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Postponement and Cancellation Info Added To Baseball Team Schedules

Posted by Alex Bonilla on April 24, 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.

3 Responses to “Postponement and Cancellation Info Added To Baseball Team Schedules”

  1. John Beisner Says:

    Very nice -- thanks for adding this. What does "schedule change" typically mean as the reason listed (as opposed to rain, cold, snow, etc)?

  2. Chuck Says:

    Great add, as always. Would it be too difficult or complex to add the other side of the ledger? For example: 1972 Tigers (https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/DET/1972-schedule-scores.shtml). The second game of the May 14 DH was a makeup of the rained-out May 12 game, a date not appearing as a row.. How about adding the row in for Thursday May 12 indicating a scheduled game between DET and KCR that was postponed for rain? That way it would be easy to scan a team's schedule to see what the original schedule should have looked like.

  3. David Says:

    Are you guys going to add the remaining of the 1994 schedule, even though no games were played after August 11th?