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10.3 Professional Sports

10.3 Professional Sports
  • Math Help

    Here are some observations about the strike zone for Ted Williams on page 475 (also shown below).

    • Remember that this is his estimate. It is not his actual averages for these locations in the strike zone.
    • The weakest area is the 12 baseballs in the lower right corner. So, the weakest area takes up or about 15.6% of the strike zone.
    • Balls towards the center of the strike zone have the highest averages. This is the case for most players because the player doesn't have to make any adjustments compared to when a ball is on the outer edge, they might have to lean to reach it.
    • His career batting average was .344. There are 19 baseballs with averages higher than that, which is or about 24.7% of the strike zone.
    • The strike zone is not the only area where players get hits. Players also swing at pitches that are outside of the strike zone.

  • Consumer Suggestion

    The Science of Hitting by Ted Williams was first published in 1971, but is still considered a great book to learn how to hit a baseball. The newest version of the book, available at and other retailers, has more advice, more pictures, and more athletes included in The Great Gallery of Hitters. If you want to improve your swing, but don’t want to read the whole book, you can read a summary of his tips here.

  • Checkpoint Solution

    Sample answer:

    Ted Williams considered the center of the strike zone to be his strongest.

    Ted Williams must have believed that he could hit balls best when they were pitched waist-high and to the center. He did not have to extend his arms downward or upward and could obtain the power he wanted.

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    Ron Larson (author)1 decade ago |
    When I was working on this lesson on professional sports, I was surprised by the amount of data that is available, especially data involving baseball.