1970 Winter Meetings Inset

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Baseball's Business: The Winter Meetings: 1958-2016Statistical Test

Here are some of Lee Walburn’s comments from July 1970, when the Atlanta Braves introduced their new computer system:

“Statistics are one of baseball’s strongest traditions. In the past, however, we have been limited in the amount of pertinent data which can be updated during and immediately following the contest.”

“We are only scratching the surface, but we hope to show with this local test that major league baseball can formulate a joint computer program which will add accuracy, immediacy, volume and prestige to the current methods of baseball data processing.”1

Sample statistics the computer instantly reported:

  • Batting average
  • Pitching percentages
  • Number of times a hitter drove in runs with two outs
  • Number of times a hitter put the Braves ahead in games
  • Percentage of times a hitter drove in a run with a runner on second or third base

 

Notes

1 “Braves’ New Computer Provides More Stats,” The Tennessean (Nashville), July 21, 1970: 23.

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