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ACTION BASEBALL is a unique, two-player card game with play dynamics true to the integrity and spirit of baseball. You are the manager, deciding the best strategy against your opponent—whether batting, strategic plays, pitching, defense, or counter-strategies. Your choices direct the game flow, play-by-play, inning-by-inning!

This version updates the rules from the original 1999 publication to clarify gameplay and strategy. Fundamentally, ACTION BASEBALL translates baseball strategy into a fast-paced card game. Just like in real baseball, if teams focus only on offense and disregard defense, you can have crazy high-scoring games. These days, most baseball games involve defensive strategy (anchored by the pitcher) to minimize the other team's chance to score. ACTION BASEBALL's gameplay reflects this approach. 

The game comes with two complete decks. Each manager uses his own deck to draw cards and determine plays. ACTION BASEBALL's innovation is that each card has both an offense and defense option. So, even when you're at bat, it's important to be aware of the defense plays in your hand. If you focus on offense, you may find yourself lacking the proper defense card when the opposing team drives a fly ball into the gap. Keeping a well-rounded offense and defense is critical to a successful strategy—just like with actual baseball!

ACTION BASEBALL takes only minutes to learn, but has tons of play options that make it fun whether you're new to the game or a seasoned player. 

No random dice. No restrictive charts. No passive button-pushing. You determine the action from the first pitch to the last out!


2 Players  |  30 Minutes  |  Ages 10+


    • PLAYING CARDS: two 50-card decks (one for each manager) that contain your offensive and defensive plays. See below for some sample cards. 

Note: cards are the highest-quality available through DriveThruCards.

    • RULES: Complete rules on the game (to downloadclick on "View Rulebook" under the product picture). Includes rosters to fill out your lineup and record the action; print-n-play runner discs; and a playing field outlining player positions, hit zones, and scoreboard. Also includes a chapter on game strategy and how to balance the cards' split offensive/defensive play options.

sample card 04    sample card 10

sample card 14    sample card 15

sample playing field

NOTE: The actual playing field prints to 11"x14" or 8.5"x11"; this image is squeezed artificially to fit in the product description window.

ACTION BASEBALL was originally published as a boxed game in 1999 by Hot Stove Games. This version is updated with revisions for clarity and ease of play.

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Walter L February 20, 2017 5:54 am UTC
Seriously. Where do you get the rules and the printable playing field for this game?
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Michael T February 20, 2017 1:14 pm UTC
Click on "Publisher Preview" under the picture! Yeah, it took me a while too!
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Charlie B February 29, 2020 1:59 pm UTC
Sorry for never responding! You can click on the "View Rulebook" link under the product image to download both the complete rules and the playing field; the description has been updated to make this clearer.

Michael T, thanks for answering this far more promptly.
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Michael T November 04, 2016 2:03 am UTC
Where are the rules to this game? And the printable playing field? Thank you!
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Michael T July 26, 2016 4:44 pm UTC
Does the $10.99 buy you ONE 50 card deck or TWO 50-card decks? thanks!
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RONALD P June 05, 2017 5:54 pm UTC
PLAYING CARDS: two 50-card decks (one for each manager) that contain your offensive and defensive plays. See below for some sample cards.
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Charlie B February 29, 2020 2:01 pm UTC
The game comes with two 50-card decks. The description has been updated to make this clearer. Sorry for never responding!
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This title was added to our catalog on February 14, 2013.