Thursday, July 01, 2010

More on LL Bean's Scoring System

Henry from Bean's was kind enough to send me some material that their PR department has on LL Bean's scoring system, so this time you'll actually get to read a little more about the original rather than my interpretation of it.  Here is his description of the material:

[T]hey have about a half-dozen of these scorebooks, all used by LL.  I've attached some high-res scans.  The most interesting is the Sox Yankees game that LL scored -- not actually a consequential game, I checked BR and the Sox were out of it in 62, but it's cool that at age 90, he stayed and scored through the end.

Actually, now that I think of it, I wonder if age wasn't part of the 'easy to score at night' thing, in which case it makes a little more sense -- a system of scoring like this would make sense for someone older who was having trouble seeing / writing.  The scorebook itself would have been something that, published in 1954, LL put out when he was 82.  To your point, he was a pretty impressive guy.

Only other point of trivia was that apparently he also created a scoring system and published a scorebook "especially adapted for Official Little League Baseball"., of which he was a big supporter -- he put a field right on our corporate campus that's still there and still in use.

I have attached two of the scans that Henry sent me.  One is of the aforementioned Yankees/Red Sox game, and the other is a key of Bean's codes that was included in the scorebooks.  Here is the link to the Retrosheet PBP of the Yankees/Red Sox game, in case you'd like to interpret Bean's scoring.

The Yankees won 1-0 on July 17, 1962 with a run in the eighth inning generated by the bottom of their lineup: Lopez, Boyer, and Tresh all singled.  Mickey Mantle flew to center, drew two walks, and singled to right.  The most notable future name in the Sox lineup, then just in his second season, Yaz hit into a double play (hard to make out on Bean's scorecard--I checked the Retrosheet account), struck out, grounded to second, and tripled to center.  The triple to center led off the ninth, but Boston was unable to push him across as Malzone grounded to short, Runnels flew to center, and Clinton grounded to third.

And the scoring key:

Many thanks to Henry and the Bean company for sharing this material.

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