If Enough Time Passes, Can a Sport Effectively Run out of History?

didiheContributor IApril 19, 2010

CHICAGO - MAY 14:  Baseball fans sit under the old scoreboard at Wrigley Field while waiting for the start of the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres game May 14, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. A deal by the Tribune Company to sell the ballpark to the state of Illinois recently fell through. The Tribune company now hopes to sell the team and the ballpark as a package.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Question of the Day: If enough time passes, can a sport effectively run out of history? (Matthew Futterman, WSJ*)

It's not just a game of baseball, it's a game of statistics. You pick whichever numbers are relevant to support your argument, however "history-changing" that may be. At the point when the next record to be bested becomes inconsequential to even the most die-hard of fans, then second- and third- bests will simply go down as additional data points to be crunched later. And whoever complained about better precision as a result of a larger sample size? Surely the Gods of baseball won't complain about more precise odds.

*Question Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303950104575185811532724200.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsForth

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