The Box Score

Baseball box scores were a thing of beauty. Stories told through a simple layout of names and numbers. Before anything and everything was available at any given nanosecond, you would have to wait until the following morning to see if your team won or lost the night before.

To find out how the Indians faired vs. the Athletics on a west cost swing, you’d immediately go to the box scores. Each of my favorite players at-bat would come alive in my head as I replayed what happened. I didn’t need a WHIP, WPA or RE24. I just needed the facts, and my imagination would do the rest.

I know today’s box score’s are more sophisticated offering a wealth of information. But most of that information doesn’t relate to the game as we’re watching it. I mean, are you really thinking about a players “Win Probability Added” during the bottom of the third? These added numbers make the box score unreadable. When is more…too much?

Additionally, since we have instant access to just about any live game — the box score has become somewhat of an afterthought. Unfortunately leaving nothing to the imagination.

 

A thing of beauty, the box score from Spahn vs. Marichal. July 2, 1963.

A thing of beauty, the box score from Spahn vs. Marichal. July 2, 1963.

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Hammerin’ Hanks 3,000th hit.

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The Cincinnati Red vs. the Brooklyn Superbas. June 21, 1901.

 

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