My Baseball Scorecard Shared Notebook in Evernote

Rather than inundate you all with posting my scorecards after each game, I’ve gone ahead and created a shared notebook in Evernote that contains scans of all of my scorecards from this season. Feel free to peruse them at your leisure.

Since posting my first few scorecards of the season, I’ve had a few questions about them so I figured I’d answer them here.

1. Why bother keeping score?

The short answer is because I like to. But I think there are two additional reasons. First, keeping score forces me to focus on the game as more than a casual observer. I can learn more about the game by doing this, and that increases my overall enjoyment of the game.

Second, and perhaps more important, is that keeping score makes the fan a participant in the game. I’ve long since passed the point where I could ever have a chance to play in the big leagues, but keeping score makes me an active participant in the game. I like trying to outguess the players, managers and announcers as to what the call will be, what the play will be, and what might come next.

2. How do you keep score? What method do you use?

I use Peterson’s Scoremaster scorebooks to keep score of the game. These are relatively cheap scorebooks, but have most of what I look for.

scorebook

You don’t need to go out an buy a scorebook, however. There are some downloadable scorecards available for free online.

As far as my method, well, everyone keeps score in their own way. As you might guess, I enjoy trying to capture as much information as possible in the most efficient and compact manner. I keep score in pen, using a Bic 4-color pen. Outs are scored in red and hits, walks, and other methods of getting on base are scored in blue, making it easy to distinguish. I track pitch sequence to batters, but not overall pitch counts.

There is a charming little book called The Joy of Keeping Score by Paul Dickson which covers pretty much everything you need to know about keeping score, including some history.

When the game is over, I scan my scorecards into Evernote, and as I said, I’m now keeping them in a shared notebook that anyone who wishes can look at. The full link to the shared notebook is here:

https://www.evernote.com/pub/jamietr/baseballscorecards

And now, I’ll stop inundating you with baseball scorecards and leave you in peace. Have a great Sunday!

4 thoughts on “My Baseball Scorecard Shared Notebook in Evernote

  1. Jamie,

    Thanks for sharing the scorecards. I’m curious in having a look but when I tried each of the links to the public notebook EN prompted that the URL either had a typo or the sharing had been turned off.

    Victor

  2. Thanks Jamie. I have bunches of scorecards from the various Major and Minor League games I’ve attended (and my son’s 10 year Little League career) but never thought about scoring a tv game, especially with me being a MLB.TV subscriber so I can watch my Yankees in Indiana. I am buying a scorebook NOW. Thanks again!

  3. I keep score. I have an MLB.tv subscription. One nice thing about that, is if I miss a an inning or two, you can pull up a summary of all the plays and complete your scorebook.

    I use Bob Carpenter’s Baseball Scorebook. http://www.bcscorebook.com/

    There is ample space for notes. I also put in statistics. It is helping me dive deeper into the specific game I’m scoring and keeps my up on what is going on in the rest of the league.

    I am very interested in collecting and finding other completed scorecards and books. If you know of any place that might have them, please let me know.

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