I was trolling/searching on RGP for some information and a Clay response and statement I thought might be interesting to some of our baseball game owners.
FYI, The last Williams baseball game with a metal bat with the black rubber sleeve was the 1959 Pinch Hitter. The first Williams game with a plastic bat was 1960 Official Baseball Deluxe.
Clay pointed this out in 2006 and it makes so much sense;
I gotta check my balls now.
"Pinch Hitter should have a metal bat.
The reason is simple - it's the last williams EM
pitch and bat that uses 7/8" balls. Starting with
Official baseball in 1960, Williams changed to
the smaller 3/4" ball. With this change they also
used the plastic nylon bat.
If you use 7/8" balls in the pinch hitter with
a plastic bat, you'll destroy the bat. it just can't
handle the weight and size of the 7/8" balls."