Open-source scorekeeping from Squaretender.
Finding a scorecard is no problem. You can download one for free online, buy a spiral-bound book full of them at the sporting goods store, or pick one up for a buck at the ballpark. (We recommend the tiny pencil.)
These are all fine, and of course our hearts swell when we see any scorecard. But for the scoring enthusiast, pretty much all of what’s out there is, well, imperfect.
The most common problem? Basic design. Scan most scorecards top to bottom and you’ll see endless spaces for the batting order, sometimes as many as 14 or 15. Unfortunately, the rules of the game still permit only nine hitters. Now look left to right. How many innings are there? Usually just nine. The game goes to extras, and you’re stuck writing on a hot dog wrapper.
What about taking down the pitcher’s line? Maybe there are slots for four names per team. Fine for a baseball game played in 1960, but a little cramped in this era of starters, closers, setup men, seventh-inning men, long relievers, left-handed one-out specialists, the mop-up crew — you get the idea.
The perfect hobby within the perfect game deserves better. That’s why we set out to design The Perfect* Scorecard.
Take a look. We’re pretty proud of it. There’s room for seven pitchers. There’s space for 12 innings, with a margin just in case. And it sticks to the traditional nine hitters, but has lots of space for substitutions. There’s room to note down the time and attendance, who’s playing, the date, even the weather. At the top of the page, room for an inning-by-inning score. And there’s a place for your notes, too. (What, the president threw out the first pitch and you’re not going to write it down anywhere?)
Our scorecard has gone through quite a few incarnations, and we’ve spent many an inning during a blowout talking about how to make it better. And we want you to do the same. That’s why we added baseball’s most painful symbol, the asterisk. We want to hear your ideas for how to make The Perfect* Scorecard even more perfect. E-mail us!