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Starts Data Added for Knicks Back to 1964-65

Posted by Mike Lynch on April 9, 2024

Games Started have been officially tracked as an NBA statistic since 1970-71, but comprehensive season-level data on games started is only currently in the public realm back to 1981-82. Thanks to old media guides we have been able to flesh out this coverage for some players and teams (most notably the 76ers due to the legendary efforts of Harvey Pollack). Basketball Reference is happy to announce that we have added regular season starts for the Knicks back to the 1964-65 season. So, for instance, we are now able to present that Willis Reed started 613 of his 650 Knicks games and that Walt Frazier started 666 of his 759 games with the franchise. It is also interesting to note the pattern of the number of starts for Bill Bradley and Cazzie Russell during the Knicks glory years of the late 60s and early 70s. This information is thankfully printed in the Knicks media guide and we should be able to add playoff starts for the franchise back to 1954, as well. Though starts have only been 'officially' tracked since 1970-71, obviously it was something that teams could reliably compile for earlier years, as the Knicks have done. Additionally, we have recently found games started for the Chicago Bulls back to 1970-71, so we hope to soon have an extra decade of starts coverage for the Bulls.

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Game-by-Game Punting Data Added for 1950-59

Posted by Mike Lynch on March 25, 2024

Pro Football Reference has added game-by-game player punting stats to the site. This new data appears in our box scores and player gamelogs. It also queryable in Stathead Football's tools such as the Player Game Finder. Here, for instance, is a search for the most punt yards in a game from 1950-59. We'd like to thank Ken Pullis and Pete Palmer for contributing this data.

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New Play-by-Play Data Added to Baseball Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on March 19, 2024

Thanks to our friends at Retrosheet, we have added Play-by-Play for 3,868 games from 1912 to 1972. The additions mean we now have Play-by-Play for all games back to 1969. Before this update our coverage was 100% back to 1973. Additionally, we have Play-by-Play coverage for over 99% of games in each season back through 1957. You can see our full NL/AL/Federal League Play-by-Play coverage map by season here.

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2024 Preseason WAR Update is Live

Posted by Mike Lynch on March 19, 2024

As the 2024 season begins, we have made some updates to our Wins Above Replacement calculations on Baseball Reference. You may notice some small changes to figures as you browse the site. As always, you can find full details on how we calculate WAR here. Read the rest of this entry

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College Basketball Stats are now in Stathead! Check out our first discovery tool

Posted by Jonah Gardner on March 18, 2024

Huge news for college hoops fans! You can now search D1 college basketball stats, both men's and women's, in Stathead Basketball.

Our first college discovery tool is live. It's the Team Game Finder, which gives you the ability to search through team stats from a single game or across multiple games. This will be an especially useful tool to use this week, as you can use the Team Game Finder to build out your bracket. Read the rest of this entry

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NCAA Tournament Round Name Changes Over Time

Posted by Mike Lynch on March 13, 2024

Our new Stathead Basketball tools for searching our college basketball database feature ways to search for NCAA Tournament games. Due to major changes in the format and round nomenclature over the years, it is tricky to search for exactly what you're looking for using strictly round names. And so we have added some search groupings that will hopefully make all of this a bit more clear. Read the rest of this entry

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Sports Reference Expands Women’s College Basketball Data

Posted by Mike Lynch on February 15, 2024

We are excited to announce that Sports Reference's College Basketball site has added 14 new seasons worth of player and team statistics for Division I women's basketball. This takes our coverage all the way back to 1987-88, when a balanced Louisiana Tech squad featuring the likes of Teresa Weatherspoon, Venus Lacy and Erica Westbrooks won the National Championship, while Weatherspoon, Sue Wicks and Michelle Edwards shared the various national player of the year honors. Some of the most notable players in basketball history have had their statistics added to the site with this update. They include, among others: Lisa Leslie, Dawn Staley, Sheryl Swoopes, Rebecca Lobo, Chamique Holdsclaw and Tamika Catchings. Read the rest of this entry

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Check Out an Amazing New Feature in Stathead

Posted by Jonah Gardner on February 13, 2024

We've added a very cool new features to Stathead that we're excited to share with you. On all Game, Streak, and Span Finders for all five Stathead sports, there's a new way to search timeframes. Read the rest of this entry

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Awards Information Added to Main Player Tables on Basketball Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on February 7, 2024

The main player stat tables on Basketball Reference (the first set of stats on a player's page) now feature information on awards the player won, and some award voting information for each season. The information included uses the following shorthand:

AS: All Star

NBA1, NBA2, NBA3 (or WNBA1, etc): All-NBA/WNBA First, Second or Third team

DEF1, DEF2: NBA/WNBA All-Defense First or Second team

MVP-1: MVP voting rank (1 means the player was the MVP, 2 means they were runner-up, 3 means third place, etc)

DPOY-1: Defensive Player of the Year voting rank

ROY-1: Rookie of the Year voting rank

MIP-1: Most Improved Player voting rank

CPOY-1: Clutch Player of the Year voting rank

6MOY-1 Sixth Man of the Year voting rank

LeBron James's and Breanna Stewart's pages are great places to see a sampling of this information.

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Full Sack Yards Lost Data Added to Pro Football Reference

Posted by Mike Lynch on February 1, 2024

Pro Football Reference is pleased to announce that it has added full game-by-game (and also year-by-year) Sack Yards Lost data for all passers (NFL, AFL and AAFC) back to 1947, which was the first season Sack Yards Lost were tracked separately and not merely removed from rushing yardage (which is why many passers before 1947 had negative rushing yards). Read the rest of this entry

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