I like to score baseball games while I’m attending them. I know there’s no reason to do this since the site I manage (http://www.baseball-reference.com) will have the full boxscores with play-by-play the next day anyway. But I find it sort of meditative.
That said, I’ve never been entirely happy with the traditional scoring methods. I’ve either found them too messy or simply too confusing. Since working at B-R, however, I have become very familiar with the Retrosheet method of recording plays, and recently decided to start recording games in the way that Project Scoresheet used to record them. If you aren’t familiar with it, Project Scoresheet was a project created in order to record every baseball game so that baseball analysts (sabermetricians) would have useful data to work with. The Project Scoresheet scoring system was developed by Craig Wright and improved on by Gary Gillette for the purpose of making the recording of games unambiguous (as possible). Some more details about the project are available at the Retrosheet website.
One problem with trying to use this system is that no one really uses it anymore. With the advent of modern technology, all games are recorded automatically, so there is no need to record them manually. Because of that, there aren’t really any sources for Project Scoresheet-style scoresheets/scorebooks. I decided to create one myself based on images from the original Project Scoresheet (with some modifications). At the end of this post you’ll find links to PDFs that can be printed at home or uploaded to a site like FedEx and bound in a nice scorebook. Here’s the final result:
I won’t go into how to score in this method (if you found this post, you probably already know), but I thought making these scoresheets available might help the few people out there that are crazy enough to want to use them. Note that I didn’t include a place for tracking pitches (balls, strikes, etc.). As I said above, I find this more meditative than anything. Tracking pitches is anything but “meditative.”
I printed my copy at FedEx with the following options:
- Double sided
- Black & White
- Laser 32# paper
- Print first page in color
- Coil Binding
- Card and Cover Stocks Front Cover
- Gloss Cover
- Vinyl Black Back Cover
Cover Page [pdf] – This is for the front cover of the book.
Project Scoresheet Book [pdf] – This is the inside matter of the book. It contains enough pages for 81 games.
Project Scoresheet Scorecard [pdf] – This is a single scorecard for one game.