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Basketball-Reference Adds Historical Playoff Series Outcome Data

18th June 2018

While the NBA is in offseason mode, teams are still making moves to improve themselves, and the same goes for Basketball-Reference as well. With that in mind, we've added a page that details historical data for seven-game playoff series based on various game results. Just to give an example, if we had just watched the Cavs go down 2-3 to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, you'd look for the Team is Down column, find the 2-3 section, and locate their predicament where they'd lost the first two away games, won their first two home games and then lost the third away game, displayed as two red A's, two green H's and one more red A. Then, you'd find that prior to the Cavs pulling off the series win, teams in that situation were 2-40, with only the '07 Utah Jazz and the '08 San Antonio Spurs able to pull off the same feat. We have overall winning records for both the modern 2-2-1-1-1 format, as well as the classic 2-3-2 format.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us through our feedback form.

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Massive Update to College Basketball Player Class Data

1st June 2018

We have made a huge update to our player class data on College Basketball Reference. Previously, we had this data more or less complete back to 1992-93, and fairly spotty for previous seasons. However, we realized that for players for whom we have four seasons of data who played during years with freshman eligibility that we could infer what their freshman, sophomore, junior and senior seasons were. Likewise, we could do the same for players with three years of data during the years freshmen were ineligible to play varsity. So we have now identified freshman, sophomore, junior and senior seasons for 13,842 additional players in our database.

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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.

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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.

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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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