663Re: [baseball-databank] Re: Winter 1995, regular season 1995 (was Refresh my memory)
- Aug 1 8:49 AMOn Thu, 1 Aug 2002, ucraimx wrote:
> I just saw the 1900 to present,The record for early 20th century is skimpy because much of the database
comes from published sources whose complete or nearly-complete coverage
begins later. The Rusie-Mathewson trade is included, and precisely dated
1900-12-15, because it is famous. There were other trades, purchases, and
releases in 1900 ;-)
> but is anyone working on a Pre1900 (OR is that even available)?It is not available in one place, not even annually, if you mean a nearly
complete paper record that needs only teeth-gritting transcription to
digital. Here or at Retrolist, someone guestimated the completeness of
annual and weekly (TSN) reporting of transactions at some early dates -
but even those were early 20th century dates, as I recall.
The Sporting News is weekly since 1886. Spalding's Base Ball Guide is
annual since Spring 1877 or Spring 1876. The reasonably complete
publication of transactions, weekly or annual, begins much later.
In general, the transactions data must be recovered from daily newspapers.
There will always be gaps, even for players who appeared in MLB games.
At the annual public meeting of the 19th Century Cmtee five weeks ago,
I introduced the Transactions Database and full Game Log (with Starting
Pitchers), by briefly visiting the Transactions subset for trades
and the Game Log for Boston AL1901
These projects need workers. They are among the "outside" projects (not
organized by the 19c Cmtee) that I will introduce to people this year.
-- P/\/ \/\/t
Paul Wendt, Watertown MA, USA <pgw@...>
Chair, 19th Century Committee, SABR
Owner-Administrator, 19cBB (egroup at Yahoo)
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