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- The explanation rests in a mathematical formula created by the baseball analyst Bill James
- and introduced in the 1980 Baseball Abstract. James determined that the record of a baseball
- team could be approximated by taking the square of team runs scored and dividing it by the
- square of team runs scored plus the square of team runs allowed. Because of its similarity to
- the geometric method for determining the sum of the angles in a right triangle, he called it the
- Pythagorean theorem. - Årron Schatz NYTimes, Jan. 23, 2005.
P.S. Norton Star sent us this picture observed by a student Tosin while walking in New York. Evidently New Yorkers are determined to not forget the quadradic formual: