Infographic: The Negro Leagues map

I really like this map. It depicts the most well-known and notable teams that existed in the Negro Leagues, along with some information about each team. You can find the years each team existed, the name of their home park, and any titles won.

The text in the graphic below is a bit small, so for a larger view, just click on the image.

Negro Leagues infographic - Bill Sports maps
Bill Sports Maps

95 ballparks

Here is a collection of artwork by Jeff Suntala depicting Major League ballparks across America throughout history.  You can access a larger version of the image by clicking on the one below, and I encourage you to do so and take some time checking these out.  The renderings, created through Photoshop, are based on a collection of maps from the Sanborn Map Company, and the results are amazing.


New York Times baseball map

Feeding my seemingly growing obsession with baseball fan maps, the New York Times published this interactive map a couple days ago — again, based on Facebook data — that allows us to to zoom in on which team fans root for, down to the zip code.  For example, I can tell you that my hometown contains 69% Royals fans, and my current neighborhood comprises 49% Royals fans.  After the Royals, 12% of my current neighbors root for the St. Louis Cardinals, while 7% pull for the Boston Red Sox (…really?).  Things get especially interested along both coastlines, where a greater saturation of teams results in a greater conflict of loyalties.

In addition to the large, nationwide map, the Times generated fourteen smaller maps, highlighting baseball’s biggest rivalries.  If you would like to read the article and explore the interactive map, just click on the image below, and it will direct you to the site.  Enjoy!

Click on the map to link to the article

The geography of baseball, according to Facebook

You may recall that, about a year ago, I posted this graphic of the United Countries of Baseball.  While certainly an interesting infographic, I also knew it was a bit outdated (having been published in 2007).  Yesterday, however, I found this treasure on Deadspin: a map created by the Facebook data team depicting the geography of teams’ Facebook fans.  Check it out (click on the image for a larger view).

The United Countries of Baseball

With Opening Day fast approaching, I felt it appropriate to share this map that I found some time back.  It’s a little outdated, but I think the concept is pretty great.  Who are you rooting for this season?


The text in the bottom-right corner is difficult to read, so rather than force you to strain your eyeballs, I’ve taken the liberty of transcribing it for you:

Fan Loyalty Circa 2007

These borders are real for seven months a year, from Opening Day to the World Series.  The majority of people of each country pledge their allegiance to the team shown, regardless of placement in the standings, questionable trades, draft pics, pitching rotations, uniform redesigns, or mascot behavior.  And these lines will stay true until the citizens of each country vote to redraw the borders for next season.