Finally, it’s time. The kickstarter page for the Eephus League scorebooks is live, and filled with wistful longings for a new era of scorekeeping as well as opportunities for you to help me make these books a reality. For those unfamiliar with kickstarter, it’s an online fundraising site. You set a deadline and a funding goal, and if you reach it or surpass it, you get the funds! If you don’t, the funds are released back to the backers and I have to wallow in misery as a failure. But that’s not going to happen! The fundraising goal is set at 10 grand, which will let me get the beginners scorebooks printed. If we go over that goal, the extra funds go into getting the larger scorebooks made, which I know is a top priority for a lot of you. So, the more crazy money gets raised the faster those bigger scorebooks get made, and I can look into licensing with the MLB. I’ve been in touch with a licensing rep, and if I can show her that these books have a big following, I’m sure she’s going to be more open to helping me out.
Right now the rewards are scorebooks, hats, posters, letterpress broadsides and tshirts. Shipping costs are included in the reward cost, so there’s no worries about that later on.
The video I produced for the kickstarter project features photos sent in by Eephus League members. I wanted to show how personal an art form scorekeeping is, and how diverse the community of scorekeepers can be. The goal here is to make scorekeeping cool again. It shouldn’t be limited to the stat-obsessed fans. If people start showing up to games with sweet-ass scorebooks, I guarantee more people will look into trying it themselves.
Thank you all for the support you’ve given the site over the past several weeks. This is a very exciting time for me and it’s my hope that this project connects with a lot of fans and sparks a revival in scorekeeping at the ballpark. Spread the link like wildfire, folks! Grab everyone you know who loves baseball, talk the scorekeeping virgins into letting this be their first scorebook, and encourage the veteran scorekeepers to support the thing they love.