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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.

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NCAA Tournament Player Game Finder Added to CBB Reference

28th February 2018

With March Madness right around the corner, we're very excited to announce the latest addition to the Play Index: The NCAA Tournament Player Game Finder! This tool allows users to make custom searches through every individual box score line in NCAA Tournament history, all the way back to the inaugural tournament in 1939. This tool is powered by the most robust, complete collection of NCAA Tournament box scores available online and allows for all sorts of searches for single-game leaders, single-tournament leaders and career tournament leaders.

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Box Scores Back to 1908 & Play-by-Play Back to 1925 Added to Baseball Reference

16th February 2018

Thanks to the efforts of our friends at Retrosheet, we have added box scores back to the 1908 season to Baseball Reference (previously, our coverage went back to 1913). Additionally, we have added play-by-play coverage for games games as far back as 1925. Previously, our oldest play-by-plays were from 1930. In addition to the boxes and PBPs themselves, this update allows for a variety of new information searchable in the play index, as well as new rows of information in team/player/league statistics tables.

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LeBron James Passes Michael Jordan on All-Time Win Shares List

13th February 2018

Two years ago, LeBron James passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time leader in Value Over Replacement Player (which is calculated back to 1973-74). Now, LeBron has passed Jordan on the NBA's All-Time Win Shares list. Both players still trail Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Karl Malone, however.

For more nuanced perspective on how these five players stack up, please visit this detailed comparison from our Player Comparison Finder tool.

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NFL Player of the Week Leaderboard Added to Pro Football Reference

12th February 2018

To enhance our coverage of NFL Players of the Week, we have also added an NFL Player of the Week leaderboard. As you can see, Tom Brady is the all-time leader in this honor, which dates back to 1984.

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Enhancements to NCAA Tournament Game Finder

25th January 2018

If you're like me, you were a bit annoyed when the NCAA made the decision to re-name several of the early rounds of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. All of a sudden, the First Round had become the Second Round and the Second Round had become the Third Round. The First Round, meanwhile, had become what we'd previously derided as play-in games (or what been officially known as the Opening Round). Talking about the tournament with friends somehow became a frustrating exercise, as the common nomenclature had been ruined. It was impossible to clearly communicate with people what round you were actually referring to. Notes like "Team X has won Y straight First Round games" now didn't make much sense. This also made it very difficult to run searches as intended in our NCAA Tournament Game Finder tool.

Fortunately, the NCAA corrected its mistake by returning to the original round names in 2016, but the damage was done. From 2011-2015, the Round of 64 and Round of 32 had different names than they'd had for all other years.

However, we've now upgraded our round search in the NCAA Tournament Game Finder to make it possible to run the searches that NCAA Tournament buffs actually want to run.

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Era-Adjusted Stats Added to Hockey Reference Player Season Finder

15th January 2018

At Hockey Reference, we calculate adjusted stats in order to more accurately compare players from different eras and different goal scoring environments. With Alex Ovechkin approaching his 600th career goal, there has been some chatter about Ovi being the greatest goal scorer in NHL history.

So we thought this made for a good time to introduce the adjusted scoring statistics into the Player Season Finder tool in order to test this hypothesis. As it turns out, Ovechkin is easily the NHL leader in "adjusted goals" through 13 seasons of play. If you click on the link, you'll see he has 691 adjusted goals (through 1/15/18), while Wayne Gretzky had 607 adjusted goals through 13 seasons.

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Full Points and Rebounds for Every Wilt vs Russell Matchup

19th December 2017

Thanks to recent additions to our historical box scores, we now have full points and rebounds for every career meeting between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. See all of them here, via our Head2Head Finder.

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New Major League Baseball Player Discovered!

12th December 2017

Thanks to the tireless efforts of SABR, we have recently added a new Major League baseball player to our database. However, you won't find this player on our list of recent debuts. That's because this "new" player was actually a player in the 1884 Union Association.

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No-Hitters and Perfect Games Added to Baseball Reference

21st November 2017

We're happy to announce that we've added a page that should answer one of our most frequently asked questions.

No, we haven't penned a detailed description of why we hate your favorite team (yet).

Rather, we've added a page with every no-hitter and perfect game in MLB history. You'll find the list is sortable, contains a leaderboard and also has a separate table for the 11 combined no-nos (where the no-hitter was a combined effort).

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