HISTORY OF THE CUBE


The Baseball Cube was started in the early 2000s as a baseball links web site called Baseball-Wired. Its main purpose was for me to learn HTML and was purely a hobby. At the time, the Internet was booming and I had the urge to be a part of it. I quickly learned that compiling links was boring and baseball-links.com did it much better anyways so I started to search for a new topic. I settled on statisics because I have always liked to keep track of things. I started entering Major League Statistics and I figured out a way to use a database as a data source instead of creating separate pages for each player and so the TBC database was born. I used ASP (Active Server Pages) for pages to be created dynamically. I started to get an iota of traffic and I added a couple of banner ads. Pennies started coming in and I thought that more traffic might mean more pennies so I started to expand the stat base.

Even at the time, there were a dozen sites with up-to-date Major League stats and a couple of other established sites with historical stats so I turned to the Minor Leagues. Initially, I included minor league stats for active players and the site became an online Sporting News Baseball Register. Traffic started to pick up and so I continued to add more stats. I relied on Google search results and word-of-mouth for traffic and with the advent of blogs, bloggers began to link to The Baseball Cube. In 2003, the site was on the sports-wired.com domain and I came up with the name The Baseball Cube. In business intelligence, a cube is a dataset that is made of dimensions and facts. A dimension is an entity like a player, a year, a team, a high school, a college. A fact is a statistic. A numeric representation of any combination of the dimensions. Its a cube because the data can be twisted and turned in any direction to come up with new values and a new view of the data. On The Baseball Cube, the facts can be viewed by many dimensions.

Traffic spiked and the data expanded monthly. Historical Major League stats were added since 1903, Minor League stats for all players, not just active players, creeped back to the 1990s and eventually to the late 1970s. College stats were added and a player page for anyone with a stat record was created and biography elements added to these players. The site grew to hundreds of thousands of pages and enjoyed great success between 2005 and 2009.

The one constant since conception of the site is that as well as I can source data and program, the design of the site has always been terrible. It has gone through dozens of design changes over th years in search of the best layout that combines the content and advertising. The site needs to be monetized to pay for server bills and, lets face it, to earn revenue and compensate me for the time I put into The Baseball Cube. Lately, I've steered more towards content and though there is still advertising, I've started to ask users of the site to pay, or donate, for the free content.

The site is free and likely always will be and it will continue to expand and improve over the coming years. Thanks for visiting and please let me know how I can make it better.

Gary Cohen

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