Oct 22, 1845: 1st box score
Submitted by BTGrimes on Mon, 10/22/2012 - 9:00am
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - According to baseball historian John Thorn, the first baseball box score appeared in the New York Herald newspaper on this date in 1845. The box score recorded a game between The New York Ball Club and a team from Brooklyn (unfortunately, the actual box score could not be located).
The box score appeared to be patterned after cricket, a more commonly played game in Manhattan at the time, a box with two columns listing players for each team in the order of how they batted. It recorded little more than their names, number of outs made and runs scored. It didn't have pitching statistics, except for what the pitchers did at the plate.
Today the typical box score has, at least, names, positions, at bats, runs, hits and runs batted in. Many box scores also record who had extra base hits, committed errors, hit sacrifice flies, stole bases and stats on all pitchers. Plenty to lose yourself in for a half hour or so. Is baseball great or what?
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