Comments on: Volunteer with RetroSheet and learn some baseball history http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4110 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Patrick http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4110/comment-page-1#comment-10653 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 15:21:42 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4110#comment-10653 I was nervous about volunteering as well, but I took the plunge and it's not bad at all. The instructions Tom sends are very clear. I've been assigned the 1944 Dodgers and I'm looking forward to getting to know them better.

And I've now officially outed myself as a total baseball nerd.

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By: MboroFan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4110/comment-page-1#comment-10647 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 02:58:26 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4110#comment-10647 Makes sense now. Thanks.

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By: DavidRF http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4110/comment-page-1#comment-10646 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 02:16:43 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4110#comment-10646 Send an email to Tom Ruane at retrosheet.

They are being a bit careful with the email address so that it doesn't get picked up by spammers. The email address starts with "tjruane" and ends with "gmail.com" and the is an @-symbol in between.

Retrosheet's official site is http://www.retrosheet.org.

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By: MboroFan http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4110/comment-page-1#comment-10644 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 01:58:20 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4110#comment-10644 Sounds like something I would enjoy. "please let me know (off-list at tjruane who has email at gmail.com"
I'm not sure what this means. What do I have to do to get more info on how to get involved in this.

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By: DavidRF http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4110/comment-page-1#comment-10626 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 20:09:44 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4110#comment-10626 #1: I volunteered the last go-round. What I got was images (TIF files) of a scorebook that contained hand-written batting dailies. I just had to enter them into Excel. There were totals at the bottom of the scorebook images so I could perform sums in Excel to double-check the totals. That was all I had to do. It was pretty tedious stuff so I did only 1-2 players per sitting. They do give you quite a bit of time to do it, though.

I was told there are many other checks downstream. Once the data is digitized into Excel then they can use computer scripts to check team totals per game, player totals per season, team totals per season, and clean up double-header confusions. The line ups and box scores were collected later, so there's more checks then. Even more checks from fans like us after they get access to the data. And the hand-written scorebooks are always available for double-checking.

So, the volunteers are just the leading edge in the "digitizing" process. I wouldn't worry about creating errors that last for very long. (I did the best I could of course :-)) The digitization actually makes it much easier to check for errors.

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By: Devon http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4110/comment-page-1#comment-10625 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 19:26:37 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4110#comment-10625 Wow, this is going to be exciting to have 1920-2009 boxscores. Everything post-deadball era will be available day by day. The searches I can do on the Play Index will keep my attention for decades..

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By: BoondockSaint http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/4110/comment-page-1#comment-10623 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 18:58:17 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=4110#comment-10623 With volunteer help, is there any oversight? I'd be willing to volunteer to help, but if I make a mistake in entering data and it doesn't get noticed, will I have left an error in retrosheet forever or will someone have the tedious job of checking over the entries?

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