Al Michaels Announces HardBall III

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Al Michaels Announces HardBall III
Publisher: Accolade
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Genre: Sports

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$59.99[1] ACLD012
Sega Mega Drive
£34.99[2] ACLD012
Sega Mega Drive
?F ACLD012
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? ACLD012
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas ACLD012

HardBall III is a baseball game for the Sega Mega Drive and a sequel (or update) to HardBall II (which skipped the console, although the original HardBall! was released for it).

It is thought the Mega Drive version was not originally officially licensed by Sega, but following the Sega v. Accolade court case, received a license during through production.

A rental version for the Nordic consumers was released, suggesting the game was probably released in Europe in small numbers.

Production credits

  • Programming: Mike Benna, Jeff Sember
  • Art: John Boechler
  • Music: Alistair Hirst
  • Producer: Pam Levins
  • Developed by: MindSpan
Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Al Michaels Announces HardBall III/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


EGM US 044.pdf

Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #44: "March 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #45: "April 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[5]
  • Sega Visions (US) #16: "December/January 1993/1994" (1993-xx-xx)[6]
  • Sega Visions (US) #17: "February/March 1994" (199x-xx-xx)[7]

GamePro US 046.pdf

Print advert in
GamePro (US) #46: "May 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
86 №19, p96/97
87 №139, p100[2]
83 №47, p128[1]
60 №5, p79
89 №10, p26/27
60 №8, p46/47
89 №1, p46
69 №18, p68/69
84 №8, p88/89[8]
74 №42, p46/47
86 №19, p45
82 №8, p62/63
63 №19, p32/33[9]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
13 reviews

Mega Drive, US/EU
HardBallIII MD US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngHardBallIII MD US Box.jpg
HardBallIII MD US Cart.jpg
Hardball III MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 a4f2f011
MD5 6263d2270f97cc7e16bb380f1af28c0f
SHA-1 88812ae494288fbf3dda86ccc69161ad960a2e3b
2MB 1993-02 Cartridge (US)


  1. 1.0 1.1 File:GamePro US 047.pdf, page 126
  2. 2.0 2.1 File:CVG UK 139.pdf, page 100
  3. File:MeanMachinesSega07UK.pdf, page 102
  4. File:SegaPro DE 08.pdf, page 41
  5. File:EGM US 045.pdf, page 33
  6. File:SegaVisions US 16.pdf, page 13
  7. File:SegaVisions US 17.pdf, page 109
  8. File:MeanMachinesSega08UK.pdf, page 88
  9. File:SegaForce UK 19.pdf, page 32