Creation/Release History of Database and Historical Information
Release 0.1: pre-release/pre-gathering: The impetus, I believe, for my starting
to investigate the history of the pro tour was a Racquetball Magazine
article Nov/Dec 2000, talking about a disputed 1982 tour title
between Hogan and Peck. The reason this interested me was since we used
Dave Peck's webhosting company www.vpwebhosting.com and I chatted with
December 2002: Email discussions with Dave Peck about the 82 title
whetted my interest even more. I discussed the matter w/ Linda Mojer,
who maintained the LPRA site at the time and they had a very nice
historical tournament list and historical season-ending top 10 list.
I asked her why the IRT didn't have one and she answered, "well,
they've asked me the same thing." So I started gathering the info.
Initially I was only getting the list of tournament winners
and the season ending top 10 lists. however... it didn't turn out
to be nearly as easy as I thought.
December 02: discussions at a high level with Davey Bledsoe
confirmed the 77 and some of the earlier tour champions.
Feb 2003: posted on the IRT forum, which put me in touch with
Scott Hirsch and Marty Hogan, discussing the early history and showing
some of the controversy with the 77 and 82 seasons.
Feb 2003: Found Drew Stoddard by searching for old IRT information
online, who sent me scans from a 1985 magazine plus the beginnings of
the match database in the form of an excel spreadsheet containing
all the Pro match results from 1973 to 1988.
Mid 2003: Began going through the IRT website, entering in the
match data in the same format as Stoddard's match database. This
resulted in a complete set of results frmo Aug 2000-present.
Mid 2003: Linda Mojer went through the archival of magazines
at the national office and filled in the "tournament summary" spreadsheet.
Mid 2003: Began going through Curt Rettke's magazine archive
and filling in the holes between 1988 and 2000. Work ceased with the
end of the Killshot magazines.
Feb 2004: mySql loaded onto my ISP and I discovered how easy
it is to load comma delimited data online. I quickly ran though the
rest of the magazines at my disposal (Rettke's stash) filling in all
tournament results printed.
Release 0.9: Mar 19th, 2004: Began programming perl queries against the 2000-present
match database, doing proof of concept for the major queries. Posted
on the IRT forum the QA release of the database (but no the historical
Mar 2004: Quickly brought online and HTML-ized all the historical
information I had been maintaining, separating information into
separate files. Also loaded in the 1974-1988 match data and began
the arduous process of "cleansing" the data.
Release 1.0: April 6th, 2004: released full historical
archive and all known pro matches.
Mid-april 2004: fixes come in from many sources.