Baseball on a Stick

January 27, 2013

Kyle Willkomm has announced an update to his wonderful toolset called Baseball on a Stick.  It allows you to download daily updates from the Gameday data at into a local database. You can also use it to work with data from all affiliated minor leagues. Be clear: this is pretty advanced stuff. It requires some […]

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Online Cycling Database

January 18, 2013

Thinking about Lance Armstrong today after he made his televised confession to Oprah Winfrey.  I’m told that the sport of cycling is tremendously popular in Europe, even though most of us in the United States pay little attention except when American riders are winning the Tour De France. I haven’t done an exhaustive survey, but […]

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Research groups and reference sources

January 14, 2013

This is a list of established organizations that are involved in sports research, as well as a number of sites that have downloadable data sets. I put this together sometime in 2012, and it probably deserves to be updated.  If you think there;s something that should be added to this list, send me an email […]

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College basketball stat sheets

January 10, 2013

Interesting new collection of original source material compiled by Justin Kubatko at He’s collected and posted scans of stat sheets from hundreds of Division I schools, some dating as far back as 1945.  Justin describes the challenges of doing research in this area, and hints at the possibility of eventually converting these to data files. […]

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Baseball Database 2012 update

January 9, 2013

An updated version of the new baseball database is available for download. All of the tables have been updated with 2012 statistics, including the voting results for the 2013 class. It also includes a number of new awards, including the Baseball Magazine all-star teams and the annual Sporting News awards. It’s available in three file […]

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Horse Racing data

November 30, 2012

I’m not a huge horse racing fan, though I’ll admit I have enjoyed an occasional day at the track. Last week, I worked on a story with two colleagues at Gannett, looking into the spike in horse racing deaths in New York State last year. I received a couple of emails asking about the source […]

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Olympic medals database

July 1, 2012

Spotted this open data set that lists all of the medal winners from the Summer Olympics, published by Simon Rogers at the Guardian. It includes both individual and team medal winners, with summary tables by country.  It’s a pretty cool data set, and one of the few I’ve seen that cover Olympic athletes. If you’re […]

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Basketball PBP data

June 9, 2012

Over at the BasketballGeek website, Ryan Parker has been doing some interesting work on player analysis.  One of the things he does is to look at exactly where on the floor a player is standing when he takes a shot — using x,y coordinates to show the relationship to the basket.  It’s interesting stuff, and […]

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Football play-by-play data

May 1, 2012

Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats has just released a treasure trove of data for football researchers.  He’s converted the play-by-play accounts for games to CSV files, going back to the 2002 season. These files are the first step towards what I hope might become a Retrosheet-like project for football, allowing complex analysis at a […]

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