Allan Roth: The First Front Office Statistician

By Andy McCue

This article was published in the Spring 2014 Baseball Research Journal.

Henry Chadwick, baseball’s first historian, tried to capture a game in a chart for his newspaper readers. It was called a box score, and as it evolved over the years, it offered the raw material for the statistically minded to analyze, understand, and appreciate the game. There were dozens who followed, from Ernie Lanigan, longtime baseball writer and editor, to fans sitting at their dining room tables with pencils and, maybe, a mechanical calculator. Allan Roth pushed the analysis of baseball statistics to a new level. He promoted himself . . .

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