The Lahman Baseball Database contains raw data, and to use it you need some kind of database software and the know-how to use it. For hardcore number crunchers, that’s no problem.
But a lot of people want to poke around with the baseball statistics or find answers to questions without learning how to write SQL queries or join tables in a relational database.
Several years ago, Randy Myers created an application that lets people do that. The Baseball Statistics System provides an easy to use interface to the Lahman Database that lets you look up individual players, find team rosters, league leaders, etc. It’s a pretty robust tool, and it’s a great way for people to use the database without knowing anything about databases.
Randy has updated the BSS application to include the most recent version of the Lahman Baseball Database, with complete statistics from 1871-2012. Like my database, the BSS is absolutely free. If you think it’s useful (and I’m sure you will), I’d encourage you to make a donation at Randy’s site to help support his efforts.
Click here to read BSS documentaion (pdf), or download it now from: