IRT International Racquetball Tour Pro Racquetball History and Statistical Database
IRT Historical Data Archive
Welcome to the 2013-14 season!
IRT Tour History
IRT Match Results database: This is a front end
to the full match list from the various Professional Tours of Racquetball from Sept 1973 to the present.
Tour History: a bullet-point history of the Pro Tour since inception, with major events, rule changes, etc (this is a highlight list; obviously the events of the early 80s could really fill a book). Last updated 1/16/12 with Vanderson announced retirement.
Major Rule Change History: History of major rule changes on tour (scoring and how to determine the year end champ). Last Updated 6/22/10 with a detailed discussion of the upcoming 4 major rule changes proposed for the tour.
Tour Name History: A history of the name of the Pro Tour. Created/last updated 3/24/04.
Commissioner History: A history of the Pro Tour Commissioners. Last Updated 11/09 with Mannino's appointment as new commissioner.
Canadian Professional Racquetball Organization History: During the early 80s, the Catalina tour creation forced non-invitees off the pro tour, including Canadians, who formed their own tour. Last updated 7/7/06 with some input from Mike Ceresia on tour winners/participants.
Tour Player History
Year End Title Winners 1968-present. Last updated 5/22/13 with Kane's 8th title.
Year End Summaries 6/1/09: New link providing an editorial "summary" of each season. Summaries In progress, i've got reviews of the past three seasons thus far. Last updated 5/22/13 with the 2012-13 bullet points.
Season End Standings by year: This data has been loaded into the database; use season-specific queries to see all the rankings per year, get rankings per player or use the "all top 10" to get the top 10 for every season.
#1 Ranking holders who never won a title: a list of players who have, at some point in their career, been #1 but who do not have a year end title. Last updated 11/3/10, with Ben Croft getting a #1 seed when Kane skipped a tourney.
Top Players never to have finished #1: a subjective list of top players of the eras of racquetball who never finished on top. These are players who routinely were in the Top 8 rankings but who never made their way to the top. Last updated 9/19/08 to add detail about Beltran's career.
Number of overall Titles: A list of players and the number of titles they earned. Last updated 5/22/13 with Kane's 8th title.
Major Championship Titles: A list of the Major Title winners, by tournament. "Major" titles are/were the "Grand Slams" of the day, equivalent of the US Open now, and includes the US Open, Tournament of Champions, Pro Nationals/Grand Nationals, Ektelon Nationals, Catalina Nationals, DP/Leach Nationals and the IRA Nationals. Last updated 5/22/13 with 2013 Nationals.
Player of the Year: Player of the Year honors (data very spotty). Also includes Rookie of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year winners (if known). Last updated 11/19/07 with awards given post US Open banquet.
Number of Distinct Winners by year: a good idea of the diversity of talent on the tour over the years. Last updated 5/22/13 with 2012-13's details.
Greatest Upsets in tour History: inspired by a meetandplay.com forum conversation in August, 2004. A list of great upsets and great runs in Pro Racquetball history. Last updated 1/17/09 to add in Jose Rojas' California Open play.
The Best Players you've never heard of: inspired by a meetandplay.com forum conversation in September 2008, this lists players who demonstrated real talent on tour but who didn't play full time, quit early or who had other reasons not to play. Last updated 1/17/09 with more musings post NYC 09 event.
Bo Keeley's Greatest of All Time Article: Published in Feb 2013, Keeley discusses the four eras of Racquetball, the best player from each era, and talks about determining the G.O.A.T.
Outstanding Issues/Questions about History: A list of outstanding issues unresolved even after research. Last updated 11/12/04.
Sources used to compile this data: Data sources, documents and People contacted to compile this history. Last updated 4/14/04 to credit Ceresia's input and Brian Simpson's drawsheets.
Release History. Last updated 4/14/04, no longer kept as database is constantly updated with new records.
Tournament Status in Match Database: PLEASE HELP: This is a status file of the results by tournament ... If it says "needed," then I'm missing all results for that tourney in the database. Generally speaking, I need: 10/10/09 Major update put in 7 of 12 tourneys for 199-200 season, 2 missing 94 tourneys.
If you'd like to help complete the archive, PLEASE contact me at email@example.com and I can tell you the information I need for each tourney. Its easy, if you have the data!
- 1999-2000 Season; Albuquerque, Chicago, Boston, Fairfield, Modesto results (I only have the final). Need more complete results for New Orleans, Memphis, Lakewood, Las Vegas.
- 1999 Portland Tourney of Champs
- 1995: Houston (if it happened; believe cancelled), Seattle.
- 1993: Lakewood CocaCola proam
- The 89-90 season: Chicago, Arlington, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Seattle events
- 1989: Grand Rapids event (first MPRA event)
- 1981: Ektelon nationals, Coors Grand Prix
- 1980: both the Hawaiian Sports week Pro-Am and the Ektelon Nat'ls
- 1979-1982: Tournament of Champions invite only top-12 event (big prize money)
- 1977 and 1978 IRA Nationals, if they occurred.
- 1976 IRA Nationals (believe occured, believe Brumfield won)
- And, generally speaking, for most older events I don't have the tourney names
Magazines Needed: If you have any of these magazines, you can immediately
help fill out some missing results.
All data here was compiled by Todd Boss. If you have additions, corrections or comments, please direct them to me, at firstname.lastname@example.org.