The purpose of Baseball 365 is to provide a snapshot history of baseball one day at a time. There is plenty to be done here – so I apologize for this being a work in progress.
Eventually, you will be able to click on any date here (below) and view births, deaths, transactions, events, and other trivial tidbits for each day of the calendar year. And, as more and more of my remodeled site is connected, you should be able to click on other links to read bios or essays about any of the content here. For now, it’s got a few limitations but I’m working on it.
(At the end of this table is a note about sources used on each “On this date…” page.)
Baseball History by Date:
NOTES ABOUT SOURCES:
For lists of people who were born or died on any date, I wrote queries against the Lahman Database, which is built on top of data managed by Retrosheet, I believe. I’m a huge fan of this relational database as it gets many projects started. During the season, I may look at Baseball-Reference.com to see if anyone was missed.
Many of the quick summaries are mine, but may include data from two books in my collection (unless otherwise noted):
Baseball Players of the 1950s (Rich Marazzi and Len Fiorito)
Major League Baseball Profiles (1871 to 1900) (Edited by David Nemec – two volumes).
For specific biographies (either listed on the page or on those players on the PLAYERS table), I have included specific resources used to write those essays. Every once in a while, you may see a picture or quote for a birthday player – and when you do those should be cited with the source.
For events and transactions data, I use lists found on Baseball-Reference.com, NationalPastime.com or Retrosheet.org. Details are usually dragged off of a newspaper whenever possible, and if I use the newspaper it is cited specifically. Essentially “news stuff” comes from NationalPastime.com, transactions come from Baseball-Reference.com, and game details likely come from Retrosheet.org.
If I ever get around to writing essays about those specific events, specific sources will be cited there.
When I first started writing certain essays and biographies, I didn’t necessarily cite sources. That’s my fault. However, there are only two or three of these (Dooley Womack might have been the first of these essays and I know I didn’t source it, though most of the articles came out of The Sporting News). The rest are completely cited unless I admit that I am summarizing something and plan to cite it when I write a fuller summary or detailed essay.
If you like what you see, drop me a hello on the site. If you see something that is wrong, let me know and I’ll fix it and leave a note to let you know I used your feedback.