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Passing, Rushing, and Receiving Stats Back to 1977

Posted by Justin Kubatko on March 5, 2013

Today I'm happy to announce a major addition to College Football at Sports-Reference.com. We now have passing, rushing, and receiving stats for all FBS (nee Division I-A) schools dating back to the 1977 season, and for schools from prominent conferences (ACC, Big 8/Big 7, Big Ten, Pac-12/Pac-10/Pac-8/AAWU/PCC, SEC, and SWC) we have passing, rushing, and receiving stats dating back to the 1956 season.

For more information about our data coverage, please see this summary. And if you have any questions or comments regarding these changes, please let us know.

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, CFB at Sports Reference, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Best NBA Scoring Duos in One Game (Mailbag)

Posted by Neil on March 5, 2013

We get asked this question a lot, and unfortunately it's not currently possible to find the answer via the Play Index, so I decided to put up a leaderboard once and for all. The most recent version of the question comes from BBR user Reggie:

I’ve seen references on here to games where two teammates scored 40 or more in the same game. But which teammates combined to score the most points in any game? [...]

One game that I remember very well as a Mavericks fan, which is often overlooked, was the overtime game they won at Chicago on November 13, 1994. That was the game where Jamal Mashburn hit for 50 and Jim Jackson went for 38, the two scoring 88 of the 124 points that night in the four point Mavs victory.

Since we have complete box scores (1985-86), here are the 200 most potent scoring duos in a single NBA game:

5 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, FAQ, Leaders, Trivia

Added Box Scores Back to NBA/ABA Merger

Posted by Justin Kubatko on March 4, 2013

A little over a year ago we announced that we had posted copies of every box score in NBA history. However, since these box scores were scans we could not create player game logs, compute player splits, etc. As we said in that post, it is our goal to one day have all of these games in a database-friendly format.

On that note, I'm happy to announce that the work for the 1976-77 to 1979-80 seasons has been completed. Please take some time to check out the box scores, player and team game logs, and player and team splits for the 1976-77, 1977-78, 1978-79, and 1979-80 NBA seasons. Keep in mind that almost all of the scanned box scores are abbreviated (i.e., they only contain field goals, free throws, and points for the players), so there will be many missing values for each game.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com

Team & Player Salary Numbers

Posted by Mike on March 1, 2013

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Capgeek we now have individual player salary/contract status for the 2013 season listed in their bio section, as well as current team salary cap numbers that we will keep updated throughout the season.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Hockey-Reference.com

Approximate Value and Hall of Fame Standards

Posted by Neil on February 28, 2013

PFR user Oscar asked today about whether we had a football version of Baseball-Reference's Hall of Fame standards using Weighted Career Approximate Value. To that end, I analyzed weighted career AV data on retired players who started their careers in 1950 or later. Here was a breakdown of all Hall of Famers in that group:

Maximum 159
90th percentile 130
75th percentile 114
Average 101
Median 101
25th percentile 88
10th percentile 73
Minimum (non-kickers) 31
Minimum 0

Using a regression formula, we can also say what your odds of making the Hall are at any given Weighted Career AV threshold:

Wgtd Career AV p(HoF)
160 100%
140 98%
130 94%
125 91%
120 85%
115 78%
110 69%
105 57%
100 45%
95 33%
90 23%
85 16%
80 10%
75 7%
70 4%
60 2%
50 1%
45 0%

2 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Pro-Football-Reference.com, Stat Questions

Hockey Team Game Finder

Posted by Mike on February 27, 2013

We've added a Team Game Finder for hockey to find single games (Which game had the most penalty minutes?), cumulative season stats (Which team led the league in power play goals in the 1995-1996 season?), cumulative multi-season stats (Which team has the most losses when scoring 5+ goals since 1980?) and many more.

The search features basic game stats since 1917 and more specific stats (shots, power play goals, short handed goals, etc.) since 1987, so you can create custom searches to your heart's content. Let us know if you have any issues, comments, or questions.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Hockey-Reference.com

2013 Spring Training Stats W/ Quality of Opposition Measure

Posted by admin on February 26, 2013

We've never included Spring Training stats on the site before, but decided to add our own take this year, so we now have spring training stats on the player and team pages and on a league register page, so you can see every player in camp on one page.

One hard thing about spring training is that you've got a very wide variety of players in camp. Veteran major leaguers, AAA, AA, and even low-A ball players. A player hitting .400/.500/.600 against A-ball competition is a lot different than one who does that against MLBers (though truth be told the sample sizes are so small as to not tell us much definitively). To give you a feel for the level of competition we've provided an OppQual column that is 1-10. Each opponent for each PA for that batter or pitcher is graded between 1 and 10 based on the level or average level (weighted by IP or PA) they played at last year.

  • 10 - MLB
  • 8 - AAA
  • 7 - AA
  • 5 - High A (Cali or Carolina)
  • 4 - Full-Season A (Midwest and SALLY)
  • 1.5 to 3 - Rookie or Short-season
  • 1 - for pitchers if the opposing batter is a pitcher

So a player over 9 is facing mostly MLB guys while someone under 9 is facing mostly minor leaguers. Players like John Lackey in 2012 or Yu Darvish in 2011 who did not play in an MLB affiliated league are simply excluded from the rating.

Player Pages - Spring Training Stats appear at the top of major and minor league player pages.

Team Stats: 2013 Atlanta Braves Spring Training, these are all linked from the site front page.

League-wide Stats: Batting Register and Pitching Register. These tables are sortable, so you can look up current leaders if you like.

10 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com

PFR Uniform Number Finder

Posted by Neil on February 25, 2013

Here's a neat tool that lets you find every player in NFL history (since 1950) to wear a certain number... It can even allow you search by team.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Play Index, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Player Twitter Accounts – Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by admin on February 20, 2013

Player Twitter Accounts - Baseball-Reference.com

We just launched a set of team-centered twitter pages. These summarize all of the twitter feeds we have for players by their membership on the 40-man roster. Clicking on subscribe will allow to follow all of the players with one click, and we'll do the updating for you.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Features

New Expanded Assists Totals

Posted by Mike on February 20, 2013

Player pages now have expanded assists totals going back to the 1967-68 season, located in the NHL Standard stats section of each page. Compiled from Hockey Summary Project boxscore data, the data breaks out short-handed, power play, and even strength assists, so you can learn that Wayne Gretzky had 15 short-handed assists in 1985-86.

1 Comment | Posted in Announcement, Hockey-Reference.com

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