we first started going to the ballpark, I noticed a few people writing in a program or spiral
bound notebook during the game. I bought a program and learned that these people
were keeping score. At first, I thought that a person would have to be a bit of a
fanatic to want to do this. It looked like a really tedious activity. Later,
as my son and I got more interested in baseball, I decided to try it.
Now, I never sit in a ballpark without a scorecard. It isn't as
tedious as it looks and I actually enjoy the activity. Somehow, it makes what's happening on the field more interesting. I
am able to keep track of each player's
performance. With scorecard in hand, I am usually the most popular person in my section. People
are always asking me about events that happened earlier. I meet a lot of people this
way. It's also a great baseball souvenir. My son is also
interested in scoring and uses a special scorecard
that I created for him.
(Note to parents -- I believe that scoring increases a child's safety in the ballpark. They watch the game rather than what is going on in the stands. I once saw a young girl get hurt very badly because she and her parents were not paying attention to the game. She was hit in the back of the head by a foul ball and was knocked unconscious.)
I began scoring in 1998, but I still don't consider myself an expert scorer. I haven't scored enough games. I see about 10-12 games a season. I learn a lot by reading what is posted in the discussion area. I also read books and surf the Internet looking for information. There are probably as many ways to keep score as there are scorers.
When I started searching the Internet for scoring information, I was surprised to find that there was very little available on the subject. Which is why I've created this site. So please look around. My method is one that I've adapted from some others that I've read about. You may like it, or you may not. Either way, I would love to hear your comments and suggestions.