Monday, March 20, 2006

A Box Score of Note, From 1901

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I am always on the lookout for box scores that are a little different from the norm. The above box score comes from the June 16, 1901 San Francisco Examiner. They also published a June 15 box score in the same format. An eleven-column box score never caught on, obviously, but sure is interesting, and would be a great help to historians if it had.

Here are what I think the obscure columns mean:

be— bases advanced by errors

1b— singles, as opposed to extra base hits, carried in the summary.

But even with only two of the columns added, it would have been great. The two I’m referring to are: bb (batters walks) and so (batter strikeouts).

The Examiner asked Bill Lange, recently retired from the Chicago Cubs, to make up an ideal box score, and he came up with the above. Tis a shame it didn't catch on.

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