October 23, 2021

Baseball History: LC’s Branch Rickey Crowdsourcing Project Completed; 1,926 Pages of Rickey’s Scouting Reports Transcribed and Available to Keyword Search

From LC:

From the “Branch Rickey: Changing the Game Page” on LC’s Crowdsourcing Platform

Just four months after the Library partnered with the public to transcribe the papers of baseball icon Branch Rickey, volunteers have transcribed all 1,926 pages of Rickey’s scouting reports, making them available for digital research just in time for Major League Baseball’s opening day.

These community-created transcriptions allow for keyword search and on-line scholarship, opening new avenues for baseball fans and researchers.

The completed data is also available as a bulk download from LC Labs. Our volunteers showed amazing hustle in finishing so quickly. Their work now makes it possible for data research, including text analysis (what Rickey’s reports tended to say),  the mentions of specific locations, player names and a chronology of the era. Analyzing the texts as data can also reveal patterns and prompt new questions. We offer a respectful tip of the cap to our volunteers.

No one encapsulates baseball’s history quite like Rickey (1881–1965), a former player and manager who became an innovative baseball executive and part-owner over a career spanning nearly 60 years.

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Transcribing Text: Library of Congress Launches Crowdsourcing Program to Aid in Discovery of Materials; Crowdsourcing Software Released as Open Source (October 2018)

See Also:  Major League Baseball: Library of Congress Posts Digitized Copies of 1,750 Player Scouting Reports Written by the Legendary Branch Rickey, Reports About Many Baseball Hall of Famers Included in Collection (April 2018)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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