SABRcast with Rob Neyer

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Neyer is a longtime baseball writer and editor for ESPN.com, SB Nation, and FoxSports.com. He began his career as a research assistant for groundbreaking baseball author Bill James and later worked for STATS, Inc. He has also written or co-written seven baseball books, including The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers (with Bill James), winner of the Sporting News/SABR Baseball Research Award, and most recently Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game, winner of the 2019 CASEY Award.

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Episode #116: June 21, 2021

Sean Forman (BASEBALL-REFERENCE.COM)This week’s guest is Sean Forman, president of Sports Reference LLC and founder of Baseball-Reference.com, which recently launched a new expansion of coverage for the major Negro Leagues from 1920 to 1948. Sean created Baseball-Reference.com in 2000 and has turned it into baseball’s premier statistical website over the past two decades, refining the site to go well beyond standard statistics found in traditional baseball encyclopedias. The Sports Reference universe now includes comprehensive websites for pro and college basketball, football, ice hockey, and international soccer. Forman is a 2011 recipient of SABR’s Henry Chadwick Award and a co-founder of Baseball Think Factory.

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Baseball-Reference.com: Negro Leagues Are Major Leagues logo

The Negro Leagues are Major Leagues
By Sean Forman, Baseball-Reference.com

“We have dramatically expanded our coverage of the Negro Leagues and historical Black major league players. Major Negro Leagues (from 1920-1948) are now listed with the National League and American League as major leagues. We are not bestowing a new status on these players or their accomplishments. The Negro Leagues have always been major leagues. We are changing our site’s presentation to properly recognize this fact. In keeping with our mission and values at Sports Reference, when it comes to this endeavor, our intent is to celebrate the players, teams, and leagues we are adding to our site, as well as to educate our users about the history of these leagues. The Negro Leagues are not less than the National and American Leagues. They are different, and we recognize that our work must acknowledge those differences.”

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