When I grow up

Why play for a pro team when you can own one?

Originally Published: September 4, 2012
By Darren Rovell | ESPN The Magazine

AS A YOUNG child, Joe Lacob would sit on the floor in his home in southeastern Massachusetts playing Strat-O-Matic. He was a poor kid from the city of New Bedford but quick with numbers; the board game filled a need. For those who don't know it, Strat-O-Matic, like its doppelgänger APBA, lets you play virtual, statistically accurate games between, say, the 1965 Red Sox and the 1965 Yankees. Every player has a data-filled card based on his stats that year; you roll the dice, consult ...

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