6-4-3: A Scorekeeping Week Link Roundup

If there is a more comprehensive baseball scorekeeping site than The Baseball Scorecard, it would be an impressively comprehensive baseball scorekeeping site.

The Art of Manliness offers its own tutorial on scorekeeping. I enjoyed the emphasis on creating your own style, but I would’ve included more about how to score the way Hemingway did.

Keeping score makes Rob Neyer happy, and that makes us happy.

At the bottom of this Keith Olbermann post about Bryce Harper and Spring Training, there’s a lovely picture of a pin-neat scorecard.

The Joy of Keeping Score by Paul Dickson.

Roger Angell with a sentence on scoring Roy Halladay’s historic playoff no-hitter:

“Even from a distance, at home again in your squalid living-room loge, you felt something special this time about the flow of pitches, balls and (mostly) strikes, the inexorably approaching twenty-seventh man retired, and, if you happened to be keeping score, the pleasingly staggered, vertically accumulating triads of outs.”

Bethany Heck, who we interviewed, wrote a post about her project over at NotGraphs.

MLB has a little Baseball Basics page on keeping score, and I have to say that the method is a little bizarre.

image via Flickr user Tom Lee

3 Responses to “6-4-3: A Scorekeeping Week Link Roundup”


  • Damnit Ted, I was expecting an authentic Hemingway scorecard at that Art of Manliness link. Disappointment.

    Hemingway: “You do not have to write everything down in your scorebook. The important thing is that you know what happened. If you know what happened and aren’t being a phony about it, then the reader of your scorebook will be able to infer the meaning, the truth, the 4-6-3 double play.”

  • You and me both.

    Hemingway’s actual shortest story: “Six, four, three.”

    I’m going to explain the (already suspect) joke and remind readers that Papa wrote a famous six word short story:

    “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

  • I totally got it without the explanation. Actually, Hemingway would have hated the damn explanation.

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