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2015 NFL Storylines

9th September 2015

With the 2015 NFL season kicking off this week, we thought we'd visit some storylines for this season as a way of introducing some of the research tools you can find on Follow the hyperlinked historical notes to the queries on our site and see if you can re-create them. If you're wondering about how we did anything, just ask us!

Quarterbacks Chasing History

Peyton Manning

Rk From To W L T
1 Brett Favre 1991 2010 186 112 0
2 Peyton Manning 1998 2014 179 77 0
3 Tom Brady 2000 2014 160 47 0
4 John Elway* 1983 1998 148 82 1
5 Dan Marino* 1983 1999 147 93 0
6 Fran Tarkenton* 1961 1978 124 109 6
7 Johnny Unitas* 1956 1973 118 64 4
8 Drew Brees 2001 2014 117 84 0
9 Joe Montana* 1979 1994 117 47 0
10 Terry Bradshaw* 1970 1983 107 51 0
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 9/1/2015.

Drew Brees

Tom Brady

Ben Roethlisberger

Aaron Rodgers

Russell Wilson

Andrew Luck

Adrian Peterson Returns

It's been a year since Peterson last took the field in a 34-6 Week 1 win over the Rams last season. Few fans will be rooting for Peterson in 2015, but he'll likely continue to climb the record books.

Golden Receivers

Throwing the football has never been more popular, and it has probably never been easier. Go ahead and check this list of the players with most receiving yards per game in NFL history. That right, the top five are all active players (or at least kind of active in the case of Josh Gordon). And this doesn't even include players like Odell Beckham, Jr. who don't yet have enough games played to qualify.

Sustained Success

The Patriots posted their 12th straight double-digit win season in 2014. That's the 2nd-longest such streak in NFL history. Only the 49ers (from 1983-98) have posted a longer streak. If head coach Bill Belichick can get his team to repeat, he could become the first head coach to win five Super Bowls.

Rk Tm Seasons W L T From To
1 San Francisco 49ers 16 191 63 1 1983 1998 See all seasons »
2 New England Patriots 12* 150 42 0 2003 2014 See all seasons »
3 Indianapolis Colts 9 109 35 0 2002 2010 See all seasons »
4 Dallas Cowboys 7 80 26 0 1975 1981 See all seasons »
5 Dallas Cowboys 6 64 19 1 1968 1973 See all seasons »
Dallas Cowboys 6 70 26 0 1991 1996 See all seasons »
Miami Dolphins 6 67 16 1 1970 1975 See all seasons »
Los Angeles Rams 6 66 19 1 1973 1978 See all seasons »
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 9/1/2015.


New Extra Point Rules

If you send your kicking team out for extra points, you'll now have to snap the ball from the 15, rather than 2. Curious how this impacts strategy? Check out our Game Player Finder to find all FGAs with the LOS at the 15 over the last 5 seasons. You can also use this tool to search for 2-point conversion tries over the same span. Which approach is the better bet?

Track History All Season Long

Bookmark our NFL Milestone Watch page and check every week for which records might fall.

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Introducing New Pages for Non-MLB Statistics

4th September 2015

As you explore Baseball-Reference, you may notice a bit of a re-imagining of how we are now presenting non-MLB statistics on the site. Where we once had fragmented sections for player stats in various non-Major leagues (minors, Japan, Cuba, etc), we have now combined everything into a single page showing the player's professional history. This new page presents all of a player's career statistics on one page and makes it easier than ever to track a player's career trajectory and journey in one place. On player pages where is used to say "minors" it now lists a variety of levels at which the player played (like in the below image from Minnie Minoso's page). Clicking that link will lead you to a listing of that player's career at every level of play.

Minoso Register2


Through these pages, you can now find statistics for the following levels of play:

  • MLB since 1871
  • Complete affiliated Minor Leagues back to 1877
  • Negro Leagues from 1902-1960
  • Japanese baseball from 1936 to present
  • KBO baseball since 1982
  • Cuban National Series from 1961-2014
  • Arizona Fall League since 1992
  • Coverage of various Winter Leagues back to 2003 (and also 2000, 1999 and 1997)
  • Various independent leagues as far back at the late 19th century

As an example of how this all works, let's take a look at the all-levels career of the well-traveled Minnie Minoso: As you can see, the stat tables look like the ones you've grown comfortable with on our site. But instead of just being for a specific level of play, you can see Minoso's stats from MLB, the minors, the Negro Leagues, foreign leagues and independent leagues. Using the "show/hide" buttons atop the stats table, you can isolate or exclude statistics from various levels of play. Additionally, levels at which Minoso played more than one season will be summed beneath the table (as well as his all-level totals). Below you will see an abbreviated version of the table layout, displaying Minoso's long career. If you're wondering what some of the columns represent, hold your mouse over the column header and a description will pop up.

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA
1946 20 New York Cubans NNL NgM 90
1947 21 New York Cubans NNL NgM 106
1948 22 -3.1 Dayton CENL A CLE 11
1948 22 New York Cubans NNL NgM 78
1949 23 -6.7 San Diego PCL AAA CLE 137 598
1949 23 -5.8 Cleveland AL MLB CLE 9 20
1950 24 -6.4 San Diego PCL AAA CLE 169 671
1951 25 -4.0 2 Teams AL MLB CHW-CLE 146 622
1951 25 -4.0 Cleveland AL MLB CLE 8 17
1951 25 -4.0 Chicago AL MLB CHW 138 605
1952 26 -2.7 Chicago AL MLB CHW 147 668
1953 27 -1.7 Chicago AL MLB CHW 151 655
1954 28 -0.4 Chicago AL MLB CHW 153 675
1955 29 0.5 Chicago AL MLB CHW 139 615
1956 30 1.6 Chicago AL MLB CHW 151 665
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA
1957 31 2.3 Chicago AL MLB CHW 153 678
1958 32 3.5 Cleveland AL MLB CLE 149 638
1959 33 4.2 Cleveland AL MLB CLE 148 650
1960 34 5.5 Chicago AL MLB CHW 154 670
1961 35 6.8 Chicago AL MLB CHW 152 635
1962 36 8.1 St. Louis NL MLB STL 39 108
1963 37 9.3 Washington AL MLB WSA 109 363
1964 38 12.4 Indianapolis PCL AAA CHW 52 201
1964 38 10.5 Chicago AL MLB CHW 30 38
1965 39 17.0 Jalisco MEX AA
1966 40 Jalisco MEX AA 107
1967 41 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-AAA 49
1967 41 Orizaba MXSE A 36
1967 41 17.0 Jalisco MEX AAA 13
1968 42 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-AAA 78
1968 42 Puerto Mexico MXSE A 56
1968 42 12.0 Jalisco MEX AAA 22
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA
1969 43 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-AAA 110
1969 43 Puerto Penasco MXNO A 74
1969 43 12.0 Jalisco MEX AAA 36
1970 44 12.0 Union Laguna MEX AAA
1971 45 12.0 Union Laguna MEX AAA
1972 46 12.0 Union Laguna MEX AAA
1973 47 12.0 Union Laguna MEX AAA
1976 50 22.5 Chicago AL MLB CHW 3 8
1980 54 26.0 Chicago AL MLB CHW 2 2
1993 67 41.5 St. Paul NORL Ind 1 1
2003 -- 50.3 St. Paul NORL Ind 1 1
MLB (17 seasons) MLB 1835 7710
Minors (4 seasons) Minors 369 1510
NLB (3 seasons) NLB 274
Foreign (9 seasons) Foreign 344
Other (2 seasons) Other 2 2
All Levels (32 Seasons) 2550 9496
A (3 seasons) Foreign 166
AA (2 seasons) Foreign 107
AAA (3 seasons) Minors 358 1470
AAA (7 seasons) Foreign 71
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 9/2/2015.


Minoso provides a good example due to the variety of levels he played at. You'll also notice that for more obscure leagues there are sometimes empty rows of data. These are instances where we know a player was on a team in a given season, but we simply don't have the statistics. As a result, incomplete totals will be underlined in the tables (or just left blank when there is no data).

While the most obvious change may be to the player pages as demonstrated above, we've also created a new Professional Baseball History landing page, which will provide navigation to a wealth of non-MLB content. On this page, you'll see the left side of the page is dedicated to minor league data, while the center column directs to Japanese leagues and the right column contains links for Negro Leagues, Cuban National Series and the Korean Baseball Organization. Underneath this section you'll also find quick links to many of the minor leagues (broken down by level), as well as various fall/winter leagues and independent leagues.

We hope you find this new layout helpful. Please let us know if you have any questions or feedback.

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Find 2015 College Football Stats

3rd September 2015

With the 2015 college football season upon us, just a few reminders on where to find info for this season:

If you have any questions about where to find something or if you encounter any issues, please let us know here.

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Sports Reference Welcomes Jonah Gardner to Our Staff

7th August 2015

Jonah Gardner joined the Sports Reference crew (working out of Philly) a few weeks ago as our Social Media Coordinator bringing SR's head count to seven full-time staff. Jonah brings experience working in social media for The Human Solution in Austin and also for several musical acts and record labels. He's an Atlanta Braves fan, backs Everton FC (the Braves of the EPL), and is a big NBA fan (see his Kevin Garnett Trade Voltron). Jonah will be leading our change on social media for Sports Reference and you'll see us on much more active on twitter and joining additional platforms in the near future.

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Introducing the Hockey-Reference Player Advanced Stats Finder

3rd August 2015

Last year we rolled out many new play-by-play based statistics and features to player pages on Hockey-Reference. A Team Advanced Stats Finder was created to allow users to sort through team-level statistics. We're now thrilled to announce a player stat companion to this: The Player Advanced Stats Finder.

This tool works like the others in our Play Index, allowing users to create custom queries back to 2007-08 by using the below search form:


As you can see, the tool allows for single-season search, combined season search or total season search. Additionally, there are several filters and criteria that can be applied to your search, as well as several different "sort by" options for your report. To give you a better idea of what the tool is capable, let's fire it up and show you some sample searches:

Of course, these are just a few quick examples. Some other statistics in a variety of situations that are now searchable/sortable are Fenwick, PDO, blocks, offensive/defensive zone start % and many more. We encourage you to play around with this new tool and let us know what you think!

And if you're confused about what any of these statistics mean, don't forget to check out our updated glossary!

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Get Ready for the 2015 NBA Draft

23rd June 2015

The 2015 NBA Draft will take place Thursday night, June 25. Here's some draft info you should check out before, during & after the draft:

And don't forget to read up on some recent draft-related additions to the Play Index.

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Enhancements to Hockey Reference Player Game Finder

19th June 2015

We're excited to introduce a couple of fantastic enhancements to the Hockey Reference Player Game Finder. This tool allows you to search through game-level player stats for every NHL game since 1987-88.

The huge addition is the option to search by cumulative games, which allows you to search for statistics over a specific span of games. Use this option by selecting "Search for Cumulative Games" in the yellow section directly below "Search Form." This tool opens up capabilities to do informative searches never before possible on Hockey Reference. Here are some examples to give you the gist:

You'll also notice that we've added an option to search for games on a player's birthday. So you can now search for things like birthday Hat Tricks.

Or you can even combine these new features and find the players with the most career birthday goals or the most career playoff birthday goals.

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2015 MLB Draft Results Posted

18th June 2015

Just wanted to quickly mention that the results of the 2015 June Draft are now posted to Baseball Reference. You can adjust the various filters at the top of the page to slice and dice draft data. Like all picks by a particular team or all players picked at a specific position.

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NBA Draft-related Additions to Basketball Reference Play Index

18th June 2015

With the NBA Draft a week away, we wanted to briefly introduce some subtle, but useful additions to the Play Index.

First up, is a tweak to the Player Season Finder, which now allows for customized statistical searches by player draft year. You'll notice there's now a filter for BAA/NBA Draft Year. Utilizing this, you can now search for things such as:

Additionally, we have made some enhancements to the Draft Finder. The biggest change is that you can now filter by the draftees' NBA/BAA position (please note that we don't have positions in the DB for many drafted players who never went on to play in the league). But, for instance, here are centers drafted in 2014. Additionally, you'll notice that player ages on draft day and birth country now display in the results. Again, this data is unavailable for many players who never played in the league.

We hope you find these new tools useful.

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Introducing the NHL Draft Finder

18th June 2015

With the 2015 NHL Draft coming up on June 26 & 27, we're happy to introduce a new tool to the Hockey Reference Play Index: The Draft Finder. Fans of our sites will find that this tool is similar to the ones found on Basketball Reference & Pro Football Reference.

With this tool, users can search through every NHL draft pick since 1963, utilizing a variety of filters and sorts. Users can set a custom range of years and specify things like position, team, birth country, round of selection, overall pick number and whether or not the player selected went on to play in the NHL.

Additionally, users can apply filters for what amateur program a player came from (whether this was the amateur team he was with at the time of the draft, or after the draft).

Here's a few sample searches for concrete examples of what the Draft Finder can do. However, you'll find this is merely the tip of the iceberg and we'd love it if you explore the options and let us know what you think.

We hope you enjoy this new feature.

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