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Historical minor league baseball averages Prepared and maintained by Chadwick Baseball Bureau (http://www.chadwick-bureau.com) Contact: Dr T L Turocy (firstname.lastname@example.org) ABOUT THIS DATA This package contains transcriptions of historical minor league baseball performance data. Please read the description below carefully to be sure you understand what these data are (and what they aren't). CONTRIBUTORS This project would not be possible without the contributions of many who have taken on the transcription of individual sources. Information on contributors can be found within the metadata for each source. COPYRIGHT AND LICENCE The files containing the original transcriptions (found in the transcript/ directory) are copyright by the individual contributors. They are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ The source code to transform the original transcriptions into standardised formats (found in the src/ directory) is copyright by T L Turocy and Chadwick Baseball Bureau. It is licensed under the GNU General Public Licence, version 2.0 (or later, at the user's discretion): https://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/gpl-2.0.en.html The standardised files (found in the processed/ directory) are copyright by T L Turocy and Chadwick Baseball Bureau. They are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ DETAILS These files are transcriptions of the contents of various sources of historical minor league baseball performance and related data. These primarily come from Guides and similar sources which published complete or partial accounts of league averages. The objective of these files is to render the content of those sources in a way that is as faithful as possible to the originals. It is important to recognise that THE GUIDES AND OTHER SOURCES CONTAIN ERRORS AND INACCURACIES. This collection of files does not attempt to identify and/or propose corrections to those errors. The scope of this collection is to document the contents of sources in a standard and systematic way, and therefore provide the inputs required to editors who wish to produce cleaned, corrected, or improved accounts of the performance data for these leagues. The files in this collection therefore provide one essential component in the chain of evidence required to produce such improved data. The process of making the standardised files (found in the processed/ directory) deals with the various ways in which performance data has been reported for different leagues in different sources. Statistical columns have been mapped to standard names and arranged in a standard order. Individual-level playing records are all collected into one file; team-level into another file, and so forth. Each source is treated individually and corresponds to one sub-directory. For example, the contents of each edition of a Guide are in a separate sub-directory, one per year. Names of people are represented as they appear in the source; names were often spelled inaccurately in some sources, and in some cases may be aliases. There are no person identifiers. Linkage of records referring to the same person is a separate process; it is hoped and intended that providing this raw data in a tidy and stable form will support that linkage process. CONTRIBUTING This is a project supported in the public interest by Chadwick Baseball Bureau. If you are interested in learning more about how to format data for inclusion in this collection, please contact T L Turocy at email@example.com.