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Archive for April, 2018

Hockey-Reference Adds NHL Game Logs Back to 1917-18

26th April 2018

In a huge addition, we at Hockey-Reference are glad to announce that we now have all NHL regular season box scores available back to the beginning of the NHL, the 1917-18 season. With this, we can now fill out the gamelogs section of many great players' careers. For example, you can now go through Wayne Gretzky's incredible 1985-86 season where he recorded a point in all but 3 games. Or you could go find Bobby Orr's 1970-71 season when he finished with a career high 139 points.

All of these game logs are also searchable on our Play Index now, which is also a great new asset to have. Searching for most penalty minutes by one team in a game now displays both teams in the famous 1981 Bruins-North Stars brawl game; the North Stars held the record until the Flyers broke it in a 2004 game against the Senators. Looking for most goals by a player in a game will now lead you to Joe Malone's record day in 1920, when he scored seven for Quebec in what ended up being a 10-6 victory over the Toronto St. Patricks. We should put a reminder that there are some categories, such as saves and shots against, that were not recorded in the earlier days of the league.

So now there's a lot more history to dig through, and we hope you enjoy our presentation of the "new" box scores! Please note that, in some cases, older box scores are lacking times for penalties and/or goals. Also, as a result of this new data, some long-established season totals no longer add up. This is something we plan on addressing shortly. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Posted in Announcement, Data, History, Hockey-Reference.com, Play Index | 10 Comments »

Save Percentage and Goalie Minutes Coverage Extended

24th April 2018

Hockey-Reference has now added goaltenders' Shots Against data back to the 1955-56 season; we previously only had that back to 1983-84. This addition enables us to calculate season and career save percentages for all goaltenders, including several Hall of Famers. For example, a contender for greatest goalie of all time, Jacques Plante, is now listed with a career .9196 SV%, putting him at eighth all time and fifth among retired players. Plante also now occupies two of the top five spots in the single-season Save Percentage leaderboard. Johnny Bower is the top addition to the career Save Percentage leaderboard, as his career .9219 SV% puts him at third all time and second among retired players, only trailing Dominik Hasek.

We also now have data available that gives us precise Time On Ice numbers for goalies down to the second, going all the way back to the beginning of the NHL. As a result, there have been some changes to the Minutes Played data, and subsequent re-calculations of everyone's Goals Against Average. This pertains, mainly, to goalies prior to 1999. We always had Time On Ice data for goalies from 1999 onward.

We pride ourselves on providing the most accurate information available and we hope fans of NHL history enjoy this addition. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Posted in Announcement, Data, History, Hockey-Reference.com, Leaders, Statgeekery | 1 Comment »

Postponement and Cancellation Info Added To Baseball Team Schedules

24th April 2018

Thanks to the efforts of David Vincent (R.I.P.), Baseball Reference has added originally scheduled dates of games that were made up later in the season or unplayed due to other circumstances. We have now incorporated that information into our team schedules from 1877 up to 2016, with the 2017 and 2018 seasons coming later on.

This information, which is part of the Retrosheet database, also includes the reason for the postponement or cancellation of the game. So now it's easier to know the 2007 Indians played their first "home" series in Milwaukee due to snow in Cleveland. In addition to weather-related postponements, we also mark games that were pushed due to more tragic events, such as the 1968 Pirates and several other teams that season delaying their openers due to the funeral for Martin Luther King Jr.

As a final note, a reminder that the reason there was a second game that had to be forefited on Disco Demolition Night was because of a rainout for a game previously scheduled on May 2, 1979.

For more information on the source and other contributors to this project, please refer to Retrosheet.

Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Data, Trivia | 3 Comments »

Third-Team All-Pros Added To The 1920s and 30s

19th April 2018

Speaking from experience, Pro-Football-Reference has been a godsend to fans of the National Football League who want to investigate and sift through its near-century of history. For that reason, small additions to fill out the league's history are always appreciated, and today we've added in third-team All-Pro selections by The Green Bay Press-Gazette and Collyers Eye Magazine, where available, from 1923 to 1935. In an era where we don't have many of the statistics we can use to evaluate modern players, honors like All-Pro selections become all the more useful to help us understand how good a player was viewed by contemporaries.

Some interesting notes that come from this addition:

  1. We get to fill out some additional honors for Pro Football Hall of Famers such as Johnny "Blood" McNally, Joe Guyon and Cal Hubbard
  2. Cub Buck (aren't names from 100 years ago fun?) gets three consecutive third-team selections added to his ledger. That includes his 1924 season where he not only scored eight extra points and three field goals, but also threw a touchdown to Curly Lambeau. His reign as heaviest player to throw a TD was unrivaled until the likes of Daunte Culpepper and JaMarcus Russell emerged in the 2000s. 
  3. Milt Romney was a third-team selection at wingback for his rookie season in 1923. If that name sounds familiar to you, he is indeed a first cousin once removed of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

So if you're a fan of the NFL's history, then dig into our All-Pro and other Awards and Honors pages and see what other new names and personalities from an era long gone you can discover.

Posted in Announcement, History, Pro-Football-Reference.com | No Comments »

A New Chapter at Sports Reference

1st April 2018

I've been at this for 18 years now. Baseball-Reference.com launched in early April of 2000, and 18 years is a long time. We've gone from pre-formatted plain text tables to html tables, through various logos, and several redesigns involving mobile designs. Along the way, the only consideration has been what would work best for the user. That's why, after months of extensive research, I'm very pleased to announce:
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Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Ridiculousness, Tips and Tricks, Tout, Uncategorized | 25 Comments »