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Major League Baseball American Association (AA) Team Scorecards Collection

Identifier: BAS 613

Scope and Contents

This collection contains scorecards published by Major League Baseball teams in the American Association. Teams published scorecards for purchase by fans attending the games. The scorecards usually contain at a minimum roster and lineup information and space for attendees to keep score of the game. Some scorecards also include advertisements.

Some scorecards in this finding aid are indicated as either "scored" or "partially scored." "Scored" scorecards must meet two criteria. First, they must be scored completely, with an entry for each batter that appeared in the game. Second, they must employ a notation specific enough to allow for a reasonably thorough recreation of the game's play-by-play. A key point in this regard is the attribution of putouts and assists; no program utilizing a notation with generic out markings is categorized as “scored.” Programs indicated as "partially scored" have been scored either incompletely or in a notation that leaves obvious questions regarding the game's play-by-play. Thus, "partially scored" scorecards may have only the lineups entered, or they may be scored completely but ambiguously. "Scored" games have, almost without exception, been dated; "partially scored" games usually lack dates. Other features that may characterize individual scorecards are present as noted.

Formats include scorecards.


  • Creation: 1883-1889

Conditions Governing Access

Conditions governing access: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

Scorecards for baseball games were first printed in the late nineteenth century for fans to keep track of the game and for teams to publicize their games and their players. Scorecards included space for fans to keep score, and many scorecards featured pre-printed lineups.

The American Association, along with the National League, was one of the two baseball major leagues from 1882-1891.


.25 Cubic Feet (1 flat clamshell box (letter size))

Language of Materials



Scorecards are arranged alphabetically by the geographical location of the home team franchise and then arranged chronologically by season.

January 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556