Data Viz Done Right

November 30, 2016

How Many Times Have Teams Been to the World Series?


Yesterday I wrote about how much I liked a World Series viz created by Business Insider. One of my favourite ways to learn Tableau, and one I highly recommend to everyone, is to reproduce work that inspires me.

What was most fun about creating this viz is that it’s built completely with ASCII squares. Yes, I use a measure for the axis, but the measure is merely a placeholder. I learned a lot creating this viz this way; basically you can easily create a unit chart without having to densify the data by using a simple calculation that trims the ASCII squares instead. I also included bar charts in tooltips.

Download the workbook to see how I did it. In the meantime, here’s my take on the frequency of teams appearing in the World Series.


  1. Hey Andy, love this viz! Two quick questions, mostly because I don't have a current version of desktop to download.

    1) what is the cause of the offsetting of some of the blocks from the center alignment? For example the Yankees blocks don't start directly to the left of the number for the wins column?
    2) What about a way to incorporate winning percentage into the "played in" view? Perhaps even if it's a color blend in the team name text? Just thought it would be something that one may find relevant when viewing.

    Thanks, and keep up all the awesome work!


    1. I see what you mean. I hadn't noticed the slight misalignment. I suspect that's because I'm using 3 sheets instead of 1. I had the win % in the tooltip, but removed it because it looked confusing. Basically, I got tired of iterating.

  2. I have to say that I'm a little disappointed. :( I thought you had come up with some magic way to display visualizations within the tooltips! But this is definitely a valuable trick. Thanks.

    1. Sorry for the tease Ken! Best I could do for a workaround.