|The Evolution of Fantasy Baseball |
The roots of fantasy baseball were planted more than four decades ago. With the improvements in technology and the greater emphasis in statistics, today fantasy baseball is a huge industry with varying games suited to players of all ages and levels.
- 1963 – Tabletop Baseball of Strat-O-Matic begins, and still have a loyal following to this day.
- 1977 – Bill James, author of Bill James Baseball Abstract first edition, often referred to as the father of sabermetrics.
- 1980 – Rotisserie Baseball created
- 1981 – STATS, Inc. founded by Bill James and company stemming from discontent of lack of detailed game stats.
- 1981 – MLB strike ignites interest in Roto during the down time.
- 1985 – Pursue the Pennant tabletop baseball integrates nuanced statistics.
- 1987 – Scoresheet Baseball creates a weekly baseball simulation fantasy game.
- 1991 – Baseball Weekly, published by USA Today, is credited for much of USA Today’s success due to their in depth baseball stats.
- 1997 – Yahoo! Fantasy Sports launches free online fantasy baseball, which eventually grows to represent 35% of their total fantasy sports.
- 1999 – Fantasy Sports Trade Associations launches to provide an advocate and voice for the exploding fantasy community.
- 2001 – STATS, Inc. is purchased by Fox Sports.
- 2004 – Work on Box Baseball begins by long time fantasy baseball fans.
- 2008 – Box Baseball beta launches to select group of testers.
- 2009 – Box Baseball goes live, providing the world’s first predictive daily simulation fantasy baseball game.
- 2010 - Box Minors (Beta) is introduced, providing the first ever fantasy baseball game using the stars of tomorrow.
- 2011 - Box Minors Live Season 1
- 2011 - Box Top Gun is launched, featuring a league of the best of the best from Box Baseball 2010.