Today marks the start of a month-long feature here at BaseballGB.Â Our ‘Keeping Score Season’ will run throughout February, accompanied by our usual mix of news about MLB, British/International baseball and much more besides.Â Â Â
Both Joe andÂ I are keen scorers and we first thought about dedicating a month to the topic mid-way through last year.Â Joe provides the ‘official’ perspective on the discipline, being one of just five Brits on the international scoring list, while I have been keeping scoreÂ of ballgames as a fan since 2000 (which I guess means that I provide the ‘amateur’ perspective).Â
The season is intended to appealÂ both to newcomers and and also to baseball fansÂ who have already caught the scoring bug.Â As part of the season we will:
convince you why baseball fans should learn to keep score,
provide a comprehensive introduction to the discipline in the latest installment of the Baseball Basics for Brits series,
offer some BaseballGB scorecards that can be downloaded and used for free,
highlight various examples of completed scorecards (ranging from MLB games in 2008 to a British National final from 1962), introducing you to some of the scoring systems and scorecards out there,
explain some of the ‘fan’ scoring systems as well as the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) method.
- continue our regular Friday lunchtime feature: “You are the scorer”.
A ‘Keeping Score Season’ page can be found via the blue bar under the main BGB logo.Â This includes a provisional schedule of posts/articlesÂ that will be updated as every new feature is published.Â Once the season is over, the page will remain as a reference point for all of the content.
Bill Frindall 1939-2009
It is a very sad coincidence that our ‘Keeping Score Season’ should begin just days after the passing of Bill Frindall.Â More commonly known as ‘Bearders’ or the ‘Bearded Wonder’, Bill joined the BBC Cricket Test Match Special team in 1966 as statistician and scorer.Â He developed his own unique cricket scoring systemÂ and was by far the most well-known exponent and advocate for the activity.Â We will be adding in a feature on cricket scoring later this month in his honour.
We hope you enjoy following the ‘Keeping Score Season’ as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.