I wrote to Mr. Eddie Dombrower, creator of Earl Weaver Baseball, in the hopes he might know of a way to more easily convert, import and create new stats disks into the original EWB game he designed and created in 1987. He actually wrote me back quite promptly!
Eddie Dombrower on the stats disks:
Thanks so much for reaching out to me.. it's always a blast to hear from fans of this game which is so near and dear to my heart.
I think creating a stats disk is always a great idea, but I don't have a way to do it right now... probably the best thing is, as you mentioned, is for fans to do this.
If you're still playing on an Amiga, then the only option I'm aware of right now is to use the Commissioner's tools on the Amiga and hand enter the data (what a labor of love that would be).
If you're on a PC version, there are actually some import tools in the EWB II Commissioner's disk.
I'm not sure that I can be much more help at this time, but keep me posted on this.
Being a massive Cubs fan, my hope was to (somehow) create a custom stats disks for 2016 and import data for all of the NL and AL teams. It is indeed possible to create this data using the Commish's disk
and tools, and I knew about that, but I was looking for a cheaper way. Like, some way that wouldn't take a couple of weeks... but, that still might be a fun side-task to do. I may just give it a go.
What I don't know is if I typed all of that data in by hand, would I be able to share it with anyone after the fact? I haven't used the Commissioner's Disk yet, but if it allows me to save
custom data maybe I can share the Commish Disk like a stats disk? I don't know. If it was a one-time load... whew! No way.
I've also read that there are limits to the number of divisions you can create (4). I don't know if that applies to a single league, or both. Hopefully that limit only applies to one league. There is also a limit of 32 teams - but that's not a problem at all since we only have 30. Pretty forward thinking to have designed it that way.