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As Derek Jeter strolls toward the plate, the announcer tosses out a smattering of statistics—from hitting streaks to batting averages. But what do the numbers mean? And how can America’s favorite pastime be a model for learning about statistics? Sandlot Stats is an innovative textbook that explains the mathematical underpinnings of baseball so that students can understand the world of statistics and probability.
Carefully illustrated and filled with exercises and examples, this book teaches the fundamentals of probability and statistics through the feats of baseball legends such as Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, and Ted Williams—and more recent players such as Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols, and Alex Rodriguez. Exercises require only pen-and-paper or Microsoft Excel to perform the analyses.
Sandlot Stats covers all the bases, including • descriptive and inferential statistics • linear regression and correlation • probability • sports betting • probability distribution functions • sampling distributions • hypothesis testing • confidence intervals • chi-square distribution.
Sandlot Stats offers information covered in most introductory statistics books, yet is peppered with interesting facts from the history of baseball to enhance the interest of the student and make learning fun.
The last three chapters of the book apply the probability and statistics taught in the first 15 chapters to the following three research topics:
(1) Will any player ever duplicate Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak?
(2) Will we ever have another .400 hitter for a season?
(3) Who are the top ten hitters of all-time?
"Sandlot Stats is a readable and resourceful introductory textbook for statistics." Graham Wheeler,Cambridge, for Significance, Feb. 2013, The Royal Statistical Society
"If this had been the textbook for a basic statistics course that I took as a student, I might have remembered that course forever as the best class I ever had. " Charles Ashbacher, on 11/24/2012, an MAA Review for the MathDL
"Dr Rothman has hit a home run. *Sandlot Stats: Learning Statistics with Baseball* is not only a fine book to read, but a text which can also serve as an excellent resource book." Father Gabriel Costa, Professor Mathmetics at West Point
"Sandlot Stats" by Stanley Rothman (Johns Hopkins Press, 571 pages) is an over-sized tome that is truly a scholarly labor of love as its sub-title proclaims "learning statistics with baseball." For those interested in the subject - -this is your book - - one that attempts to explain the mathematical anchorage of baseball as a way to understand the universe of stats and probability. Harvey Frommer. Ph.D., The Epoch Times, Sports Book Reviews
Sports Paws associate producer Jon Alba of Q30TV takes a look Sandlot Stats by Dr. Stanley Rothman, who teaches the Baseball Statistics course at Quinnipiac University.
On October 17, 2012, Stan was interviewed by Steven Cherry for IEEE Spectrum’s “Techwise Conversations". IEEE is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the podcastis titled. "Training Engineers With Baseball". Click here to listen to it.