ProRacquetballStats.com Racquetball History and Statistical Database
Pro Racquetball Historical Data Archive
Nov 2016: Big News! We have uploaded and made available ALL the pro tour database, not just the Men's IRT data. Click on the database link to choose your tour and then start running searches. Click top link "Pro Racquetball Match Results Database" for the database.
Pro Racquetball 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. Men's, Women's and WRT
The rest of these links below will start getting LPRT and WRT versions as they come available.
IRT Men's Pro Tour History
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 Mar 2015 with Crowther retirement, Croft surgery.
Major Rule Change History: History of major rule changes on tour (scoring and how to determine the year end champ). Last Updated June 2010 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 Mar 2004.
Commissioner History: A history of the Pro Tour Commissioners. Last Updated Nov 2009 with Mannino's appointment as new commissioner.
<-- not really relevant now, commenting out
<-- 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 July 2006 with some input from Mike Ceresia on tour winners/participants.
IRT Men's Tour Player History
Year End Title Winners 1968-present. Last updated May 2016 with Kane's 11th title.
Year End Summaries Year-long season narratives providing an editorial "summary" of each season. Summaries are written through out the year. Last updated/published May 2016 summarizing this last season.
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 Nov 2010, 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 June 2015 to add in De La Rosa.
Number of overall Titles: A list of players and the number of titles they earned. Last updated May 2016 with Kane's 11th 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 Oct 2015 with Kane's unprecidented 11th US Open title.
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. This data is also available as a per-season report on the main report page. Last updated May 2016 for the latest season.
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.
LPRT Women's Pro tour History
LPRT Tour History: A brief overview of known Women's pro tour changes; needs more detail from those involved over the years.
LPRT Major Rule Change History: mostly capturing the various scoring changes that have occurred over the years.
LPRT Tour Name History: as it has changed over the years.
LPRT Commissioner History: very spotty with lots of turnover over the years.
LPRT Women's Tour Player History
Women's Year End Title Winners 1970-present. Also includes a summary of # of overall titles
Season End Standings by year: Loaded in Database: see Match Results Database and run the "All Season Top 10 Lists" report.
Major Championship Titles: Loaded into database; see Match Results Database and run the "All Major Finals" report.
Year End Summaries: tbd; may need some research
Top Players never to have finished #1: Also includes discussions on the best players who never won a tourney and a list of some of the better players from yesteryear.
Greatest Upsets in tour History: a non-complete list that I've compiled as I've gone through some of the data entry cataloging great runs and big upsets.
WRT Pro tour History
WRT Tour History: A brief overview of the WRT, which started in late 2012 but began "touring" in earnest in 2013.
WRT Major Rule Change History: no real rule changes thus far to document. WRT plays by IRF/Amateur scoring rules (2 games to 15, tiebreaker to 11, win by one).
WRT Tour Name History: No changes to document.
WRT Commissioner History: Overview of the WRT management.
WRT Tour Player History
WRT Year End Title Winners: 2013 to present. tbd, waiting for data.
WRT Players of the Year: Poty, Rookie of the Year, Sportsmanship, Most Improved and "Fan Favorites." Have 2015, 2016, waiting for older data.
Season End Standings by year: Loaded in Database: see Match Results Database and run the "All Season Top 10 Lists" report. More data needed.
Major Championship Titles: No WRT Majors as of yet.
Year End Summaries: tbd; will need some research
Top Players never to have finished #1: tbd
Greatest Upsets in tour History: tbd
General Information about the Data Collection
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.