We go through a rough outline of the history of sabermetrics. And we also want to ask for your help. We're sure we missed things. If you know of so key point in the history of sabermetrics, please help us add to our list.


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  • Creation of Project Scoresheet
  • Launch of
  • The box score is invented.
  • Quantifying pitcher pace
  • SABR’s Statistical Analysis committee is formed by Bill James, Pete Palmer, and Dick Cramer. They begin publishing early sabermetrics articles in the Baseball Research Journal.
  • Baseball-Reference
  • Dick Cramer publishes a landmark study on “clutch hitting” in SABR’s Baseball Research Journal.
  • Founding of SABR
  • Project Scoresheet (which later branched off to what we now know as Retrosheet) is founded as an ongoing effort to compile and digitize historical box scores and play-by-play.
  • Win Shares, the proto-WAR, gets developed
  • “Total Baseball” is published for the first time; Pete Palmer’s statistical database made available on CD
  • makes pitch-by-pitch data available via web-based xml
  • “Pay and Performance in Major League Baseball”” American Economic Review 64, no. 6: 915-930.
  • makes minor league pitch-by-pitch data available via web-based xml
  • Publication of Moneyball
  • Hit Tracker – HR Distances
  • The Physics of Baseball is published


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