Baseball-Reference to Power Statistics in Hall of Fame’s Newest Exhibition, One for the Books

‘Baseball Records and the Stories Behind Them’ to Open Memorial Day Weekend

April 07, 2011

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Baseball's records hold an emotional, if not sacred, place for fans of the National Pastime. The game's statistics fuel debates among baseball's fanatics, as measures of comparison, historic performance and as tools to analyze individual and team performances.

This spring, the two measures central to baseball's history will be united in Cooperstown, as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum opens a permanent exhibition to explore the passion of baseball's records and the stories behind them, with One for the Books, opening Memorial Day Weekend.

One for the Books will feature the assets of Baseball-Reference.com, a Web site for baseball's statistical history, to serve interactive elements of the exhibit, as well as its public-facing components. Baseball-Reference.com, popular with fans around the globe for its accessibility and presentation of baseball statistics and searchable comparisons, will provide the statistics for the active and all-time leaders for career and season totals featured in a new "Top Ten" tower presentation, central to the One for the Books exhibit. Additionally, Baseball-Reference.com will provide the statistics featured within the exhibit.

"Baseball fans share a tremendous love affair with baseball statistics," said Jeff Idelson, President, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "We are thrilled to collaborate with Sean Forman and Baseball-Reference.com, the most widely accessible statistical platform online. The relationship assures Museum visitors have the ability to delve deeper into the numbers behind baseball's sacred records in One for the Books. The statistical sets we present will evoke interest, spark debate, and foster the ability to compare and contrast baseball records at any time in our game's great history. Continuing the experience beyond Cooperstown, Baseball-Reference.com will feature fan-friendly comparison tools so fans can access more about the game's history to augment the experience."

Baseball-Reference.com will also power the numbers featured in the Hall of Fame's public-facing statistical components, including the Museum's publications, Web site, interactive exhibits and educational programs. Baseball-Reference.com utilizes the statistics provided by 24-7 Sports in its online database and Web presentation.

"The opportunity to work with the Hall of Fame is a dream-come-true for us. We are deeply honored to work with the Hall of Fame staff," said Sean Forman, President, Sports Reference LLC, the parent company for Baseball-Reference.com. "The Hall of Fame brings baseball's history to life through the stories, pictures, and artifacts in their collection, and at Sports Reference, we try to do the same through our presentation of the game's statistical history. Providing statistics to the Hall of Fame is not just the culmination of 11 years of hard work on Baseball-Reference.com, but also the work of hundreds of supporters, volunteers, and contributors who have put in countless hours for the baseball research community at large."

One for the Books opens Saturday, May 28 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. The exhibit will feature more than 200 artifacts culled from the Museum's collections to document baseball's records, how they have evolved and how they compare across generations, and their impact on the game's history.

Sports Reference LLC is located in Philadelphia, Pa. and was founded in 2007 with the flagship sites Baseball-Reference.com, Pro-Football-Reference.com and Basketball-Reference.com. Serving more than two million users each month, Sports Reference provides statistics for every player, team, and league in the history of professional baseball, football, basketball, hockey and the Olympic Movement. Baseball-Reference.com, launched in 2000, presents statistics for every major league player and team, box scores, gamelogs and splits for every game since 1919, and statistics for the majority of minor league players in history.

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