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Original Regular Season Schedules

These schedule files contain the originally planned schedules for each major league season from 1877 through 2016. There was no published schedule available for the 1876 season. Schedules were obtained from different sources, such as The Sporting News Baseball Guide and the New York Times. Occasionally there were disagreements between these sources which were then subjected to careful research. The basic format is parallel to that of the Retrosheet Game Logs, with fewer fields. The file format is described below.

Data collection was done by Paul Rivard and Walter and Kathy LeConte. Proofing of the schedules was done by Dave Lamoureaux, Jim Herdman, Cliff Blau, Sheldon Miller, Jon Rickert, Gary Pearce, Jim Wohlenhaus, Dave Smith and Paul Rivard. Frank Vaccaro has donated his research on postponed games, which has been incorporated into the schedules.

All of this data was compiled by David Vincent. He systematically compared the schedules and makeup dates to the actual games played for each season, thus producing the final set of files that are presented here.

Walter LeConte wrote an analysis of the 1995 season schedules, found here.

Fields and their descriptions

Field(s) Meaning

1 Date in the form "yyyymmdd"

2 Number of game:

"0" - a single game

"1" - the first game of a double header including separate admission doubleheaders

"2" - the second game of a double header including separate admission doubleheaders

3 Day of week ("Sun","Mon","Tue","Wed","Thu","Fri","Sat")

4-5 Visiting team and league

6 Season game number for visiting team

7-8 Home team and league

9 Season game number for home team

10 Day (D), Night (N), Afternoon (A), Evening (E for twinight)

11 Postponement/cancellation indicator (more detail below)

12 Date of makeup if played in the form ?yyyymmdd? (more detail below)

Field 11 explanation

This field will contain one or more phrases related to the game if it was not played as scheduled. If there is more than one phrase, they are separated by a semi-colon (;). There are three possible outcomes for games not played on the originally scheduled date:

         The game was played on another date

         The game was played on the original date but at another site

         The game was not played

         This field can contain one or more standard phrases:

         No Makeup played

         Site Change

         Played at XXX (where XXX is team/city code)

         Rain

         Cold

         Snow

         Threatening weather

         Inclement weather

         Hurricane XXX (where XXX is the name of the hurricane)

         Wet grounds

         Darkness

         Power failure

         Lighting failure

         Schedule change

         World War I

         9/11 attack

         Stadium (damage or others words follow)

         Strike

         Sunday game stopped

         Sunday curfew

         Accommodate large crowd

         XXX folded (where XXX is team code)

         XXX played as YYY (where XXX & YYY are team codes)

         XXX home team (where XXX is team code; used for games at alternate site)

         Death of

         Funeral of

         Unknown reason

Field 12 explanation

This field will contain a makeup date if the postponed game was played at another time or place. If an attempt was known to have been made on a date but postponed again, that date will be listed. In that case, there will be a second date for the date when the game was actually played, in this form: 20150428; 20150528 For the note about a team folding, the team code is one of the standard Retrosheet team IDs. The same is true for the team played as note. Often, the two of these are combined in one field. The teams that folded are:

Team/Lg Last Game

SR1 NL 9/10/1879

TRN NL 9/20/1879

ALT UA 5/31/1884 [moved to KCU 6/07]

CHU UA 9/18/1884 [moved to MLU 9/27]

PHU UA 8/07/1884 [moved to WIL 8/18 to 9/12; moved to SPU 9/27]

WS7 AA 8/02/1884 [moved to RIC 8/05]

BR4 AA 8/25/1890 [moved to BL3 8/27]

CN3 AA 8/16/1891 [moved to ML3 8/18]

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Original Regular Season Schedules (available years in bold)

 1876 1877 1878 1879
1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 
1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1895 1896 1897 1898 1899 
1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 1908 1909
1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Downloading the Schedules

There is one ZIP file that contains individual text files for each season (1877 - present) and a text file that contains all years. In addition, this descriptive text is included as a PDF.

Schedules

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