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Backyard Baseball 2001 is a sports video game released by Humongous Entertainment in 2000. It is the second game in the Backyard Baseball series and the first to include pro kids, such as Alex Rodriguez, Mo Vaughn, Ken Griffey Jr., Jason Giambi, and many others. The game is targeted at young children.



The game consists of two types of game modes: The Pickup game, where the player picks the field, the team, and takes turn picking players with the computer. When everything is set, a single match is played. The stats of the players during a single game does not affect there stats for a season. For the season mode, the player picks a team, home field, and all their players and then plays through a 14 game season, complete with a Backyard Playoffs and a Backyard World Series. The game is a single mouse played game that uses a click for swinging, throwing, and pitching. For the virtual players, each player has his own player bio with all of that player's info and personality. The bio also includes that players abilities and stats.

The stats are shown on a scale from 1 to 10, and there are four stats:

  • Pitching: Shows the players ability with pitching stamina, pitching speed, and control.
  • Batting: Shows the players skill with batting contact, and swinging power.
  • Defense: Shows the players skill at fielding/catching a ball and their throwing ability.
  • Running: Shows the players speed on the base paths and on the field. A players running highly affects the players stamina.

Online Play

A third type of play is also available, the online play. Backyard Baseball 2001 and Backyard Football are the only two games ever released by Humongous Entertainment and Humongous Inc. to offer online play. The online play option is shown in the middle of the treehouse, however is only available for Windows users, at that time Humongous did not support Macintosh Newtork systems. To create a new coach, a player must register a coach name at the Junior Sports Network Site ( However, this site has been discontinued, so as of today new coaches may not be entered. When a coach name has been created, Humongous will send the coach a password through email within 48 hours. Then, the player may access its coach through online play. In online play, the coach has many options and things to do. It may read the Humongous Sports Newspaper for coach rankings, game stats/play by play, and even news about the Jr. Sports Neighborhood. They may also vote in online polls on various subjects. The third thing they may do is find another online player and play them in a single game. There are three different locations to play. Easy mode (Easy Streets), Medium Mode (Mediumville), or Hard Mode (Toughy Town). A location must have a population of at least one coach to play there. When a coach has found a player they wish to challenge, the can call them through the telephone and talk to them through pre-written chat dialogues. If they decide they wish to play with each other, they pick the location, field, team, and players. If a player has a slower network connection then another player, the game speed will be slowed down to match the slowest of the players. Another thing to note is that the location of the game does not only determine the skill of the coaches, but also the rules of the game. Easy Mode: 3 innings, pitch spot on, errors off. Mediumville: 6 innings, errors on, pitch locator on. Toughy Town: 9 innings, errors on, pitch locator on, though if both players agree on turning the pitch locator off, they may do so.


The players also can have what is called "good days and bad days." The player will lose some of their skill points on their bio when having a bad day, and gain points when having a good day. During gameplay, the pitcher or the batter will have his/her bio on the screen, and the color of their background will indicate the type of day they are having (e.g. blue for bad, green for average, orange for good). Players can have good days based on their teammates, the field they are playing on, their uniform number/color, and if it is their birthday. The greatest known chemistry effect on a player due to their uniform color is Maria Luna with a pink uniform. When she is given a pink uniform, her stats are improved immensely.

Major League players

Backyard Baseball 2001 was the first installment of the Backyard Baseball series to include real major league players in the game. The major league players are depicted as kids, of a similar age to the other backyard kids. There are 31 major league players, one from each team and two from the Cincinnati Reds. The following major league players are included in the game:


The only two cheat that is accountable for Backyard Baseball 2001 are to hold shift while in the tree house and click on the "Mr. Clanky" doll to unlock him to be picked for a single player game only. The other cheat is to hold Shift and Enter when viewing "Pablo Sanchez's" bio and click on his portrait to hear him speak in English, while without the cheat, he will only speak in Spanish. Both of these cheats are available in the first Backyard Baseball game as well.


Over 50 people were hired to record the voices of both the backyard kids and the pro kids. The commentators include "Sunny Day" and "Vinnie the Gooch."

Humongous Entertainment

Since 1992, Humongous Entertainment had released a wide variety of games, such as the "Putt Putt" series, "Freddie the Fish", "Spy Fox", and many other titles. In 1996, the original Backyard Baseball was released, and arguably the most popular so far released. The same year, Humongous Entertainment was sold to GT Interactive for 76 US million. Humongous continued to develop games for GT Interactive in the same branch where Hasbro Interactive had been purchased. For four years, the company continued to create games under the original titles, and then in the year 2000, the original owners of the company attempted to buy back the company. The same day when the company was to be sold was the same day of the year 2000 tech stock market crash, and the plan was abandoned. In 2003, GT Interactive was purchased by "Infogrames". Humongous had released three more Humongous Sports games while with GT Interactive, Backyard Football, Soccer, and Baseball 2001. The first Humongous Sports game released by Humongous Entertainment under Infogrames was "Backyard Basketball." The company continued to release many other titles, until 2005 when the US infogrames purchased the right to use the name as "Atari." From then on Humongous Entertainment began to produce only Backyard Sports games, which huge success. From 2006 and on, Humongous has not produced any original tiles, but has changed the company name to "Backyard Sports". The Humongous Entertainment Logo still appears on Backyard Sports games, and since 2006, the company has thrived with their sales from Backyard Sports games. [1]


  1. ^ HumongousEntertainmentHomepage


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