The SABR Games Project has reached a milestone with the publication of its 2,500th article this week! The newest batch of SABR Games Project stories includes notable and memorable games from all eras of baseball history, including:
- October 12, 1890: Oakland’s Kid Carsey hurls no-hitter in San Francisco, by Stephen V. Rice
- April 23, 1939: Ted Williams hits his first major-league home run, by Bill Nowlin
- October 10, 1946: Joe Garagiola, Cardinals batter Boston to even up World Series, by Bill Nowlin
- August 22-24, 1948: The Negro Leagues East-West All-Star Games, by Thomas Kern
- June 16, 1957: Billy Martin switches uniforms and homers in Kansas City Athletics debut, by Bruce Harris
- October 4, 1961: Whitey Ford pitches third consecutive World Series shutout as Yankees win Game 1, by Tim Otto
- August 25, 1967: Transplanted first baseman Bobby Guindon throws no-hitter in minors, by Kurt Blumenau
- September 7, 1973: Mike Marshall throws 11 relief innings, breaks two NL pitching records, by Gary Belleville
- August 10, 1975: Bruce Springsteen takes in the rising Royals’ win over the Indians in Cleveland, by Vince Guerrieri
- August 17, 1982: Angels’ Luis Tiant beats Boston for final career win, by Kurt Blumenau
- August 9, 2018: Mookie Betts hits for the cycle, but Red Sox fall to Blue Jays, by Mike Huber
- April 22, 2019: Yankees strike out four times in the 14th, take lead anyway to defeat Angels, by Laura H. Peebles
- August 11, 2020: Big-league baseball returns to Buffalo more than 100 years later in Blue Jays win, by Gordon Gattie
With the recent addition of Negro Leagues box scores at Retrosheet.org, many SABR Games Project stories on the Negro Leagues now include play-by-play details on the exploits of Black baseball greats such as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, and Buck Leonard.
Formed in 2014 and now headed up by John Fredland, Steven C. Weiner, Len Levin, Bruce Slutsky, and Laura H. Peebles, the SABR Games Project is an initiative to research, write, and publish accounts of major-league regular season, postseason, and All-Star Games, along with other games of historical significance such as in the Negro Leagues, minor leagues, or international or exhibition contests.
SABR Games Project accounts cover the range of significance, such as Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Cincinnati Red Stockings’ first defeat in 1870, Al Capone’s visit to Comiskey Park, or Tippy Martinez picking off three baserunners in one inning. We also have stories on significant achievements such as four home run games, no-hitters, pennant clinchers, and 3,000th hits.
Members of the SABR Games Project have produced a number of themed books with collections of articles on the most memorable games at Wrigley Field or the Houston Astrodome, plus digital projects on First Games Back and Opening Day.
It’s easy to get involved. Any SABR member is eliglble to write for the Games Project. If you’d like to help contribute, find out how by reading the Games Project FAQs or checking out the Authors’ Guidelines. If you’re not a SABR member, visit SABR.org/join to learn more or to sign up for an annual or monthly membership.
Originally published: January 28, 2021. Last Updated: January 29, 2021.