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Thursday, August 29, 2013
You can keep score in sports such as basketball, bowling or golf, but it amounts to little more than marking down numbers. There is no creativity involved. Scorekeeping in baseball, however, is an art form, individual expression that makes you feel you are part of the game. It personally and precisely records every moment of the game, allowing you to replay and relive it forever.
Major League Baseball doesn’t prescribe a specific style to which official scorers must adhere. They score just as everyone else does, in their own personal styles and generally in their own scorebooks. The only caveats are (A) that the notations must be legible enough to allow for going back and recreating the game in case a scoring decision is called into question, and (B) that the league can take possession of the scorebook if it so desires. (So watch what you scribble down.)
I keep score at every game I go to. My father has commented that one of the fun things about SABR conventions is it’s the one time I’m surrounded by more people keeping score than not keeping score.