Starting points for Historical research:
Jim Hiser's Racquetball Magazine Sept-Oct 1999 Draw of the Century article
Tom Slear's Racquetball Magazine Nov-Dec 2000 article about the year end
Pro title run between Sudsy/Cliff and how they stand against Hogan/Yellen.
John Mooney "History of Racquetball" article in National Racquetball Dec 1988
July 1982 "USRA/NRC declares bankrupcy" feature (? author)
IRT History section of 1996-7 IRT Tour program
Tom Slear's RM article Sep/Oct 95 about the rise of the IRT from the 1988 debacle
Feature article, national Racquetball Apr 82 (v11n4) about the Catalina tour
Also includes input from:
Drew Stoddard, who provided the player database and a beautiful writeup of
the events during his time as commissioner and in the early 80s.
Scott Hirsch (and indirectly through Scott, Marty Hogan and Cliff Swain)
Linda Mojer, who out of the goodness of her heart went through all the magazines
from the mid-90s to compile the full tourney list and confirm the season ending standings.
Still would like to talk with:
Jim Hiser for late 80s drama on tour
Hank Marcus for details of the mid-90s, for IRT creation, for possibly a match archive.
Doug Ganim to get complete US Open results for 1998 and 1999 (not sure he still has the data)
Drew Katchtik, who may have drawsheets for early 1990s events.
Ruben Gonzalez, who i know has a trove of information that may be helpful
Match Database Sources
Drew Stoddard, who provided the skeletal match database for 1974-1988
The majority of the matches between 1988 and 2000 were entered manually thanks to
Curt Rettke's magazine archive. Holes in the match data are only there initially
because Curt didn't happen to have the magazine that covered it.
2000-present: data pulled directly from the IRT website as it occurred.
This allows even qualifier draws to be entered.
Brian Simpson, who provided copies of the drawsheets for three seasons;
95-96, 96-97 and 97-98.
Mid-2008: Marty Hogan and Scott Hirsch, who sent copies of many old magazines to help with
non NRC/non-sanctioned events.
Oct 2008-Oct 2009: Evan Pritchard (author of The Racquetball Blog continually providing scans of magazines and other helpful info.
Oct 2008: Vince Santilli sent me the magazines from 1999 and 2000, which helped immensly with
filling out the finals for the missing 5 tourneys and getting some detail for others.
Oct 2009: archive.org: an amazing resource that saves copies of websites from various times from
1996 to present. Was able to find many full 32 draws and other great detail from the past.
2011: Otto Deitrich sends me his whole massive magazine archive, really completing the set and enabling the Ladies research
Late 2016: r2sports.com's archive lets me fill in a ton of missing tournaments from the mid 2000s.
2017: Evan Pritchard sends another dump of his data archives, which includes a TON of the ladies pro data.
2017: Dr. Timoty Baghurst, who sends his database of IRF summary archives that I loaded in as is to build
the IRF "tournament summary" database.
2017: IRF website, which has a great archive of match results, which I've begun to use to create IRF match database history.