Baseball is the great American pastime. We’re at the midpoint of the Major League Baseball season, and fans are gearing up for the 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which will be played on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 in Saint Louis, Missouri. For baseball fans, this “Midsummer Classic” embodies much of what there is to love about baseball: a night at the park, hot dogs and Cracker Jacks, and top players from American and National League teams all on one diamond. But what we at Wolfram|Alpha love about baseball are all of the fast statistics that can be quickly computed and returned as easy-to-read graphs.
Wolfram|Alpha contains statistics and history for Major League Baseball teams’ wins, losses, pitching and batting histories, and more, from 1960–2008. This information allows you to easily compute statistics for a single season, or graph a visual history over decades.
Have you ever found yourself having to back up your support for your beloved Red Sox to a Yankees fan? By entering “wins New York Yankees Boston Red Sox” into Wolfram|Alpha’s computation bar, you will quickly learn how many wins each team had in the 2008 season, and see a historical graph of their wins since 1960.
In this example, Wolfram|Alpha computes the number of home runs hit by the rival Chicago Cubs and Saint Louis Cardinals in 2005, and provides a visual graph of the home runs hit by these teams over the decades.
So next time you find yourself sparring with fans of a rival team, give Wolfram|Alpha a try and see whether it can generate charts that help you make your case. We are adding to Wolfram|Alpha’s knowledge base all the time, so if there is something about baseball data that you’d like to see added, let us know by completing the feedback form that appears on the bottom of every page on Wolfram|Alpha.