SABR’s The Baseball Index introduces faster, more flexible searches

By Andy McCue

Babe Ruth (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)SABR’s The Baseball Index now enables faster and more flexible searching to start your baseball research.

TBI, which can be accessed at, is an ongoing SABR project to catalog the entirety of baseball literature, from the earliest references to the present day. The index is designed to help baseball researchers find materials that advance their work.

The new search features allow simultaneous searches of multiple fields, including names, topics, publishing dates, and authors for nearly 270,000 total sources in the TBI database — including books, articles, and many other research materials. The number of entries with URLs has also increased substantially.

For example, if you’re searching for any articles in Baseball Digest about Babe Ruth’s “called shot” in the 1932 World Series, a quick search will give you 11 results ranging from a 1970 profile of former Yankees teammate Frank Crosetti (“yes, he did”) to a 1992 interview with Chicago Cubs infielder Woody English (“no, he didn’t”). It will also give you the issue date and page number of each article to make the original source easier to find.

Started in 1991, The Baseball Index includes references to books, book sections, articles, websites and other material of interest to the baseball researcher. New materials are added regularly. If you have questions or would like to help with this project, contact


Originally published: September 15, 2022. Last Updated: September 15, 2022.