SABR Baseball Games Project

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Welcome to the Baseball Games Project!


The SABR Baseball Games Project is a new initiative to research and write articles on major-league and Negro League regular, postseason, and All-Star Games. These game accounts will complement Retrosheet and Baseball-Reference box scores as well as BioProject essays on the players involved.

The articles are not intended to be mere play-by-play summaries, nor should they be first-person narratives. Rather the goal is to put each game in historical context — whether that history is of a particular player, team, season, or something even broader.

These accounts should draw on quotes from participants, newspaper articles, or other sources to “put the reader in the game.” Articles can cover the range of significance (from Jackie Robinson’s MLB debut to a contest between two teams where nothing of great consequence occurred.) For the most part, the account should not “know” things that did not happen yet. If the game is the 33rd game of Joe DiMaggio’s hitting streak, the account does not have to say what happened next. There are ways to make this work — Henry Aaron’s first game can focus on Hank Aaron even without mentioning what was to come.

Articles should be concise, ranging from 500 words to a top end of 1,500 words. All guidelines currently in use for processing BioProject essays will apply to this initiative.

One must be a member of SABR to write an article for this project. (To join SABR, click here.) All articles will be peer-reviewed for style and accuracy. They will be considered works in progress and updated as new points of knowledge are uncovered or errors discovered. All essays on this site will jointly be the property of SABR for perpetual use, and the author.

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