Today in Jewish baseball history
1985 — The California Angels name Howie Gershberg minor-league pitching instructor.
2010 — Allan Roth is elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Roth was baseball’s first full-time statistician. He promoted the idea that on-base percentage was more important than batting average. He also was the first to give statistical evidence that right-handed batters hit better against left-handed pitchers than right-handers. With the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, he also provided in-game statistics for the announcers who were the first to pay attention to pitch counts.
Items based on the author’s “Day by Day in Jewish Sports History” (KTAV, 2008)