Baseballs

Jan. 18, 1963

New Red Sox manager Johnny Pesky announced a plan that would begin to drag baseball, perhaps kicking but not screaming, into the analytics age.

Pesky said that Red Sox pitchers would spend the game before their next scheduled start charting the performance of his colleagues.

Every pitch would be marked down – the type of pitch, called balls, called strikes, and what happens if the batter swings and makes contact.

As a minor league skipper saw value in the next scheduled starter keeping tabs on his predecessor. Actually, there was nothing new about keeping such pitching records, Pesky said, but there was added value to having the pitchers themselves do the work.

Using pitch counts to mark the end of a hurler’s workday remained a few decades in the future.

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