SABR Games Project: Authors' Guidelines

SABR Baseball Games Project
Authors' Guidelines

This page includes guidelines for authors of the SABR Baseball Games Project. Authors, please use the following checklist, to make sure you have not overlooked any important details. To read the Games Project FAQs, click here.


The title/heading should include the following information:

Date of game, teams involved, score, where played; author; and a suggested descriptive headline.

For example:

May 20, 1976: Spaceman brawls with Yankees' Graig Nettles
Boston Red Sox 8, New York Yankees 2, at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
By (author's name)


Main Content

Each game essay should be informative, accurate, and entertaining. It should be evaluative but objective. The essay should cover pertinent aspects of the game, including:

  • key points within the game,
  • any impact the game has on the team, season or overall history of the game (first night game, integration, scandal, record setting event, unusual occurrences, etc.),
  • noteworthy games for an individual player - whatever helps give a full picture of the subject game,
  • articles must avoid puffery, play-by-play accounts, and first-person perspective.

Some games are naturally going to focus more on the game action itself. Someone writing about the Red Sox-Yankees playoff game in 1978 will have to focus quite a bit on the game action, even if it isn’t a straight play-by-play account. However, a story about Disco Demolition Night should focus more on what led up to the event and some of craziness that happened before and during the game. On the other hand, a story about Roberto Clemente’s first game probably won’t focus much on the game action, except for what Clemente did, and maybe focus more about Clemente’s background, how he came to the Pirates, etc.

All authors should also include a link to the Baseball-Reference and Retrosheet box scores at the bottom of their game stories, where available. (Hint: The box score page can be found by going to any team's "Schedule and Results" page — see here for an example — then clicking the "boxscore" link next to that game's date. If you go to the Baseball-Reference box score first, the Retrosheet link can quickly be found underneath the final play at the bottom.)



Document within the text:

  • the source of every direct quote
  • the source of uncommon information
  • every interpretation drawn from others. The authority for the subject's vital statistics and major-league stats is Retrosheet. If your research leads you to differ from Retrosheet, explain why in a note accompanying your essay. Assume that box score information as well as a player’s full statistical line is available elsewhere.
  • avoid quoting team or player statistics unless interesting in some way, in which case state the significance.
  • avoid plagiarism, which includes not only unattributed quotation but also extended paraphrase.
  • Follow each essay with a list of the most important sources of information, incorporating standard bibliographical data. The list should include all books, dissertations, theses, chapters, and major articles about the subject, and all other books, articles, etc. which include important treatment of the subject. Brief evaluations of these works may accompany their listing, and are encouraged. Authors may alternatively provide a bibliographical essay rather than a formal listing of sources.

Your writing should conform to standard American English diction and usage, and to the SABR Style Guide.


Personal Note

A short sidebar or note at the end of the essay where personal comments about the game may be offered (my first game, I proposed at this game, etc.) is acceptable.



For more on how to avoid plagiarism, see Fred Ivor-Campbell’s guidelines on the BioProject site.


Adding hyperlinks

We ask all SABR authors to help enhance your articles as they appear on the SABR website and making them more interactive for future readers by using Microsoft Word's hyperlink function to link to SABR biographies whenever a player's name appears in your article. Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to do so.


To go back to the Games Project website, click here.