In 1903, 16 franchises competed for the first World Series
    Championship.  Though some of these teams have since moved to new
    locations or changed their names, the modern era of baseball began in
    1903 with the same goal that exists today.
    
                                                                       Shaw
    
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    (6) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Then
    
    1903
    
    AMERICAN LEAGUE 1903
    BOSTON RED SOX
    CHICAGO WHITE SOX
    CLEVELAND INDIANS
    DETROIT TIGERS
    NEW YORK YANKEES
    ST. LOUIS BROWNS
    PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS
    WASHINGTON SENATORS
    
    
    NATIONAL LEAGUE 1903
    BOSTON BRAVES
    BROOKLYN DODGERS
    CHICAGO CUBS
    CINCINNATI REDS
    NEW YORK GIANTS
    PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
    PITTSBURGH PIRATES
    ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
    
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    (7) & NOW
    
    1994
    
    [AMERICAN LEAGUE 1994]
    BOSTON RED SOX
    CHICAGO WHITE SOX
    CLEVELAND INDIANS
    DETROIT TIGERS
    NEW YORK YANKEES
    BALTIMORE ORIOLES [*(1954)]
    OAKLAND ATHLETICS [*Kansas City Athletics (1955-67)]
    MINNESOTA TWINS [*(1960)]
    TEXAS RANGERS [*New Washington Senators (1961-71)]
    CALIFORNIA ANGELS [*Los Angeles Angels (1961-65)]
    MILWAUKEE BREWERS [*Seattle Pilots (1969)]
    KANSAS CITY ROYALS [*(1969)]
    SEATTLE MARINERS [*(1977)]
    TORONTO BLUE JAYS [*(1977)]
    
    [NATIONAL LEAGUE 1994]
    ATLANTA BRAVES [*Milwaukee (1953-65)]
    LOS ANGELES DODGERS [*(1958)]
    CHICAGO CUBS
    CINCINNATI REDS
    SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS [*(1958)]
    PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
    PITTSBURGH PIRATES
    ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
    HOUSTON ASTROS [*(Houston Colt '45s (1962)]
    NEW YORK METS [*(1962)]
    MONTREAL EXPOS [*(1969)]
    SAN DIEGO PADRES [*(1969)]
    COLORADO ROCKIES [*(1993)]
    FLORIDA MARLINS [*(1993)]
    
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    (8) GETTING STARTED
    
    Play Ball!
    
    Insert the Ken Griffey Jr. Presents: Major League Baseball Game Pak
    into your Super Nintendo Entertainment System and move the POWER switch
    to the "ON" position.
    
    Once the title screen appears, press the START Button to advance to
    make the game selection menu appear.
    
    The game selection menu gives you the option of playing one of four
    game modes: Exhibition, All-Star Game*, World Series*, or Season.
    
    The Exhibition Game allows you to match any two teams in a single
    contest with nothing but pride riding on the outcome.  Use this mode to
    test your skills against the computer manager or a friend.
    
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    (9)
    
    The All-Star Game is divided into two modes: the Home Run Derby and the
    All-Star Classic.  The Home Run Derby lets you challenge Junior to a
    power hitting contest.  In this game, each player tries to hit the most
    home runs before making 10 outs.  The All-Star Classic features a
    collection of top players from the American and National Leagues in an
    exhibition game.
    
    The World Series mode is a best-of-seven game series that can be played
    by 1 or 2 players.  The first team to win 4 games, wins the World
    Series Championship.
    
    When beginning season play, you have several options available.  You
    can play a season that consists of 26 games, 78 games, or the
    traditional 162 game schedule.
    
    You may also play under the 1969-93 divisional format (4 Divisions) or
    the proposed 1994 divisional format (6 Divisions).  In the new
    configuration 4 teams (3 division champions and 1 wildcard team) from
    each league to qualify for the league playoffs and a possible trip to
    the World Series.
    
    The progress in your Season or World Series is saved automatically
    after each game.  The game can also save and store 1 World Series and
    one Season for play at a later time.
    
    The team selection screen appears when you select the Exhibition, All-
    Star Game, new Season, or new World Series modes.  Use the +Control Pad
    and the B Button to select a team.  the X Button will cancel your
    selection if you change your mind and want to pick a new team.
    
    There are two Today's Game Screens that appear in the game.  The first
    Today's Game Screen appears following the Team Selection Screen.  The
    other Today's Game Screen is a pause screen that appears when you press
    the START Button during a game.
    
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    (10) ICON DESCRIPTIONS
    
    Ken Griffey Jr. Presents: Major League Baseball uses an icon system so
    players can quickly and easily select various game options.
    
    [MLB logo] Play Ball!
    
    [OPTIONS] This icon allows you to enter the main Options Screen.
    
    [1994] The schedule icon accesses a month at a glance calendar that
    lets you check out upcoming matchups and results of previous contests.
    You can only use this icon during season play.
    
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    (11)
    
    [Cards icon] This icon lets you view your team's accumulated statistics
    for the current season or World Series.
    
    [STADIUM] During exhibition play, you may select this icon and choose
    to play inside a different stadium.
    
    [LINE UP] This icon lets you make changes to your lineup or defensive
    positioning.
    
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    (12) ICON DESCRIPTIONS
    
    [BULLPEN] The bullpen icon accesses the bullpen screen where you can
    select a different starting pitcher before a game or a relief pitcher
    during the game.
    
    [TEAM EDIT] This icon lets you edit and save new names for all 700
    players.
    
    [NEWS] During season play, the newspaper icon displays current league
    standings.
    
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    (13)
    
    [* icon] This icon opens the Play Options screen.  On this screen, you
    can select one of the following four options:
    
    Designated Hitter: The game automatically selects the DH when the home
    team is an American League team.  This function lets you decide to use
    the DH or not.
    
    Manage Only: This allows you to make managerial decisions like when to
    steal and bunt.  The computer controls all pitchers, batters, and
    fielders in this mode.
    
    Auto Fielding: This option lets you pitch and hit without fielding.
    You can use the auto fielder to give a novice player an advantage
    against an experienced opponent.
    
    Background Music: Select this mode to turn off the background music.
    
    [EXIT] The exit icon returns you to the previous screen.  Pressing the
    X Button performs the same action on all pregame screens.
    
    [SAVE] Select this icon on the lineup, bullpen, and team edit screens
    to save your data.
    
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    (14) FUNCTION OVERVIEW
    
    [This page is a big pic of the SNES controller, and I trust you know
    what that looks like.]
    
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    (15)
    
    Players
    
    Offense
    
    [B] Swing
    
    [Y] Bunt
    
    [X] Lead Off Base
    
    [X] Steal
    
    [L and R] Select Runner View
    
    [Control Pad and A] Run to Previous Base
    
    [Control Pad and B] Run to Next Base
    
    [right  1st Base]
    [up     2nd Base]
    [left   3rd Base]
    [down   Home Plate]
    
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    (16)
    
    Players
    
    Pitching
    
    [Control Pad and B] Pitch Ball
    
    [A] Pickoff Attempt
    
    [down   Fast Ball]
    [left   Curve Left]
    [right  Curve Right]
    [up     Change Up]
    
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    (18)
    
    Players
    
    Defense
    
    [Control Pad and B] Throw Ball
    
    [B] Dive
    
    [B] Jump
    
    [B (2x)] Climb Outfield Wall
    
    [Control Pad and A] Run to Base
    
    [right  1st Base]
    [up     2nd Base]
    [left   3rd Base]
    [down   Home Plate]
    
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    (18)
    
    Menu Screens
    
    Roster
    
    [left] Select Player
    
    [B] Remove New Player/Pitcher (after selecting name)
    
    [B] Insert New Player/Pitcher (after selecting name)
    
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    (19)
    
    Manager Mode
    
    Coach
    
    [A] Hit and Run (offense)
    
    [X] Steal (offense)
    
    [Y] Bunt (offense)
    
    [L and R] Select Runner (offense)
    
    [X] Pitch Out (defense)
    
    [Y] Bean Ball (defense)
    
    [START] Pinch Hitter/Relief Pitcher
    
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    (20) PITCHER/BATTER
    
    The pitcher/batter screen is the primary game screen and where the cat
    and mouse game between the pitcher and the batter occurs.  While the
    pitcher tries to keep the batter off balance with a variety of pitches,
    the batter looks for a good pitch to drive into the gap or over the
    fence.  This confrontation sometimes takes place as many as 150 times
    in an actual Major League game.
    
    During game play, the pitcher/batter screen appears until the batter
    hits the ball or the pitcher steps off the mound to pick off a base
    runner.  When either of these actions occur, the fielder screen will
    appear.  Refer to page 15-16 for pitching and batting controller
    functions.
    
    The camera box in the upper right corner helps you see the base
    runners.  Refer to page 15 for base runner controller functions.
    
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    (21) FIELD
    
    The field screen is where all fielding and base running takes place.
    When fielding fly balls, the radar screen in the lower right corner
    will display the location where the ball will land (X) and the location
    of the nearest fielder (blue dot).  The white dot on the radar screen
    indicates the current location of the ball.  On ground balls, the ball
    and the fielder are the only markers that appear on the radar.
    
    On the field screen, a bull's-eye will appear at the same location as
    the "X" on the radar.  This target acts like a magnet to help you catch
    fly balls.  To catch a fly ball, move your fielder close to the "X" on
    the radar and release the +Control Pad.  If the character is close
    enough to the target, he'll automatically move to the spot and camp
    under the ball before catching it.
    
    Since the "X" and bull's-eye don't appear on ground balls or short line
    drives into the outfield, you must line up the outfielder (blue dot)
    with the ball (white dot) so the player can field the ball cleanly.
    You don't need to use the radar for ground balls in the infield since
    the fielder and the ball are usually visible on the screen at the same
    time.  Also, on hot grounders through the infield, the computer will
    automatically line up your outfielder while you're controlling the
    infielder.  Keep this in mind so you don't accidentally overrun ground
    balls in the outfield.
    
    This game recognizes the Infield Fly Rule.  The ruling occurs when the
    batter hits a fly ball in the infield with runners on first and second
    base.  This rule prevents the infielder from intentionally dropping the
    ball and turning a quick double play.
    
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    (22) NATIONAL LEAGUE
    
    ATLANTA BRAVES (Boston 1876-52, Milwaukee 1953-1965, Atlanta 1966-)
    World Championships (since 1903): 1914, 57
    National League Championships: 1877, 78, 83, 91, 92, 93, 97, 98, 1914,
    57, 58, 91, 92
    National League Division Championships (since 1969): 1969, 82, 91, 92,
    93
    
    For baseball fans across the country, the 1993 Brave season appeared to
    be scripted in Hollywood rather than Atlanta.  Nearing the All-Star
    break, the Braves trailed the Giants by 8 games and were surrounded by
    talk regarding the team's failure to live up to high preseason
    expectations.  The outlook didn't brighten until July 20, the day '92
    home run champ, Fred McGriff was acquired from San Diego.  With the
    Giants still playing outstanding baseball, the Braves methodically
    stormed to a 2nd half record of 54-19 overtaking the Giants on the last
    day of the season.  Though the Braves' finish of '93 was the stuff of
    legends, it was not the best in team history.  In 1914, the Boston
    Braves compiled an incredible 68-19 record from July 4 to steal the
    pennant from the New York Giants, the National League powerhouse of
    that time period.  Heading into '94, the Braves reload with the best
    starting pitching staff in baseball, headed up by Cy Young Award
    winners, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.
    
    CHICAGO CUBS (1876-)
    World Championships (since 1903): 1907, 08
    National League Championships: 1876, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 1906, 07, 08,
    10, 18, 29, 32, 35, 38, 45
    National League Division Championships (since 1969): 1984, 89
    
    Though the Cubs haven't been to the World Series since 1945, there
    isn't a team in the Major Leagues with fans as devoted as the ones who
    flock to Wrigley Field.  Prior to the 1945 World Series, the Cubs
    appeared in a respectable 10 World Series, however they lost 8
    consecutive Series after winning in 1907-08.  For even the most loyal
    Cub fan, the 1969 season was a difficult one to endure.  Throughout the
    first half of the 1969 season, the Cubs sat atop the Eastern Division
    and, by mid-August, their lead had grown to 8 1/2 games.  As the summer
    came to a close, the Cubs began to fight two foes: pressure inflicted
    on themselves and the Miracle Mets, a lowly expansion team that
    finished 9th or 10th in each of their previous 7 seasons.  The Mets
    made an incredible charge overtaking the Cubs eventually winning the
    division by 8 games.  The significance of this event is that the Cub
    fans stuck by their team following the flop.  Today, 25 years later,
    fans in Chicago can buy "Forgiven but Not Forgotten" shirts referring
    to the summer of '69.
    
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    (23) NATIONAL LEAGUE
    
    CINCINNATI REDS (1869-)
    World Championships (since 1903): 1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, 1990
    National League Championships: 1919, 1939, 1940, 1961, 1970, 1972,
    1975, 1976, 1990
    National League Division Championships (since 1969): 1970, 1972, 1973,
    1975, 1976, 1979, 1990
    
    In addition to being the first professional baseball team, the
    Cincinnati Redlegs have been involved in many historical events that
    are commonplace today.  These "firsts" include the first switch-hitter
    to appear in a National League contest (1870), the first National
    League home run (1876), the first night game (1935), and the first
    televised game (1939).  Later the Big Red Machine of the '70s became
    the top N.L. team of the decade by winning 6 division championships and
    appearing in 4 World Series between '70-79.  This team is still
    regarded as one of the best ever.  After a successful 1990 campaign,
    the Reds entered the World Series as a big underdog to the powerful
    Athletics, who had demolished the Giants in the '89 Fall Classic.
    Though the underdog role was unfamiliar to the Big Red Machine of the
    '70s, the 1990 Reds seemed to thrive on it and used great pitching and
    scrappy play to sweep the A's in 4 games.
    
    COLORADO ROCKIES (1993-)
    World Championships: None
    National League Championships: None
    National League Division Championships: None
    
    The Rockies had what can be described as a very successful inaugural
    campaign in the National League.  They won 3 more games than their
    expansion cousins, the Florida Marlins and set a Major League Baseball
    attendance record with over 4 million fans passing through the Mile
    High Stadium turnstiles.  In 1995, the Rockies will begin play in a new
    park in Denver.
    
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    FLORIDA MARLINS (1993-)
    World Championships: None
    National League Championships: None
    National League Division Championships: None
    
    The expansion Marlins begin their second season in 1994.  The Marlins
    early pursuit of top players through free agency and trades should
    please fans in South Florida, and with a roster comprised of
    experienced veterans and promising young players, the Marlins look to
    continue building toward success in the near future.
    
    HOUSTON ASTROS (Houston Colt 45s 1962-1965, Houston Astros 1966-)
    World Championships: None
    National League Championships: None
    National League Division Championships (since 1969): 1980, 86
    
    The Astros came into the National League at the same time as the Mets,
    and while they never were as bad as the worst Met teams, they never
    achieved the success of the great Met teams either.  Historically, the
    Colts-Astros have had stronger pitching than hitting.  This was true in
    1962 and is still true today.  When the Astros won their two division
    championships, they were led by the great pitching of J.R. Richard, Joe
    Niekro, Nolan Ryan, and Mike Scott.  Today, the Astros are armed with
    one of the best starting rotations in the National League and look to
    former Phillie closer Mitch Williams to bolster the bullpen.  On the
    offensive side of the plate, the Astros are looking for young stars
    like Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, and Luis Gonzalez to return and lead
    the team to postseason play in the '90s.
    
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    LOS ANGELES DODGERS (Brooklyn Dodgers 1890-1957, Los Angeles Dodgers
    1958-)
    World Championships (since 1903): 1955, 59, 63, 65, 81, 88
    National League Championships: 1890, 99, 1900, 16, 20, 41, 47, 49, 52,
    53, 55, 56, 59, 63, 65, 66, 77, 78, 81, 88
    National League Division Championships (since 1969): 1974, 77, 78, 81,
    83, 85, 88
    
    While the Giants/Dodgers rivalry has certainly been heated over the
    years, Dodger fans from Brooklyn to Los Angeles must shudder at the
    thought of playing the Yankees in the World Series.  The Dodgers were
    arguably the best N.L. team during the '50s, appearing in the World
    Series 5 times during the decade and 10 times between 1947-66.
    However, the Dodgers only won 2 World Championships during the '50s and
    held a 1-6 record against the Yankees in 7 Bronx/Brooklyn "Subway
    Series" matchups.  It looked like old times in 1977 and 1978 when the
    Bombers and the Los Angeles Dodgers clashed in consecutive years with
    both championships going to the Yanks.  In 1981, the Dodgers won only
    their third Series against the Yankees in 11 tries.  Ironically, the
    Yankees won more championships, but became the team that fans loved to
    hate while the Dodgers became one of the game's most popular teams.
    
    MONTREAL EXPOS (1969-)
    World Championships: None
    National League Championships: None
    National League Division Championships: 1981
    
    During most of the '70s, the Expos were known across Canada as the
    national team.  In the United States, the Expos, who for many years
    wore hats that resembled multi-colored beanies, were more of a
    curiosity that seemed out of place in tradition-rich National League.
    Of course, traditional uniforms were becoming less common in the '70s
    as buttons and belts were replaced by pullovers and elastic waistbands.
    The Expo image improved as they began to shake the customary expansion
    era blues.  In the late '70s the Expos compiled the best record in the
    National League between 1979-1982, including a divisional championship
    in 1981, and have enjoyed 12 winning seasons since 1979.  Today, the
    Expos are building off 2 consecutive 2nd place finishes and setting
    their sights on higher goals.
    
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    NEW YORK METS (1962-)
    World Championships: 1969, 86
    National League Championships: 1969, 73, 86
    National League Division Championships (since 1969): 1969, 73, 86, 88
    
    The Mets' story can be described simply as the best of times and the
    worst of times.  Born through expansion in 1962, the Mets were awful
    during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.  From 1962-68, they
    finished 9th or 10th each season averaging a woeful 56 wins each
    season.  The outlook became very rosy in 1969.  Not only did the Mets
    finish over .500 that season, but they won 100 games and stormed past
    the Cubs to win the division championship by 8 games.  The Miracle
    Mets' incredible run continued in the '69 Series as they topped the
    heavily favored Orioles in 5 games.  Ironically, Davey Johnson, who
    made the final out in the '69 Series for the Orioles, returned to
    manage the Mets in the '80s as the team returned to the top of the
    National League after a decade of mediocrity.  During Johnson's tenure,
    the Mets won 2 division championships and 1 World Championship in 7
    seasons and were favored nearly every year to play in the World Series;
    incredible pressure for any team, but even tougher in New York.  In
    1993, the Mets reclaimed their role as baseball's worst team.
    
    PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (1883-)
    World Championships (since 1903): 1980
    National League Championships: 1915, 50, 80, 83, 93
    National League Division Championships (since 1969): 1976, 77, 78, 80,
    83, 93
    
    Of the eight original National League teams, the Philadelphia Phillies
    have gloomiest history.  Recent successes, including a World
    Championship in 1980 and three World Series appearances and six
    division championships since 1976, have blurred the perception of
    futility surrounding the Phillies.  But, the Phillies once endured 29
    second division (5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th place) finishes in a 30 year
    stretch and a 65 year period without a World Series win.  From 1901-
    1960, the Phillies won 3893 games and dropped 5130 games with only 15
    winning seasons, worst of the 8 National League teams in the pre-
    expansion era.  Even when they were on top, the Phillies found a way to
    lose.  For example, on September 21, 1964, the Phillies held a 6 1/2
    game lead over the Cardinals.  After losing 10 of their last 12 games,
    the Phillies found themselves in 2nd place on the last day of the
    season.  The outlook was much brighter a decade later when led by Mike
    Schmidt, the Phillies of the late '70s and early '80s became one of the
    top teams in the National League.
    
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    PITTSBURGH PIRATES (1900-)
    World Championships (since 1903): 1909, 25, 60, 71, 79
    National League Championships: 1901, 02, 03, 09, 25, 27, 60, 71, 79
    National League Division Championships (since 1969): 1970, 71, 72, 74,
    75, 79, 90, 91, 92
    
    Though they didn't get the attention the Reds enjoyed in the '70s, the
    Pirates of the Disco Decade were nearly as talented.  During the '70s,
    the Pirates, Dodgers, Phillies, and Reds won 18 of 20 division
    championships.  Though the Pirates finished in 2nd place to the
    Phillies from 1976-78, the Bucs were the stronger team winning 6
    division championships and 2 World Championships from 1971-79.  Though
    the '70s Pirates enjoyed success over a longer period of time, the 1960
    Pirates had the most memorable finish to a season.  After winning the
    1960 N.L. pennant by 7 games, the Pirates were still expected to be
    steamrolled by the Yankees, who were appearing in their 26th Series
    since 1921.  In Game 7, the Bucs trailed 7-4 in the 8th inning but
    scored 5 runs to take a 2 run lead.  The Yanks followed with 2 runs to
    tie the score at 9.  But, Bill Mazeroski, the Pirates 2nd baseman, led
    off the bottom of the 9th and slammed the 2nd pitch over the left field
    wall to break the tie and end one of the best World Series ever.
    
    ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (1900-)
    World Championships (since 1903): 1926, 31, 34, 42, 44, 46, 64, 67, 82
    National League Championships: 1926, 28, 30, 31, 34, 42, 43, 44, 46,
    64, 67, 68, 82, 85, 87
    National League Division Championships (since 1969): 1982, 1985, 1987
    
    If Reggie Jackson is Mr. October, then the St. Louis Cardinals are the
    National League's Boys of October with 9 World Championships in 15
    World Series appearances.  This is particularly impressive since many
    of the Cardinal titles came during the Yankees' incredible World Series
    dominance from 1927-62.  Also, there are other N.L. teams with more
    league pennants, but the Redbirds have won more World Championships
    than any other National League team.  Factoring the Cardinals' three
    National League Championship Series triumphs in with their World Series
    victories increases the team's postseason series win percentage to an
    impressive 67%.  Over the years, the Cardinals have been led by many
    current and future hall-of-famers including Dizzy and Daffy Dean in the
    '30s, Stan Musial in the '40s and '50s, Bob Gibson in the '60s, Lou
    Brock in the '70s, and Ozzie Smith in the '80s.
    
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    SAN DIEGO PADRES (1969-)
    World Championships: None
    National League Championships: 1984
    National League Division Championships: 1984
    
    After joining the National League in 1969, the Padres experienced 10
    seasons of mediocrity before making a move toward the top of the
    division with the help of several key player acquisitions.  In 1984,
    the Padres won their only division championship with Dick Williams at
    the helm.  The Padres plan was to sign players who had experienced
    winning with other clubs.  Williams, a former Brooklyn Dodger, knew a
    lot about winning as well.  In 1967, Williams won an A.L. pennant with
    the Red Sox.  Williams also managed the A's during their championship
    years in the early '70s.  The 1984 N.L. Championship Series may be one
    of the most interesting matchups in recent memory with the expansion
    Padres and Cubs, a team that hadn't experienced postseason play in
    nearly 40 years.  Led by NLCS MVP Steve Garvey, the Padres topped the
    Cubs in 5 games and prepared for the awesome Tigers, who won 104 games
    during the season.  Although the Tigers easily handled the Padres in
    the World Series, the experience of playing in the fall classic gave
    the Padres the lasting respectability that surrounds a winning
    franchise.
    
    SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (New York Giants 1883-1957, San Francisco Giants
    1958-)
    World Championships (since 1903): 1905, 21, 22, 33, 54
    National League Championships: 1888, 89, 1904, 05, 11, 12, 13, 17, 21,
    22, 23, 24, 33, 36, 37, 51, 54, 62, 89
    National League Division Championships (since 1969): 1971, 87, 89
    
    The New York Giants were arguably the best team in the National League
    during the 30 years following the merger in 1903.  In later years,
    fireside stories about the Giants often included their rivals from
    Brooklyn.  One of the most famous Giant/Dodger confrontations occurred
    in 1951 when the Giants rallied from 13 games behind on August 11 to
    catch Brooklyn and force a playoff.  In the deciding game of the three
    game playoff, Bobby Thomson came to the plate in the 9th with two men
    on base and the Giants trailing 4-2.  Thomson heroic homer is still
    known as the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" thanks to the emotional
    radio call by Russ Hodges, the Giants' announcer, who could only manage
    to repeat that famous phrase "THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!  THE GIANTS
    WIN THE PENNANT!"  Since 1951, the Giants and Dodgers have clashed in
    several season ending confrontations including 1993 when the Dodgers
    beat the Giants on the season's last day to keep the Giants out of a 
    possible playoff against the Braves.
    
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    BALTIMORE ORIOLES (St. Louis Browns 1901-53, Baltimore Orioles, 1954-)
    World Championships: 1966, 70, 83
    American League Championships: 1944, 66, 69, 70, 71, 79, 83
    American League Division Championships (since 1969): 1969, 70, 71, 73,
    74, 79, 83
    
    It's a little known fact that the Baltimore Orioles were once the
    Milwaukee Brewers--the original Brewers, that is.  A charter member of
    the American League in 1901, the team moved from Milwaukee to St. Louis
    and changed its name to the Browns prior to the 1902 season.  The
    purpose of the move was to give the new American League a team in St.
    Louis, the fourth largest city in the nation at the time.  The Browns
    never enjoyed the popularity of their cross-town rivals, the Cardinals.
    Of course, bad play didn't help.  From 1901-1953, the Browns winning
    percentage was a anemic .433 with only one World Series appearance,
    which the Browns lost to the Cardinals.  As bad as the Browns were, the
    Orioles of Baltimore have been absolutely stellar by comparison.  Since
    1969, the Orioles have the best winning percentage in baseball
    including the incredible 1969-71 O's that averaged 106 wins per season
    during that 3-year span.
    
    BOSTON RED SOX (1901-)
    World Championships: 1903, 12, 15, 16, 18
    American League Championships: 1903, 04, 12, 15, 16, 18, 46, 67, 75, 86
    American League Division Championships (since 1969): 1975, 86, 88, 90
    
    Known as one of the best sports towns in the country, Boston and its
    people have enjoyed a very special love affair with their Red Sox.
    Fans from Beantown have also endured a great deal of frustration from a
    team that since 1918 has often challenged and occasionally won the
    American League pennant without bringing home a World Championship.
    Cynical followers have blamed the "Curse of the Bambino" for the
    drought.  The curse refers to the fateful December day in 1919 when the
    Red Sox sold Babe Ruth to their arch-rivals, the Yankees.  Prior to the
    sale, the Red Sox were arguably the best team in baseball with 5 World
    Series championships between 1903-18.  Conversely, the sale of the
    greatest player of all time helped transform the Yankees, a mediocre
    team without a World Series appearance, into the most dominant team in
    professional sports.
    
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    CALIFORNIA ANGELS (Los Angeles Angels 1961-1965, California Angels
    1966-)
    World Championships: None
    American League Championships: None
    American League Division Championships (since 1969): 1979, 82, 86
    
    Responding to the Dodgers' immediate fan appeal in Los Angeles, the
    American League expanded in 1961, adding their own team in L.A.  Walter
    O'Malley, the Dodgers' owner, wasn't pleased about the prospect of
    another team moving into his recently chartered territory and would
    only agree to deal if the Angels leased the use of Dodger Stadium for
    four seasons.  Though the team played well for an expansion team during
    those early years, the Angels were never able to overshadow the
    mystique of the Dodgers in the Los Angeles area.  In 1966, the Angels
    moved into Anaheim Stadium following the expiration of the Dodger
    Stadium lease and changed their name.  Today, the Angels are using a
    new philosophy toward winning emphasizing youth rather than the use of
    older players.  Traditionally, the Angels have ignored their farm
    system and tried to win using veteran who paid their dues with other
    clubs.  While this strategy landed the Angels in post-season three
    times, it didn't help them win any American League or World
    Championship.
    
    CHICAGO WHITE SOX (1900-)
    World Championships: 1906, 17
    American League Championships: 1900, 01, 06, 17, 19, 59
    American League Division Championships (since 1969): 1983, 93
    
    For nearly 100 years, the White Sox have been Chicago's southside team.
    Sharing the Windy City's fan base with the Cubs, who play on the North
    side of town.  During this time, the White Sox have fielded some great
    teams including the Shoeless Joe Jackson led teams of the 1910s and the
    Go-Go Sox of the 1950s, which was one of only two American League teams
    other than the Yankees to appear in the World Series from 1949-60.  Led
    by one of the best young pitching staffs in baseball, the White Sox won
    a division championship, in 1993, and experienced post season play for
    only the 2nd time since 1959.
    
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    CLEVELAND INDIANS (1901-)
    World Championships: 1920, 48
    American League Championships: 1920, 48, 54
    American League Division Championships (since 1969): None
    
    Though the Indians have become the butt of many jokes due to their lack
    of postseason play in the last four decades, the Tribe of the late '40s
    and early '50s ranks among the best in American League history.  The
    Indian teams of the post-World War II era averaged 94 wins each season
    between 1948 and 1956, and although they won a World Championship in
    1948, the Indian team that lost the 1954 World Series was actually
    better, winning an amazing 111 games, which was 8 more wins that the
    2nd place Yankees.  In fact, the 103 wins by the Yankees in 1954 marked
    the highest total amassed by any of Casey Stengel's dominant Yankee
    teams of the 50s.  Today, there is a new feeling of enthusiasm in
    Cleveland.  With the opening of a new stadium in 1994 and several young
    All-Stars on their roster, the Indians are counting on re-kindling the
    glory of their past.
    
    DETROIT TIGERS (1901)
    World Championships: 1935, 45, 68, 84
    American League Championships: 1907, 08, 09, 34, 35, 40, 45, 68, 84
    American League Division Championships (since 1969): 1972, 84, 87
    
    The most prominent Tiger teams from a historical perspective come from
    4 different eras.  The first of the great Motown teams were led by Ty
    Cobb, one of the most competitive and talented players of all time.
    The teams of the 1930s featured the powerful Hank Greenberg, who
    clouted 58 home runs in 1938, still #3 on the all time list.  The 1968
    World Series featured a pair of pitchers (Detroit's Denny McLain 31-6,
    1.96 ERA and St. Louis' Bob Gibson 22-9, 1.12 ERA) who posted seasons
    that are still regarded as being among the most dominating of all time.
    Led by Jack Morris, Kirk Gibson, and Lance Parrish, the 1984 Motor City
    Kitties jumped out to a 35-5 record to start the season and never
    looked back as they overpowered opponents and finished with a 104-58
    record and a World Series victory over the Padres.
    
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    KANSAS CITY ROYALS (1969-)
    World Championships: 1985
    American League Championships: 1980, 85
    American League Division Championships: 1976, 77, 78, 80, 84, 85
    
    The Royals are an example of the perfect expansion team.  The team has
    never finished in last place and won their first division championship
    in their 7th season.  By building a strong minor league system, the
    Royals were able to call up extremely talented young players like
    George Brett, Frank White, and Hal McRae and let the players mature
    together on the field.  This set up a reload, not rebuild formula for
    success in Kansas City.  In fact, if it weren't for the Oakland A's of
    the early '70s and the New York Yankees of the late '70s, the Royals
    may have received more recognition as one of the best teams of the
    decade.  The Royals, however, did get to the World Series twice in the
    '80s, winning the Big Show in 1985 over the Cardinals in a dramatic
    I-70 series.  That season reaffirmed the Royal tradition when 21-year
    old Bret Saberhagen won 20 games, the Cy Young award, and World Series
    MVP award.  Recently, the Royals haven't won as many games, but the
    wheels haven't completely fallen off either as the young Royals of the
    '90s are poised to make another run to the top.
    
    MILWAUKEE BREWERS (1969-)
    World Championships: None
    American League Championships: 1982
    American League Division Championships: 1982
    
    After joining the American League in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots, the
    team changed its name and moved to the midwest in 1970.  The Brewers,
    who celebrate their 25th season in Milwaukee in 1994, have had several
    fine teams and many outstanding players throughout the last quarter
    century.  Led by managers George Bamberger and Harvey Kuenn, the power-
    hitting Brewers of the late '70s and early '80s became affectionately
    known as "Bambi's Bombers" and "Harvey's Wall Bangers".  To date, the
    1982 season is remembered as the Brewers shining moment.  Future Hall
    of Famers Robin Yount and Paul Molitor led the charge as the Brew Crew
    topped the Orioles on the last day of the season to capture their first
    divisional championship.  In the American League Championship Series,
    the Brewers overcame a 0-2 deficit to top the California Angels and win
    a trip to the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
    
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    MINNESOTA TWINS (Washington Senators 1901-1960, Minnesota Twins 1961-)
    World Championships: 1924, 87, 91
    American League Championships: 1924, 25, 33, 65, 87, 91
    American League Division Championships (since 1969): 1969, 70, 87, 91
    
    Of the 8 American League teams that started play in 1901, the Senators/
    Twins have the fewest World Series appearances.  In fact, for years a
    popular phrase in Washington was "first in war, first in peace, last in
    the American League".  The Senators didn't always have the best teams,
    but they did have the game's best and most popular pitcher in Walter
    Johnson.  The "Big Train" was the game's first power pitcher, compiling
    3508 strikeouts in an era lacking in the free swingers that many
    pitchers feast on today.  Following 60 seasons of mediocre baseball in
    Washington, the Senators moved to Minnesota and became the Twins.
    Though the Twins won a pennant in 1965 and division championships in
    1969 and 1970, they usually fielded teams that were competitive, but
    unable to challenge for the pennant.  This was demonstrated by 9
    consecutive 3th or 4th place finishes between 1972-80.  Recently, the
    Twins have enjoyed the most success in franchise history winning two
    World Championships since 1987.
    
    NEW YORK YANKEES (1903)
    World Championships: 1923, 27, 28, 32, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 43, 47, 49,
    50, 51, 52, 53, 56, 58, 61, 62, 77, 78
    American League Championships: 1921, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 32, 36, 37,
    38, 39, 41, 42, 43, 47, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62,
    63, 64, 76, 77, 78, 81
    American League Division Championships (since 1969): 1976, 77, 78, 80,
    81
    
    If the number of championships is your yardstick for success, then the
    Yankees are the most dominant Major League Baseball team of all time.
    In addition to collecting 33 World Series Championships, Yankee rosters
    have featured Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle,
    four unique players who transcended baseball stardom to become icons of
    20th Century American culture.  In fact, Yankee lore reads like a Who's
    Who of Baseball with 28 former pin-stripers already elected to the
    baseball hall of fame.  Though the 1927 Yankees, led by Ruth and
    Gehrig, are often regarded as the best team of all time, the Bronx
    Bombers of the 1950s, led by the legendary Casey Stengal, were more
    dominant, winning 5 consecutive World Championships from 1949-1953 and
    appearing in 10 World Series between 1949-60.
    
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    OAKLAND ATHLETICS (Philadelphia 1901-1954, Kansas City (1955-1967,
    Oakland 1968-)
    World Championships: 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30, 72, 73, 74, 89
    American League Championships: 1902, 05, 10, 11, 13, 14, 29, 30, 31,
    72, 73, 74, 88, 89, 90
    American League Division Championships (since 1969): 1971, 72, 73, 74,
    75, 81, 88, 89, 90, 92
    
    After passing through Kansas City on their way from Philadelphia, the
    Athletics settled in Oakland and established a personality and style of
    play that has made them one of the most successful franchises in the
    last 25 years.  But, winning hasn't always been associated with the
    A's.  While they won 5 championships during Connie Mack's 50 year
    tenure as manager, his teams finished 7th or 8th place in the eight
    team American League 20 times.  After moving to Kansas City in 1955,
    the Athletics' struggle continued to the point where the team moved to
    Oakland in 1968, after 13 consecutive 2nd division seasons in K.C.
    After the move, the A's quickly picked up a winning tradition.  Led by
    a cast of characters that included Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and
    Rollie Fingers, the A's won five consecutive division titles from 1971-
    75 and three consecutive World Championships from 1972-74.  After
    rebuilding the team, the A's returned to form in the late '80s and
    appeared in three straight World Series from 1988-1990.
    
    SEATTLE MARINERS (1977)
    World Championships: None
    American League Championships: None
    American League Division Championships: None
    
    Since entering the league in 1977, the history of the Seattle Mariners
    has consisted of more downs that ups.  In fact, early Mariner
    highlights often centered around strange give-aways like "Funny Nose
    Glasses Night" more than great play on the field.  But, in recent
    years, the attitude in Seattle has changed with a greater emphasis on
    winning.  This has been demonstrated by the hiring of a proven manager
    (Lou Piniella) who is still in the prime of his managing career and the
    active pursuit of top players through trades and free agency.  After 14
    seasons of sub-.500% baseball, the Mariners finished over .500 in 1991
    and again in 1993 and now strike fear in opponents with Randy Johnson's
    power pitching, Jay Buhner's cannon arm, and Ken Griffey Jr.'s exciting
    all-around play.
    
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    TEXAS RANGERS (Washington Senators 1961-1971, Texas Rangers 1972-)
    World Championships: None
    American League Championships: None
    American League Division Championships (since 1969): None
    
    Born through expansion to pacify Washington citizens following the
    original Senators' move to the Twin Cities, the new Senators never took
    flight enduring 10 losing seasons before moving to Arlington, Texas in
    1972.  Like the Seattle Mariners in the 1980s, the Rangers struggled to
    shake their expansion image of the 1970s.  Throughout the '70s, the
    Rangers made a habit of acquiring veterans who were past their prime.
    Many of these transactions backfired leaving the Rangers with a
    depleted farm system and a high payroll.  Although the Rangers haven't
    won a division championship since moving to Texas, many experts
    consider the Rangers to be the team of the '90s with players like 24-
    year old Juan Gonzalez, who has already won 2 home run titles and Will
    Clark, a perennial all-star during his 8 seasons with the Giants.
    
    TORONTO BLUE JAYS (1977)
    World Championships: 1992, 93
    American League Championships: 1992, 93
    American League Division Championships (since 1969): 1985, 89, 91, 92,
    93
    
    Joining the Seattle Mariners as an expansion team in 1977, the Toronto
    Blue Jays didn't exactly set the league on fire during the team's first
    few years.  In fact, it took the Blue Jays six seasons to finish higher
    than last place in their division.  However, behind a philosophy
    centered around nurturing bright, young talent that would grow within
    the organization, the Blue Jays quickly became a powerful force in the
    American League in the mid-1980s and have not finished lower than 3rd
    place since 1987.  Most recently, the Blue Jays became the first team
    to win back-to-back World Series titles since the 1977-78 Yankees.
    
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    (36) BIOGRAPHIES
    
    Seattle Mariners
    KEN GRIFFEY JR.
    
    As a kid, Ken Griffey Jr., the son of a Major Leaguer, was fortunate to
    have the opportunity to shag fly balls and take batting practice with
    the game's best players.  This experience paved the way for a smooth
    and early beginning of his own big league career.  In 1989, at age 19,
    Junior's lively bat and dazzling defense helped him make the Mariner
    opening day lineup.  In his Major League debut, he showed the poise of
    a veteran doubling off Oakland ace Dave Stewart in his first at bat.
    Throughout his first season, Ken's stellar defense achievements drew
    immediate comparisons to the original Kid, Willie Mays.
    
    In 1990, Junior and his father, Ken Sr., made Major League history as
    the first father and son to play together on the same team.  Later that
    season, the Griffey duo smashed back-to-back home runs in the first
    inning of a game against the California Angels.  Following the 1990
    season, Junior won his first Gold Glove to become the youngest American
    League player to receive that honor.
    
    Not satisfied with being described as a potential star, Ken stepped
    forward in a big way in 1991 and 1992.  In 1991, the 21-year old set a
    team record by hitting .327 and in 1992, Junior led the Mariners with
    27 homers.
    
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    He also drove in 203 runs during that two season stretch and was named
    the MVP of the 1992 All-Star Game in San Diego.
    
    The 1993 season was the year that transformed Griffey Jr. from a star
    on the horizon to a legitimate League MVP candidate.  En route to
    clouting a career high 45 home runs (2nd highest in Major League
    Baseball), Junior tied a MLB record by hitting at least one home run in
    eight consecutive games.  Now five years into an already brilliant
    career, many baseball experts consider Ken Griffey Jr. to be the most
    dynamic and talented player in the game.
    
    
    Steve Palermo #14
    
    The voice you hear in Ken Griffey Jr. Presents: Major League Baseball
    belongs to American League Umpire Steve Palermo.  Since breaking into
    the league in 1977, Steve has received many accolades and been involved
    in hundreds of big games.  Throughout his career, Steve has appeared in
    5 American League Championship Series (1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1989), 1
    All-Star Game (1986), and 1 World Series (1983).  Other historical
    events include the 1978 playoff between the Red Sox and the Yankees
    featuring Bucky Dent's unlikely, but timely, home run and working home
    plate during Dave Righetti's no-hitter in 1983.
    
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    (38) BIBLIOGRAPHY
    
    Bjarkman, Peter C., Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball: National
    League, New York: Carroll and Graf, 1991
    
    Bjarkman, Peter C., Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball: American
    League, New York: Carroll and Graf, 1991
    
    Zoss, Joel and John S. Bowman, The History of Major League Baseball,
    New York: Brompton Books, 1992
    
    
    Photo Credits [Trust me, they did a fine job.]
    Photographs used on page 4 are courtesy of the National Baseball
    Library, Cooperstown, New York.
    
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    (42) WARNING
    
    It is a serious crime to copy video games.  18 USC 2319 Nintendo games
    are strictly protected by copyright rights worldwide.  Back-up copies
    are not authorized and are not necessary to protect your Nintendo Game
    Pak.  Please destroy any illegal copies that may come into your
    possession.  Violators will be prosecuted.
    
    If your Game Pak ceases to operate and it is not a copy and your
    Nintendo Control Deck has no alteration or backup device attached to
    it.  please call the Nintendo Consumer Assistance Hotline at 1-800-255-
    3700 (U.S. and Canada) or your local authorized Nintendo distributor
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    [Ken Griffey Jr. Presents: Major League Baseball included a Collector
    Baseball Card that regurgitated some of the "Biography" portion of the
    manual.  Additionally, it featured some vital stats:
    
    KEN GRIFFEY JR.
    Born: Donora, PA 11/21/69
    Bats: Left    Height 6' 3"
    Throws: Left  Weight: 205 lbs.
    
    1993 STATS
    AVG..309  H.....180  RBI..109
    G....156  2B.....38  SB....17
    AB...582  3B......3
    R....113  HR.....45
    
    SNS-JR-USA
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    "Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball Instruction Manual"
    Converted to ASCII text by Gregory Bishop
    gregorybishop@hotmail.com
    
    
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