How To Become a Baseball Scorekeeper

It is natural for people to engage in competition like sports and the love of sport is not that exciting if you’re not tracking the career or score of your favorite player or team. Baseball like basketball and football is a mass favorite sport for many nations, and if you love football, the tension is certainly nerve wracking especially if your team is behind and the game is tight. You can become a professional baseball scorekeeper or you can just do it for the love of the game. Below are steps on how to become a baseball scorekeeper.

  • Purchase a program. There is a scorecard in the center of the program where you can record the score of the game.
  • List the playing teams. Certainly you know all the teams by their uniform, and you recognize the players of each team.
  • List the starting line up of each team. The names of the player must be in accordance with their position in their corresponding team as you write them in their corresponding boxes.  If the game starts and you failed to get the names of the starting line up, you can still get them when they bat.
  • Record the game in the provided box. The single’s shortcut is 1B, a 2B for double, and a 3B for a triple. And an HR for a homerun.
  • Track the rest of the game. The resource section has a page that will guide you how to record or score each play. For fun and for your passion, you can create your own shorthand or symbols in recording the game.
  • Keep on notating the play throughout the game. Besides scoring and enjoyment, you can learn the game by notating it.

Other Grammar and Abbreviations

Most scorekeeping systems share almost identical abbreviations and symbols like each player’s position can be identified by number. 

  • (P) Pitcher
  • (C) Catcher
  • (1B) First baseman
  • (2B) Second baseman
  • (3B) Third Baseman
  • (SS) Shortstop
  • (LF) Left fielder
  • (CF) Center fielder
  • (RF) Right fielder


Since the advent of baseball scorekeeping in 1870s, the baseball notation and scorekeeping that was created by sportswriter Henry Chadwick evolved. Today, the scorecards differ in appearance but they still have almost all fundamental features like:

  • General game information: location, teams, date and time, among others.
  • Line-up of rival teams: with uniform numbers and player positions.
  • Play-by-play action.
  • Recording the total hits, bats and runs of each player at the game’s end.
  • Listing the game’s pitchers.

Official scorers are hired by professional baseball leagues to keep each game’s official score. A box score is usually generated in these pro leagues. If you’re a diehard baseball fan, your creativity in making scorecards will enhance the fun.

Baseball is a fun and historical sport. It is a wonderful feeling if you know Babe Ruth, the Yankees and other historical teams and rivalries.  It is a wonderful feeling to discuss baseball with fellow fans, and show each other’s souvenir scorecards. Those scorecards can be valuable as years go by, especially if those scorecards are autographed by players of championship teams. You can sell and trade those scorecards, but it may be hard to sell or trade those if you’re a true blue diehard baseball fan.


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