Baseball Stats 101

Each of the following links will bring you to a list of formulas and statistics that are commonly used and often forgotten during the important calculation time. A review of the formulas prior to attendance at any game can refresh your memory giving you back the ability to adjust the statistics of any player after his last pitch, last hit or stolen base.

Statistics: Numerical facts and data, the lifeblood of baseball. As the most statistical of sports, baseball is awash in both amateur and professional statisticians. All teams and both leagues maintain their own statistical records.

Source: The New Baseball Dictionary by Paul Dickson (1999).

"It (baseball) is a haunted game in which every player is measured against the ghosts of all who have gone before."- Ken Burns in Baseball (1989)
Baseball Stats 101

A Baseball Stats 101 Workshop

Abbreviations 101 Defensive Stats
Baseball Stats Calculator Offensive Stats
Quotes About Stats Pitching Stats

by Baseball Almanac / Programming by Les Stewart

Baseball Digital Scorebook Page (With Screenshots!)
A full featured / comprehensive stats 101 scoring solution featuring:

  • Printable ScoreCard
  • Home Stats / Away Stats
  • Team Schedule with Results, Cumulative Records & Scores
  • Hitting, Pitching, Fielding, Base Running & Catching Stats
  • Pitch Counts, Abbreviations & Detailed Instructions
  • Not free, but inexpensive and worth every penny!
Microsoft Excel Baseball Spreadsheets

Free Baseball Stats Resources

Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (8 kb)
Hitting & Pitching Sheets
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (15.6 kb)
Little League Individual Player Stats (Simple)
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (192 kb)
Little League Team Stats (Simple)
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (1,647 kb )
Team Stats (Plus) With UPICK Option (Stats vs a Specific Pitcher)
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (7 kb)
Odds of Hitting A Pitch (Baseball or Softball)
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (56 kb)
Team Stats Tool
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (707 kb )
Baseball Team Stats (w/Giants as an example)
Baseball Stats 101 | Share Your Stats Tool


Did you know that the batting average statistic first appeared in print during the 1874 season (two years before the National League started)? Too easy? Did you know that during the early 1950s, Allen Roth (a statistician for the Brooklyn Dodgers) and Branch Rickey devised the formula for on-base percentage ?

There have been many interesting quotes about baseball statistics throughout baseball history and we are pleased to present a few of our favorites:

"Baseball isn't statistics. Baseball is ( Joe ) DiMaggio rounding second." - Sportswriter Jimmy Cannon

"A passion for statistics is the earmark of a literate people." - Sportswriter Paul Fisher in the New York Post

"( Nap ) Lajoie was perhaps the first player to attract nation-wide attention because of his batting average. Prior to his time the fans were only mildly interested in statistics." - Sportswriter Bob French in the Toledo Blade

"Statistics are about as interesting as first base coaches." - Jim Bouton

"Statistics are the lifeblood of baseball." - Leonard Koppett in A Thinking Man's Guide to Baseball (1967)

"They both (bikinis & statistics) show a lot, but not everything." - Toby Harrah

"Who says there's an unemployment problem in this country? Just take the five percent unemployed and give them a baseball stat to follow." - Andy Van Slyke

Every year a company named Stats, Inc. releases a super series of books dedicated to baseball statistics. Click their name to see the most recent list of titles.

Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac4h
Ed Head pitched in 1940, then 1942-1944, then served in the US Army during World War II. After returning to #MLB, h… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac5h
Happy Birthday Tyler Graham (@tgram06). OF with #ArizonaDiamondbacks in 2012. Four-year letter winner with the OSU… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac6h
OTD1974 Ray Kroc (@McDonaldsCorp) told the media, "I want to have fun with an expensive hobby. I want to do things… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac7h
OTD2015: Rob Manfred became the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, replacing Bud Selig. [History of #MLB Offici… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac8h
#SaturdayThoughts : There were 44 #MLB players born on January 25 (1 #AllStar: Derrick Turnbow). There were 20 #MLBtwitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac24 Jan
We were wrong. When B.K. first came-up, it was listed as January 21. At some point, it was changed by MLB / ESPN an… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac24 Jan
Great find Brian! Got so busy focusing on how he (@Smatz88) went 3-3 with 4 RBI, setting #MLB record, we skipped ou… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac24 Jan
FRIDAY FEAT: 53 times in #MLB history a player has hit 3 triples in same game. Notables: Banks, Clemente, DiMaggio,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac23 Jan
Norman Rockwell's painting of The Rookie sold for $22.5 million in 2014. Frank Sullivan, born OTD1930, is one of th… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac22 Jan
CONGRATULATIONS to Derek Jeter & Larry Walker #HOF Class of 2020! One page, every player, in order, with method of… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac21 Jan
Since you brought Tom Chism up ('79 #Orioles), we sourced that GREAT quote we had on his page, we added a little hi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac21 Jan
TRIVIA TUESDAY: Ten AL players have hit 2 grand slams in the same game. Tony Lazzeri 1st, in '36, then these 9 dupl… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac21 Jan
#TuesdayTrivia: 18 #MLB players have spent 20-or-more years with ONLY ONE team. Two are not in #HOF, that will chan… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac20 Jan
Well if you're going to mention Chris (@C_RusIn), then I'll need to add a GREAT quote Bud Black made about him, a c… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac20 Jan
Gene Stephens. 1st AL player to record 3-hits in an inning. Newspaper story, those who came before, those who joine… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac18 Jan
Willie Mays, in 1955, had 51 HRs & 24 SB, 1st in #MLB history with a 50-20 season. Brady Anderson, born OTD1964, di… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac17 Jan
Carl Hubbell went 23-12 in '33, won MVP & signed a new contract OTD1934, a $6,000 raise. On #BaseballAlmanac, you c… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac16 Jan
TRIVIA TIME: He died OTD1965. He set the still-standing #MLB record for triples in a season by a rookie. [Answer:… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac16 Jan
OTD1974: The Baseball Writers' Association of America (@officialBBWAA) put Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford in the Hall… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac16 Jan
Happy Birthday Brooks Conrad. Born OTD1980, he hit a walk-off super slam, making a little #MLB history, making a li… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Desktop Version