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Ahh, Major League Baseball. Probably the game that most identify as the quintessential Intellivision sports title. Recall George Plimpton's smirk in the (in)famous commercial that ridiculed the Atari VCS' pathetic little "baseball" game? Truly, though, Major League Baseball was a quantum leap forward in console sports games, along with the other initial Sports Network offerings. Even though it didn't have fly balls, and hits to the wall in the outfield were ground outs once you became a decent fielder (you could even bunt home runs!), it was an amazing game at the time. One of my favorite tricks is when you run the pitcher out to the outfield to retrieve a ball - the farther out, the better. Get the ball, and then "throw" the ball to yourself (the pitcher). Love that hyper speed running! The later World Championship Baseball is even better!

Major League BaseballGraphics: 3
Sound: 4
Replay Value: 3
Notes: 2-player game; sound rates 4 simply because of YER OUT!
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Mattel Electronics must have loved baseball a lot. They made at least two hand-held baseball games. I still have my World Championship Baseball tabletop game, and should still have my original Baseball handheld somewhere. Additionally, they wrote three Intellivision baseball games! Initially we had the original Major League Baseball. Also developed, but not released by Mattel, was All Star Major League Baseball, which added 0- 1- or 2-player modes, fly balls, sliding into base, a slightly larger field of play, and tweaked sprites for the player animations. INTV Corporation released this game as World Championship baseball–one of the few games with which they included overlays. Finally, Mattel released World Series Major League Baseball for the Entertainment Computer System. I don't think any modern baseball game does not use elements that first existed in this game - panning across the field (even 3D!), players based on actual statistics from baseball history, "live" commentators via IntelliVoice, picture-in-picture showing men on base... Quite an impressive game for its day!




ROM No ROM variants have been identified.
Box So far, ten variations have been found.
Manual Fifteen variants have been identified.
Overlays Five different overlay variations are known to exist.
Label To date, six labels have been recorded.
Easter Eggs No Easter Eggs have been found.




A total of ten Major League Baseball box variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Major League Baseball Box (Mattel Electronics 2614-0910) Mattel Electronics 2614-0910 1979 U.S.A. Plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover; FOR COLOR T.V. VIEWING ONLY text in lower right within artwork
Major League Baseball Box (Mattel Electronics 2614-0910) Mattel Electronics 2614-0910 1979 U.S.A. Plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover; FOR COLOR T.V. ONLY text relocated
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2614-0910 1979 Hong Kong Plastic tray; part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom; refers to Keyboard Component on cover
Major League Baseball Box (Mattel Electronics 2614-0910-G1) Mattel Electronics 2614-0910-G1 1979 U.S.A. Plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2614-0910-G1 1979 U.S.A. Trayless pocket; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2614-0910-G1 1979 Hong Kong Plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Major League Baseball Box (Mattel Electronics 2614-0510) Mattel Electronics 2614-0510 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian; plastic tray; no part number on top; © Mattel Canada Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada on back
Major League Baseball Box (Mattel Electronics 2614-0410) Mattel Electronics 2614-0410 1979 Hong Kong International version; no Major League logo; plastic tray; no part number on top, but Australian market added Lifestyle Electronics sticker on top flap, part number 0151-0260; © Mattel, Inc. Hawthorne, CA on bottom
Major League Baseball Box (Intellivision Inc. 2614) Intellivision Inc. 2614 1979 U.S.A. Big League rather than Major League Baseball; standard Intellivision, Inc. box
Major League Baseball Box (Sears 3859-0910) Sears 3859-0910 1978 Hong Kong Plastic tray; blue game title on top and back




A total of fifteen Major League Baseball manual variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Major League Baseball Manual (Mattel Electronics 2614-0920(A)) Mattel Electronics 2614-0920(A) 1979 U.S.A. Full color manual
Major League Baseball Manual (Mattel Electronics 2614-0920(B)) Mattel Electronics 2614-0920(B) 1979 U.S.A. Light blue monochrome artwork
Major League Baseball Manual (Mattel Electronics 2614-0920(C)) Mattel Electronics 2614-0920(C) 1979 Hong Kong Blue monochrome
Major League Baseball Manual (Mattel Electronics 2614-0920-G1) Mattel Electronics 2614-0920-G1 1979 U.S.A. Blue
Major League Baseball Manual (Mattel Electronics 2614-0920-G1) Mattel Electronics 2614-0920-G1 1979 Hong Kong Blue
Major League Baseball Manual (Mattel Electronics 2614-0720) Mattel Electronics 2614-0720 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian; light blue artwork; some (I'm looking at you, Hankster:) may maintain that this is another variation—not sure how finely we want to grade color / manufacturing variations as true variants
Major League Baseball Manual (Mattel Electronics 2614-0720) Mattel Electronics 2614-0720 1979 Hong Kong French-Canadian; purple (dark blue?) artwork; submitted by Hankster; would like independent confirmation
Major League Baseball Manual (Mattel Electronics 2614-0820 G2) Mattel Electronics 2614-0820 G2 1979 Hong Kong International English edition; no Major League Baseball references; mentions cricket as analogous game
Major League Baseball Manual (Mattel Electronics 2614-0161) Mattel Electronics 2614-0161 1979 Hong Kong Dutch; one of the most awesome title translations ever!: HONKBAL; noted by, and image courtesy of Intellivisioner; need to confirm coloration of the manual
Image not available. Mattel Electronics 2614-0131 1979 Hong Kong Italian; light blue monochrome artwork; title localized as 'Baseball Professionistico'
Major League Baseball Manual (Mattel Electronics 2614-0131) Mattel Electronics 2614-0131 1979 Hong Kong Italian version (black and white); noted, and image contributed by Spadafermo51; title localized as 'Baseball Professionistico'
Major League Baseball Manual (Mattel Electronics PC-2614-0920) Mattel Electronics PC-2614-0920 1979 U.S.A. PlayCable version; blue monochrome artwork; Major League Baseball logo removed from front cover; part number on back
Major League Baseball Manual (Bandai 2614-) Bandai 2614- None   Japanese release by Bandai; shows stylized game graphics; part number on front cover is incomplete
Major League Baseball Manual (Intellivision Inc. 2614-0920-G1) Intellivision Inc. 2614-0920-G1 None U.S.A. Stapled along top edge
Major League Baseball Manual (Sears 3859-0920) Sears 3859-0920 1979 Hong Kong  

There were also some variations of the 'Running Man' and Mattel logo on the back cover.

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (rev. A (U.S.A.))

Back cover of rev. A (U.S.A.)—note ® next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (revs. B, C (U.S.A., Hong Kong))

Back cover of revs. B, C (U.S.A., Hong Kong)—note ™ next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle

Running Man Logo and Text on Back (rev. G1 (U.S.A.))

Back cover of rev. G1 (U.S.A.)—note ™ next to Mattel Electronics logo in the center of the 'running man' rectangle and missing ® in the 'available from Mattel Electronics' text





A total of six Major League Baseball overlay variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Major League Baseball Overlay (Mattel Electronics 2614-4289) Mattel Electronics 2614-4289 1979 U.S.A. Has Major League Baseball logo; part number located in upper right and copyright info along bottom edge—an oddity among Mattel's overlays; made of tougher stuff than later versions
Major League Baseball Overlay (Mattel Electronics 2614-4289 (A)) Mattel Electronics 2614-4289 (A) 1979 U.S.A. Major League Baseball logo removed; part number (in white font) relocated to lower left corner, while copyright info moves up to the top
Major League Baseball Overlay (Mattel Electronics 2614-4289 (A)) Mattel Electronics 2614-4289 (A) 1979 U.S.A. MLB logo removed, black part number text
Major League Baseball Overlay (Intellivision Inc. 2614-4289 (A)) Intellivision Inc. 2614-4289 (A) None   MLB logo removed, as well as all Mattel copyright information
Major League Baseball Overlay (Phil Boland 49 75206) Phil Boland 49 75206 1979 U.S.A. Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)
Image not available. Intellivision Productions N/A 2014 U.S.A. Part of the Supplemental Overlay Pack for Intellivision Flashback; MLB logo removed; issued so the Dollar General version, which includes (Major League) Baseball, has a proper overlay, though ironically, the World Championship Baseball overlay included with it should do the job




A total of six Major League Baseball label variants have been documented.

Image Vendor Part Number Year Origin Description
Major League Baseball Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None   Has logo and text TRADEMARK OF MLB PROMOTION CORP
Major League Baseball Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None Hong Kong Origin lower right; MLB logo
Major League Baseball Label (Mattel Electronics) Mattel Electronics N/A None   No origin; no logo - plain BASEBALL label
Major League Baseball Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1979 U.S.A. Origin lower right; © I.I. 1979 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners
Major League Baseball Label (Intellivision Inc.) Intellivision Inc. N/A 1982 Korea Origin lower right; © I.I. 1982 to left of origin; ™ small, centered vertically on right edge; smaller label, rounded corners
Major League Baseball Label (Phil Boland) Phil Boland N/A None   Part of the Sears Super Video Arcade Overlay Set (2013)




Title Screen Title screen for Major League Baseball.
The Diamond What a quantum leap forward in console baseball games! The only other console baseball game at the time that mattered was Atari's Home Run, which honestly was a joke by comparison. Set a new standard at the time.




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