Cool Happenings

— Congrats to Sean Forman, creator of Baseball-Reference. For his work on the greatest baseball site on the web, Sean was named one the top 65 most influential people in baseball by USA Today. To be more exact, he was listed as one of 15 others who didn’t make the top 50, so I guess that puts him in the top 65.

On a related note, is now updating current season stats daily.

Alan Schwarz has a new book out, Once Upon a Game: Baseball’s Greatest Memories. It’s described as “a delightful collection of personal memories about baseball from some of the game’s all-time legends and its most famous fans.” Alan is a fantastic writer who has both a strong love and understanding of the game. Purchase it with The Baseball Economist to get a break on shipping. 🙂

Addendum: Congratulations to Alan on his move to The New York Times to be a sports feature writer.

— Dave Studeman points me to a new website, Ballhype.

Ballhype tracks more than 1,600 sports blogs, analyzes each post for relevance and influence (it’s from the creators of,, and Users can then hype up stories and videos pulled in by Ballhype or submit their own, find fans with similar interests, create or join groups, and make game picks. Bloggers, especially newer ones, have a chance to get their stories in front of new readers, and can also interact with users to build up their fan base.

One Response “Cool Happenings”

  1. Christian says:

    Very well collected list by USA Today. The positions are easily debatable, but they compiled most of the names that come to mind. I am surprised, however, that orthopedic surgeons make the list, and Jackie Robinson is nowhere to be found.

    I like the look and feel of the Ballhype website; thanks for the heads up.

    (I have purchased and am currently enjoying The Baseball Economist, by the way. It’s answering a number of questions that have been in the back of my mind for a long time.)