Posnanski: The creation of Baseball-Reference, which changed everything

From Joe Posnanski at The Athletic on May 8, 2020, with mention of SABR members Sean Forman, Sean Lahman, Pete Palmer, and John Thorn:

The worst job I ever had was at 17 when I was paid to call people who were delinquent on their mortgages. I had a lot of bad jobs in those days, but I would say that was the most soul-sucking. It also was the highest paying: $4.50 an hour. 

I used my earnings to buy The Baseball Encyclopedia.

For those of you too young to remember, The Baseball Encyclopedia was a book that weighed a metric ton and had the statistics of every player in baseball history. It was a massive undertaking, and when it was first published in 1969, it basically set off the sabermetrics revolution. By the time I came along, it was (in my memory) exorbitantly priced at $69.95.

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Originally published: May 8, 2020. Last Updated: May 8, 2020.