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Baseball's rich history and tradition, coupled with its international popularity, have led to the creation of thousands of Web sites covering every conceivable aspect of the game. The following is a selected list of significant baseball Web sites both casual fans and baseball historians may find of interest. Annotations for sites are provided where deemed necessary.

Rules

Baseball Rule Change Timeline

A list of major rule changes in the Knickerbocker Rules (1857-1872) and Official Major League Baseball Rules (1877-present)

Knickerbocker Rules

The official baseball rules created by Alexander J. Cartwright on September, 23, 1845. The Knickerbocker Rules are the basis for many of the modern rules in baseball.

Major League Baseball Official Rules

The official rules of Major League Baseball.

The Massachusetts Association of Base Ball Players Rules

The official rules of what was often known as the "Massachusetts Game." This early version of the baseball, common in New England, was eventually overtaken in popularity by the "New York Game," which used the Knickerbocker Rules.

Facts and Statistics

Baseball Almanac

More than 300,000 Web pages and 900,000 facts related to the game of baseball.

Baseball Prospectus - Statistics

Includes team and individual statistics back to 1954. Statistics reflect non-traditional, sabermetric analysis.

Baseball-Reference.com

A large collection of historical and current Major League statistics for individuals, teams, leagues, and managers in the regular season and postseason. Also includes minor league statistics provided by the Society for American Baseball Research.

Retrosheet

Play-by-play accounts and data from more than 100,000 Major League Baseball games before 1984. Includes box scores for every MLB game from 1952 through 2008, basic data about every major league game since 1871, and much more.

Media/Current News

ESPN.com - MLB Pages

Sporting News - MLB Pages

Sports Illustrated - MLB Pages

Note: The Web sites for professional and amateur organizations typically include current baseball news as well.

Organizations

General Organizations

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association

This women's baseball league played professional baseball from 1943 through 1954. dedicated to the women who played in the AAGPBL from 1943 to 1954. The Web site includes articles, photographs, interviews, and statistics documenting the history of the league and its players.

National Baseball Hall of Fame

The official Web site of baseball's Hall of Fame. The Hall's A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center is one of the premier baseball libraries in the world.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

This privately funded, non-profit organization located in Kansas City, Missouri, is dedicated to preserving the history of African American baseball. The Web site includes detailed information on the history of the Negro Leagues, as well as an eMuseum high school teachers can use to find lesson plans and other educational resources for incorporating the study of Negro Leagues baseball into U.S. history and social studies programs.

The Society for American Baseball Research

The mission of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is "to foster the study of baseball past and present, and to provide an outlet for educational, historical and research information about the game." The SABR Web site includes links to SABR research sites, such as The Baseball Index, The Baseball Biography, and early issues of the The Baseball Research Journal, as well as links to other baseball Web sites.

Professional Organizations

Chinese Professional Baseball League (in Chinese)

Korean Baseball Organization (in Korean)

MiLB.com (Minor League Baseball)

MLB.com (Major League Baseball)

Nippon Professional Baseball

Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (in Spanish)

Youth and Amateur Organizations

American Amateur Baseball Congress

The largest amateur baseball organization in the United States for players above junior baseball age and the only amateur baseball program which provides progressive and continuous organized competition for preteens through adults.

Babe Ruth League, Inc.

Babe Ruth League serves over 1 million players from ages 4-18 in Babe Ruth Baseball, Cal Ripken Baseball, and Babe Ruth Softball. The Babe Ruth Buddy Ball Division, for players with special needs, encompasses players ages 4-20.

International Baseball Federation

The worldwide governing body for the sport of baseball. The IBAF sanctions international tournaments among teams sponsored by IBAF member federations (e.g., USA Baseball) and confederations (e.g., the Confederation of European Baseball).

LA84 Foundation

The LA84 Foundation is a private non-profit foundation dedicated to the development of youth sport. It is home to North America's largest sports library. The Foundation's digital archive includes more than 75,000 PDF articles from academic journals, scholarly books, and popular sports magazines of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as well as an extensive offering of Olympic publications. These publications all can be searched online.

Little League Baseball

The official site of Little League Baseball and Softball.

NCAA.com - College Baseball

The official site of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) baseball.

USA Baseball

The Web site of the national governing body for the sport of baseball. It represents the sport in the United States as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and internationally as a member federation of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).

 

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