Dataset

Retrosheet: Event Files (play-by-play) data for Major League Baseball Games

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Retrosheet was founded in 1989 for the purpose of computerizing play-by-play accounts of as many pre-1984 major league games as possible.

  • Play-by-play files (also called event files) — Data files containing literally every play in the included games. The files are designed to be processed further using your own computer. We provide some software to help and some documentation about the files and the software. If you are looking for instant information on-line, these files are not for you. Instead, look in Boxscores’n’more.

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Play-by-play files (also called event files) — Data files containing literally every play in the included games. The files are designed to be processed further using your own computer. We provide some software to help and some documentation about the files and the software. If you are looking for instant information on-line, these files are not for you. The event files cover in detail games from 1950 to 2009.

Game logs — Basic data for every major league game since 1871, the first year of major league play, including date, score, winning and losing pitchers, and a lot more. What’s available varies by years (less for the earlier years, more for the later years). Read the descriptive text file for an explanation of what is there. These are data files designed for input into a database or spreadsheet program, so they probably won’t make much sense when seen on your screen.

Schedules — The game logs show the results of the games as they were actually played, which includes games that were postponed, most often due to poor weather, and played later or in a few cases were never made up. The files on this page show the schedules as the season began, which are of particular interest to those wanting to replay seasons. We haven’t gotten them for all years yet, but quite a few are posted and we are working on the rest.

Download the data directly from retrosheet. Be sure to read about the file format and how to use the event files.

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