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Version: Final | Updated: 06/17/08

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			         FAQ


Developed: Bandai, 1990
System: Nintendo Entertainment System
FAQ written by: Christopher Long (Awing Pilot), September 2005

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September 1st 2005: Submitted as v1.0

January 22nd 2005: Fixed minor grammatical and factual errors. Re-submitted 
as v1.1


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Table of Contents.
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1. Overview.
2. Controls.
3. Gameplay mechanics.
4. Player Stats.
5. Secrets, Passwords and codes.
6. Legal and Thanks.

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1. Overview
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One of my favorite 8-bit sports games that offered a chance to play with the 
greats of Americas past-time. The game features some great animation that 
really brought the whole sport to life on the ol' girl.

In a time where a lot and I mean a lot of baseball games were on the market for
the NES Legends of the Diamond really stood out as a great arcade baseball
experience that let you play with the true great of the sport. 

Legends of the Diamond can be played with one or two players. It's a fun 
little game that manages to give you a full baseball experience on such an
old platform.

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2. Controls
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Batting
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D-Pad: move the batter around the "box"

[A]: Swing the bat.

[B]: combined with the D-Pad controls the runners on base

Pitching
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D-Pad: controls the pitchers left or right placement on the mound. 

[A]: throw the ball: Add direction with the D-Pad

[B]: pitch the plates combined with the D-Pad

Fielding
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D-Pad: control the player

[A]: combined with the D-Pad throws to a base

[B]: combined with the D-Pad the player will run to the desired base to tag.

Start: Pauses the game at anytime.

Select: Hit it while paused to bring up the sub screen.


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3.Gameplay mechanics
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Hitting
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Hitting a pitch is a matter of timing your swing with the pitch that was 
thrown. Just like the real sport keep your eye on the ball and swing when you
are sure to connect. Your swing is context sensitive to how long you hold the
[A] button down also known as your follow through. So if you are aiming to
knock that baby out of the park hold the button down but if you are looking
for a pop fly also called a sacrifice you'd only put a little swing to the
ball by not holding the button through the complete follow through.

Bunting
~~~~~~~

To attempt to bunt tap the [A] button until the batter puts the bat out in a 
bunt attempt and then position yourself where you think best. The key to a good
bunt is placement in the batters box. To far back and you'll pop it to the 
catcher, to far to the outside of the batters side and you'll miss, to far up
in the box and you'll pop to the pitcher for an easy out. The perfect place
for a great bunt is centered on in the box just ever so slightly to the back
of the batters box; it's not perfect and is dependant on the pitch but it's 
your best bet. 

The main tip I can give is to again know the pitch and move the batter 
accordingly. Bunts can be used to move players already on base closer to home
or to try to sneak a base out of strong pitcher.

Hitting Homers
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No real way to make sure you always hit them out of the park. Just make sure
to follow through completely, watch the pitch and place yourself in the right
part of the batters box. Sometimes the batter will comment on the pitch; this
is the time to put in a good swing. Using Babe Ruth doesn't hurt either...

Sacrifice
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A sacrifice is when you give an out to advance someone who is already on base.
This can be done with a bunt or a pop fly. Just be ready to move the players
already on base in a proper fashion. A tip to using sacrifices to your 
advantage is knowing when to do what. Man on third, tied game, one out you'd
probably want to do a sacrifice bunt in the direction away from third to 
protect the runner who is going to try and grab home to get the lead. The 
point is aiming for the fences is only part of the game; know your skills.

Base running
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After hitting the ball the batter will automatically advance to first. Any and
all players already on bases will run if it's needed so stay sharp. A man 
already on first will have to run to second after you hit the ball and your 
batter advances. However say you have a man on first and third; the man on 
first will automatically run while the man on third won't although it's in 
your best interest to have him run since he is in a good situation to score.

You have to be prepared to control your runners at all times. With one man on
first you obviously won't want him to run if the batter hits a easy pop fly 
to the pitcher. Not only can't you keep the base if you make it there you'll
have to beat the ball back to the base. So while the man on first will run 
automatically you have to be prepared to get his ass back to base if and when
the catch for the out on the batter is made.

Controls for advancing your runners is a little tricky at first. Think of the
D-Pad as the baseball diamond:
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   |2|
___| |___
|3     1|
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   |H|
   ---

The D-Pad combined with the [B] button tells which player on which base to 
advance and the D-Pad combined with [A] tells which to run back to his 
base in case of danger on the target base or around it. Here are the commands
to advance runners.

1st to 2nd: Up+[B]; Return: Right+[A]

2nd to Third: Left+[B]; Return: Up+[A]

3rd to Home: Down+[B]; Return: Left+[A]

Also keep in mind that you can't double up on the bases. If there is a man on
second and you advance the man on first to second you need to move the man 
already there or your advancing player will be out even if he beats the ball
to base. Stay sharp and watch those runners or you'll trip up and miss a good
opportunity.

Stealing
~~~~~~~~

Stealing can be done once the pitcher has let the ball go or at anytime
the ball is in play. The controls to steal are the same as to advance a runner
when base running.

1st to 2nd: Up+[B]; Return: Right+[A]

2nd to Third: Left+[B]; Return: Up+[A]

3rd to Home: Down+[B]; Return: Left+[A]


Pitching
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Pitching is probably the easiest part of the game to master. You throw the
ball with the [A] ball and add direction with the D-Pad. It's touch at
first but you'll get the hang of it. How you are holding the D-Pad and 
where you pitcher is on the horizontal axis of the mound determines where 
the pitch will go. Ok, the up and down on the D-Pad control the relative speed 
and vertical location of the pitch. Left and right on the D-Pad control which
side the pitch moves to which is also affected by your mound location and the
up and down movement you put on the pitch. Sound confusing? Nah, it's easy 
like I said. 

Holding Up+[A]: results in a slower pitch that will end upclose to the ground.

Holding Down+[A]: results in a faster pitch that will stay airborne where ever
you direct it with Left or Right.

As said before Left and Right combined with your mound location determine 
where the pitch goes. Want to pitch to the batters inside? Then hold the 
direction down to whichever side he bats from; the opposite to pitch to his
outside. This is all relative to where he is in the batters box of course so
if you're pitching to the inside make sure it's not so fast and high that it 
beans the dude. Not only does he get a free base but the dugouts might empty
on you!

Give a base/walking
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There are many reasons why you might want to just walk a batter. Maybe the 
pitcher or some other weaker hitter is next in the order or this batter
just has a mean look about him. To give him a base simply throw four balls;
meaning crap pitchers to his outside. Unless he is a moron he won't swing
and you'll walk him. Of course you can just aim for the batters head and bean
him with the ball. Either or.


Fielding
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Moving your players is simply a matter of using the D-Pad to tell them where
to move. Easy right? Of course the goal is to move them in a position where 
they can catch the ball by moving them right under it or field the ball from
where ever it lands to the appropriate base or player. Controls of the basemen
and outfielders are follows on the D-Pad with [A] and/or [B].

Left+[A]: throw to 3rd.
Right+[A]: throw to 1st.
Up+[A]: throw to 2nd.
Down+[A]: throw to homeplate.

You'll want to use the above to snag runners as the make their moves or to 
hold potential thieves away from stealing any bases. Throwing the ball
moves the ball quickly but be sure to make sure there is someone on the base
you are throwing to. If not that's when the below come in handy...

The following commands make the player:

Left+[B]: Runs to 3rd.
Right+[B]: Runs to 1st.
Up+[B]: Runs to 2nd.
Down+[B]: Runs to homeplate.

All those controls work on all the defensive players so learn and master them
if you want to win.

Subbing players
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To get to the sub menu pause using Start and then hit [A]. It will bring up
the menu showing who it is you want to sub out and who it is you want to put 
in his place. You can view the potential sub's stats and current attitude by
selecting his name and hitting Select. Some days your players will be up and
at them and others they might be draggin their feet. Use this to check. Listen
to what your players tell you and you'll be alright.

Once a player is taken out of the game they can't be put back in again so make
your substitutions carefully and with thought.

Teams
~~~~~

Unlock other sports games teams in Legend of the Diamond are not only generic
but made my the player. You pick the roster for whatever team you want from
any of the available players.

Choose from Hawks, Mustangs, Cobras, Chiefs, Samurais, Rebels, The Generals,
Crowns, or the Titans.

Stadium
~~~~~~~~

You can pick to play in either a old classic style stadium or a new modern 
style one. Besides the actual look of the place and the look of the ]
cheerleaders the only real difference between the two is the ease of knocking
the ball out of the park; it's a shorter trip on the old, classic stadium.

Tournaments
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You can set up tournaments from the main menu. For the purpose of this game
a tournament is more like playing a season. You pick your players and then 
the computer pits you against the others in random made teams; win and you 
advance. You'll get passwords after each game to help you continue later.

Offical Game
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This is just a quick and easy exhibition game. No passwords.


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4.Player Stats
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**Cy Young**
Height: 6 foot 2 inches
Weight: 210
Position: Pitcher
ERA: 2.53  
Strikeouts: 2803
Wins: 511
Losses: 313
Comment: Greatest Pitcher ever. Over 500 wins. Control pitcher.


**Whitey Ford**
Height: 5 foot 10 inches
Weight: 178
Position: Pitcher
ERA: 2.74
Strikeouts: 1956
Wins: 236
Losses: 106
Comment: Great control pitcher. Won most games at the World Series


**Dizzy Dean**
Height: 6 foot 2 inches
Weight: 182
Position: Pitcher
ERA: 3.04  
Strikeouts: 1155
Wins: 150
Losses: 83
Comment: Strikeout king of his time.


**Bob Gibson**
Height: 6 foot 1 inches
Weight: 190
Position: Pitcher
ERA: 2.91  
Strikeouts: 3117
Wins: 251
Losses: 174
Comment: Best single season ERA record holder(1.12) Good control pitcher, 
Fast ball, slider, curve ball with a one season strikeout record of 268


**Lefty Gomez**
Height: 6 foot 2 inches
Weight: 173
Position: Pitcher
ERA: 3.34  
Strikeouts: 1468
Wins: 189
Losses: 102
Comment: Greatest All-Star game pitcher of his time.


**Steve Carlton**
Height: 6 foot 4 inches
Weight: 210
Position: Pitcher
ERA: 3.21
Strikeouts: 4136
Wins: 329
Losses: 244
Comment: Only pitcher ever to win a Cy Young award for a last place team. 
Most strikeouts for left handed pitcher with an amazing slider.


**Mickey Cochrane**
Height: 5 foot 10 inches
Weight: 180
Position: Catcher
Batting average: .320  
Home runs: 119
RBI: 832
Comment: A great among offensive players.


**Lou Gehrig**
Height: 6 foot 
Weight: 200
Position: 1st Baseman
Batting average: .340 
Home runs: 493
RBI: 1991
Comment: Best 1st Baseman of all time. All Time ironman record he holds 
in homeruns and batting.


**Johnny Mize**
Height: 6 foot 2 inches
Weight: 215
Position: 1st and 3rd Baseman
Batting average: .312  
Home runs: 359
RBI: 1337
Comment: Power hitter. Led in home runs.


**Billy Herman**
Height: 5 foot 11 inches
Weight: 180
Position: 2nd Baseman
Batting average: .304  
Home runs: 47
RBI: 839
Comment: A fast runner with 87 stolen bases for career.


**Jimmy Foxx**
Height: 6 foot
Weight: 190
Position: 1st and 3rd Baseman, Catcher
Batting average: .325  
Home runs: 534
RBI: 1921
Comment: Nicknamed the "Beast Foxx", Power hitter, lead in batting in 1933.


**Roger Hornsby**
Height: 5 foot 101 inches
Weight: 175
Position: 2nd Baseman
Batting average: .358  
Home runs: 301
RBI: 1584
Comment: A fast runner with 67 stolen bases for career.


**Honus Wagner**
Height: 5 foot 11 inches
Weight: 200 
Position: Shortstop
Batting average: .329  
Home runs: 101
RBI: 1732
Comment: Great player. Fast runner, batting champ for seven seasons. 
Most stolen bases for five seasons.


**Babe Ruth**
Height: 6 foot 2 inches
Weight: 215
Position: Pitcher, Outfielder(all)
Batting average: .342
Home runs: 714
RBI: 2217
Comment: Started off career as a pitcher. 8 seasons pitched. 1924 
led in batting Hit over 60 homeruns during a single season.


**Ty Cobb**
Height: 6 foot 1 inches
Weight: 175
Position: Outfielder(all)
Batting average: .366 
Home runs: 117
RBI: 1939
Comment: 1907-1915 Batting champ. Most stolen bases for six seasons.


**Tris Speaker**
Height: 5 foot 11 inches
Weight: 193
Position: Outfielder(all)
Batting average: .344
Home runs: 117
RBI: 1527
Comment: Great hitter. Led in batting, hits, home runs and in doubles.


**Edd Roush**
Height: 5 foot 11 inches
Weight: 170
Position: Outfielder(all)
Batting average: .323
Home runs: 68
RBI: 981
Comment: Led in batting two seasons.


**Luke Appling**
Height: 5 foot 10 inches
Weight: 183
Position: Shortstop
Batting average: .310 
Home runs: 45
RBI: 1116
Comment: Fast runner. 1936 Led in Batting.


**Bill Freeman**
Height: 6 foot 3 inches
Weight: 208
Position: Catcher
Batting average: .362
Home runs: 200
RBI: 758
Comment: Great over-all player


**Ernie Banks**
Height: 6 foot 1 inches
Weight: 180
Position: Shortstop, 1st Baseman
Batting average: .247
Home runs: 512
RBI: 1636
Comment: "Mr.Cub" BEst player on Chicago Cubs for decades.


**Willie McCovey**
Height: 6 foot 4 inches
Weight: 215
Position: 1st Baseman
Batting average: .270
Home runs: 521
RBI: 1555
Comment: Good all round player. Led in home runs for two seasons. 
Led runs batted in for one season.


**Bobby Richardson**
Height: 5 foot 9 inches
Weight: 170
Position: 2nd Baseman
Batting average: .266 
Home runs: 34
RBI: 390
Comment: Great Defensive player


**Joe Morgan**
Height: 5 foot 7 inches
Weight: 155
Position: 2nd Baseman
Batting average: .271
Home runs: 268
RBI: 1133
Comment: Fast. Great defensive player.


**Harmon Killebrew**
Height: 6 foot 
Weight: 210
Position: 3rd Baseman
Batting average: .256
Home runs: 573
RBI: 1584
Comment: Strong batter with over 500 home runs


**Brooks Robinson**
Height: 6 foot 1 inches
Weight: 180
Position: 3rd Baseman
Batting average: .267
Home runs: 268
RBI: 1357
Comment: Golden Glove winner. One of the All Time Best 
3rd base defenders of all time.


**Roberto Clemente**
Height: 5 foot 11 inches
Weight: 180
Position: Right Fielder
Batting average: .317
Home runs: 240
RBI: 1305
Comment: Fast runner. 1961 Batting champ.


**Willie Stargell**
Height: 6 foot 3 inches
Weight: 225
Position: Outfielder
Batting average: .282
Home runs: 475
RBI: 1540
Comment: Power hitter. Great player, home run hitter finishing 
1971 and 1972 with most Home Runs.


**Hank Aaron**
Height: 6 foot
Weight: 180
Position: Outfielder
Batting average: .305
Home runs: 755
RBI: 2297
Comment: All time home run king(at the time) 47 home runs was 
the most in one year. MVP in the MLB twice.


**Billy Williams**
Height: 6 foot 1 inches
Weight: 175
Position: Left Fielder
Batting average: .290
Home runs: 426
RBI: 1475
Comment: Led in batting in 1972


**Joe Torre**
Height: 6 foot 2 inches
Weight: 212
Position: Catcher, 3rd Baseman
Batting average: .297
Home runs: 252
RBI: 1185
Comment: Power hitter. 1971 Batting Champ. 1971 Most runs 
batted in and most runs.


Stats can help you pick your team a little better to have the edge over the
competition but you can't have all the good players so you'll always have a 
challenge. Make sure your team is balanced for all situations; you can also
use a random feature that will pick and balance a team for you.

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5. Secrets, Passwords and Codes
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Secrets
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Puppy ballboy: On random sometimes you can see a hotdog looking mutt field a
foul for you. How cute.

Pissed players: If you go on a streak against a certain player be it hitting
or strikeouts that player will eventually get intimidated and might run his 
mouth at the other once or twice.

Empty the dugouts: If you hit a player with a pitch he may attack you and 
scream something from OWW! to $%#!. Both teams will empty from the dugouts and
watch as the Umpire drags the raging batter off the pitcher.

Break some glass: On the modern ballpark if you hit a homer really far you 
have a chance to see a small cutscene of the ball breaking some unlucky saps
windshield.

Passwords
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Taken from GameFAQs.com

MLNPGHQFTBV72 5SHZJ4D1LWVB3	Final Game
MLNPGHQFTBV72 5SHZJ4D1LCVB(heart)	Second Game
MLNPGHQFTBV72 5S2F3KYG5WBB2	Third Game

Game Genie codes
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ZEKLAIGA: 2 balls and you walk
TEKLAIGA: 6 balls to walk
PASUGILA: 1 strike and you're out
ZASUGILA: 2 strikes and you're out
PEKLAIGA: 1 ball and you walk
IASUGILA: 5 strikes and you're out--ignore counter

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6. Copyright and Contact Info
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This guide is Copyright 2005 Christopher Long. This guide may be not be 
reproduced in whole or in part under any circumstances except for personal, 
private use.

It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without
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by their respective trademark and copyright holders.

Should you have any questions about issues not raised in this FAQ, or should
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