I guess you can say that Nintendo had to start with it’s own version of baseball, in reminiscent with Atari or ColecoVision doing the same thing just a few years earlier. NES Baseball was released in 1983 in Japan and 1985 in the Americas. It was basic as it didn’t have rosters or ratings (far as I know), all it had to offer was six teams: A, C, D, P, R and Y. According to Wikipedia, they are: A: Oakland Athletics, C: St. Louis Cardinals, D: Los Angeles Dodgers, P: Philadelphia Phillies, R: Kansas City Royals, Y: New York Yankees.

NES Baseball Box Art

In this version of Baseball, the fielding (minus the throwing) is controlled by the CPU. However, it is your responsibility to throw the ball to the second basemen due to the runner looking to stretch the hit into a double. The game itself is just a regular game, keeps not stats but just the score, no hits and there are errors but NES Baseball doesn’t keep that. These days, you can get it on the Wii U for a few bucks.

But I love the Box Art!