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Major Improvements to Historical NBA Box Scores

Posted by Mike Lynch on July 7, 2021

We are thrilled to announce that we have added thousands of data points to our collection of historical NBA box scores (which includes at least a partial box score for every game in NBA history). The new data is courtesy web developer and statistician Justin Kubatko, who once upon a time built Basketball Reference.

For an overview of how complete our box score data now is, please visit our Data Coverage Summaries for the regular season and postseason.
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Home Run Derby and Futures Game Data Added to B-R

Posted by Alex Bonilla on July 2, 2021

We've always had Home Run Derby and Futures Game information on the Bullpen, Baseball-Reference's user-managed wiki, but we have now added participation data for those events to the main Baseball-Reference site.

Home Run Derby champions, as evidenced by 3-time winner Ken Griffey Jr., now have that marked among their accomplishment "bling" at the top of their player page. In addition, if you scroll down to the Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards and Honors table, Home Run Derby participation is included as its own section now, with wins bolded. Because this is just participation data, you still have to go to the Bullpen if you want to see the actual scores of the Derbies.

Similarly, if a player participated in a Futures Game, using Joey Gallo as an example, that appears now in a new section of the Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards and Honors table. This data also appears on their minor league page in a column of the Prospect Rankings table. Each Futures Game is linked to the relevant Bullpen page if you want to see the full roster that year as well as the score and relevant events.

We thank intern Jeremy Frank for his work in collecting and preparing this data for this project. If you want to share any feedback or suggestions, please send us your thoughts via our feedback form.

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Team Batting and Pitching Span Finders Added to Stathead Baseball

Posted by Katie Sharp on July 1, 2021

The wait is over!

We've been listening to requests for new features from our users and we're happy to announce that we have launched two new tools for Stathead Baseball: The Team Pitching and Batting Span Finders.

The Team Span Finder is a powerful research tool that allows you to search and compare team stats based on spans of games. You can further refine the search and specify the span to be either from the start or end of a season.

Here's a few examples of each type of search to get you started:

The biggest run differential in any 162-game span is +446, done by the 1901-02 Pirates and 1938-39 Yankees.

The most shutouts thrown by a team in its first 50 games of a season is 14, by the 1969 Cubs.

Did you know? Since 1901, 137 teams have lost at least 15 of their final 20 games of a season. Only one of them made the postseason: 2000 Yankees (and they won the World Series, too!).

We hope you really enjoy this addition to Stathead. If you're interested in a subscription to the service, you can sign up for a free trial here!

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Maggie Walsh Deaver Joins Sports Reference as Marketing Director

Posted by admin on June 30, 2021

Maggie Walsh Deaver has joined Sports Reference as Marketing Director and will manage SR's marketing and customer service functions. Maggie previously worked at Volo Sports as Director of National Brand and Marketing. She's a fan of Boston sports and Bill Belichick's hoodies. Follow her on twitter at @maggiewdeaver.

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Andrew Chong Joins Sports Reference as QA/Testing Engineer

Posted by admin on June 30, 2021

Andrew Chong has joined Sports Reference as a QA/Testing Engineer. Andrew previously worked for Chatham Financial and resides in the Philadelphia area. He follows the Phillies, DePaul basketball, and Korean players across any sport. He's on twitter at @testthesoftware.

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WNBA Transactions Added to Basketball Reference

Posted by Alex Bonilla on June 8, 2021

At the beginning of the WNBA's 25th season, we announced a huge expansion of the advanced stats and features available in our WNBA coverage on Basketball Reference. We are still working on more features, and today we're happy to announce the addition of transaction history to WNBA players and teams.

For example, you can now take a look at the 2021 league transactions page and catch up on big moves like all the trades that happened on February 10, including Natasha Howard to the New York Liberty and Kia Nurse plus Megan Walker to the Phoenix Mercury. One player with a lot of transactions added to her page is Shey Peddy. The draft pick she was selected with was traded twice, including a 5-team trade in 2011. Then, in 2019 and 2020 she made it through many 7-day contracts before finally signing a rest-of-season contract with the Mercury. Peddy went on to even hit the game-winner in a playoff game against her former team that season.

This transactions addition includes a couple of transaction types unique to the WNBA, such as 7-day contracts and contract suspensions. The latter is used in the WNBA to give teams flexibility and allow players to pursue international tournaments; Katie Lou Samuelson is a recent example of this transaction type.

We want to give special thanks to our data developer Charlotte Eisenberg and intern Christina Wiech for collecting and formatting this data, thus making this addition possible. We're constantly working to improve our coverage of the WNBA and the other leagues we track on Basketball-Reference, so if you have any suggestions or feedback, send us your thoughts via our feedback form.

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Women’s Olympic Basketball Stats Now on Basketball Reference

Posted by Alex Bonilla on May 14, 2021

We are happy to announce the latest addition to Basketball Reference: we now have women's Olympics statistics back to 1976, the first Summer Olympics to have a women's basketball tournament. This complements our existing men's Olympic basketball data.

In the Teams section of our International index, a table has been added with each country's historical performance at the Olympics, in case you wanted to clear up how dominant the United States' women's team has been in this competition. There is also a women's Olympics seasons table that shows who got which medal in each competition.

We also have box scores for every women's Olympic match, from the first round robin games in the 1976 Olympics to the 2016 gold medal game between the United States and Spain. Players who participated in the Olympic Games, such as Lauren Jackson and Diana Taurasi, now have international pages.

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

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Sports Reference: Changing Player Identification Names from Player Nicknames to Given Names

Posted by admin on April 30, 2021

On Baseball-Reference.com we have begun the process of evaluating the identifying names and nicknames for historical players. The genesis of this process is the long overdue reckoning on our part with a substantial number of the names we use to identify players (identifying names). In many cases, they are based on a player's real or perceived ethnicity, a player's disability, or a trait the media decided to call attention to.

As a first step, we are discontinuing the use of nicknames that are racially or ethnically influenced, such as "Chief," "Jap," or "Darkie," and names based upon a player's disability, such as "Dummy." They will no longer appear as identifying names, page titles, on team pages, or on leaderboards across the site, but will be noted for completeness of records on the player’s main page. This figures most prominently for baseball, but we will likely have some changes on our other sites as well.

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Player Pitching and Batting Span Finders Added to Stathead Baseball

Posted by Katie Sharp on April 19, 2021

The wait is over!

We've been listening to requests for new features from our users and we're happy to announce that we have launched two new tools for Stathead Baseball: The Player Pitching and Batting Span Finders.

The Player Span Finder is a powerful research tool that allows you to search and compare player stats based on spans of games. You can further refine the search and specify the span to be either the start/end of a season, career, or stint with franchise.

Here's a few examples of each type of search to get you started (please note that some searches may take up to 90 seconds):

Fewest strikeouts for any player who hit at least 30 homers in a 162-game span
Most RBI in a player's final 10 games of the season
Lowest ERA in first 30 games of a career
Most complete games in a pitcher's first 50 games with the Red Sox

We hope you really enjoy this addition to Stathead. If you're interested in a subscription to the service, you can sign up for a free trial here!

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WNBA Upgrades on Basketball-Reference

Posted by Alex Bonilla on April 14, 2021

The WNBA will be entering its 25th season of existence this summer and plans to celebrate the league's storied history. In preparation for this, Basketball-Reference is happy to announce a series of new upgrades to our site's coverage of the WNBA in the past and present.

One of the biggest additions is that we now have play-by-play data for WNBA games back to 2018. This allows for a lot of new features such as:

Quarter and half boxes in box scores
The play-by-play itself, along with a summary of lead changes, scoring droughts and scoring runs
Shot charts for the game, which includes filters by quarter and player
Shooting tables on player pages and league season pages that break down shots attempted and made by distance
Play-by-play tables on player pages and league season pages that detail on/off, turnover types, fouls committed and drawn and more

Other additions include:

A playoffs section: We now have a central playoffs table so you can quickly go through each season's Finals participants as well as postseason top performers in points, rebounds and assists. We also now have playoff summaries for each season that show all the series played in that postseason as well as team playoff stats and postseason individual leaderboards.

Expanded playoff statistics on player pages, including presentation of stats in per-36 minute and per-100 possession formats as well as advanced stats

Improved franchise history pages: Headshots displayed for top-12 in Win Shares in franchise history, additions to season history table such as SRS, pace, and top player in Win Shares. Links added for franchise leaderboards, all players in franchise history, franchise All-Star history, draft history and all-time head-to-head records

Team game logs and team splits pages

Game Highs table on player pages highlighting a player's best single-game performances in each statistic

We're constantly working to improve our coverage of the WNBA and the other leagues we track on Basketball-Reference. If you have any suggestions or feedback, send us your thoughts via our feedback form.

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