I learned to keep score when I was in high school, and at this point I have a hard time watching a baseball game without a scorecard in my hands. Here are a few that I’ve used over the years.
Vertical scorecard, 2009-present
This is one I’ve used for the last few seasons. It’s a vertical design that can accommodate up to 13 innings. There are spots for 10 pitchers for each team, and three batters per spot in the order. It also lets you keep track of the bullpens & benches as well as the defensive lineup in the field. There is also plenty of room for notes on the back.
If you like to total up stats at the end of the game, this scorecard probably isn’t for you. There’s room to note the final linescore on the front and record the winning and losing pitchers, but not much else.
Here’s the scorecard in PDF format, created from scanning a blank paper copy. The original file was made in QuarkXpress, but I lost it to computer issues.
Updated vertical scorecard, 2013
Here’s a re-design of the scorecard above (PDF format.) I enlarged the spaces to write in the batters’ names, but it came at the cost of one of the three lines per spot in the batting order. It works out really nicely for games played using the DH rule. (Here’s a version for National League games with three lines per batting order spot.)
This scorecard was created in Adobe InDesign; I may have the original file if anyone wants it.
Horizontal scorecard, 2013
Here’s a horizontal format scorecard that accommodates ten innings. There are spots for 12 pitchers per team and three batters per lineup spot. It also lets you keep track of the bullpens & benches, and there are boxes to allow you to keep track of the count when the ball is put into play. There is also a small amount of room for notes on the back.
I have not actually used the horizontal scorecard yet; it was really more of a project to work on while getting some experience with Adobe InDesign.
Here’s the scorecard in PDF format. If you’re interested, I may have the original InDesign file.