Sean Forman (1972- ) launched Baseball-Reference.com, now baseball’s premier statistical website, on April 1, 2000. Forman recognized a need for an easy to use comprehensive baseball player database and almost single-handedly created and engineered what has become the best site to look up almost any statistic for any baseball player or team. Over the past two decades, he has refined his site to go well beyond the standard statistics found in baseball encyclopedias to transform the way researchers can access once mostly inaccessible information such as single game data, splits based on that data, minor league statistics, leader boards for all categories in which a player qualified, and a history of the player’s transactions. For any serious baseball researcher, analyst, sportswriter, announcer, or historian, Forman’s creation is the first stop. Forman also co-founded BaseballThinkFactory.org and has authored numerous original sabermetric articles.
Click here to read Dan Levitt’s profile of Forman in the Spring 2011 edition of the Baseball Research Journal.