Over the years, a number of people have struggled using our R functions to download the Retrosheet play-by-play files. Since the process is pretty simple, I thought it might help to describe a simple process for getting the files in csv format.


First I visit the Retrosheet play-by-play download page. I’m interested in downloading the 2018 files, so I click on the “2018” link and the zip file is placed in my Downloads folder.