1st March 2016
Thanks to the efforts of our friends at Retrosheet, we have added box scores for the 1913 MLB season to Baseball Reference. Additionally, we have added play-by-play for games as far back as 1930. Before this update, our oldest play-by-plays went back to 1938. 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.
Here's a quick breakdown of the data coverage for the Play-By-Plays we've added from 1930 to 1937:
- 1930 - 77% of games
- 1931 - 82% of games
- 1932 - 75% of games
- 1933 - 81% of games
- 1934 - 72% of games
- 1935 - 71% of games
- 1936 - 65% of games
- 1937 - 82% of games
And here are some examples of some of the new information/searches available on the site:
- We now have PBP for much of Babe Ruth's final six seasons. This means we now have (incomplete) data on how Ruth fared against pitchers from 1930-35.
- Additionally, incomplete splits have been generated for player seasons from 1930 to 1937. This means you can see things like Ruth's "struggles" in high-leverage situations in 1930. Or his dominance in such situations in 1932.
- Stat tables showing details for things like base-running, situational hitting and win probability are now available back to 1930.
- For pitching, tables detailing win probability, batting against and base-running against are also now available back to 1930.
- League-wide batting and pitching splits back to 1930 now have some previously empty rows filled in via analysis of the play-by-plays.
- Batting Game Finder and Pitching Game Finder searches (for both players and teams) can now be completed for the 1913 season. Here, for instance, is most HR by a player in a game in 1913. Users should be aware (and we've noted this on the site) that 154 of the 1,234 games in 1913 have RBI missing from one or both teams in the box scores. We'll also note that RBI was an unofficial stat before 1920.
- Split Finder searches also now go back to 1913 for basic splits like home/away and more complex, PBP-derived splits can be run back to 1930 (though splits are only 100% complete back to 1974). So, for instance, you can see that Babe Ruth had the most PBP-captured "Late & Close" HR in 1930.
- Batting and Pitching Event Finder searches have also been opened up back to 1930. You can now find things like all PBP-recorded walk-off HRs in 1930.
- Searches in the various player and team Streak Finders now go back to 1913.
- Team Inning Summary pages have been fleshed out (as much as PBP allows) back to 1930. Same with the Batting Order Position statistics.
We're very excited about these new additions and hope you enjoy them, as well. Please let us know if you have any comments, questions or concerns.
And thanks again to Retrosheet!
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26th February 2016
We're happy to announce that we've added NFL Combine results since 2000 to Pro Football Reference. Tables showing results for each season are available in our NFL Draft section, but we're most proud of the new Play Index tool we've created with this data. Our new NFL Combine Results Finder allows users to run customized queries through combine results since 2000. For instance, you can run searches like:
The above is a small sampling of what is possible. You can also slice, dice and sort by spans of years, heights, weights, positions, team drafted by, college and whether or not the player appeared in the NFL.
2016 NFL Combine Results will be added once the combine is over.
If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.
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3rd February 2016
You may have noticed a new search bar in the main menu of Pro Football Reference's Play Index. Via this search bar, you can now run Game Finder and Season Finder searches specific to a single player. For instance, if you type in Peyton Manning's name, click on the link that appears, click "Game Finder search" and then "Go To Page", you will be taken here. From this page, you can run searches across Peyton Manning's game logs. For instance:
Additionally, if you choose a season finder player search, you can sort a player's seasons.
You can also access these tools via player pages, by choosing the "Finders" links atop stat tables:
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29th January 2016
We have made a couple of additional statistics available for search in the Player Streak Finder in the Play Index. You can now search for longest streaks of times sacked (since 1981) and for streaks by completion percentage. Enjoy!
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29th January 2016
As we continue to work our way back on digitizing player statistics for old college basketball seasons, we are happy to announce the player stats for the 1994-95 season are now live on the site. You can see player leaders for the season here. Notably, Kurt Thomas became the third player to lead NCAA D-I in scoring and rebounding in the same season (28.9 PPG and 14.6 RPG). Here's the team stats page for UCLA, as the Bruins won their record 11th (and most recent) national championship.
The new season of statistics has also been synced into the Player Season Finder tool, so you can now make customized searches for player stats all the way back to 1994-95 (though we cannot yet calculate Win Shares for 1994-95). Here's a few examples:
In the coming months and years, we hope to continue to add past seasons of player statistics, as well as team statistics.
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28th January 2016
Last month, we added full box scores for the 1983 & 1984 NBA Playoffs. Now, once again thanks to the help of Sean Burrill, we have added full box scores and game logs for the 1983-84 & 1984-85 NBA seasons. This means we now have a full box score for Michael Jordan's NBA debut (in which he was only the fourth leading scorer for his own team!). We also now have full game logs for Jordan's rookie season. This means we now have a stat line for pretty much every game Michael Jordan has played in since high school. Please let us know if you have any of his Tune Squad box scores, though.
We have also synched these box scores into the Play Index, allowing for searches further back in many non-scoring categories in the Player Game Finder and the Team Game Finder. Some sample searches now possible:
These new box scores also add new seasons available for search in the Player Streak Finder, the Team Streak Finder, and the Head2Head Finder. For instance, we now have full game logs and stats for every matchup between 1984 Draft class rivals Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.
Additionally, we have extended the single-game leaders links in our Leaders Index back to 1983-84. Kevin McHale's 56-point effort on March 3, 1985 now ranks as the fifth-best Game Score in our database. And we also now have the full Celtics box score from 9 days later, when Larry Bird one-upped his teammate with a 60-point game.
As a reminder, we do have every box score in NBA history on the site. They can be accessed via this menu. However, many of the older box scores are limited to only player FGs, FTs, and points. With our update, the boxes are complete back to 1983-84, though.
We also want to mention that there are a handful of games for 1983-84 and 1984-85 for which we are missing a few statistical categories. If you are able to help fill in any of the blanks, please let us know.
Here are the games with some missing columns of data (games with strike-throughs have been completed since the original blog post):
- Lakers at Blazers on November 19, 1983
- Nets at Spurs on November 19, 1983
- Bulls at Jazz on November 23, 1983
- Warriors at Clippers on December 2, 1983
- Pistons at Blazers on December 9, 1983
Pistons at Bullets on January 3, 1984
- Spurs at Lakers on January 6, 1984
Suns at Kings on January 7, 1984
Mavericks at Rockets on February 2, 1984
- Nets at Bulls on February 4, 1984
- Clippers at Cavaliers on February 4, 1984
- Suns at Warriors on February 4, 1984
- Knicks at Rockets on February 4, 1984
- Bucks at Jazz on February 4, 1984
- Pacers at Bullets on February 4, 1984
- 76ers at Hawks on February 4, 1984
Suns at Rockets on February 18, 1984
- Spurs at Sonics on March 16, 1984
Warriors at Blazers on March 17, 1984
- Celtics at Knicks on March 22, 1984
Hawks at Pacers on April 11, 1984
- Jazz at Suns on May 10, 1984
- Suns at Warriors on October 26, 1984
- Jazz at Warriors on November 3, 1984
- Nuggets at Rockets on February 2, 1985
Clippers at Pistons on March 11, 1985
Suns at Warriors on March 23, 1985
- Kings at Warriors on April 6, 1985
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25th January 2016
Earlier this month, we added the ability to search for safeties to the Team Game Finder in the Play Index.
We've now added the ability to search for opponent's safeties, as well as opponent FG & PAT statistics.
So we can now say things, such as:
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18th January 2016
If you're among the NHL fans lamenting the upcoming shuttering of War on Ice, we just wanted to remind you of the variety of advanced hockey stats we offer on Hockey Reference. While we're perhaps best known as a repository for historical statistics, we have beefed up our analytics in the last few years. In fact, if you click here, you can conveniently see a menu of our analytics offerings. These include:
- The Team Advanced Stats Finder. You can use this tool to search for Play-By-Played based team stats since 2007-08 (like best single-season PDO since 2007-08).
- The Player Advanced Stats Finder. This one is much like the Team Advanced Stats Finder, but focuses on individuals. It also goes back to 2007-08 and allows for search like best Corsi For % in a season.
- Team Advanced Stats Tables. See how every player on a team stacks up in various advanced statistics.
- Team Skater Time on Ice Tables. See how every skater on a team fares (and how much ice time they see) in even strength, power player and short-handed situations.
- Advanced Player Stats Pages. These are available on all player pages since 2007-08 via the "advanced stats" tab on any player's main stats table. Here is Alex Ovechkin's page, for instance. The three tables of information, drawn from analysis of play-by-play, can be viewed for six different situations. It defaults to all situations, but you can also check out even strength, power play, short-handed, 5-on-5, 5-on-5 close and 5-on-5 tied. If you see any numbers that stand out, you can always query them in the Player Advanced Stats Finder to see how they compare to other players.
- Advanced Box Scores. Our boxes have complete advanced stats information going back to 2007-08, including visual shot location charts.
- Utilizing PBP data and shot location data, we have also introduced the metric Expected +/-
- League-wide Player Advanced Stats Table (available back to 2007-08).
- League-wide Player Time-on-Ice Details Table (available back to 2007-08).
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15th January 2016
We have added Game-Winning Goals to the Player Season Finder search in the Hockey Reference Play Index. GWG data is available back the 1963-64 regular season and the 1968 Stanley Cup Playoffs. With this new search capability, you can now quickly and easily see that Phil Esposito (twice) and Michel Goulet share the single-season record over this span with 16 game-winning goals. You can also discover that the career leader over this span is Jaromir Jagr, with 132. The playoff leaders, with 24 each, are Wayne Gretzky and Brett Hull. The record for a single Stanley Cup Playoffs is 7 by Brad Richards in 2003-04.
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14th January 2016
We'd like to announce a recent addition to the Pro Football Reference Player Season Finder tool in the Play Index. We've added the ability to sort player seasons by receiving yards per target.
Former Saints field stretcher Devery Henderson owns the two best seasons since 1992 in terms or yards per target among receivers with 50+ targets.
If you adjust the minimum to 100 targets, Greatest Show on Turf-era Torry Holt is the leader.
With a minimum of 150 targets, Calvin Johnson's 10.64 yards/target in 2011 takes the cake.
And only one player with 500+ targets since 1992 has averaged over 10 yards per target. That would be Jordy Nelson, who leads receivers with that minimum number of targets with a career mark of 10.25 yards per target.
Check out the career Yards/Target leaders (min. 500 targets) since 1992 below:
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