MLB – First Full-Time Statistician Hired

It was in 1947 that Mr. Roth, a native of Montreal who had worked as a statistician for the Canadiens and the National Hockey League, approached Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Dodgers, with a proposition that would transform somewhat how the game was played.

Wouldn’t it help a manager, Mr. Roth asked, if he knew, for example, that a certain batter hit .220 against right-handed pitchers and .300 against left-handers?

Mr. Rickey was intrigued, and Mr. Roth became the first full-time statistician hired by a major league club, touching off a trend that has made the personal computer an essential element of clubhouse paraphernalia.